Thursday TV: The Mosquito Menace

mosquito1Before they bring out the bigger sharks to scare you, Discovery is poised to scare you with its film

“Mosquito” (Discovery, 9 p.m.), about the danger and unpredictability of the tiny creature that probably brought you inside to watch some television tonight in the first place.

The insect, which kills more than 750,000 people a year, is an increasing global threat that could put billions at risk of a fatal infection. Shot on four continents, “Mosquito” is narrated by the actor Jeremy Renner.

In the world of fiction, Jackson and Longan discover a link between the attacks in Portland in New York on “Zoo” (CBS, 10 p.m.).

An oil field explosion causes extreme injuries on “The Night Shift” (NBC, 10 p.m.).

Otherwise, network TV is almost entirely reality and game shows. The only other scripted things are reruns of “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS, 8 p.m.) and “Life in Pieces” (8:30 p.m.).

On “The Tunnel: Sabotage” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings), BB investigates Olena’s death, and Vanessa Hamilton is linked to Singapore fiscal Management.

There’s a rerun of “The Howie Mandel All-Star Comedy Gala” (The CW, 8 p.m.) with standup comedy sets from the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, with Russell Brand, J.B. Smoove, Alonzo Bodden, Jo Koy, Tom Papa, Jay Pharaoh and Iliza Schlesinger, among others.

A $25 million listing has a glitch on “Million Dollar Listing: New York” (Bravo, 9 p.m.).

Who else is battling the news media these days? Scarlett on “Nashville” (CMT, 9 p.m.).

The suave English actor Ronald Colman (1891-1958) is star of the month on Turner Classic Movies. A big star of the 1930s, who has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (one for television), began his career in the silent era, so the  Thursday night showcase begins with a pair of silent ones, “The White Sister” (8 p.m.) and “The Winning of Barbara Worth” (10:30 p.m.). They are followed by the talkies “Bulldog Drummond” (12:15 a.m.), “Raffles” (2 a.m.), “The Devil to Pay” (3:30 a.m.) and “Cynara” (5 a.m.).

A good midday double feature has “Psycho” (TCM, noon) followed by the original “The Manchurian Candidate” (TCM, 2 p.m.).

Baseball includes Milwaukee at Cubs (MLB, 2 p.m.) and Boston at Tampa Bay (MLB, 7 p.m.).

WNBA action includes Los Angeles at Minnesota (ESPN2, 8 p.m.).

In the NBA summer league, it’s Philadelphia vs. San Antonio (NBA, 7 p.m.) and Boston vs. Utah (NBA, 9 p.m.).

It’s U.S. vs. Canada (ESPN, 7 p.m.) in the Women’s Softball World Cup.

In Canadian Football, it’s British Columbia at Montreal (ESPNews, 7:30 p.m.).

The Tour de France (NBC Sports, 8 p.m.), reaches Stage 6, traveling from Vesoul to Troyes.

Daytime Talk

Kelly and Ryan: Jane Lynch, Kyle MacLachlan, David Muir. The View: 2 Chainz (rerun). The Talk: Gabriel Iglesias, Santiago Cabrera, Normani Kordei Hamilton, Carnie Wilson. Harry Connick: Robin Roberts (rerun). Ellen DeGeneres: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tom Holland (rerun). Wendy Williams: Star Jones, Michael Russo (rerun). The Real: Lisa Vidal, Fabio Viviani, Eve (rerun).

Late Talk

All reruns: Stephen Colbert: Trevor Noah, Ilana Glazer, Sam Richardson. Jimmy Kimmel: Andy Samberg, Jillian Bell, 2 Chainz with Trey Songz and Ty Dolla $ign. Jimmy Fallon: Tom Cruise, Kate Mara, Bleachers, Mike McCready. Seth Meyers: Will Forte, Jay Bilas, Chris Hayes, Charlie Benante. James Corden: Hayden Panettiere, Shirley MacLaine, Myq Kaplan. Carson Daly: Kurt Braunkohle, the Appleseed Cast, Desus & Mero. Conan O’Brien: Chelsea Handler, Scott Eastwood, the Regrettes.


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