A biopic about an athlete who turned a undercover agent is on Showtime. And a documentary on the kid welfare system debuts on HBO.
What’s on TV
THE CATCHER WAS A SPY (2018) eight:15 p.m. on Showtime. This espionage thriller, based mostly on Nicholas Dawidoff’s biography of the identical title, tells the true story of Moe Berg, a Jewish skilled baseball participant who turned a spy for the United States throughout World War II. (How? He spoke a number of languages, was extremely sensible and knew how you can hold a secret.) He’s ordered to fly to Nazi Germany and discover out whether or not the physicist Werner Heisenberg is growing a fission bomb; in that case, Berg (performed by Paul Rudd) should kill him. The story is fascinating, and Rudd is joined by an all-star solid that features Paul Giamatti and Mark Strong. The movie did not impress critics: Some discovered it surprisingly uninteresting whereas others stated Berg comes off as one-dimensional, leaving a lot to be explored.
FOSTER (2019) eight p.m. on HBO; stream on HBO platforms. This sobering documentary affords a behind-the-scenes take a look at the shortcomings of the foster care system. The Oscar-winning filmmakers Deborah Oppenheimer and Mark Jonathan Harris weave the tales of a handful of staff, mother and father and youngsters who navigate the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. We study that the kid welfare system lacks sources, leaving many in want of assist. But there’s a signal of hope: One foster mom interviewed right here has helped greater than 100 youngsters.
TEXICANAS 10 p.m. on Bravo. Six Mexican girls in San Antonio invite cameras into their lives on this new actuality collection. (At the middle of the pack is Penny, a chatty mom and co-owner of a actual property firm.) Each has her personal character, however all of them share the wrestle of holding onto their roots and traditions in Texas.
TRUMP’S TRADE WAR (2019) 10 p.m. on PBS (verify native listings). Journalists from Frontline and NPR group up on this new investigative documentary, an inside take a look at the commerce struggle between the United States and China.
DAZED AND CONFUSED (1993) Stream on Hulu; rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu or YouTube. The coming teenage comedy “Booksmart” — about two friends who try to pack four years of fun into one night before high school graduation — calls to mind this classic by Richard Linklater. It follows a group of junior high and high school students in Texas on the last day of school in 1976. There’s the football star (Jason London) who isn’t sure he can give up drugs and booze for sports; the freshman (Wiley Wiggins) who evades a hazing campaign and winds up hanging with the seniors; and the 20-something slacker (Matthew McConaughey) who still hangs around high school students to meet younger girls. The story could be summed up as a journey to get Aerosmith tickets, or a melancholy take on the fear of growing up.