Saturday TV: ‘The Making of Motown’

MotownBerry Gordy and Smokey Robinson trade stories on the beginnings of their lucrative partnership in Detroit, producing some of the greatest soul records of the 20th century in “Hitsville: The Making of Motown” (Showtime, 9 and 11 p.m.) which also includes commentary from Stevie Wonder, Martha Reeves and surviving recordings of Marvin Gaye. Contemporaries like John Legend and Jamie Foxx also weigh in.

It’s the documentary they kept excerpting in the “Motown 60” TV special that aired earlier this year, but unlike that celebration, this one doesn’t seem to have as much Diana Ross (and seems to have forgiven Michael Jackson, who was virtually wiped from the network special after allegations in the documentary “Leaving Neverland” arose. There’s no denying the music, though, and a lot of rarely seen clips.

The sixth and final season begins for “Power” (Starz, 8 p.m.), with a lot of fallout from the shooting that ended season five.

Stacey Abrams, Monica and Kym Whitley talk about notions of beauty on “OWN Spotlight: Women OWN the Conversation” (OWN, 10 p.m.).

It’s the title of of a great Beach Boys songs, and now it’s also the title of another new romance, “All Summer Long” (Hallmark, 9 p.m.) in which Autumn Reeser plays a woman leading a dining cruise finds that her ex (Brennan Elliott) is its new chef.

“Mortal Engines” (HBO, 8 p.m.), about cities on the move in a dystopian future, has its premium cable debut.

College football begins with Villanova at Colgate (CBS Sports, noon), Samford vs. Youngstown State (ESPN, 3 p.m.), Miami vs. Florida (ESPN, 7 p.m.) and Arizona at Hawaii (CBS Sports, 10:30 p.m.).

The finale of the summer’s “Flowers in the Attic series, “V.C. Andrews’ Web of Dreams” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.) looks back at the family’s weird past.

“Police Academy” (IFC, 9 p.m.) is followed by “Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment” (IFC, 11:15 p.m.).

Shirley MacLaine’s long career is reflected on Turner Classic Movies all day with “The Sheepman” (6 a.m.), “Two Loves” (7:30 a.m.), “Women Times Seven” (9:30 a.m.), “Two for the Seesaw” (11:30 a.m.), “The Trouble with Harry” (1:30 p.m.), “Some Came Running” (3:30 p.m.), “Gambit” (6 p.m.), “Terms of Endearment” (8 p.m.), “Steel Magnolias” (10:30 p.m.), “Sweet Charity” (12:45 a.m.) and “The Yellow Rolls-Royce” (3:30 a.m.).

Preseason football has Arizona at Minnesota (NFL, 1 p.m.), Houston at Dallas (NFL, 7 p.m.) and Seattle at Chargers (NFL, 10 p.m.).


Baseball includes Yankees at Dodgers (Fox Sports 1, 4 p.m.), Colorado at St. Louis (Fox Sports 1, 7 p.m.) and San Francisco at Oakland (MLB, 10 p.m.).

Golf has third round play in the Tour Championship (Golf, 1 p.m.; NBC, 2:30 p.m.).

Auto racing includes the CTech Manufacturing 180 (NBC Sports, 3 p.m.) and Bommarito Automotive Group 500 (NBC Sports, 8:30 p.m.).

In the Little League World Series international final, it’s Japan vs. Curacao (ABC, 12:30 p.m.) and in the U.S. final, Hawaii vs. Louisiana (ABC, 3:30 p.m.).

Residente plays a new “Austin City Limits” (PBS, 11 p.m., check local listings).

The Seth Meyers/Paul Simon “Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.) episode from last year is rerun.

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