Friday TV: Vandalism as True Crime

American VandalAs vital as a genre it’s becoming, the true crime documentary series is also ripe for parody, which it gets today in the Funny or Die-produced send-up “American Vandal” (Netflix, streaming). That it’s about cars that have been spray painted with penises makes it central to Funny or Die humor sensibility (but also recalls Chris Lilley’s “Summer Heights High” on HBO).

A more real documentary is Morgan Spurlock’s latest, “Tough Guys” (Showtime, 9 p.m.) looks at how mixed martial arts became a kind of sport.

It’s been a couple of weeks since there’s been a country music awards show, so here’s the ACM Honors (CBS, 9 p.m.) which celebrates special honorees from the Academy of Country Music Awards,with performances from Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Vince Gill, Kelsea Ballerina, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Hillary Scott, George Strait and Brad Paisley.

The Ballet Hispanico performs “Club Havana” and “Carmen.maquia” on “Great Performances” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings).

Racial injustice on Long Island is investigated in the new online documentary by Yance Ford, “Strong Island” (Netflix, streaming).

Angelina Jolie’s latest war movie adapts a Cambodian memoir, “First They Killed My Father” (Netflix, streaming), about life under the Khmer Rouge.

Amy Landecker and Mae Whitman show up on the latest episode of “Room 104” (HBO, 11:30 p.m.).

The final three — Josh, Christmas and Paul — compete to be the final house of household on the penultimate episode of “Big Brother” (CBS, 8 p.m.). But not before a clip reel reviews the entire season.

Salman Rushdie, Fran Leibowitz, Tim Gunn and Bret Stephens are guests on a new “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO, 10 p.m.).

Bleachers play an “MTV Unplugged” (MTV, 8 p.m.) and Lorde and Carly Rae Jepsen show up.

“Kindred Spirts” (TLC, 9 p.m.) returns for a second season and visits the Lizzie Borden House in Fall River, Mass.

It precedes the newest paranormal series “Evil Things” (TLC, 10 p.m.).

The kids on “Raven’s Home” (Disney, 8 p.m.) sell snacks in order to buy virtual reality goggles.

Shawn’s barge is landlocked on “Bering Sea Gold” (Discovery, 9 p.m.).

Carole Lombard is star on Turner Classic Movies in “Hands Across the Table” (8 p.m.), “Love Before Breakfast” (9:30 p.m.), “The Princess Comes Across” (11 p.m.), “Now and Forever” (12:30 a.m.), “The Gay Bride” (2 a.m.), “Brief Moment” (3:30 a.m.) and “Nothing Sacred” (4:45 a.m.).

Baseball includes St. Louis at Cubs (MLB, 2 p.m.) and Kansas City at Cleveland (MLB, 7 p.m.). They’ve got to lose some time.

In college football, it’s Illinois at South Florida (ESPN, 7 p.m.), Massachusetts at Temple (ESPNU, 7 p.m.) and Arizona at UTEP (ESPN, 10:15 p.m.).

Soccer has the U.S. vs. New Zealand (ESPN2, 10 p.m.) in an international women’s friendly.

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Jeffrey Tambor, Julia Stiles. The View: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal. The Talk: Stephen Colbert, Chris O’Donnell. Harry Connick: Gladys Knight, Jon Rudnitsky. Steve Harvey: Carrie Ann Inaba, Peter Facinelli. Ellen DeGeneres: Channing Tatum, Kyle MacLachlan. Wendy Williams: Nick Cannon (rerun). The Real: Freddy Harteis, Israel Houghton, Adam Housley (rerun).

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Anthony Scaramucci, Bob Odenkirk, Liam Gallagher (rerun). Jimmy Kimmel: Dr. Phil McGraw, Mike Tyson, Martin Urbano (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Benedict Cumberbatch, Savannah Guthrie, Andy Grammar with Luchmoney Lewis. Seth Meyers: Jake Tapper, Gwendoline Christie, Gary Clark Jr. (rerun). James Corden: Jeremy Renner, Aubrey Plaza, Chris O’Dowd, Russ (rerun).

 

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