What to watch on Thursday, October 8...
SERIES PREMIERE, 12:01am PT, Crackle
Bryan Cranston, Keegan-Michael Key, Jillian Bell, and Chris Pine lend their voices to the latest animated romp from the creators of Robot Chicken, centering on a group of past-their-prime crime-stoppers. “Groaner’s Wild!” kicks off the superheroic shenanigans with the team facing a congressional investigation and a budget crisis.
5:30pm, Cartoon Network
“Back to the Barn” finds Steven and the Gems immersed in a robot-building project, which will almost certainly not end with eight of their creations turning evil and the one remaining good robot having to defeat them all one at a time.
SEASON 7 PREMIERE, 8pm, The CW
The Vampire Diaries
As Damon adjusts to an Elena-less existence, Bonnie vows to keep her BFF on the straight and narrow. Meanwhile in “Day One of Twenty-Two Thousand, Give or Take,” Caroline, Stefan, and Deputy Matt defend Mystic Falls from the Heretics’ rampage.
It turns out that Agent Miller has been less than forthcoming with information about Booth’s disappearance, possibly in an effort to stretch her guest-appearance arc by a couple more episodes. As the team pursues its new lead in “The Brother in the Basement,” Arastoo makes a decision that will impact his relationship with Cam both personally and professionally.
Noah breaks into Renautas in search of answers, Miko sets out in search of her trusty blade, and Carlos takes steps in search of his heroic destiny. Elsewhere in “The Needs of the Many” Luke and Joanne experience relationship friction while Tommy must call on his powers to save a life.
An invitation to her ex’s wedding has Maggie reconsidering her life choices in “I Choose You.” In other quandaries, Richard doubts Bailey’s loyalty, Jo shares a secret with Stephanie, and Alex must make an agonizing choice that will affect the lives of newborn twins.
SEASON 3 PREMIERE, 9pm, The CW
“For the Next Millennium” picks up a few months after the throw-down with Dahlia, and things are back to normal for the Mikaelson siblings (that is, bitter and mistrustful). As Klaus’s suspicions are raised by the arrival of an old friend, Hayley struggles with her wolfy curse, and Cami and Vincent investigate the handiwork of a potential serial killer with the help of Detective Logan From Veronica Mars (Jason Dohring) (possibly not the character’s actual name, but that’s what you’re gonna call him, let’s be honest).
Olivia and Fitz face the fallout of their latest to-do in “Paris Is Burning,” while Mellie enlists the aid of an old friend to seal a deal. Meanwhile, Abby proves to Olivia that she’s cut out for life at 1600 Pennsylvania.
With the FBI on her heels, Liz seeks refuge at the Russian embassy. That eventually leads to a hostage situation, escaping which will require the help of Red and his lawyer associate “Marvin Gerard.”
Pandora whips up some shiny new evil in “Whispers in the Dark,” pitting Abbie and Ichabod against demons from their pasts.
The designers makeover women from the Project Runway crew, even as Tim Gunn reaches the end of his tether with one of the contestants. Fellow Lifetime employees Shiri Appleby andConstance Zimmer likely fulfill a contractual obligation as guest judges.
SEASON 5B PREMIERE, 10pm & 11pm, Syfy
“New World Order” commences the show’s final 13-episode stretch with Duke’s trouble causing chaos while Audrey and Charlotte try to repel the fiendish fog that has imprisoned everyone in town. Then in “Power,” Dwight struggles to maintain order and Nathan pulls together a task force to restore the electricity.
How to Get Away With Murder
Annalise’s latest representation requires the team to check out a swanky sex parlor in “It’s Called the Octopus,” and I would suggest not thinking too hard about what antecedent the “It” in that title might be referencing. In less lusty affairs, a new motive surfaces in the siblings’ murder trial, and Wes gains a new ally.
Mr. Johnson steps in when Alex asks a friend to dig into Ginny’s murder in “L.A. Takedown,” because Mr. Johnson knows that such revelations would best be saved for, say, mid-season finale time. On the crime-foiling front, Alex and Cassandra head to Los Angeles to stop a sniper from exacting a drug cartel’s revenge scheme.
SEASON 4B PREMIERE, 11pm, IFC
Comedy Bang! Bang!
Uzo Aduba performs a stand-up set, concerned citizen Tim Landers plots vengeance on the neighborhood youths, and the future versions of Scott and Cudi time travel to the present day to forestall a comedypocalypse.
– Artie Lange, Aaron Sorkin, and Beirut on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– Rachel Maddow on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, 11pm, Comedy Central
– Shannon DeVido and Bobcat Goldthwait on The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Michael Fassbender, Brie Larson, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), and CeeLo Green on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, 11:35pm, NBC
– Cate Blanchett and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky on Late Show with Stephen Colbert, 11:35pm, CBS
– Lena Dunham and Darby Stanchfield on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Ted Danson, Kevin Millar & Sean Casey, and Robert Kirkman on Late Night with Seth Meyers, 12:35am, NBC
– Nathan Lane, Rachel Bloom, and The Maccabees on The Late Late Show with James Corden, 12:37am, CBS