Thursday TV: End of ‘Expedition,’ Louie Goes an Hour

There’s almost no question who will win the first season of “Expedition Impossible” (ABC, 9 p.m.), the Mark Burnett reality series so closely based on “The Amazing Race” except that they don’t go anywhere but Morocco and use teams of three instead of two.

“The Gypsies,” the politically incorrect name for a group of friends who just like to travel a lot, have finished first every week of the competition except one, and are likely to do so in tonight’s finale.

Competing in the final four with them are the “Fab 3,” “Football Players” and the “No Limits,” a team that included, impressively, a blind guy.

(You sort of knew teams called “Mom’s Army” and “Grandpa’s Warriors” would be among the first to go).

Each member of the winning team gets $50,000 and a Ford Explorer.

Everybody wins with a one-hour episode of “Louie” (FX, 10:30 p.m.) in which star Louis C.K. “has an adventure in Afghanistan.”

Reila and Danielle are both up for eviction on “Big Brother” (CBS, 9 p.m.). What they don’t know is that there will be a second houseguest booted out as well, and it won’t be the ZingBot3000.

Another skill hopeful designers didn’t know they had to have: running. Winners of a race become team captains on a New Balance clothing challenge on “Project Runway” (Lifetime, 9 p.m.).

The latest nonfiction film in Oprah’s Documentary Club is “Life 2.0” (OWN, 9 p.m.) about people who lose themselves in virtual reality and digital avatars. As opposed to TV.

Tonight’s episode of “Children’s Hospital” (Cartoon Network, midnight) serves as a kind of reunion of the canceled “Party Down,” with Lizzy Caplan, Martin Starr and Ryan Hansen joining cast members Ken Marino and Megan Mullally.

I met Devin, the girl who is at the center of the corn-pone “Bachelorette” show, “Sweet Home Alabama” (CMT, 9 p.m.). She could do better.

A replay of Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan” (TNT, 8 p.m.) takes more than three thours.

“Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero” (Discovery, 8 p.m.) chronicles the nearly 10 year effort to build at the site of the WOrld Trade Center. Steven Spielberg produced the six hour series, which is being presented in two, three hour chunks, beginning tonight.  long. And it still won’t be built by the end of it.

The Situation is caught up in one of his own lies and a big brawl with Ronnie dominatess a new “Jersey Shore” (MTV, 10 p.m.).

Officual documentation is part of the mix on the two hour special “Secret Access: UFOs on the Record” (History, 8 p.m.), which is paired with the special “Ancient Aliens” (History, 10 p.m.).

No stopping it now. Preseason NFL action has Washington at Baltimore (ESPN, 8 p.m.).

The ad exec who created the Jolly Green Giant, Tony the Tiger, Toucan Sam and the Pillsbury Doughboy, Leo Burnett, is profiled on “CNBC Titans” (CNBC, 10 p.m.).

“Last Call with Carson Daly” (NBC, 1:35 a.m.) is now being rebroadcast the next day at decent hours — on Fuse at 6:30 and 10:30 p.m.

Miss it on NBC the other day? The seadon three finale of “American Ninja Warrior” (G4, 8 p.m.) reruns where it ought to have originally planed anyway.

Burt Lancaster is the star on Turner Classic Movies all day. The prime time selections begin with “The Leopard” (8 p.m.) and continue with “The Killers” (11:30 p.m.), “Seven Days in May” (1:30 a.m.) and “Scorpio” (3:45 a.m.).

Daytime Talk

Regis and Kelly: Ewan McGregor, Eric Stonestreet. The View: Sara Ramirez Jaleel White, Lucy Danziger, Charlie Wilson (rerun). The Talk: David Cook, Jenna Elfman (rerun). Ellen DeGeneres: Kate Hudson, Romeo, Chelsie Hightower (rerun). Wendy Williams: Patricia Heaton, LisaRaye McCoy (rerun).

Late Talk

David Letterman: Paul Rudd, Bill Burr, Dennis Chambers. Jay Leno: Dolly Parton, Ben Bailey (rerun). Jimmy Kimmel: Howie Mandel, Ashley Hebet and J.P. Rosenbaum, Rachel Maddow, Jake Shimabukuro (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Ryan Reynolds, Viola Davis, Fountains of Wayne (rerun). Craig Ferguson: Kal Penn, Alice Eve. Carson Daly: Adam Pally, Make Believe, the Black Angels (rerun). Jon Stewart: Michael Wallis (rerun). Stephen Colbert: Robert Wittman (rerun). Conan O’Brien: Jim Parsons, Marisa Miller, Brendon Walsh (rerun). Chelsea Handler: Jessica Chastain, Chris Hardwick, Jen Kirkman, Ryan Stout.

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