What to Watch Thursday: Game Night Begins, Sharknado Hits, Netflix Is the New Black and More

Hollywood Game NightOn TV this Thursday: Celebs show up for Hollywood Game Night, a Sharknado is brewing, Degrassi‘s bell rings and Orange Is the New Black starts serving time. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm Summer Camp (USA Network) | Series premiere: The day after NBC opened its Camp, sister network USA offers up a reality series using the same summery theme. A group of adult contestants sleep-away – and vie in physical challenges – at a lakeside retreat. The winners receive $250,000… and, one presumes, a macramé bracelet and a promise to keep in touch over the school year.

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9 pm Sharknado (Syfy) | A superstorm hoovers sharks outta the ocean and hurls them onto land in Syfy’s latest made-for-TV movie. Ian Ziering (Beverly Hills, 90210) and Tara Reid (Scrubs) star, while 1970s Chevy Chase is nowhere to be seen….

9 pm Hell’s Kitchen (Fox) | The final five chefs strive to create the perfect burger.

9 pm Big Brother (CBS) | Will any other skeletons tumble out of the live-feed closet as the eviction show moves to Thursdays…?

9 pm Degrassi: The Next Generation (TeenNick) | Hour-long Season 13 premiere: There’s a sassy new girl! There’s Eli and Clare engaging in some sexy, long-distance shenanigans! There’s Canadian pop star Fefe Dobson performing some new tunes!

9 pm Burn Notice (USA Network) | As Michael and a former Russian operative struggle to get out of Cuba, Strong makes Fiona an offer she can’t refuse.

9 pm Motive (ABC) | A health food guru is found dead in his hot tub, leading Flynn and Vega to a young woman with a big secret.

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10 pm Hollywood Game Night (NBC) | Series premiere: Glee‘s Jane Lynch hosts this new competition, where regular folk and celebrities team up to sip cocktails, take part in party games and vie for a $25,000 prize. Tonight’s line-up features Friends Lisa Kudrow and Matthew Perry, Martin Short (Damages), Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars), Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-0) and Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother). (Watch a preview and see what Lynch has to say about the boozy fun.)

10 pm Graceland (USA Network) | Briggs and Charlie resume their identities as a sexually-charged couple (mrrrow) to get intel on a drug supplier called Odin.

orange is the new black season 2Orange Is the New Black (Netflix) | Series premiere: Weeds creator Jenji Kohan is behind this Netflix original series, all 13 episodes of which are available on the online streaming service as of, well, now. Based on Piper Kerman’s memoir, the dramedy stars Taylor Schilling (Mercy) as a yuppie sent to prison for a decade-old drug crime. Laura Prepon (That ’70s Show) and Jason Biggs (American Pie) co-star. (Check out what Kohan and Schilling  have to say about the already-renewed series, and find out what you need to know before going behind bars.)

Hit the comments with your must-see picks from tonight’s lineup!

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  1. Midori4 says:

    Netflix really needs to rethink their plan. People will talk about their shows for a weekend then all the buzz dies. If they did an episode a week word of mouth would be once a week instead of once a year.

    • Adam says:

      As long as they release a new series once a month or bi-monthly, then there’ll be enough buzz to keep people subscribed to Netflix and get new people to subscribe. They don’t need a weekly release since their business model isn’t based on ratings or any kind of weekly report, they just need people’s monthly subscription fee.

  2. LynnH says:

    Graceland & Wilfred

  3. Andy says:

    Hollywood Game Night to give it a chance, Graceland, and will also check out Orange is the New Black

  4. Maryann says:

    GRACELAND for sure, and possibly MOTIVE as well.

    Will absolutely, definitely NOT be watching any of the new game or “reality” shows, Orange is the New Black, or SyFy’s latetst 0 stars out of 5 movie of the week entries.

  5. David7118 says:

    Sharknado? Seriously? The sharks are dropped on land, people wait inside, the sharks quickly die because they are out of the water, end of 20 minute “movie”.

  6. Guest says:

    Uhhh…what about Rookie Blue??

    That’s what I’m watching!

  7. Ella says:

    I’ll be watching the new Rookie Blue!! Can’t wait!

  8. Michelle says:

    Is Hell’s Kitchen another repeat this week?

  9. Nicole says:


  10. Joey says:

    Graceland and will check out Orange Is The New Black.

  11. Roni says:

    Degrassi and Hollywood Game Night.

  12. Two says:

    The Killing 2 hour premiere
    Defiance finale
    Deadliest Catch

  13. Justin says:

    Burn Notice and Graceland for me tonight

  14. JCK says:

    It’s sad that reruns of TBBT and Two & a Half are highlights of an evening. I’ll give Game Night a shot due to a dearth of better choices.

  15. bobbie says:

    Burn Notice. Thank you Netflix for filling in on hot summer nights while there is a dearth of scripted tv shows to watch.
    Orange is the New Black. I hope it’s not horrible.
    I’ve already rewatched all of Newsroom to prepare for Season 2. I should rewatch all of Season 2 of Episodes, to prepare for Season 3.
    I also have a new book to read.

  16. Sar says:

    Well, this article left out what I will ACTUALLY watch tonight…ROOKIE BLUE!!!!!
    Cannot wait :-)

  17. Mari says:

    Watching the Game Night because of Kristen Bell, Lisa Kudrow and Matthew Perry! Sounds like fun!

    • JCK says:

      I had to turn it off for a number of reasons. It was supposed to be like a game night at Jane’s home. With an orchestra??? Martin Short”s and Matthew Perry’s hair looked like they’d stuck their fingers in a light socket. It was chaotic instead of fun. Really uncomfortable.