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Friday's TV Highlights: 'David Bowie: Five Years' on Showtime

Crucial moments in David Bowie's life and career are revealed in "David Bowie: Five Years" on Showtime.
Giant trees are put to surprising use in "Redwood Kings" on Animal Planet.
Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil perform Verdi's Requiem at the Hollywood Bowl on "Great Performances" on KOCE.

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SERIES

Masters of Illusion This new series gives magic a new television showcase. Host Dean Cain presents escape artists, mentalists and others who make the impossible seem possible —often with a comedic touch. Featured magicians include Jan Rouven, Michael Finney, Jared & Raja, Nathan Burton and Michael Grandinetti. 8 p.m. KTLA

Great Performances Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic perform Verdi's Requiem Mass at the Hollywood Bowl in this new episode. 9 p.m. KOCE

Redwood Kings Twin-brother artisans John and Ron Daniels are at the heart of this fascinating new series, which reveals how they take ancient, reclaimed redwood trees and transform them into works of art. In the premiere, a San Diego couple commissions them to use an enormous hollowed-out redwood tree trunk to build their grandkids a treehouse in the shape of an elaborate pirate-themed ship. 9 p.m. Animal Planet

The Almighty Johnsons In this new episode Axl (Emmet Skilton) discovers there's a lot to like about his epic quest, especially the parts that involve getting hammered and chasing beautiful women, but Mike (Tim Balme) is having a far more stressful time. Roz Turnbull, Ben Barrington and Dean O'Gorman also stars. 10 p.m. Syfy

SPECIALS

David Bowie: Five Years The filmmakers behind this British documentary were given access to the rock star's personal archive to incorporate previously unseen footage as they explore five crucial years in his life and career. The film opens in 1971, with the creation of Bowie's glitter-rock alter-ego, Ziggy Stardust. 9 p.m. Showtime

TALK SHOWS

CBS This Morning Mick Jagger and producer Brian Grazer. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS

Today Detox; Aloe Blacc performs. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC

KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA

Good Morning America Enrique Iglesias performs. (N) 7 a.m. KABC

Good Day L.A. Tim Robbins, the Actors Gang; Johnny Gill and Bobby Brown. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV

Live With Kelly and Michael Vin Diesel ("Guardians of the Galaxy"); Maggie Gyllenhaal; chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. (N) 9 a.m. KABC

The View Ana Navarro; Annette Bening. (N) 10 a.m. KABC

The Talk Liv Tyler; Rachelle Lafevre; Hans Röckenwagner. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS

Charlie Rose — the Week (N) 7:30 p.m. KOCE

Washington Week With Gwen Ifill Congress grappling with issues including the border crisis and VA funding: Robert Costa, the Washington Post; Molly Ball, the Atlantic. Gaza crisis; Ukraine crisis; global instability: Elise Labott, CNN; Yochi Dreazen, Foreign Policy magazine. (N) 8 p.m. KOCE

To the Contrary With Bonnie Erbé Gender lens investing. (N) 10 p.m. KVCR

Real Time With Bill Maher Ralph Nader; author Douglas Brinkley; Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland); Doug Heye. (N) 10 and. 11 p.m. HBO

Tavis Smiley Itzhak Perlman. 11 p.m. KOCE

Charlie Rose (N) 11 p.m. KVCR; 11:30 p.m. KOCE

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Martin Lawrence; Jenny Slate; Aloe Blacc. (N) 11:34 p.m. KNBC

Late Show With David Letterman Emma Stone. 11:35 p.m. KCBS

Late Night With Seth Meyers Keri Russell. 12:36 a.m. KNBC

The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Cat Deeley; author Marcia Clark. (N) 12:37 a.m. KCBS

Nightline (N) 12:37 a.m. KABC

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