Today’s Top TV Picks – Saturday January 2

Today’s Top Picks


Critical Thinking

9:16 a.m. ET on STARZ! – Premiere

John Leguizamo both directed and stars in this well-received 2020 biographical drama inspired by the true story of the Miami Jackson High School chess club, which became the first inner-city team to win the U.S. National Chess Championship. Leguizamo plays Cuban-American teacher Mario Martinez, the faculty advisor for the club. The cast also includes Michael K. Williams, Rachel Bay Jones, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Angel Bismark Curiel and Will Hochman.


The High Note

8 p.m. ET on HBO – Premiere

A good cast elevates Nisha Ganatra’s somewhat familiar 2020 comedy-drama about a longtime personal assistant (Dakota Johnson) to a veteran R&B singer (Tracee Ellis Ross) who yearns for a career of her own as a music producer. Kelvin Harrison Jr. (“Godfather of Harlem”) co-stars as an aspiring young musician who catches her attention. Johnson’s mom, Melanie Griffith, has a cameo; Ice Cube, Jonathan Freeman, June Diane Raphael, Bill Pullman and Eddie Izzard also are featured.


Dark Waters

9 p.m. ET on SHOWTIME – Premiere

Based on a 2016 article in the New York Times Magazine, this 2019 legal thriller from Todd Haynes (“Far From Heaven”) dramatizes corporate defense lawyer Robert Bilott’s (played by Mark Ruffalo) 20-year legal battle against the chemical manufacturing corporation Dupont. Initially summoned to a community in West Virginia to investigate a series of unexplained animal deaths, Bilott uncovers evidence that Dupont has contaminated the town with unregulated chemicals. The fine cast also includes Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Victor Garber, Bill Camp, Mare Winningham and Bill Pullman.


Kindred Spirits

10 p.m. ET on TRAVEL – Season Premiere

Paranormal investigators and real-life BFFs Amy Bruni and Adam Berry reteam with psychic medium Chip Coffey as they return for another season of this hit series, which finds them digging deeply into America’s past to contact and identify some of the restless spirits that are said to haunt some of the country’s oldest inns, homes and estates. The premiere, “Devil in Salem,” takes the trio to Massachusetts to the home of John Proctor, one of the men found guilty and executed during Salem’s infamous witch trials.

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