What’s Worth Watching: ‘Bones’, ‘Thirteen’, Convention coverage and more for Thursday, July 21


Bones (8/7, Fox): It’s not like Dr. Brennan/aka Bones (Emily Deschanel) to get so rattled by a case that she’s experiencing nightmares within nightmares, but something about the diabolical “Puppeteer” serial killer gets under her skin even before it becomes clear to her and the rest of the team that she has become the elusive fiend’s special target. Directed by co-star David Boreanaz, the 11th-season finale is more suspenseful than the norm, and contains a few shockers longtime fans won’t want to miss.

Thirteen (6/5c): The finale of this gripping British limited/miniseries reunites Ivy (Jodie Comer) with her kidnapper in a taut climax that may feel at times like a too conventional way to wrap what began as so tantalizingly ambiguous. But unlike ABC’s similarly themed The Family, at least this comes to an actual conclusion.

Convention-al Wisdom: With Donald Trump taking the stage on the final night of the Republican National Convention—not like he’s been a shrinking violet all week—it’s not just the news divisions going live. CBS’s revitalized The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (11:35/10:35) will wrap its first week of live broadcasts, joined by HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher (11/10c), Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (11/10c) and, a bit later, NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers going live for the first time (approx. 12:35/1:35c), with guests including Saturday Night Live and the Ghostbuster remake’s fabulous Leslie Jones.

Inside Thursday TV: Cleveland’s not the only hub for screaming fans. San Diego’s Comic-Con is now in full gear, as demonstrated by the first of three nights of Syfy Presents Live From Comic-Con (8/7c), hosted by Will Arnett, with first-night guests expected to include the casts of USA’s Mr. Robot and Star Trek Beyond. … Need some musical respite? ABC’s Greatest Hits (9/8c) moves on to the first half of the 1990s. Highlights include Little Big Town taking on the Oasis hit “Wonderwall,” Alessia Cara performing U2’s “One,” and Bonnie Raitt and Andra Day collaborating on “Love Sneaking Up on You” and “Rise Up.”