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What’s on TV Thursday: ‘Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me’ and ‘S.N.L.: Weekend Update’


A scene from “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.”

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“Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” follows the singer and guitarist, who died on Tuesday after battling Alzheimer’s, on his farewell tour. And “Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update” lampoons the news in a summer edition.

What’s Streaming

GLEN CAMPBELL: I’LL BE ME (2014) on Amazon and iTunes. In 2011, at 75, Mr. Campbell — the singer and guitarist behind standards like “Gentle on My Mind,” “Wichita Lineman” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” — revealed that he had Alzheimer’s and would embark on a farewell tour. James Keach chronicles what began as a five-week excursion, but expanded to 151 shows over 15 months. Watching Mr. Campbell’s facilities diminish is both bittersweet and surprisingly heartening. He forgets lyrics to songs his fans know by rote and struggles to name his band members, including three of his children. But the music in his nimble fingers and clarion voice, as deep-rooted as his Arkansas childhood, clings even as the man fades away. “I have cried and I have laughed,” Mr. Campbell says in a more lucid moment. “Laughing is a hell of a lot better.” He died on Tuesday at 81.


Isabelle Huppert in “White Material.”

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WHITE MATERIAL (2010) on the Criterion Channel on FilmStruck. Isabelle Huppert — sublime — plays a coffee farmer who refuses to leave an unnamed African country on the precipice of anarchy in Claire Denis’s exploration of the ravages of European colonialism. Writing in The Times, Manohla Dargis called it “a striking film filled with images that sometimes reveal their full meaning only when their beauty curdles in the chain of signification.” This Criterion Collection Edition includes interviews with Ms. Denis and Ms. Huppert, a short documentary taken at the film’s premiere in Cameroon and a deleted scene.


Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church in “Divorce.”

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DIVORCE on HBO, HBO Go and HBO Now. Twelve years after the end of “Sex and the City,” Sarah Jessica Parker returned with this series, which suggested a bitter aftertaste to the love found amid all those cosmos. But it wasn’t Carrie Bradshaw in the ’burbs. In this creation by Sharon Horgan of Amazon’s “Catastrophe,” Ms. Parker plays Frances, an arty type turned corporate recruiter, navigating marital purgatory in Westchester County with Robert (Thomas Haden Church), a flailing real-estate developer. But when a friend’s 50th birthday party turns amusingly violent, existential navel-gazing ensues. “‘Divorce’ feels middle-aged in its bones, from the themes to the wintry setting to the ’70s-rock soundtrack,” James Poniewozik wrote in The New York Times. “It’s not going to reinvent the breakup comedy or the HBO comedy. Its goal is more modest and midlife-appropriate: to tell one more story of two people trying to reinvent themselves.”

What’s on TV

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: WEEKEND UPDATE SUMMER EDITION 9 p.m. on NBC. Colin Jost and Michael Che host this four-week series covering all the news that’s fit to mock.

THE STORY OF DIANA 9 p.m. on ABC. The conclusion of this 20th-anniversary remembrance of the death of Princess Diana.

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