American Ninja Warrior
NBC, 8 ET/PT
If you’re a hard-core Ninja Warrior fan, Thursday’s let-the-stars-play special may not be for you. But those who enjoy seeing celebrities prove themselves — or make fools of themselves — for charity may be amused by this Ninja, which pairs nine stars with ninjas who serve as coaches. Among those tackling the course are Arrow’s Stephen Amell, two-time Olympic gold-medal-winning decathlete Ashton Eaton, Today host Natalie Morales and former New York Yankee Nick Swisher. Oh, and if the course puts you in the mood for celebrity adventures, Running Wild with Bear Grylls (NBC, 9 ET/PT) takes Julia Roberts to Kenya, where she also filmed a segment for tonight’s Red Nose Day special.
Fox, 8 ET/PT
Jamie Foxx hosts this new game show, which is basically a revival of Name That Tune. The modern twist comes at the end, when the contestants have to see if they can name the tune more quickly than the Shazam app.
Red Nose Day
NBC, 10 ET/PT
The third American installment of a long-running British charity special uses stars to raise money for children in need. Among the expected highlights is a short Love Actually reunion film, “Red Nose Day Actually,” featuring original stars Hugh Grant, Colin Firth,…