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What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Spielberg’ and ‘Clueless’


Steven Spielberg, left, directing on the set of “Saving Private Ryan.”


A new documentary surveys the life and work of Steven Spielberg. And “Clueless” captures the fashion dos and don’ts of the ’90s.

What’s on TV

SPIELBERG (2017) 8 p.m. on HBO; also on HBO streaming platforms. Delve into the nearly 50-year career of the director Steven Spielberg with this new documentary. From the shrieking violins in the “Jaws” theme to the bicycle scene in “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” Mr. Spielberg’s work has shaped a chunk of pop culture in the 20th century. The documentarian Susan Lacy weaves roughly 30 hours of interviews with the influential filmmaker with conversations with a host of stars including Tom Hanks, Cate Blanchett and Leonardo DiCaprio. “For all its sweep,” James Poniewozik wrote in The New York Times, “‘Spielberg’ the documentary succeeds most distinctively where Mr. Spielberg the director has: accessing the child in its subject.”

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW 10 p.m. on BBC America. The author and talk show host Graham Norton invites Ryan Gosling, Reese Witherspoon, Harrison Ford and Margot Robbie onto his red couch in this Season 22 opener. Mr. Gosling shares an odd story about cellophane, and Ms. Robbie gives a show staffer one of her signature toe tattoos.


Nemr Abou Nassar.

Armen Keleshian/Showtime

NEMR: NO BOMBING IN BEIRUT (2017) 11 p.m. on Showtime. The insurance broker-turned-comedian Nemr Abou Nassar started his career over a decade ago in his native Beirut, Lebanon, where stand-up didn’t have much of an audience. This comic has since made a name for himself both in the Middle East and the West. This new special features footage of Mr. Nassar delivering punch lines on both sides of the Atlantic and finding humor in anecdotes that touch on family, religion and war.

What’s Streaming


“As if!,” Alicia Silverstone cries in “Clueless.”

Paramount Pictures

CLUELESS (1995) on iTunes and Amazon. Revisit the best and worst of the ’90s with this coming-of-age comedy. Loosely inspired by the 1815 Jane Austen novel “Emma,” “Clueless” stars Alicia Silverstone as the fashion-obsessed Cher, the most popular girl at a Beverly Hills high school. Along with her best friend Dionne (Stacey Dash), Cher offers a new classmate (Brittany Murphy) a makeover to help her navigate the murky world of teenage love. But once Cher falls for a dreamy student (whom she eventually learns is gay), she realizes that she still has a lot to learn herself. Writing in The Times, Janet Maslin says at its best, the film is enjoyed as an “extended fashion show.” She added, “Even if ‘Clueless’ runs out of gas before it’s over, most of it is as eye-catching and cheery as its star.”

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS 3 p.m. on Red Bull TV. This massive three-day music festival continues in Austin, Tex., with acts including rock, R&B and other genres. Saturday’s performers include Red Hot Chili Peppers and the singer-songwriter Angel Olsen, while the rap duo Run the Jewels and the virtual band Gorillaz headline on Sunday. In light of the recent shooting in Las Vegas, the festival has offered refunds to customers who no longer feel comfortable attending.

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