Today’s Top TV Picks – Saturday December 7

Today’s Top Picks


Guy’s Ranch Kitchen

12:30 p.m. on FOOD

In “19th-Century Holiday Feast,” a special new yuletide episode that marks a decided change of pace for host Guy Fieri, some chef friends drop by Fieri’s ranch to prepare a holiday meal inspired in large part by Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Marc Murphy starts things off with a pumpkin eggnog and a delicious roasted squash with sage, ricotta and pomegranate, then roasts a whole fish in a crusted salt shell. Alex Guarnaschelli contributes a potato-turnip gratin and black-pepper chicken, followed by Michael Voltaggio’s tangy sausage balls.


Long Shot

7:55 p.m. on HBO – Premiere

Jonathan Levine’s 2019 romantic comedy requires a hefty suspension of disbelief, but once you get there, it mostly works, thanks to — we’re not making this up — some first-rate chemistry between stars Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen. Many years ago, she was his babysitter, but now she’s the current U.S. Secretary of State about to launch a presidential bid. She hires him as her speech writer, and things develop from here. Andy Serkis, June Diane Raphael (“Grace and Frankie”), Bob Odenkirk and Alexander Skarsgard also star.


The Star

8 p.m. ET on FXX – Premiere

Timothy Reckart’s 2017 CGI-animated faith-based comedy takes the story of the Nativity as a starting point, but charts its own course with plenty of family-friendly laughs prominently featuring talking animals. Gina Rodriguez and Zachary Levi provide the voices of Mary and Joseph; the stellar voice cast also includes Steven Yeun, Keegan-Michael Key, Kelly Clarkson, Kristin Chenoweth, Patricia Heaton, Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry and Christopher Plummer. Mariah Carey’s title tune got a Golden Globe nomination as best original song.


A Christmas Love Story

8 p.m. ET on HALLMARK – Premiere

Broadway star turned New York school choir director Katherine Clark (Kristin Chenoweth) faces some serious last-minute challenges as she prepares her students for their annual Christmas Eve concert when one of her main vocalists falls ill in this 2019 yuletide drama. Fortunately, Danny (Kevin Quinn), a teenage volunteer on Katherine’s stage crew, turns out to have a great voice himself and is happy to fill in. Less happily, however, Danny’s widowed dad, Greg (Scott Wolf), sees such activities as a waste of time. Jennifer Aspen co-stars.

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