“Grammy’s Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special” gives the recording academy a chance to recycle its greatest hits, plus bonus tracks that include seeing how Paul McCartney brought portions of “Abbey Road” to the stage. John Legend and Carrie Underwood should do a fine job hosting, but it’d be a lot more fun if the clips were introduced by the shirtless “soy bomb” dude who interrupted Bob Dylan’s 1998 performance of “Love Sick.”
8 p.m. Friday, WCCO, Ch. 4
Game of thrones
Children who grew up on “The Lion King” may now be old enough to witness a real “circle of life” in “Savage Kingdom: Uprising,” a four-part documentary in which the king of the Marsh Pride must contend with a leopard assassin and three sons who are famished for power. The Shakespearean-style tale continues on Fridays through Dec. 15.
8 p.m. Friday, National Geographic Wild
Up close and personal
In addition to retelling one of the more bizarre stories of the 20th century, “The Lost Tapes: Patty Hearst” shows how TV media had a much freer hand in covering breaking news in the 1970s, snagging interviews on the front lawn of the grieving parents’ home and scooting into the heart of the shootout between police and Hearst’s abductors.
8 p.m. Sunday, Smithsonian Channel
Magical mystery tour
“The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years” makes its U.S. broadcast premiere, a mini-event for Moptop fans who think they’ve seen it all. The footage and sound quality are top-notch, thanks in no small part to director Ron Howard securing complete cooperation from Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono.
7 p.m. Saturday, TPT