What to Watch Today

Motown Documentary, V.C. Andrews Saga Ends and More

Hitsville - Motown Documentary on Showtime

On TV this Saturday: The O.C.‘s Autumn Reeser navigates romance on the high seas, V.C. Andrews’ Casteel Saga comes to a close and Showtime chronicles the history of Motown. Here are eight programs to keep on your radar; all times are Eastern.

  • Ovation
    Frankie Drake Mysteries

    Season 2 finale (two episodes): Frankie is accused of murder after reluctantly taking a case for a mob boss. Later, Frankie goes undercover to solve the murder of a magician’s assistant. (Renewed for Season 3.)

  • HBO
    Mortal Engines

    Premium cable premiere: In this steampunk fantasy, wherein mobile cities fight for resources, a young woman (Da Vinci’s Demons‘ Hera Hilmar) must stop London from engulfing the world; Hugo Weaving (The Matrix), Stephen Lang (Into the Badlands), Jihae (Mars) and Robert Sheehan (The Umbrella Academy) co-star.

  • Lifetime
    V.C. Andrews' Web of Dreams

    Miniseries finale: In the fifth and final entry, Heaven’s mother (Freaky Friday‘s Jennifer LaPorte) escapes Farthingale Manor, falling into the arms of the devoted Luke Casteel Sr.; Cindy Busby (Heartland) co-stars.

  • ABC
    A Million Little Things

    Repeats to Revisit: Here’s your second chance to get hooked on the drama, with encores of the first three episodes. (Season 2 casting scoop!)

  • Hallmark Channel
    All Summer Long

    TV-movie premiere: A dining cruise captain (The O.C.‘s Autumn Reeser) must navigate rough waters when her ex (UnREAL‘s Brennan Elliott) is hired as head chef.

  • Showtime
    Hitsville: The Making of Motown

    Documentary premiere: This film focuses on the period beginning with the birth of Motown in 1958 until its relocation to L.A. in the early 1970s, as Berry Gordy built up one of the most successful record labels of all time amid racial tensions and the Civil Rights movement. Interviews include Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, Mary Wilson, Otis Williams, John Legend, the Jackson family, Jamie Foxx, Sam Smith and Lee Daniels.

  • BBC America
    Attenborough and the Giant Elephant

    75 minutes: Planet Earth‘s Sir David Attenborough investigates the story of Jumbo, the second most famous elephant to ever live.

  • NBC
    Saturday Night Live

    Repeat to Revisit: Seth Meyers hosts; Paul Simon performs. (Who will host the Season 45 premiere?)