What's on TV Thursday? NBC premieres new 'Heroes' and 'The Player'

THE PLAYER -- "Pilot" -- Pictured: Philip Winchester as Alex -- (Photo by: Greg Gayne/NBC)
THE PLAYER -- "Pilot" -- Pictured: Philip Winchester as Alex -- (Photo by: Greg Gayne/NBC) Greg Gayne/NBC

Thursday night was once 'must-see TV' night. How will it stack up now with the networks' new offerings?

NBC is the main venue for new fare tonight with series premieres of Heroes Reborn and The Player, while ABC has the season bows for its three hit Shonda Rhimes dramas.

As we have been doing, there are tips in this listing from TV Remote writer Chuck Barney (CB) and Associated Press TV critic Frazier Moore (FM).

8 p.m.

ABC. Dr. Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd may be gone, but there's still plenty of drama percolating on Grey's Anatomy, kicking off Shonda Rhimes season premiere night. — CB

CBS. Thursday Night Football has Washington at the New York Giants.

Fox. Rerunning the pilot of Scream Queens, which debuted Tuesday.

NBC. Noah Bennett, aka H.R.G. (Jack Coleman), is one of several familiar faces who pop up in Heroes Reborn. It's a reboot of the fleetingly popular series about people with extraordinary powers who are called upon to save the world. — CB

The CW. The Flash is a rerun, but it is worth noting this is part one of The CW's successful superhero night.

9 p.m.

ABC. Scandal. We borrow the description of the fifth season premiere from, because we cannot construct this ourselves: Olivia and Fitz are blissful about their reunion, but Cyrus, Mellie and Huck must face the repercussions of assisting Command. Meanwhile, a visiting queen hires Olivia to guard her family's privacy in the wake of a recent tragedy.

The CW. Arrow is The CW's other popular superhero entry, also a rerun tonight.

10 p.m.

ABC. The season two premiere of Rhimes latest hit comes on the heels of Viola Davis' Emmy win, Sunday.

NBC. The Player plays a hyperactive, high-stakes game with a swashbuckling security expert who must try to prevent major crimes from happening while a band of high-rollers gambles on whether or not he can pull it off. If the show can preserve the dark gamesmanship that underpins its hero's manic derring-do, then it could certify its status as more than a guilty pleasure, but a brainy puzzler. — FM

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