Mystery is the theme for tonight with our suggestions for what to watch on TV. The highly acclaimed thriller “Burning,” which made waves during last year’s festival circuit, hits Netflix for those who may have missed its theatrical run. In addition, a mystery-horror-hybrid that became a definitive blockbuster will be swimming its way to the small screen.
If mystery is not the genre of choice, there’s a dash of history. An often ignored war is being given the docu-special treatment. Meanwhile, one of the worlds most famous bands is getting its own documentary, as well. From killer sharks to the sound of “Killer Queen,” here’s what’s on television tonight.
PICK OF THE DAY:
“Burning” on Netflix
Today’s pick is the psychological thriller “Burning” from South Korea. It didn’t make much waves with audiences and was snubbed for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. Now, the lauded film hits Netflix so more people can observe its sheer brilliance. At first glance, “Burning” seems like a typical “boy meets girl” romance. As the film progresses, however, it becomes a labyrinthian thrill ride. In addition, Steven Yeun of “The Walking Dead” fame is an absolute scene stealer as the Gatsby-esque Ben.
“The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story” (ABC) at 8:00 PM EST
Both Queen and Adam Lambert may have “Rocked You” when they performed at this year’s Academy Awards, but their collaboration has a greater history than some may realize. This documentary special follows their journey since they shared the stage on “American Idol” back in 2009. Included are remarks from names like Oscar winner Rami Malek and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. If Queen is your jam, or you enjoyed “Bohemian Rhapsody” or want to erase any memory of it, this could be a worthy watch.
“Korea: The Never-Ending War” (PBS) at 9:00 PM EST
There tend to be a slew of new programs covering the events of WWII and the Civil War. The Korean War, however, rarely seems to receive much discussion. The latest documentary “Korea: The Never-Ending War” intends to delve into that forgotten time period. According to its official synopsis, ‘Korea’ explores the event from various perspectives; the vantage point of people ranging from civilians to politicians, the documentary wil examine the many lives affected by the war. The documentary shows that it’s not just soldiers on the battlefield who suffer. Further enticing, actor John Cho serves as the film’s narrator.
MOVIES ON TV:
“Jaws” (SyFy) at 8:00 PM EST
If you’re still in the mood for thrills, “Jaws” can provide you with old school ones that never go out of style. This classic from director Steven Spielberg has become a mainstay in pop culture, and for good reason. Its famous score by John Williams and masterful use of suspense create a tense experience that’s impossible to forget. Its story involving a shark terrorizing a beach is positively bone-chilling. If somehow you still haven’t seen this timeless Best Picture nominee, it’s a good opportunity to do so.
“Shrek” (Freeform) at 9:01 PM EST
Finally in addition to the special on rock band Queen, there’s an animated feature starring an actor who famously head banged to their most famous track airing tonight. Along with “Wayne’s World” and “Austin Powers,” comedian Mike Myers is most well-known for providing his voiceover work to the “Shrek” franchise. The first “Shrek” film from 2001 is arguably the series’ best. The film expertly demonstrates the satirization of fairytale folklore which defines the franchise as a whole. Plus, Eddie Murphy is a vocal scene stealer as talkative Donkey. Murphy even received a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his work here. That’s a rare instance of voice performances getting that type of recognition they earn.
NEW TV EPISODES:
In case you’re not in the mood for monsters or music, new episodes of these programs will be airing tonight.
- “The Voice” (NBC) at 8:00 PM EST
- “The Resident (FOX) at 8:00 PM EST
- “Nature” (PBS) at 8:00 PM EST
- “Legends of Tomorrow” (The CW) at 8:00 PM EST
- “Anderson Cooper 360” (CNN) at 8:00 PM EST
- “Live PD” (A&E) at 8:00 PM EST
- “Shadowhunters” (Freeform) at 8:00 PM EST
- “Man With a Plan” (CBS) at 8:30 PM EST
- “The Code” (CBS) at 9:00 PM EST
- “9-1-1” (FOX) at 9:00 PM EST
- “Live Rescue” (A&E) at 9:00 PM EST
- “Bull” (CBS) at 10:00 PM EST
- “The Fix” (ABC) at 10:00 PM EST
- “The Enemy Within” (NBC) at 10:00 PM EST
- “American Dad” (TBS) at 10:00 PM EST
What do you guys plan on watching tonight? Are you up for some mystery or music? Please share your thoughts in the comments section!
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