Wednesday TV: New ‘Imaginary Mary’

ImaginaryMaryAt 45, Jenna Elfman is a little old to still be playing the insecure ingenue, trying not to ruin her relationship with a divorcee with three kids. But she still has a few comic chops in “Imaginary Mary” (ABC, 8:30 p.m.), a new series in which she’s aided by her imaginary friend from childhood — a furry little thing only she can see, and who is voiced by Rachel Dratch. It’s one of those odd shows where the animated aspect (and kids) make it seem like it’s a family comedy for children, although it ultimately is not.

ABC is casting its comedy lot with these weird animated hybrids, but the better of them, “Downward Dog,” is yet to come this spring.

The new series “Harlots” (Hulu, streaming) concentrates on the rivalry of brothels in 18th century London — one run by a madam portrayed by Samantha Morton, the other played by Lesley Manville. Unlike other Hulu offerings, all eight episodes are available at once.

Melissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone are behind the new comedy series “Nobodies” (TV Land, 10 p.m.), about a trio of friends and improv actors and comedy writers struggling to get bigger jobs. It stars Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras and is filled with guest stars, starting with Maya Rudolph and Jason Bateman.

It’s accompanied by a second season of “Lopez” (TV Land, 10:30 p.m.), which is already lasting longer than George Lopez’ last sitcom.

A spinoff of the property flipping series goes to Illinois with “The Deed: Chicago” (CNBC, 10 p.m.).

One of the great new series this year, the mind-expanding “Legion” (FX, 10 p.m.) reaches its first season finale in spectacular fashion.

Their candidate is in the White House, but “Duck Dynasty” (A&E, 11 p.m.) is over, as the series ends after 11 seasons. Blow a sad duck call through your beard.

It’s another conceptual “Modern Family” (ABC, 9 p.m.), with a look at five minutes in each of the characters’ lives.

“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.) tackles rape kits.

As environmental laws crumble, “Nature” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings), takes a look at how climate change has affected Yosemite National Park.

Cookie goes forward with Angelo on “Empire” (Fox, 9 p.m.).

“Blackish” (ABC, 9:30 p.m.) takes on stereotypes in rap videos.

One castaway is a little desperate for an immunity idol on “Survivor” (CBS, 8 p.m.).

Turmoil in an African country distracts the “Designated Survivor” (ABC, 10 p.m.).

Jaha finds a lead to the second dawn on “The 100” (The CW, 9 p.m.).

Jane and Oliver expose secrets between them on “Blindspot” (NBC, 8 p.m.).

“Chicago P.D.” (NBC, 10 p.m.) looks into crime within the wealthiest families.

An urban vampire is on the loose on “Criminal Minds” (CBS, 9 p.m.), while “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” (CBS, 10 p.m.) goes to South Korea.

“Arrow” (The CW, 8 p.m.) calls on the Brava to take down Prometheus.

It’s cars vs. bikes on “Major Crimes” (TNT, 9 p.m.).

A billionaire is charged with rape on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC, 9 p.m.).

Video leaks cause problems on “Shots Fired” (Fox, 8 p.m.).

Holden leads his crew through Ganymede on “The Expanse” (Syfy, 10 p.m.).

Prom plans go badly on “The Goldbergs” (ABC, 8 p.m.).

Margo tries to keep a sensitive secret on “The Magicians” (Syfy, 9 p.m.).

“The Last Alaskans” (Discovery, 9 p.m.) get some visitors.

Turner Classic Movies presents movies based on the novels of Guy De Maupassant: “Diary of a Madman” (8 p.m.), “Le Plaisir” (10 p.m.), “Mademoiselle Fifi” (midnight), “Masculine Feminin” (1:30 a.m.) and “A Day in the Country” (3:30 a.m.).

NBA action includes Oklahoma City at Orlando (NBA, 7 p.m.) and Golden State at San Antonio (ESPN, 9:30 p.m.).

Hockey includes Chicago at Pittsburgh (NBC Sports, 8 p.m.).

Spring baseball includes Philadelphia at Detroit (MLB, 1 p.m.) and Dodgers at Seattle (MLB, 4 p.m.).

Men’s college basketball includes Texas A&M CC at UMBC (CBS Sports, 7 p.m.) and Furman at Saint Peter’s (CBS Sports, 9 p.m.) in CIT semifinals, and Coastal Carolina at Wyoming (ESPNU, 9 p.m.) in game 2 of the CBI finals.

In tennis, it’s the men’s and women’s quarterfinals in the Miami Open (ESPN2, 1 and 7 p.m.).

And it’s the women’s and pairs short programs in world championships of figure skating (NBC Sports, noon).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa: Viola Davis, James McAvoy, Christian Slater. The View: Katie Holmes. The Talk: Lisa Kudrow, Jason Kennedy. Harry Connick: Michael Pena, Brooklyn Decker. Ellen DeGeneres: Nicole Kidman (rerun). Wendy Williams: Michael Bolton (rerun). The Real: Nene Lekes.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Emma Roberts, Ken Jeong, Lake Bryan, Dierks Bentley. Jimmy Kimmel: Dave Chappelle, Naomi Scott, Weezer (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Katie Holmes, Andrew Rannells, Zac Brown Band. Seth Meyers: Morgan Freeman, Keeley Hawes, Mikaela Shiffrin, Bastille. James Corden: Victoria Beckham, Jessica Chastain, Lisa Kudrow. Carson Daly: Rene Perez Joglar. Conan O’Brien: Terry Crews, Andy Daly, Strand of Oaks.

 

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