Friday TV: Richard Gere as Media Mogul

MOTHERFATHERSONThe BBC series “MotherFatherSon” (Starz, 10 p.m.) begins a stateside run. It stars Richard Gere as a media mogul who fights for the future of the company after his son, an editor of a national newspaper is stricken. The eight-part drama from Tom Rob Smith (“American Crime Story”) also stars Helen McCrory and Billy Howle.

The comic Gabriel Iglesias, known in his standup as “Fluffy” stars in a fluffy sitcom as a high school teacher, “Mr. Iglesias” (Netflix, streaming), which also stars Oscar Nunez and Sherri Sheperd.

Also online tonight is the second season of the true crime series “The Confession Tapes” (Netflix, streaming).

The life and career of choral director Robert Shaw is chronicled on a new “American Masters” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings).

From the Colombian network Caracol Television comes the new series about the rise of Venezuelan liberator Simon Bolivar. Luis Geronimo Abreu plays “Bolivar” (Netflix, streaming).

The French import “Ad Vitam” (Netflix, streaming) is a new series about a future where humans life indefinitely and there is a spate of youth suicides.

A second season starts for the imported German series “Dark” (Netflix, streaming), which began with a mystery surrounding a missing child.

There is also a second season for the reality series about inmates at the Madison Juvenile Correctional Facility in Indiana, “Girls Incarcerated” (Netflix, streaming).

Dan Savage, Liz Mair, Thom Hartmann, Allan Lichtman and Debra Joh are guests on the 500th episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO, 10 p.m.).

The crew from “Los Espookys” (HBO, 11 p.m.) are hired to dress a haunted mansion to scare heirs out of their inheritances.

The Travel channel thinks its Ghostbusters TV with the new “Ghosts of Morgan City” (Travel, 9 p.m.), joining the second season start of “Haunted Towns” (Travel, 10 p.m.).

Fitzsimmon’s reunion is threatened on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (ABC, 8 p.m.).

On “Masters of Illusion” (CW, 8 p.m.), a human voodoo doll is hauled out.

A spinal surgery scheme is uncovered on “Whistleblower” (CBS, 8 p.m.).

I have not been paying attention to the performance show “The Big Stage” (CW, 9 p.m.).

Rather than blowing things up, the former “MythBuster” Adam Savage is building projects on “Savage Builds” (Discovery, 10 p.m.).

Three Billy Wilder films set in Paris are on Turner Classic Movies, with “Irma La Douce” (8 p.m.), “Sabrina” (10:30 p.m.) and “Love in the Afternoon” (12:30 a.m.). Then comes a couple of films from the 1980s, “Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker” (2:45 a.m.) and “Fast-Walking” (4:30 a.m.).

Baseball includes Mets at Cubs (MLB, 2 p.m.).

The NHL Draft (NBC, Sports, 8 p.m.) had its first round.

Soccer has El Salvador vs. Jamaica (Fox Sports 1, 7 p.m.) and Honduras vs. Curacao (Fox Sports 1, 9:30 .m.).

The college baseball world series has Michigan vs. Texas Tech (ESPN, 2 p.m.) and Vanderbilt vs. Louisville (ESPN, 7 p.m).

WNBA has Los Angeles at Seattle (CBS Sports, 10:30 p.m.).

The Canadian Football League has BC at Edmonton (ESPN2, 9 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Tracy Morgan, Drew Barrymore, Mark Consuelos. The View: Ayesha Curry. The Talk: Tim Allen. Ellen DeGeneres: Tom Hanks, Milo Ventimiglia (rerun). Wendy Williams: Sherri Sheperd (rerun). The Real: Regina Hall, Marsai Martin (rerun).

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Naomi Watts, Ahamed Weinberg, the Raconteurs.  Jimmy Kimmel: Christina Applegate, Anthony Jeselnik, Rob Thomas (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Tina Fey, Robert Irwin, Florida Georgia Line (rerun). Seth Meyers: Jim Gaffigan, Linda Cardellini, Ocean Vuong (rerun). James Corden: Andrew Garfield, Lke Bell, Blackpink (rerun).

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