On TV this Friday: Wil Wheaton explores Dark Matter, Defiance protects its own, Narcos binges on Pablo Escobar and a Days of Our Lives vet resurfaces in Salem. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar:
Defiance Finale, Narcos Begins, Dark Wil Wheaton and More
Series premiere (all 10 episodes): The 1980s-set drama chronicles the bloody conflicts between well- known drug lords — including Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura) — and police, military and civilian forces.
Days of Our Lives
Stephen Nichols — last seen on the show in 2009 — returns as Patch resurfaces in Salem. Plus, Aiden asks Hope to marry him. (Watch trailer.)
NFL Preseason Football
The Detroit Lions play opposite the Jacksonville Jaguars live from EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla.
Season 3 finale: Nolan, Amanda, Irisa, Datak, Stahma, Berlin and Doc Yewll stop at nothing to put an end to the Omec threat. (Not yet renewed.)
Investigators team with state police and firearms experts to get to the bottom of a young man’s mysterious death.
Season 1 finale (two episodes): First up, Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: TNG) guest-stars when a retrieval op grows dangerous for a member of the crew. Then at 10 pm, the crew is forever altered by betrayal. (Not yet renewed.)
Scott and Stonebridge risk the threat of war when they smuggle themselves into North Korea to try and destroy the stolen Vanadium.
20/20: Tragedy on TV
The newsmagazine explores Vester Lee Flanagan’s suicide note and the events leading up to murder of WDBJ-Virginia reporters Alison Parker and Adam Ward.
Real Time With Bill Maher
Guests include former Pa. Sen. Rick Santorum, journalists Michael Weiss and Robert Costa, activist Wendy Davis and Cal. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher.
Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs) assists Joel McHale in breaking down the week’s best of TV’s worst.