“When We Rise” finale, 9-11 p.m., ABC.
crafted mini-series began with waves of youthful, gay-rights
optimism. Then came the countershocks – the assassination of Harvey
Milk, the AIDS epidemic, the new laws and limitations.
But in these
real-life stories, the push persists. Cleve Jones and Ken Jones (not
related) were saved by the new “chemical cocktail” for HIV; Roma
Guy became a San Francisco official. With varying skepticism, they
push for victories – in court and in public opinion – that once
“Emerald City” season-finale, 9 p.m., NBC.
In sheer size and
scope, this is mega-TV. It has an army of dark witches ... a cadre of
white witches ... the Wizard's riflemen, firing into a swirling storm
... and (really) a hulking stone giant.
There is everything,
perhaps, except a clear and involving story line. If you haven't seen
the previous episodes, don't fret; we've seen them and still have
trouble sorting it all out. Just relax and catch the sheer spectacle.
Lots of people are killed, not all of them permanently. It's that
kind of show.
ALTERNATIVE: “Vampire Diaries,” 8 p.m., CW.
Remember when TV
weddings were considered pleasant and peaceful? That's no longer a
sure thing: On “Dynasty,” Moldavian terrorists stormed into the
chapel, wounding almost everyone (and, oddly, killing almost no one).
On “Game of Thrones,” the king, queen and most others were slain.
Now Damon and Paul
need to lure a dangerous enemy. Their plan, of course, is to have a
hastily planned wedding. That could put Mystic Falls in danger, a
week before the series finale.
(1987) and “Lethal Weapon 2” (1989), 7 and 9:30 p.m., AMC. Here's
the first half of the Gibson/Glover series; all four films will play
Saturday, starting at 3 p.m. Other movies today include the second
“Harry Potter” (2002) at 7 p.m. on Freeform, the final “Hobbit”
(2014) at 8 p.m. on TNT and the delightful, animated “Rio”
(2011), at 9 p.m. on Nickelodeon.
p.m., CBS. Here's a rerun of the episode in which Bozer finally
learned about his roommate's secret life in the international spy
world. It's a harsh lesson: Someone is out to kill them.
“Grimm,” 8 p.m.,
NBC. The reason trees keep losing is they rarely strike back. Here,
it appears that environmental violators are being attacked by a
9 p.m., Fox. Don't you hate it when your imaginary friend turns evil?
Now a monster appears that resembles the imaginary pal of Molly's
childhood. And yes, Friday TV is kind of weird.
9 p.m., CBS. This rerun finds the team with two crises: Finding the
serial killer – it asks a retired FBI profiler (Claire Forlani) for
help – and preventing European nuclear meltdowns.
10 p.m., CBS. All the Reagan men are busy. Danny tries to nudge a
woman who was held hostage, but who doesn't want to press charges.
Jamie is offered a job as technical advisor for a TV show. Their dad,
the police commissioner, is in a tough spot, when a fundraiser uses a
fake cop car.
ALSO: Some PBS
stations (check local listings) are trying various pledge-drive
shows. Others, for tonight, will stick with the network's plan for
9-11 p.m., rerunning one of its most successful shows – a richly
detailed look at the birth of the Broadway hit, “Hamilton.”