Friday TV: Islamic Art, Two Potters

Susan Sarandon narrates the 90 minute special tonight on public television delving into a 1,400-year cultural history across nine countries.

“Islamic Art Mirror of the Invisible World” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) looks at textiles, metalwork, paintings and architecture in the Islamic world, with examples of the art illuminated by scholars. Director Robert Gardner, an Oscar nominee, is also founder of the Film Study Center at Harvard, where he was director from 1957 to 1997, whose previous films include “Inside Islam: What a billion Muslims Really Think.”

The producers Alex Kronemer and Michael Wolfe previously made “Prince Among Slaves” and “Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet.” “Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World” is the latest installment in the weekly PBS Arts Summer Festival.

Seth Rogen is guest on a new “Comedy Bang! Bang!” (IFC, 10 p.m.). Will Forte and Topher Grace also appear on the episode.

Then on “Bunk” (IFC, 10:30 p.m.), the panel includes Dana Gould, Andy Daly and Michael Che.

Bill Maher begins his break, so his “Real Time” has been replaced by “Harry Poetter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1” (HBO, 9:30 p.m.).

Oddly, you can also watch “Harry Potter and the Cmamber of Secrets” (ABC Family, 7 p.m.) tonight, stretched to four hours.

Barbara Walters gets all spiritual on “20/20” (ABC, 9 p.m.) by examining “Heaven: Where Is It? How Do We Get There?” with everyone from the Dalai Lama and Richard Gere to the kid who wrote “Heaven is For Real.” A mysterious scuba fatality is investigated on “Dateline NBC” (NBC, 9 p.m.).

“House Hunters” (HGTV, 10 p.m.) already had a spinoff in “House Hunters International” (HGTV, 10:30 p.m.). Now there’s yet another spinoff for summer holiday time: “House Hunters on Vacation” (HGTV, 8:30 p.m.).

“The Revolution” (ABC, 2 p.m.) is over. Today’s the last episode of the failed daytime lifestyle show with Ty Pennington, Tim Gunn and others. Replacing it for nine weeks beginning Monday is something called “Good Afternoon America.”

It’s a full night of “Duck Dynasty” (A&E, 8 p.m.) with a half dozen episodes all through prime time.

After the steamy weather this week you may want to watch “Flying Wild Alaska” (Discovery, 10 p.m.) just for a glimpse at ice and snow.

Match the catch phrase with the movie: A. There’s no crying in baseball, B. You got a purdy mouth. C. Give me that baby, you warthog from hell! “A League of their Own” (Oxygen, 8 p.m.), “Deliverance” (AMC, 8 p.m.) and “Raising Arizona” (Sundance, 10 p.m.).

The latter plays  after the movie about the Manchster post-punk scene, “24 Hour Party People” (Sundance, 8 p.m.) and the creation of Factory Records.

As things get touch and go on “Whale Wars” (Animal Planet, 9 p.m.), they have the satisfaction of having the camera crew on their side.

They talk sports on “The Ricky Gervais Show” (HBO, 9 p.m.) the last series with new episodes on Fridays on HBO.

A standup special specializes in relationship advice: “Corey Holcomb: Your Way Ain’t Working” (Showtime, 10:30 p.m.).

Olympic skater Johnny Weir helps a friend choose a garment on “Say Yes to the Dress” (TLC, 9 p.m.).

Need we even say that the Nationwide Subway Jalapeno 250 NASCAR Race (ESPN, 7:30 p.m.) from Daytona Beach will be a hot one. It’s been in the 90s all week.

Don’t confuse the 2001 Keanu Reeves movie “Hardball” (Fox Movie Channel, 8 p.m.) with the Chris Matthews show of the same name.

James Stewart movies play tonight on Turner Classic Movies, with “The Man from Laramie” (TCM, 8 p.m.), “The Naked Spur” (10 p.m.) and “Two Rode Together” (midnight).

Stage 6 of the Tour de France (NBC Sports, 8 a.m.) travels from Epernay to Metz.

It’s the men’s semifinals at Wimbledon (ESPN, 8 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa: Rose Byrne, Caroline Manzo, Mark Feurstein. The View: Wayne Brady, Haley Reinhart, Andy Cohen. The Talk: Rita Wilson, Chi-Lan Lieu (rerun). Ellen DeGeneres: Kate Walsh, Christopher Plummer (rerun).

Late Talk

David Letterman: Kelly Ripa, Adam Scott, Tenacious D (rerun). Jay Leno: Emma Stone, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Robinson Brotherhood (rerun). Jimmy Kimmel: Howie Mandel, Chris Bosh, Linkin Park (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Adam Sandler (rerun). Craig Ferguson: Howie Mandel, Sutton Foster (rerun). Tavis Smiley: Erin Brockovich. Chelsea Handler: Joe Manganiello, Liz Carey, Sarah Colonna, Fortune Feimster (rerun).

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