Wednesday TV: Another ‘Survivor’ Finale

survivor-recap-episode-12-ghost-island-season-36-featured-1It’s been an interesting season of “Survivor” (CBS, 8 p.m.) if not a great one. Using “Ghost Island,” they’ve been bringing back artifacts from the previous 35 seasons, some of them memorable, many of them not. I’m surprised Dominick is still part of the mix at this point, he put a target on himself in the first moments and has been fighting to change his image ever since. He and Wendell make a good team. But there are other staring competitors including Laurel, Sebastian, Angela and Donathan(?).

Tonight’s finale two hour finale involves a huge maze and a fire-making challenge. A winner is expected shortly after 10 p.m., when the reunion show starts.

The 19th season finale of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC, 9 p.m.) a young woman takes a man hostage at gunpoint and Benson tries to defuse the incident.

Lucious has to choose between his company and his family in the fourth season finale of “Empire” (Fox, 8 p.m.).

On the second to last ever episode of “The Americans” (FX, 10 p.m.), Elizabeth deals with competing loyalties.

Seg tries to save the city in the first season finale of “Krypton” (Syfy, 10 p.m.).

Take 3’s future as a group is in jeopardy in the second season finale of “Star” (Fox, 9 p.m.).

The new series “The Split” (Sundance, 10 p.m.) concerns a family of female divorce lawyers in London. Created by Abi Morgan, who previously wrote “The Hour,” this one features Nicola Walker and Anthony Head.

Creating life in the lab, including long-extinct species, is examined on “NOVA Wonders” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings),

Paige and Rainer go on a publicity tour on “Famous in Love” (Freeform, 8 p.m.).

The 36th season finale of “Nature” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings) looks at the effort to save the most trafficked animal in the world, the pangolin.

Nick has a hard time adjusting to his new task on “The Hamdmaid’s Tale” (Hulu, streaming).

A sixth season starts in San Francisco for the house flipping competition “Brother vs. Brother” (HGTV, 9 p.m.).

The website Vox puts its explaining to work in explicating various aspects of modern life to work in a new series, “Explained” (Netflix, streaming).

On “The Expanse” (Syfy, 9 p.m.), a new presence emerges at the edge of the solar system.

“Being Serena” (HBO, 10 p.m.) winds up with Ms. Williams playing in her first tournaments since giving birth.

There is some news to cover on “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.).

“The Real Housewives of New York City” (Bravo, 9 p.m.) take their annual trip to the Berkshires.

The resistance camp is put in lockdown on “Colony” (USA, 10 p.m.).

The series “SIX” (History, 10 p.m.) ends its first season with a mission debrief.

If it seems like New Year’s Eve it’s because there’s another marathon of the films in “The Thin Man” (TCM, 8 p.m.) series on Turner Classic Movies, with “After the Thin Man” (9:45 p.m.), “Another Thin Man” (11:45 p.m.), “Shadow of the Thin Man” (1:45 a.m.), “The Thin Man Goes Home” (3:30 p.m.) and “Song of the Thin Man” (5:15 a.m.).

It’s part of the network’s weekly focus on series, which spends the day with Torchy Blane with “Smart Blonde” (8:45 a.m.), “Fly Away Baby” (10 a.m.), “The Adventurous Blonde” (11:15 a.m.), “Blondes at Work” (12:30 p.m.), “Torchy Blane in Panama” (1:45 p.m.), “Torchy Gets Her Man” (3 p.m.), “Torchy Blane in Chinatown” (4:15 p.m.), “Torchy Runs for Mayor” (5:30 p.m.) and “Torchy Plays with Dynamite” (6:45 p.m.).

A winner will be determined in the Stanley Cup Eastern conference finals with Washington at Tampa Bay (NBC Sports, 8 p.m.).

It’s Game 5 of the NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals, with Cleveland at Boston (ESPN, 8:30 p.m.).

Baseball includes Kansas City at St. Louis (MLB, 1 p.m.) and Cleveland at Cubs (MLB, 8 p.m.),

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Emilia Clarke, Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers, Caleb Lee Hithinson. The View: Michelle Wolf, Arie Luyendyk Jr., Lauren Burham. The Talk: Isla Fisher, Shannon Woodward. Harry Connick: JD Mccrory, Stephanie Humphrey. Steve Harvey: Bridget Kelly, Garcelle Beauvais, Dr. V. Ellen DeGeneres: Nicki Minaj, “So You Think You Can Dance” All-Stars. Wendy Williams: Matt Barnes, Joshua Jean-Baptiste, Edson Jean. The Real: Angela and Vanessa Simmons.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Jason Bateman, Stephen King, Jim James. Jimmy Kimmel: Shailene Woodley, Jordan Klepper, Blink 182. Jimmy Fallon: Mindy Kling, Andy Cohen, Lil Pump. Seth Meyers: David Letterman, Aurora, Steven Wolf. James Corden: Amanda Peet, Johnny Knoxville, David Blaine. Carson Daly: Gillian Jacobs, Hot Snakes, Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph. Jordan Klepper: Cecile Richards (rerun). Conan O’Brien: Kelsey Grammer, Anthony Joshua, Lake Street Dive.

 

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