How about something different and blessedly brief? “Two Sentence Horror Stories” (8 p.m., CW, TV-14) presents an anthology of spooky short stories. Add “Two Sentence” to a trend that includes CBS All Access’s reboot of “The Twilight Zone,” Netflix’s “Black Mirror” and Amazon Prime’s “Electric Dreams” and the just-canceled “Lore.”
But unlike those series, “Two Sentence” clocks in at a half-hour, just like the original “Twilight Zone.” As they used to say of vaudeville: if you don’t like what you’re watching, there’s always something new coming along.
In the first “Two Sentence,” a killer stalks a young mother who turned him down. In the second (8:30 p.m.) a low-level employee wakes up naked in her own bed with no idea of how she got home from an office party.
- At any given moment, half the people on the internet are probably trying to self-diagnose themselves, asking the hive mind for medical advice much to the frustration of real doctors.
The new series “Chasing the Cure” (8 p.m., TBS, TNT, TV-14) offers a 90-minute attempt to “crowdsource” information to help patients suffering from undiagnosed or misdiagnosed ailments. Ann Curry hosts this weekly investigative effort, blending the odd and colorful ailment with the pathos and poignancy of people battling life-threatening illnesses. The series and its attendant website, chasingthecurelive.com, invite viewers and experts to become part of the solution or to offer tales of their own mysterious maladies.
A similar series, “Diagnosis” begins streaming on Netflix on Aug. 16. Based on a New York Times column by Dr. Lisa Sanders, it also takes a crowdsourcing approach to diseases and rare medical conditions.
- When it comes to publicity, there’s nothing like a tease. In addition to regularly scheduled guests, “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” “The Tonight Show,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Late Night With Seth Meyers” have all announced a “special guest” in their lineup.
Whether it’s the same guest or several, this secretive approach seems coordinated, and rather unprecedented. In addition, “Conan” (10 p.m., TBS, TV-14) has not released its lineup for tonight, because the “special guest” is the only guest.
Talk about Pique TV!
- Reichenbach offers a tantalizing clue on “Elementary” (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
- A likely suspect may be a distraction on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (9 p.m., NBC, r, TV-14).
- A general’s arrival raises eyebrows on “Reef Break”
- (9 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
- Chip makes a plan on “Baskets” (9 p.m., FX, TV-MA). FX has announced that this remarkably silly comedy will conclude at the end of this season, its fourth.
A likable food vendor (Bobby Cannavale) and a miserable woman (Patricia Clarkson) intervene in the life of a taciturn dwarf (Peter Dinklage) who inherits the local train depot in the 2003 dramady “The Station Agent” (8 p.m., HBO Signature). An impressive cast also includes Michelle Williams and John Slattery. While it has all the elements of a “precious” and “quirky” indie movie, “The Station Agent” remains remarkably matter-of-fact and utterly believable in its own sad way.
Penny’s ex makes a major request on “The Big Bang Theory” (7 p.m., CBS, r, TV-PG) ... “The Wall” (7 p.m., NBC, r, TV-PG) ... Too many mysteries on “MasterChef” (7 p.m., Fox, TV-14) ... Miniature golf malarkey on “Holey Moley” (7 p.m. ABC, TV-PG) ... Wythers hatches a scheme on “The Outpost” (7 p.m., CW, TV-14) ... A guest becomes unwelcome on “Young Sheldon” (7:30 p.m., CBS, r, TV-PG).
Julie Chen Moonves hosts “Big Brother” (8 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) ... Jane Lynch hosts “Hollywood Game Night” (8 p.m., NBC, TV-14) ... “Spin the Wheel” (8 p.m., Fox, TV-PG) ... “Family Food Fight” (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
Meek Mill is booked on “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” (10 p.m., Comedy Central) ... Pete Holmes, Tony Rock and Josh Wolf appear on “Lights Out With David Spade” (10:30 p.m., Comedy Central).
Niecy Nash is booked on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jimmy Fallon welcomes Lil Rel Howery, Lester Holt and Natalie Merchant on “The Tonight Show” (10:35 p.m., NBC) ... Leslie Jones and Monsta X featuring French Montana appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (10:35 p.m., ABC).
Billy Crudup, Robin Thede and Julian Dorio visit “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (11:35 p.m., NBC) ... Josh Gad and Guillermo del Toro appear on “The Late Late Show With James Corden” (11:35 p.m., CBS).