Friday TV: Inside Rick Rubin’s ‘Shangri-La’

SHANGRI-LAGet into the head of prolific record producer Rick Rubin (Run-DMC, Beastie Boys, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Adele) in the innovative new four-part series “Shangri-La” (Showtime, 9 p.m.). It comes from Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville (“20 Feet from Stardom,” “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”), who mixes old clips from old Hollywood  films while introducing artists such as Tyler the Creator, filmmaker David Lynch and Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend to the stark white Malibu studio of the producer, who has a long white beard. Formerly, it was a hideout for The Band and seen in “The Last Waltz,” and where “Lost Horizon” and “Mister Ed” were both filmed.

Anthony Mackie and Frank Grillo star in a new action thriller “Point Blank” (Netflix, streaming) about an ER nurse paired with a career criminal fighting a gang who kidnapped his pregnant wife.

It’s not the only new abduction film on the streaming service. “Kidnapping Stella” (Netflix, streaming) is a German import.

The comic returns with a new stand-up special that’s not a Ted talk in “Bill Burr Presents IanTalk: Ideas Not Worth Spreading” (Comedy Central, midnight).

In the made for TV “The Wrong Boy Next Door” (Lifetime Movies, 8 p.m.) — the latest in the “Wrong” series with Vivica A. Fox producing and co-starring, concerns a rebellious teen hitting on the boy next door, who has his own problems.

“One Spring Night” (Netflix, streaming) is the latest imported Korean romantic series.

One skill that as yet had not been put to a reality competition now has one: “Blown Away” (Netflix, streaming) for glass blowers.

A couple travels the world together to help prepare for marriage in the new series “Extreme Engagement” (Netflix, streaming.

A second new travel series focuses on international interpretations of a single food: “Taco Chronicles” (Netflix, streaming).

“4 Latas” (Netflix, streaming) is an imported film about a trio of friends in Spain who visit one of their dying fathers in Mali.

Planet-saving is the plan for “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (ABC, 8 p.m.). It’s the only new scripted show on broadcast TV tonight.

Kathryn learns the secrets of Max’s media empire on “MotherFatherSon” (Starz, 10 p.m.).

Finalists fight to get into the Top 16 on ‘BattleBots” (Discovery, 8 p.m.).

Turner Classic Movies’ month-long Friday review of the films of 1939 continues with “The Little Princess” (6:45 a.m.), “Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever” (8:30 a.m.), “Idiot’s Delight” (10 a.m.), “It’s a Wonderful World” (noon), “Fast and Loose” (1:30 p.m.), “Lucky Night” (3 p.m.), “Naughty But Nice” (4:30 p.m.), “Another Thin Man” (6:15 p.m.), “Dark Victory” (8 p.m.) and “Gone with the Wind” (10 p.m.). By the time that’s over, it’s time for 1977’s “Another Son of Sam” (2 a.m.) and “Alone in the Dark” (3:30 a.m.).

Baseball is back in earnest from the break with games that include Pittsburgh at Cubs (MLB, 2 p.m.), Toronto at Yankees (MLB, 7 p.m.) and Atlanta at San Diego (MLB, 10 p.m.).

Wimbledon (ESPN, 8 a.m.) has the men’s singles semifinals.

WNBA action includes Phoenix at Connecticut (ESPN2, 8 p.m.) and Dallas at Seattle (CBS Sports, 10 p.m.).

NASCAR runs its Alsco 300 (NBC Sports, 7:30 p.m.).

Stage 7 of the Tour de France (NBC Sports, 8 a.m.) runs from Belfort to Chalon-sur-Saône.

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Dave Bautista, Caroline Rhea. The View: Sen. Kamala Harris. The Talk: Marica Gay Harden, Cat Deeley. Ellen DeGeneres: Adam Levine, Dwayne Johnson (rerun). Wendy Williams: Melissa Garcia (rerun).

Late Talk

All reruns: Stephen Colbert: Wanda Sykes, Vanessa Bayer. Jimmy Fallon: Gabrielle Union, DJ Khaled, Vampire Weekend. Seth Meyers: Adam Sandler, Rep. Will Hurd, Valerie Franco. James Corden: Matthew McConaughey, Reba McEntire, Jimmy Buffett. Carson Daly: Pablo Schreiber, Robert DeLong, Madeline Brewer.


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