Today’s Top TV Picks – Friday November 20

Today’s Top Picks


A Taste of Christmas

8 p.m. on LIFETIME – Premiere

When restaurateur Francesca (Nia Vardalos) is forced to cancel the scheduled Christmas Eve opening of her new Italian eatery just three days in advance, her cousin Natalie (Anni Krueger) frets about the diners who had planned on attending and now may spend Christmas Eve alone. Determined to avoid that depressing scenario, Natalie enlists the reluctant help of handsome but very skeptical Chef Stefano (Gilles Marini) to do whatever it takes to make the opening happen. Andrew Brodeur and Emma Myers also star in this 2020 Christmas romance.


The Blacklist

8 p.m. on NBC

As Liz (Megan Boone) continues pushing a source for answers, Red (James Spader) and the task force uneasily grapple with the potential implications of her actions in the new episode “Katarina Rostova: Conclusion.” Ultimately, tensions start to boil over and a drastic action is taken, which may well change Red and Liz’s relationship forever. Laila Robins guest stars; Diego Klattenhoff also stars.


The Hunt

8:30 p.m. ET on CINEMAX – Premiere

First slated for release in 2019, this often graphic melodrama was delayed during a period of actual violence … debuting several months later, but just before the coronavirus pandemic shut down most theaters and sent this to On Demand early. Hilary Swank plays the ringleader of an elite group that makes a sport out of pursuing so-called undesirables, with one target portrayed by Betty Gilpin (“GLOW”). It truly is a matter of the survival of both the fittest and the fastest. The picture was co-written and co-produced by Damon Lindelof (“Lost,” “Watchmen”).


Great Performances

9 p.m. ET on PBS

“Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn” is the stage-musical version of the story and songs that inspired a classic movie (and actually a second one, too, since certain elements also were used in “White Christmas”). A site open to guests on holidays is the setting. Stars include Bryce Pinkham, Lora Lee Gayer, Megan Lawrence and Corbin Bleu. Included in the score are “Easter Parade,” “Blue Skies” and “Cheek to Cheek.”

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