TV Highlights: Syfy airs the fantastically named ‘Independence Day-Saster’

HIGHLIGHTS

SERIES PREMIERE: GAC tries to one-up TLC’s so-many-children reality shows with its docu-series “The Willis Clan” (at 8), as Toby and Brenda Willis aren’t merely raising a dozen children in Tennessee. All the kids are super-talented and include singers and competitive dancers.

Some former champions return to wreak havoc for the final five on “Hell’s Kitchen” (Fox at 8), who also must create their own menus for dinner service.

Try to find a better title on TV than that of this Syfy original movie on Thursday night, “Independence Day-Saster” (at 9). When evil space aliens invade the United States and take down its defense forces, including the president’s helicopter, POTUS must turn to his brother — a small-town hero — and a renegade scientist to defeat the invaders.

A famous lawyer is found dead in his home on “Motive” (ABC at 9), but was it really because of a burglary? The team investigates, and elsewhere, Manny finds himself arrested for vandalism.

FINALE WATCH: The horrible awkwardness of co-workers firing each other finally ends on the season finale of “Does Someone Have To Go?” (Fox at 9), as three employees beg their colleagues to keep their jobs at a St. Louis home remodeling firm.

Michael starts looking into Burke’s underground network on “Burn Notice” (USA at 9),and he’s assigned to help get a prisoner out of a Russian black site in Cuba. No worries — Fiona and Madeline just have to frame a corrupt bureaucrat for treason in order for the plan to work.

Andy and Marlo set out on their first patrol together on “Rookie Blue” (ABC at 10), but things do not go well as they immediately clash.

A Ni­ger­ian drug lord recruits Mike to teach gang members the art of shooting, but Briggs is understandably hesitant about the whole exercise on “Graceland” (USA at 10).

Johnny Depp, comedian Marc Maron and rock band Dawes are on “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35).

“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC at 11:35) hosts actor David Spade, actress Joey King and a performance by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.

Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wade and actor Tony Goldwyn are on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC at 11:35), along with a performance by the Neighbourhood.

— Emily Yahr

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