Today’s Top TV Picks – Monday January 13


Today’s Top Picks


1

Battle of Little Bighorn

8 p.m. ET on SMITHSONIAN-HD

For more than a century, the bloody clash also known as Custer’s Last Stand has been revised, embellished and sensationalized in multiple recountings. In a very real sense, this incident — which ended with Gen. George Custer’s entire 7th Cavalry wiped out by Lakota Chief Sitting Bull and his forces — triggered the birth of tabloid headlines. This new one-hour documentary explores how the proliferation of the telegraph, which coincided with an exploding newspaper industry, led to inflammatory and inaccurate reporting that whipped white America into a rage.


2

The Best Thing I Ever Ate

9 p.m. ET on COOK

A new episode called “Stacked” spotlights some chefs’ favorites that deliver layer upon layer of flavor. Wolfgang Puck finds that virtue in a spectacular seafood platter at Cassia in Los Angeles, while Marc Murphy also is left stunned by the juicy (and monstrous) pulled pork sandwiches from a New Orleans eatery called Kingffish. A different massive sandwich at Anna’s Deli in Sarasota, Fla., makes a similar impression on Katie Lee. Pati Jinich, Katie Pix, Fanny Slater and Jernard Wells also make recommendations.


3

The New Pope

9 p.m. ET on HBO – Premiere

Following the success of “The Young Pope,” Jude Law and John Malkovich are among the returning cast members for this new, limited series, again set in the world of the modern papacy. As the story opens, Lenny Balardo (Law), aka Pope Pius XIII, lies in a coma. Following a strange turn of events, Secretary of State Voiello (Silvio Orlando) succeeds in having Sir John Brannox (Malkovich), a moderate English aristocrat, installed on the papal throne. Henry Goodman and Ulrich Thomsen also join the cast.


4

Meet the Frasers

10 p.m. ET on E! – Series Premiere

Fans of series such as “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” will want to check out this new unscripted series that follows the adventures of Cranston, R.I., psychic medium Matt Fraser, his beauty queen girlfriend Alexa Papigiotis and their rather loud – literally and figuratively – extended family and lifestyle. Another episode immediately follows.

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