Lobbying for change
“America Divided” returns with Gretchen Carlson investigating sexual harassment in the hallowed halls of Congress. It’s a worthwhile subject, but the Minnesota-raised journalist gets more camera time than any of the politicians, including former Sen. Al Franken. Given her landmark lawsuit against Fox News, Carlson has an important narrative of her own, but it gets in the way of her report here.
7 p.m. Friday, Epix
Is there anything Donald Glover can’t do? As he prepares to sign off on another top-notch season of “Atlanta,” the actor/director/writer/producer/rapper pops by “Saturday Night Live” as host and musical guest. It’s the first of three new episodes of “SNL,” with recent Tony nominees Amy Schumer and Tina Fey at the helm down the stretch.
10:30 p.m. Saturday, KARE, Ch. 11
In “Vida,” two estranged sisters bond — or at least try to — when they return to East Los Angeles to bury their mother and salvage her struggling bar. Temper tantrums ensue. The nearly all Latino cast is terrific, although the nude scenes seem excessive.
7 p.m. Sunday, Starz
Not just for laughs
“I’m Dying Up Here” stood out last year for the way it exposed the dark side of telling jokes for a living. Early episodes of the new season suggest a series that’s more ambitious — tackling racism and the Mafia in the ’70s — but far less revealing. Still, it’s a kick to see Brad Garrett join the cast as an ego-driven comic superstar.
9 p.m. Sunday, Showtime