Friday TV: Gervais’ New ‘After Life’

afterLifeIn his latest series, “After Life” (Netflix, streaming), Ricky Gervais stars as a grumpy misanthrope contemplating suicide after his wife dies. Alternately acerbically funny and heartbreaking, it provides a good outlet for his scathing and dark wit.  Some of his co-stars from past series join him, including Kerry Godliman, David Earl, Ashley Jensen and Diane Morgan.

A second season starts for “Tin Star” (Amazon Prime, streaming), starring Tim Roth as a Brit who is police chief in the Rockies.

Also going West is the character in the film “Juanita” (Netflix, streaming), starring Alfre Woodard as a woman who seeks to escape her city life and adult kids by taking a bus to Montana.

The VH1 Trailblazer Awards (VH1, 9 p.m.) marks International Women’s Day by giving honors to director Ava DuVernay, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, author Margaret Atwood and the founder of the #MeToo movement, Tarana Burke.

The South African series “Shadow” (Netflix, streaming) stars Pallance Dladla as an ex-cop with an inability to feel pain, who continues to catch Johannesburg offenders the police there can’t.

In the French film “Lady J” (Netflix, streaming), a widow seeks revenge on a lustful marquis. Writer-director Emmanuel Mouret adapts a story from the novel “Jacques the Fatalist” by Denis Diderot.

 In the new movie “Walk Ride Rodeo” (Netflix, streaming), Spencer Locke stars as a barrel racer who tries to get back into the game after a paralyzing auto accident. With Missi Pyle and Max Ehrich.

“Immortals” (Netflix, streaming) is a Turkish vampire series set in the Istanbul underground, with Kerem Bürsin, Elçin Sangu and Birkan Sokullu.

From India comes the series “Made in Heaven” (Amazon, prime) about a pair of wedding planners in a culture where marriages are huge events.

Matt Schlapp, Noah Rothman, Jonathan Alter, Mary Katharine Ham and Michael Steele are on a new “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO, 10 p.m.).

Her interview from “CBS This Morning” earlier this week was so explosive, it’s been turned into a one-hour prime time special, “The Gayle King Interview with R. Kelly” (CBS, 8 p.m.).

A bomber from a past episode returns on “Blindspot” (NBC, 8 p.m.).

Eddie’s mom doesn’t think he’s mature enough to go on a student exchange trip to Taiwan on “Fresh Off the Boat” (ABC, 8 p.m.), so he runs away.

On “Last Man Standing” (Fox, 8 p.m.), Mike invites Ryan to his weekly poker game.

JJ tries a new aide on “Speechless” (ABC, 8:30 p.m.).

On “The Cool Kids” (Fox, 8:30 p.m.), Hank and Margaret mentor a high school student about prom.

Brielle considers playing the field on “Don’t Be Tardy…” (Bravo, 9 p.m.).

“Hawaii Five-0” (CBS, 9 p.m.) looks for steroids at a gym.

A woman imprisoned for murdering a newborn is the case on “Proven Innocent” (Fox, 9 p.m.).

“The Blacklist” (NBC, 9 p.m.) gets into a cryptobanker.

A daughter is an initial suspect in the murder of a woman on “Blue Blood” (CBS, 10 p.m.).

It’s an Ann Margret triple feature on Turner Classic Movies tonight on “Bye Bye Birdie” (8 p.m.), “The Cincinnati Kid” (10 p.m.) and “Viva Las Vegas” (midnight). Then comes a couple from David Cronenberg, “Rabid” (2 a.m.) and “Scanners” (4 a.m.). Earlier today it’s a full day’s salute to Cyd Charisse on the 97th anniversary of her birth (she died in 2008 at 86), with “Party Girl” (6:45 a.m.), “The Wild North” (8:30 a.m.), “Tension” (10:15 a.m.), “Meet Me in Las Vegas” (noon), “Silk Stockings” (2 p.m.), “Brigadoon” (4 p.m.) and “It’s Always Fair Weather” (6 a.m.).

NBA action includes Philadelphia at Houston (ESPN, 8 p.m.) and Denver vs. Golden State (ESPN, 10 p.m.).

Hockey has New Jersey at Washington (NHL Network, 7 p.m.).

Spring baseball has Boston vs. Baltimore (MLB, 1 p.m.) and Cubs at Seattle (MLB 8:30 p.m.).

Men’s college basketball has Brown at Princeton (ESPNU, 4 p.m.), Bowling Green at Buffalo (ESPNU, 6 p.m.), Akron at Kent State (CBS Sports, 6:30 p.m.), Minnesota at Maryland (Fox Sports 1, 7 p.m.), Miami at Virginia Tech (ESPN2, 7 p.m.), Belmont vs. Austin Peay (ESPNU, 8 p.m.), Saint Joseph’s at VCU (ESPN2, 9 p.m.) and Murray State at Jacksonville State (ESPNU, 10 p.m.).

College hockey has Minnesota Duluth at St. Cloud State (CBS Sports, 8:30 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Charlie Hunnam, Jennifer Carpenter, New Kids on the Block. The Talk: Joey Fatone, Dr. Evan Antin. Ellen DeGeneres: Brie Larson, Colton Underwood (rerun).

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Sen. Cory Booker, Matt Ingebretson, Jake Firestone (rerun). Jimmy Kimmel: Lady Gaga, Adam Carolla, Mana (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Matt LeBlanc, Nikki and Brie Bella, Jo Firestone (rerun). Seth Meyers: James Spader, Glenda Jackson, Brad Leone, Jeff Friedl (rerun). James Corden: Rebel Wilson, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Justin Flom (rerun). Carson Daly: Matt Walsh, The Record Company, Mark McKenna (rerun).

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