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NBC’s summer medical drama, The Night Shift, and Comedy’s Lost parody, Wrecked, return for new seasons. CBC reruns the final Tragically Hip concert, and Mike Myers (sort of) tries his hand at hosting The Gong Show. All that, the Much Music Video Awards, and more. Happy viewing!
2017 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards – 9 to 11pm on CTV
Alessia Cara and Joe Jonas host this year’s awards, with scheduled performers including Lorde, Niall Horan, Imagine Dragons, DNCE, Iggy Azalea, Julia Michaels, Post Malone, Jazz Cartier and Arkell. Red carpet coverage preceding the show from 8 to 9pm on E!
My Mother and Other Strangers – 8 to 9pm on PBS – Series Premiere
This five-part drama from BBC Northern Ireland is set in 1943 in the fictional village of Moybeg, where the Coyne family and their neighbours come to terms with the influx of thousands of American servicemen, setting off what the series creator calls an exotic love story.
Grantchester – 9 to 10:30pm on PBS – Christmas Special
This ITV detective drama is set in a 1950s village near Cambridge. James Norton plays Anglican vicar Sidney Chambers whose avocation is solving crimes with the help of Detective inspector Geordie Keating (Robson Green).
Legends of Chamberlain Heights – 10:30 to 11pm on Much – 2nd Season Premiere
Hollywood Game Night – 9 to 10pm on CTV (Thursday at 8 on NBC) – 5th Season Premiere
The Story of China – 8 to 10pm on PBS – Series Premiere
English historian Michael Wood examines China’s heritage in this travelogue.
Little Big Shots: Forever Young – 8 to 9pm on NBC/City – Series Premiere
That show title is a cumbersome way of explaining that this is a new talent show with contestants who are seniors rather than juniors.
Big Pacific – 8 to 9pm on PBS – Series Premiere
This nature documentary explores the mysterious depths of the Pacific Ocean, with narration from Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-O, Lost).
Great Yellowstone Thaw – 9 to 10pm on PBS – Series Premiere
A documentary exploring how animals living in Yellowstone National Park adapt to the changing seasons in the Park’s ecosystem.
Jillian and Justin – 10 to 11pm on W – Series Premiere
A reality series follows a young couple as they prepare for their first child while trying to build careers and a life together.
Boy Band – 8 to 10pm on ABC – Series Premiere
30 contestants are whittled down to 18 in the first show on a quest to form a new “boy band”.
Hollywood Game Night – 8 to 9pm on NBC – 5th Season Premiere
The Gong Show – 10 to 11pm on ABC/City – Series Premiere
This new version of the 1970s syndicated game show features the same calibre of wacky contestants trying to finish their oddball performances before being gonged by celebrity judges. This revival is hosted by Mike Myers in the persona of comedian Tommy Maitland. (Can they gong a host?)
The Night Shift – 10 to 11pm on NBC/Global – 4th Season Premiere
Wrecked – 10:30 to 11pm on Comedy – 2nd Season Premiere
What Would You Do? – 9 to 10pm on ABC – 12th Season Premiere
Geordie Shore – 11:45pm to 12:45am on MTV – 14th Season Premiere
The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration – 8 to 10pm on CBC
For the first time since it originally aired live last August, CBC presents The Hip’s final concert in their hometown of Kingston, Ontario.
Bandit Patrol – 9 to 10pm on NatGeo Wild – 3rd Season Premiere