What’s on TV Friday: ‘Shangri-La’ and Two Denzel Washington Movies


SHANGRI-LA 9 p.m. on Showtime. The fabled Shangri-La recording studio in Malibu, Calif., was once a hangout for the Band and Bob Dylan. Now, it’s an oasis overseen by the megaproducer Rick Rubin — and a reflection of Rubin’s minimalist sensibilities. So it makes sense as a setting for this four-part documentary from the director Morgan Neville (“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”), which takes a meandering dive into Rubin’s life and work as a producer. The fact that Rubin has worked across so many genres (his best-known collaborations include producing for acts like the Beastie Boys and Johnny Cash) means that this dive should have something for everyone. But as the title suggests, the star may be the studio itself. “There’s an extra, added feeling of coming to a place where a lot of good music has been made,” Rubin says in the first episode. “I don’t know if it’s the energy collected in the space, or if it’s just people’s belief,” he adds. “It doesn’t really matter.”



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