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TV Listings 10/9/15

What to watch on Friday, October 9...


SERIES PREMIERE, 12:01am Pacific, Amazon
Red Oaks
A tony country club in mid-’80s New Jersey is the setting for this comedy from producer Steven Soderbergh, which counts Amy Heckerling and David Gordon Green among its directors andPaul Reiser, Jennifer Grey, and Richard Kind among the ensemble cast. All eight episodes of the first season stream today.

DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE, 12:01am Pacific, Netflix
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom
Director Evgeny Afineevsky chronicles a 93-day stretch in 2013-2014, during which peaceful student demonstrations in Ukraine escalated into violent rebellion against the corrupt political regime.

“A Will They Walks Into a Bar” and “A Won’t They Walks Into a Bar” kick off a third season that will air every episode live (well, presumably they won’t force the cast to reenact the repeats… but then again, I don’t know what goes on in Bill Lawrence’s devious brain). The hour-long opener finds Justin and Candace preparing to kick their relationship up a notch—and Danny butting in.

With Elizabeth and Catherine aligned against her, Mary struggles to keep power in Scotland in “Three Queens, Two Tigers,” which sounds like the coolest hand of full house ever. Francis also finds himself in a precarious position, and Elizabeth juggles the distraction of her first love, Robert Dudley.

9pm, PBS
Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson
Sheila E. hosts this concert special spotlighting Latin-infused arrangements of the King of Pop’s biggest hits, taped in Miami in July. Featured performers include Jon Secada, Jennifer Peña, and Judith Hill.

9pm CBS
Hawaii Five-0
In “Ua ‘O’Oloku Ke Anu I Na Mauna (The Chilling Storm Is on the Mountains),” the team investigates the murder of a scuba diver with a gun connected to a previous killing. I wonder if the case will require them to go into [sunglasses] deep cover. [YYYEEEAAAHHH!]

9:28pm, Disney
Girl Meets World
Riley goes out for the cheerleading squad in “Girl Meets Rah Rah.” Not only has she got all their routines down cold, she even managed to practice the human pyramid with the help of a bunch of stoleeeerrrrrr borrowed mannequins.

SERIES FINALE, 10pm, Cinemax
Strike Back
Scott and Stonebridge’s final knock-down drag-out pits them against a band of mercenaries, led by Faber and Mason, in the Swiss Alps. Because you didn’t really think Strike Back would end without blowing up the Matterhorn, did you?

10pm, PBS
The Hispanic Heritage Awards
Rita Moreno emcees the 28th annual celebration of Hispanics in a wide range of disciplines, including education, arts, sciences, and community leadership. This year’s gala is held at the Warner Theater in Washington, DC.

10pm, Syfy
Z Nation
“Zombaby!” finds… wait, should I even keep going? “Zombaby!” really needs no follow up, does it? Sure, a pregnant Serena tracks down Murphy determined to make him answer for his actions, and the survivors come upon a hidden farm beset by both zombies and anthrax, but that’s all pretty much implied by “Zombaby!”

11pm, Syfy
Kiera presses Carlos for more time, which feels like it shouldn’t be too hard to manage in a show about literal time travel, but I’ll just take Syfy’s word for it. Elsewhere in “The Desperate Hours,” Kellog is confronted with a surprising threat and the future soldiers rally to rescue their imprisoned leader.

11pm, Cartoon Network
Black Jesus
Jesus and Ms. Tudi put their heads together to scrape up some cash in “Hands of God,” but the plan lands Fish in an awkward spot.


– Jeff Daniels, Whoopi Goldberg, and Nelly on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, 11:35pm, NBC
– James Corden, Vice Media co-founder and CEO Shane Smith, and Halsey on Late Show with Stephen Colbert, 11:35pm, CBS

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