Today’s Top 5 TV Picks – Friday January 11


Today’s Top 5 Picks


1

Moana

7 p.m. ET on DISN – Premiere

Disney animators dipped into the deep well of Polynesian mythology for this 2016 3-D computer-animated musical fantasy about the strong-willed young daughter of a Polynesian chief, who is chosen by the ocean itself to undertake a mission to save her island from a blight. To reverse that situation, Moana (voice of newcomer Auli’i Cravalho) must set sail and find Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), a shape-shifting demigod, and reclaim a mystic stone belonging to a goddess. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards, including best animated feature.

2

Fresh Off the Boat

8 p.m. ET on ABC

Jessica (Constance Wu) sternly disapproves of the news that Evan (Ian Chen) has a girlfriend, since she’s convinced this new development will only distract her son from his schoolwork and hurt his grades in the new episode “You’ve Got a Girlfriend.” Meanwhile, Eddie, Emery and Honey (Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler, Chelsey Crisp) are baffled when Louis (Randall Park) takes a violent dislike to the new movie “You’ve Got Mail,” not realizing the film reminds him of a shameful moment from his past.


3

Gods of Egypt

8 p.m. ET on FREEFRM – Premiere

A defiant young mortal (Brenton Thwaites) forms an unlikely alliance with the powerful god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, “Game of Thrones”) to save the world from Set (Gerard Butler), the brutal god of darkness, in Alex Proyas’ 2016 fantasy that got royally roasted by critics for everything from its juvenile script to its not-very-special visual effects. The harshest criticism, however, was reserved for the casting of mostly white actors as Egyptian characters.

4

American Animals

8 p.m. ET on MAX – Premiere

Bart Leyton wrote and directed this 2018 British-American crime drama about a real-life 2004 library heist that took place at Transylvania College in Lexington, Ky. The notion of that theft occurs to art student Spencer Reinhard (Barry Keoghan), who feels his life sorely lacks any real meaning, after he tours the rare book collection and then hatches a scheme with friend Warren Lipka (Evan Peters) to steal a few precious volumes. Blake Jenner also stars in the film, which earned rave reviews but cratered at the box office.

5

Hanging with the Hendersons

9 p.m. ET on ANPL – Series Premiere

You may already know singing veterinarian Dr. Ross Henderson from an online video that went viral several months ago, in which he crooned Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” to Ruby, a nervous pooch about to undergo surgery. Now, this new unscripted series follows Ross and his family and colleagues in their daily routine at Fox Hollow Animal Hospital in Lakewood, Col. Both Ross’s father, Dr. Tony Henderson, and brother Ryan are among the vets treating a diverse assortment of animal patients.

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