Comedy puppet master Robert Smigel is back with the first of four new episodes of Let’s Be Real, which first aired as an election special last fall. Over the coming weeks, the series will introduce new puppets from across the political and pop culture landscape, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Kim Kardashian, LeBron James, and Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Also tonight: ABC and ESPN air Round 1 of the 2021 NFL Draft, Amanda Seyfried dives into horror in Netflix’s Things Heard & Seen, and Bethenny Frankel teams with Mark Burnett in a new HBO Max reality competition. Here’s what’s new and noteworthy on TV this Thursday:
SERIES PREMIERE: From the twisted mind of Robert Smigel (“Triumph the Insult Comic Dog”) comes Let’s Be Real, a puppet show that satirizes the current state of affairs in American politics and entertainment. The first episode of the four-part series debuts tonight, with subsequent episodes airing weekly through May. Watch promo. 8:30 PM ET on FOX with episodes dropping the next day on Hulu
SPECIAL PRESENTATION: College football’s top players wait for their name to be called in Round 1 of the 2021 NFL Draft. The Jacksonville Jaguars hold the first pick and are expected to draft Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who led the Tigers to three consecutive College Football Playoffs during his career. The three-hour broadcast begins at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT on ABC, ESPN, and NFL Network
ORIGINAL MOVIE: Mank star Amanda Seyfried returns to Netflix in Things Heard & Seen. The horror-thriller stars Seyfried as a young woman who moves to a small town, only to discover that both her husband and their new home are harboring sinister secrets. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix
SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Celebrate Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 10-year wedding anniversary with People Presents: William & Kate’s Royal Anniversary. The one-hour special mixes archival footage with expert commentary to provide an informative and entertaining re-telling of the couple’s big day. Watch preview. 8:00 PM ET on The CW
NEW EPISODE: Hulu's showcase for Black artists, Your Attention Please, returns with a new short about climate justice activist, technology advocate, and eternal optimist Jerome Foster II. Streaming on Hulu
SERIES PREMIERE: Former Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel gives The Apprentice a glow-up in her new Bark Burnett-produced HBO Max series, The Big Shot with Bethenny. Two episodes of the new reality competition debut on HBO Max today. Watch trailer. Streaming on HBO Max
DOCUMENTARY: HBO Max examines the extraordinary bond between graduate student Janis Carter and Lucy Temerlin, a female chimpanzee raised as human in a domestic environment, in the moving documentary Lucy the Human Chimp. Watch trailer. Streaming on HBO Max
NEW EPISODE: Bravo’s Top Chef goes long with a 75-minute episode devoted to recreating the nostalgia of drive-in movies. 8:00 PM ET on Bravo
Claire Spellberg Lustig is the Senior Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.