What’s on TV? – Thursday (1/17/19) – ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Headlines the Return of the ABC Thursday Night Dramas

While there are not a lot of big episodes of television tonight, the ABC Thursday Night Dramas return. “Grey’s Anatomy” headlines the evening’s returning shows. Meanwhile “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” airs one of the best episodes in the show’s history, confirming that Fox made a mistake when they canceled the comedy. Tonight also has a good mix of movies on TV, including, “The Post,” “Halloween” (1978), and “Spy” from Paul Feig.

Pick of the Day

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” on NBC at 9 PM

Once again, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” owns the night, but mostly because they’re about to roll out an all-timer of an episode. Tonight’s episode “Hitchcock & Scully” establishes an origin story for two of the fan favorite characters. Played by Dirk Blocker and Joel McKinnon Miller, the two get the chance to shine as the slobs of the precinct. We also get a lot of fun moments with Joe Lo Truglio and Andy Samberg. Meanwhile, a prank war between Melissa Fumero and the combo of Stephanie Beatriz & Terry Crews helps sell more laughs. I don’t want to spoil anything, but it’s a showcase episode that really proves the show has a lot more to give its audience.

What’s Premiering

“Grey’s Anatomy”

One of the longest running shows on television today, “Grey’s Anatomy” could be winding down over the next couple of years. While it is still unclear whether or not Ellen Pompeo will be leaving the series in the coming season or two, the show has remained a juggernaut. Part of what makes that so amazing is that children born around the premiere of “Grey’s” are now in high school. The news about Pompeo’s potential departure from the show shook up the internet last week and puts the future of the series in question on some level. With the mid-season premiere returning this tonight, make sure you savor the show while you can.

What’s Returning

ABC has two other shows returning tonight as well. If you’re not in the mood for “Grey’s Anatomy,” maybe one of these will strike your fancy.

“A Million Little Things”

A show that took a critical beating out the gate, “A Million Little Things” preserved through the struggles to post some decent ratings. Clearly, audiences like the show, and it serves up another melodrama in the vein of “This Is Us” for TV viewers. Ultimately the NBC show might be better, but there’s no denying the large cast of “Million Little Things” has potential as the show develops.

“How to Get Away with Murder”

Viola Davis remains in the awards hunt for “Widows” after a surprise nomination at BAFTA. While it seems unlikely that “Widows” will get its due, Viola continues to flex her strength as a television draw. While the era of Shonda Rhimes on ABC has closed, “How to Get Away with Murder” continues to be the last ride for the partnership. Davis still holds a shot at finding her way into the Emmy race, so check out the reliable actress as she continues to shine on the small screen.

Movies on TV

One of the all-time great horror films, “Halloween” still shines more than forty years after its release. Whenever you can check out John Carpenter‘s greatest achievement, you have to jump into the film. It’s a combination of excellent craft from Carpenter, impressive cinematography, and one of the creepiest horror icons to ever grace the screen. Check out the beginning of Jaime Lee Curtis’ impressive career and the origins of one of horrors Scream Queens. “Halloween” airs at 7:00 PM on IFC.

However, if you’re more in the mood for a comedy, we’ve got you covered. “Spy” features one of Melissa McCarthy’s best performances, and Paul Feig gives his cast the ability to showcase their talents. You’ve never seen a better Jason Statham, let alone one operating on all comedic cylinders. Rose Byrne and Miranda Hunt also shine throughout, with each giving career-best work. If you’re in the mood for a fun send-up of espionage flicks, “Spy” will be on FX Movies at 7:50 PM.

Last but not least, check out Oscar fare with “The Post” from Steven Spielberg. While Spielberg has been better, “The Post” works as comfort food for today’s political climate. Meryl Streep shines throughout the film, and Bob Odenkirk gives one of his finest big screen performances. Even the supporting cast, including Matthew Rhys and Jessie Plemons, each gets showcase moments. Tom Hanks continues to show his reliable side. It’s a massive cast and Spielberg’s impressive below-the-line crew delivers some of their best work. Check out “The Post” on HBO2 tonight at 8 PM.

New Episodes

There are plenty of other shows airing new episodes tonight. Use this as a helpful guide when channel surfing tonight. Make sure you don’t miss the latest episodes of your favorite shows. Once again, times may vary by local area. Please check your local guide for the most accurate times.

  • “Big Bang Theory” (CBS) at 8 PM
  • “Young Sheldon” (CBS) at 8:30 PM
  • “Mom” (CBS) at 9 PM
  • FAM” (CBS) at 9:30 PM
  • Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) at 8 PM
  • A Million Little Things” (ABC) at 9 PM
  • “How to Get Away with Murder(ABC) at 10 PM
  • “The Titan Games” (NBC) at 8 PM
  • “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC) at 9 PM
  • “The Good Place” (NBC) at 9:30 PM
  • “Law & Order: SVU” (NBC) at 10 PM
  • Gotham” (FOX) at 8 PM
  • The Orville” (FOX) at 9 PM
  • The This Old House Hour” (PBS) at 8 PM
  • “Supernatural” (CW) at 9 PM
  • The First 48″ (A&E) at 8 PM
  • The First 48 Presents: Homicide Squad Atlanta” (A&E) at 9 PM
  • 60 Days In” (A&E) at 10 PM
  • The Secret Life of the Zoo” (Animal Planetat 9 PM
  • Top Chef” (BRAVO) at 8 PM
  • “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles” (BRAVO) at 9 PM
  • Backyard Envy” (BRAVO) at 10 PM
  • Music City” (CMT) at 10 PM & 10:30 PM
  • “Building Off the Grid” (Discover) at 9 PM
  • “Chopped” (FOOD) at 9 PM
  • Beat Bobby Flay” (FOOD) at 10 PM
  • “Flip or Flop: Nashville” (HGTV) at 9 PM
  • “House Hunters” (HGTV) at 10 PM
  • “House Hunters: International” (HGTV) at 10:30 PM
  • “American Pickers” (HISTORY) at 9 PM
  • “Bring It!” (Lifetime) at 9 PM
  • “The Rap Game” (Lifetime) at 10 PM
  • “Ex on the Beach” (MTV) at 8 PM
  • “MTV Floribama Shore” (MTV) at 9 PM
  • “Life Below Zero: Ice Breakers” (National Geographic) at 10 PM
  • “Lip Sync Battle” (Paramount) at 9 PM
  • “Impossible Engineering” (Science) at 9 PM
  • “How It’s Made” (Science) at 10 PM
  • “The Dead Files” (Travel) at 10 PM
  • “The Carbonaro Effect” (TruTV) at 10 PM & 10:30 PM

Will any of these shows contend for awards? Check out our predictions at the Circuit Hub.

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