Wednesday TV: Mute ‘The Masked Singer’

MaskedSingerA show that would seem to fit these bizarre times is “The Masked Singer” (Fox, 9 p.m.), in which singers (and sports stars) — all promised to be very very famous — are disguised in super-elaborate costumes and a panel of lesser celebrities have to guess who they are.

That the celebrities talk in voices that are also disguised by robotic altering techniques makes it even more bizarre. But saddest are the dim comments and guesses by the panel of Robin Thicke, Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy,  Nicole Scherzinger (the latter two of which have their own Botox masks on). Nick Cannon tries to make epic what is is as silly as the lineups tonight might indicate: Peacock vs. Hippo, Monster vs. Unicorn and Deer vs. Lion.

Original “Mythbuster” Adam Savage returns to host a new version with kids, “Mythbusters Jr” (Science, 9 p.m.).

Two episodes open the second season of the “Black-ish” spinoff “Grown-ish” (Freeform, 8 p.m.), in which Tara Shahid’s Zooey moves off campus.

“True Life / Now” (MTV, 10 p.m.) checks in with some of the subjects in the original “True Life,” starting with the one obsessed with being a Kardashian.

“Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell & Back” (Fox, 8 p.m.) returns for its second season of fixing restaurants, rescuing a Cajun place in New Orleans.

“Nova” (PBS, 9 p.m.) reports on NASA’s very recent achievement, reaching its most distant target yet, Ultima Thule, 4 billion miles away.

“American Masters” (PBS, 10 p.m.) profiles molecular biologist James Watwon, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA.

“Project Runway All Stars” (Lifetime, 9 p.m.) starts its season with past winners from versions of the show in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Holland, England and Canada.

“My 600-lb Life” (TLC, 8 p.m.) returns for its seventh season accompanied by the second season start of “Family by the Ton” (TLC, 10 p.m.).

The Hindenburg Disaster was big enough to take up a whole episode of “Mysteries at the Museum” (Travel, 9 p.m.).

King Alfred faces his greatest threat on “Vikings” (History, 9 p.m.).

“Criminal Minds” (CBS, 10 p.m.) investigates a case in Portland, Ore.

Christie Brinkley joins the judges panel for the second season of the makeup competition “American Beauty Star” (Lifetime, 10 p.m.), co-hosted by Ashley Graham.

“SEAL Team” (CBS, 9 p.m.) teams with the British Special Air Service to save passengers hostage on a hijacked plane.

A fifth season starts for “Blank Ink Crew: Chicago” (VH1, 9 p.m.); “Moonshiners” (Discovery, 9 p.m.) is back for its eighth.

The first of three consecutive Wednesdays featuring the films of Elia Kazan begins on Turner Classic Movies with “On the Waterfront” (8 p.m.), “A Streetcar Named Desire” (10 p.m.), “Viva Zapata” (12:15 a.m.) and “The Sea of Grass” (2:30 a.m.).

NBA action includes Minnesota at Boston (ESPN, 8 p.m.) and Oklahoma City at Lakers (ESPN, 10:30 p.m.).

Hockey has Pittsburgh at Rangers (NBC Sports, 7 p.m.) and San Jose at Colorado (NBC Sports, 9:30 p.m.).

Men’s college basketball includes Tulane at Cincinnati (CBS Sports, 6:30 p.m.), Seton Hall at Xavier (Fox Sports 1, 6:30 p.m.), Harvard at North Carolina (ESPN2, 7 p.m.), Temple at Central Florida (ESPNews, 7 p.m.), Texas Tech at West Virginia (ESPNU, 7 p.m.), Connecticut at South Florida (CBS Sports, 8:30 p.m.), DePaul at Villanova (Fox Sports 1, 8:30 p.m.), Oklahoma at Kansas (ESPN2, 9 p.m.), Iowa State at Oklahoma State (ESPNews, 9 p.m.), Texas at Kansas State (ESPNU, 9 p.m.), Colorado State at UNLV (CBS Sports, 10:30 p.m.) and Utah State at Nevada (ESPNU, 11 p.m.).

In hockey’s world junior championship quarterfinals, it’s Czech Republic vs. U.S. (NHL, 8 p.m.) and Slovakia vs. Russia (NHL, 10:30 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Kerry Washington, John Stamos, Coyote Peterson, Charlie Puth (rerun). The Talk: Nick Cannon. Ellen DeGeneres: Heidi Klum. Wendy Williams: Ice Cube (rerun). The Real: Sweetie, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons (rerun).

Late Talk

All reruns: Stephen Colbert: Michelle Obama, Common. Jimmy Kimmel: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Matty Matheson, Rita Wilson. Jimmy Fallon: Michelle Obama, Ariana Grande. Seth Meyers: Lenny Kravitz, Anthony Atamanuik, Todd Sucherman. James Corden: Rupert Everett, Rob Riggle, Ben Howard. Carson Daly: Charlie Hunnam, Rami Malek, Amen Dunes, Lana Condor.

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