“American Masters,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
grandfather rippled with money and magic; he was a Wall Street
accountant who spent his free time with great magicians. Ricky liked
him and disliked his parents; when the grandfather died, the boy, 17,
left home and became Ricky Jay, a magic master.
He did magic in
bars, in comedy clubs, at rock concerts; he also became a favorite of
movie director David Mamet. This profile is so-so by “Masters”
standards, but splendid by Friday-TV standards.
“Hawaii Five-0,” 9 p.m., CBS.
In the rerun of an
earnest epispde from last season, an attempted murder leads to the
investigation of a murder that happened the World War II internment
The case itself
seems too unfold way too easily. Still, it's a solid and serious
story, using Pearl Harbor memorials for its backdrop and Hawiian
history for its roots.
ALTERNATIVE: “12 Monkeys,” 9 p.m., Syfy.
In last week's
terrific opener, time-traveler Cole was whisked back to prevent an
epidemic that would destroy most of civilization. He killed Goins
(the mogul responsible), but the disaster persisted.
Now he must return
to find Goins' daughter, confined to a mental institution, and learn
about the elusive “12 Monkeys” organization. But time-travel is
shaky and he's supposed to avoid shattering the timeline of Dr.
Cassandra Railly. The result is tough, taut, sometimes violent and
“Thor: The Dark
World” (2013) and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (2014),
7 and 9 p.m., Starz. An action double-feature launches cable's
popcorn-movie night. For comedy, try “Bridesmaids” (2011) at 7:30
p.m. on E or Amy Adams' delightful “Enchanted” (2007) at 8 and 10
p.m. on Bravo.
p.m., NBC. Throughout Brooklyn, thousands of people – including
Chas' daughter -- have mysteriously slipped into comas. John
scrambles to learn why.
Standing,” 8 p.m., ABC. This reruns an episode that put a serious
issue into a comedy setting: Mike learns that his grandson hasn't
been vaccinated for chicken pox.
p.m., ABC. This rerun see Josh trying to impress the boss by feigning
an interest in sports. Alas, he assumes Mark Cuban (the Dallas
Mavericks owner) is there to fix the reifrigerator.
“Grimm,” 9 p.m.,
NBC. Monroe has been kidnapped and his life hangs in the balance. Now
Nick leads a search; also, Juliette learns the new reality of her
life, now that she's a Hexenbiest.
10 p.m., CBS. In a rerun, Danny and Baez face an attack when they're
transporting drugs. She's seriously wounded; he's trying to track
down the drug cartel involved.
p.m., Syfy. In last week's odd season-opener, the team reached a
creepy island controlled by the cult led by Brother Michael (Steven
Weber). Tonight, there's a warning to get out.