Tuesday is shaping up to be the new Thursday at NBC, with two high-profile sitcoms snagging the pre- This Is Us timeslot, and the network announcing it will go comedy-free on Thursday nights beginning this spring. The new gambit kicks off tonight with the series premieres of Young Rock and The Kenan Show.
Also today: This Is Us brings new baby drama, MTV tackles the mental health challenges faced by young people amid the pandemic, and Bear Grylls could use your help tracking down a hungry lion. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this Tuesday:
SERIES PREMIERE: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson borrows a page from This Is Us in NBC's new half-hour comedy Young Rock, which tells the story of his early life across three timelines. Primetimer's Joe Reid previewed the series and filed this review. 8:00 PM ET on NBC
SERIES PREMIERE: Kenan Thompson's years-in-the-making family sitcom The Kenan Show stars the SNL funnyman as a recently widowed host of Atlanta's #2 morning show who's struggling to balance his job and the responsibilities of raising his young daughters as a single parent. Don Johnson and Chris Redd costar. Watch trailer. 8:30 PM ET on NBC
NEW EPISODE: The Pearsons navigate huge family milestones together but from a distance on This Is Us as both Kevin and Kate face different birth dramas. Watch preview. 9:00 PM ET on NBC
SPECIAL PRESENTATION: With the CDC reporting that 25% of young adults have contemplated suicide during the pandemic, MTV's Each and Every Day is set to bring together young people who've suffered mental health issues for a frank and hopeful discussion. Watch preview. 9:00 PM ET on MTV
IINTERACTIVE SPECIAL: British adventurer Bear Grylls returns in Animals on the Loose: A You Vs. Wild Interactive Movie, in which viewers are asked to help Grylls track down a series of animals who've mysteriously escaped from a sanctuary. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Netflix
SEASON PREMIERE: It's been over a year since USA's Temptation Island last aired, but it seems poised to make up for lost time as it kicks off a wilder-than-ever third season. Watch preview. 10:00 PM ET on USA
COMPLETE FIRST SEASON: A group of millennial party girls swap the club for the convent when they take residence with an order of Catholic nuns in Bad Habits, Holy Orders, a four-part reality series that first aired back in 2017 on Britain's Channel 5. Watch trailer. Streaming on Hulu
SERIES FINALE: The indigenous coming-of-age supernatural thriller Trickster wraps its run on The CW tonight. Canada's CBC, which produced the series, pulled the plug late last month after the show's creator/director apologized for falsely claiming that she was of Aboriginal descent. 9:00 PM ET on The CW
Mike Attebery is Senior Editor at Primetimer and the author of seven mystery thrillers. Follow him on Twitter at @mikeattebery.