Thursday TV: Jordan Klepper Returns

klepperHis post-“Daily Show” show gig, posing as a far right provocateur in “The Opposition with Jordan Klepper” didn’t work out (some figures are beyond parody). So the sardonic host is back with a more sincere effort, “Klepper” (Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m.) in which he embeds himself with various groups to find out more about them, rather like “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell.”

He starts off by getting in the ring with military vets who use wrestling to deal with PTSD, but gets embedded enough among protesters in a future episode to get himself arrested.

It might sound like fun on paper — a dating competition in an exotic locale. But the dim bulbs in bathing suits who populate the revived series hosted by Kristin Cavallari make “Paradise Hotel” (Fox, 8 p.m.) not exactly worth checking out; but rather something you want to check out of. Patterned now after the even more icky UK “Love Island” (Hulu, streaming), the first episode of “Paradise Hotel” is two hours.

Still, it’s probably elegant compared to “Double Shot at Love with DJ Pauly D & Vinny” (MTV, 8 p.m.).

Cavallari also is among the gullible on “Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry” (E!, 8 p.m.) alongside Kris Jenner and Khloe Kardashian.

Christy celebrates her birthday on the sixth season finale of “Mom” (CBS, 9 p.m.).

Elton John is the inspiration on “Project Runway” (Bravo, 9 p.m.).

On “Better Things” (FX, 10 p.m.), Sam chaperones a bus to Frankie’s poetry slam.

Harvest begins on “The American Farm” (History, 10 p.m.).

Former FBI director James Comey does a “CNN Town Hall” (CNN, 8 p.m.).

On “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC, 8 p.m.), Alex awaits the an agoraphoric blood donor from London.

Employees play laser tag with the new scanners on the first of two new episodes of “Superstore” (NBC, 8 and 8:30 p.m.).

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC, 10 p.m.) becomes the longest running title in the franchise with this episode.

Anna is pushed to the edge on “Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger” (Freeform, 8 p.m.).

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC, 9 p.m.) celebrates Cinco de Mayo.

A man is impaired by a chandelier on “Station 19” (ABC, 9 p.m.).

On “In the Dark” (CW, 9 p.m.), Murphy is unable to deal with things.

Beverly comes to visit “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS, 8 p.m.).

“Young Sheldon” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.) pressures church members for donations.

Liv is on fitness guru brains on “iZombie” (CW, 8 p.m.).

On “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1, 9 p.m.) past queens return for makeovers.

The soda gun is broke on “Abby’s” (NBC, 9:30 p.m.).

On “Life in Pieces” (CBS, 9:30 p.m.), Tim is clingy following his heart attack.

Sandra and Kate are argue opposite sides of a high profile bank robbery case on “For the People” (ABC, 10 p.m.).

“S.W.A.T.” (CBS, 10 p.m.) goes after a lone gunman at large in L.A.

Christy starts a lingerie line on “Little Women: LA” (Lifetime, 10 p.m.).

Turner Classic Movies’ Thursday night films on the WWII Homefront focuses on comedy and romance with “The More the Merrier” (8 p.m.), “The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek” (10 p.m.), “The Clock” (midnight), “Miracle in the Rain” (1:45 a.m.), “Class of ’44” (3:45 a.m.) and “The Very Thought of You” (5:30 a.m.).

Earlier on TCM, it’s musicals all day with “The Girl of the Golden West” (7 a.m.), “Let Freedom Ring” (9:15 a.m.), “The Harvey Girls” (11 a.m.), “Two Guys from Texas” (12:45 p.m.), “Annie Get Your Gun” (2:15 p.m.), “Seven Brides of Sven Brothers” (4:15 p.m.) and “The Fastest Guitar Alive” (6:15 p.m.).

NBA Playoffs have Toronto at Philadelphia (ESPN, 8 p.m.) and Denver at Portland (ESPN, 10:30 p.m.).

Stanley Cup begins its Eastern Conference Finals with Carolina at Boston (NBC Sports, 8 p.m.).

Baseball includes Miami at Cubs (MLB, 2 p.m.), San Francisco at Colorado (MLB, 5 p.m.), Seattle at Yankees (MLB, 6:30 p.m.) and Atlanta at Arizona (MLB, 10:30 p.m.).

College baseball has LSU at Arkansas (ESPNU, 7:30 p.m.).

The Curling World Cup Grand Final has U.S. vs. Canada (NBC Sports, midnight).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Keanu Reeves, Mena Massed. The View: Dr. Jennifer Ashton. The Talk: Johnny Galecki, Janee Bolden. Ellen DeGeneres: George Clooney, Willa Amai. Wendy Williams: Dr. Mehmet Oz. The Real: Sen. Cory Booker, Lorraine Toussaint.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Matt Walsh, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole, Sam Richardson, Sarah Sutherland, Clea DuVall. Jimmy Kimmel: Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jacob Batalon, Vampire Weekend. Jimmy Fallon: Halle Berry, Chris Kattan, Luke Combs. Seth Meyers: Amy Poehler, Dr. Ruth Westheimer. James Corden: Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Andy Sandford. Carson Daly: Katie Nolan, Haelos, Diara Kilpatrick. Trevor Noah: Mark Jonathan Harris. Conan O’Brien: Rose Matafeo.

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