What’s On Tonight: All hail the Queen, as Bessie comes to HBO

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Bessie (HBO, 8 p.m., Friday): The ever-luminous Queen Latifah stars in this HBO biopic of legendary blues singer Bessie Smith. Surrounded by a great supporting cast that includes Michael K. Williams, Mo’Nique, Khandi Alexander, Charles S. Dutton, Mike Epps, and Oliver Platt, the Queen, no doubt, will get plenty of opportunity to show off her pipes alongside her acting chops. Alex McCown is the lucky so-and-so on reviewing duties. In the meantime, here’s Latifah absolutely owning the jazz standard “Lush Life” from the underrated Living Out Loud.

Also noted—season finale edition!

Grimm (NBC, 8 p.m., Friday): Nick makes a horrifying discovery in the finale of what Les Chappell says is a surprisingly strong fourth season. In his review of last week’s episode, Les states:

As the grades for the last few reviews indicate, Grimm has been going through a fairly terrific upswing …

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