Friday TV: Groenig’s New ‘Disenchantment’

disenchantment-As father of the longest running scripted prime time TV show, ’The Simpsons,” Matt Groenig has also lent his sensibility to “Futurama,” which lasted seven seasons all told. Now he turns to the past in his latest, “Disenchantment” (Netflix, streaming).

The castles and dragons and knights and gremlins that draw from “The Happy Little Elves” that Maggie Simpson watches are now full blown, computer assisted backgrounds with those little squibs as characters for which Groenig has become famous.

Abbi Jacobson of “Broad City” lends her voice to the main character, a feisty princess who likes to fight her own battles; Eric Andre is an advisory imp. But plenty of the other voices come from the “Futurama” cast. It’s a fine looking production that may rely a little too much on action, with a continuing story and the luxury of no commercials and a flexible half hour-ish run time.

Netflix has become adept at romantic comedies for the younger set. The latest is “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” (Netflix, streaming), based on the 2004 novel by Jenny Han, about a girl (Lana Condor) whose letters to past beaus actually are received by them.

Also new tonight streaming is the imported Polish series about amateur detectives, “Ultraviolet” (Netflix, streaming) and a show that advises owners of vacation homes to up their profits, “Stay Here” (Netflix streaming).

On the new eight-part “All or Nothing: Manchester City”  (Amazon Prime, streaming) follows the popular soccer club’s recent season.

“Magic for Humans” (Netflix, streaming) has illusionist Justin Willman performing big and small tricks.

The three finalists battle in the fifth season finale of “The Great British Baking Show” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings), making precious little pies and cakes.

Jennifer Aniston, Will Ferrell, John Stamos, Cyndi Lauper and Selena Gomez are among the celebrities on “WE Day” (ABC, 8 p.m.) recognizing youths and families that have been outstanding in helping others and changing the world.

“Aretha! Queen of Soul” (PBS, 8:30 p.m., check local listings) is a half hour salute to the beloved artist who died Thursday.

“Wild ’N Out” (MTV, 10 p.m.) returns for a 12th season and Chance the Rapper visits.

Back to back new episodes of “Whistleblower” (CBS, 9 and 10 p.m.) go after companies like Chartwells and Second Chance Body Armor.

Press Bharara, Adam Conover, Jennifer Grandholm, Charlie Sykes and Jonathan Swan are guests on a new “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO, 10 p.m.).

“The Dead Files” (Travel, 9 p.m.) looks at paranormal activity in North Haven, Conn.

Funny names on “Masters of Illusion” (CW, 8 p.m.) include Chris Funk, Shoot Ogawa and Titou.

A demon causes havoc on “Wynonna Earp” (Syfy, 9 p.m.).

The ice of D’av’s newborn son is on the line on “Killjoys” (Syfy, 10 p.m.).

A 16th century captain’s quarters may have been found on “Cooper’s Treasure” (Discovery, 9 p.m.).

Barbra Streisand is star on Turner Classic Movies all day with “The Main Event” (6 a.m.), “What’s Up, Doc?” (8:15 a.m.), “The Owl and the Pussycat” (10:15 a.m.), “Funny Girl” (12:15 p.m.), “Funny Lady” (3:15 p.m.), “The Way We Were” (5:45 p.m.), “Yentl” (8 p.m.), “The Prince of Tides” (10:30 p.m.), “A Star is Born “ (1 a.m.) and “Up the Sandbox” (4 a.m.).

Preseason football has Buffalo at Cleveland (NFL, 7:30 p.m.).

Baseball includes Mets at Philadelphia (MLB, 6 p.m.) and Houston at Oakland (MLB, 10 p.m.).

In soccer’s women’s under-20 World Cup quarterfinals, it’s England vs. Netherlands (Fox Sports 2, 10 a.m.) and Germany vs. Japan (Fox Sports 2, 1:30 p.m.).

Golf also has its U.S. Amateur quarterfinals (Fox Sports 1, 7 p.m.).

NASCAR runs its Food City 300 (NBC Sports, 7:30 p.m.).

Tennis has quarterfinals in the Western Southern Open (Tennis, 11 a.m.; ESPN2, 1 and 7 p.m.).

In the WNBA it’s Los Angeles at Washington (NBA, 7 p.m.) and New York at Seattle (NBA, 10 p.m.).

The Little League World Series has Spain vs. Japan (ESPN, 2 p.m.), Michigan vs. Idaho (ESPN, 4 p.m.), Panama vs. Canada (ESPN, 6 p.m.) and Georgia vs. Hawaii (ESPN, 8 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Peter Facinelli, Dr. Harold Lancer, Jason Mraz. The View: Ed Helms, Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson (rerun). The Talk: Molly Shannon, Thomas John (rerun). Harry Connick: Lori Laughlin, Letitia Wright (rerun). Steve Harvey: Rick Springfield, Carson Kressley (rerun). Ellen DeGeneres: Portia de Rossi, James Bay (rerun). Wendy Williams: Michael Salzhauer, Jenelle Salazar Butler (rerun). The Real: Yara Shahidi, Trevor Jackson (rerun).

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Paul Rudd, Ken Jeong, Florence + The Machine (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson with Daddy Yankee. Seth Meyers: Bob Odenkirk, Natasha Lyonne, Kelsea Ballerini, Taylor Gordon (rerun). James Corden: Debra Messing, Nick Offerman, Elon Gold (rerun). Carson Daly: Natalie Dormer, Two Feet, Allison Raskin (rerun).

 

 

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