Today’s Top 5 TV Picks – Saturday January 5

Today’s Top 5 Picks



8 p.m. ET on STARZ – Premiere

Director X brought the sharp visual style he honed in music videos to this 2018 crime drama, a remake of an iconic 1972 blaxploitation film from Gordon Parks Jr. Trevor Jackson (“Grown-ish”) takes the leading role of Youngblood Priest, an Atlanta cocaine dealer who has been pushing drugs since he was 11. After he narrowly escapes being killed by a rival thug, however, Priest decides he’d better turn over a new leaf before he meets a violent end. Michael Kenneth Williams, Jennifer Morrison and Jason Mitchell also star.


Super Troopers 2

8 p.m. ET on HBO – Premiere

Fans of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe had to wait for this 2018 sequel to the group’s 2001 cult comedy hit “Super Troopers,” as this follow-up languished in development hell until finally a crowdfunding drive provided financing. The action picks up several years after the first film, with the officers having been fired for inadvertently killing actor Fred Savage during a ride-along. Jay Chandrasekhar, who also directs, stars along with Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske.


A Quiet Place

8 p.m. ET on EPIX – Premiere

Director and co-writer John Krasinski (“The Office”) scored a monster hit with this 2018 horror blockbuster, in which he and wife Emily Blunt star as the heads of a beleaguered family struggling to survive in a bleak post-apocalyptic world they share with voracious monsters. Although blind, these creatures have acute hearing that cues them to attack and kill any living thing that makes a sound. Virtually dialogue-free for most of its running time, the film earned nearly universal acclaim and keen attention on the awards circuit.


Cousins for Life

8:30 p.m. ET on NICK – Series Premiere

“Austin & Ally” creators Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert team up again for this delightful new kids’ buddy comedy. The show mainly revolves around Stuart and Ivy (Dallas Young, Scarlet Spencer), 12-year-old cousins who must make some adjustments in their close relationship when their sibling dads temporarily blend households, after Stuart’s mother is deployed overseas. Ishmel Sahid, Ron G. and Micah Abbey also star.


Molly’s Game

9 p.m. ET on SHOW – Premiere

Academy Award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (“The Social Network”) got a similar Oscar nod for his adapted script to this 2017 crime drama, which also marked Sorkin’s directorial debut. Based on the memoir of Molly Bloom, the film stars Jessica Chastain in a Golden Globe-nominated performance as Molly, a former Olympic skiing hopeful whose career is ended by injury. She attracts FBI attention with an underground poker empire she runs for celebrities and the Russian mob. Idris Elba and Kevin Costner also star.

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