Today’s Top TV Picks – Saturday January 9


Today’s Top Picks


1

The King of Staten Island

8 p.m. ET on HBO – Premiere

“Saturday Night Live” cast member Pete Davidson, who lost his firefighter father during the 9/11 terrorist attack on New York, received warm critical praise for his performance in this 2020 semi-biographical comedy-drama from executive producer Judd Apatow, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Davidson. The actor stars as Scott Carlin, a 24-year-old high-school dropout who lives with his mother (Marisa Tomei) on Staten Island. Bill Burr, Bel Powley, Maude Apatow and Steve Buscemi co-star.


2

Munich

8 p.m. ET on CINEMAX

It’s long, but it’s so powerful you won’t care. Steven Spielberg deftly combines news footage and scripted sequences in this Oscar-nominated drama about the aftermath of the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics in Germany. Eric Bana heads the large cast as an operative enlisted to covertly carry out a revenge mission against several masterminds of the tragedy. Daniel Craig, Ciarán Hinds and Geoffrey Rush also star.


3

North by Northwest

8 p.m. ET on TCM

Cary Grant gives one of his best performances in this 1959 Alfred Hitchcock classic as an adman whom enemy spies mistake for a government agent. Convinced they’re trying to kill him, he goes on the run, hooking up with one of Hitch’s coolest blondes (Eva Marie Saint). Watch for two classic scenes: Grant fleeing pursuers in a crop-dusting plane, and all the principals scrambling around Mount Rushmore for the taut climax. Oh, yeah … and that Freudian ending.


4

A New Year’s Resolution

9 p.m. ET on HALLMARK – Premiere

Dissatisfied with her life, Milwaukee morning TV show producer Kelly Leone (Aimee Teegarden, “Friday Night Lights”) resolves to say yes to every social invitation she receives for the next month. After she reluctantly agrees to be her station’s guinea pig in an on-air experiment about the resolution, Kelly finds herself pushed well outside her comfort zone with new events and activities. The biggest test comes, though, when she starts to fall for charismatic businessman Tom Malone (Michael Rady). Patricia Isaac and Michael Strickland co-star in this 2021 romance.

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