What’s on TV Saturday: ‘La La Land’ and ‘One Mississippi’


Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in “La La Land.”

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Damien Chazelle’s musical on the wonders and struggles of making it in Hollywood comes to HBO. And life goes on in Season 2 of “One Mississippi.”

What’s on TV

LA LA LAND (2016) 8 p.m. on HBO. Set in Los Angeles, this Oscar-winning musical drama by the director Damien Chazelle (“Whiplash”) follows two dreamers, Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress who works in a coffee shop on the Warner Bros. lot, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a struggling jazz pianist with goals to open his own club. After a few chance meetings, the two are drawn together by their passion for their work, and uplift one another as the city continues to challenge their aspirations. But they soon have to choose between their art or each other. “The real tension in ‘La La Land’ is between ambition and love,” A. O. Scott wrote in The New York Times. “Perhaps the most up-to-date thing about it is the way it explores that ancient conflict.”

DOWNSIZED (2017) 9 p.m. on TV ONE. The latest onscreen collaboration between the married couple Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker (“Soul Food,” “Brown Sugar”) comes with this new film in which they star as Michael and Ebony, two parents on the brink of divorce. When Michael has second thoughts about the separation, he convinces Ebony and their children to take a monthlong vacation in the countryside to unplug and try to sort out their differences. But the stubborn Ebony won’t be swayed that easily.


Scoot McNairy, left, and Lee Pace in “Halt and Catch Fire.”

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HALT AND CATCH FIRE 9 p.m. on AMC; also on Amazon. After Gordon (Scoot McNairy) and Joe (Lee Pace) welcomed a new chief ontologist (Anna Chlumsky of “Veep”) to their team in last week’s episode, Donna (Kerry Bishé) is forced to step up her game in the race to build the internet’s first search engine.

PRINCE: SIGN O’ THE TIMES (1987) 9 p.m. on Showtime. Released in conjunction with the 1987 album of the same name, this concert film captures Prince doing what he does best: enthralling audiences with his sexual dance moves and punchy voice. Directed by Prince, a.k.a. the Purple One, the film features performances of the title song, “If I Was Your…

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