Andy Samberg goes for guffaws by spoofing a narcissistic pop star and a doped-up cyclist in an HBO double bill. And “The Salesman,” the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar winner for best foreign-language film, arrives on Amazon.
What’s on TV
POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING (2016) 8:30 p.m. on HBO. The Lonely Island — the preposterously swaggering, hip-hop-lampooning threesome of Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer — sends up the pop life in this fake documentary about Conner4Real (Mr. Samberg), a rap group’s breakout star who has forgotten where he came from on the cusp of releasing his second solo album. Questlove, RZA, Usher and Nas are among those paying homage to his former group’s glory days. “‘Popstar’ takes aim at everything that is artificial and plastic in contemporary pop in a spirit of love rather than spite,” A. O. Scott wrote in The New York Times. “It’s a celebration of the curious authenticity — the innocence, the sweetness, the guiltless pleasure — of music whose badness is sometimes hard to separate from its genius.”
Keep laughing with “TOUR de PHARMACY,” at 10, a spoof from Mr. Samberg and his Legends of Sports partner, Murray Miller, about a fictionalized doping scandal during the 1982 Tour de France. John Cena, Daveed Diggs, Orlando Bloom, Freddie Highmore, Jeff Goldblum, Danny Glover, Julia Ormond, James Marsden, Kevin Bacon and Lance Armstrong show up for the ride.
CONCACAF GOLD CUP 2017 4:30 p.m. on Univision, Univision Deportes and Fox. The United States meets Panama at the Nissan Stadium in Nashville in this biennial soccer competition, featuring teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean, in which the winner earns a place in the qualifying playoffs for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup.
NEYMAR JR’S FIVE WORLD FINAL 11 a.m. on Red Bull TV. Neymar da Silva Santos Jr., the Brazilian professional soccer star, oversees this competition in Praia Grande in which 32 teams of five amateurs compete for the title following a simple rule: When a team scores, its opponent loses a player.
THE SALESMAN (2016) on Amazon. Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), a childless married couple living in Tehran, must flee their crumbling high-rise building while acting with their theater company in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” But their new apartment is filled with the clutter of the previous tenant — a single woman with a young child — and soon that invisible life has invaded theirs. And when Rana is attacked in the shower, her husband seems more concerned with the assault on his manhood. Writing in The Times, A. O. Scott called this Oscar winner from the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi “a marvel of meticulous construction” for its ingenious use of an American classic. “‘The Salesman’ is about trust and honor, about violence against women in a patriarchal society, about the woe that is in marriage, but it is also about death, a salesman and the hidden brutality of class,” he added.
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