On TV this Saturday: Oprah Winfrey leads an all-star cast in HBO’s Henrietta Lacks film, Doctor Who explores an unpopulated planet and The Son enacts a dangerous new plan. Here are nine programs to keep on your radar:
Oprah's HBO Film, Patton Oswalt on 48 Hours and More
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Oprah Winfrey stars as Deborah Lacks, who with the help of journalist Rebecca Skloot (Damages‘ Rose Byrne) learns about the mother (Hamilton‘s Renée Elise Goldsberry) she never knew, and the harvested cancer cells that were taken without her mother’s consent that led to medical breakthroughs; Courtney B. Vance (People v. O.J.), Reg E. Cathey (House of Cards), Rocky Carroll (NCIS), Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Castle) and Leslie Uggams (Empire) co-star. (Watch trailer.)
The Other Mother
A divorcee (Timeless‘ Annie Wersching) tries to reconnect with her daughter when she fears that her ex’s new wife is leading the family down a dark path; Tyler Christopher (General Hospital) co-stars.
The Perfect Catch
A single mom (Awkward‘s Nikki DeLoach) reconnects with her former high school sweetheart, who is now a famous baseball player.
“Cute” droids hold the answer when The Doctor and Bill arrive in a city seemingly uncolonized on a distant planet.
The McCulloughs put forth a dangerous plan in an effort to defeat the enemy; Young Eli must endure a test of survival.
Frank and Kyle seek justice for a community organizer who was accidentally murdered in a gang-related shootout.
Comedian Patton Oswalt discusses his late wife, true-crime writer Michelle McNamara, and her quest to find The Golden State Killer, an elusive criminal who committed 50 rapes and a dozen murders.
Ram isolates himself after the events that transpired at prom; the gang must unite to fend off a new threat to Coal Hill.
Saturday Night Live
Encore presentation: Tom Hanks hosts this memorable outing, featuring musical guest Lady Gaga. (Any questions?)