What to watch on Thursday, September 17...
5:30pm, Cartoon Network
“Catch and Release” offers a glimpse of Steven’s bathroom, finally answering the long-asked fan queries about what cleaning product he uses to get that really tough grout out of the tub. Then in “Sadie’s Song,” Sadie and Steven plan a Beachapalooza number.
SERIES PREMIERE, 8pm, NBC
All of your favorite heroes from Heroes are back in this reboot of Heroes (except for those who aren’t) as NBC, having given up on trying to make it 1997 again, tries to recapture that mid-aughts magic instead. “Brave New World” and “Odessa” open the adventure with superpowered humans on the run from all manner of enemies in the aftermath of a devastating terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas.
SEASON 12 PREMIERE, 8pm, ABC
Meredith is adapting to life with new roomies in “Sledgehammer,” and I’m sure it won’t be long before one of them is dividing the apartment down the middle with scotch tape and insisting they stay on their own sides. At the hospital, Bailey is determined to become chief of surgery, and the plight of two young patients prompts the docs to revisit their personal experiences of bullying.
Live From Lincoln Center
The New York Philharmonic opens its season at David Geffen Hall, with pianist Lang Lang tickling the ivories. Selections include Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.
SEASON 5 PREMIERE, 9pm, ABC
Love is in the air as Olivia and Fitz are an item once more, while Cyrus, Mellie, and Huck face less sunny circumstances in the wake of their helping Command. Meanwhile in “Heavy Is the Head,” Olivia helps a visiting queen prevent the airing of the royal dirty laundry following a tragedy.
“Broadway or Bust” tasks the designers with creating looks inspired by a hit from the Great White Way, in this case Finding Neverland after producers nixed the original selection of Springtime for Hitler at the last minute.
SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 10pm, ABC
How to Get Away With Murder
Annalise and Frank vow to bring Rebecca’s killer to justice, even as the staggered students remain in the dark about their missing comrade’s true fate. Elsewhere in “It’s Time to Move On,” Annalise defends siblings accused of parricide, and greets an old friend who has something valuable to share.
SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, NBC
Security expert Alex Kane joins forces with a shadowy cabal led by Wesley Snipes in NBC’s latest attempt to get literally anyone to watch non-NFL programming during the Thursdays-at-10pm hour. The members of said shadowy cabal gamble on whether Kane can foil crimes, while he hopes their resources can aid his pursuit of his ex-wife’s killer.
SEASON 1 FINALE, 10pm & 10:30pm, IFC
The two-part “Gentle and Soft: The Story of the Blue Jean Committee” chronicles the career of one of soft rock’s most celebrated bands. Lite FM luminaries such as Kenny Loggins, Darryl Hall, and Michael McDonald are among those sharing their mellow thoughts.
NEW TIME, 10pm, FX
AJ encourages Russ to work on a children’s book in “Triggers,” while Lina clashes with Abby’s ex.
10pm, Comedy Central
“Happiness, Pillow Fight, Imaginary Friend” sees Forrest striving for good cheer, and also issuing two reviews from a tough a spot.
Vega is… well, it’s seen better days. Amid the ruins, Michael tangles with Gabriel, Claire joins the defense efforts, and William makes a critical call about the city’s future. Elsewhere in "Day of Wrath," Noma’s past is explored and Arika plans her escape.
Geeks Who Drink
Battlestar Galactica’s Tricia Helfer and Alias’s Kevin Weisman lead the teams, because NBC isn’t the only network that can reach out to fans of early-to-mid-2000s genre shows tonight, y’know.
– Billy Gardell, Kristen Schaal, and Kurt Vile on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– Will Forte and Andrew Rannells on The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Chris Hardwick, Big Grams, and Mickey Dolenz on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, 11:35pm, NBC
– Andrew Sullivan, Maria Shriver, Jim Gaffigan, Archbishop Thomas Wenski; and the YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus & the Choir of St. Jean Baptiste on Late Show with Stephen Colbert, 11:35pm, CBS
– Shonda Rhimes, Dave Salmoni, and Jill Scott on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Anne Hathaway, Ben McKenzie, Francis Garcia & Sal Basille, and Stephen Perkins on Late Night with Seth Meyers, 12:35am, NBC
– Mel Brooks on The Late Late Show with James Corden, 12:37am, CBS