Friday TV: More ‘Grace and Frankie’

GraceFrankieA new season starts for “Grace and Frankie” (Netflix, streaming), the strangely unconvincing buddy comedy with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as jilted exes of a newly gay couple, Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen, whose character begins the season with a heart attack and ends the episode with a wedding. It’s strangely fascinating, but almost never funny.

If the Bernie Sanders revolution doesn’t look like it’s coming to the fore, there’s always Russell Brand. The brash British comic has dashed the drugs and decided to be an activist, chronicled in the documentary “Brand: A Second Coming” (Showtime, 9 p.m.).

Yes it happens for cops on TV too when a grand jury chooses not to indict an officer who shot a teenager on the sixth season finale of “Blue Bloods” (CBS, 10 p.m.).

Always good to take in “Adele Live in New York City” (NBC, 8 p.m.), rerun from late last year, now expanded to 90 minutes with five new songs.

The eradication of polio and disposal of land mines are topics on tonight’s “Vice” (HBO, 11 p.m.).

Scheduled guests on “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO, 10 p.m.) include Dan Savage, Bryan Cranston, Richard Taite, Ann Coulter and Nick Gillespie.

There are just four teams left on “The Amazing Race” (CBS, 8 p.m.) as they get to China, but one of them have been unnecessarily saved through phony non-elimination stops.


Pyramids in Antarctica are examined on “Ancient Aliens” (History, 9 p.m.).

Cast member Paul Wesley directs tonight’s episode of “The Vampire Diaries” (The CW, 8 p.m.).

A month-long, 9-film Friday night salute to the actor Robert Ryan on Turner Classic Movies begins with “Bad Day at Black Rock” (8 p.m.), “Crossfire” (9:30 p.m.), “Odds Against Tomorrow” (11:15 p.m.), “On Dangerous Ground” (1 a.m.), “Beware, My Lovely” (2:30 a.m.), “The Set-Up” (4 a.m.) and “Act of Violence” (5:15 a.m.).

It’s Tampa Bay at Islanders (NBC Sports, 7 p.m.) in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

In the NBA playoffs it’s Cleveland at Atlanta (ESPN, 7 p.m.) and San Antonio at Oklahoma City (ESPN, 9:30 p.m.).

Baseball includes Boston at Yankees (MLB, 7 p.m.). Is this still a thing?

Daytime Talk

Kelly & Michael: Anthony Mackie. The View: Lily Tomlin. The Talk: Emily VanCamp, Josh Hopkins. Ellen DeGeneres: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell. Wendy Williams: Brian Balthazar.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Lily Tomlin, Kumail Nanjiani, Ryan Hamilton. Jimmy Kimmel: John Stamos, Mercedes Mason, Iggy Pop (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Jane Fonda, Andrew Rannells, Keith Urban. James Corden: Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek, Ray Romano (rerun). Carson Daly: Maggie Siff, White Mystery, Jeff Nichols (rerun). Tavis Smiley: Katie Couric.

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