Which way is up?
“I Am Richard Pryor” doesn’t offer enough clips to justify calling the late legend the greatest stand-up of his generation, but the documentary successfully makes the case that he was the most conflicted, as his desires to be as beloved as Bill Cosby clashed with the urge to share his personal pain on stage. Jimmie Walker, Lily Tomlin and Tiffany Haddish are among the comics contributing to this truncated version of a feature film that debuted last weekend at the SXSW festival.
9 p.m. Friday, Paramount Network
“Turn Up Charlie,” in which a former pop star begrudgingly finds himself employed as a nanny, is an agreeable enough sitcom. But one can’t help but think its star and co-creator Idris Elba has better things to do, like prepare to take his rightful place as the next James Bond.
Now streaming on Netflix
There are plenty of people calling for Cirque du Soleil to scrap its Vegas show dedicated to Michael Jackson. But few would protest the troupe’s commitment to “One Night for One Drop,” its annual charity performance that’s being televised for the first time. Composer Hans Zimmer and Blue Man Group will be participating in this concert, with proceeds going to raise awareness of the global-water crisis.
7 p.m. Saturday, WCCO, Ch. 4
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Aidy Bryant continues to shine on “Saturday Night Live,” but she’s never been as vulnerable — and touching — as she is in “Shrill,” the bittersweet dramedy she co-created about a plus-size journalist who decides to give her life a rewrite. A few “SNL” vets make appearances, but this is the kind of subtle, sweet comedy you don’t normally see on the late-night sketch show or, for that matter, anywhere else.
Now streaming on Hulu