Way over the rainbow
Flying monkeys are cuddly creatures compared with the terrors awaiting anyone who’s off to see the wizard in “Emerald City,” a long-shelved fantasy drama that owes as much to “Game of Thrones” as it does to “The Wizard of Oz.” The references to the L. Frank Baum classic are frequent and often clever, but the elements, including a frequently tortured Dorothy (the plucky Adria Arjona) and several visits to a witch’s brothel, are definitely not for little munchkins. Grown-ups, however, will enjoy Vincent D’Onofrio as a Wiz who’s hiding more than boldness under his pouffy wig.
8 p.m. Friday, KARE, Ch. 11
I haven’t been keeping up with “Grimm,” but since it’s heading into its sixth and final season, it seemed like a good time to pop in. From what I can gather, 80 percent of Oregon is now populated by fairy-tale monsters, all under some kind of curse that forces them to talk in dialogue lifted from afternoon soap operas. These misfits don’t need a Prince Charming; they need a visit from the upbeat characters of “Portlandia,” who are probably enjoying a latte a couple of blocks away.
7 p.m. Friday, KARE, Ch. 11
Bridge over troubled water
Even without Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds passing away in almost the same gasp, “Bright Lights” would still pack an emotional wallop. If “Postcards From the Edge” satirized the tension between the woman who starred in “Singin’ in the Rain” and her “Star Wars”-icon daughter, then this documentary celebrates their unbreakable bond, captured lovingly by directors Fisher Stevens and Alexis Bloom. They filmed the months leading up to the Screen Actors Guild ceremony that honored Reynolds with a lifetime achievement award. HBO wisely moved up the TV premiere to honor the two legends; it would be just as wise to repeat an airing on Mother’s Day.
7 p.m. Saturday, HBO
Going for the gold
With the ever-amiable Jimmy Fallon at the helm, expect a kinder, gentler “2017 Golden Globe Awards” compared with those of recent years, in which the most memorable moments came courtesy of razor-sharp put-downs by hosts Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The Cecil B. DeMille Award is going to Meryl Streep, who probably should have received this honor nine hosts ago.
7 p.m. Sunday, KARE, Ch. 11