Today’s Top TV Picks – Friday July 31

Today’s Top Picks


The Umbrella Academy


Season 1 of this series climaxed with Vanya’s (Ellen Page) massing powers triggering a 2019 apocalypse, but Number Five (Aidan Gallagher) was able to use his time-jumping powers to spirit his adopted siblings away. Unfortunately, as Season 2 opens, that hasty escape has left the group scattered in time in and around Dallas.


Upside-Down Magic

8 p.m. ET on DISNEY

Adapted from a popular children’s book series, this new fantasy movie follows the adventures of 13-year-old Nory Boxwood Horace (Izabela Rose, “Amazing Stories”) and her best friend, Reina Carvajal (Siena Agudong, “No Good Nick”) as they enter the Sage Academy for Magical Studies. Almost immediately, Reina shines in her studies, but Nory’s wonky spellcasting, and tendency to turn herself into a creature that’s half-dragon, half-kitten, land her in a special class for those with upside-down magic. Kyle Howard, Max Torina and Vicki Lewis also star.


The Wrong Stepfather

8 p.m. ET on LMN – Premiere

High school principal Ellen (Vivica A. Fox) is delighted that things seem to be looking up for her faculty colleague and best friend Karen (Krista Allen) ever since the latter met Craig (Corin Nemec), an absolutely charming new college advisor. Both women start to notice some red flags, though, when this budding relationship starts moving with worrying speed, with Craig popping the question after sweeping Karen off her feet. It’s not long, however, before Karen worries Craig is the worst possible stepfather for her daughter in this 2020 thriller.


Little Women

8 p.m. ET on STARZ! – Premiere

Actress turned writer and director Greta Gerwig continued her winning streak with her glowing 2019 film adaptation (the seventh, in all) of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved 1868 novel. As star-crossed couple Jo March and Laurie Laurence, Gerwig reunited her “Lady Bird” lovebirds Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet. Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern and Meryl Streep also star in the film, which won an Academy Award for its costume design, along with Oscar nods for best picture and Ronan and Pugh as best actress and best supporting actress.

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