Friday TV: Sorkin’s ‘Trial of the Chicago 7’

It’s been a big couple of days for Aaron Sorkin, who not only premiered a revived episode of “The West Wing” on HBOMax yesterday, he also presents a new film, “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix, streaming) recreating the raucous events of 1968 with a high-powered cast that includes Sacha Baron Cohen as Abbie Hoffman, Jeremy Strong as Jerry Rubin, Eddie Redmayne as Tom Hayden, Michael Keaton as Ramsey Clark and Frank Langella as Julius Hoffman. Also popping up: William Hurt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Thomas Middleditch. Sorkin also directs.

Feel better about civics with the filmed presentation of Heidi Schreck’s acclaimed one-woman play “What the Constitution Means to Me” (Amazon Prime, streaming), filmed by Marielle Heller, director of “Can You Ever Forgive Me? and “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” 

The new teen drama “Grand Army” (Netflix, streaming) follows a group of students in a Brooklyn high school. 

The Grammy Salute to Music Legends is presented on “Great Performances” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings), where some of this year’s honorees are paid tribute with performances by others — Cynthia Erivo sings Robert Flack; Philip Bailey sings Chicago, Yola does Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Sam Moore sings Isaac Hayes, Laurie Anderson performs Philip Glass, Chris Isaak sings Frank Walker, Cyndi Lauper sings “Time After Time” in tribute to producer Ken Ehrlich and John Prine songs are sung by Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires and Brandi Carlile. (Alas, nobody is enlisted to sing anything by honorees Iggy Pop or Public Enemy). 

“20/20” (ABC, 9 p.m.) salutes John Lennon, a week after what would have been his 80th birthday, including an interview taped the day he died. 

The documentary “The Perfect Weapon” (HBO, 8 p.m.), based on the book by New York Times national security correspondent David E. Sanger, looks at the world of hackers, scammers and spies that make up today’s cyber wars. 

Obama White House photographer Pete Souza recalls his work in a new documentary “The Way I See It” (MSNBC, 10 p.m.). 

The new film “Clouds” (Disney+, streaming) tells the true life story of a Minnesota teen who died of bone cancer just before his senior prom. Fin Argus and Sabrina Carpenter star. Neve Campbell, Lil Rel Howery and Tom Everett Scott are featured. 

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