Friday TV: The Catch to ‘Catch-22’

Catch22It’s such a literary milestone that it deserves more than one movie adaptation; its permutations would seem to be perfectly suited to serialized television. But a new six-pat adaptation of “Catch-22” (Hulu, streaming) takes a while to capture the perfect absurdity canonized in its title. It’s a noble effort, with George Clooney both as director, executive producer and putting in a role as the overheated Scheisskopf. The cast also includes Kyle Chandler (“Friday Night Lights”) as Col. Cathcart,  Hugh Laurie as Major de Coverley and Giancarlo Giannini as Marcello. Christopher Abbott has the central role of Yossarian.

The World War II satire that resonated so well for the Vietnam era, may be too far past now to serve as commentary for today’s military. More likely, the up-is-down craziness of the political and military world sadly may have long surpassed what Joseph Heller first devised.

Before she helped create “Killing Eve,” Phoebe Waller-Bridge was killing it in her own series “Fleabag” (Amazon, streaming), her adaptation of a stand up one-woman show (that was back off-Broadway earlier this spring). It’s back with its second and final season of six episodes, telling the tale of the wayward London woman who has a bit of a religious awakening this time out.

Broadway’s Annaleigh Ashford performs “Live from Lincoln Center” (PBS, 9 p.m.).

Gayle King marks the first anniversary of the royal marriage of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on “Meghan and Harry Plus One” (CBS, 8 p.m.).

Then Jane Pauley looks at the history of highways on the special “No Exit!” (CBS, 9 p.m.).

A third season drops for the amateur baking show “Nailed It!” (Netflix, streaming).

Fran Lebowitz, Gorge Packer, Neera Tanden, Jams Kirchick and Johathan Metzl ar on “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO, 10 p.m.).

On “Dynasty” (CW, 8 p.m.), Fallon and Liam team up to get revenge on Adam.

Red meets in secret with a man who holds information about his past on the season finale of “The Blacklist” (NBC, 8 p.m.).

On “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (ABC, 8 p.m.), Fitz and Enoch struggle in space.

Early successes are marked on the second episode of “Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men” (Showtime, 9 p.m.).

An MMA fighter tries a stand-up special on “Brendan Schlub You’d Be Surprised” (Showtime, 10 p.m.).

McGarrett is put in danger on the season nine finale of “Hawaii Five-0” (CBS, 10 p.m.).

The actor Gary Merrill (also Bette Davis’ fourth husband) is featured on Turner Classic Movies tonight in “A Blueprint for Murder” (8 p.m.), “All About Eve” (9:30 p.m.) and “The Last Challenge” (midnight). Then comes a couple of early hip-hop films, “Rappin’” (2 a.m.) and “Beat Street” (4 a.m.). During the day are the films of Maureen O’Sullivan (also Mia Farrow’s mother), born this day in 1911: “Hide-Out” (9:15 a.m.), “The Flame Within” (10:45 a.m.), “Never Too Late” (noon), “Tarzan the Ape Man” (2 p.m.), ’David Copperfield” (4 p.m.) and “The Bishop Misbehaves” (6:30 p.m.)

NBA playoffs have Toronto at Milwaukee (TNT, 8:30 p.m.).

Stanley Cup playoffs have San Jose at St. Louis (NBC Sports, 8 p.m.).

Baseball includes Houston at Boston (MLB, 7 p.m.).

There is second round play in golf’s PGA Championship (TNT, 1 p.m.).

NASCAR runs its North Carolina Education Lottery 200 (Fox Sports 1, 8:30 p.m.).

Hockey’s IIHF world championships have France vs. Slovakia (NHL, 10 a.m.) and Czech Republic vs. Italy (NHL, 2 p.m.).

College softball tournament play includes North Carolina vs. Ohio State (ESPN2, 11 a.m.), Boise State vs. Stanford (ESPNU, noon), Bethune-Cookman at Florida State (ESPNU, 2:30 p.m.), St. Francis at Michigan (ESPNU, 4:30 p.m.), Alabama State at Alabama (ESPNU, 6:30 p.m.), Wisconsin vs. Notre Dame (ESPN, 7 p.m.), Drake vs. Georgia (ESPN2, 7 p.m.), Cal State Fullerton vs. Missouri (ESPNU, 8:30 p.m.), Colorado State vs. Auburn (ESPN, 9 p.m.), Maryland Baltimore County at Oklahoma (ESPN2, 9:30 p.m.), Weber State at UCLA (ESPNU, 11 p.m.) and Harvard at Arizona (ESPN2, 11:30 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Gabrielle Union, Charles Melton, cast of “Hadestown.” The View: Sen. Amy Klobuchar. The Talk: Dennis Quaid, Josh Hopkins, DeMarco Morgan. Ellen DeGeneres: Keanu Reeves, OneRepublic. Wendy Williams: Karen Huger.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Olivia Wilde, Scott Pelley, BTS. Jimmy Kimmel: Ryan Seacrest, Celeste Barber, Slipknot. Jimmy Fallon: Gabrielle Union, DJ Khaled. Seth Meyers: Adam Sandler, Rep. Will Hurd, Valerie Fanco (rerun). James Corden: Ben Schwartz, Tim Roth, Leon Bridges (rerun). Carson Daly: Stephen Root, Cavetown, Emmy Raver-Lampman (rerun).

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