What to watch on Friday, October 16...
MOVIE PREMIERE, 12:01am, Netflix
Beasts of No Nation
The streaming service’s first original feature (also in select theaters today) comes from Cary Fukunaga, adapting the novel by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala. Idris Elba stars as a warlord who mentors a child soldier fighting a civil war in an African nation.
8pm, The CW
Catherine’s triumphant return to France is actually not all that triumphant, since she’s immediately thrown in jail. Elsewhere in “Betrothed,” Elizabeth also faces fallout for aiding her Gallic counterpart, while Mary faces some hard decisions and Lola faces confused feelings about Narcisse.
With no logline yet posted for “A Rock and a Hard Place Walk Into a Bar," I suppose you'll just have to wait and see what Danny and the gang come up with on the fly this week.
SERIES PREMIERE, 8:30pm, NBC
Truth Be Told
This sitcom follows a pair of couple friends… that is, two couples, who are friends, so four people altogether… where was I? Eh, who cares, we all know this won’t survive 2015. But the pilot will air, and in it one of the couples will try to find a babysitter so they can attend a Jay Z concert; shenanigans will ensue.
Girl Meets World
“Girl Meets Texas, Part 1” kicks off a three-part, weekend-spanning event with Riley, Maya, and Farkle accompanying Lucas to the Lone Star State, where he has entered his hometown rodeo’s bull-riding competition.
Live From Lincoln Center
Vanessa Williams, Julian Ovenden, and Fred Willard are among the cast of a semi-staged production of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein’s Show Boat, accompanied by the New York Philharmonic. The show features selections from the original 1927 score and the 1936 film.
The squad investigates the death of a wealthy recluse found in a field with $1 million in counterfeit cash in “Ka Papahana Holo Pono (Best Laid Plans).” Meanwhile, the yakuza nabs Adam and forces him into a brutal act.
SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 10pm, Cinemax
The hospital is preparing to move uptown and Dr. Edwards is finagling to move permanently into the chief of surgery’s office as “Ten Knots” initiates the sophomore season. Among other endeavors, Dr. Gallinger heads to Cromartie Hospital, Bertie turns a deaf ear to Lucy’s attempts at reconciling, and Cleary embarks on a moneymaking scheme.
SEASON 3 PREMIERE, 10m, Pivot
Please Like Me
“Eggplant” gets the third season underway with Josh realizing, much to his astonishment, that he’s living in a rom-com. (Which, you have to admit, is still better than realizing you live in, say, an Eli Roth movie.) Yet despite his most cinematically overblown romantic gestures, he can’t manage to win Arnold’s affection.
SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 10pm, USA
I’ll be honest, I had forgotten this show existed. Did you remember this show existed? Well, it does, and “...Through Release” is here to prove it with Neil and Grace owning up to their indiscretions even as Adriana plots to pry the pair apart.
Murphy settles into the role of proud papa in “Zombie Baby Daddy,” but the others are somewhat more dubious of his new bundle of joy. Meanwhile, Warren tails Vasquez to a secret rendezvous and Cassandra puts 10K in a tough spot.
11pm, Cartoon Network
Hoping to scam free food, Fish encourages a coworker to get a no-limit EBT card in “Tasty Tudi’s.”
SERIES FINALE, 11pm, Syfy
The future of the future is at stake in “Final Hour,” and only Kiera and Alec can thwart the future soldiers and their cataclysmic future plans for… well, I think Criswell put it best.
– Bruce Willis, Sienna Miller, and BØRNS on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, 11:35pm, NBC
– Jimmy Kimmel; Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, & Guillermo del Toro; Beach House; and Vance Joy on Late Show with Stephen Colbert, 11:35pm, CBS