Today’s Top TV Picks – Monday May 25

Today’s Top Picks


I Was Lorena Bobbitt

8 p.m. on LIFETIME – Premiere

Lorena Bobbitt is both an executive producer and narrator of this new docudrama, which chronicles her marriage to John Bobbitt (played by Luke Humphrey) and the events leading up to the day when she finally turns the tables on her abusive spouse. Actress Dani Montalvo plays Lorena’s on-screen incarnation; Niamh Wilson, Richard Clarkin, Jorja Cadence, Michael Brown and Landon Norris also are featured in this 2020 production directed by Danishka Esterhazy.



9 p.m. ET on HISTORY – Series Premiere

Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Ron Chernow and actor Leonardo DiCaprio are among the executive producers of this new three-night miniseries, which attempts to blow away some of the myths and falsehoods surrounding the life and career of U.S. president Ulysses S. Grant. Interweaving dramatic scenes with expert commentary and archival imagery, the production views the former Civil War general as an underappreciated figure who worked to heal his country in the tense period following the War Between the States.



9 p.m. ET on NATGEO – Series Premiere

Set in the late 17th century and based on a novel by Annie Proulx (“Brokeback Mountain”), this new eight-part limited series chronicles how France sent indentured servants and young women, among others, to the wilds of New France, what is now Quebec. Their relocation is a major culture shock for many of these civilized Europeans, who confront new challenges like hostile natives and clashes over local resources. David Thewlis, Marcia Gay Harden, Christian Cooke, Aneurin Barnard and James Bloor star. Another episode immediately follows.


Independent Lens

10 p.m. ET on PBS

“Eating Up Easter,” a poignant new documentary from filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu, explores the challenges his fellow natives on Rapa Nui — also widely known as Easter Island — are confronting to preserve their culture and an environment celebrated for its pristine quality. The islanders are mounting an intergenerational defense of their tiny island nation in the face of an economic boom driven by skyrocketing tourism from visitors around the world.

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