Friday TV: Mixed ‘Friends from College’

friendsfromcollege_indexSometimes even bad shows are interesting to watch. Such is the case with the new “Friends from College” (Netflix, streaming) which is about some old Harvard friends who have married and are having affairs decades later.

What makes it interesting are the comic performances from Keegan-Michael Key, as a writer who reverts to funny voices when he’s nervous, Cobie Smulders of “How I Met Your Mother” as a lawyer with a regrettable new job, and some reliable funny stuff from Nat Faxon, Billy Eichner, Jae Such Park and Fred Savage. Whether it’s more laughs than eye-rolling depends on your own tolerance for moral ineptitude.

Also new online is “To the Bone” (Netflix, streaming), Marni Noxon’s TV movie about eating disorders and anorexia, starring Lily Collins.

Friday’s the big day for new content on the service so there’s also a documentary on the death of coral reefs, “Chasing Coral” (Netflix, streaming).

And there’s a new “Chelsea” (Netflix, streaming) with Kurt Warner, Russell Wilson, Laila Ali and Aly Raisman.

The seven remaining chefs explore botanical concoctions on “The Great British Baking Show” (PBS, 9 p.m.).

“20/20” (ABC, 10 p.m.) concentrates on O.J. Simpson’s impending parole hearing.

”The “Killjoys” (Syfy, 8 p.m.) find a scorched planet.

There are always a lot of interesting names on “Masters of Illusion” (The CW, 8 p.m.). Tonight includes Tommy Wind and Jibrizy.

Reruns include “MacGyver” (CBS, 8 p.m.), “America’s Got Talent” (NBC, 8 p.m.), “MasterChef” (Fox, 8 p.m.), “Hawaii Five-0” (CBS, 9 p.m.) and “Beat Shazam” (Fox, 9 p.m.).

A mom is stabbed, a bicyclist is hit by a bus and a man has cardiac arrest on “Trauma: Seconds to Live” (Discovery Life, 10 p.m.). And how was your day?

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS, 11:35 p.m.) is trying something a little different for its Friday shows: A compilation of the best moments of the week, preceded by a fresh monologue (likely recorded on Thursdays).

“Wynonna Earp” (Syfy, 10 p.m.) tries to save the town.

“Josh Gates’ Destination Truth” (Travel, 9 p.m.) goes to Romania and Mexico.

Kendra and Patti battle on “Kendra on Top” (WE, 9 p.m.).

Baseball returns from the All-Star Break with games that include Yankees at Boston (MLB, 7 p.m.).

In the NBA Summer League Playoff consolation games it’s Atlanta vs. Houston (ESPNU, 4 p.m.), Washington vs. Minnesota (NBA, 4:30 p.m.), Utah vs. Milwaukee (ESPNU, 6 p.m.) and Philadelphia vs. Chicago (NBA, 8:30 p.m.).

In tennis, it’s the men’s semifinals at Wimbledon (ESPN, 8 a.m.).

Golf has second round play in the U.S. Women’s Open (Fox Sports 1, 2 p.m.).

In soccer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup it’s Costa Rica vs. French Guiana (Fox Sports 1, 7:30 p.m.) and Canada vs. Honduras (Fox Sports 1, 10 p.m.).

X Games (ESPN2, 2 p.m.; ESPN, 9 p.m.) continue from Minneapolis.

And it’s time for the Women’s Beach Volleyball World Series quarterfinals (ESPN2, 5 p.m.).

The Tour de France (NBC Sports, 8:30 p.m.) reaches Stage 13 from Saint-Girons to Foix.

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Woody Harrelson, Jenny Slate, Hilah Johnson. The View: Mischa Barton, Caitlyn Jenner. The Talk: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Curtis Stone, Sasheer Zamata. Harry Connick: Julianne Hough, JR De Guzman (rerun). Ellen DeGeneres: Jimmy Kimmel (rerun). Wendy Williams: Rob Shuter, Melissa Garcia (rerun). The Real: D.B. Woodside, Tom Ellis, Rocco DiSpirito, Cynthia Bailey (rerun).

Late Talk

Jimmy Kimmel: Chadwick Boseman, Tatiana Mislay, Kyle featuring Lil Yachty (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Kate McKinnon, John Cena, Mac DeMarco (rerun). Seth Meyers: Will Ferrell, Laverne Cox, Jeff Tweedy, Daru Jones (rerun). James Corden: Kurt Russell, Thomas Middleditch, Russell Howard (rerun). Carson Daly: Adam Pally, Froth, Fahim Anwar (rerun).

 

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