In “Russian Doll,” Natasha Lyonne grumbles “Thursday? What a concept!” Well, for many of us, TV is one of the things that make Thursday, that final stretch before the weekend, bearable. Tonight, in particular, audiences will be treated to a host of new series to explore. Reality show lovers especially will rejoice for the new and exciting material. But even with the smorgasbord of new series to check out, viewers shouldn’t sleep on the Gordon Ramsey helmed “MasterChef,” which debuts its fourth episode of the latest season.
Pick of the Day
“MasterChef (FOX)” at 8pm ET
Chef Gordon Ramsay is back again whipping contestants into shape–along with fellow judges Christina Tosi, Aaron Sanchez, Joe Bastianich, and Graham Elliot–on the iconic culinary competition series. Season 17 features a talented cast, and in Episode 4, the 18 contestants still standing are going to have to survive the first team challenge. The episode will be pool party-themed and many viewers won’t want to miss out. Tune in to FOX at 8 pm.
“Holey Moley (ABC)” at 8 & 9pm ET
The title may sound straight out of a 1950’s sitcom, but a sitcom it is not. “Holey Moley” is actually a mini golf competition presented by Stephen Curry, Rob Riggle, Jeannie Mai and Joe Tessitore. The reality series takes friendly competition to an extreme. Whereas most sports reality shows feature athletes with superhuman strength, the show will feature 12 mini golfers competing on larger-than-life mini golf courses as they battle to get to the final round. Tune in to ABC at 8pm to see golfers play on courses aptly titled Tee’d Off, Caddysmack, Arc de Trigolf, and, for the lucky ones, the creme de la creme: Mt. Holey Moley.
“Spin the Wheel (FOX)” at 9pm ET
There have been many game shows that require spinning a wheel, with the possibility of a hefty sum of money on the line, but none of them have been executive produced by Justin Timberlake and hosted by Dax Shepard–that is, until “Spin the Wheel.” The high-energy, high-stakes game show premieres tonight, and it gives lucky contestants a chance to walk home with $20 million. For jokes and moments of nerve-wracking competition, tune in to the brand-new series, “Spin the Wheel” at 9pm on FOX.
“Family Food Fight (ABC)” at 9pm ET
Beloved author, TV presenter, and foodie Ayesha Curry hosts the new “Family Food Fight,” which will see eight families compete, using prized family recipes. The new series is inspired by the popular Australian show of the same title. With sizzling recipes, friendly competition, and a storied history to the production, “Family Food Fight” should be a hit. Tune in to ABC at 9pm. Warning: the series may cause some serious food cravings.
“The Wall (NBC)” at 9pm ET
There is money in NBC”s “The Wall.” The hit game show returns for Season 3 tonight. The 20-episode season is executive produced by LeBron James, Maverick Carter, and Chris Hardwick (who also serves as the show’s dynamic host). Competitors work in pairs–they are either bonded by family, friendship, or experience–as they answer questions and try to win a coveted cash prize. If they answer correctly, a green ball falls down the wall, adding to their sum. If they provide a wrong answer, a red one will descend. Tune in tonight for game show shenanigans, and see if dreams come true, at 9pm on NBC.
Movies on TV
Many viewers dove into Dan Gilroy’s most recent feature, the arthouse thriller, “Velvet Buzzsaw” (2019). But before “Buzzsaw,” Gilroy offered viewers “Nightcrawler” (2014), the film that he is perhaps best known for. It’s also, coincidentally, he’s directorial debut. The film follows a stringer named Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) who sells violent crime footage to a local TV station. Gilroy’s filmography tends to focus on the ethics of entertainment–and in “Nightcrawler,” Gilroy turns his lens onto one particularly seedy underbelly. Tune in to Showtime at 6:30pm ET.
Viewers might not have expected Academy Award-winning Robert De Niro to accept the title role in Dan Mazer’s “Dirty Grandpa” (2016). It’s a bawdy comedy in which De Niro inhabits the role of a recent widower who encourages his grandson, played by Zac Efron, to lighten up and party with him in Florida. Nevertheless, De Niro is hilarious in it. To watch, turn on Spike TV at 7:30pm ET.
Still not convinced? There are plenty more shows on TV if you’re still hankering for some screen time. Check out our list below:
- “Life in Pieces (CBS)” at 9 & 9:30pm ET
- “Elementary (CBS)” at 10pm ET
- “NBA Draft 2019: From Brooklyn, NY (ESPN)” at 7:30pm ET
- “Reef Break (ABC)” at 10pm ET
- “iZombie (CW)” at 8pm ET
- “In The Dark (CW)” at 9pm ET
- “Betty en NY (TELMUN)” at 9pm ET
- “Live PD Presents: PD CAM (A&E)” at 9:30pm ET
- “Hero Ink (A&E)” at 10pm ET
- “Fish or Die (ANIMAL)” at 9 & 10pm ET
- “The Real Housewives of New York City (BRAVO)” at 9pm ET
- “Bunk’d (DISNEY)” at 8pm ET
- “Naked and Afraid: Uncensored (DSC)” at 8pm ET
- “Naked and Afraid (DSC)” at 9pm ET
- “House Hunters (HGTV)” at 10pm ET
- “Siren (FREFM)” at 8pm ET
- “Little Women: Atlanta (LIFE)” at 8 & 9pm ET
- “Double Shot at Love with DJ Pauly D & VInny (MTV)” at 8pm ET
- “How Far is Tattoo Far (MTV)” at 9 & 9:30pm ET
- “World’s Most Evil Killers (REELZ)” at 8pm ET
- “I Lived with a Killer (REELZ)” at 9pm ET
- “Strange Evidence (SCI)” at 9pm ET
- “My 600-lb Life (TLC)” at 8pm ET