Max introduces the 12-episode animated family comedy “Young Love.” A spinoff of the Oscar-winning 2019 short “Hair Love,” it follows two youngish Chicago parents and their daughter as they face life and career challenges.
Stephen (Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi) is an aspiring music producer who has grown too used to the fantastically short attention spans of his potential clients, who tend to be overtattooed rappers living in largely empty mansions.
“Love” is the kind of comedy that does not shy away from hugs, lessons and moments when the well-blinged tell Stephen that he’s really the blessed one because he has a family that needs him.
Issa Ray stars as Stephen’s wife, Angela, who wants to return to her job as a hairstylist after a brief bout with cancer. Brooke Monroe Conaway provides the voice of their precocious daughter, Zuri.
While an animated format allows for the cinematic freedom of a single camera effort, “Love” often can seem like a traditional sitcom, where few thoughts or feelings go unsaid, and are often wrapped up in a punchline. Whether this seems corny or a return to comfort food remains in the eye of the beholder.
— The San Francisco 49ers host the New York Giants in a Thursday Night Football NFL matchup streaming exclusively on Prime Video. Last week’s game between the Vikings and Eagles attracted roughly 15.5 million viewers, an all-time high for a streaming football game.
While not on the level of Sunday Night Football broadcasts on NBC, the impressive numbers demonstrate that audiences are getting used to the idea. If you follow the money being spent (and Prime spent many billions for the rights to Thursday Night Football), the future of sports is on streaming platforms. And once that happens, many in the TV business have concluded that the game is over for cable TV.
We shall see.
— Escaping the humdrum, middle-aged suburbanites (Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy) enjoy the biker life until they meet the real thing in the 2007 comedy “Wild Hogs” (9:50 p.m., FXM, TV-14). Ray Liotta co-stars as a terrifying outlaw, evoking his character from “Something Wild,” the 1986 Jonathan Demme road movie that Liotta pretty much stole on his way to greater stardom.
— The best-remembered movies from 1987 are probably “Dirty Dancing” and the thriller “Fatal Attraction.” But that year also saw actor Edward Herrmann star in two comedies destined to play almost continually on cable for decades to come.
Typecast as the responsible and prosperous dad-type, Herrmann was cast as President Franklin Roosevelt twice (“Eleanor and Franklin” and “Annie”). He lent his voice to many historical documentaries and is probably best known as Lorelai’s patient and understanding father, Richard, on “The Gilmore Girls.”
In 1987 Herrmann played Goldie Hawn’s jilted husband in the overscheduled evergreen “Overboard” and as Dianne Wiest’s curious love interest in “The Lost Boys” (8:10 p.m., MTV2, TV-14). He died in 2014.
TONIGHT’S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS
— Check local listings for regional coverage of MLB action (7 p.m. Fox).
— Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet star as increasingly miserable suburbanites in the 2008 adaptation of Richard Yates’ 1961 novel “Revolutionary Road” (7 p.m., MOMAX).
In an industry dominated by sequels and the Marvel Comics Universe, the “Titanic” co-stars have forged careers appearing mainly in stand-alone features.
An isolated California seaside town is engulfed by “The Birds” (8 p.m. TCM, TV-14) in the 1963 shocker directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy and Suzanne Pleshette. Based on a short story by Daphne du Murier (“Rebecca”).
“Big Brother” (8 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) … “Password” (8 p.m., NBC, r, TV-PG) … The season finale of “Generation Gap” (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) … “Buddy Games” (9 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) … “American Ninja Warrior” (9 p.m., NBC, r, TV-PG) … “The Prank Panel” (9 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) concludes its first season … “The Challenge: USA” (10 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) … Investors preside over “Shark Tank” (10 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG).
Due to the Writers Guild strike, all late-night shows are repeats.
Adam Driver and America Ferrera visit “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (11:35 p.m., CBS) … Jimmy Fallon welcomes Serena Williams, Justin Long and Ellie Goulding on “The Tonight Show” (11:35 p.m., NBC) … Johnny Knoxville, Olivia Cooke and Blackpink appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (11:35 p.m., ABC).
Fred Armisen and Penn Badgley Visit “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (12:35 a.m., NBC) … Gabriel Iglesias, Robert Kelly, Cathy Ladman and John Witherspoon appear on “Comics Unleashed With Byron Allen” (12:35 a.m., CBS).