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Netflix Looks For a Witcher-Sized Hit with Shadow and Bone

ALSO: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier finale, Mortal Kombat, A Black Lady Sketch Show, and more.
  • Shadow and Bone premieres today on Netflix.
    Shadow and Bone premieres today on Netflix.

    Fans of Netflix’s sprawling epic The Witcher should find plenty to enjoy in Shadow and Bone. Based on the bestselling Grishaverse novels, Shadow and Bone follows an orphaned soldier who uses her magical abilities to save her war-torn country.

    Also today: Disney+ wraps The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, HBO Max debuts Mortal Kombat, and Robin Thede returns for A Black Lady Sketch Show Season 2. Here’s what’s new and noteworthy on TV this Friday:

    COMPLETE FIRST SEASON: Based on the first book in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy, Netflix’s Shadow and Bone tracks orphan Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li) as she joins forces with an elite army of magical soldiers in an attempt to free her country from evil forces. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    SERIES FINALE: After six weeks, Marvel drama The Falcon and the Winter Soldier comes to an end on Disney+. Tune in for your final look at Anthony Mackie’s Falcon, Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes, and Wyatt Russell as the new Captain America. Watch preview. Streaming on Disney+

    ORIGINAL MOVIE: The Mortal Kombat franchise gets a reboot in this Warner Bros. action flick, which will debut on the small screen day-and-date with its release in theaters. Watch trailer. Streaming on HBO Max

    SERIES PREMIERE: Nearly two years after it first aired, the Emmy-nominated A Black Lady Sketch Show returns with new featured players and a slew of high-profile guests, including Gabrielle Union, Ayesha Curry, and Miguel. Watch trailer. 11:00 PM ET on HBO

    SEASON FINALE: Hailed as the show’s best season in years, RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13 comes to an end as the final four queens compete for the crown. Read our review. 8:00 PM ET on VH1

    NEW EPISODE: Disney fanatic John Stamos comes home in Disney+ comedy Big Shot, starring Stamos as a former NCAA basketball coach who winds up coaching at an elite, all-girls private high school. When Marvyn amps up the team's practice regimen, he finds himself at odds with the his new colleagues. Read our review. Streaming on Disney+

    SEASON FINALE: The race for space supremacy continues in the For All Mankind Season 2 finale, set in the aftermath of the Soviets' attack on the Jamestown base. Watch trailer. Streaming on Apple TV+

    NEW EPISODE: Jack Van Helsing (Nicole Muñoz) joins forces with her once-sworn enemy as her family continues their quest to defeat the Dark One as Van Helsing's fifth season continues. Watch promo. 10:00 PM ET on Syfy

    NBA BASKETBALL: The NBA on ESPN continues tonight with two marquee matchups:

    • Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center at 7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT on ESPN
    • Denver Nuggets vs. Golden State Warriors at Chase Center at 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT on ESPN

    Claire Spellberg Lustig is the Senior Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.

    TOPICS: Shadow and Bone, Netflix, Ben Barnes, Jessie Mei Li