Friday TV: ‘High Fidelity’ Gender Swap

HighFidelityBecause some of us have such a personal attachment to Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel and subsequent film with John Cusak, with all of its vinyl obsessions, music declarations and top 10 lists, it’s harder than usual to accept a genre-switching remake of “High Fidelity” (Hulu, streaming).

Zoe Kravitz seems an even more morose store-owner than Cusak. Set in the present, she should be happy that vinyl sales (and prices) are on the rise. But she’s old school in her gloom and particularly her musical tastes, which do not seem all that updated to compensate for the 25 intervening years (Fleetwood Mac and Dexy’s are still aces).

Da’Vine Joy Randolph, a standout in “Dolemite is My Name” and “On Being a God in Central Florida,” is a great choice for the Jack Black character. And the episodic nature of the series is fitting for the serial dating the main character goes through. But are we believing that women can be as nerdy obsessive about recorded music as guys have been?

The documentary series “Visible: Out on Television” (Apple TV+, streaming) recounts the coming out process on television, and Ellen DeGeneres plays a big role.

In the new sc-fi series “Utopia Falls” (Hulu, streaming), teens take part in a hip-hop competition in the distant future.

New seasons come for “Cable Girls” (Netflix, streaming), its eighth and final; and a second for “Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings” (Disney +, streaming), the ultimate in corporate synchronicity.

“Strike Back” (Cinemax, 10 p.m.), back for its eighth season, may be the last original series for the network, which is phasing out its original programming.

The stop-motion animation character from the “Wallace and Gromit” world gets a sequel in the new family film “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon” (Netflix, streaming).

It’s a fitting Valentine’s Day episode for “High Maintenance” (HBO, 11 p.m.), about an intimacy coordinator who meets an asexual magician.

Amy Klobuchar, Katie Couric, Bret Stephens and Rep. Framila Jayapal are guests on “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO, 10 p.m.).

Three murders taunt “Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector” (NBC, 8 p.m.).

“MacGyver” (CBS, 8 p.m.) is recruited to steal a classified project from a military lab to check its security.

There’s a Valentine’s Day hostage situation on “Hawaii Five-0” (CBS, 9 p.m.).

The ghost channel gets in the spirit with “My Haunted Valentine” (Travel, 8 p.m.).

On “Blue Bloods” (CBS, 10 p.m.), Eddie’s partner accidentally shoots an undercover cop.

Protests in Hong Kong are covered on “The Weekly” (FX, 10 p.m.).

There aren’t necessary romantic films on Turner Classic Movies’ 31 Days of Oscar today with “Air Force” (7:30 a.m.), “Sergeant York” (9:45 a.m.), “Fury” (12:15 p.m.), “Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams” (2 p.m.), “Rachel, Rachel” (4 p.m.), “Bonnie and Clyde” (6 p.m.), “The Firm” (8 p.m.), “Brubaker” (10:45 p.m.), “An American Dream” (1:05 a.m.), “Cool Hand Luke” (3 a.m.) and “Papillon” (5:15 a.m.).

NBA’s All-Star Weekend begins with the All-Star celebrity game (ESPN, 7 p.m.) and the All-Star Rising Stars Challenge (TNT, 9 p.m.).

Hockey has San Jose at Winnipeg (NBC Sports, 7 p.m.).

Men’s college hoops has Buffalo at Toledo (CBS Sports, 6:30 p.m.), Yale at Princeton (ESPNews, 7 p.m.), Davidson at St. Bonaventure (ESPN2, 7 p.m.), Akron at Central Michigan (ESPNU, 7 p.m.), Rider at Siena (ESPNU, 9 p.m.) and Illinois Chicago at Wright State (ESPN2, 9 p.m.).

Women’s games include St. John’s at Creighton (Fox Sports 2, 7 p.m.).

Track and field has the U.S. indoor championships (NBC Sports, 9:30 p.m.).

College baseball has Michigan vs. Vanderbilt (MLB, 7 p.m.).

In college softball, it’s South Carolina vs. Virginia Tech (ESPNU, 10 a.m.), Washington vs. Florida State (ESPNU, 1 p.m.) and UCLA vs. Alabama (ESPNU, 4 p.m.).

Men’s college hockey includes Denver at North Dakota (CBS Sports, 8:30 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Will Ferrell, Jerry O’Connell, Charlie Wilson. The View: Lucy Hale. The  Talk: Steve Harvey, Taylor Dayne, Dita Von Teese, Curtis Stone, Lindsay Price. Ellen DeGeneres: Gwyneth Paltrow, John Legend. Kelly Clarkson: Jim Carrey, James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Coyote Peterson. Tamron Hall: DeVon Franklin. Wendy Williams: Charlie Wilson. The Real: Lakeith Stansfield, Lil Rel Howery.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Patrick Stewart, Dick Cavett (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Steve Buscemi, Zoey Deutch, Justin Bieber with Quavo. Seth Meyers: Andy Samberg, Ilan Rubin (rerun). James Corden: Bradley Whitford, Brett Gelman, Camila Cabello (rerun). Lilly Singh: Jenny Slate, Kathryn Hahn (rerun).

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