Tonight’s top picks

Cecil Whig - - JUMPSTART TV WEEKLY AND -

8 p.m. on WNUV Mys­ter­ies Decoded

As the TV year moves into Oc­to­ber, a month widely as­so­ci­ated with ghosts and witches, this se­ries oblig­ingly re­sponds with the new episode “Witches of Salem,” in which pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor Jen­nifer Mar­shall, a U.S. Navy vet­eran, joins pro­fes­sional jour­nal­ist Sarah Lyons to delve into cen­turies-old mys­ter­ies that still sur­round the 17th-cen­tury Salem Witch Tri­als in Mas­sachusetts.

8 p.m. on HBO Movie: Never Rarely Some­times Al­ways

Direc­tor and screen­writer El­iza Hittman earned wide­spread crit­i­cal praise and won awards at the Sun­dance Film Festival and the Ber­lin Film Festival for this 2020 Amer­i­can-Bri­tish drama, which wound up be­ing re­leased through video on de­mand af­ter the COVID-19 pan­demic scut­tled plans for a the­atri­cal re­lease. Sid­ney Flani­gan stars as 17-year-old Au­tumn, who runs into a frus­trat­ing se­ries of hur­dles, both bu­reau­cratic and emo­tional, while seek­ing to ter­mi­nate an un­ex­pected preg­nancy.

8:30 p.m. on WCAU WBAL CON­NECT­ING...

One of sev­eral coro­n­avirus-themed TV projects cur­rently in var­i­ous stages of de­vel­op­ment, this new char­ac­ter-driven sit­com from “Blindspot” creator Martin Gero and his fre­quent col­lab­o­ra­tor Bren­dan Gall re­volves around a group of pals try­ing to pre­serve their friend­ships — and san­ity — through video chats and so­cial me­dia as they strug­gle to cope with th­ese ex­tra­or­di­nary times. Pro­duced un­der quar­an­tine con­di­tions, the show stars an en­sem­ble cast that in­cludes Ot­mara Mar­rero, Ely Henry, Preacher Law­son, Parvesh Cheena, Jill Knox, Keith Powell and Shak­ina Nay­fack.

9 p.m. on WE Ta­mar Brax­ton: Get Ya Life!

An ac­tion-packed new episode called “Caught in the Mid­dle” finds Ta­mar open­ing for su­per­star To­drick Hall, even as she spends ev­ery free mo­ment plan­ning David’s birth­day party. In some­what less happy de­vel­op­ments, af­ter David con­fronts Goli about the na­ture of the Dream Work, Goli and Ta­mar sit down and try to re­solve David’s is­sues.

Shak­ina Nay­fack

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