TV picks for Friday, Aug. 25
“Whitney. “Can I Be Me” (9 p.m., Showtime): Here’s a revelatory documentary that weaves fresh video footage and candid interviews into a raw portrait of the late Whitney Houston. The film’s central premise is that, even though Houston had incredible fame wealth and talent, she was often prevented from doing what she wanted.
“20/20” (10 p.m., ABC): Tonight’s installment focuses on the inspirational journey of Jonathan Koch, a reality television executive who fought back from death’s door and lived to tell the tale, featuring video diaries in real time of his mysterious, rapid decline in health and miraculous recovery.
“Love Blows” (10 p.m., WE tv): This new series is pegged to a successful Chicago-based matchmaking service run by a dysfunctional — but loving — family who sometimes let their own relationships cloud their decisions. The show chronicles the inner dynamics of LuvBizChicago, a family business run by head matchmakers Lisa and her ex-husband Jim, who have to contend with a staff full of wild, young, single matchmakers.
“The Tick” (Amazon Prime): The bombastic crime-fighter in the big, blue bug costume is back in this wildly offbeat new series based on Ben Edlund’s cult comic book saga. “The Tick” centers on an underdog accountant, Arthur Everest, with zero powers who comes to realize his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero …The Tick! The cast includes Peter Serafinowicz, Griffin Newman, Valorie Curry, Jackie Earle Haley, Yara Martinez, Brendan Hines, Scott Speiser and Michael Cerveris. For more on “The Tick,” here’s our review of the show.
“Disjointed” (Netflix): Oscar-winner Kathy Bates stars in this comedy from Emmy winning creators Chuck Lorre and David Javerbaum. Bates plays Ruth, a lifelong advocate for legalization of marijuana who is finally living her dream as the owner of an Los Angeles cannabis dispensary, Ruth’s Alternative Caring. Joining her are three charismatic “budtenders”, her entrepreneurial twenty-something year old son and a very troubled security guard. In addition to Bates, the series stars Tone Bell, Aaron Moten, Elizabeth Alderfer, Dougie Baldwin and Elizabeth Ho. For more on “Disjointed,” here’s our review of the show.
Also on Friday:
“Vice” (7:30 p.m., HBO)
“Washington Week” (8 p.m., PBS)
“Killjoys” (8 p.m., Syfy)
“Raven’s Home” (8 p.m., Disney Channel)
“Ghostbusters,” 1984 movie (8 p.m., AMC)
“Charlie Rose: The Week” (8:30 p.m., PBS)
“K.C. Undercover” (8:30 p.m., Disney Channel)
“Dark Matter” (9 p.m., Syfy)
“What Would You Do?” (9 p.m., ABC)
“Ancient Aliens” (9 p.m., History)
“Guy’s Grocery Games” (9 p.m., Food Network)
“Dateline NBC” (10 p.m., NBC)
“Wynonna Earp” (10 p.m., Syfy)
“Real Time With Bill Maher” (10 p.m., HBO)
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