Let her entertain you
There may not be a more coveted role in musical theater that of Momma Rose, the ultimate stage mother in “Gypsy.” Imelda Staunton follows in the footsteps of Ethel Merman, Angela Lansbury and Patti LuPone without missing a step, digging deep to bring out the character’s stubbornness and sadness in this recording of a heralded London production. Oh, and she can carry a tune! It’s hard to imagine you’ll see a more powerful performance this fall.
8 p.m. Friday, TPT, Ch. 2
The world is not enough
Kevin James is everywhere these days — for better or worse. In addition to “Kevin Can Wait,” a sitcom that got a boost last week from an Adam Sandler cameo, the comic stars in “True Memoirs of an International Assassin,” a new film in which a mild-mannered author gets mistaken for the coolheaded killer of his bestselling novel. Expect an order of shaken, not stirred martinis — with a foot-long sub.
Now streaming on Netflix
New kids on the block
HBO is trying to reconnect to its stand-up roots with the help of Russell Simmons. His “All Def Comedy” promises to spotlight the best in new comedians, much like the original 1990s series gave a boost to the careers of Bernie Mac, Chris Tucker and Martin Lawrence. Chris Rock’s younger brother, Tony, is the host.
9 p.m. Saturday, HBO
Learning to fly
“Red Oaks,” a coming-of-age comedy produced by Steven Soderbergh, grows up considerably in its second season, as protagonist David Meyers (Craig Roberts) separates himself further from his two mentors: a hapless but well-meaning father (Richard Kind) and an egocentric country-club president (Paul Reiser). It offers the kind of gentle, sharply written humor missing from the big screen and network TV.
Now streaming on Amazon Prime