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What’s on TV Saturday: ‘George Michael: Freedom’ and ‘Stranger Than Fiction’


George Michael as seen in “Freedom.”

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A new portrait of George Michael arrives on Showtime. And Will Ferrell becomes a reluctant protagonist in “Stranger Than Fiction.”

What’s on TV

GEORGE MICHAEL: FREEDOM (2017) 9 p.m. on Showtime. This new documentary unexpectedly became one of the last projects the singer and songwriter George Michael worked on before his death on Christmas Day last year. Narrated by the pop idol-turned-sex symbol himself, “Freedom” covers Mr. Michael’s career, focusing on the transformative years leading up to his 1990 album, “Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1.” The film also delves into his lawsuit against Sony, which he lost, and the death of his partner, Anselmo Feleppa. “Freedom” accompanies the expanded reissue of “Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1.”


Keanu Reeves in “John Wick: Chapter 2.”

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JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 (2017) 8 p.m. on HBO; also streaming on iTunes, Amazon and HBO streaming platforms. Keanu Reeves reprises his role as the titular hit man in this sequel to the 2014 action film. Yet again, John Wick is reluctantly pulled out of retirement to fulfill a debt to an Italian mobster. The assignment takes him to Rome, where John learns that a bounty has been put on his head. In her review for The New York Times, Jeannette Catsoulis wrote, “The plot matters only inasmuch as it allows the returning director, Chad Stahelski, to stage his spectacular fight sequences in various stunning Roman locations, where they unfold with an almost erotic brutality.”

IYANLA: FIX MY LIFE 9 p.m. on OWN. No matter what burdens surface on this show, the calm and collected self-help guide and author Iyanla Vanzant doesn’t quit until her guests confront their fears, insecurities and regrets. Her nearly forceful encouragement sometimes drives uncomfortable guests to walk off the set or dismiss her techniques, as a father of 34 children did during an exercise involving one too many dolls. In this three-part episode, Ms. Vanzant sits down with three couples desperate to save their marriages.

What’s Streaming


Will Ferrell, center left, in “Stranger Than Fiction.”

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STRANGER THAN FICTION (2006) on iTunes, Amazon and Crackle. Will Ferrell stars as Harold Crick, an I.R.S. agent whose mundane routine is ruptured by the voice of a mysterious narrator. He seeks help from an English professor (Dustin Hoffman), and the two discover that the voice belongs to the author Karen Eiffel (Emma Thompson), who’s writing a novel about Harold that is likely to end in his death. The two men try to decipher whether the book — grimly titled “Death & Taxes” — is a comedy or a tragedy, and Harold goes out of his way to find Karen and convince her that his life is in her hands. “Rather than jarring or deepening your perceptions of the world,” A.O. Scott wrote in The Times, “‘Stranger Than Fiction’ settles into a cozy, comforting realm that really isn’t very strange at all.”

JUILLIARD MASTER CLASS 12 p.m. on Medici.tv. The mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato dissects arias from operas by Strauss, Mozart and others with artists from Juilliard’s Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts.

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