Wednesday TV: Another Obstacle Course

TKOIf Kevin Hart is such a comedy and box office force, you have to wonder why he’s hosting a dim new reality show “TKO: Total Knock Out” (CBS, 9 p.m.) in which competitors on yet another TV obstacle course are targets of their competitors, throwing stuff their way. It’s “Wipeout” without the blue sky and with the nonstop chatter of the resolutely unfunny Hart.

Nothing will likely match the heights of James Corden tooling around with Paul McCartney on a Liverpool “Carpool Karaoke” that ended with a barroom concert. But McCartney will certainly appear for a longer time — an hour — in the premiere of the British import “The Ronnie Wood Show” (AXS TV, 8 p.m.) hosted by the Rolling Stones guitarist. McCartney and Wood chat about early influences like Chuck Berry’s “Little Queen,” Marvin Gaye’s “Hitch Hike” and the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” and play a few songs too.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu, streaming) ends its rogue second season with some promised confrontations involving major characters.

The latest “Twilight Zone”-style anthology series comes from a familiar name. “Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters” (truTV, 10 p.m.) features familiar faces in situations that straddle satire and scaring. First up, Seth Green plays a voice over actor for a beloved cartoon bear who suddenly comes after him.

Liv Tyler joins the second season of the historical drama “Harlots” (Hulu, streaming).

Paris Hilton returns to TV hosting “Hollywood Love Story” (Viceland, 10 p.m.), about people, who, as she did, are trying to become famous, but through social media outlets.

The new three part “Kingdoms of the Sky” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) looks at mountain-dwelling animals, starting with the Rockies. It follows the second season start of “Earth’s Natural Wonders” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings).

On the new “Seatbelt Psychic” (Lifetime, 10 p.m.), medium Thomas John surprises ride-share  passengers with messages from the dead and other readings. One prediction for riders: Their trips will be delayed.

It’s the least appealing title for a new show imaginable: “Dr Pimple Popper” (TLC, 10 p.m.) from a dermatologist fresh from YouTube.

Anthony Morgan portrays the title character in music video maker Director X’s new series “Mister Tachyon” (Viceland, 11:30 p.m.) which investigates  fringes of science while wearing a Daft Punk-like helmet.

It’s a whole lot of Gordon Ramsay tonight with a wedding feast challenge after a ceremony he officiates on “MasterChef” (Fox, 8 p.m.) followed by a Mississippi restaurant turnaround on “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back” (Fox, 9 p.m.).

New seasons start for “Junkyard Empire” (Velocity, 10 p.m.), “Tattoo Age” (Viceland, 10:30 p.m.) and “Buying and Selling” (HGTV, 9 p.m.).

Marcel takes on the nightwalkers on “The Originals” (CW, 9 p.m.).

“America’s Got Talent” (NBC, 8 p.m.) looks back at its auditions.

The search for Ariel continues on “Code Black” (CBS, 10 p.m.).

On “Reverie” (NBC, 10 p.m.), Mara tries to save a young dancer.

Snyder makes his play to take over Seattle on “Colony” (USA, 10 p.m.).

On “Big Brother” (CBS, 8 p.m.), Head of Household Kaitlyn has nominated Scottie and Winston for eviction, but tonight’s power of veto may change all that.

Charmaine makes a power grab on “Black Ink Crew: Chicago” (VH1, 8 p.m.).

On “Young & Hungry” (Freeform, 8 p.m.) Gabi plans a girls’ weekend in Mexico and then at 8:30, goes.

On “Little Women LA” (Lifetime, 9 p.m.), Terra’s daughter may need surgery.

Dorinda prepares for a cabaret show on “The Real Housewives of New York” (Bravo, 9 p.m.).

Josh goes to El Mirador on “Expedition Unknown” (Travel, 9 p.m.).

Jack returns to travel after paternity leave on “Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour” (A&E, 9 p.m.) which by now includes Kelly as well.

Turner Classic Movies looks at Comedy Teams with “Abbott and Costello in “The Time of Their Lives” (8 p.m.), Laurel and Hardy in “Sons of the Desert” (9:30 p.m.), the Marx Brothers’ “Monkey Business” (10:45 p.m.), and Martin and Lewis in “At War with the Army” (12:15 a.m.), The Three Stooges in “Beer and Pretzels” (2 a.m.), Burns & Allen in “A Damsel in Distress” (2:30 a.m.) and Wheeler & Woolsey in “Dipsomaniacs” (4:15 a.m.).

The other big World Cup semifinal has Croatia vs. England (Fox, 2 p.m.). Winner plays France for the win.

Baseball includes Detroit at Tampa Bay (MLB, noon), Cubs at San Francisco (MLB, 3:45 p.m.), Texas at Boston (ESPN, 7 p.m.) and Seattle at Los Angeles (MLB, 10 p.m.).

WNBA action has New York at Connecticut (NBA, 11:30 a.m.).

The NBA Summer League Playoffs have playoff games all day starting on ESPNU at 4 p.m. and later also on ESPN2 and NBA.

Wimbledon (ESPN, ESPN2, 8 a.m.) reaches the men’s quarterfinals.

The Tour de France (NBC Sports, 8 a.m.) has Stage 5 is the toughest yet, from L’Orient on the Brittany coast to Quimper.

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Will Arnett, Chef Richard Blais. The View: D.L. Hugely. The Talk: Molly Shannon, Thomas John. Harry Connick: Michael Phelps, Moll Anderson (rerun). Steve Harvey: Anne Burrell. Ellen DeGeneres: Ice Cube, Aubrey Plaza, Arike Ogunbowale (rerun). Wendy Williams: Mona Scott-Young. The Real: Kyle Anfernee (rerun).

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Dwayne Johnson, Alessia Cara. Jimmy Kimmel: Dax Shepard, Kathryn Hahn, Jason Mraz. Jimmy Fallon: Amy Adams, Rob Reiner, Backstreet Boys (rerun). Seth Meyers: Nick Kroll, Stacey Abrams, Katie Stevens, Jennie Vee and Joe Russo. James Corden: Melissa McCarthy, Chris Parnell, Wallows (rerun). Carson Daly: Lucy Hale, I’m With Her, Robin Thede (rerun). Conan O’Brien: Howie Mandel, Lil Rel Howery, Chris Cope.

 

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