Today’s Top TV Picks – Saturday February 20

Today’s Top Picks


12 Strong

8 p.m. ET on AMC – Premiere

Ted Tally, who won an Academy Award for his screenplay adaptation of “The Silence of the Lambs,” crafted his screenplay (with Peter Craig) for this 2018 combat drama from a nonfiction book by Doug Stanton, about the U.S. Army Special Forces sent to Afghanistan immediately after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. The strong cast includes Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Pena, Geoff Stults and Thad Luckinbill, who is also one of the producers. Nicolai Fuglsig directed.


The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt for Justice

8 p.m. ET on LIFETIME – Premiere

Kim Delaney stars in this 2021 docudrama as Mari Gilbert, who embarked on a search for the truth about what really happened to her daughter Shannan (Katharine Isabelle), a part-time escort who disappeared after a “date” on Long Island. Mari keeps pressing the local police for answers, pleading with them to take her worries seriously. The subsequent investigation turns up a horror that had gone undetected for a decade, as the bodies of 19 young women are found buried in shallow graves in Jones Beach State Park.


Lilies of the Field

8 p.m. ET on TCM

While traveling west seeking work, unemployed construction worker Homer Smith (Sidney Poitier) has car trouble and stops at a farm being worked by German nuns. The iron-willed mother superior (Lilia Skala) is convinced he has been sent by God to help them build a church in the desert. For his work in this charming 1963 dramedy, Poitier, who turns 94 today, became the first Black performer to win an Academy Award as best actor. This birthday salute continues with “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” which immediately follows.


Mix Up in the Mediterranean

9 p.m. ET on HALLMARK – Premiere

Broadway star Jeremy Jordan pulls double duty in this 2021 romantic comedy, playing a pair of twin brothers who both are blessed with culinary talent. While Julian is a celebrated big-city chef, however, brother Josh cooks at his small family-run diner in Alaska. After Julian is injured just before appearing in a high-profile culinary competition, Josh agrees to take his place, where he instantly is smitten with another competitor, Meg (Jessica Lowndes). She rebuffs Josh’s overtures, however, believing him to be his married brother, Julian. Callum Blue co-stars.

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