Thursday TV: The Rock Spins Records

martin-luther-king-soundtracks-cnnThe comedy series was pretty good, even though it had to interrupt a newsy era of political tragicomedy. Now comes its music history documentary, “Soundtracks: Songs That Define History” (CNN, 10 p.m.). The premise is that music provided the memory of most historic events of the last half century. Executive producer for the series is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, so I’m not so sure how much credibility the thing will have. The first show concentrates on music around the civil rights movement and the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

On the new “Farmers’ Market Flip” (Cooking, 10 p.m.), chefs are charged with creating dishes from what they can find at the farmers market. Which is something some of us do every week.

The new “Mysteries of the Abandoned” (Science, 10 p.m.), looks at architectural achievements that have since been dismissed and forgotten. Among the first is the Goat Canyon Trestle of the Impossible Railroad, the Grand Goulets road in the French Alps and an antiballistic missile radar system in the Ukraine.

“The Blacklist” (NBC, 9 and 10 p.m.) is back with two new episodes.

There are also two episodes of “The Amazing Race” (CBS, 9 and 10 p.m.) travel from Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam to Norway.

Of the two episodes of “Scandal” (ABC, 8 and 9 p.m.) on tonight, the first is a rerun. On the second, there’s another death surrounding the election.

Abandoned photos found during the store cleanup leads to an investigation on “Superstore” (NBC, 8 p.m.).

Video gaming as spectator sport reaches prime time on “H1Z1: Fight for the Crown” (The CW, 9 p.m.) in which 15 teams compete for a $300,000 prize in an e-sports “King of the Hill” tournament.

Tough choices are made regarding food on “Kicking & Screaming” (Fox, 9 p.m.).

Young chefs on “MasterChef Junior” (Fox, 8 p.m.) face their first mystery box challenge and are charged with preparing a dish inspired by their families.

A toxic gas unleashed by Dr. Psycho interrupts plan for a company retreat on “Powerless” (NBC, 8:30 p.m.).

A Sweet 16 party gets out of hand on “The Catch” (ABC, 10 p.m.).

“Married at First Sight” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.) tries to rustle up some new candidates before the fifth season begins at 9.

Bloods rise in power on “60 Days In” (A&E, 9 p.m.).

A shooting, a stabbing and a grocery store fire are all in store for the squad on “Nightwatch” (A&E, 10 p.m.).

Kate Upton does Britney Spears and Ricky Martin performs Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll” on the return of “Lip Sync Battle” (Spike, 10 p.m.).

The character actor salute on Turner Classic Movies continues with Florence Bates in “On the Town” (8 p.m.), Mary Wickes in “By the Light of the Silvery Moon” (10 p.m.), Marjorie Main in “The Long, Long Trailer” (midnight) and Thelma Ritter in “Rear Window” (2 a.m.).

NBA playoffs include Cleveland at Indiana (TNT, 7 p.m.), Toronto at Milwaukee (NBA, 8 p.m.) and San Antonio at Memphis (TNT, 9:30 p.m.).

Stanley Cup playoff games have Rangers at Montreal (USA, 7 p.m.), Columbus at Pittsburgh (NHL, 7 p.m.), Chicago at Nashville (NBC Sports, 8 p.m.) and Edmonton at San Jose (NBC Sports, 10:30 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa: Bob Odenkirk, Katherine Heigl, Van Jones. The View: Anne Hathaway, Matthew Dowd. The Talk: Amanda Peet, Jaimes Vaughan. Harry Connick: Danny Sei, Peter Krause, madig Ziegler. Ellen DeGeneres: Traue Ellis Ross, David Ross, Lindsay Arnold, Warpaint. Wendy Williams: Tameka “Tiny” Harris, Zonnique Pullins. The Real: Wiz Khalifa, Chiquis Rivera, Jacqie Campos, Mikey Marin, Jenicka Lopez, Angela Yee.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Elisabeth Moss, Anthony Atamanuik, Sheryl Crow. Jimmy Kimmel: Magic Johnson, Gabourey Sidibe, Dua Lipa. Jimmy Fallon: Bob Odenkirk, Lucy Hale, Robert Irwin, Brad Paisley, Dweezil Zappa. Seth Meyers: Scarlett Johansson, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Mario Batali (rerun). James Corden: Anne Hathaway, Armie Hammer, Rob Delaney, 6lack. Carson Daly: Brooklyn Decker, the Menzingers, Gina Torres (rerun). Trevor Noah: Rashida Jones. Conan O’Brien: Dana Carvey, Claudia O’Doherty.


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