Thursday TV: ‘Dateline’s Own Crime Series

He may have stepped away from “The Bachelor” but Chris Harrison still plays “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” (ABC, 8 p.m.) with Alfonso Ribeiro and Robert Herjavec. Other game shows tonight include “The Chase” (ABC, 9 p.m.) and “The Hustler” (ABC, 10 p.m.). 

One team excels on “Hell’s Kitchen” (Fox, 8 p.m.) and the other one doesn’t.

A two hour special looks into the mechanics of “Built for Mars: The Perseverance Rover” (National Geographic, 8 p.m).

“Mr. Mayor” (NBC, 8 p.m.) tries to convince his daughter that a fling is more serious than it is. 

Drew realizes he’s lost most of his friends on “B Positive” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.).

“The Unicorn” (CBS, 9:30 p.m.) helps Shannon’s ex get a job. 

Annabella Sciorra guest stars on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC, 9 p.m.), helping Benson track down a serial rapist. 

On “Call Me Kat” (Fox, 9 p.m.), Kat and Phil go on an all-nighter. 

Bonnie ponders her spare bedroom on “Mom” (CBS, 9 p.m.) and Rainn Wilson returns to portray her therapist. 

“UFO Witness” (Discovery+, streaming) has its season finale, examining the unlikely prospects of alien-human hybrids. 

The past collides with the present for “Walker” (CW, 8 p.m.). 

On “Legacies” (CW, 9 p.m.), Hope finds herself in a slasher flick.

Stacey becomes one of the girls on “The Rev” (USA, 10:30 p.m.). 

A 90 minute “Summer House” (Bravo, 9 pm.) might take your mind off the polar vortex. 

“The Vaccine: Conquering Covid” (Discovery, 10 p.m.) certainly sounds like more essential programming than, say, the “BattleBots” (Discovery, 8 p.m.) that precedes it. 

Zoey returns home for a long weekend on “Grown-ish” (Freeform, 8 p.m.). 

“Swamp People” (History, 9 p.m.) have their hands full with gators. 

A girl movies in with her wealthy aunt after her mother dies on the made-for-TV thriller “Dying to be a Cheerleader” (Lifetime Movie Network, 8 p.m.).

Angelina does a wedding do-over on “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation” (MTV, 8 p.m.)

The clever “kiss connection” on Turner Classic Movies continues with Frank Sinatra kissing Debbie Reynolds in “The Tender Trap” (8 p.m.), who kisses Gene Kelly in “Singing’ in the Rain” (10 p.m.), who kisses Cyd Charisse in “Brigadoon” (midnight), who kisses Fred Astaire in “The Band Wagon” (2 a.m.)  who kisses Ginger Rogers in “Carefree” (4 a.m.).

During the day TCM has films of the mustachioed Adolphe Menjou, born this day in 1890, with “The Milky Way” (6 a.m.), “New Moon” (7:45 a.m.), “Morning Glory” (9:15 a.m.), “That’s Right — You’re Wrong” (10:45 a.m.), “The Great Lover” (12:30 p.m.), “Friends and Lovers” (1:45 p.m.), “Father Takes a Wife” (3 p.m.), “Stage Door” (4:30 p.m.) and “The Front Page” (6:15 p.m.).

NBA action includes Toronto at Milwaukee (TNT, 7:30 p.m.) and Brooklyn at Lakers (TNT, 10 p.m.).

Hockey includes Islanders at Pittsburgh (NHL, 7 p.m.).

Men’s college hoops includes Iowa at Wisconsin (ESPN, 7 p.m.), Houston at Wichita State (ESPN2, 7 p.m.), Vermont at UMBC (ESPNU, 7 p.m.), BYU at Pacific (CBS Sports, 8 p.m.), Saint Mary’s at Gonzaga (ESPN, 9 p.m.), Rutgers at Michigan (Fox Sports 1, 9 p.m.), Arizona at UCLA (ESPN2, 9 p.m.), Winthrop at High Point (ESPNU, 9 p.m.), San Diego State at Fresno State (CBS Sports, 10 p.m.), Stanford at Washington (Fox Sports 1, 11 p.m.) and Colorado at Oregon (ESPN2, 11 p.m.). 

Women’s soccer has Brazil vs. Argentina (Fox Sports 1, 4 p.m.) and U.S. vs. Canada (Fox Sports 1, 7 p.m.) in the SheBelieves Cup.

The Australian Open (Tennis, midnight) has the women’s doubles final. 

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Leslie Mann, Monica Margin. The View: Laverne Cox. The Talk: Eric Christian Olsen, Daniela Ruah. Ellen DeGeneres: Neil Patrick Harris, Gabby Douglas. Drew Barrymore: Kat Dennings, Garcelle Beauvais. Kelly Clarkson: Terry Bradshaw, Iain Armitage. Tamron Hall: Chad Sanders. Wendy Williams: Jason Biggs. The Real: Robin Thicke, Keri Hilson, Deborah Joy Winans. 

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, the Mountain Goats (rerun). Jimmy Kimmel: Jodie Foster, Kelly Marie Tran, Black Pumas. Jimmy Fallon: Rami Malek, Bridget Everett, Jesus Trejo (rerun). Seth Meyers: Amy Schumer, Thomas Middleditch, Matt Cameron (rerun). James Corden: Nicole Kidman, Kerry Washington, Phoebe Bridgers (rerun). Lilly Singh: Lily Rabe. Conan O’Brien: Jay Baruchel (rerun). 

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