Friday TV: More Margaret Atwood

"Alias Grace" Day 6365 Photo: Jan Thijs 2016Is Margaret Atwood the new queen of the limited series? Following the success of the adaptation of her “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu, here is an adaptation of her lesser known novel “Alias Grace” (Netflix, streaming). based on a true story about an Irish immigrant and domestic servant in 19th century Canada charged with the double murder of her employers. Sarah Gadon stars in the production that also stars Thomas Kenner, Anna Paquin and Zachary Levi. It may be important that it is written, produced and directed by women — Sarah Polley and Mary Harron. All six parts are available today if you feel like binging.

A production of Noel Coward’s “Present Laughter” with Kevin Kline, Kate Burton and Cobie Smulders plays on “Great Performances” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings).

Not only are the Hallmark Christmas movies earlier than usual this year, so is this new stand-up comedy special, “Lavell Crawford: Home for the Holidays” (Showtime, 10 p.m.).

Diane Sawyer’s report on the Islamic State’s effort to recruit U.S. recruits is especially timely this week on “20/20” (ABC, 10 p.m.).

On the new “Animal Cribs” (Animal Planet, 10 p.m.), homes are made more pet friendly.

Two former CIA officers go on a treasure hunt, seeking a drug kingpin’s hidden stash of cash on the new “Finding Escobar’s Millions” (Discovery, 10 p.m.).

Trump apologist Jeffrey Lord, fired from CNN, shows up on “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO, 10 p.m.), along with Jack Jacobs, Graeme Wood, Christina Bellantoni and Rob Reiner.

A campus shooting in Santa Monica is recalled on “Active Shooter: America Under Fire” (Showtime, 9 p.m.).

On “Gold Rush” (Discovery, 9 p.m.), Todd tries to build a holding pond before a storm arrives.

Josh Groban pops up on “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (The CW, 8 p.m.).

“Kevin Hart Presents: Hart of the City” (Comedy Central, 11 p.m.) begins its second season.

“Andi Mack” (Disney, 8 p.m.) celebrates Chinese New Year.

The team on “Blindspot” (NBC, 8 p.m.) fight a foreign power attempting to hijack a satellite.

“K.C. Undercover” (Disney, 8:30 p.m.) wants to reveal Brady’s secret identity.

Lucy tries to save Murphy’s life on “Z Nation” (Syfy, 9 p.m.).

The Royal family comes face to face with Maximus on “Marvel’s Inhumans” (ABC, 9 p.m.).

A famous basketball player is found dead of an apparent drug overdose on “Blue Bloods” (CBS, 10 p.m.).

The demon finally reveals itself on “The Exorcist” (Fox, 9 p.m.).

“Hawaii Five-0” (CBS, 9 p.m.) tries to solve a string of murders on Halloween.

Tiana goes after Dr. Facilier in the “Princes and the Frog” story line on “Once Upon a Time” (ABC, 8 p.m.).

“Jane the Virgin” (The CW, 9 p.m.) has a photo shoot.

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

Turner Classic Movies unleashes some 70s thrillers tonight: “The China Syndrome” (8 p.m.), “The Wilby Conspiracy” (10:15 p.m.), “The Mackintosh Man” (12:15 a.m.), “Coma” (2 a.m.) and “Frenzy” (4 a.m.).

NBA action includes Cleveland at Washington (ESPN, 7 p.m.) and Boston at Oklahoma City (ESPN, 9:30 p.m.).

Hockey has New Jersey at Edmonton (NHL, 9 p.m.).

In college football, there is Marshall at FAU (CBS Sports, 6 p.m.), Memphis at Tulsa (ESPN2, 8 p.m.), Brown at Yale (NBC Sports, 8 p.m.) and UCLA at Utah (Fox Sports 1, 9:30 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Blake Shelton, Justin Hartley, Joanna Jedrzejczyk. The View: Keith Olbermann. The Talk: Kristen Bell, Eve. Harry Connick: Michael Phelps, Moll Anderson. Steve Harvey: Xscape. Ellen DeGeneres: Kris Jenner. Wendy Williams: Joy Behar. The Real: Brandy Norwood, Sheryl Lee Ralph, William Allen Young, Countess Vaughn, Shar Jackson, Marcus T, Paulk, Ray J.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Ronan Farrow, Walter Isaacson, Kelsea Ballerini. Jimmy Kimmel: Ellen DeGeneres, Pink, Channing Tatum (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Satires Ronan, Julian Edelman, Clive Davis, Wiz Khalifa with Ty Dolla $ign. Seth Meyers: Mariska Hargitay, John Cho, ZZ Ward with Fantastic Negrito, Sonny Emory (rerun). James Corden: Judi Dench, Kyle MacLachlan, Kasabian (rerun). Carson Daly: Eddie Izzard, (Sandy) Alex G, Dawn-Lyen Gardner (rerun).

 

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