Thursday TV: The Saga of Theranos

Amanda Seyfried tries on the odd character of Elizabeth Holmes in the eight-episode limited series “The Dropout” (Hulu, streaming), based on the podcast of the same name. That it’s created by comedy pros — Elizabeth Meriwether (“New Girl”) and director Michael Showalter (“The Big Sick” but also last year’s “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”) brings some added quirks to a story that’s already quirky — and went to court while they were still filming. With a cast that includes Naveen Andres, William H. Macy, Bill Irwin and Laurie Metcalf, it stands out in the crowded recent field of tech con stories.

Kate McKinnon was to originally signed to play Holmes, but pulled out, possibly so she could portray Carole Baskin, of all people, in the probably unnecessary dramatization of “Tiger King” saga, “Joe vs. Carole” (Peacock, streaming). (She does like cats). John Cameron Mitchell (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”) is just about flamboyant enough to play Joe Exotic. Kyle MacLachlan plays the doomed Howard Baskin. But is there enough interest in what was once a phenomenon? The documentary sequel “Tiger King 2” certainly tanked. 

“Star Trek: Picard” (Paramount+, streaming) is back for a 10-episode second season. Annie Werchling joins the cast that includes Patrick Stewart, Jeri Ryan and Alison Pill. 

The weird new animated show “Dicktown” (FXX, 10 p.m.) grew out of the comedy anthology “Cake.” The silly show about a former boy detective all grown up uses the voices and writing of John Hodgman, though the characters look like they’re from the same design of “Archer.”  

“Top Chef” (Bravo, 8 p.m.) begins its 19th season in Houston. 

From Germany comes the thriller “Echos” (Sundance Now, streaming) about a crisis at an underground rave.  

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