August 18, 2018

Today’s Best Bets

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Darkest Hour

HBO | 8:00 pm
Veteran actor Gary Oldman won an Academy Award as best actor — along with a Golden Globe, a BAFTA Award and a SAG Award, among other accolades — for his uncanny portrayal of Winston Churchill during his early days as Prime Minister of Great Britain, which saw Nazi Germany’s imposing forces sweeping across Western Europe. Nominated as well for best picture at the Oscars, Joe Wright’s 2017 war drama also features Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn, Stephen Dillane and Ronald Pickup. […]

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Pearl in Paradise

HALLMARK | 9:00 pm
Magazine photographer Alex Anderson (Jill Wagner) joins author Colin Page (Kristoffer Polaha) on a trip to Fiji, part of a quest to find a long-lost pearl Colin wrote about in his runaway best-seller "Pearl in Paradise." If they succeed, their professional rewards will be considerable, but as they trek through the bush, their conversation turns to more personal topics, each revealing points of vulnerability. Rob Kipa-Williams and Naomi Sequeira also are featured in this 2018 romantic adventure. […]

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Iyanla, Fix My Life

OWN | 9:00 pm
Nakeda is a generally feckless young woman who doesn’t seem to have a worry in the world, but Iyanla knows a walking train wreck when she sees one in the new episode "6 Kids, 5 Baby Daddies & No Clue." That episode title succinctly sums up Nakeda’s outrageously sloppy lifestyle, which forces her mother, Illysha, to raise five of the six kids her daughter has by five different men. Iyanla soon discovers, however, that Nakeda’s runaway dysfunction stems from a childhood trauma for which Illysha is responsible. […]

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The Good Doctor

ABC | 8:00 pm
A new doctor on the hospital’s staff makes a good first impression on virtually everyone in "Sacrifice," but something about him proves to be amiss, eventually causing a professional problem. Shaun (Freddie Highmore) is advised by Dr. Glassman (Richard Schiff) to see a therapist about his personal life, but Shaun doesn’t think he needs such sessions. Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez, Beau Garrett and Hill Harper also star. […]

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Animals

HBO | 11:30 pm
The new episode "Pigeons" chronicles the bold, heroic saga of Wallet, a tiny yet defiantly plucky bird who leave his home after a tragedy and finds his way to Pigeon Heights. It’s not long before Wallet rises through the ranks and becomes the right-hand man — um, bird — to Phil, who recently has been crowned Pigeon King. His first task is a doozy: saving guests at a bar mitzvah when terrorists take over the event. […]

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