On TV this Thursday: The 4th Annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards honor the small screen, Rectify searches for the truth, Rookie Blue gets held up and Dominion wages war. Here are 10 programs to keep on you radar.
What to Watch Today
Critics' Choice, Rectify Returns, Rookie Blue, Defiance & More
Critics' Choice Television Awards
Cedric the Entertainer (The Soul Man) hosts the fourth annual ceremony celebrating excellence in television from the 2013-14 season.
New time slot alert! Catherine and Ian work to remove a stray bullet from a journalist (eep!) without the help of modern technology. Also, Catherine meets Will’s parents and panics about becoming a boring housewife — clearly someone hasn’t watched Desperate Housewives.
Season 2 premiere: Nolan’s search for Irisa leads him to the Windy City. Meanwhile in Defiance, the Earth Republic appoints the calculating and ambitious Niles Pottinger (James Murray, Primeval) as it’s new mayor.
First, the teams compete to turn the ingredients they bought on a budget into entrées commanding a high dollar value. Next, the cheftestants must cook for immunity as Chef Ramsay welcomes back three former winners to judge each entrée. (All the actual chefs are busy playing judge on Top Chef.)
Double-episode Season 5 premiere: While off-duty, Andy and Dov get caught in a diner hold-up. Then at 10, Andy responds to a homicide while showing a new rookie (Matthew Owen Murray, The L.A. Complex) the ropes. Oliver Becker (The Line) joins the cast as Inspector Jarvis and Duncan.
Series premiere, 90 minutes: In this follow-up to the film Legion, soldier Alex Lannon (Christopher Egan, Kings) must balance his love for Claire Riesen (Roxanne McKee, Game of Thrones) with his destiny: leading humanity in the war against angels. The cast includes Tom Wisdom (Mile High), Alan Dale (Once Upon a Time), Anthony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Luke Allen Gale (Monroe) and Shivani Ghai (Eastenders).
Season 2 premiere: Daniel’s family fears he won’t recover from his injuries while Sheriff Daggett investigates his beating. Elsewhere Ted Jr. hides a shameful secret from his wife.
When Nicki suddenly spices up their sex life, Justin turns to Danny for help. Then at 9:30, Leslie’s ex-husband (guest star Josh Hopkins, Cougar Town) pays an impromptu visit, forcing Danny to choose between family and friendship.
Last Comic Standing
Wanda Sykes (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer) continue mentoring the comics as they compete to make it in the Top 10 in the second day of semi-finals.
Comedy Bang! Bang!
Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex) aims to prove that she a master of defending the comedy prowess of the opposite sex.