What to Watch on Thursday: Laugh for kids on ‘Red Nose Day’

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Red Nose Day comes to the US with TV event.

The TV season is now officially over — but don’t worry: TV still goes on. “Red-Nose Day” 8 tonight, NBC History tells us that when a special appears claiming to be “a star-studded spectacular,” viewers should run rapidly in the opposite direction.Red Nose Day has annually proved him right in the United Kingdom, where more than $1 billion (Dh3.6 billion) has been raised to fight childhood poverty.Put on your best red nose, sit back and enjoy the fun for a great cause as NBC airs “Red Nose Day” at 8 p.m. to raise funds for 12 charities in the U.S. and elsewhere that combat abuse and exploitation of children, work to help lift them out of poverty and educate them, and ensure that they are healthy by providing them with clean water, sanitation and access to health care. The project began in Great Britain and expands to the U.S. with the three-hour special featuring, among others, Christina Aguilera, Elizabeth Banks, Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Carson Daly, Billy Eichner, Will Ferrell, Adam Levine, Laura Linney, Blake Shelton, Martin Short, Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams, Richard Gere, One Direction, Jimmy Fallon, Keith Urban and John Mellencamp.

With increasing frequency, the broadcast networks are joining the summer stream, including NBC, which starts the summer off with this three-hour, American version of a popular British fundraiser. Comic Relief encourages the public to do lots of fun, silly things to raise money for charity ahead of a big, live, star-studded TV show in which celebrities also do lots of fun, silly things. Created in 1985 by Oscar nominee and Emmy Award-winning writer-director-producer Richard Curtis (“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Bridget Jones Diary,” “Notting Hill”), Red Nose Day was built upon the foundation that mass media and celebrities can help raise money and increase awareness of poverty in order to save and change millions of lives. “There’s a little bit more of a broad entertainment streak [in the American version], but the reason we picked Jack was because he’s a beloved comedian, as well as all his other dramatic skills,” Curtis said in a teleconference last week. “And I think I’m hoping people will get a lot of laughs, as well as emotional moments.” NBC’s promos show celeb wearing a clown’s red nose, the broadcast’s namesake. How about Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Julianne Moore, Jodie Foster, Neil Patrick Harris, Reese Witherspoon, Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne? Pre-Internet, these variety shows could be must-see events, but now watching a selection of music and comedy videos sounds like what most of us do at our desks when we’re supposed to be working. “Battle Creek” 10 p.m.

Roughly one-half will be pre-recorded sketches and other comedy pieces, allowing for slick production techniques and involvement by a wider range of stars than would be possible on show night. You know it’s as old as comedy, that red nose, and yet it still has some magic in it, unlike the pie to the face, which really seems to have faded over the decades.

Curtis mentions one intriguing spoof: a mockumentary of the rock group Coldplay as it creates a musical version of Game of Thrones, with original songs by Coldplay frontman Chris Martin performed by the group and participation by a dozen Game of Thrones cast members. The red nose still somehow has survived the years of ridicule.” “I just was most blown away by the tragedy of the potential, you know, and these amazing people that I could see growing up and having amazing contributions to the world,” he said. “And that’s what really gave me the deep sense of urgency, you know is that these kids have magic in them and they need to be, not just rescued, but you know, inspired.

Or if you prefer real horror, or at least creepiness, Fox has the second episode of Wayward Pines — and the first one to provide a truly unsettling jolt. And some of the country’s best-known comedians, musicians and Hollywood stars – including Will Ferrell, Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, Anna Kendrick and Christina Aguilera – are taking part.

Netflix streams the new drama “Between” at 11:30 p.m., the first of six one-hour episodes about a town beset by a mysterious disease that has killed everyone over the age of 21. Diddy” Combs, John Legend, Keith Urban, John Mellencamp, One Direction and Voice coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Pharrell Williams. This show about spoiled 20-somethings doing nothing other than being rich is not as horrible as you might think, thanks to unexpectedly charming and funny star Morgan Stewart. It involves an extraordinary number of partnerships: a major non-profit (Comic Relief) working on behalf of other charities (both national and international), major corporate sponsors who cover operating costs, sell merchandise and help build awareness and a broadcaster willing to clear its evening schedule. Short, powerful appeal films featured comedians, actors, singers and TV presenters visiting rural Africa, meeting those in dire need and discovering where money has been well-spent.

His day of dance at Manhattan’s NBC Experience Store will stream live on NBC.com starting Wednesday. “I don’t think I’ve ever done anything for 24 hours straight except breathe,” said Cannon, who will get just a five-minute break every couple of hours and plans to power his endurance contest with the help of Skittles. Back at the Hammerstein, Curtis, who describes himself as “quite a cheerful human,” radiates optimism as he tackles countless details of the broadcast only days away. Some feel it’s been too political, at times (in 2009 Comic Relief supported a financial transaction levy, a so-called “Robin Hood” tax on banks).

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