Friday TV: Oyelowo’s One Man Odyssey

NightingaleThe original film “Nightingale” (HBO, 9 p.m.) is unusual for a number of reasons — first that it premieres on a Friday night instead of a Saturday or Sunday on the premium network. For a second in that it concentrates on a single character, a war veteran who psychologically unravels before his video blog as he awaits the arrival of an old Army pal. David Oyelowo (of “Five Days,” “Mi5” and “Selma”) is the sole actor, but by most accounts pulls if off (it was not made available for all reviewers, as most HBO fare is, another odd thing).

Written by Frederick Mensch and directed by Elliott Lester, it does bump “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO, 10:30 p.m.), which is a rerun anyway.

The debut last September of Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons as conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is presented on “Great Performances” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) that includes the work of Wagner and the participation of Nelsons’ wife, soprano Kristine Opolais.

“Strange Empire: Rise of the Women” (Lifetime Movie Network, 9 p.m.) is the first scripted series on the network once dedicated to movies (as was AMC), about three women on the North American frontier, with Cara Gee, Melissa Farman and Tattiwana Jones.

New online, Rashida Jones helped produce the documentary “Hot Girls Wanted” (Netflix, streaming) about firms that lure women as young as 18 to Florida to enter the porn industry and the women who decide to do so.

Fitting hell for many awful personalities can be reliably found in “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars” (WeTV, 9 p.m.) which for its third season features Kendra Wilkinson, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Aubrey O’Day, Jeff & Jordan of “Big Brother,” and Reggie Youngblood and Tami of “Basketball Wives.”

The primetime show produced by ABC News that feels more like a hidden camera game show, “What Would You Do?” (ABC, 9 p.m.) returns for a new season with stunts like a teen appearing to meet someone she met online and a nanny trying to influence a child’s skin tone preference for her doll.

“Alaskan Bush People” (Discovery, 9 p.m.) returns for a third season with an effort to raise money to buy a wood-burning stove.

Scarcely seen on the recent “Saturday Night Live” 40th anniversary event, the stand-up special “Jim Breuer: Comic Frenzy” (Epix, 10 p.m.) gives more time to the former Goat Boy.

It’s canceled, but a remaining episode of “The Messengers” (The CW, 9 p.m.) is the only new scripted show on broadcast TV tonight.

Are we still fascinated with rich people? “New Money” (E!, 10:30 p.m.) looks at the practices of recent millionaires.

The story of Mother’s Day comes 19 days late on “Mysteries at the Museum” (Travel, 9 p.m.).

Nik Wallenda and his wife step off the high wire to “Say Yes to the Dress” (TLC, 9 p.m.).

Karen Gillan of “Guardians of the Galaxy” is guest on “Comedy Bang! Bang!” (IFC, 11 p.m.).

The month long salute to Orson Welles concludes on Turner Classic Movies with his roles in “The Third Man” (8 p.m.), “Tomorrow is Forever” (10 p.m.), “The V.I.P.S” (midnight) and “A Man for All Seasons” (2:15 a.m.).

It’s Tampa Bay at Rangers (NBC Sports, 8 p.m.) in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals.

Baseball includes Dodgers at Cardinals (MLB, 8:15 p.m.).

Early round play continues in the French Open (ESPN2, 5 a.m.; Tennis, 10 a.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly & Michael: Jeremy Piven, Carla Gugino. The View: Susan Sarandon, Tom Kelly, Frank Beddor, Raven-Symone, Michelle Collins. The Talk: Kelsey Grammer, Perez Hilton, Marc Murphy, Wynonna Judd (rerun). Ellen DeGeneres: Bill Clinton, Pitbull (rerun). Wendy Williams: Ben Lyons, Chef George Duran (rerun). Meredith Vieira: Paula Patton, Mario Cantone, John Cena (rerun). Queen Latifah: Christina Millian, Tim Snell, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (rerun).

Late Talk

Jimmy Fallon: U2 (rerun). Jimmy Kimmel: Ryan Seacrest, Brittany Snow, Imagine REO SpeedDragons (rerun). Seth Meyers: Mariska Hargitay, Chelsea Peretti, Father John Misty, Elle King (rerun). James Corden: Courteney Cox, Joel McHale, Oscar Isaac, Natalie LaRose (rerun). Carson Daly: Christina Ricci, Above & Beyond, Alex Garland (rerun). Tavis Smiley: Pat Boone.

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