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What’s on TV Thursday: ‘BoJack Horseman’ and ‘Mysteries of the Abandoned’


A scene from “BoJack Horseman.”


Catch up on “BoJack Horseman” before Season 4 begins. And explore the Chernobyl explosion site in a new season of “Mysteries of the Abandoned.”

What’s Streaming

BOJACK HORSEMAN on Netflix. Season 3 of this cheeky animated series ended with new beginnings for several characters: Mr. Peanutbutter (voiced by Paul F. Tompkins), a talking dog and a former star, was asked to run for governor of California. Diane (Alison Brie), BoJack’s crush, took a job as a writer for a feminist blog. And Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris), a cat who is also BoJack’s agent, dipped her toes into the waters of management. The path for the title character, a washed-up sitcom star voiced by Will Arnett, was unclear — but he may or may not have a teenage daughter. Catch up on these developments before Season 4 begins streaming on Sept. 8.

DECLINE OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE (2011) on Cennarium. The British comedian John Oliver hosts as Marc Maron, of the “WTF” podcast; Colin Quinn, formerly of “Saturday Night Live”; and others take jabs at American politics and culture in this stand-up special.


Chhabi Biswas, center left, and Gangapada Bose in “The Music Room.”

Criterion Collection

THE MUSIC ROOM (1958) on iTunes and FilmStruck. The Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray lamented the loss of his nation’s traditional way of life with this slow-moving drama. The film centers on a stubborn aristocrat (Chhabi Biswas) who has lost everything in his lonely palace, save for one source of joy he clings to so dearly: a grandiose music room where he hosts expensive concerts. “Mr. Ray has made his picture speak a stately and haunting threnody for the noble tradition of music in the cultural life of India in the past,” Bosley Crowther wrote in The New York Times, adding that the music room “is the obvious symbolization of a richness and beauty that are gone.”

What’s on TV

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (2005) 8 p.m. on Flix; also streaming on iTunes and Amazon. Two sheepherders, Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal), fall in love while working on a Wyoming mountain in 1963, sparking a 20-year affair that persists after they both marry and raise families. Based on a short story by Annie Proulx, this film directed by Ang Lee follows the parallels of the lovers’ collapsing marriages and their undying passion for each other. The drama is ultimately a story of love, Stephen Holden wrote in The Times — “love stumbled into, love thwarted, love held sorrowfully in the heart.”


Philip Grossman in an abandoned bus near Chernobyl in “Mysteries of the Abandoned.”

Science Channel

MYSTERIES OF THE ABANDONED 9 p.m. on Science. The 1986 explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine released more than 50 tons of radioactive material into the atmosphere. Cancer and other radiation-induced ailments took the lives of nearly 5,000 Soviet citizens in the aftermath of the accident. The engineer Philip Grossman has been investigating the cause of the disaster for seven years, following leads that suggest that it might have been more than human error. In this Season 2 premiere, he searches for answers in the site’s closed-off facilities and its surrounding deserted villages.

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