Friday TV: Pulitzer Awarded Own Bio Film

pulitzerAt a time when journalism seems at a crossroads, here’s a portrait of a media mogul whose name became synonymous with excellence, “Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People” on “American Masters” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings). Toward the end of his life, President Theodore Roosevelt sued him for “criminal libel” for investigation potential corruption in the building of the Panama Canal. Pulitzer’s 1911 Supreme Court victory laid precedent for First Amendment issues being tested today.

An actual star in France, the comedian Gad Elmaleh plays a version of himself in the eight-episode “Huge in France” (Netflix, streaming), trailing to L.A. to reconnect with his estranged son.

The eight episode “Special” (Netflix, streaming) stars Ryan O’Connell about his life as a gay man with mild cerebral palsy, based on his book “I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves.”

The latest high school romance flick from the service, “The Perfect Date” (Netflix, streaming) stars Noah Centineo as a high schooler who rents himself out as a plus one. With Laura Marano, Odiseas Georgiadis and Camila Mendes.

In the dubbed Spanish  flick, ”Who Would You Take to a Desert Island?” (Netflix, streaming) four roommates decide their choice.

The subtitled “A Land Imagined” (Netflix, streaming) is a subtitled police thriller from Yeo Siew Hua, a Singapore-France-Netherlands co-production.

Seth Abramson, Dave Barry, Cornell Belcher, Wendy R. Sherman and Matt Welch are on a new “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO, 10 p..m.).

Eddie is involved in an international incident on the fifth season finale of “Fresh Off the Boat” (ABC, 8 p.m.).

“Black Hole Hunters” (Smithsonian, 9 p.m.) looks at the team that recently succeeded in getting a picture of the giant, doughnut-shaped space phenomenon.

Zapata goes rogue on “Blindspot” (NBC, 8 p.m.).

“MacGyver” (CBS, 8 p.m.) helps Syrian refugees pursued by human traffickers.

JJ plans to graduate on the third season finale of “Speechless” (ABC, 8:30 p.m.).

Kim premieres her new song at Key West Pride on “Don’t Be Tardy…” (Bravo, 9 p.m.).

A murder victim may hold the key to solving a 20-year-old case on “Hawaii Five-0” (CBS, 9 p.m.).

On “Blacklist” (NBC, 9 p.m.), Red seeks the person who turned him in.

Luis Delgado’s wife is killed on “Blue Bloods” (CBS, 10 p.m.).

“Proven Innocent” (Fox, 9 p.m.) is approached to take on the case of a former frat boy charged with rape and murder.

It’s Peter Sellers night on Turner Classic Movies with “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” (8 p.m.), “Being There” (9:45 p.m.), “The Party” (12:15 a.m.). Then comes Renee Harmon’s cult classic “Lady Street Fighter” (2 a.m.), paired with Toshiya Fujita’s revenge film “Lady Snowblood” (3:30 a.m.). TCM this afternoon has some musicals, with “Small Town Girl” (1 p.m.), “On the Town” (2:45 p.m.), “Hit the Deck” (4:30 p.m.) and “Too Many Girls” (6:30 p.m.).

Baseball includes Angels at Cubs (MLB, 2:20 p.m.), Mets at Atlanta (MLB, 7 p.m.) and Milwaukee at Dodgers (MLB, 10 p.m.).

First round Stanley Cup playoffs continue with Columbus at Tampa Bay (CNBC, 7 p.m.), Pittsburgh at Islanders (NBC Sports, 7:30 p.m.), St. Louis at Winnipeg (CNBC, 9:30 p.m.) and Vegas at San Jose (NBC Sports, 10:30 p.m.).

There is second round play in The Masters (ESPN, 3 p.m.).

NASCAR runs its Toyota Care 250 (Fox Sports 1, 7 p.m.).

College basketball has an awards show (ESPN2, 8 p.m.).

College softball includes Michigan at Ohio State (ESPNU, 6 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Kate Hudson, Gwendoline Christie, Dean Lewis. The View: David Oyelowo, Holly Robinson Peete. The Talk: Vicki Lasrence, Sara Bareilles, Irika Sargent. Ellen DeGeneres: Emma Thompson, Pete Buttigieg, Tig Notaro. Wendy Williams: Tiny Harris. The Real: Regina Hall, Marsai Martin.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Paul Giamatti, Sen. Doug Jones, Aparna Nacheria, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Ethan Hawke, Kate del Castillo, Ronnie Chieng. Seth Meyers: Jordan Peele, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Action Bronson (rerun). James Corden: Stephen Merchant, Kate Walsh, Natalie Prass (rerun). Carson Daly: Stephanie Beatriz, Talos, Ben Sinclair, Katja Blichfeld (rerun).

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