Thursday TV: ‘Strange Angel’ Finale

StrangeAngelOne of the most unusual shows from a network — and the only original series on CBS All Access not tied to a previous franchise — “Strange Angel” (CBS All Access, streaming) winds up its first season tonight. It follows the true story of a janitor turned rocket hobbiest who on the way of inventing liquid fuel propulsion also joins a sex cult headed by Alastair Crowley.

Jack Reynor and Bella Heathcote star, and Rupert Friend of “Homeland” is a standout. Its makers are having fun with the freedom afforded in streaming shows. Here’s a little something I wrote about the finale for TV Guide / TV Insider this week.

Elsewhere, Sam is on the brink of fatherhood on the second season finale of “Detroiters” (Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m.).

Franklin clears the air with an old business partner on “Snowfall” (FX, 10 p.m.).

The four remaining teams on “The Great Food Truck Race” (Fooc, 9 p.m.) pull into Yuma, Ariz.

On the new “Nightwatch Nation” (A&E, 10 p.m.), emergency medical workers in four towns are followed in their work. It’s from Dick Wolf, better known for his scripted shows like “Law & Order.”

Either Rockstar or Kaycee will be evicted from “Big Brother” (CBS, 9 p.m.) after a live vote.

A client is murdered on “Take Two” (ABC, 10 p.m.).

The team looks into Lavinia’s past on the first of two new episodes of “Trial & Error” (NBC, 9 p.m.).

On “Queen of the South” (USA, 9 p.m.), Teresa aligns with an ambitious politician.

Rob Riggle, Ed Helms and Regina Hall are guest judges on “The Gong Show” (ABC, 8 p.m.).

Bob Lee finds a fringe group on “Shooter” (USA, 10 p.m.).

Wolves and lions are problems for the “Mountain Men” (History, 9 p.m.).

There’s a sneak peak at the second season of “Jersey Shore Family Vacation” (MTV, 8 p.m.).

Winter in Mongolia isn’t fun on “Alone” (History, 10 p.m.).

“Braxton Family Values” (We, 9 p.m.) returns with new episodes.

Mountain cabins get attentions on the new “Rustic Rehab” (HBTV, 8 p.m.).

“Bring It!” (Lifetime, 9 and 10 p.m.) brings back to back episodes.

Kenyan Thompson Debi Mazur, Thomas Lennon, Sherri Shepherd, Horatio Sanz and Gillian Jacobs play “Match Game” (ABC, 9 p.m.).

The versatile actress Miriam Hopkins is star on Turner Classic Movies with “The Stranger’s Return” (6 a.m.), “The Richest Girl in the World” (7:30 a.m.), “Splendor” (9 a.m.), “Men Are Not Gods” (10:30 a.m.), “Barbary Coast” (noon), “Virginia City” (1:45 p.m.), “The Old Maid” (4 p.m.), “Old Acquaintance” (6 p.m.), “Trouble in Paradise” (8 p.m.), “These Three” (9:30 p.m.), “The Story of Temple Drake” (11:30 p.m.), “Lady with Red Hair” (1 a.m.), “Wise Girl” (2:30 a.m.) and “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” (4 a.m.).

Preseason football has Jets at Washington (ESPN, 8 p.m.).

Baseball includes Tampa Bay at Yankees (MLB, 1 p.m.), Cubs at Pittsburgh (MLB, 7 p.m.) and Arizona at San Diego (MLB, 10 p.m.).

Golf’s U.S. Amateur (Fox Sports 1, 7 p.m.) reaches its round of 16.

NASCAR runs its UNOH 200 (Fox, 8:30 p.m.) in prime time.

Soccer’s women’s under-20 World Cup reaches its quarterfinals with Spain vs. Nigeria (Fox Sports 2, 10 p.m.) and France vs. North Korea (Fox Sports 2, 1:30 p.m.).

Tennis’ Western Southern Open (ESPN2, 1, 9 and 11 p.m.) reaches its round of 16.

In the Little League World Series, it’s Puerto Rico vs. Seoul (ESPN, 1 p.m.), Staten Island vs. Des Moines (ESPN, 3 p.m.), Mexico vs. Australia (ESPN, 5 p.m.) and Coventry, R.I., vs. Houston (ESPN, 7 p.m.).

It’s the U.S. championships in men’s gymnastics (NBC Sports, 8 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Jenni Farley, Brian Kelly, Sugarland. The View: Kelly Preston, Vanessa Kirby (rerun). The Talk: Sam Claflin, Shailene Woodley, Darin Brooks (rerun). Harry Connick: Marie Osmond, Margot Bingham (rerun). Steve Harvey: Tom Bergeron, Caari Champion, Dr. V, Alesha Renee (rerun). Ellen DeGeneres: Amy Schumer, Evan Rachel Wood, Pink, Bebe Rexha, Florida Georgia Line (rerun). Wendy Williams: Teyana Taylor, Jackie Miranne (rerun). The Real: Erika Christensen (rerun).

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Tommy Vietor, Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Constance Wu, Jay Rock. Jimmy Kimmel: Don Cheadle, Zoe Kravitz, Blood Orange with A$AP Rocky. Jimmy Fallon: Nick Kroll, Aerosmith. Seth Meyers: Jessica Biel, Awkwafina, Matt Groening. James Corden: Allison Janney, Judd Apatow, Death Cab for Cutie. Carson Daly: Carrie-Ann Moss, Neck Deep, Will Yun Lee (rerun). Trevor Noah: D.L. Hugely. Conan O’Brien: in Italy (rerun).

 

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