Today’s Top TV Picks – Friday August 16

Today’s Top Picks


Home Abduction

8 p.m. on LIFEMOV – Premiere

Director Doug Campbell’s 2019 chiller offers a new twist on a popular genre with his story about a single mother and her young daughter who move into a new residence, where they hope to start a new and better life together. Instead, they discover they are likely to become the latest victims in the home’s previously undisclosed dark history. Veteran actress Patty McCormack (“The Bad Seed”) has a featured role; Angie Patterson, Violet Hicks and Philip Boyd also star.



8 p.m. on SHOWTIME – Premiere

Ethan Hawke directed, produced and co-wrote this 2018 biopic based on the life of country musician Blaze Foley (played by musician Ben Dickey) and adapted from a memoir by Foley’s lover, Sybil Rosen, “Living in the Woods in a Tree: Remembering Blaze.” The film, which received mostly glowing critical notices, also features a formidable ensemble cast that includes Alia Shawkat (as Rosen), Josh Hamilton, Kris Kristofferson, Sam Rockwell, Steve Zahn and Richard Linklater; Hawke has a cameo as a radio disc jockey.


Ghost Brothers: Haunted Houseguests

9 p.m. ET on TRAVEL – Series Premiere

BFFs and ghost hunters Dalen Spratt, Juwan Mass and Marcus Harvey travel the United States to help people who are pleading for relief from paranormal activity in their homes. In the series premiere, “The Bad Man,” disabled Marine veteran Conrad Dowe had dreamed of remodeling a historic Michigan mansion nicknamed the Wedding Cake House, but as soon as he and his bride, Jessica, moved in, the home’s sinister spirits made their presence known.


Personal Best

10:15 p.m. ET on SHOWTIME – Premiere

It’s a sports movie, love story, coming-of-age tale and one of the best treatments of a lesbian relationship in mainstream film. Mariel Hemingway, fresh from her triumph in “Manhattan,” stars in this 1982 drama as Chris, a hurdler with Olympic dreams. Pentathlete Tory (Patrice Donnelly) takes Chris under her wing and later, into her bed. There’s nudity, but if you’re looking for “hot girl-on-girl action,” it’s not that kind of movie.

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