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7 p.m. on TCM Movie: Seance on a Wet Afternoon
It may be largely forgotten today, but Bryan Forbes’ atmospheric adaptation of Mark McShane’s novel of the same title was one of the best-reviewed films of 1964. Playing a mentally unstable medium who talks her husband (Richard Attenborough) into abducting a child so she can get publicity by helping police with her “gifts,” Kim Stanley was named best actress by the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review. She also got an Oscar nod, but lost to Julie Andrews for “Mary Poppins.”
7:30 p.m. on 8 ABC Speechless
Kenneth (Cedric Yarbrough) inadvertently ruffles Maya’s (Minnie Driver) feathers when he tries to insert himself into her business plans with Melanie ( guest star Sarah Chalke) in tonight’s new episode. As JJ (Micah Fowler) begins pre-production on his next film, Ray (Mason Cook) pleads with his brother to cast him opposite Ray’s latest crush, Izzy ( guest star Kayla Maisonet). Meanwhile, Dylan (Kyla Kenedy) finds Jimmy’s (John Ross Bowie) band surprisingly impressive.
9 p.m. on 13 PBS Great Performances
In a collaboration with the celebrated Joffrey Ballet, director-choreographer John Neumeier stages “Orphee et Eurydice From Lyric Opera of Chicago,” Christoph Willibald Gluck’s 18th-century operatic treatment of a Greek myth. Neumeier weaves music and dance into a seamless whole as he retells the story of how Orpheus (Dmitry Korchak), an ancient Greek musician and poet, takes desperate measures after his beloved wife, Euridice (Andriana Chuchman), dies. This co-production with Los Angeles Opera and Staatsoper Hamburg is performed under the baton of Harry Bicket.
9 p.m. on HBO; 12:40 a.m. on HBO2
Real Time With Bill Maher
It’s only been two months or so since Bill Maher wrapped Season 16 of his politics-and-comedy chat show, but in the news cycle of President Donald Trump’s America, that’s a veritable epoch. Maher returns tonight to launch Season 17 with guests who are still TBA at this writing, but with a political landscape that in some respects is dramatically different, so expect the conversation to be lively.