Robin Thede (left) (Photo: BET), Sarah Silverman (Photo: Robyn Von Swank)

Here’s what’s up in the world of television for Thursday, October 12. All times are Eastern.

Top picks

I Love You, America (Hulu)/The Rundown With Robin Thede (BET, 11 p.m.): Sarah Silverman and Robin Thede enter the variety-talk fray at a pivotal moment in the genre’s history, in which monologuing to a camera on a weeknight can affect policy decisions made on a weekday. They’ll contribute to the volume of that conversation, but in differing ways: Silverman mixing traditional in-studio material with an earnest exploration of the places that exist between the coastal hubs where these types of shows are typically filmed, Thede’s weekly show eschewing guest interviews and correspondent pieces for current-events commentary delivered by the former head writer of The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore. Allison Shoemaker will have thoughts on I Love You, America this evening, while Ashley Ray-Harris chimes in on The Rundown.

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Regular coverage

Gotham (Fox, 8 p.m.)
The Good Place (NBC, 8:30 p.m.)
Arrow, season premiere (The CW, 9 p.m.)
Scandal (ABC, 9 p.m)
The Orville (Fox, 9 p.m.)
Will & Grace (NBC, 9 p.m.)
Great News (NBC, 9:30 p.m.)
How To Get Away With Murder (ABC, 10 p.m.)
Nathan For You (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.)
Better Things (FX, 10 p.m.)

Wild card

Comedy Get Down (BET, 11:30 p.m.): After The Rundown, George Lopez, DL Hughley, Cedric The Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, and the late Charlie Murphy star in this semi-autobiographical, semi-scripted sitcom set behind the scenes of the titular stand-up tour.

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