Tune in Tonight: Whatever happened to Thursday nights? – Entertainment – The Ledger


Thursday nights traditionally featured TV’s most popular series. For four decades, from “Cheers” to “ER” to “The Big Bang Theory,” it was the night to find them. Tonight, we have three ABC game shows and “Celebrity Watch Party” (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14), offering a showcase for that most outcast of has-beens, Lindsay Lohan.

For years, Thursday has been the night that movie studios use to advertise their upcoming features. But cinemas remain closed. So, without that weekend date to look forward to, Thursday is just another night of the week.

— Starting today, Hulu streams the U.K. comedy “In My Skin,” about a teenage girl trying to put a “normal” spin on her family’s dysfunction and her mother’s mental illness.

— The free streaming service Crackle launches the original horror film “The Clearing,” about a squabbling family on a camping trip at the beginning of a zombie apocalypse.

— As I don’t have enough to watch, the other day I found myself sampling the offerings of Tubi TV, another free streaming service. I stumbled upon the 1958 pilot episode of “The Rifleman,” starring Chuck Connors. It featured a fresh-faced Dennis Hopper as a rival sharpshooter.

It also featured Sidney Blackmer as the local judge. A film fixture for decades, Blackmer was an extra in the 1914 silent classic “The Perils of Pauline.” He shared the screen with Shirley Temple in “Heidi” (1937) and played Theodore Roosevelt in many movies. But most know him as Roman Castevet, Mia Farrow’s Satan-worshipping neighbor in director Roman Polanski’s 1968 horror classic “Rosemary’s Baby.”

TONIGHT’S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

— Charlotte’s emergency pulls the family together on “Council of Dads” (8 p.m. NBC, TV-PG).

— Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen play for charity on the season finale of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).

— Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta host “Coronavirus: Facts and Fears: A CNN Global Town Hall” (8 p.m.).

— Facial hair looms large as “Mountain Men” (9 p.m., History) enters its ninth season.

— David Oyelowo, Storm Reid, Byron Mann and Mykelti Williamson star in the 2019 shocker “Don’t Let Go” (9 p.m., MOMax).

— On three helpings of “Mysteries of the Abandoned” (Science, TV-PG): a dictator’s bunker (9 p.m.), forgotten engineering projects (10 p.m.).

— Black and Hispanic parents discuss how they have to teach their children to behave around police officers in order to avoid being beaten or killed on “The Talk: Race in America” (9 p.m., PBS, r, TV-PG, check local listings).

— Terrorists seize fancy tech on “S.W.A.T.” (10 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).

— Human traffickers on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (10 p.m., NBC, r, TV-14).

— Suspicions abound when the decomposing body of a man’s ex-wife is found in the front seat of his missing SUV on “A Time To Kill” (10 p.m., ID, TV-14).

CULT CHOICE

— A jazz musician (Patrick McGoohan) becomes consumed with jealousy in the 1962 U.K. drama “All Night Long” (11:30 p.m., TCM, TV-14). While making this film, McGoohan starred in the series “Danger Man,” released in the United States with the Johnny Rivers theme from which it took its new title, “Secret Agent Man.” He later starred in the cult series “The Prisoner.”

SERIES NOTES

Mary frets about Sheldon’s mental health on “Young Sheldon” (8 p.m., CBS, r, TV-PG) … Joanna’s rash move on “Burden of Truth” (8 p.m., CW, r, TV-14) … Katie faces her driving test on “Man With a Plan” (8:30 p.m., CBS, TV-PG).

A widow’s first date on “Mom” (9 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) … First things first on “Blindspot” (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14) … Kristy speed-dates potential daddies on “Labor of Love” (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14) … An author and a golfer compete at miniature golf on “Holey Moley” (9 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) … Felix gets jammed up on “In the Dark” (9 p.m., CW, TV-14) … Too much homework on “Broke” (9:30 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) … Jason Alexander appears on “To Tell the Truth” (10 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).

LATE NIGHT

“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (11 p.m., Comedy Central) practices social distancing … John Malkovich appears on “Conan” (11 p.m., TBS, TV-14) … Andrew Ross Sorkin and John Malkovich are booked on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (11:35 p.m., CBS) … Jimmy Fallon welcomes Lin-Manuel Miranda, Graham Norton and Luke Combs on “The Tonight Show” (11:35 p.m., NBC) … Mark Ruffalo appears on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (11:35 p.m., ABC).

Christine Baranski and Taika Waititi visit “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (12:35 a.m., NBC) … Anna Kendrick and Alanis Morissette appear on “The Late Late Show With James Corden” (12:35 a.m., CBS).



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