Featuring this week: ‘The Old Man’ and June 19 specials
Between network, cable and streaming, the modern television landscape is vast. Here are some of the shows, specials and movies coming to television this week, June 13-19. Details and times are subject to change.
DEADLY FRIEND (1986) 6:15 p.m. on TCM. Two years after “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” filmmaker Wes Craven released this artificial intelligence fable about a young computer scientist (Michael Sharrett) who implants a microchip in the brain of his injured teenage neighbor (Kristy Swanson). The chip is supposed to save his life – and it sort of does, but it puts the lives of others at risk. (The story is based on a novel by Diana Henstell.) In her 1986 review for The New York Times, Caryn James praised the film’s “unpredictable awkwardness”. She called it “a witty ghoul story, a grandson of ‘Frankenstein’ that plays on the conventions of recent teenage horror movies while paying homage to the classic starring Boris Karloff.”
AMERICAN MASTERS: BRIAN WILSON—LONG PROMISED ROAD 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Reflecting the depth of influence of Beach Boys singer-songwriter Brian Wilson, this documentary includes interviews with such disparate figures as Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins (who died in March) and bandleader star Gustavo Dudamel. These interviews and many more, including those with Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Don Was and Al Jardine, accompany a long conversation between Jason Fine, the editor of Rolling Stone magazine, and Wilson, who drive together to Los Angeles to discuss Wilson’s life and career. .
EIGTH YEAR (2018) and LADY BIRD (2017) 5:45 p.m. and 7:25 p.m. on Showtime. Here’s a double feature with enough adult awkwardness to fill a few college-run composition books. “Eighth Grade,” from comedian and filmmaker Bo Burnham, follows a very online teenager (played by Elsie Fisher) navigating her final week of middle school in the suburbs; “Lady Bird,” from actress and filmmaker Greta Gerwig, follows a high school student (Saoirse Ronan) balancing school drama (in multiple senses) and a complicated relationship with her mother (Laurie Metcalf) in suburban Sacramento, California, at the beginning of the 2000’s.
THE OLD MAN 10 p.m. on FX. Jeff Bridges, long an old soul (see “True Grit”, “The Big Lebowski” and “Crazy Heart”), is a natural choice for the title role of this new series – even if he is not often so imposing. He plays Dan Chase, a former CIA agent who left the agency a long time ago. When we meet him, he is gray and lives off the grid. But his past catches up with him, as pasts do, and he finds himself stalked by an FBI director (John Lithgow). Amy Brenneman and Alia Shawkat also star alongside Bridges, in her first series regular role.
GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET: RIGOLETTO 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). In this version of this dark three-act opera, Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher moves Verdi’s “Rigoletto” from Renaissance Italy to Weimar Berlin. The production, which opened at the Metropolitan Opera earlier this year, stars baritone Quinn Kelsey and soprano Rosa Feola as the jester Rigoletto and his beloved daughter, Gilda, under the direction of Daniele Rustioni. Anthony Tommasini’s review for The Times was positive, with some caveats. “While moving the opera’s setting from Renaissance Italy to 1920s Berlin wasn’t entirely compelling, it was still a detailed and dramatic staging, full of ideas about the characters,” wrote Tommasini. Rustioni, he added, “led a lean, seamless performance that balanced urgency and lyricism.”
WATERGATE: HIGH CRIMES AT THE WHITE HOUSE 9 p.m. on CBS. It was through the mouths of CBS reporters, including Walter Cronkite, Lesley Stahl and Dan Rather, that many Americans heard about the development of the Watergate scandal – and the infamous burglary at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington. , which happened 50 years ago. the week. This new feature-length documentary on the events takes advantage of reams of footage in the CBS archives. It also features new interviews with Stahl, reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, FBI investigator Angelo Lano and others, including Hugh W. Sloan Jr., a treasurer of President Nixon’s re-election committee who was a source source of information for Woodward. and Bernstein.
THROUGHOUT THE UNIVERSE (2007) 8 p.m. on HBO Signature. Paul McCartney turns 80 on Saturday. Consider tipping your hat (or mop hairstyle) to him by revisiting this funny jukebox musical from Julie Taymor, in which the visually lavish love story between a Liverpool dude (Jim Sturgess) looking for his father and a young American activist (Evan Rachel Wood) is sprinkled with Beatles songs. It’s a “phantasmagoria,” wrote Stephen Holden in his review for The Times. “Somewhere around its midpoint, ‘Across the Universe’ captured my heart,” Holden wrote, “and I realized that falling in love with a movie is like falling in love with another person. Imperfections, no matter how glaring, become endearing quirks once you drop.
JUNETEENTH: A GLOBAL CELEBRATION FOR FREEDOM at 8 p.m. on CNN. Sunday is Juneteenth, and many networks have lineup lined up to recognize the holiday. One of the highlights is this resounding concert, which should include the Roots; Earth, Wind and Fire; Mickey Guyton; Robert Glasper; Yolanda Adams; Billy Porter; and many other performers. Questlove and producer, songwriter and instrumentalist Adam Blackstone are the musical directors for the evening. Other Juneteenth-related programs throughout the day include BET SPECIAL: THE RECIPE: JUNETENTH at 1 p.m. on BET; a Juneteenth episode of the family show YOUNG DYLAN at 7 p.m. on Nick; and the 30TH ANNUAL TRUMPET AWARDS, which honor black artists and other personalities (this year’s honorees include actor Courtney B. Vance and Senator Raphael Warnock of Georgia), at 7 p.m. on Bounce TV.