Friday TV: Errol Morris Takes to the Tube

WormwoodErrol Morris, the one man who left the largest mark on true crime series and cinema, with his artful re-enactments and mesmerizing scores in films going back to “The Thin Blue Line,” puts his work in the form of a documentary series in “Wormwood” (Netflix, streaming). It follows the tale of an Amy scientist who jumped out of a window after being given LSD by the CIA in a 1953 experiment. Even the re-enactors are of a higher caliber, with Peter Sarsgaard portraying the late Frank Olson.

Elsewhere online, Jean-Claude Van Damme makes fun of himself and his image on the new “Jean-Claude Van Johnson” (Amazon, streaming), in which he plays a has been action star who is reactivated, so he can play a double agent. There is comic potential here, and some good jokes, but it’s a straining kick that doesn’t land its blow.

A second season starts for Guillermo del Toro’s children’s series “Trollhunters” (Netflix, streaming).

Erik Estrada hosts the 86th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade (The CW, 8 p.m.) with Dean Cain, Montel Williams and Laura McKenzie, with performances by Cee-Lo Green, Ruben Studdard, the Village People, The Tenors and Donny and Marie, among others. Dr. Oz is grand marshal.

Here’s a new group of people traveling to test good foods, “The Grill Dads” (Food, 9:30 p.m.).

A double dose of “Hawaii Five-0” (CBS, 9 and 10 p.m.), makes for a mid-season finale that’s more like “Hawaii- Ten-0”

Mac is arrested for terrorism on the Christmas-themed mid-season finale of “MacGyver” (CBS, 8 p.m.).

The weird comedy “The Ranch” (Netflix, streaming) with Ashton Kutcher returns with new episodes.

“The Exorcist” (Fox, 9 p.m.) brings a  typically apocalyptic finale.

A tattoo on “Blindspot” (NBC, 8 p.m.) leads to a doctor with a secret.

Drizella threatens the realm with a curse on “Once Upon a Time” (ABC, 8 p.m.).

On “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (ABC, 9 p.m.), Coulson discovers his captor’s true intentions are.

Warren tries to stop operation Black Rainbow on “Z Nation” (Syfy, 9 p.m.), leading up to the fourth season finale at 10 p.m.

Hopeful rappers perform for a focus group on “The Rap Game” (Lifetime, 10 p.m.).

A more traditional holiday music special is “Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir with Rolando Villazon” (PBS, 9 p.m.).

“Josh Gates’ Destination Truth” (Travel, 9 p.m.) goes to Kazakhstan and then to Mexico City at 10:30 p.m.

Kim and Kroy renew vows in Turks and Caicos on “Don’t Be Tardy…” (Bravo, 9 p.m.).

Broadway singer Todrick Hall pops up on “Bring It!” (Lifetime, 9 p.m).

More Christmas Classics on Turner Classic Movies tonight with the romances “The Shop Around the Corner” (8 p.m.) and “Holiday Affair” (10 p.m.); and a pair of films about holiday houseguests, “It Happened on 5th Avenue” (11:45 p.m.) and “The Man Who Came to Dinner” (2 a.m.) . Then comes the musical “On Moonlight Bay” (4 a.m.).

NBA action includes Oklahoma City at Philadelphia (ESPN, 7 p.m.) and San Antonio at Houston (ESPN, 9:30 p.m.).

Hockey has Los Angeles at Rangers (NHL, 7 p.m.) and U.S. vs. Canada (NBC Sports, 10 p.m.) in the U.S. Olympic trials.

Other Olympic trials include curling (NBC Sports, 4 p.m.) and speed skating (NBC Sports, 8:30 p.m.).

There are a couple of college football games: Mount Union vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor (ESPNU, 7 p.m.) in the Division III final, and Sam Houston State at North Dakota State (ESPN2, 8 p.m.) in an FCS semifinal.

Just one game in men’s college basketball: Maryland Eastern Shore at Creighton (Fox Sports 1, 8 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Kate McKinnon, Hailee Seinfeld, Lance Ulanoff. The View: Nick Jonas, Darlene Love. The Talk: Gina Rodriguez, Hilary Duff. Harry Connick: Donnie Wahlberg, Jenny McCarthy, Melissa Kieling, Joey Thurman. Steve Harvey: Rachael Ray, Ben Feldman (rerun). Ellen DeGeneres: Hillary Clinton, Khalid. The Real: Kyle Richards, Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Jodie Foster, Tom Hanks. Jimmy Kimmel: James Franco, Brooklynn Prince, BTS (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Benicio Del Toro, Ruby Rose, Michael McDonald. Seth Meyers: Sax Shepard, Lily James, Max Brooks, Brooks Wackerman (rerun). James Corden: Josh Gad, Rachel Bloom, Michelle Dockery, Charlie Puth (rerun). Carson Daly: Richard Linklater, Pup, Sarah Gadon (rerun).

 

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