Thursday TV: Familiar NBA Finals Matchup

NBAfinalsFor the fourth consecutive year, the NBA Finals have the LeBron James and the Cavaliers against the Steph Curry and the Warriors. But before Cleveland at Golden State (ABC, 9 p.m.) for game 1, there’s the first of Jimmy Kimmel’s “Game Night” (ABC, 8 p.m.) specials with guests that include Kevin Hart, Robert Downey Jr., Will Ferrell and Snoop Dogg.

The best non-sports competition tonight may be the National Spelling Bee (ESPN, 8:30 p.m.) live from the National Harbor in Maryland.

The first season finale of “My Guest Needs No Introduction” (Netflix, streaming) ends with someone who had been a frequent guest on David Letterman’s earlier show, Howard Stern.

On the season finale of “Nobodies” (Paramount, 10:30 p.m.), Rachel and Larry prepare to meet Steven Spielberg.

Even if their marriage was a flop Christina and Tarek continue the show that made them famous, “Flip or Flop” (HGTV, 9 p.m.) which includes them fighting over their new dating plans.

It’s a world of reruns on network TV, even of shows that premiered earlier in the week, “America’s Got Talent” (NBC, 8 p.m.), “Beat Shazam” (Fox, 9 p.m.) and “World of Dance” (NBC, 10 p.m.).

Angelina returns to Miami on “Jersey Shore Family Vacation” (MTV, 8 p.m.).

On “Southern Charm” (Bravo, 9 p.m.), Ashley confronts Kathryn on their first night in Hilton Head.

The Bumblers begin their plan to take down the Doctor on “Imposters” (Bravo, 10:15 p.m.).

“Citizen Rose” (E!, 10 p.m.) meets with her sister in Paris and goes on an International Women’s March.

Another new ex arrives on “Ex on the Beach” (MTV, 9 p.m.).

A special episode of “Mysteries at the Museum” (Travel, 9 p.m.) concentrates on the Lindbergh baby kidnapping.

Troy pushes his luck on “Swamp People” (History, 9 p.m.).

The month-long Thursday night salute to Marlene Dietrich on Turner Classic Movies concludes with “Touch of Evil” (8 p.m.), “Witness for the Prosecution” (10 p.m.), “Stage Fright” (12:15 a.m.), “Rancho Notorious” (2:15 a.m.) and “The Monte Carlo Story” (4 a.m.).

Earlier, it’s all about a dog named Rusty in “Adventures of Rusty” (7:45 a.m.), “For the Love of Rusty” (9 a.m.), “The Son of Rusty” (10:15 a.m.), “My Dog Rusty” (11:30 a.m.), “Rusty Leads the Way” (12:45 p.m.), “Rusty Saves a Life” (2 p.m.) and “Rusty’s Birthday” (3:15 p.m.). But there’s also two about a dolphin: “Flipper” (4:30 p.m.) and “Flipper’s New Adventure” (6:15 p.m.).

Baseball includes Angels at Detroit (MLB, 1 p.m.) and Philadelphia at Dodgers (MLB, 7:30 p.m.).

The French Open (Tennis, 5 a.m.) is still in early-round play.

First round play begins in golf’s U.S. Women’s Open (Fox Sports 1, 3 p.m.).

It’s Japan vs. Portugal (beIN Sports, 11 a.m.) and Canada vs. Turkey (beIN Sports, 1:30 p.m.) in the Toulon U-21 tournament.

The college softball world series begins with Arizona State vs. Oregon (ESPN, noon), Washington vs. Oklahoma (ESPN, 2:30 p.m.), Georgia vs. Florida (ESPN2, 7 p.m.) and Florida State vs. UCLA (ESPN2, 9:30 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Tituss Burgess, Chris Byrne. The View: Andre Leon Talley, Caissie Levy. The Talk: Hank Azaria, Carrie Ann Inana, Carnie Wilson. Harry Connick: Tom Bergeron (rerun). Steve Harvey: Tiffani Thiessen, Ta’Rhonda Jones, Jenni Pulos, Diann Valentine (rerun). Ellen DeGeneres: Kristen Bell, Jamie & Corinne Foxx, Fall Out Boy. Wendy Williams: Janet Mock.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Jamie Foxx, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Deadpool (rerun). Jimmy Kimmel: Claire Danes, Jason Mitchell, Pusha T. Jimmy Fallon: Serena Williams, Priyanka Chopra, David Blaine (rerun). Seth Meyers: Jimmy Fallon, Patton Oswalt, Kylie Minogue, Sarah Tomek (rerun). James Corden: Tony Hale, I’m With Her, Robin Thede (rerun). Trevor Noah: Cynthia Nixon. Jordan Klepper: Sen. Bernie Sanders. Conan O’Brien: Martin Short, Natalie Zea, Michael Longfellow (rerun).

 

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