Turn to stone
A Brooklyn weed dealer is the common link to a number of stoned, silly scenarios in “High Maintenance,” the latest sitcom based on a long-running web series. The first episode, which crams in a seemingly trigger-happy client and a closeted gay man, is less than intoxicating, but I’m willing to give this fast-paced comedy a few more puffs.
9 p.m. Friday, HBO
English playwright Phoebe Waller-Bridge may be largely unknown stateside, but “Fleabag,” the limited series she created and headlines, should change all that. Her role as an emotionally unstable woman who uses sex, lies and overpriced cheese sandwiches to torment fellow Londoners is one of fall’s must-see programs. For my full review, see Sunday’s Variety section.
Now streaming on Amazon
Say a little prayer
If things get sticky for the Vikings during their prime-time battle against the Packers, click over to “America’s Night of Hope.” Joel and Victoria Osteen, Houston pastors at the nation’s largest congregation, lead the stadium-sized service, taped last weekend in Detroit.
9 p.m. Sunday, Hallmark
“Game of Thrones” will almost certainly collect the most hardware during “The 68th Annual Emmy Awards,” but the fiercest battles won’t involve the show at all. Who will become the toast of late-night TV? Will “House of Cards” star Robin Wright finally draw a winning hand? Will Cloris Leachman do everything in her power to keep Julia Louis-Dreyfus from tying her as the most honored actress in TV history? And can Minnesotan Louie Anderson cap the comeback story of the year with an early win for “Baskets”? We’ll have complete coverage throughout.
7 p.m. Sunday, KSTP, Ch. 5