What’s On TV? – Tuesday (05/21/19) – ‘Moonlight’ Comes to Netflix

Action heroes, stand up comedy, and also, double the Janelle Monae. That’s the eclectic set of television programs in store for tonight. From a new series about buried treasure to a groundbreaking Best Picture winner, there’s a little something for everyone. Check out an in-depth look at what’s on TV.

PICK OF THE DAY:

“Moonlight” on Netflix

Moonlight” broke barriers by being the first LGBTQ+ film, and the first with an all-black cast, to win the Oscar for Best Picture. Now, audiences can add it to their Netflix queue and appreciate the film for its merits rather than the famous circumstances of its Best Picture win. This powerful coming-of-age story follows a queer black man during three stages of his life. It also boasts an exemplary ensemble cast, including Oscar winner Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monae,  Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders, and Alex Hibbert who play the protagonist Chiron.

WHAT’S PREMIERING?:

“Blood & Treasure” (CBS) at 9:00 PM EST

Despite “Blood & Treasure” being on the small screen, its premise suggests some grand adventure. This action series follows an antiques expert matched with an art thief. Together, they journey across the globe to catch a ruthless terrorist who funds his attacks through stolen treasure. Both Matt Barr and Sofia Pernas star along with Oded Fehr of “The Mummy” fame.

“Wanda Sykes: Not Normal” on Netflix

Comedian Wanda Sykes’ first comedy special for Netflix starts streaming today. In this stand up special, Sykes touches on the overall state of the country, from race to gender issues, no human rights topic will be left undiscussed. Sykes may be known for being a supporting film player along with her work as a voice performer, but the comedienne is bringing her special brand of humor back to the stage, which should be enticing for fans of her work.

MOVIES ON TV:

Hidden Figures

Tonight, a trio of films featuring heroic women are in store. First, at 7:00 PM EST on FX, the historical biopic “Hidden Figures” will air. Based on the true story of three African American women who worked as NASA mathematicians, overcoming racial adversity in the process, “Hidden Figures” is an inspirational crowd pleaser that earned three Oscar nominations including Best Picture. Also, Taraji P. Henson, Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae, who had a great 2016 with this and “Moonlight,” are stellar as the main trio.

Two other films air at exactly 8:30 PM EST, giving viewers a choice between a heroine battling monsters and one fighting mobsters. The former film, which airs on SyFy, is the action/horror flick “Underworld,” starring Kate Beckinsale as Selene, a vampire caught in the middle of a centuries-old war between vampires and werewolves. The latter is “Colombiana,” the Zoe Saldana vehicle about a vigilante who seeks revenge against the gangsters that killed her family. The action flick will air on BBC.

NEW TV EPISODES:

In case those options aren’t of interest, be sure to watch these new TV episodes.

  • “NCIS” (CBS) at 8:00 PM EST
  • “American Housewife” (ABC) at 8:00 PM EST
  • “The Village” (NBC) at 8:00 PM EST
  • “MasterChef Junior” (FOX) at 8:00 PM EST
  • “Intervention” (A&E) at 8:00 PM EST
  • “Lone Star Law: Bigger and Better” (Animal Planet) at 8:00 PM EST
  • “Anderson Cooper 360” (CNN) at 8:00 PM EST
  • “The Bold Type” (Freeform) at 8:00 PM EST
  • “The Curse of Civil War Gold: Diving Deeper” (History Channel) at 8:00 PM EST
  • “Little People, Big World” (TLC) at 8:00 PM EST and 9:00 PM EST
  • “The Kids are Alright” (ABC) at 8:30 PM EST
  • “Blackish” (ABC) at 9:00 PM EST
  • “The Voice” (NBC) at 9:00 PM EST
  • “Mental Samurai” (FOX) at 9:00 PM EST
  • “The 100” (The CW) at 9:00 PM EST
  • “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” (Bravo) at 9:00 PM EST
  • “Holmes Makes It Right” (DIY) at 9:00 PM EST
  • “Chopped” (Food Network) at 9:00 PM EST
  • “Bless This Mess” (ABC) at 9:30 PM EST
  • “1969” (ABC) at 10:00 PM EST
  • “Frontline” (PBS) at 10:00 PM EST
  • “Ladies Night” (BET) at 10:00 PM EST
  • “Tosh.0” (Comedy Central) at 10:00 PM EST
  • “Fosse/Verdon” (FX) at 10:00 PM EST
  • “True Conviction” (ID) at 10:00 PM EST
  • “Locked Up Abroad” (National Geographic) at 10:00 PM EST
  • “Space’s Deepest Secrets” (Sci) at 10:00 PM EST

What do you plan on watching tonight? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

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