Friday TV: Michael Douglas Back on TV

KominskyAfter Henry Winkler’s Emmy-winning turn in “Barry,” here’s another series about a nearly washed up Hollywood acting coach, “The Kominsky Method” (Netflix, streaming) with Michael Douglas in the title role. It’s amusing to see him rail against his clueless students and spar with his manager, Alan Arkin, who fails to deliver him any acting jobs in his elder years.

What might be most interesting is the transition of sitcom kind Chuck Lorre, trying to using his network rhythms in a single camera half hour that dwells a bit on drama in that it hovers around mortality. (You can sort of hear where the studio audience were intended to guffaw). It sort of works until it gets to the prostate jokes.

Desiree Akhavan’s deadpan style works well in “The Bisexual” (Hulu, streaming), a sly series she created and wrote, in which she plays a New Yorker in London  who splits with the girlfriend who is also her business partner . She moves in with a hangdog novelist played by Brian Gleeson and tries to date men for the first time.

Also streaming online after opening in movie theaters just last week is the latest from the Coen Brothers. “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” (Netflix, streaming) is a Western with six stories, with a cast that includes Liam Neeson, James Franco, Tim Blake Nelson and Tom Waits.

Much more conventional is “The Princess Switch” (Netflix, streaming) is a remade “Prince and the Pauper” rom-com with Vanessa Hudgens as a princess switching places with a lookalike commoner — during Christmastime!

Along these lines, in the new kids series “Prince of Peoria” (Netflix, streaming) a royal teen from an island kingdom tries to live incognito as a U.S. exchange student.

The British band is featured in the new music documentary “Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams” (Amazon, streaming).

Perhaps you are more interested in the Brazilian star Anitta. For you there is “Vai Anitta” (Netflix, streaming).

The new six-episode “Dogs” (Netflix, streaming) looks at the relationship between human and canine in a variety of international locations by a variety of directors.

In “Nacos: Mexico” (Netflix, streaming), the popular series gets a new outlook (and subtitle) by looking at the early pre-cartel days of Mexican drug smuggling.  Diego Luna and Michael Peña star.

In the seventh episode of “The Romanoffs” (Amazon, streaming), Kathryn Hahn and Jay R. Ferguson play a couple who travel to Vladivostok to adopt a baby.

“Great Performances” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) presents a documentary, “John Leguizamo’s Road to Broadway” that follows how he brought his latest work to Broadway, “Latin History for Morons” (Netflix, streaming) which happens to be available on the streaming services.

A new “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO, 10 p.m.) hosts Rep. Eric Swalweil, Garry Kasparov, Nancy McLean, Van Jones and Steve Schmidt.

Rebecca has a day out with Darryl on “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (CW, 9 p.m.).

It’s Thanksgiving on “Hawaii Five-0” (CBS, 9 p.m.).

Teams are still competing on “Hell’s Kitchen” (Fox, 9 p.m.).

“The Last Kingdom” (Netflix, streaming) starts its third season.

Citizens of “Midnight, Texas” (NBC, 9 p.m.) join to protect a newcomer.

“Z Nation” (Syfy, 9 p.m.) gets a skewed version of American History.

New legislation causes a rift on “Blue Bloods” (CBS, 10 p.m.).

On “Van Helsing” (Syfy, 10 p.m.), Mohamed tries to free himself.

“Haunted Live” (Travel, 10 p.m.) goes to Adams, Tenn.

The English comic George Formby is featured tonight on Turner Classic Movies with “Trouble Brewing” (8 p.m.), “Let George Do It” (9:45 p.m.), “Keep Your Seats, Please!” (11:15 p.m.) and “No Limit” (12:45 a.m.). Then comes a couple of horror films, “Sisters” (2:15 a.m.) and “Eyes of a Stranger” (4 a.m.). During the day it’s all Marlene Dietrich in “The Blue Angel” (6:30 a.m.), “Shanghai Express” (8:30 a.m.), “The Scarlet Empress” (10 a.m.), “The Devil is a Woman” (noon), “Knight Without Armour” (1:30 p.m.), “Kismet” (3:30 p.m.) and “Rancho Notorious” (5:30 p.m.).

NBA action includes Toronto at Boston (ESPN, 7 p.m.) and Chicago at Milwaukee (ESPN, 9:30 p.m.).

College football has Boise State at New Mexico (CBS Sports, 9 p.m.) and Memphis at SMU (ESPN2, 9 p.m.).

Men’s college basketball has Wake Forest vs. Cal State Fullerton (ESPNU, 11 a.m.), Virginia Tech vs. Northeastern (ESPN2, 11 a.m.), Austin Peay vs. Central Connecticut State (CBS Sports, 11:30 a.m.), Saint Joseph’s vs. Central Florida (ESPN2, 1:30 p.m.), Ball State vs. Alabama (ESPNU, 1:30 p.m.), Florida A&M vs. Campbell (CBS Sports, 2 p.m.), Ohio vs. South Florida (CBS Sports, 4:30 p.m.), Syracuse vs. Oregon (ESPN2, 4:30 p.m.), Appalachian State vs. Wichita State (ESPNU, 4:30 p.m.), Purdue vs. Davidson (ESPNU, 7 p.m.), Connecticut vs. Iowa (ESPN2, 7 p.m.), Georgia vs. Loyola Marymount (CBS Sports, 7 p.m.), Binghamton at Northwestern (ESPNews, 7 p.m.), Mississippi at Butler (Fox Sports 2, 8 p.m.), West Virginia vs. Western Kentucky (ESPNU, 9 p.m.) and Little Rock at Nevada (ESPNU, 11 p.m.).

Women’s soccer includes Japan vs. South Africa (Fox Sports 2, noon) and Mexico vs. Brazil (Fox Sports 2, 3 p.m.).

Men’s soccer has Denmark at Wales (ESPNews, 2:30 p.m.).

NASCAR runs its Ford EcoBoost 200 (Fox Sports 1, 8 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Alexander Skarsgard, Ryan Eggold. The View: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki.  The Talk: Dylan McDermott, Paul Dano, Jodie Sweetin, NeNe Leakes. Ellen DeGeneres: Adam Levine, Dwayne Johnson. The Real: Lisa Edelstein, DJ Kass, April Ryan.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Timothy Chalet, Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor, Graham Kay. Jimmy Kimmel: Melissa McCarthy, Dennis Miller, the Milk Carton Kids (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Benicio Del Toro, Mariah Carey, Ty Dolla $isn. Seth Meyers: Sarah Jessica Parker, Hallie Jackson, Franklin Vanderbilt (rerun). James Corden: Joan Collins, Johnny Galecki, Badflower (rerun). Carson Daly: Reid Scott, Mt. Joy, Linus Roache (rerun).

 

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