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Critic’s Corner: What’s on TV Thursday

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Rock ’n’ Roll Exposed: The Photography of Bob Gruen 7 p.m.,
Showtime

Bob Gruen (pictured) has photographed a bunch of very famous musicians, which is why he’s getting a documentary on Showtime. So we can look at his photos in a movie. He’s captured Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Elvis, Madonna, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, and Johnny Rotten, and he’s the guy who took that famous shot of John Lennon with the New York City T-shirt. Documentary filmmaker Don Letts explores Gruen’s work, with testimony from Yoko Ono, Iggy Pop, Green Day, Alice Cooper, Tommy Ramone, and Debbie Harry.

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Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan 9 p.m., Syfy

Syfy usually runs their cheeseball low-budget movies over the weekends – Cray-Cray Saturdays. But this masterpiece is getting a special weeknight run. Crayola Thursdays? It’s about a big guy with a big axe who wants to dismember all the little people in a little Minnesota town.

Graceland 10 p.m., USA

HGTV, with guns.

Save Me 8 p.m., NBC

Holy over.

Bathing Beauty 8 p.m., TCM

a.k.a. Esther Williams.

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.
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