On TV this Friday: Bill Maher weighs in on an unconventional election week, PBS revisits James Corden’s Tony-winning turn in One Man, Two Guvnors, and American Ninja Warrior‘s COVID-safe season crowns a champion — for real this time. Here are nine programs to keep on your radar; all times are Eastern.
What to Watch Today
Delayed Ninja Warrior Finale, James Bond Classics and More
The Right Stuff
As a JFK-appointed committee assesses the validity of the space program, Glenn writes to politicians to say that Shepard is unfit to be the first man in space.
Classic James Bond
To honor the late Sean Connery, the cabler serves up Dr. No (at 3:30 pm), From Russia With Love (6 pm) and Goldfinger (8:30 pm) — all shaken, not stirred.
American Ninja Warrior
Season 12 finale (special night; two hours): After the remaining ninjas take their shot at the Finals course, the Top 8 compete in a playoff where they race head-to-head on the Power Tower, to claim a $100K prize.
The Christmas Yule Blog
TV-movie premiere: A travel blogger (Nancy Drew‘s Sara Canning) heads to New Mexico, where she is introduced to new Christmas traditions; Zak Santiago (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency) co-stars.
Chelsea, Nia, Booker and Levi plan a surprise party for Raven’s birthday; Raven accepts a job as chauffeur to an international singing sensation.
Great Performances: One Man, Two Guvnors
Before he was host of The Late Late Show, James Corden took home a Tony Award for his performance in this 1960s-era comedy.
Real Time With Bill Maher
Maher breaks down this crazy week with U.S. Counterterrorism Intelligence Officer (and MSNBC contributor) Malcolm Nance, Georgetown law professor Rosa Brooks, and Center for Humane Technology co-founder Tristan Harris.
Ah Sahm heads to a U.S.-Mexico border town owned by the host of a lucrative fight tournament, where he draws the attention of another fighter.
How to With John Wilson
John taps into his “Memory Palace” to examine our ability — or inability — to remember things.