Friday TV: The Eurovision Contest for Now

eurovision-song-contestThe pandemic meant no Eurovision Contest this year. In its place is a Will Ferrell spoof, “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” (Netflix, streaming). He stars with Rachel McAdams as an Icelandic act that seems like half of Abba but is in contention in the worldwide competition. Pierce Brosnan, Dan Stevens and Demi Lovato all appear; the music is overseen by pop savant Savan Kotecha.

Gloria Steinem has already been portrayed dramatically this season by Rose Byrne in “Mrs. America.” Tonight, Christine Lahti puts on the aviators in the stage play “Gloria: A Life” tonight on “Great Performances” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings). The play, written by Emily Mann, is directed by Tony-winner Diane Paulus,

A pandemic era awards shows brings remotely shot acceptance speeches. But The 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (CBS, 8 p.m.) were never remotely entertaining in the first place. “General Hospital” is up for the most awards — 23, followed by “Days of Our Lives” (22), “The Young and the Restless” (21) and “The Bold and the Beautiful” (13).  Sharon Osbourne and Marie Osmond of “The Talk” will host.

Things were very different, maybe even carefree, 20 years ago. So there’s a replay of the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards (MTV, 8 p.m.), hosted by Shawn and Marion Wayans, with appearances by Britney Spears, Eminem, Janet Jackson, N Sync, Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers and DMX

Stars of “Pose” gather to sing, tell stories and raise awareness for LGBTQ causes on a two-network “Pose-A-Thon for Pride” (Freeform, FX, 10 p.m.).

The rock documentary “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band” (Hulu, streaming) makes its online service debut.

A second season starts for the animated “Pete the Cat” (Amazon, streaming), based on the childrens’ book series.

“Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2” (Disney+, streaming) follows the team behind the popular sequel.

The newly installed replacement for Chris Matthews’ hour presides over “The Road to Reform: A Special Report with Joy Reid” (MSNBC, 7 p.m.), billed as a virtual town hall about systemic racism and police reform.

In the new action film with a heart, “My Spy” (Amazon, streaming), Dave Bautista plays a CIA operative who is blackmailed into teaching the tricks of the trade to a 9-year-old girl. Kristen Schaal and Ken Jeong are also featured in the film that was intended to open in theaters before the pandemic hit.

He’s been everywhere else, so John Bolton is on “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO, 10 p.m.) along with Kara Swisher, Wes Moore and James Carville.

There are so few sports being played right now, a show goes out to find some odd ones in the new “Home Game” (Netli, streaming).

Lucas is a suspect in Inkunzi’s murder on “Trackers” (Cinemax, 10 p.m.).

Garret Dillahunt and Michelle Hurd visit on “Friday Night in With the Morgans” (AMC, 10 p.m.).

Emily brings her father aboard on “Bering Sea Gold” (Discovery, 8 p.m.).

“Masters of Illusion” (CW, 8 p.m.) presents another parade of magicians.

Searching continues on “Dino Hunters” (Discovery, 9 p.m.).

Queens on “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” (VH1, 8 p.m.) try to navigate scandals, as Sarah Hyland joins the judges panel.

Pride Month gets a final LGBTQ Critics Choice night with “Madchen in Uniform” (8 p.m.), “The Watermelon Woman” (9:45 p.m.) and “Orlando” (11:30 p.m.), followed by two from Larry Cohen: “The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover” (2 a.m.) and “It’s Alive” (4 a.m.).

During the day, the spotlight goes to Peter Lorre, born this day in 1929, with “Stranger on the Third Floor” (6:30 a.m.), “You’ll Find Out” (8 a.m.), “Strange Cargo” (10 a.m.), “Hotel Berlin” (noon), “Scent of Mystery” (2 p.m.), “The Maltese Falcon” (4 p.m.) and “M” (6 p.m.).

There is second round play in the Travelers Championship (Golf, 3 p.m.).

In lieu of a season, NHL will hold its draft lottery (NBC Sports, NHL Network, 8 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Mandy Moore, Issa Rae, Laura Prepon. The View: George Lopez. The Talk: Patti LaBelle, Gabriel Iglesias. Kelly Clarkson: Simon Cowell, Sofia Vergara, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Terry Crews. Tamron Hall: Sen Kamala Harris, Carla Hall, Shaggy (rerun). Wendy Williams: Mally Roncal, Sharon Carpenter (rerun). The Real: Stephen “Twitch” Boss, Allison Holker Boss (rerun).

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Keegan-Michael Key, Wes Moore (rerun). Jimmy Kimmel: Regina King (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Pierce Brosnan, Nicole Richie, Blackpink. Seth Meyers: Pete Davidson, Matthew Rhys (rerun). James Corden: Rep. Val Demings, M. Ward (rerun). Lilly Singh: Natasha Leggero, Moshe Kasher (rerun).

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