VH-l (Saturdays, 7 P.M. ET)
Vanessa Williams—the lapsed beauty queen, not the costar of New Jack City—hosts this addictive clip-interview-profilette hour devoted to current and classic soul artists from the Four Tops to After 7. The musical history is rather superficial, and the interviews are really more like sound bites. But the selection of clips and the sounds are sublime.
As hostess, Williams often seems too sedate and posed, but who cares? I’d tune in to see her read last year’s Congressional Record.