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Thursday night television

Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Thursday night

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Zero Hour 8 p.m., Channel 5

It’s a little shocking just how very awful last week’s premiere of this new conspiracy adventure series was. Can this show really be what the networks are hoping will save them, in the face of cable and streaming competition? This and, like, “Deception”? Anthony Edwards from “ER” squanders his return to TV on a messy story about a clock, a brotherhood, Nazis, and a kidnapping. Back in the day, no one could intubate like Edwards.

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Immortalized 10 p.m., AMC

“Get ready to watch art and animals collide,” host Zach Selwyn announced-yelled last week in this unscripted show’s premiere. The strange new TV contest is about “immortalizing,” which is another way to say “stuffing dead animals,” which is another way to say taxidermy. So it’s not about vampirism. Each week, professional “immortalizers” compete to make the best “artistic creations,” complete with all the reality competition drama and bombast of “American Idol.” Pictured (from left): judges Paul Rhymer, Catherine Coan, and Brian Posehn.

Frenemies: Loyalty Turned Lethal 10 and 10:30 p.m., ID

Dullcitement: Watching Turned Boring.

Double Indemnity 8 p.m., TCM

Filadelfia.

North Woods Law 10 p.m., Animal Planet

A flock of meese.

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