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What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Ready Player One’ and the Heisman Trophy Ceremony

Category: Art & Culture,Arts

Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” airs on HBO, and one of college football’s top quarterbacks will be named the league’s most outstanding player.

READY PLAYER ONE (2018) 8 p.m. on HBO; also on HBO streaming platforms. Based on Ernest Cline’s 2011 sci-fi novel, Steven Spielberg’s adaptation explores a dystopia in the year 2045 where citizens escape into a Virtual Reality paradise known as the Oasis. When its co-creator dies, he leaves behind a digital Easter egg, granting ownership of the virtual world to the first who can hunt it down. The box-office hit follows a teenager, Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), and a crew of egg hunters, or “gunters,” on their quest to find the egg before a corporation, IOI, can claim ownership.

HEISMAN TROPHY CEREMONY 8 p.m. on ESPN. Ahead of this season’s bowl games, the award for the most outstanding college football player will be announced live from New York. This year, three of the league’s top quarterbacks are finalists: Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins.

REMEMBERING GEORGE H.W. BUSH: A LOVE LETTER TO GAMPY 8 p.m. on NBC. Jenna Bush Hager, a granddaughter of the late President George Bush, sits down with family members and close friends for a special look at the 41st president’s life and legacy. Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, will join Ms. Hager, as well as former President Bill Clinton, to share memories of the president, and letters, photos and home videos that chronicled his life.

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER (1964) 8 p.m. on CBS. This stop-motion, animated holiday classic is a longstanding Christmas tradition, perfect to have on while trimming the tree you and your family finally decided on. The story follows Rudolph as he’s ridiculed by his peers, his coach and his own father about his shiny red nose, only to prove that it’s actually a valuable asset. The Huffington Post recently deemed the film “seriously problematic” after some viewers pointed out the severity of abuse Rudolph endures, but it still reigns supreme as America’s most beloved Christmas movie, according to a national Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult poll.

VERSAILLES 10 p.m. on Ovation TV. The elaborate period drama chronicling the opulent, scandal-rich reign of King Louis XIV of France closes out its third and final season with a 90-minute “grand finale.” Louis attempts to reunite the country and solidify his legacy by addressing his citizens, only to walk right into a surprise assassination attempt.

THE LOBSTER (2015) on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube and Vudu. If it’s just way too cold to go out and see Yorgos Lanthimos’s latest film, “The Favourite,” stay inside and check out the director’s 2015 movie “The Lobster” this weekend. Set in a bizarre dystopia in which single people must find a romantic match in 45 days or they’ll be turned into an animal, the story follows David (Colin Farrell) on his ill-fated journey to secure companionship with someone with whom he must have one thing in common.


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