Today’s Top TV Picks – Saturday October 17


Today’s Top Picks


1

David Byrne’s American Utopia

8 p.m. on HBO –¬†Premiere

Oscar and Emmy winner Spike Lee directed this visually arresting film version of the critically acclaimed Broadway production, which stars former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and an ensemble of 11 musicians from around the world. The film includes choreographed performances of songs from Byrne’s 2018 album “American Utopia,” along with such Talking Heads favorites as “Burning Down the House.” The show invites audiences to enter a joyous dream world where human connection and social justice are paramount, with Byrne addressing socio-political topics in brief inter-song monologues.


2

Sweet Autumn

9 p.m. on HALLMARK – Premiere

When Maggie (Nikki DeLoach), a successful entrepreneur, returns to her hometown for the reading of her late aunt’s will, she learns she has inherited half of her aunt’s celebrated maple candy business. More surprising, though, the other half has been left to Dex (Andrew Walker), who is equally puzzled by his inheritance. As the community’s Sweet Autumn Fest approaches, Maggie and Dex pore over a series of letters left by the dear departed, looking for clues to her intentions. Henriette Ivanans co-stars in this 2020 romance.


3

The Gentlemen

9 p.m. ET on SHOWTIME – Premiere

After a string of box-office disappointments, director Guy Ritchie enjoyed a comeback with this 2019 action comedy, which he also wrote. The story follows American marijuana kingpin Michael “Mickey” Pearson (Matthew McConaughey), now in England, as he tries to sell his business. That venture sets off a complicated chain of blackmail attempts and other schemes to undermine him. Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Eddie Marsan, Hugh Grant and Colin Farrell also appear in the strong ensemble cast.


4

Photo Ark

10:03 p.m. ET on NGWILD

This two-part special, which concludes next Saturday, follows National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, founder of the National Geographic Photo Ark project, on his quest to inspire people to save species at risk by photographing every species living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries. It’s a mind-blowingly ambitious quest, but Sartore recently documented the 10,000th species for the Ark, and he’s ready to go to whatever lengths necessary to photograph thousands more.

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