Something for everyone
Piano recitals aren’t the usual fare for hipsters, but “Lang Lang’s New York Rhapsody” might be an exception, if only because its charming star tackles tunes by Alicia Keys and Lou Reed. For those seeking more traditional numbers, the musician will lead his 30-piece orchestra through the original 1924 arrangement of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”
8 p.m. Friday, TPT, Ch. 2
Where the wild things are
The documentary miniseries “Savage Kingdom” makes no bones about comparing itself to “Game of Thrones” — and it’s got the gore to prove it. In a voice that practically drips venom, “GOT” veteran Charles Dance narrates the drama that unfurls as Botswana predators stalk their prey, then wind up on the menu of someone higher up the food chain. There’s nothing remotely educational about this bloodbath, unless you’re determined to show your kids that “The Lion King” is just a kiddie cartoon.
7 p.m. Friday, National Geographic Wild
Mother and child reunion
“Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” not only offers a chance to check in with old friends, but reminds fans how precious — and rare — it is to see strong, complicated, funny women swap zingers without the need of a Y chromosome. The four-part reunion suffers a bit when Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel aren’t together onscreen, but this is an event that otherwise lives up to the hype. For an interview with the stars, see Sunday’s Variety section.
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Heart and soul
Don Cornelius passed away four years ago, but the beat goes on in “Soul Train Awards 2016,” a pretaped event that celebrates the legacy of a groundbreaking dance party and a new generation of booty shakers. Brandy and Teddy Riley are honored for their contributions to music, with Erykah Badu taking Cornelius’ place as host.
7 p.m. Sunday, Centric and BET