Today’s Top 5 TV Picks – Saturday May 18


Today’s Top 5 Picks


1

Psycho Granny

8 p.m. ET on LIFETIME – Premiere

The mood swings of her pregnancy increase exponentially for Samantha (Brooke Newton, “All My Children”) in the wake of her mother’s death, but luckily her long-estranged grandmother Colleen (Robin Riker, “You’re the Worst”) sweeps onto the scene to take charge and lessen her grief in this 2019 melodrama. Samantha’s husband, Brad (Matthew Lawrence), senses something a bit “off” about this visiting near-stranger, who is, in fact, concealing a very dark past. Jacob Young also stars.


2

Smallfoot

8 p.m. ET on HBO – Premiere

Based on an unpublished children’s book by Sergio Pablos, this charming 2018 computer-animated musical comedy from director Karey Kirkpatrick follows a band of Yeti whose peaceful life in the Himalayas is disrupted when they encounter a human airplane pilot (voice by Jack Quaid) whose plane has crashed. They’re stunned because, of course, up until now they thought humans were mythical creatures. The large voice cast also includes Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James and Gina Rodriguez.

3

Chasing Life With Dr. Sanjay Gupta

9 p.m. ET on CNN – Season Finale

Journalist and practicing neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta ends this globe-trotting six-part limited series, which takes him to various locations where the native population seem to have discovered some special key to health and happiness, in Turkey. Frequently a region marked by unrest, it’s also a cultural crossroads of sorts where science and Eastern mysticism co-exist, which makes the country a place thriving with alternative ways of managing health issues and fighting disease.


4

Sailing Into Love

9 p.m. ET on HALLMARK – Premiere

Claire (Leah Renee), a biology teacher during the school year, is spending her summer months teaching a summer enrichment class at Blue Island, an idyllic locale that is pretty much Claire’s happy place. She’s OK when she learns that the sailboat that transports her and her class to Blue Island has been sold to ex-Navy officer Captain Tom (Chris McNally), since his deal includes a commitment to continue ferry service. She’s dismayed, however, by a developer’s plans to build a large resort on her unspoiled island in this 2019 romance.


5

Saturday Night Live

11;29 p.m. ET on NBC – Season Finale

Paul Rudd steps into the host spotlight for the fourth time as this long-running Saturday late-night comedy staple closes Season 44. Given this actor’s versatility and cheerful I’ll-try-anything attitude, the sky’s the limit as far as what kind of sketches we’ll see, but you can bet the farm that at some point he’ll reprise his role as Ant-Man from the current movie blockbuster “Avengers: Endgame.” His musical guest is DJ Khaled, making his first appearance in that capacity.

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