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What’s on TV Thursday: ‘Colombiana’ and ‘Spy’

What’s on TV Thursday: ‘Colombiana’ and ‘Spy’

Zoe Saldana plays a ruthless assassin in “Colombiana.” And Melissa McCarthy is a C.I.A. administrator-turned-agent in “Spy.”

COLOMBIANA (2011) 8 p.m. on AMC. It will surprise few that this revenge thriller, with Zoe Saldana as a daughter avenging her parents’ murder, was written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen. A few years earlier, that pair wrote “Taken,” and Besson — whose other movies include “La Femme Nikita” and “Lucy” — is a maestro in the field of films in which vengeful women erase scores of nameless henchmen. In “Colombiana,” Saldana’s ultimate career goal as an assassin is to dispose of the drug lord who once ordered her parents’ killing.

PLANET EARTH: YELLOWSTONE 8 p.m. on BBC America. While you can still visit Yellowstone during the government shutdown (unlike many other national parks), this three-part BBC nature documentary offers something that you can’t get in just one visit: a look at the national park in three seasons. In the “Winter” episode, aerial shots show coyotes trudging through the park, stalking prey in freshly fallen snow. In “Summer,” the snow melts away, feeding rivers filled with trout, which are seen being devoured by otters. Among the natural meals enjoyed in “Autumn” is the trunk of a cottonwood tree, consumed with impressive speed by a content-looking beaver. All three episodes will run back-to-back on Thursday at 8, 9 and 10 p.m.

SPY (2015) 7:50 p.m. and 10:10 p.m. on FXM. Melissa McCarthy goes from desk administrator to clandestine agent in this spy movie sendup, directed by Paul Feig (the director of “Bridesmaids”). After a villain (Rose Byrne) learns the identities of the C.I.A.’s top agents, McCarthy’s character volunteers to go undercover to stop her. The rest of the movie includes many typical spy movie trappings — exotic cars, fistfights and chases. There is also an appearance by 50 Cent. “The busy, silly script allows Ms. McCarthy to be her own best sidekick, in effect an entire sketch-comedy troupe unto herself,” A. O. Scott wrote in his review for The New York Times.

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