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

The dour and bloody “Helstrom” (Hulu, streaming) shows the limits of adapting comics to series; the exorcism exercise about a strangely affected family seems a stretch even in this genre. Sad to see the accomplished Elizabeth Marvel in such a thing. But Sydney Lemmon and Tom Austen are pretty striking brother and sister leads. 

“MTV Unplugged” meets the pandemic era with “Miley Cyrus Backyard Sessions” (MTV, 7 p.m.), in which the pop star and her band sings her hits and covers songs of the Cardigans, Pearl Jam and Britney Spears. 

One thing that may not be needed is another home improvement show, but here’s “Dream Home Makeover” (Netflix, streaming), one without commercials at least.

The new six-episode “Meet the Chimps” (Disney+, streaming) is a new National Geographic nature project chronicling a refuge in Louisiana home to more than 300 chimpanzees. 

“Bad Hombres” (Showtime, 9 p.m.) is a documentary following a baseball team operating along the U.S./Mexico border. 

“Shark Tank” (ABC, 8 p.m.) begins its 12th season.

Fareed Zakaria, John Leguizamo, Noah Rothmans and John Avlon are guests on a new “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO, 10 p.m.).

A “Disney Channel Halloween House Party” (Disney, 8 p.m.) might be a better alternative to trick or treating. 

A yak and a lion are on “World’s Funniest Animals” (CW, 9 p.m.).

Horror anthologies play on Turner Classic Movies tonight with “Dead of Night” (8 p.m.), “Twice-told Tale” (10 p.m.) and “Black Sabbath” (12:15 a.m.) followed by both “Enter the Ninja” (2 a.m.) and “Revenge of the Ninja” (3:45 a.m.). 

During the day are horror movies from the 1960s, with “The Little Shop of Horrors” (8 a.m.), “Village of the Damned” (9:15 a.m.), “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die” (10:45 a.m.), “Carnival of Souls” (12:15 p.m.), “Dementia 13” (1:45 p.m.), “The Raven” (3:15 p.m.), “Spider Baby” (4:45 p.m.) and “The Nanny” (6:15 p.m.). 

Baseball playoffs have Houston vs. Tampa Bay (TBS, 6 p.m.) in Game 6 and Dodgers vs. Atlanta (Fox Sports 1, 9 p.m.) in Game 5. 

College football has SMU at Tulane (ESPN, 6 p.m.) and BYU at Houston (ESPN, 9:30 p.m.). 

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Elizabeth Marvel, Monica Margin, Science Bob Pflugfelder. The View Mark Cuban. The Talk: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lauren Alaina. Ellen DeGeneres: Jason Derulo. Drew Barrymore: Hoda Kotb. Kelly Clarkson: Cheryl Hines, Michelle Buteau. Tamron Hall: Chrishell Stause. Wendy Williams: Stacey Abrams. The Real: Lovie Simone, Ed Quinn. 

Late Talk

All reruns: Stephen Colbert: Mindy Kaling, John Brennan. Jimmy Kimmel: Billy Crystal, Jaime Harrison, Natanael Cano. Jimmy Fallon: Jessica Alba, Jack Huston, Keith Urban. Seth Meyers: Cecily Strong, David Wright, Miranda July. James Corden: Tracee Ellis Ross, Madison Beer. Lilly Singh: Thomas Lennon, Aisling Bea. 

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