Friday TV: Strong ‘Seven Seconds’

seven-secondsThe sheer number of shows that continue to premiere on streaming services — and Netflix in particular — can be daunting to the point of surrender. But the new “Seven Seconds” (Netflix, streaming) stands out as a great crime drama that at the same time reflects the racial divides in the country as only a mournful show about a blood stain at the foot of the Statue of Liberty can be.

A cop’s hit and run of a black youth in a park sets in motion the rickety urban justice system and brotherly code of silence even as his family refuses easy answers. And it may all be in the hands of a lowly prosecutor if she can keep her drinking in check.

From Veena Sud, whose last work “The Killing” had both the same deep pull and a lot of similar elements — from slowly spinning omniscient overhead cityscapes, to mournful looks out of dirty windshields, to lots of brooding silences to let the human drama seep in. With a great cast led by Regina King (“American Crime”) and what looks to be solid pacing, “Seven Seconds” deserves attention.

he sheer number of shows that continue to premiere on streaming services — and Netflix in particular — can be “Seven Seconds” (Netflix, streaming)

The service also presents a new movie, “Mute” (Netflix, streaming) starring Alexander Skarsgard, Justin Theroux and Paul Rudd about a wordless man looking for a missing girlfriend. Director Duncan Jones set the cyberpunk tale in 2052 in Berlin, where his father, David Bowie, made his famous trilogy of recordings.

Finally, Momofuku chef David Chang hosts a new show about his favorite kinds of food, some of which may not be pretty, in “Ugly Delicious” (Netflix, streaming).

Alan Cumming hosts the 17th Movies for Grownups Awards, which gets its first broadcast on “Great Performances” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings). Helen Mirren receives a career achievement award in the event taped earlier this month in Beverly Hills. Gary Oldman, Laurie Metcalf, Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep are among the nominees. But, spoiler alert, the big movie winner of the night may be a familiar space fantasy.

On the second to last episode of “Celebrity Big Brother” (CBS, 8 p.m.) there is a double elimination in advance of Sunday’s finale and two hours given to get it done. But how is Omarosa still there?

Bobsled, speed skating, snowboarding and Alpine skiing are on the Olympics (NBC, 8 p.m.).

But maybe even better news: The first spring training baseball games, including Washington vs. Houston (MLB, 1 p.m.).

Uzo Aduba is guest on the final episode of “2 Dope Queens” (HBO, 11:30 p.m.) where the theme is black nerds, blerds. Gary Gulman, Al Jackson and Naomi Ekperigin are guest comics.

A comedian returns to the Texas prison where he once served six years on “Ali Siddiq: It’s Bigger Than These Bars” (Comedy Central, 11 p.m.).

On “High Maintenance” (HBO, 11 p.m.), the Guy tries to take some time out while his friend Abdullah tries to take over his route.

“The Tick” (Amazon, streaming) returns with a new episode.

Rivals close in as Don Miguel celebrates a birthday on the fourth episode of “The Trade” (Showtime, 9 p.m.).

Mac and Dr. Markov are held captive in a survivalist camp outside Budapest on “Strike Back” (Cinemax, 10 p.m.).

After final performances, a winner is named on the season finale of “The Rap Game” (Lifetime, 10 p.m.).

“Josh Gates’ Destination Truth” (Travel, 9 p.m.) starts a new season with a trip on the Amazon.

Saoirse Ronan, Rob Beckett, Eric McCormack and Debra Messing are guests on “The Graham Norton Show” (BBC America, 10 p.m.).

“Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO, 10 p.m.) is a rerun from last week.

“Wreck It Ralph” (ABC, 8 p.m.) gets a broadcast showcase.

June’s eye surgery fails on “Mama June: From Not to Hot” (WeTV, 9 p.m.).

Best actress winners and nominees are on Turner Classic Movies with “Caged” (6:45 a.m.), “Some Came Running” (8:45 a.m.), “Two Woman” (11:15 a.m.), “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1:15 p.m.), “I Want to Live!” (3:45 p.m.), “Butterfield 8” (6 p.m.), “Suspicion” (8 p.m.), “Johnny Belinda” (10 p.m.), “Dead Man Walking” (midnight), “Klute” (2:15 a.m.) and “Women in Love” (4:30 a.m.).

NBA action includes Minnesota at Houston (ESPN, 8 p.m.) and Dallas at Lakers (ESPN, 10:30 p.m.).

Hockey has Minnesota at Rangers (NHL, 7 p.m.).

Men’s college basketball includes Central Michigan at Toledo (CBS Sports, 6:30 p.m.), Dayton at Rhode Island (ESPN2, 7 p.m.), Harvard at Princeton (ESPNU, 7 p.m.), Ohio State at Indiana (Fox Sports 1, 8 p.m.), Western Michigan at Ball State (ESPN2, 9 p.m.) and Manhattan at Iona (ESPNU, 9 p.m.).

In International basketball, it’s Cuba vs. U.S. (ESPNU, 11 p.m.) in a FIBA World Cup qualifier.

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Mae Whitman, Chris Byrne. The View: Tamar Braxton. The Talk: Marie Osmond, Jason Lewis. Marie Osmond, Jason Lewis. Harry Connick: Lori Laughlin, Letitia Wright. Steve Harvey: Catt Sadler, Evelyn Lozada, Brooke Curke-Charvet, Garcelle Beauvais. Ellen DeGeneres: Josh Duhamel. Wendy Williams: Eva Longoria (rerun). The Real: Zonnique Pullins, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle-Harris.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Anderson Cooper, Maz Jobrani, Margo Price (rerun). Jimmy Kimmel: Saoirse Ronan, Kyle Chandler, Joey Dosik. James Corden: Tyra Banks, Matt Smith (rerun).

 

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