Friday TV: Nazi Hunting with Pacino

HuntersAl Pacino makes his bow in series television in “The Hunters” (Amazon, streaming), a generic title “The Hunters” (not to be confused with the upcoming movie “Hunt,” “The Hunt for Red October” or Hunter Biden) that is really about a bunch of Jewish Nazi-hunters in late 1970s New York.

The go-to inspiration for first time writer David Weil is comic books more than history books — and they are also the source of a lot of the references in the show, which mostly focuses on young man (Logan Lerman) who stumbles into the underground vigilante group as if they were the justice league. There’s something garish in the tone and pacing that makes, say, “The Man in the High Castle” superior by comparison. The hand of executive producer Jordan Peele is hardly detectible.

More deja vu may come in “Gentefied” (Netflix, streaming) about a Mexican American family amid the contemporary gentrification of a Los Angeles neighborhood — the same one that’s the setting for the series “Vida” in fact.

The Iran-Contra scandal is the backdrop of the new film “The Last Thing He Wanted” (Netflix, streaming), an adaptation of the Joan Didion novel starring Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck, Willem Dafoe and Rosie Perez, streaming the same day it’s in theaters. It’s the latest from Dee Rees, the director of “Mudbound.”

The groundbreaking family comedy “Fresh Off the Boat” (ABC, 8 p.m.) sails off in the sunset after six seasons with its series finale with a pair of last episodes in which Eddie (Hudson Yang) is getting ready to head to college and the solid cast led by Randall Park and Constance Wu are visited by guest stars Jaleel White and Andy Richter.

From the streaming service that brought you “Dogs,” here comes the six part documentary series “Babies” (Netflix, streaming) which follows the first year of 15 different newborns in an array of international locations, with a lot of commentary from scientists who study development.

A seventh and final season is devised of the 3D animated “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” (Disney+, streaming) that began life as a traditional 2D animation on the Cartoon Network in 2003 and hasn’t had new episodes since 2014.

“MacGyver” (CBS, 8 p.m.) tries to board a plane while in flight after the pilot has has a heart attack.

A serial killer devises cases that frame others on “Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector” (NBC, 8 p.m.).

Greed and despoiling the ground continues to fuel “Gold Rush” (Discovery, 9 p.m.), which has moved to the old mines of Montana.

“This Week at the Comedy Cellar” (Comedy Central, 11 p.m.) returns for its third season.

The trio tries to save Harry from dealing with the devil on “Charmed” (CW, 8 p.m.).

“Hawaii Five-0” (CBS, 9 p.m.) investigates a series of murders that seem based on the plot of a novel from the 1920s.

Blake and Cristal deal with a new house guest on “Dynasty” (CW, 9 p.m.),

On a night when all the late night comedy shows are reruns as well (it’s a holiday week, don’t you know), “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO, 10 p.m.) is a repeat of last week’s show with Katic Couric, Van Jones and Amy Klobuchar.

“High Maintenance” (HBO, 11 p.m.) celebrates the end of jury duty at the karaoke bar.

It isn’t often that Turner Classic Movies offers movies from this century, but tonight they show the 2002 “The Hours” (8 p.m.) with Meryl Streep, as part of its 31 Days of Oscar. Streep is also in the movie that follows, “Manhattan” (as Woody Allen’s ex). Also on TCM today: “Grand Hotel” (6 a.m.), “Suzy” (8 a.m.), “Libeled Lady” (10 p.m.), “It Happened One Night” (noon), “Drums Along the Mohawk” (2 p.m.), “Jezebel” (4 p.m.), “The Children’s Hour” (6 p.m.), “Terms of Endearment” (8 p.m.), “My Favorite Year” (2:30 a.m.) and “Pennies from Heaven” (4:15 a.m.).

NBA action includes Denver at Oklahoma City (ESPN, 8 p.m.) and New Orleans at Portland (ESPN, 10:30 p.m.).

Men’s college hoops include Sacred Heart at Merrimack (CBS Sports, 5 p.m.), Canisius at Quinnipiac (ESPNU, 7 p.m.), Buffalo at Kent State (ESPN2, 7 p.m.) and Virginia Commonwealth at Saint Louis (ESPN2, 9 p.m.).

Men’s college hockey includes Minnesota-Duluth at Western Michigan (CBS Sports, 7 p.m.).

College wrestling has Nebraska at Minnesota (ESPNU, 9 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Monica Margin. The View: Katie Hill, Storm Reid, Michael Eric Dyson. The Talk: Carol Kane. Ellen DeGeneres: Pete Buttigieg. Kelly Clarkson: Lauren Graham, cast of Impractical Jokers,” Roy Choi, Lilly Tartikoff, Dr. Dennis Slamon. Wendy Williams: Steve Wilkos, Eboni K. Williams, Nicole Ryan. The Real: Alfred Molina.

Late Talk

All reruns: Stephen Colbert: Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, cast of “Tina.” Jimmy Kimmel: Harrison Ford, Science Bob Pflugfelder, Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Yachty with Sueco the Child. Jimmy Fallon: Matthew McConaughey, Hugh Grant, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley MdBride. Seth Meyers: Billy Porter, Amy Klobuchar, Caitlyn Smith. James Corden: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin. Lilly Singh: Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

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