By Kevin McDonough
Black Bolt and Maximus have it out on the season finale of "Marvel's Inhumans" (9 p.m., ABC). That's right, "Inhumans" is wrapping up after only eight episodes. That makes it closer to a cable or streaming series than traditional network fare.
The first two episodes were produced for IMAX theaters. That's curious, because they looked muddy and unfocused on a normal TV screen. Joyless and stilted, "Inhumans" seems like a parody of a comic book-based science-fiction series.
"Inhumans" is part of the Disney/Marvel omniverse, so the series might return for a second season in spite of being among the worst reviewed new shows of the fall.
• Unique and strange, "Lady Dynamite" (TV-MA) returns for a second season on Netflix. For the uninitiated, it stars comic and voice-over actress Maria Bamford as an exaggerated version of herself. The first season consisted of musings and flashbacks about her minimal Hollywood career and her time in a Duluth psychiatric facility, where she was treated for bipolar disorder. "Dynamite" consists of strange sketches and fantasies that can begin and end at any moment.
The series stars Fred Melamed as Maria's manager, Bruce Ben-Bacharach, and Mary Kay Place and Ed Begley Jr. as her parents. Like Bruce, Maria's agent, Karen (Ana Gasteyer), seems rather loosely tethered to sanity and reality. Filled with inside-Hollywood jokes and frequent commentary about the show-within-the-show, "Dynamite" is clearly imitating "Louie" in trying to push the boundaries of comedy narrative. And it's not above discussing its relationship to "Louie" while doing it.
In many ways, "Lady" compares — not always favorably — to cartoons. And that's entirely appropriate, given that Bamford has worked on "CatDog," "Ugly Americans," "Adventure Time," "BoJack Horseman" and "American Dad!"
• Congratulations, children of the 1990s, you've become PBS pledge drive fodder!
Chad Smith of The Red Hot Chili Peppers hosts a "Great Performances" (10 p.m., PBS, TV-G, check local listings) presentation of a Foo Fighters concert filmed at the Acropolis in Athens.
• Who knew? "US Weekly's Famous Feuds" (9 p.m., Reelz, TV-PG) explores a long-simmering battle between William Shatner and George Takei, the actors who played Captain Kirk and Lieutenant Sulu on "Star Trek."
• Two Christmas-haters (Jaime King and Luke MacFarlane) pretend to be a couple to get through the sentimental holiday only to find their cynicism melt like holiday candles in the 2016 romance "The Mistletoe Promise" (10 p.m., Hallmark).
Hallmark is not alone in its pre-Thanksgiving saccharine onslaught. Look for "All I Want for Christmas" (8 p.m.) and "Holiday Road Trip" (10 p.m.) on ION Life.
• Those not lost to Christmas can lose themselves in the 1980s, with helpings of "Dirty Dancing" (6 p.m., Freeform), "Ghostbusters" (7 p.m., AMC), "About Last Night" (7:04 p.m., Starz Encore) or "The Outsiders" (8 p.m., BBC America).
TONIGHT'S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS
• Jane and Weller reveal a hacker commune on "Blindspot" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
• A wake up call on "Once Upon a Time" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
• All heck breaks loose at the foster home on "The Exorcist" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
• "Inside With Chris Cuomo" (9 p.m., HLN) looks at sex trafficking in Los Angeles, where girls as young as 10 are recruited and exploited.
• A nurse needs Danny's help on "Blue Bloods" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
A sheriff (Walter Matthau) must arrest a nonconformist cowboy (Kirk Douglas) in the 1962 Western "Lonely Are the Brave" (10:30 p.m., TCM).
Household items offer medical aid for an Ecuadorian presidential candidate on "MacGyver" (8 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) * Rebecca bonds with her mom on "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (8 p.m., CW, TV-14) * Two murdered tourists share a killer on "Hawaii Five-0" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14) * Two hours of "Dateline" (9 p.m., NBC) * Adam shares too much on "Jane the Virgin" (9 p.m., CW, TV-PG).
William H. Macy is booked on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" (11:35 p.m., CBS) * Jimmy Fallon welcomes Taraji P. Henson and Miley Cyrus on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC, r) * Heidi Klum, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Imagine Dragons and Anton Fig visit "Late Night With Seth Meyers" (12:35 a.m., NBC, r).
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