What’s On Tonight: NBC tries to make Red Nose Day a thing

Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Thursday, May 21. All times are Eastern.

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Red Nose Day (NBC, 8 p.m.): British imports can be hit or miss on American TV; for every Office there’s a Gracepoint. But NBC is hoping the annual British charity event Red Nose Day can find an audience across the pond too. Essentially it’s a three-hour charity drive aimed at raising money for children in need. But rather than just feature celebrities mournfully making pleas for donations, the special offers up comedy and music to promote “fun-raising.” The likes of Jennifer Hudson, Reese Witherspoon, Jack Black, Martin Short, John Legend, and Will Ferrell are slated to appear, while plenty more famous faces have already lent their support in pre-filmed sketches—like Peter Dinklage singing abut Game Of Thrones or Anna Kendrick rebooting Indiana Jones. America’s sweethearts …

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