Saturday TV: Doping ‘Tour De Pharmacy’

tour-de-pharmacy-sambergIn the midst of another scenic and often dramatic Tour De France bicycle race, here’s an hour long spoof of a time when drugs took over the sport in “Tour De Pharmacy” (HBO, 10 p.m.). Andy Samberg leads a cameo-stuffed cast that includes Jeff Goldblum (perfect as an older version of Samberg’s character), Orlando Bloom, Freddie Highmore, Julia Ormond, Daveed Diggs, Danny Glover, Dolph Lindgren, John Sena, James Marsden, Kevin Bacon, Mike Dyson, Nathan Fielder, J.J. Abrams, Phylicia Rasheed, Maya Rudolph and Will Forte. But the biggest surprise is Lance Armstrong who speaks in the mockumentary thinking he’s masked.

The piece has a roaring sophomoric quality and quite a fixation on penises, but generally gets to the comic finish line.

It accompanies more Samberg in last year’s feature music spoof “Popster: Never Stop Never Stopping” (HBO, 8:30 p.m.) in which he and his comrades in the Lonely Island follow the unlikely rap rise of Conner4Real. Like the sports film, it revels in cameos from actual stars from Nas and Usher to RZA and Questlove.

The actual Tour de France (NBC Sports, 8 a.m.) gets a network showcase for Stage 8 this morning, from Dole to Station des Rousses in the Jura Range, approaching the border with Switzerland.  gets close

Secrets about Kira’s special gifts surface on “Orphan Black” (BBC America, 10 p.m.).

Tessa Montague makes an unannounced visit to “Still Star-Crossed” (ABC, 10 p.m.).

They’re burning off unseen episodes of “Doubt” (CBS, 8 and 9 p.m.) two by two now.

“Dateline” (NBC, 9 p.m.) looks into the 20 year investigation of a missing honors student.

Hikers are caught in a blizzard on “20/20: In an Instant” (ABC, 8 p.m.).

The latest car customizing series cribs its title from a Netflix hit “Speed is the New Black” (Discovery, 10 p.m.).

An obsession eats at a long relationship in “Fatal Vows” (Investigation Discovery, 10 p.m.).

Not a critter-filled version of the Jack Bauer drama (which wouldn’t be a bad idea), “Animal 24” (National Geographic, 10 p.m.) is actually about the species that thrive in the day’s darkness and light.

On “CopyCat Killers” (Reelz, 10 p.m.), a teen is inspired by the movie “Halloween.”

Abe meets Benedict Arnold on “Turn: Washington’s Spies” (AMC, 9 p.m.). Different Abe.

Reality series now run on a loop: “Say Yes to the Dress” (TLC, 8 p.m.) takes up another three hours; “Diesel Brothers: The Doubleheader” (Discovery, 6 p.m.) is four.

A Persian is “My Cat from Hell” (Animal Planet, 8 p.m.).

Judy Garland’s demise is featured on “Autopsy: The Last Hours of..” (Reels, 9 p.m.).

Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Sheen star in last year’s space movie “Passengers” (Starz, 8 p.m.) getting a premium cable premiere.

The films of director James Whale are featured on Turner Classic Movies, with “Bride of Frankenstein” (8 p.m.), “Man in the Iron Mask” (9:45 p.m.), “Show Boat” (midnight) and “The Invisible Man” (2:15 a.m.). Not by James Whale: “Gymkata” (TCM, 3:45 a.m.).

Baseball includes Milwaukee at Yankees (MLB, 1 p.m.), Boston at Tampa Bay (MLB, 4 p.m.) and Pittsburgh at Cubs (Fox, 7:15 p.m.).

In the Softball World Cup, it’s U.S. vs. Puerto Rico (ESPN2, 2 p.m.) and U.S. vs. Australia (ESPN2, 8 p.m.).

The NBA Summer League has Washington vs. Memphis (ESPNU, 4 p.m.), Portland vs. Utah (ESPNU, 6 p.m.), Miami vs. San Antonio (ESPNU, 8 p.m.), Boston vs. Lakers (ESPN, 8:30 p.m.), Houston vs. Cleveland (ESPNU, 10 p.m.) and Philadelphia vs. Golden State (ESPN, 10:30 p.m.).

In soccer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, it’s U.S. vs. Panama (Fox, 4;30 p.m.) and Martinique vs. Nicaragua (Fox Sports 2, Univision, 7 p.m.).

Third round play continues at Wimbledon (ESPN, 8 a.m.).

In golf, it’s third round play in the Greenbrier Classic (Golf, 2 p.m.; CBS, 3 p.m.).

NASCAR has its Quaker State 400 (NBC Sports, 7:30 p.m.).

In horse racing, it’s the Belmont Oaks (NBC, 4:30 p.m.).

Canadian football has Hamilton at Saskatchewan (ESPN2, 10 p.m.).

And in international rugby, it’s British & Irish Lions at New Zealand (ESPN2, 3:30 p.m.).

Cyndi Lauper plays a recent “Austin City Limits” (PBS, 11 p.m., check local listings).

The John Cena-hosted “Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.) with Maren Morris is rerun.

 

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