Television
    Next Score View the next score

    What’s on TV tonight

    Greg Gayne

    Kroll Show 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central

    This new hit-or-miss sketch series is “League” comedian Nick Kroll’s own “Portlandia,” except he’s focused more on stupid people from around the world, not the good folks of the Pacific Northwest. Each episode jumps among plots and characters (most played by Kroll), in the manner of Tracey Ullman’s shows. My favorite bits in the premiere are part of a reality show about a company called PubLIZity, featuring two repulsive women named Liz (Kroll and Jenny Slate, pictured) who get dramatic about the cupcakes at an event. “Sex in the City for Dudes” — yes, “in” — is less successful, despite the presence of Ed Helms and Adam Pally.

    American Idol 8 p.m., Channel 25

    Advertisement

    After months of pre-pre-pre-publicity about The Minaj versus The Mariah, “American Idol” returns. Will the wrestling-style diva battle bring in viewers? The show has steadily been losing ratings ground and cultural import, as the winners have become less distinctive and as “The Voice” and “The X Factor” have stolen its thunder. By the way, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson are also on the judges panel, too. Pictured (from left): Jackson, Mariah Carey, host Ryan Seacrest, Nicki Minaj, and Urban. (For more on “American Idol,” see Page 3.)

    Get The Weekender in your inbox:
    The Globe's top picks for what to see and do each weekend, in Boston and beyond.
    Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

    Ghost Mine 10 p.m., Syfy

    Some people dig wraiths.

    Baggage Battles 9 p.m., Travel Channel

    A.k.a. marriage.

    Advertisement

    Long Island Medium 8 p.m., DFH

    She used to be an extra-large. Boom.

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