What’s on TV? – Thursday (2/28/19) – ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ and ‘Better Things’ Return


As Emmy season approaches, look out for “RuPaul’s Drag Race” to continue to dominate. The season 11 premiere should make for some fun television tonight. If you’re in the mood for a comedy, “Better Things” from Pamela Adlon will also take center stage for FX. Finally, check out a handful of interesting film duos. Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin lead “Midnight Run,” Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis lead “Natural Born Killers,” and Tom Hanks and Wilson lead “Cast Away.”

Pick of the Day

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” on VH1 at 9 PM

Another season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” brings back the award-winning program just in time for an Emmy run. “RuPaul” just finished up its All-Star season, and interest in the show remains extremely high. This season promises a very exciting list of guest judges as well. Lena WaitheMiley Cyrus, and more have been booked, giving Season 11 an event feel that other seasons were missing. The move to VH1 continues to pay dividends, and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” holds a special place in pop culture.

What’s Premiering? 

“Better Things” on FX at 10 PM

Hot off her second consecutive Emmy nominationPamelon Adlon keeps pushing forward “Better Things” as one of TV’s best comedies. Despite everything that happened with Louis C.K., the show remains a hit for FX. Now that the series has been completely divorced from his presence, Adlon will push the show to keep up the quality. She emerged as one of the great comedic actresses of her generation thanks to the show, and she continues to use the star vehicle to prove that point. While her fingerprints have been all over it, FX now fully trusts her with executing the series at a high level. She’s more than talented enough, and the new season will look to repeat the success of the last two. With Adlon becoming a mainstay at Emmy, “Better Things” continues to thrill many TV fanatics.

Movies on TV

If you want to see a brilliant one-man performance, “Cast Away” delivers. The power and skill of Tom Hanks cemented him as an icon. He had plenty of strong films in his past, and while “Philadelphia” remains his best performance, some may rank “Cast Away” over “Forrest Gump” today. While Hanks lost the Oscar, pieces of the film still resonate today, including a weird little volleyball named Wilson. If you’re ready to revisit the island, “Cast Away” airs at 8PM on AMC.

If you’re in a completely different kind of mood, Cinemax will air “Natural Born Killers” at 8PM. The story of two serial killers murdering their way across the country remains a polarizing film. “Natural Born Killers” combines the forces of Oliver Stone and Quentin Tarantino to create an insanely weird crime thriller. While Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis are the unquestioned leads, the insanity invites some very interesting performances around them. Perhaps none is weirder than Robert Downey Jr. as an Australian true-crime reporter or Rodney Dangerfield as a Lewis’ rapist father. It’s weird, gross, and polarizing, making it a movie that most people watch at least once.

Midnight Run” will also air at 7:50PM on Showtime 2. One of the best buddy comedy crime films ever, “Midnight Run” continues to be weirdly influential. Starring Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin traveling across the country, the two must avoid the mob and the police. Dennis FarinaJoe Pantoliano, and Yaphet Kooto all co-star, and the movie remains a standout example of great chemistry elevating a film. While everyone wants to say they are making a “Midnight Run” type movie, the original surpasses them all.

New Episodes

There are plenty of other shows airing new episodes. Make sure you don’t miss the latest episodes of your favorite shows. Times may vary by local area. Please check your guide for the most accurate times.

  • “The World’s Best” (CBS) at 8 PM
  • “Fam” (CBS) at 9:30 PM
  • “SWAT” (CBS) at 10 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
  • “Will & Grace” (NBC) at 9:30 PM
  • “Gotham” (Fox) at 8 PM
  • The Orville” (Fox) at 9 PM
  • The This Old House Hour” (PBS) at 8 PM
  • “Legacies” (CW) at 9 PM
  • The First 48″ (A&E) at 8 PM & 9 PM
  • 60 Days In” (A&E) at 10 PM
  • Top Chef” (BRAVO) at 8 PM
  • “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles” (BRAVO) at 9 PM
  • Backyard Envy” (BRAVO) at 10 PM
  • Broad City” (COMEDY) at 10 PM
  • The Other Two” (COMEDY) at 10:30 PM
  • “Building Off the Grid” (Discover) at 9 PM
  • Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry” (E!) at 8 PM
  • Dating: No Filter” (E!) at 10:30 PM
  • Beat Bobby Flay” (FOOD) at 10 PM
  • Siren” (Freeform) at 8 PM
  • Better Things” (FX) at 10 PM
  • “Flip or Flop: Nashville” (HGTV) at 9 PM
  • “House Hunters” (HGTV) at 10 PM & 10:30 PM
  • “Swamp People” (HISTORY) at 9 PM
  • “Truck Night in America” (HISTORY) at 10 PM
  • “Bring It!” (Lifetime) at 8 & 9 PM
  • “The Rap Game” (Lifetime) at 10 PM
  • “Ex on the Beach” (MTV) at 8 PM
  • Game of Clones” (MTV) at 9 PM*
  • Into the Grand Canyon” (National Geographic) at 8 PM
  • “Life Below Zero: Ice Breakers” (National Geographic) at 10 PM
  • “Lip Sync Battle” (Paramount) at 9 PM
  • “Flack” (Pop) at 10 PM
  • “Impossible Engineering” (Science) at 9 PM
  • “The Dead Files” (Travel) at 10 PM
  • “Kindred Spirits” (Travel) at 11 PM
  • “The Carbonaro Effect” (TruTV) at 10 PM & 10:30 PM
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1) at 9 PM