What’s Worth Watching: ‘AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Williams’, ‘black-ish’ and more for Wednesday, June 15
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Williams (10/9c, TNT): Some of our greatest movie experiences of the last half century are unimaginable without the contributions of the truly legendary John Williams, the first film composer to receive the American Film Institute’s coveted Life Achievement Award. His longtime collaborator Steven Spielberg presents Williams with the award during a ceremony that opens with Will Ferrell conducting the instantly recognizable Close Encounters theme and features Tom Hanks introducing the American Youth Symphony (led by Gustavo Dudamel) performing the haunting Schindler’s List theme. Among the others saluting Williams: George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Tom Cruise, Drew Barrymore, J.J. Abrams and super fan Kobe Bryant.
As a curtain-raiser, TNT airs 2002’s Spielberg/Williams caper Catch Me if You Can (7/6c). Or you could catch one of his most iconic symphonic triumphs with the menacing musical manipulations of 1975’s breakthrough blockbuster Jaws, airing on AMC (also at 7/6c).
black-ish (9:30/8:30c): The night’s top repeat is a provocative episode from September, made even more topical by this week’s tragedy in Orlando, in which the Johnson family debates whether bringing a gun into the house is an appropriate response when the neighborhood is put on edge by a break-in. Attention to such real-world issues helped make black-ish one of the most relevant comedies of the year.