Today’s Top TV Picks – Tuesday January 5

Today’s Top Picks


2020 Heisman Trophy Presentation

7 p.m. ET on ESPN

Like a lot of recent sporting events, the crowning of the nation’s top college player this year will look different. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony will be held virtually so look for favorites like Alabama’s Mac Jones, Ohio State’s Justin Fields, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Florida’s Kyle Trask -quarterbacks all – to appear via satellite.


The Lion King

8 p.m. ET on ABC

Jon Favreau directed this 2019 “photorealistic computer-animated remake” of the 1994 animated blockbuster that chronicles the coming of age of Simba (now voiced by Donald Glover), a lion cub whose royal father (voice of James Earl Jones) has been murdered by Simba’s villainous uncle (voice of Chiwetel Ejiofor). The voice cast also includes Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, Alfre Woodard, Beyoncé and John Oliver. Tonight’s ABC airing marks the first of three broadcast premieres of iconic Disney titles airing on successive Tuesday nights.


Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

8 p.m. ET on NBC – Season Premiere

In the aftermath of the first season’s tearjerker finale, which saw the death of beloved family patriarch Mitch Clarke (Peter Gallagher), Season 2 opens with his daughter, Zoey (Jane Levy), returning to work after an extended bereavement period and discovering a shifting dynamic in both her work and romantic life. For starters, former rivals Max and Simon (Skylar Astin, John Clarence Stewart) are now buddies, although both are still smitten with Zoey. They’re also both tight with Zoey’s neighbor and confidante, Mo (Alex Newell).


This Is Us

9 p.m. ET on NBC

Kate (Chrissy Metz) confronts her painful past, while Randall’s (Sterling K. Brown) brush with viral fame leads him to a wholly unexpected discovery in the new episode “A Long Road Home.” Meanwhile, Kevin (Justin Hartley) ponders the question of which future path would be the best one for him to take. Mandy Moore also stars.

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