Saturday TV: Anna Deavere Smith’s Insight

HBO-Films-presents-NOTES-FROM-THE-FIELD-premiering-this-February-25-1024x665Anna Deavere Smith practically invented a form of journalistic one-woman theater in her works in which she interviews key subjects, deeply absorbs their messages and delivery, and relives them on stage Her latest “Notes From the Field” (HBO, 8 p.m.) might be the best yet, combining eyewitness and primary subjects in the recent spate of uprisings, police violence, and showing a continuum of racism from education to prison. Amid her riveting performances are many of the still indelible images from recent incidents. An added standup bass helps edge some of this powerful preset free verse, particularly when she chooses a much older text from James Baldwin in 1971

You’ve put it off long enough. The last competitions are held in The Olympics (NBC, 8 p.m.) with four-man bobsled and the figure skating gala.

Opposite it is prime time basketball, Oklahoma City at Golden State (ABC, 8:30 p.m.) and UFC (Fox, 8 p.m.).

But please “Misfit Garage: The Gas Monkey Games” (Discovery, 8 p.m.) shouldn’t count any more than “Celebrity Big Brother” (CBS, 8 p.m.).

Coasts get a spotlight and there’s a look at how habitats are changing on “Planet Earth: Blue Planet II” (BBC America, 9 p.m.).

James Brolin plays a Montana rancher who learns he’s inherited a castle — and the title of King — in a faraway land in the made-for-TV “Royal Hearts” (Hallmark, 9 p.m.). But it’s mostly about his daughter (Cindy Busby) and her romantic interest (Andrew Cooper).

Lauryn Hill plays a 2016 “Austin City Limits” (PBS, 11 p.m.).

Cat Cora of “Iron Chef” shops with her fiancee on “Say Yes to the Dress” (TLC, 8 p.m.).

Stephan Curry visits “The Van Jones Show” (CNN, 7 p.m.).

Burton faces his past on “Falling Water” (USA, 10 p.m.).

Tia saves a puppy on “Pit Bulls and Parolees” (Animal Planet, 9 p.m.).

An owl hit by a car is treated by Dr. Ross on “The Vet Life” (Animal Planet, 10 p.m.).

A man waking up with a swollen lip hardly sounds like it belongs on “Bizarre ER” (Discovery Life, 9 p.m.).

Leopold and Loeb are studied on “A Crime to Remember” (Investigation Discovery, 10 p.m.).

“Ghost Adventures” (Travel, 9 p.m.) goes to Arizona.

Steve and Amy investigate a hotel in Sauk Centre, Minn., on “The Dead Files” (Travel, 10 p.m.).

Men’s college basketball includes Michigan at Maryland (ESPN, noon), Providence at Georgetown (CBS Sports, noon), Tulane at South Florida (ESPNU, noon), Seton Hall at St. John’s (Fox, noon), Baylor at TCU (ESPN2, noon), Louisville at Virginia Tech (CBS, 1 p.m.), Wichita State at SMU (ESPN, 2 p.m.), LSU at Georgia (ESPNU, 2 p.m.), Illinois State at Loyola Chicago (ESPN2, 2 p.m.), Villanova at Creighton (Fox, 2:30 p.m.), Virginia at Pittsburgh (ESPNU, 4 p.m.), Texas A&M at Vanderbilt (ESPN2, 4 p.m.), Kansas at Texas Tech (ESPN, 4:15 p.m.), Syracuse at Duke (ESPN, 6 p.m.), Iowa State at West Virginia (ESPNU, 6 p.m.), Bowling Green at Kent State (CBS Sports, 6 p.m.), St. Bonaventure at VCU (CBS Sports, 8 p.m.), Gonzaga at BYU (ESPN2, 8 p.m.), Arizona State at Oregon State (ESPNU, 8 p.m.), Missouri at Kentucky (ESPN, 8:15 p.m.), Wyoming at Fresno State (ESPNU, 10 p.m.), Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton (ESPN2, 10 p.m.) and Arizona at Oregon (ESPN, 10:15 p.m.).

Third round play comes in the PGA’s Honda Classic (Golf, 1 p.m.; CBS, 3 p.m.).

There are a couple of NASCAR race today, the Rinnai 250 (Fox Sports 1, 2 p.m.) and the Active Pest Control 200 (Fox Sports 1, 4:30 p.m.).

Hockey includes Philadelphia at Ottawa (NHL, 2 p.m.) and Chicago at Columbus (NHL, 7 p.m.).

Spring training baseball games include Tampa Bay at Boston (MLB, 1 p.m.).

 

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