Thursday TV: Edie Falco is L.A.’s Top Cop

TommyEdie Falco is just right as the first female police chief in Los Angeles in the new cop drama “Tommy” (CBS, 10 p.m.). She’s got an ease and authority not common to these types of of network shows, also because she’s a pro. The initial storylines of the series try to distinguish it from the serial killer extremes of all the other current cop shows. How catered is it to the star? Though set in L.A., it’s shot in her native New York.

Rosario Dawson stars in an adaptation of Ross Thomas’ crime novel about a super quirky Texas town in another new series “Briarpatch” (USA, 10 p.m.). It’s not a bad thing to have Robert Rodriguez / David Lynch ambitions, but some of the weirdness here doesn’t have clear explanation, such as a giraffe in the Wild West. “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail is a producer; the cast includes Kim Dickens and Jay R. Ferguson. We’ll give this a chance to see where it’s going.

The Archie comics roster continues to be mined. After “Riverdale” and the latest incarnation of “Sabrina,” there’s a lighter tone to “Katy Keene” (CW, 8 p.m.), which stars Lucy Hale as an aspiring fashion designer working at a department store and living in the city with her friend (Jonny Beauchamp) and her musician friend Josie (Ashleigh Murray) who may join a band with the Pussycats.

Fran Drescher returns to TV in the new sitcom “Indebted” (NBC, 9:30 p.m.) about a young couple — Adam Pally and Abby Elliott — who have to take in their parents, which besides the former “Nanny” has Steven Weber.

In the third season start on “The Sinner” (USA, 9 p.m.), Bill Pullman returns as Detective Ambrose investigates a suspicious car crash. Matt Bomer joins the cast of the anthology series this time around.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC, 8 and 8:30 p.m.) returns for its seventh season with a pair of episodes.

The countdown to Sunday’s event begins with “Oscars: E!’s Inside Guide” (E!, 10:30 p.m.).

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez returns to visit “Desus & Mero” (Showtime, 11 p.m.).

The second of two nights of Town Hall (CNN, 8 p.m.) broadcasts from New Hampshire brings Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Deval Patrick.

On “Outmatched” (Fox, 8:30 p.m.), Mike’s parents visit from Florida.

Nicholas forgets how to talk to grown-ups on “Everything’s Gonna Be Okay” (Freeform, 8:30 p.m.).

“The Unicorn” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.) convinces Forrest to take his career advice.

Pruitt grieves a loss on “Station 19” (ABC, 8 p.m.).

On “Floribama Shore” (MTV, 8 p.m.), Jeremiah struggles to communicate.

Mike and Vanessa try to influence Jen’s career choice on “Last Man Standing” (Fox, 8 p.m.).

“Deputy” (Fox, 9 p.m.) deals with a gunman at the medical wing of the jail.

Jackson brings his new girlfriend to the wrong dinner gathering on “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC, 9 p.m.).

“Restaurant: Impossible” (Food, 9 p.m.) goes to Ohio and at 10, Florida.

Kat tries to help a transgender runner get into the New York City Marathon on “The Bold Type” (Freeform, 9 p.m.).

Bonnie recovers from her kidney transplant surgery on “Mom” (CBS, 9 p.m.).

On “Carol’s Second Act” (CBS, 9:30 p.m.), Carol learns about Lexie’s secret.

An actress accuses a media mogul on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC, 10 p.m.).

On “A Million Little Things” (ABC, 10 p.m.), Gary confronts his past.

The roster on Turner Classic Movies’ 31 Days of Oscar are “The Caretakers” (7:15 a.m.), “Caged” (9:15 a.m.), “Above and Beyond” (11 a.m.), “All the Brothers were Valiant” (1:15 p.m.), “King Solomon’s Mines” (3 p.m.), “Back Street” (4:45 p.m.), “Three Comrades” (6:15 p.m.), “The Lives of a Bengal Lancer” (8 p.m.), “A Farewell to Arms” (10 p.m.), “The Sin of Madelon Claudet” (11:45 p.m.), “Crossfire” (1:15 a.m.), “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo” (3 a.m.) and “None Shall Escape” (5:30 a.m.).

NBA action includes Philadelphia at Milwaukee (TNT, 8 p.m.) and Houston at Lakers (TNT, 10:30 p.m.).

Hockey has Detroit at Buffalo (NBC Sports, 7 p.m.) and San Jose at Edmonton (NBC Sports, 9:30 p.m.).

Men’s college hoops include Towson at Delaware (CBS Sports, 7 p.m.), Connecticut at Tulsa (ESPN2, 7 p.m.), Cincinnati at Wichita State (ESPN, 7 p.m.), Campbell at Winthrop (ESPNU, 7 p.m.), Southern California at Arizona (ESPN2, 9 p.m.), Tulane at Houston (ESPNU, 9 p.m.), Louisiana Tech at Western Kentucky (CBS Sports, 9 p.m.), Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga (CBS Sports, 11 p.m.), Saint Mary’s at San Diego (ESPNU, 11 p.m.) and UCLA at Arizona State (ESPN2, 11 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: James Cromwell, Olivia Rodrigo. The View: Pete Buttigieg. The Talk: Iain Ermitage. Ellen DeGeneres: Hillary Clinton, Dwayne Wade. Kelly Clarkson: Hoda Kotb, Darci Lynne Farmer. Tamron Hall: Tracy McMillan. Wendy Williams: Fran Drescher. The Real: Patricia Heaton, CeeLo Green, Shani James.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Pete Buttigieg, Patton Oswalt. Jimmy Kimmel: Billy Crystal, the Tenderloins, Kelsea Ballerini. Jimmy Fallon: RuPaul, Meghan Trainor. Seth Meyers: Elijah Wood, Ben Schwartz, Paul Yoon, Ilan Rubin. James Corden: Laurie Metcalf, Jenny Slate, Billy Lockett (rerun). Lilly Singh: Stephanie Beatriz. Trevor Noah: Matthew A. Cherry (rerun). David Spade: Mark Ellis, Annie Lederman, Justin Martindale. Conan O’Brien: Jeff Garlin.

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