Also on Wednesday: ‘Brockmire’s Dystopia

BrockmireFor the fourth and final season of “Brockmire” (IFC, 10 p.m.), its makers devised what seemed at the time a darkly amusing move a decade in the future, where there is dystopian chaos, cities on fire, and things so bad for baseball that they have hired Jim Brockmire, Hank Azaria’s amusingly foul-mouthed, plaid-coat wearing sportscaster, as commissioner of the sport.

Suddenly, this imagined dystopia is no longer amusing (and no baseball at all happening, at least until mid-May). But we’re glad to have “Brockmire” back anyway, retooled as a story of a man trying to raise a daughter (Reina Hardesty) going off to college.

One thing it seemed like we would be losing in the current pandemic is the rich political satire that puts each day’s bizarre news in context every night. Most shows immediately went to reruns for the time being, but a few have gone on with no audience — “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS, 11:35 p.m.) began frontloading their reruns with 20 minutes of fresh material each night this week, shot at Colbert’s home. It was followed by similarly home-shot bits on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Tuesday.

“This Week Tonight with John Oliver” tried a stark, audience-free 20 minutes of its own on Sunday, but went on hiatus for the time being. “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.) is the first to keep doing shows with no audiences after last week’s effort. There’s another new one tonight.

The most bizarre series of the season is “Motherland: Fort Salem” (Freeform, 8 p.m.) where the witches are not only real, but they’re arming and training against terrorist threats. Seems a little frantic.

There must be enough ghosts to go along for another new paranormal show, “True Terror with Robert England” (Travel, 9 p.m.), hosted by the actor behind Freddy Krueger in the “Nightmare on Elm Street” movies.

“Big Cat Country” (Smithsonian, 8 p.m.) wraps up its first season following two prides of lions in Zambia.

“Ask MSNBC” (MSNBC, 1 p.m.) is a useful, newly-installed daily interactive program answering questions regarding the pandemic, involving a number of experts who Skype in.

Two tribes are sent to tribal council on “Survivor” (CBS, 8 p.m.) and Tyson is acting sneaky on the Edge of Extinction.

Claire is tripped up on the way to an interview for her dream job on “Modern Family” (ABC, 9 p.m.).

Nia struggles in an audition on “Twenties” (BET, 9 p.m.).

On “Awkwafina is Nora from Queens” (Comedy Central, 9:30 p.m.), an app is launched.

“Chicago Med” (NBC, 8 p.m.) reaches its 100th episode; a house fire has a personal component on “Chicago Fire” (NBC, 9 p.m.); and a reformed gang member is tapped to help get some key testimony in a murder case on “Chicago P.D.” (NBC, 10 p.m.).

Joel McHale is guest judge on “The Masked Singer” (Fox, 8 p.m.), where last week Sarah Palin was unmasked to be the Bear and sang “Baby Got Back” (Her 2008 debate partner for the vice presidential seat, meanwhile, was winning this year’s Democratic primary nomination for president).

“LEGO Masters” (Fox, 8 p.m.) take their inspiration from a storybook.

Katie plays match maker on “American Housewife” (ABC, 8:30 p.m.).

Adam and Murray pretend they went camping on “The Goldbergs” (ABC, 8 p.m.).

On “Schooled” (ABC, 8:30 p.m.), Lainey gets competitive about her singing.

Danni becomes mediator on “Tyler Perry’s Sistas” (BET, 8 p.m.).

“SEAL Team” (CBS, 8 p.m.) protects a group of engineers building a dam.

Couples confer on “Bride & Prejudice: Forbidden Love” (Lifetime, 10 p.m.).

“S.W.A.T.” (CBS, 9 p.m.) looks for an abducted teen.

There are flings aplenty on “Summer House” (Bravo, 8 p.m.).

Danielle tries to stop the filming of the reunion episodes on “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” (Bravo, 8 p.m.). It has been going on for three weeks, after all.

Walt and Jess go to premarital counseling on “Black Ink Crew” (VH1, 8 p.m.).

A winner may be named on “America’s Top Dog” (A&E, 8 p.m.).

It’s Mary Lynn Rajskub & Matt Richards vs. Parvesh Cheena and Hana Mae Lee on “The Funny Dance Show” (E!, 10:30 p.m.).

One good thing about sheltering in place is that there’s still two weeks left of the Joe E. Brown spotlight on Turner Classic Movies. Tonight: “Shut My Big Mouth” (8 p.m.), “Earthworm Tractors” (9:30 p.m.), “The Daring Young Man” (11 p.m.), “Sons O’ Guns” (12:30 a.m.), “Son of a Sailor” (2 a.m.), “Going Wild” (3:30 a.m.) and “A Very Honorable Guy” (4:45 a.m.).

Earlier, it’s all about Edward Everett Horton, born this day in 1886, with “Biography of a Bachelor Girl” (6:15 a.m.), “Roar of the Dragon” (7:45 a.m.), “Hitting a New High” (9 a.m.), “But the Flesh is Weak” (10:30 a.m.), “Going Highbrow” (noon), “The Body Disappears” (1:15 p.m.), “The Great Garrick” (2:30 p.m.), “Smarty” (4 p.m.), “Wide Open” (5:15 p.m.) and “Lonely Wives” (6:30 p.m.).

No sports again, of course, but there is a free agency special on “NFL Live” (ESPN, 2 and 9 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Selena Gomez, RuPaul, Matt Bomer, Marc Santa Maria. The View: Dana Loesch, Dan Abrams. The Talk: Garth Brooks. Ellen DeGeneres: Kendall Jenner. Kelly Clarkson: Steven Weber, Trichina Arnold. Tamron Hall: Von Miller (rerun). Wendy Williams: Fran Drescher (rerun). The Real: Rapsody.

Late Talk

All reruns: Stephen Colbert: Chris Christie, Nathaniel Rateliff. Jimmy Kimmel: Amy Poehler, David Sedaris, SuperM. Jimmy Fallon: JJ Watt, Louis Tomlinson. Seth Meyers: Elisabeth Moss, Richard E. Grant, Mt. Joy. James Corden: Patrick Stewart, June Diane Raphael. Lilly Singh: Madelaine Paetsch, Mena Massoud. Trevor Noah: Nneka Ogwumike. David Spade: Zainab Johnson, Nikki Glaser, Fortune Feimster. Conan O’Brien: Fred Armisen.

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