Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin return for another season of “Grace and Frankie.” And Nicolas Cage goes crazy in “Mom and Dad.”
GRACE AND FRANKIE on Netflix. It’s awards season, which means rare onstage appearances from reclusive Hollywood legends. These riveting cameos mostly consist of three lines from a teleprompter and the opening of an envelope. But two of those legends, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, are still working up a storm — the fourth season of their sitcom “Grace and Frankie” arrives on Friday. The show follows the unlikely friendship that blossoms after the pair’s husbands leave them for each other. This season deals with the aches and pains of aging, as Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin) care for the next generation, while their ex-husbands (Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston) try an open marriage. And Lisa Kudrow joins the all-star cast as Grace’s manicurist.
MOM AND DAD on iTunes. Nicolas Cage has mesmerized audiences with his unhinged alter egos in plenty of movies, so why not go for it one more time? In “Mom and Dad,” he and Selma Blair play a totally normal couple with two children in Middle American suburbia. But their town is soon infected by a virus that compels parents to kill their children. The pair soon wield saws and other sharp objects in a series of manic attempts to off their offspring.
TROLLS: THE BEAT GOES ON on Netflix. The year 2017 brought many surprises, among them the phrase “Oscar-nominated movie ‘Trolls.’” The exuberant animated movie, which brings those colorfully tufted dolls to life, was a huge hit at the box office and earned an Oscar nod for best original song for Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” Now, the story continues with this Netflix series, created by a mostly different creative team. Amanda Leighton and Skylar Astin take over vocal duties from Anna Kendrick and Mr. Timberlake.
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VICE NEWS TONIGHT 7:30 p.m. on Vice. In August, Vice News provided a detailed and unencumbered look behind the scenes at the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. The program will attempt to pull off a similar feat with a much wider scope on “America First,” which airs Friday as President Trump wraps up his first year in office. The episode sends the correspondents Michael Moynihan and Isobel Yeung across the country to talk to people who voted for Mr. Trump and examine how his campaign promises have manifested.
AMERICAN MASTERS — LORRAINE HANSBERRY: SIGHTED EYES/FEELING HEART 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Ms. Hansberry was just 27 when she wrote “A Raisin in the Sun” — and just 34 when she died of cancer in 1965. This melancholy documentary delves into her short life, which she devoted to art and activism, with interviews with Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee (both original Broadway cast members of “Raisin”), Harry Belafonte, and more.