What to Watch Thursday: Game Night Gets Hot, Gang Related Debuts, Last Comic and More

Hollywood Game Night - Season 2On TV this Thursday: Things get hot in Cleveland on Hollywood Game Night, Fox serves up Gang Related crime, Bad Teacher is struck with jealousy and The Carbonaro Effect gets fishy. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

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8 pm Labyrinth (The CW) | Part 1 of the miniseries begins in France in the year 1209, where 17-year-old Alaïs (Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown-Findlay) is given a mysterious book by her father that beholds the secret of the Holy Grail. Eight centuries later, while volunteering at an archeological dig, Alice Turner (Vanessa Kirby, The Hour) finds two skeletons in a cave and a labyrinth symbol carved into a rock — through this discovery, she uncovers a link to her own past. John Hurt (Doctor Who) also stars.

8 pm Hell’s Kitchen (Fox) | Chef Ramsay tests the contestants’ knowledge of pork in a team competition. The winners get – drumroll, please – an indoor sky diving experience!

8 pm Hollywood Game Night (NBC) | The games heat up when Hot in Cleveland‘s Wendi Malick, Valerie Bertinelli and Jane Leeves compete against Mekhi Phifer, Billy Eichner and Andy Richter.

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9 pm Last Comic Standing (NBC) | Season premiere: Auditions kick off with three new judges – Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Russell Peters – and new host JB Smoove. (Watch a sneak peek.)

9 pm Gang Related (Fox) | Series premiere: Ramon Rodriguez (The Wire) plays Detective Ryan Lopez, a rising star on the LAPD Gang Task Force who long before he became a cop, pledged his allegiance to a powerful Latino gang. The cast also includes Terry O’Quinn (Lost), RZA (Californication), Rey Gallegos (Sons of Anarchy), Jay Hernandez (Last Resort), Sung Kang (Fast & Furious), Inbar Lavi (Underemployed) and Shantel VanSanten (One Tree Hill). (Watch a sneak peek.)

9:30 pm Bad Teacher (CBS) | Meredith gets jealous when she sees Joel flirt with another teacher during the 6th grade student sleepover. Fargo’s Colin Hanks guest-stars. 

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10 pm Black Box (ABC) | Catherine and Owen use unconventional methods to help Dr. Reynaud (Edward Herrmann, Gilmore Girls) get over his fear of death so he can be at peace in his final days.

10 pm The Carbonaro Effect (truTV) | Michael has pet store shoppers convinced that they’re seeing multiple fish in an empty water bowl. Now how about some puppies, Michael?

10 pm Maron (IFC) | Marc and Jen go to couples therapy with married therapists but things only get worse.

10:30 pm Comedy Bang! Bang! (IFC) | Jenna Fischer (The Office) shares a clip from her appearance on the British version of Comedy Bang! Bang!

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

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  1. Maron and will prob check out Gang Related.

  2. rflairfan1 says:


    • Sara says:

      Ditto :(

      • rflairfan1 says:

        You know it’s summer time when there is nothing good to watch. Even USA, FX, TNT don’t have as many shows during the summer that they used to. Either that or I don’t watch them or they have ended. LOL

  3. CourtTV says:

    Labyrinth sounds intriguing but I’ve see nothing on it before.

    • rarefied says:

      It’s a series of novels that was written to hitch a ride on the DaVinci Code craze a few years ago. They’re OK, but not as well written as Dan Brown’s books, which should probably tell you everything you need to know.

  4. Viv says:

    You know that summer has arrived when there is nothing to watch on thursday…

  5. Ron says:

    I’ll probably check out Gang Related. Even though I probably can’t watch today, so I wonder if they’ll put it on Hulu or something. Regardless, I’m not sure anything is a must-watch for me tonight.

  6. GhostWolf says:

    Maybe Labyrinth only because of John Hurt and that’s about it.

  7. Joey Padron says:

    Hollywood Game Night, check Gang Related, watch some of Last Comic Standing season premiere, and Jimmy Fallon. DVR Bad Teacher.

  8. Carla Krae says:

    Watching “Motion” on the Live Well Network at 8pm. Recording HGN. Might look at Last Comic Standing.

  9. Tran says:

    Canadiens-Rangers Game Three (GO RANGERS) and Gang Related

  10. wrstlgirl says:

    Finally Gang Related is here, I hope it’s as good as it looks. And I might check out Labyrinth.

  11. Blister says:

    Looks like I will be saving electricity this summer.

  12. Babybop says:

    I’ll DVR Hollywood Game Night because Billy Eichner is on it, but that’s it.

  13. The Beach says:

    I’ll record Gang Related and check it out later…but that’s the only thing that sounds remotely interesting. I guess it’s a Hello Netflix kinda night.

  14. Drew S says:

    What the heck, Last Comic Standing is usually good for a laugh or two, but that’s about it for tonight.

  15. M3rc Nate says:

    Hollywood Game Night: Love the show, but this episode looks BORING considering the cast. Im sorry but it sucks when a fantastic show has a crappy cast full of unknowns or old people or w/e. Same thing has happened with certain “couches” on The Graham Norton show.

    Last Comic Standing: Good for some laughs, why not watch it.

    Gang Related: This one looks good-ish…but i really cant get a read on if it will be a hit, good, or cancelled. I love me some Shantel from OTH, but thats about it. Its another cop show “with a twist” and the twist of the cop actually being a gang member under cover so he can use his cop access to help his gang/family…ehhh..not really that fresh or exciting of a plot. I mean WAY better cop shows have come before it and been cancelled (example: Southland). So i dont know. Will watch it though and give it a shot.

  16. KC says:

    Hollywood Game Night! Jane Lynch makes me watch anything she does!