Friday TV: Quinto in Nimoy’s Shoes Again

QuintoJust as he took the role originated by Leonard Nimoy in the big-screen “Star Trek” remakes, Zachary Quint steps in as host of the revived investigative series “In Search of” (History, 10 p.m.), once hosted by Nimoy in the 1970s. First thing he’s in search of? Aliens. (but not necessarily Vulcans).

If the ESPYs was for grownups, the Kids’ Choice Sports Awards (Nickelodeon, 8 p.m.) celebrates athlete favored by the younger crowd. NBA star Chris Paul hosts the fifth annual event, taped Thursday in Santa Monica, Calif., where categories include “Clutch Plaer of the Year,” “King of Swag” and “Biggest Kid.” It also serves as lead in to a preview of the new animated series “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (Nickelodeon, 9:30 p.m.) where the heroes are a little more angular than they’ve appeared before. The full series starts in the fall.

David Spade returns to his “Joe Dirt” roots for his role in the new comedy film “Father of the Year” (Netflix, streaming), in which he is goaded out of his trailer park to fight the preppy dad of his son’s college grad buddy (the underrated Ned Faxon) for lowbrow, knockdown, drag out fights.

On the comedy and fake documentary “This Country” (Hulu, streaming), Daisy May Cooper and Charlie Cooper play cousins in Britain, trying to make do amid eccentric neighbors.

In a new real documentary “Ballet Now” (Hulu, streaming), New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck rehearses a work she will perform at the Music Center in Los Angeles.

QuintoThe sports documentary series “Last Chance U” (Netflix, streaming) focuses on a community college football team in Independence, Kan.

In a new documentary series, “Dark Tourist” (Netflix, streaming), New Zealand filmmaker David Farrier (“Tickled”) takes weird and macabre tours around the globe.

Extreme makeovers is the subject of the new series “Amazing Interiors” (Netflix, streaming).

Melanie Scrofano returns for a third season of “Wynonna Earp” (Syfy, 9 p.m.) just as vampires hit town.

“The Paynes” (OWN, 9 p.m.) and “Outcast” (Cinemax, 10 p.m.) are both back for their second seasons.

“Killjoys” (Syfy, 10 p.m.) returns for its fourth season with Khlyen and Aneela on the run from the Lady.

Isobel Yeong travels to Raqqa, Syria to find out what’s left of it on a special episode of “Vice” (HBO, 7:30 and 11 p.m.).

A news special from Brian Stelter, “The Trump Show” (CNN, 10 p.m.) features many of my TV critic pals from Bill Carter to Melanie McFarland.

The team on “Quantico” (ABC, 8 p.m.) gets mixed up in a revenge plan.

“Whistleblower” (CBS, 8 p.m.) would be better with less of the razzle-dazzle filmmaking technique.

Roxane Gay is profiled on “Breaking Big” (PBS, 8:30 p.m., check local listings).

I’m guessing “The Shocking Truth” (Reelz, 8 p.m.) about poltergeist is that they don’t exist.

Sponge pudding is the challenge on “The Great British Baking Show” (PBS, 9 p.m.).

“Washington Week” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings) gets its first new set in two decades (host Robert Costa has had his own slimmed-down makeover recently as well).

A shipwreck on “Cooper’s Treasure” (Discovery, 9 p.m.) is tied to Sir Francis Drake.

Among the magicians tonight on “Masters of Illusion” (CW, 8 p.m.) are Shoot Ogawa, Tommy Wind and Chris Funk.

“The Dead Files” (Travel, 10 p.m.) goes to Marshalltown, Iowa.

Tab Hunter, who died July 8 a few days shy of his 87th birthday, is honored on Turner Classic Movies with a slate of movies today that include “The Steel Lady” (6 a.m.), “Return to Treasure Island” (7:30 a.m.), “Lafayette Escadrille” (9 p.m.), “Operation Bikini” (10:45 a.m.), “The Golden Arrow” (12:15 p.m.), “The Girl He Left Behind” (2 p.m.), “The Burning Hills” (4 p.m.) and “The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean” (5:45 p.m.).

Tonight the Leonard Bernstein Centennial is celebrated on TCM with a double feature of “West Side Story” (8 p.m.) and “On the Town” (10:45 p.m.). At midnight comes “On the Waterfront” (12:30 a.m.) followed by two with Max von Sydow, “Dreamscape” (2:30 a.m.0 and “The Night Visitor” (4:15 a.m.).

Baseball is back in full swing with games that include St. Louis at Chicago (MLB, 2 p.m.) and Mets at Yankees (MLB, 7 p.m.).

WNBA action includes Seattle at Connecticut (NBA, 7 p.m.) and Dallas at Chicago (NBA, 9 p.m.).

And it’s Week 5 for the NBA’s Big 3 (Fox Sports 1, 8 p.m.).

The Special Olympics USA Games (ESPN2, 6 p.m.) continue.

It’s playoff time in arena football with Philadelphia at Baltimore (CBS Sports, 7 p.m.).

The X Games (ESPN, 9 p.m.) continue in Minneapolis.

And Stage 13 of the Tour de France (NBC Sports, 8 a.m.) goes from Bourg d’Oisans to Valence.

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Denzel Washington, Lior Suchard. The View: Jennifer Garner. The Talk: Rosanna Arquette, Rashad Jennings. Harry Connick: Shemar Moore, Elizabeth Smart (rerun). Steve Harvey: Louie Anderson, Brook Burke-Charvet, Tami Roman, Tamar Braxton (rerun). Ellen DeGeneres: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keith Urban (rerun). Wendy Williams: James Van Der Beek, Kate the Chemist. The Real: Michelle Michener (rerun).

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Janelle Monae. Jimmy Kimmel: Terry Crews, Bobby Cannavale, Todd Rundgren’s Utopia (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Jamie Foxx, Taron Egerton, Zoey Deutch, Mark Norman. Seth Meyers: Colin Quinn, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Missy Robbins (rerun). James Corden: Audra McDonald, Billy Eichner, Thirty Seconds to Mars (rerun). Carson Daly: The cast of “Super Troopers 2,” Marlon Williams, Anna Akana (rerun).


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