What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Unbelievable’ and ‘Maigret’

What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Unbelievable’ and ‘Maigret’

UNBELIEVABLE Stream on Netflix. This limited series, based on a real case, follows the story of Marie (Kaitlyn Dever), a young woman in Washington State who reports that she has been sexually assaulted by a home intruder, only to recant later after detectives investigate and believe that she made up the events. Years later, two female detectives (played by Toni Collette and Merritt Wever) from different police departments near Denver, Colo., team up when reports of two rapes in their jurisdictions point to a similar attacker. Their pursuit of an assailant unexpectedly leads them back to Washington, where Marie, who’s been branded a liar, has lost faith in her own memory. Like other female-focused dramas like “The Sinner,” “The Tale” and “Share,” the series explores the ways in which memory and credibility are sometimes called into question in cases involving sexual assault and trauma.

MAIGRET 7 p.m. on Ovation. In this television adaptation, Rowan Atkinson plays Jules Maigret, the fictional French detective of Georges Simenon’s novels that center on mysterious murders in 1950s Paris. In the second season premiere, based on the book “Maigret at the Crossroads,” the detective looks into the suspicious death of a Jewish jeweler whose body is found in a Danish man’s car. When the man is taken in for questioning, he denies knowing anything about the killing. As Maigret works to uncover the man’s true identity, he begins to encounter professional obstacles within his police force, while his wife (Lucy Cohu) airs concerns about his safety.

THE CHEERLEADER ESCORT 8 p.m. on Lifetime. School is back in session, and to celebrate, Lifetime has been screening cheerleader-themed programming throughout September. The latest installment of its Cheer, Rally, Kill series follows Cassie (Alexandra Beaton), a college freshman who finds herself enmeshed in a ring of cheerleaders who moonlight as escorts for rich alumni. After one of the cheerleaders becomes pregnant and dies under mysterious circumstances, Cassie works to expose the group.

FOREVER IN MY HEART 9 p.m. on Hallmark. The resilience of a former long-distance relationship is put to the test in this romance, starring Merritt Patterson and Jack Turner. After falling in love while working together at a family-run inn in Ireland, Jenna (Patterson) pursues a trans-Atlantic relationship with the owner’s son, Charlie (Turner), but the distance proves too challenging. Five years later, Jenna, now engaged, returns to Ireland for business when she reconnects with Charlie and helps him with his family’s inn. Jenna is then faced with deciding between her fiancé and fast-paced life in America, or her former flame.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL on ABC, FOX and CBS. Among the abundance of college football being played this weekend, you can catch the No. 1 ranked Clemson Tigers take on Syracuse at Carrier Dome on ABC. Kickoff starts at 7:30 p.m. Then, No. 5 Oklahoma will play U.C.L.A. at the Rose Bowl at 8 p.m. on FOX. Earlier in the day, catch Alabama, ranked No. 2, play South Carolina at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.

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