What’s Worth Watching: Greatest Hits, America in the ’70s, Thirteen and more for Thursday, July 7
Greatest Hits (9/8c, ABC): ABC struck a vein of musical nostalgia in this limited-run performance series, which did fairly well in its premiere a week ago. The second installment revisits the late 1990s (1995-2000), with an emphasis on boy bands, as Meghan Trainor joins Backstreet Boys for a rendition of “I Want It That Way”—the Boys perform “Everybody” solo—and Hanson reunites for an acoustic version of “Mmbop.” Duets dominate the hour, with Coolio & CeeLo Green teaming for “Gangsta’s Paradise,” Jewel & Tori Kelly joining voices for “You Were Meant For Me,” and LL Cool J and Wiz Khalifa giving “Loungin’/We Dem Boyz” a spin. The probably highlight: John Legend interpreting Lauryn Hill standards “Ex Factor” and “Doo Wop (That Thing).”
Oprah Remembers Elie Wiesel (9/8c, OWN): Over two hours, the Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor is remembered with replays of memorable interviews with Oprah Winfrey: an intimate one-on-one during a 2012 Super Soul Sunday in which Wiesel reflects on love, regret and faith; and at 10/9c, a rebroadcast of A Special Presentation: Oprah and Elie Wiesel at Auschwitz Death Camp from 2006, in which the host and her renowned subject travel to Poland to walk the infamous grounds of Auschwitz. Wiesel recalls the horrors of the concentration camp and reads excerpts from one of his best-known works, the novel Night.
America in the ’70s: Turner Classic Movies looks back at one of the greatest decades for moviemaking in a night-long survey of provocative 1970s films, including two 1976 Oscar winners: All the President’s Men at 8/7c, and the all-too-prescient Network at 12:30 am/11:30c. Robert Redford’s The Candidate airs at 10:30/9:30c, and for real night owls, one of Gene Hackman’s greatest performances, as a lonely surveillance expert in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 The Conversation, can be seen at 2:45 am/1:45c.
Thirteen (10/9c, BBC America): At the midpoint of this five-part taut thriller about Ivy (Jodie Comer), a kidnapped girl returned to her family after 13 years in captivity, her family’s fault lines are exposed as sordid secrets are unveiled to the fragile girl. And back at the scene of Ivy’s imprisonment, a shocking discovery is made.