Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Thursday


Guinness World Records Unleashed 8 p.m., truTV

Hosted by former MTV sports heartthrob Dan Cortese, this series follows aspiring world record holders as they attempt the stunts that will put them in the famed record book. The stunts range from the mundane (most apples sliced) to the odd (most watermelons crushed by skull) to the dangerous (jumping rope with a leg behind your head) to the gross (the most quarters pushed into a nostril). The latest episode finds one man stuffing his mouth full of cockroaches, while a sword-swinging team wields its steel, and two brothers try to catch speeding arrows while blindfolded. Guinness adjudicators Liz Smith and Stuart Claxton make the final call and comic Zach Selwyn provides color commentary.

Winter Olympics 2014 8 p.m., NBC


For those not watching the events via live streams on the Web, the primetime package on Thursday brings us the men’s short program in figure skating (including USA’s Jeremy Abbott, above, and Canada’s Patrick Chan), women’s skeleton, men’s freestyle skiing, and the final in women’s speed skating.

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American Idol 8 p.m., Fox

Meet the semifinalists.

Rake 9 p.m., Fox

Meet the pilot.


Butcher Boys 9:30 p.m., Showtime

Meet the meat.