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TV Friday - Josh Thomas stars in Please Like Me, debuting on CBC

TV Friday

Australian comic Josh Thomas stars in Please Like Me. John Shearer/The Associated Press

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The TV universe is constantly expanding, and new channels and shows vie for attention just as much as old favourites. Here are the best bets on the box.

Please Like Me

Australian comic Josh Thomas has drawn international acclaim for creating, writing and starring in this warm, wise yet funny comedy series, which deals with some heavy issues (chiefly depression) in an offbeat way. The series opens with Rhubard and Custard, as Josh, on the cusp of turning 21, starts to wonder whether he might be gay after being dumped by his girlfriend. He also considers moving back in with his manic-depressive mother (Debra Lawrance), after she attempts suicide. Another episode follows. (CBC)

Strike Back

The hit international action drama returns for its fourth and final season with a storyline that finds intelligence operatives Michael Stonebridge and Damien Scott (Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton) yet again confronting threats to world peace. This time around, the men criss-cross Asia and Europe to defuse a global terror plot that starts with the kidnapping of a British diplomat’s daughter but soon snowballs to involve the Japanese Yakuza, the Russian mafia and cyberterrorists, among other baddies. (HBO Canada)

Movie: Descendants

It’s never easy to grow up in the shadow of a famous parent, but it’s even worse when that parent is one of the great Disney villains as in this new 2015 musical fantasy directed and choreographed by Kenny Ortega. As Ben (Mitchell Hope), the idealistic son of Belle and the Beast, prepares to take the throne, he opens his kingdom’s prep school to the offspring of such baddies as Maleficent (Kristin Chenoweth) and the Evil Queen (Kathy Najimy), along with a chance to prove their true mettle. (Family Channel)

Hawaii Five-0

Kono (Grace Park) is imperilled when she suddenly can identify a criminal who’s been anonymous to the team previously, in the repeat episode Powehiwehi (Hawaiian for Blackout). She has other concerns as well, since she believes the less-than-legal past of Adam’s (Ian Anthony Dale) family may have a negative impact on her future with him. Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos) is a guest star in this tale directed by actor Peter Weller (RoboCop). (CBS, Global)

Gotham

In the repeat episode, The Fearsome Dr. Crane, Don Maroni (guest star David Zayas) decides to take Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) on a trip to test his loyalty after Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) spills one of Oswald’s secrets. Gordon and Bullock (Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue) track a killer who chooses his victims from persons who suffer from crippling phobias. (Fox)

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