Saturday TV: A Stuffed ‘Spielberg’ Salute

spielberg-an-hbo-documentary-featuring-the-career-of-legendary-filmmaker-steven-spielbergSteven Spielberg has probably made too many movies by now to try and squeeze his entire life and work into a single movie. But the filmmaker seems expansive on his life and choices so the biographical  “Spielberg” (HBO, 8 pm.) contrasts memorable scenes with his own unexplored feelings — kids in peril, missing fathers, and then reunion with his dad in “Saving Private Ryan” and that third “Indiana Jones” movies.

Susan Lacy, who used to put her bio films on “American Masters,” lards up the 2 1/2 hour film with scenes we know too well and features just blips from lots of stars and family members who have things to add. Spielberg’s burden was being so popular that some people wouldn’t consider him an artist. But he got that too with “Shindler’s List.” It might have been better to spotlight single years in Spielberg’s output — 1992, when he put out both “E.T.” and “Poltergeist” or 1993 when he put out both “Shindler” and “Jurassic Park.” Glad they gave some time to his first big TV movie, “Duel” from 1971.

College football in prime time includes Michigan State at Michigan (ABC, 7:30 p.m.) and Washington State at Oregon (Fox, 8 p.m.). Postseason baseball, meanwhile is on cable tonight with Game 2 playoff games of Cubs at Washington (TBS, 8:30 p.m.) and Arizona at Dodgers (TBS, 9 p.m.).

“Halt and Catch Fire” (AMC, 9 p.m.) has had some great episodes lately. Tonight, cameron helps Donna pack up.

“The Graham Norton Show” (BBC America, 10 p.m.) returns for its 22nd season with Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Margot Robbie, Reese Witherspoon and Bananarama.

Lacey Chabert and Brennan Elliott star in a sequel to its 2015 romance “All of My Heart” (Hallmark, 7 p.m.), entitled “All of My Heart: Inn Love” (Hallmark, 9 p.m.).

Saturday night horror movies return to Syfy with its new “House of the Witch” (Syfy, 9 p.m.) about high school kids who become victims of a demonic witch.

Lebanese American comic Nemr Abou Nassar has his own standup special, “Nemr: No Bombing in Beirut” (Showtime, 11 p.m.).

“Ghost Adventures” (Travel, 9 p.m.) goes to Vicksburg, Miss., to a mansion that’s supposed to be the most haunted place in the South.

The first Saturday night “Live PD” (A&E, 9 p.m.) in a while completes the second season premiere, showcasing the scourge of broken tail lights nationwide.

“Cake Boss” (TLC, 8 p.m.) makes a helicopter cake.

“Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet” (Animal Planet, 9 p.m.) handles a puppy mill rescue.

Men who were victims of childhood sexual abuse are on “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN, 9 p.m.).

“The Wonder List with Bill Weir” (CNN, 10 p.m.) returns for its third season looking into troubling land purchases in Patagonia.

Two Georgia teens are killed on a Florida beach on a new “Swamp Murders” (Investigation Discovery, 10 p.m.).

College football begins at noon with the following: Wake Forest at Clemson (ESPN2), Iowa State at Oklahoma (Fox), Penn State at Northwestern (ABC), Georgia at Vanderbilt (ESPN), Texas Tech at Kansas (Fox Sports 1), Temple at East Carolina (ESPNU) and Eastern Michigan at Toledo (CBS Sports).

Games at 3:30 p.m. include: Air Force at Navy (CBS Sports), West Virginia at TCU (Fox Sports 1), Miami at Florida State (ESPN), Notre Dame at North Carolina (ABC), LSU at Florida (CBS) and Minnesota at Purdue (ESPN2).

Later games include Maryland at Ohio State (Fox, 4 p.m.), Tulsa at Tulane (ESPNU, 4 p.m.), Kansas State at Texas (Fox Sports 1, 7 p.m.), SMU at Houston (CBS Sports, 7 p.m.), Virginia Tech at Boston College (ESPN2, 7:15 p.m.), Central Florida at Cincinnati (ESPNU, 8 p.m.), Stanford at Utah (Fox Sports 1, 10:15 p.m.), Hawaii at Nevada (CBS Sports, 10:30 p.m.), California at Washington (ESPN, 10:45 p.m.) and San Diego State at UNLV (ESPN2, 10:45 p.m.).

Hockey has Canadiens at Capitals (NBC Sports, 7:30 p.m.).

In soccer, it’s France at Bulgaria (Fox Sports 2, 2:45 p.m.) in a UEFA World Cup qualifier.

NASCAR has its Drive for the Cure 300 (NBC Sports, 3 p.m.).

And horse racing has its Shadwell Turf Mile (NBC, 5 p.m.).

The 43rd season premiere of “Austin City Limits” (PBS, 11 p.m., check local listings) features Ed Sheehan.

“Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot hosts a new “Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.) with musical guest Sam Smith.

 

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