Today’s Top TV Picks – Saturday September 7


Today’s Top Picks


1

Identity Theft of a Cheerleader

8 p.m. on LIFETIME – Premiere

Vicky Patterson (Maiara Walsh) dropped out of high school during her senior year, buckling under her mother’s (Gail O’Grady) expectations and bullying from her classmates. Now 31, Vicki has reached rock bottom, so she hits on a desperate, possibly mad strategy: She’ll steal the identity of a high school senior cheerleader and redo her final year. Vicky eventually works her way into the popular crowd, but at least one other student suspects she’s not who she pretends to be in this 2019 melodrama.


2

Mary Queen of Scots

8 p.m. on HBO – Premiere

Best known for his chronicling of political intrigue in the series “House of Cards,” screenwriter Beau Willimon likewise traced the complicated 16th-century conflicts between Mary (Saoirse Ronan), Queen of Scots, and her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) of England, in director Josie Rourke’s 2018 historical drama. Both lead actresses received praise for their performances, and their film received Oscar nominations for costume design and makeup/hairstyling. Guy Pearce, David Tennant, Jack Lowden and Joe Alwyn also star.


3

The Happytime Murders

9 p.m. ET on SHOWTIME – Premiere

Directed by Brian Henson (son of Muppets creator Jim), this very strange 2018 black comedy-mystery is set in an alternative Los Angeles where both humans and puppets co-exist. The story follows Phil Phillips (puppeteer Bill Barretta), the first puppet cop in the Los Angeles Police Department before being dismissed in disgrace. Now working as a private eye, Phil agrees to help his former human partner, Detective Connie Edwards (Melissa McCarthy), investigate a string of Hollywood murders. Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale and Elizabeth Banks also star.


4

Restaurant: Impossible

10 p.m. ET on FOOD

In the new “Revisited: Marriage Impossible,” Robert Irvine returns to Joe Willy’s Seafood House, a family-owned eatery in Fishkill, N.Y., where Robert found a doubly dire situation on his first visit in 2013. On top of a tired and uninspired restaurant, Robert also was confronted by an owner with a hair-trigger temper who was pushing his exhausted wife to the very brink. Now, he wants to see whether this couple are still honoring their commitment to be equal partners.

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