What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ and ‘The Jungle Book’

What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ and ‘The Jungle Book’

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? (2018) 8 p.m. on HBO; stream on HBO platforms. You can’t make this stuff up: In the early 1990s, the biographer Lee Israel hit a bump in the road. Her latest book had failed to sell, and her agent told her to find another way of making a living. Then Israel stumbled upon a letter by the vaudeville comedian Fanny Brice and sold it to a bookshop. After learning that such writings would be worth more if they had meatier content, Israel went on to forge and sell roughly 400 missives by dead writers. Her crime spree is retold in this engrossing dramedy, based on Israel’s memoir. Melissa McCarthy stars as the crabby, whiskey-guzzling literary forger alongside Richard E. Grant, who plays her free-spirited drinking buddy and accomplice Jack Hock. Both actors earned Oscar nominations for their performances. And though the characters have questionable morals, they’re a joy to watch.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL on various networks. College football has officially returned. If you didn’t catch the first games of the season, don’t fret — dozens are airing all day Saturday. Watch Florida Atlantic and Ohio State face off at 12 p.m. on Fox. Alabama, last year’s runner-up, takes on Duke in Atlanta at 3:30 p.m. on ABC, and at 7:30 p.m., Oregon and Auburn go head-to-head for the first time since the 2011 B.C.S. National Championship.

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