While the real Tour de France continues, Andy Samberg is making fun of it and the sport of cycling with his second HBO sports mockumentary, Tour De Pharmacy. Just as 2015’s 7 Days In Hell made fun of tennis’ controversies, this new, hour-long special looks at doping with a comedic angle. Even Lance Armstrong makes a cameo! The film debuts at 10:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 8. Read on for a preview.
The film stars Samberg as Marty Haas, a fictional cyclist taking part in the 1982 Tour de France. The race was filled with competitors using performance enhancing drugs, doing whatever it takes to win. Cyclists played by John Cena, Freddie Highmore, Orlando Bloom and Hamilton‘s Daveed Diggs are also the focuses of the film. Jeff Goldblum plays the older version of Samberg’s character, while Danny Glover is the older version of Diggs’. Julia Ormand plays the older version of Highmore’s French cyclist. Dolph Lundgren plays the older version of Cena’s German cyclist.
Other big stars making cameos are Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Kevin Bacon, Phylicia Rashad, Mike Tyson and James Marsden. The Los Angeles Times notes in its review that Lance Armstrong appears as a racer “bold enough to speak frankly under the guise of anonymity.”
In addition to Samberg, the film was made by the same team behind 7 Days In Hell. Jake Szymanski (Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates) returned to direct, while Murray Miller (Girls) is back as writer and executive producer.
DATE: Saturday, July 8, 2017
TIME: 10:00 p.m. ET
TV CHANNEL: HBO (To find out what channel HBO is for you, click here to go to TVGuide.com’s TV Listings. Chance “provider” to your cable/satellite provider, then scroll down to find HBO. In order to have access to HBO, you need a subscription.)
PLOT: “In 1982, during a dark and fictitious time in cycling history, the sport’s most venerable, time-honored race was marred by the doping of virtually all of its competitors. Riddled with nefarious characters, that year’s competition was a hornet’s nest of moral depravity. Through the perspective of five riders, TOUR DE PHARMACY gives an inside look into the grim realities of the darkest event in a sport notoriously tainted by controversy.”
The Main Cyclists
Directed by Jake Szymanski
Written by Murray Miller
Executive Producers: David Bernad, Murray Miller, Andy Samberg
Line Producer: Ethan Cushing
Producer: M. Elizabeth Hughes
Co-Producer: Jaky Szymanski
Production Companies: HBO Films, Legends of Sport