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What to Watch on Thursday: CNN series explores ‘The History of Comedy’

CNN’s eight-part docu-series “The History of Comedy” looks at groundbreaking comics.
CNN’s eight-part docu-series “The History of Comedy” looks at groundbreaking comics. CNN

The History of Comedy (10 p.m., CNN) – A new eight-part docu-series looking at groundbreaking comics, starting with George Carlin, Dick Gregory and Lenny Bruce, who embraced the risqué side of comedy and risked careers, prison and even their lives to fight censorship.

Also on tonight . . .

MasterChef Junior (8 p.m., Fox) – In the start of a new season, 16 junior home cooks compete for eight of the top 20 spots.

Scandal (9 p.m., ABC) – Cyrus’ fate is sealed in the midst of a national crisis, while Olivia and the gladiators pull out all the stops in their quest for the truth.

Reel South (10 p.m., UNC-TV) – In the documentary “120 Days,” a man faces a difficult decision after an unexpected traffic stop.

Training Day (10 p.m., CBS) – Kyle is concerned that Frank’s rogue tactics will put a kidnapped girl’s life at greater risk when a former member of a giant becomes involved in the deal.

Baskets (10 p.m., FX) – Chip laments the fact that Ronald Reagan gave up his acting career for a desk job.

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