What to Watch Thursday: Archer, Red Nose Day
Your daily guide to the most interesting stuff happening on TV and streaming. All times Eastern.
PICK OF THE NIGHT
FX, 10 p.m.
The first half of the two-episode finale begins tonight with “Deadly Velvet: Part 1” (“Part 2” airs next Wednesday). And it sounds like a fun one: Archer and the crew are hired by a renowned director named Ellis Crane to investigate suspicious activity on his movie set. There will even be a death in one of the episodes, so now might be a good time to check on your tontine scorecard.
Red Nose Day Special
NBC, 9 p.m.
Craig Ferguson hosts the fund-raising event, which will raise money for children in need. But he won’t be alone — the live two-hour special will also include appearances and performances from the likes Ellen DeGeneres, Elton John, Liam Neeson, Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant, Gwen Stefani, Paul Rudd, and… well, and a lot more. See the full list here.
Lifetime, 10 p.m.
This The Help-like Lifetime movie, about a small Southern town sharply divided by racial conflicts in 1977, pulls off the rare triple-entendre title. (1) You’ve got a pair of women (Maggie Grace and Uzo Aduba) trying to start an all-colors-welcome hair salon despite resistance from the locals. (2) You’ve got a liberal-values newcomer from Boston (Adam Brody) who’s looking to finally settle down. (3) And then you’ve got the miniseries Roots, which is captivating everyone in town as it airs on TV. If only there was also a roots-rock band involved somehow, they could’ve snagged the coveted Four Play Award for Most Entendres!
The Graham Norton Show
BBC America, 11:30 p.m.
Craig Ferguson isn’t the only U.K. comic wielding serious starpower tonight — good ol’ Norton has Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, Jodie Foster, and (also) Sir Elton John on deck.