— Pop culture has become an unending yard sale, a thrift store of old products where programmers get “new” ideas. But some reboots are more rebooted than others. History launches “In Search of” (10 p.m., TV-14), a revival of the documentary-style look for unexplained phenomena that aired in syndication from 1977 to 1982.
Over the years it examined a jumble of strange tales, from the “Chariots of the Gods?” theory of alien visitation to the Loch Ness Monster, the Jonestown tragedy and the mysterious disappearances of Amelia Earhart, Jimmy Hoffa, D.B. Cooper and the Roanoke Colony.
“In Search of” was based on three one-hour television documentaries that aired between 1973 and 1975. “Twilight Zone” creator and host Rod Serling provided the narration. He died in 1975. “Star Trek” star Leonard Nimoy took over when the series began in earnest.
The new “In Search of” will look at the usual suspects: UFOs, disappearances and paranormal sightings. While the original series helped to inspire the entertaining hit “The X-Files,” this version fits into the History Channel’s shameful tradition of peddling supernatural malarkey and audience gullibility under the banner of history.
It underscores the fact that here on July 20, 2018, the 49th anniversary of man’s first walk on the moon — the culmination of a science- and engineering-based expedition — there isn’t a single program on television recalling Neil Armstrong’s one small step.
Just to underscore its “genuine” link to the old “In Search of,” this new series will be hosted by Zachary Quinto, who played Spock in recent “Star Trek” movies.
Maybe somebody should get Kevin Costner to host a remake of “Unsolved Mysteries.” He and that show’s original host, Robert Stack, both played Eliot Ness!
— If it’s a sweltering July night, you know that many are thinking of football. Netflix streams the third season of its rewarding sports series “Last Chance U.” The first two seasons took place at East Mississippi Community College, an unglamorous school where players formerly associated with top-ranked programs ended up after personal crises and infractions both minor and major.
Season three moves the action to Independence Community College in Independence, Kansas. A perennial doormat, the team begins an epic turnaround under coach Jason Brown. Don’t go looking for lavish facilities or “guaranteed” championships.
This series touches on many of the themes that drive popular sports dramas: underdogs with nowhere to go but up, tales of personal redemption and a “nowhere” town ready to bask in glory.
— Netflix also continues its tradition of critic-proof comedies. And this one isn’t even from Adam Sandler. David Spade stars in “Father of the Year,” about two dolt dads who overhear their sons arguing in jest about whose father would win in a fight. Only they don’t know it’s a joke. The rest, as they say, writes itself.
— Hulu begins streaming “Ballet Now,” a documentary following New York City Ballet Prima Ballerina Tiler Peck. Produced by Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”).
TONIGHT’S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS
— “Vice” (7:30 p.m., HBO, TV-14) examines the world powers’ chess game taking place in Syria.
— Conrad’s father arrives on “The Resident” (8 p.m., Fox, r, TV-14).
— Devlin wants revenge on “Quantico” (8 p.m., ABC, TV-14).
— A planet very similar to Earth hosts a society where everything is based on majority rule on “The Orville” (9 p.m., Fox, r, TV-14).
— Is it healthy to watch movies like “Christmas at Holly Lodge” (8 p.m., Hallmark, TV-G) in July?
— John Quinones hosts “What Would You Do?” (9 p.m., ABC).
— Danny confronts his brother-in-law on “Blue Bloods” (10 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).
— Satanic possession is just the tip of the supernatural iceberg, as the series “Outcast” (10 p.m., Cinemax, TV-MA) returns for a second season.
An evil bureaucrat (Christopher Plummer) schemes to have a psychic (Dennis Quaid) and two scientists (Max von Sydow, Kate Capshaw) control the president via his nightmares in the 1984 shocker “Dreamscape” (2:30 a.m., TCM, TV-MA).
Employees reveal corporate crimes on “Whistleblower” (8 p.m., CBS) … New challenges emerge on “American Ninja Warrior” (8 p.m., NBC, r, TV-PG) … Dean Cain hosts “Masters of Illusion” (8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., r, CW, TV-14).
A private eye and his client share very similar exits on “Hawaii Five-0” (9 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) … Illusionists audition on “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (9 p.m., CW, r, TV-PG) … “Dateline” (10 p.m., NBC) … “20/20” (10 p.m., ABC).
Janelle Monae is booked on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (11:35 p.m., CBS) … Colin Quinn, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Missy Robbins visit “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (12:35 a.m., NBC, r) … Audra McDonald, Billy Eichner and Thirty Seconds to Mars appear on “The Late Late Show With James Corden” (12:35 a.m., CBS, r).
(Kevin McDonough can be reached at [email protected].)