Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Thursday

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American Comedy Awards 9 p.m., NBC

Have you been feeling as though something was missing from your life for the past 13 years? Well, relax. NBC has rescued the dormant “American Comedy Awards” from obscurity, and it returns on Thursday night with lots of nominees and free publicity. Among the stand-up comedians and comic actors that fans and entertainment-industry professionals voted for this year: Hannibal Buress, Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan, Kevin Hart, Kathleen Madigan, Patton Oswalt, and Amy Schumer. Chris Rock will honor Bill Cosby with a career-excellence award.

Black Box 10 p.m., ABC

Oh, well. I was hoping that, with Kelly Reilly’s skill and presence as the lead character, the bipolar Dr. Black, this show would rise above its shallow scripting. But it was not to be. Instead of rolling out Black’s manic-depression with slow grace, the show has quickly turned her into a bit of a cliche and a cartoon, and the cases of the week are dull and hard to care about. (Pictured: Jodi Harris, Reilly.)


A-List Listings 8 p.m., E!

More MLS porn.

The Waltons 8 p.m., Hallmark

Grandma and Grampa, hardcore rockers.

Hollywood Game Night 8 p.m., NBC

The only thing worse than game night.

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