Thursday TV: Mindy’s New ‘Champions’

mindy-kaling-championsMindy Kaling isn’t in the new network sitcom she co-created,  “Champions” (NBC, 9:30 p.m.) nearly enough. She appears as an ex of a clueless gym rat played by Anders Holm of “Workaholics,”  bringing the kid they had 15 years earlier for him to raise. Newcomer J.J. Totah plays the gay kid as a mini-Mindy — brimming with cutting asides and pop references, as he tries to settle into a new hyper-male surroundings (and broadcast TV for that matter). Fortune Feimster and Andy Favreau also pop up.

It seems like a long tine since the first season of “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” (Netflix, streaming). Krysten Ritter returns finally in season two today, reviving her dark detective character after season one’s seemingly climactic triumph in a set of episodes entirely directed (and largely written) by women.

International Women’s Day is marked by the documentary “Ladies First” (Netflix, streaming) about a poor rural girl who decided to become one of the world’s great archers as a teenager. Deepika Kumari, now 23, has appeared in two different Olympics so far.

As a rapper of middling fame, Brian Tyree Henry’s Big Boi is at least treated with some respect when he’s robbed on tonight’s episode of “Atlanta” (FX, 10 p.m.).

On the new “Truck Night in America” (History, 10 p.m.), truckers compete on an obstacle course for a cash prize. And then read about history, presumably.

A winner is named on the 15th season finale of “Top Chef” (Bravo, 9 p.m.) in Aspen.

Nancy Pelosi visits “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” (VH1, 8 p.m.).

Kristen Chenoweth guest stars on a new episode of “Mom” (CBS, 9 p.m.).

There’s a bombing case on “Chicago Fire” (NBC, 10 p.m.).

Laurel finds new details about the night Wes was killed on “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC, 10 p.m.).

Leonard tries to get a wedding venue for Sheldon on “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS, 8 p.m.).

Helen takes over morning announcements on “A.P. Bio” (NBC, 8:30 p.m.).

There’s a glimpse of Batman on tonight’s “Gotham” (Fox, 9 p.m.).

Series costar Chandra Wilson directs an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC, 8 p.m.) in which Maggie introduces her new love interest.

“Will & Grace” (NBC, 9 p.m.) go to a baby shower.

Mateo gets injured on “Superstore” (NBC, 8 p.m.).

A rescue attempt is made for Edgar on “Beyond” (Freeform, 8 p.m.).

Tim and Heather chaperone Samantha’s dance on “Life in Pieces” (CBS, 9:30 p.m.).

“Young Sheldon” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.) makes friends with an upperclassman.

Roy Harper returns on “Arrow” (The CW, 9 p.m.).

“Supernatural” (The CW, 8 p.m.) finds a black market for religious relics.

More performers play “Showtime at the Apollo” (Fox, 9 p.m.).4

“S.W.A.T.” (CBS, 10 p.m.) looks for a serial killer who faked his death.

Cyrus and David’s plane is hacked on “Scandal” (ABC, 8 p.m.).

Angele breaks her cover and is removed on “60 Days In” (A&E, 10 p.m.).

Wondering why singers like the group Pentatonix need to participate in the “Lip Sync Battle” (Paramount, 10 p.m.).

“Property Brother” Drew Scott is guest programmer on Turner Classic Movies tonight. HIs choices: “High Noon” (8 p.m.), “To Kill a Mockingbird” (9:45 p.m.), “Poltergeist” (12:15 a.m.) and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (2:30 a.m.).

NBA action includes Boston at Minnesota (TNT, 8 p.m.) and San Antonio at Golden State (TNT, 10:30 p.m.).

Hockey has Philadelphia at Boston (NHL, 7 p.m.).

Spring baseball has Detroit vs. Pittsburgh (MLB, 1 p.m.) and San Francisco vs. Seattle (MLB, 8:30 p.m.).

Men’s college basketball includes Virginia vs. Louisville (ESPN, noon), Clemson vs. Boston College (ESPN, 2 p.m.), Duke vs. Notre Dame (ESPN, 7 p.m.) and Miami vs. North Carolina (ESPN, 9 p.m.) in the ACC quarterfinals.

In the ACC first round play it’s SMU vs. Connecticut (ESPNU, noon), South Florida vs. Memphis (ESPNU, 2 p.m.), Tulane vs. Temple (ESPNU, 7 p.m.) and East Carolina vs. UCF (ESPNU, 9 p.m.).

In the Big East quarterfinals, it’s Xavier vs. St. John’s (Fox Sports 1, noon), Providence vs. Creighton (Fox Sports 1, 2:30 p.m.), Villanova vs. Marquette (Fox Sports 1, 7 p.m.) and Butler vs. Seton Hall (Fox Sports 1, 9:30 p.m.).

The Mountain West quarterfinals have Nevada vs. UNLV (CBS Sports, 3 p.m.), San Diego State vs. Fresno State (CBS Sports, 5:30 p.m.), Boise State vs. Utah State (CBS Sports, 9 p.m.) and New Mexico vs. Wyoming (CBS Sports, 11:30 p.m.).

In the Atlantic 10, second round play has Richmond vs. Duquesne (NBC Sports, 6 p.m.) and GW vs. Saint Louis (NBC Sports, 8:30 p.m.).

In the Big 12 quarterfinals, it’s Texas Tech vs. Texas (ESPN2, 7 p.m.) and West Virginia vs. Baylor (ESPN2, 9 p.m.).

And the Pacific 12 quarterfinals have Utah vs. Oregon (Fox Sports 1, 11:30 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Reese Witherspoon, Katherine Langford. The View: Adam Rippon, Deborah Roberts. Harry Connick: Whoopi Goldberg, Chef Josh Capon (rerun). Steve Harvey: Kevin Frazier, Nischelle Turner, Rickey Smiley (rerun). Ellen DeGeneres: Jamie Dornan, Drew Brees, Troye Sivan (rerun). Wendy Williams: John Leguizamo (rerun). The Real: Laverne Cox, Kandee Johnson, Remy Ma.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Mindy Kaling, Chis Hayes, Amber Allen. Jimmy Kimmel: Kathy Griffin, Mike Epps, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. Jimmy Fallon: Sterling K. Brown, Jack Antonoff, Bleachers. Seth Meyers: Reese Witherspoon, David Redneck, Zach Danziger. James Corden: David Oyelowo, LAUV, Wesley Morris, Jenna Wortham. Trevor Noah: Vann R. Newkirk II. Jordan Klepper: Armondo Iannucci. Conan O’Brien: JB Smoove, Walton Goggins, Morgan Saint.

 

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