What’s On TV? – Friday (08/16/19) -‘Mindhunter’ Continues to Examine the Criminal Mind

The second season of another great Netflix series and a hidden gem from last year are the highlights on TV for this Friday in mid-August. Along with these picks, there are some great movies to watch and new episodes of some very popular summer hits. No need to go out tonight when there is so much to watch in the comfort of your own home.

Pick of the Day:

“Mindhunter” (Netflix)

From the mind of acclaimed director David Fincher, comes the return of the best crime show currently on television. The first season of “Mindhunter” followed FBI agent Holden Hill (Jonathan Groff) and his partner Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) as they examined some of the most dangerous serial killers in America during the late 1970s. The purpose of doing these interviews was to study the criminals thought processes so they could solve open cases and prevent future crimes. Most of the first season was about these two men trying to build credibility for the unit they created while also making sure their project was viable enough to have a place at the FBI.

Now entering into its sophomore season, the show will jump forward in time and shift the focus to a string of murders that took place in Atlanta during the early 1980’s. “Mindhunter” will also continue to feature guest stars playing some iconic killers, with this season including Wayne Williams, David Berkowitz and the infamous Charles Manson. With excellent performances from Groff, McCallany and Anna Torv, and that distinctive Fincher style, “Mindhunter” season 2 looks to be just as spellbinding as the first season.

Movies on TV:

“Blaze” (Showtime) at 8:00 PM ETImage result for blaze 2018

While 2018 was only last year, it seemed to be an embarrassment of riches when it came to film releases. As critics raved about Ethan Hawke’s performance in “First Reformed,” many forgot about the beautiful film he directed called “Blaze.” The film follows the rise and fall of country-blues legend Blaze Foley (Ben Dickey) and his relationship with Sybil Rosen (Alia Shawkat), the love of his life.

Hawke directed one of the most understated and overlooked musical biopics of this decade. He is also able to get a star turning performance out of Dickey. The star was a first time actor but he plays Foley with such tenderness, you would have thought that he had been acting for years. Both men have been friends for decades and wanted to make this story for a long time. When you watch the film, you can see that they are making something truly personal. In a world where “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Rocketman” are dominating the conversation within the genre, you won’t regret giving this movie a shot.

Other Movies on TV:

  • “Aliens” (Viceland) at 6:30 PM ET
  • Road House” (AMC) at 7:00 PM ET
  • “Men in Black” (VH1) at 7:30 PM ET
  • “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (FXM) at 7:45 PM ET
  • “Iron Man” (USA) at 8:00 PM ET
  • “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (TBS) at 8:00 PM ET
  • “Jack Reacher” (TNT) at 8:00 PM ET
  • “The Angry Bird Movie” (FX) at 8:00 PM ET
  • “Moana” (Disney) at 8:00 PM ET
  • “The Awful Truth” (TCM) at 8:00 PM ET
  • “Pulp Fiction” (BBC) at 8:00 PM ET
  • “Hitch” (Bravo) at 8:18 PM ET
  • “First Blood” (AMC) at 9:35 PM ET
  • “Top Gun” (Paramount) at 10:00 PM ET
  • “The Favourite” (HBO2) at 10:00 PM ET
  • “Monster-in-Law” (E!) at 10:30 PM ET

New Episodes on TV:

Below are the new episodes airing tonight:

  • “Ridiculousness” (MTV) at 8:00 p.m. ET
  • “Ancient Aliens: Declassified” (History) at 8:00 p.m. ET
  • “BattleBots” (Discovery) at 8:00 p.m. ET
  • “What Would You Do” (ABC) at 9:00 p.m ET
  • “Killjoys” (Syfy) at 10:00 PM ET
  • Masters of Disaster” (Discovery) at 10:00 p.m. ET
  • “Paranormal Caught on Camera” (Travel) at 10:00 PM ET
  • “House Hunters” (HGTV) at 10:00 PM ET
  • “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO) at 10:00 PM ET

What will you be watching tonight? Let us know in the comments below.