Thursday TV: ‘The Victim’ from BritBox

The-Victim-1Kelly Macdonald, who is always pretty great, stars in a new four-part limited series “The Victim” (BritBox, streaming) that may give higher prominence to the anglophile streaming service created by BBC and ITV. She plays the mother of a murdered boy accused years later of leaking the name of a suspect (James Harkness). Who is the victim? A detective played by another reliable UK actor, John Hannah, is trying to find out.

Also online, Kate Bosworth stars in a new sci-fi series “The I-Land” (Netflix, streaming), about 10 people who find themselves in a mysterious land and don’t know how they got there. Alex Pettier and Natalie Martinez are also featured in the seven-episode season from Neil LaBute, who created “In the Company of Men” based on his own play, as well as directing “Nurse Betty,” “The Wickerman” and the Syfy series “Van Helsing.”

The third Democratic Presidential Debate (ABC, Telemundo, 8 p.m.) is on a single night for the first time, but still has ten candidates. Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren will be on the same debate stage at the same time for the first time, along with Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, Amy Klobachar, Andrew Yang, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Beto O’Rourke

There’s likely a lot of analysis to follow and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (11:35 p.m.) will go live in order to comment.

Emma Stone narrates a new science series “The Mind, Explained” (Netflix, streaming).

A second season starts for the amusing hit man saga “Mr Inbetween” (FX, 10 p.m.).

Also back for a second season is “This Close” (Sundance, midnight), the unique comedy about two deaf friends, one of whom is engaged. Shoshannah Stern and Joshua Feldman are the creators and stars.

The live eviction between Tommy and Holly may end up in breaking up the season’s longest lasting showman on “Big Brother” (CBS, 9 p.m.), leaving the final four. The reduced cast has certainly made “Big Brother After Dark” (Pop, midnight) a much more boring show.

Vinny is probably a terrible Chippendales dancer on “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation” (MTV, 8 p.m.).

On the first of two “Two Sentence Horror Stories” (CW, 9 p.m.), a monster bothers children.

Garret takes on a new objective on “The Outpost” (CW, 8 p.m.).

On “Ex on the Beach” (MTV, 9 p.m.), Aubrey is caught in a love triangle.

Ann Curry keeps “Chasing the Cure” (TNT, TBS, 9 p.m.).

The James Bond Movies continue in order tonight on Turner Classic Movies: “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (8 p.m.), “Diamonds Are Forever” (10:30 p.m.), “Live and Let Die” (12:45 a.m.) and “The Man with the Golden Gun” (3 a.m.).

During the day are light romances from the 1960s with “Light in the Piazza” (6:15 a.m.), “The Horizontal Lieutenant” (8 a.m.), “Where the Boys Are” (9:45 a.m.), “Follow the Boys” (11:30 a.m.), “Looking for Love” (1:15 p.m.), “The Honeymoon Machine” (2:45 p.m.), “Come Fly with Me” (4:15 p.m.) and “When the Boys Meet the Girls” (6:15 p.m.).

Thursday Night Football has Tampa Bay at Carolina (NFL, 8:20 p.m.).

Baseball includes Arizona at Mets (MLB, 1 p.m.), Cubs at San Diego (MLB, 4 p.m.) and Dodgers at Baltimore (Fox, 7 p.m.).

In basketball, the FIBA World Cup semifinal has Australia vs. Spain (ESPN2, 4 a.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: James McAvoy, Antoni Porowski, Goo Goo Dolls, Buddy Valastro. The Talk: Dr. Phil McGraw. Ellen DeGeneres: Reese Witherspoon. Kelly Clarkson: Jay Leno, Bryce Vine, Marjorie Johnson. Wendy Williams: Chrissy Metz, Clodagh McKenna (rerun). The Real: Dr. Drew Pinsky (rerun).

Late Talk 

Stephen Colbert: Jake Tapper, Jon Lovett. Jimmy Kimmel: Sean Penn, Danielle Macdonald, Green Day. Jimmy Fallon: Jennifer Garner, Jim Jefferies, Megan Thee Stallion. Seth Meyers: Wendy Williams, Kaitlyn Dever, Eric Holder, Terri Lyne Harrington. James Corden: Ed Helms, June Diane Raphael, 5 Seconds of Summer. Carson Daly: Jameela Jamil, Lily Allen, Erica Rhodes (rerun). Trevor Noah: Jamelle Boule. David Spade: Randy & Jason Sklar, Mary Lynn Rajskub. Conan O’Brien: Gerard Butler (rerun).

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