Wednesday TV: New ‘Alone Together’

aloneTogetherBenji Aflalo and Esther Povitsky have pretty good chemistry as best friends navigating their fraught social lives as millennials in Los Angeles on the new “Alone Together” (Freeform, 8:30 p.m.). Not only are the stars young grads of such improv groups as Second City and the Groundlings, the series is produced with the help of members of Lonely Island. It may be Freeform’s hippest series yet. And it’s already been renewed for a second season.

Howie Mandel washes his hands and fist bumps comedians at The 3rd Annual Howie Mandel Stand-Up Gala (The CW, 8 p.m.), from the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal last summer. Among the performers are Ron Funches, Cedric the Entertainer and Cristela Alonzo.

On another comedy special, “Animal Crackers” (The CW, 9:30 p.m.) team mascots pull pranks in a show hosted by Dan Marino. First, disarm them of their T-shirt guns.

Neil deGrasse Tyson inevitably shows up during a two hour discussion of black holes in space on a special “Nova” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings).

WWE heads spoke of female breakthroughs and name changes in the organization in a session Tuesday at the TV Critics Association Winter Press Tour, but this reality show is still called “Total Divas” (E!, 9 p.m.). [More coverage of the TCA sessions can be found here].

The family that eats together a lot may end up on “Family by the Ton” (TLC, 10 p.m.), a new show about households of the morbidly obese.

Matthew McConaughey’s brother Rooster is back in a reality show, teaming with Butch Gilliam on an entrepreneur-advising show called “Rooster & Butch” (A&E, 10 p.m.).

You may rely on  bunch of calls coming in on “9-1-1” (Fox, 9 p.m.), including a scary one from an amusement park roller coaster.

Randal seeks revenge on Eddie on the midseason return of “If Loving You is Wrong” (OWN, 10 .m.).

“The Magicians” (Syfy, 9 p.m.), the series about a New York college for magic, adapted from the novels of Lev Grossman, starts its third season, with Quentin and Julia trying to bring magic into the world.

Four bio films on world leaders are on Turner Classic Movies tonight with “Gandhi” (8 p.m.), “Sunrise at Campobello” (11:30 p.m.), “Young Winston” (2:15 a.m.) and “Crisis” (5 a.m.).

Men’s college basketball includes UCF at Connecticut (CBS Sports, 7 p.m.), Duke at Pittsburgh (ESPN2, 7 p.m.), Notre Dame at Georgia Tech (ESPNU, 7 p.m.), Oklahoma State at Kansas State (ESPNews, 8 p.m.), Xavier at Villanova (Fox Sports 1, 8 p.m.), Temple at SMU (CBS Sports, 9 p.m.), Georgia at Missouri (ESPN2, 9 p.m.), TCU at Texas (ESPNU, 9 p.m.) and Colorado at Southern California (Fox Sports 1, 10 p.m.).

Women’s games include Richmond at Saint Joseph’s (NBC Sports, noon) and St. John’s at Butler (Fox sports 2, 7 p.m.).

Pro games include Oklahoma City at Minnesota (ESPN, 8 p.m.) and Clippers at Golden State (ESPN, 10:30 p.m.).

Hockey has Minnesota at Chicago (NBC Sports, 8 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Taraji P. Henson, Matthew Rhys, Dr. Melina Jampolis. The View: Ana Navarro. The Talk: Peter Krause, Ellen K. Harry Connick: Chris Meloni, Michael McDonald. Steve Harvey: Wyclef Jean, Harry Lennix. Ellen DeGeneres: Margot Robbie. Wendy Williams: Lena Waithe, Joiee Thorpe. The Real: Tony Rock.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Sarah Jessica Parker, Pete Holmes, Jack Black. Jimmy Kimmel: Chris Hemsworth, Darren Criss, Elvis Costello. Jimmy Fallon: Saoirse Ronan, Timothy Chalet, Camila Cabello. Seth Meyers: James Franco, Lawrence O’Donnell, The Roots with Bilal, Allison Miller. James Corden: Judd Apatow, Aaron Sorkin, Rachel Platten. Carson Daly: Rian Johnson, the Dirty Nil, Coyote Peterson, My Ticket Home (rerun). Trevor Noah: Dee Rees. Jordan Klepper: Brian Klass. Conan O’Brien: Justin Verlandet, Jay Pharaos, Langhorne Slim (rerun).


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