TV picks for Aug. 24:  "I Am Steve McQueen,” "Tyrant,” "Motor City Masters”

  • Updated: June 23, 2014 - 1:57 PM

Adam Rayner plays a Middle East dictator’s son in the new FX series “Tyrant.”

The great escapist

All three of Steve McQueen’s wives, including Ali MacGraw, share their memories of him in “I Am Steve McQueen,” a new documentary that isn’t afraid to show the rough edges of one of film’s most magnetic stars. Producers are generous with clips, but it’s a head scratcher as to why they didn’t focus more on “The Reivers,” one of the actor’s riskiest works. 8 p.m. Spike

Get your motor runnin’

Car enthusiasts will want to buckle up for “Motor City Masters,” a new series set on discovering the next great auto designer. Ten competitors will be judged by experts and celebrity guests, including Melissa Joan Hart, Jesse Metcalfe and Pete Wentz. 9 p.m. TruTV

Arabian nights

The behind-the-scenes pedigree doesn’t get much better than this: Former Minnesota playwright Craig Wright has teamed up with “Homeland” producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, as well as “Moonlighting” creator Glenn Gordon Caron, to make “Tyrant,” a new series about how an American family is sucked into the inner workings of a fictional Middle Eastern nation. 9 p.m. FX

Neal Justin

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