Critic’s Corner: What’s on TV Thursday

Animal Planet

Saving Rhino Phila 8 p.m., Animal Planet

Phila was shot in South Africa a number of times by poachers using helicopters, automatic weapons, and night vision goggles, in attempts to get her horn. Their bullets have shattered her foot and hit her in the mouth. But she survived. The only way to protect her was to put her in a zoo. This powerful, Panda Award-winning documentary combines real footage, interviews, and dramatic re-creations. It’s followed at 9 p.m. by an Animal Planet show called “Battleground: Rhino Wars” (above) that covers the same territory.

Oz the Great and Powerful 8 p.m., E!


With each commercial for this prequel movie, with each release of a new clip, with each interview with one of the cast members, I want to see it less. “Oz the Great and Powerful” looks like a digitized nightmare. Plus: It’s a little blasphemous. Leave my sacred cinematic text alone. On Thursday night, E! is essentially running a free half-hour ad for the movie, including chats with all the flesh and blood people who appear in it. Pictured: James Franco (left) and Mila Kunis.

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Shark Tank 8 p.m., Channel 5

Because “Zero Hour” got “Jaw”-ed.

Community 8 p.m., Channel 7

Because Jeff’s dad is James Brolin, which is Beezertastic.


American Idol 8 p.m., Channel 25

Because after this, it will be Mariah without a net.