Thursday TV: ‘Surviving R. Kelly’

r-kellyA year after the #MeToo Movement, the spotlight returns to R. Kelly, the R&B star who has been accused for years for sexual abuse of underage girls. Several of the survivors step forward to tell their story in the six-hour documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly” (Lifetime, 9 p.m.).

Kelly’s siblings talk about abuse in the family growing up in the opening chapters, which also includes comments from John Legend and Wendy Williams. The series runs two hours a night through Saturday.

It’s not that there’s a clamor for citizen gladiator competitions, it’s just that they’re so cheap to do. Even ones with stars hosting them. The latest of those is “The Titan Games” (NBC, 8 p.m.), hosted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Maybe it will do better than Kevin Hart.

“Gotham” (Fox, 8 p.m.) returns for tis fifth season, the prequel series gets closer and closer to the establishment of Batman.

Also just starting its new season (its sixth) is “The Blacklist” (NBC, 10 p.m.), in which Red and the team go after a plastic surgeon altering criminals.

The two-hour documentary “The Last Days of JFK Jr.” (ABC, 9 p.m.) looks at the glamorous life of John F. Kennedy Jr. before his fatal plane crash 20 years ago this July.

On the new “Travel Man” (Ovation, 10 p.m.), Richard Ayoade packs his bags to see various parts of the world.

Penny and Leonard organize a paintball game on a new episode of “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS, 8 p.m.).

“Top Chef” (Bravo, 8 p.m.) has a double elimination.

A school shooting prompts a copycat crime on “S.W.A.T.” (CBS, 10 p.m.).

“Young Sheldon” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.) experiments on Missy.

A planet is about to be destroyed by its sun on “The Orville” (Fox, 9 p.m.).

“Dr. Pimple Popper” (TLC, 9 p.m.) deals with a series of bumps on its second season debut.

Also back for a second season, the reality show “Music City” (CMT, 10 p.m.).

An 11th season starts for “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles” (Bravo, 9 p.m.).

Big sword ’n’ sandal epics are on Turner Classic Movies tonight with “Ben-Hur” (8 p.m.), “Demetrius and the Gladiators” (midnight), “Spartacus” (2 a.m.) and “The Slave” (5:30 a.m.).

Earlier, there’s a slew of films starring Marion Davies, the actress (and William Randolph Hearst mistress) born this date in 1897, with “The Patsy” (6 a.m.), “Ever Since Eve” (7:30 a.m.), “Hearts Divided” (9 a.m.), “The Bachelor Father” (10:30 a.m.), “Going Hollywood” (12:15 p.m.), “Cain and Mable” (1:45 p.m.), “Not So Dumb” (3:30 p.m.), “The Florodora Girl” (5 p.m.) and “Peg O’ My Heart” (6:30 p.m.).

NBA action has Toronto at San Antonio (TNT, 8 p.m.) and Houston at Golden State (TNT, 10:30 p.m.).

Hockey includes Chicago at Islanders (NBC Sports, 7:30 p.m.).

Men’s college basketball includes North Carolina State at Miami (ESPNU, 7 p.m.), Illinois at Indiana (Fox Sports 1, 7 p.m.), Jacksonville State at Belmont (ESPNU, 9 p.m.), Saint Mary’s at San Francisco (ESPN2, 9 p.m.), Colorado at Arizona (Fox Sports 1, 9 p.m.), Stanford at UCLA (ESPN, 11 p.m.) and BYU at Pacific (ESPNU, 11 p.m.).

Women’s games include Connecticut at Baylor (ESPN, 9 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Jada Pinkett Smith, Shay Mitchell, Sam Heughan, Troye Sivan (rerun). The View: Alan Dershowitz. The Talk: Shemar Moore. Ellen DeGeneres: Dax Shepard. Wendy Williams: Macy Gray, Suze Orman (rerun). The Real: Kym Whitley, April Ryan (rerun).

Late Talk

All reruns: Stephen Colbert: Michael Douglas, Sen. Ben Sasse. Jimmy Kimmel: Nicole Kidman, Ron Livingston, the Smashing Pumpkins. Jimmy Fallon: Jason Momoa, J.K. Simmons, Joe Machi. Seth Meyers: Natalie Portman, Adam Pally, Pistol Annies, Todd Sucherman. James Corden: Jamie Dornan, Florence Welch, Florence + The Machine. Carson Daly: Jameela Jamil, Brett Gelman, Family of the Year, Alex Wolff.

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