Today’s Top TV Picks – Saturday February 1


Today’s Top Picks


1

Alita: Battle Angel

8 p.m. on HBO – Premiere
Adapted from a popular 1990s manga series by Yukito Kishiro, director Robert Rodriguez’s 2019 cyberpunk action flick has no less a power player than James Cameron as a producer and co-writer, but the project still went through a tortured pre-production process between its 2003 announcement and the commencement of filming in 2016. Rosa Salazar (“Man Seeking Woman”) provides the voice of the titular cyborg heroine, who awakens in an unfamiliar body. Jennifer Connelly, Christoph Waltz, Mahershala Ali and Jackie Earle Haley co-star.


2

Poisoned Love: The Stacey Castor Story

8 p.m. ET on LIFETIME – Premiere

Based on actual events, this 2020 drama stars Nia Vardalos in the title role of a woman who is left to pick up the pieces after her first husband, Michael Wallace, dies of a heart attack. Stacey subsequently finds new happiness with her boss, David Castor (Mike Dopud), whom she marries. When David later is found dead, an apparent suicide, investigators smell something fishy, especially since there are certain elements of David’s death that resemble first husband Michael’s. Is Stacey a victim or a black widow?


3

A Valentine’s Match

9 p.m. ET on HALLMARK – Premiere
Devastated to get fired recently from her San Francisco broadcasting job, Natalie Simmons (Bethany Joy Lenz) goes back to her hometown to lick her emotional wounds and help her mother (Mary-Margaret Humes) coordinate the community’s annual Valentine Festival. She’s caught off guard, though, when she’s thrown back into contact with handsome Zach Williams (Luke Macfarlane), who broke her heart — and their engagement — 10 years ago in this 2020 romance.


4

The Best of Enemies

9 p.m. ET on SHOWTIME - Premiere
Robin Bissell made his feature film directorial debut with this 2019 historical drama, which also marked a professional reunion for leading lady Taraji P. Henson and her "Empire" producer Danny Strong, who works in the same capacity here. The actress stars as Durham, N.C., civil rights activist Ann Atwater, who clashed bitterly with KKK leader C.P. Ellis (Sam Rockwell) until the two agreed in 1971 to co-chair a two-week community meeting about a school desegregation. The event changed both their lives. Anne Heche and Wes Bentley also star.

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