Today’s Top TV Picks – Friday October 23

Today’s Top Picks


The Quarry

8:15 p.m. on CINEMAX – Premiere

Adapted from a novel by Damon Galgut, this 2020 mystery thriller from director and co-screenwriter Scott Teems stars Shea Whigham (HBO’s “Perry Mason”) as an enigmatic new minister who arrives in a desolate Texas town to take over services at a rundown church. Over time, his congregation begins to grow, but so do the suspicions of the hard-bitten police chief (Michael Shannon) and several other locals. Catalina Sandino, Bobby Soto, Bruno Bichir and Alvaro Martinez also star.


Ready to Love

9 p.m. on OWN – Season Premiere

Host Tommy Miles welcomes an all-new cast of 10 men and 10 women from Houston as this relationship series opens Season 2, this one filmed under health regulations dictated by the coronavirus pandemic. Executive producer Will Packer joins Miles to introduce the new recruits, all of whom have been pre-tested for COVID-19 and cleared to quarantine together at a luxury mountain resort for the duration of production.


American Masters

9 p.m. ET on PBS

The new episode “Michael Tilson Thomas: Where Now Is” profiles the celebrated conductor who burst onto the classical music scene in 1969 when he stepped in for Boston Symphony conductor William Steinberg, who had fallen ill in mid-concert. From there, he embarked on a distinguished and occasionally idiosyncratic career that has earned him 11 Grammy Awards. This documentary follows Tilson Thomas from his childhood in California to the world stage. In addition to the conductor, interviewees include composer Steve Reich, architect Frank Gehry and Joshua Robison, Tilson Thomas’ husband.


How to With John Wilson

11 p.m. ET on HBO – Series Premiere

Documentary filmmaker and self-described “anxious New Yorker” John Wilson embarks on an amusing odyssey of self-discovery and cultural observation in this new six-episode “docu-comedy” in which he dispenses everyday advice on relatable topics, while obsessively filming the behavior of his fellow New Yorkers. The episodes take some wildly unexpected turns that remain grounded in Wilson’s refreshing candor. First up: “How to Make Small Talk.”

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