Thursday TV: The Big Bang Theory S.12 Winter Premiere, The Orville, The Blacklist S.6 Premiere & More

by Jason the TVaholic on January 3, 2019

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News & Notes

Get Counterpart Season 2 on Starz via Amazon PrimeTonight, ABC has The Last Days of JFK Jr. news special, CBS has the 12th winter season premiere of The Big Bang Theory and the second winter season premieres of Young Sheldon and S.W.A.T., FOX has the fifth season premiere of Gotham and the timeslot premiere of The Orville, and NBC has the series premiere of the Titan Games and the sixth season premiere of The Blacklist.

Over on cable, LMN has the TV movie premiere of My Daughter’s Ransom.

On streaming, as of this morning, CBS All Access has the first season finale of Tell Me a Story and tonight has the first season finale of Star Trek: Short Treks.

Next Thursday, CBS has the sixth winter season premiere of Mom and the series premiere of Fam, NBC has the sixth season premiere of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the third winter season premiere of The Good Place and the 20th winter season premiere of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Netflix drops the complete first season of When Heroes Fly.

Prime Picks

The Big Bang Theory (CBS): Winter Premiere. A paintball game creates problems for the group. Runs 31 minutes.

The Orville (FOX): Timeslot Premiere. The ship comes across a planet about to be destroyed by its sun.

The Blacklist (NBC): Season Premiere. Red works with the task force to find a plastic surgeon that helps change identities of criminals.

Solid Selections

Gotham (FOX): Season Premiere. Gordon and Wayne deal with what has become of Gotham City.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS): Repeat. “The Sibling Realignment” episode from last season replays, where Sheldon has to invite his brother to his wedding to get his mother to attend. Starts a minute after the hour and runs 29 minutes.

S.W.A.T. (CBS): Winter Premiere. The team works to stop a copycat school shooter looking to recreate a past shooting the team was involved in.

Other Options

  • Counterpart (Starz): Repeat. This past Sunday night’s episode, “Point of Departure,” replays. Runs 59 minutes. Plays earlier this evening and later as well.
  • Escape at Dannemora (Showtime): Repeat. This past Sunday night’s episode, “Part 7,” replays. Starts 45 minutes after the hour and runs an hour and 45 minutes.

Sports Notes

  • CBS Sports has doubleheader college basketball action tonight with George Mason at St. Joseph’s followed by Wichita State at Memphis.
  • ESPN has tripleheader college basketball with men’s action between Penn State at Michigan, women’s action with UConn at Baylor and more men’s action with Stanford at UCLA.
  • ESPN+ has 24 college basketball games throughout the day via streaming video.
  • ESPN2 has college basketball action tonight with Saint Mary’s at San Francisco.
  • ESPN3 has five college basketball games throughout the day via streaming video.
  • ESPNU has tripleheader college basketball action tonight with NC State at Miami, Jackson State at Belmont and BYU at Pacific.
  • FS1 has doubleheader college basketball action tonight with Illinois at Indiana followed by Colorado at Arizona.
  • TNT has doubleheader NBA action tonight with the Toronto Raptors at the San Antonio Spurs followed by the Houston Rockets at the Golden State Warriors.

Thursday TV Marathons

Chicago P.D. (ION): Has 16 episodes today into late night.
Chicago P.D. (Oxygen): Eight episodes play twice.
Law & Order (SundanceTV): Has 13 episodes today into late night.
Las Man Standing (WGN America): Has 10 episodes tonight.
NCIS (USA Network): Has 11 episodes.
The Office (Comedy Central): Has 15 episodes tonight.

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