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Daveed Diggs (left), Andy Samberg, Orlando Bloom, John Cena. 
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Here’s what’s up in the world of television for Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8. All times are Eastern.

Top pick

Tour De Pharmacy (HBO, Saturday, 10 p.m.): Following their absurdist, tennis-centric 30 For 30 spoof 7 Days In Hell, Andy Samberg, Murray Miller, and Jake Szymanski dip into the made-up sports history once more to tell the tale of a Tour De France in which every competitor is suspected of doping. Though, when a cyclist looks like John Cena (or is at least played by John Cena), “suspicion” is pretty much the same thing as substantiation. Alex McLevy thinks Tour De Pharmacy is good enough for a summertime lark—and unlike the performance-enhancing drugs in the system of a cheating athlete, it doesn’t overstay its welcome. (And if you can’t sit still for 39 minutes of big-name stars goofing around in the guise of ’roided-up athletes, here’s Phil Hartman getting the job done in 51 gory seconds.)


Regular coverage

Orphan Black (BBC America, Saturday, 10 p.m.)

Wild card

Castlevania (Netflix, Friday): And now for characters with something entirely different running through their veins. An animated adaptation of the video-game franchise that pits members of the vampire-hunting Belmont family against the biggest blood-sucker of them all—Dracula—this Castlevania is produced by Power/Rangers’ Adi Shankar and written by Transmetropolitan author Warren Ellis.

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