Today’s Top TV Picks – Saturday May 30

Today’s Top Picks


Lucy in the Sky

8 p.m. on HBO – Premiere

Noah Hawley (TV’s “Fargo”) co-wrote and made his feature directorial debut with this 2019 drama based somewhat loosely on a real-life tabloid scandal involving astronaut Lisa Nowak’s criminal activities around a messy romantic triangle with a male fellow astronaut. Natalie Portman heads the cast as Lucy Cola, an astronaut whose space journey leaves her feeling unmoored from her mundane life on Earth. Jon Hamm stars as the colleague with whom Lucy drifts into an affair; Dan Stevens plays her underappreciated spouse. Zazie Beetz and Ellen Burstyn co-star.


The Captive Nanny

8 p.m. ET on LIFETIME – Premiere

Chloe is eager to adopt a child of her own, but she recognizes she needs to get her life in order first. She finds what looks like the perfect live-in nanny position with a couple and their son, but is alarmed when she notices that the family seems obsessed with their home security. The wife explains all the locks are because of her ex-husband, a musician and stalker, but things soon take an even weirder turn. Karynn Moore and Austin Highsmith star in this 2020 thriller.


Heartland Docs, DVM

8 p.m. ET on NGWILD – Season Premiere

Husband and wife veterinary team Drs. Ben and Erin Schroeder return for another season of family-friendly adventures in rural Nebraska, where they’re constantly on call to care for local animals in need, whatever the nature of their distress. A premiere called “You’ve Goat a Friend in Me” opens these new episodes, which follows Ben and Erin hard at work in their clinic and making occasional house calls. The show also explores their family dynamics when they’re off the clock.


Full Metal Jacket

10:30 p.m. ET on IFC

Most of the big-name directors made a Vietnam picture in the late 1970s or the ’80s. Stanley Kubrick’s contribution was this 1987 drama, which follows the sardonic Pvt. J.T. “Joker” Davis (Matthew Modine) through Marine boot camp and into battle. As a “Stars and Stripes” correspondent, his assignment isn’t killing, but Vietnam was a war without rules. Vincent D’Onofrio gives the film’s most chilling performance as a misfit recruit, while R. Lee Ermey received a best supporting actor Golden Globe nomination for his role.

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