Friday TV: A Nuanced ‘Butterfly’ on Hulu

ButterflyAnna Friel stars in the new British series “Butterfly” (Hulu, streaming) as a mother as odds with her estranged husband (Emmett J Scanlan) about how to raise their youngest child (Callum Booth-Ford), who was born a boy but identifies as a girl. It’s a thoughtful, nuanced family drama from playwright Tony Marchant that avoids easy answers.

Similar identity issues emerge in “Girl” (Netflix, streaming), in which a 15 year old girl wants to become a ballerina though she was  born in the body of a boy.

If you were wondering where in the world she was, “Carmen Sandiego” (Netflix, streaming) returns as an animated series, with Gina Rodriguez providing the voice. Now she’s a Robin Hood type who is pursued by authorities.

Suddenly there’s a lot of information about the failed 2017 luxury Fyre festival, hyped by Ja Rule and Kendall Jenner, with the new documentary “Fyre” (Netflix, streaming) joining “Fyre Fraud” (Hulu, streaming) which debuted earlier this week.

“Grace and Frankie” (Netflix, streaming) returns for its fifth season; “Marvel’s The Punisher” (Netflix, streaming) is back for its second.

There’s a new post-apolyptic film on Netflix and it has nothing to do with blindfolds. “IO” (Netflix, streaming) stars Margaret Qualley as one of the last people on Earth, who has to decide whether to join other survivors on a final shuttle to a distant colony.

The rapper wants to take on social issues in the six-episode “Trigger Warning with Killer Mike” (Netflix, streaming).

In the action film “Close” (Netflix, streaming), Noomi Repace stars as a female bodyguard whose job watching a young heiress is threatened by a number of kidnapping attempts.

In the Indian film “Soni” (Netflix, streaming) a young policewoman and her superintendent take on the rise of violent crimes against women, but their mission is threatened.

“The Grand Tour” (Amazon Prime, streaming) returns for a new season, as does the survey “The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes” (Netflix, streaming).

It’s his first comedy special in more than two decades, so he makes sure he gets his name on it: “Howie Mandel Presents Howie Mandel at the Howie Mandel Comedy Club” (Showtime, 10 p.m.). Anther standup comedy special is  “Chris Distefano: Size 38 Waist” (Comedy Central, 11 p.m.).

A government shutdown is a good time for the 17th season return of “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO, 10 p.m.). Guests include John Kasich, Marshawn Lynch, Erick Erickson, Barney Frank and Catherine Rampell.

On “Great Performances” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings), The Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Joffrey Ballet perform Christoph Willibald Gluck’s opera “Orphée et Eurydice” based on the Greek myth.

Ready confronts Zapata on “Blindspot” (NBC, 8 p.m.).

On “Fresh Off the Boat” (ABC, 8 p.m.) Eddie gets his driver’s license.

A murder takes place deep in an underwater lab on “Hawaii Five-0” (CBS, 9 p.m.).

“Hell’s Kitchen” (Fox, 9 p.m.) is down to six chefs.

Red adjusts to federal prison on “The Blacklist” (NBC, 9 p.m.).

A weekend of survival training by “MacGyver” (CBS, 8 p.m.) goes wrong when they run into criminals.

Kenneth messes with Maya’s business plan on “Speechless” (ABC, 8:30 p.m.).

“Ghost Adventures” (Travel, 9 p.m.) goes to Porterville, Calif.

The music of John Barry is featured tonight on Turner Classic Movies in the films “Seance on a Wet Afternoon” (8 p.m.), “King Rat” (10 p.m.) and “Robin and Marian” (12:30 a.m.),. Then comes the horror films “Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker” (2:30 a.m.) with Susan Tyrrell and “Strait-Jacket” (4:15 a.m.) with Joan Crawford.

Earlier are movies that were adapted from plays: “The Petrified Forest” (6:15 a.m.), “Over the Moon” (7:45 a.m.), “Waterloo Bridge” (9:15 a.m.), “Abe Lincoln in Illinois” (11:15 a.m.), “Spring Madness” (1:15 p.m.), “The Philadelphia Story” (2:30 p.m.), “Without Love” (4:30 p.m.) and “One More Tomorrow” (6:30 p.m.).

NBA action has San Antonio at Minnesota (ESPN, 8 p.m.) and Golden State at Clippers (ESPN, 10:30 p.m.).

Men’s college basketball includes Maryland at Ohio State (Fox Sports 1, 6:30 p.m.), Eastern Michigan at Buffalo (ESPNU, 7 p.m.), Saint Joseph’s at Saint Louis (ESPN2, 7 p.m.), Ohio at Toledo (CBS Sports, 7 p.m.) and Xavier at Villanova (Fox Sports 1, 8:30 p.m.).

In college hockey, it’s Notre Dame at Wisconsin (ESPNU, 9 p.m.).

Golf has second round play in the Latin America Amateur Championship (ESPN2, 3 p.m.).

Third round play continues in the Australian Open (Tennis, 7 p.m.; ESPN2, 9 p.m. and 3 a.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: William H. Macy, Elle King, Meaghan Murphy. The Talk: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin. Ellen DeGeneres: Samuel L. Jackson, Pete Holmes, Michael Buble. Wendy Williams: Victoria Rowell. The Real: Tank.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: William H. Macy. Jimmy Kimmel: Mahershala Ali, Maura Tierney, Jeff Tweedy (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Elizabeth Banks, Sebastian Maniscalco, Martha Stewart. Seth Meyers: Andy Samberg, Josh Hutchinson, Charlie Hall (rerun). James Corden: Will Ferrell, RuPaul (rerun). Carson Daly: Phil Keoghan, Lawrence, Jose Sarduy (rerun).

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