CBS airs a live performance celebrating Motown Records. And catch “Book Club,” with Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Diane Keaton and Mary Steenburgen, on Hulu.
What’s on TV
MOTOWN 60: A GRAMMY CELEBRATION eight p.m. on CBS. In a 1972 interview with The New York Times, Diana Ross supplied this evaluation of her early years with the Supremes: “I was surprised how good I was too.” Ross, one of the profitable performers related to Motown Records, was among the many performers at this tribute live performance in February, held to acknowledge the 60th anniversary of the label’s founding. Hosted by Cedric the Entertainer and Ross’s fellow Motown singer Smokey Robinson, the live performance’s lineup mixes Motown voices with musicians influenced by the label. John Legend, Boyz II Men and Meghan Trainor are amongst them. Berry Gordy, the founding father of Motown Records, additionally speaks.
KILL BILL: VOLUME 1 (2003) 12 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on BBC America. When the lineup of movies that can compete for the highest prize on the Cannes Film Festival subsequent month was unveiled Thursday, one director was half in, half out: Quentin Tarantino. The director’s latest film, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” may be a part of the lineup — however provided that it’s accomplished in time. (It’s slated for launch July 26.) In the meantime, Uma Thurman might be slicing her option to revenge in Tarantino’s “Kill Bill: Volume 1” and KILL BILL: VOLUME 2 (2004). That second half is airing at 2:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. on BBC America. Both volumes of this revenge story comply with Thurman’s “the Bride,” a personality who wipes the ground with most anyone who stands in her means as she navigates the trendy impediment course of B-movie references Tarantino locations between her and Bill (David Carradine), who as soon as betrayed her. Those who like their Tarantino with a stronger style of spaghetti western can choose as an alternative for DJANGO UNCHAINED (2012), airing at 2:15 p.m. on TNT.
JACK REACHER (2012) 5 p.m. on FX. “The emptier I made Reacher,” the creator Lee Child once told The Times, “The more of a mirror he became. The reader has a chance to partly create the character himself.” But audiences of the movie don’t need to do much creating: Tom Cruise does it for them. Cruise plays Reacher here, moving through a story that involves a Pittsburgh murder spree, a mysterious criminal (Werner Herzog) and a lot of punching.
BOOK CLUB (2018) Stream on Hulu. Fonda, Bergen, Keaton and Steenburgen star as book club confidants in this light comedy, which is filled with chardonnay and unexpected romance. Their discussions about a risqué book (it’s “Fifty Shades of Grey”) turn into discussions about their own sex lives, inspiring each to reassess their different situations. At its core, the movie serves as an excuse to spend time in the company of its four star leads. “Each one,” A.O. Scott wrote in his review for The Times, “Brings enough credibility and charisma to ‘Book Club’ to render its weaknesses largely irrelevant.”