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Kenya Barris Channels His Inner Larry David in Netflix's #BlackAF

ALSO: Too Hot to Handle, Bosch, Friday Night in with the Morgans, Strike Back, and more.
  • Kenya Barris and Rashida Jones in #blackAF. (Netflix)
    Kenya Barris and Rashida Jones in #blackAF. (Netflix)

    A successful TV writer/producer/creator leaves network TV to star as a fictionalized version of himself in an off-network comedy. Kenya Barris appears to be taking the Larry David route with his new Netflix comedy, the first project in a reported $100 million three-year deal that wooed the creator of black-ish and its two spinoffs away from his longtime home at Disney/ABC. Pairing Barris with Rashida Jones as his fictional wife, #blackAF drops its eight-episode first season today. Also today: Too Hot Too Handle bows on Netflix, Bosch returns for his biggest case yet, husband-and-wife Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton debut a new home-shot talk show, and Strike Back goes out with a bang. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this Friday:

    SERIES PREMIERE: Uberproducer Kenya Barris makes the leap to Netflix in #blackAF, playing a fictionalized version of himself as he and his fictional family navigate the cultural pitfalls of success. Rashida Jones co-stars as his wife Joya. Read our review. Streaming on Netflix

    SERIES PREMIERE: Leave it to Netflix to happen to have a new reality concept already in the can with the perfect hook for a world deep in the throws of social distincing. Too Hot to Handle.dangles $100,000 in front of a pack of libidinous singles, but they can only win the pot if they keep their hands (and other body parts) to themselves. Read our review. Streaming on Netflix

    SEASON PREMIERE: The penultimate season of comfort food TV fave Bosch follows LAPD Detective Harry Bosch as he delves into a case involving domestic terrorists and a plot that puts the entire city of Los Angeles in the crosshairs. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Prime Video

    SERIES PREMIERE: Quarantined viewers tired of looking at their own four walls may appreciate Apple TV+'s Home. The new docuseries takes viewers on personal tours through some of the world's most visionary houses. Streaming on Apple TV+

    SERIES PREMIERE: The latest lo-fi programming concept to come out of the coronavirus crisis sees Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Walking Dead) and his wife Hilarie Burton (Council of Dads) hosting their own home-shot show, Friday Night in with the Morgans. The couple plans to video chat with fans, catch up with friends, and shine a spotlight on people making a difference in unprecedented times. Watch the preview. 10:00 PM ET on AMC

    SEASON PREMIERE: The second season of Netflix's animated series The Last Kids on Earth follows 13-year-old Jack Sullivan (Nick Wolfhard) as he and his friends battle hordes of monster and zombies that are invading their town. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    SERIES FINALE: The eighth and final season of Strike Back comes to a close tonight, with an informant passing along a startling piece of intel. Meanwhile, the team assembles for one last mission. Watch the preview. 10:00 PM ET on Cinemax

    SHORT FILM: Based on the book by Oliver Jeffers, Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth follows a family as they explore the mysteries of the third planet from the sun. Featuring the voice talents of Meryl Streep, Chris O'Dowd, and Ruth Negga. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Apple TV+

    Mike Attebery is Senior Editor at Primetimer and the author of seven mystery thrillers. Follow him on Twitter at @mikeattebery.

    TOPICS: #blackAF, Netflix, Black-ish, Kenya Barris