THE COMEDY of mortification doesn’t get more cringe-worthy, or hilarious, than “My Dad Wrote a Porno” (10 p.m. Saturday, HBO, TV-MA). Before you recoil, rest assured, this does not so much celebrate pornography as reveal its ridiculousness.
Based on a popular podcast, “Dad” is entirely rooted in true life, even if that entails a family revelation of the most embarrassing kind. Well into adulthood, TV writer Jamie Morton discovered that his rather conservative and businesslike father had been secretly writing a series of erotic novels called “Belinda Blinked.”
After getting over the shock that his father was a secret writer of smutty novels, Morton came to grips with the dreadfulness of his writing, his bizarre fixation on irrelevant details, jarring imagery and seeming ignorance of the female anatomy.
In this performance, and in the podcasts, Morton reads aloud from his father’s “prose” while his friends and colleagues James Cooper and Alice Levine offer running commentary.
Writing under the name “Rocky Flintstone,” Morton’s father set the “Blinked” novels in the world of business, marketing and sales, where Belinda uses her position as sales manager for a pots and pans company to act out her anatomically dubious desires on her co-workers.
Rocky Flintstone’s metaphors tend toward the historical and industrial, leading to a very strange read. The real giggles arise from the minute and absurd dissection of language badly employed.
It would be a stretch to call this literary criticism, but it makes a case that chatting about terrible books offers a rich vein of comedy gold. The “My Dad” podcast has been downloaded more than 150 million times.
One could make the case that this performance, taped live on a London stage, doesn’t depart terribly much from the audio experience. We do get to see a studio audience entranced by Rocky’s wretched ribaldry, hiding their faces in abject embarrassment and laughing, as I did, until tears flowed.
• The strange and addictive series “Killing Eve” (8 p.m. Sunday, AMC, BBC America, TV-14) has taken its intrigue to intimate new levels. Villanelle (Jodie Comer) the comedic and oddly enchanting psycho killer, has gone out of her way to confront Eve’s husband, Niko (Owen McDonnell), an encounter that only confirms his suspicions that Eve’s (Sandra Oh) interest in her transcends duty to queen and country.
Scenes like these are what set this show apart from your average thriller. You could even say “Eve” has turned the spy genre inside-out — at least in terms of gender.
• Starz Encore has been keeping old James Bond movies in steady prime-time rotation. Look for “Never Say Never Again” (9 p.m. Sunday) from 1983 this weekend. While recently rewatching “Thunderball” for the umpteenth time, I was struck by the similarities between James Bond and Villanelle from “Killing Eve.” Suave, stylish and quotably funny, they dispatch targets and erotic conquests with cold-blooded efficiency. Am I softening on Villanelle? Or discovering Bond’s psychotic nature for the first time?
• Down a dragon, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) faces challenges from all sides on “Game of Thrones” (9 p.m. Sunday, HBO, TV-MA).
• Latin American intrigue on “Ransom” (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
• NHL playoff action (8 p.m., NBC).
• Contestants tackle songs performed at the 1969 Woodstock concert on “American Idol” (8 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG).
• A busy professional returns to her small town to help her ailing father in the 2019 romance “A Feeling of Home” (9 p.m., Hallmark, TV-G).
• The pampered daughter of rich but emotionally disturbed parents sets her sights on social status in the 2019 shocker “Homekilling Queen” (8 p.m., Lifetime, TV-14).
• Emma Thompson hosts “Saturday Night Live” (11:30 p.m., NBC, TV-14), with musical guests the Jonas Brothers.
Sunday’s season finales
• Marge opens a new age emporium on “The Simpsons” (8 p.m., Fox, TV-PG).
• The kids have Zeke’s back on “Bob’s Burgers” (8:30 p.m., Fox, TV-PG).
• A tribute to Adam West on “Family Guy” (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
• A restaurant serves up guilty pleasures on “Shark Tank” (10 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
• The nomination comes into sight on “Veep” (10:30 p.m., HBO, TV-MA).
• “Great Performances at the Met” (Noon, PBS, check local listings) presents “Adriana Lecouvreur,” featuring opera superstar Anna Netrebko.
• Scheduled on “60 Minutes” (7 p.m., CBS): Efforts by generic drug manufacturers to fix prices; a profile of American abstract artist Mark Bradford; a prison arranges encounters between convicts and their victims.
• The voices of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart animate the 2016 comedy “The Secret Life of Pets” (7 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
• Jira takes a stand against police brutality on “The Red Line” (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
• Ryan Seacrest hosts “American Idol” (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
• A tangle with Red Daughter on “Supergirl” (8 p.m., CW, TV-PG).
• Sammy Hagar interviews Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong on “Rock & Road Roll Trip” (8 p.m., AXS).
• The animated satire “Our Cartoon President” (8 p.m., Showtime, TV-14) returns for a second season.
• Catherine navigates the new world of the English court on “The Spanish Princess” (8 p.m., Starz, TV-MA).
• Odd happenings at the hospital on “Charmed” (9 p.m., CW, TV-14).
• With revolution in the air, Javert maintains his singular focus on Valjean on “Les Miserables” on “Masterpiece” (9 p.m., PBS, TV-14, check local listings).
• Diana faces brutal torture on “A Discovery of Witches” (9 p.m., AMC, BBC America, TV-14).
• Rio gets Beth’s attention on “Good Girls” (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
A widow (Lucille Ball) and widower (Henry Fonda), each with large broods, marry and add a new bundle of joy to the mix in the 1968 comedy “Yours, Mine and Ours” (10:30 p.m. Sunday, TCM, TV-PG). The box office success of this movie convinced ABC executives to air “The Brady Bunch” just a year later.
Tim Tebow hosts “Million Dollar Mile” (8 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) ... Boxing (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14) ... A murderous millionaire on “48 Hours” (10 p.m., CBS) ... “20/20” (10 p.m., ABC).
Audience participation on “Ellen’s Game of Games” (9 p.m., NBC, r, TV-PG) ... The Griffins declutter on “Family Guy” (9:30 p.m., Fox, r, TV-14) ... A trip to the Persian Gulf on “NCIS: Los Angeles” (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).