Between community, cable and streaming, the trendy tv panorama is an unlimited one. Listed here are among the reveals, specials and films coming to TV this week, Feb. 14-20. Particulars and instances are topic to vary.
THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE (2021) 6:48 p.m. on HBO. Jessica Chastain was nominated for an Oscar final week for her efficiency because the TV evangelist Tammy Faye Bakker on this biopic. It’s a juicy function: Bakker (who was later often called Tammy Faye Messner, after marrying Roe Messner in 1993) turned well-known within the Nineteen Seventies and ’80s for the Christian broadcasting empire she constructed together with her first husband, Jim Bakker, which got here to a crashing, extremely publicized finish fueled by intercourse and fraud. Directed by Michael Showalter (“The Big Sick”), the movie follows Bakker from her childhood in Minnesota by her time at a Bible faculty the place she met Jim (performed by Andrew Garfield), and on to their eventual falls from grace. It’s a task that Chastain had lengthy pursued. “She by no means actually did something midway,” Chastain stated of Bakker in an interview with The New York Times last year. “She didn’t have an oz of being cool or being aloof about her. So I simply felt like I couldn’t dip my toe in or be cool and aloof within the efficiency. I needed to leap in probably the most wild, excessive manner. As a result of that’s how she lived each second.”
INDEPENDENT LENS: BULLETPROOF (2021) 10 p.m. on PBS (test native listings). The fact of active-shooter fears in American colleges takes on a surreal high quality on this documentary. The movie seems at measures being taken by some colleges — educators coaching at taking pictures ranges, school rooms outfitted with safety digital camera methods and armored doorways — with a indifferent however meticulously shot fly-on-the-wall fashion. “The accomplishment of the director Todd Chandler,” Teo Bugbee wrote in a review for The Times, “is that he continues to search out settings that reveal this similar eerie divide between the need for safety, and the intense measures being taken by colleges to attain impregnability.”
ICAHN: THE RESTLESS BILLIONAIRE (2022) 9 p.m. on HBO. On this documentary, Carl C. Icahn, the billionaire investor and erstwhile Trump administration adviser, describes himself as a product of the monetary system. “I made this cash as a result of the system is so unhealthy,” Icahn says, “not as a result of I’m a genius.” Directed by Bruce David Klein, the movie seems at Icahn’s profession within the context of nationwide financial points. It contains commentary from monetary figures and journalists, together with the Instances columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin.
AD ASTRA (2019) 7:35 and 9:55 p.m. on FXM. How would you deal with being informed, in a top-secret assembly with United States protection bigwigs, that your long-lost dad could also be alive? Likelihood is you’d betray extra emotion than Brad Pitt’s Maj. Roy McBride, an at-first inscrutable astronaut who is shipped to the celebs to find his famous spaceman father (performed by Tommy Lee Jones) on this somber house film from the filmmaker James Gray. Grey makes use of the spectacle of the celebs and the isolation of extraterrestrial journey to discover the thoughts contained in the house helmet and a sophisticated, solely superficially space-related father-son relationship. It’s a film that “tends to work greatest in remoted scenes slightly than within the combination,” Manohla Dargis stated in her review for The Times. However, Dargis wrote, Pitt’s “soulful, nuanced efficiency — which turns into incrementally extra externalized and visual, as if McBride had been shedding a false face — holds the movie collectively even when it begins to fray.”
THE GAME PLAN 7 p.m. on TNT. Shaquille O’Neal is the host of this new actuality sequence, during which O’Neal and different celebrities — together with the retired W.N.B.A. star Lisa Leslie and the rappers Quavo, Killer Mike and Large Boi — meet Atlanta-based entrepreneurs. That is no “Shark Tank,” although: The main focus of this heat sequence is on serving to every of the companies succeed, with O’Neal and firm providing recommendation and encouragement.
PAINTING WITH JOHN 11 p.m. on HBO. The artist and musician John Lurie’s surrealist, quasi-painting present returns for a second season on Friday evening. The primary season was a maybe unlikely success final 12 months: Gradual-burning and effortlessly weird, it discovered Lurie ruminating on his personal life — and the inventive life extra broadly — from his Caribbean island house. That can proceed within the second season, together with some portray. Most likely.
IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967) 8 p.m. on TCM. When Sidney Poitier died last month, at 94, the Instances critic Wesley Morris joined “The Daily” to discuss Poitier’s legacy as a transformational determine in American cinema and America at large. One second that Morris pointed to is on this Mississippi thriller. Poitier performs a police detective, Virgil Tibbs, who has been enlisted to assist a small-town sheriff (performed by Rod Steiger) resolve a homicide. The pair go to an area cotton magnate, Endicott (Larry Gates), who’s highly effective sufficient to be recognized by solely his final title. When Tibbs insinuates that Endicott is a suspect within the homicide investigation, Endicott slaps Tibbs. Tibbs slaps again, and Poitier breaks floor: That slap, Morris stated, “is a reversal for every thing that had occurred to a Black individual beforehand within the films.” Revisit it on Saturday evening in a double characteristic with an earlier Poitier film, THE DEFIANT ONES (1958), which TCM will air at 10 p.m.
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT COSBY 10 p.m. on Showtime. “There are two runaway forces of oppression in America,” the comedian W. Kamau Bell stated in an interview with The Times. “One, how we deal with nonwhite folks. The opposite is how now we have handled ladies by the historical past of this nation. And for those who take a look at Invoice Cosby’s profession, you may see issues he did that makes this higher and makes this worse.” Bell makes a nuanced try and discover each of these sides of Cosby on this documentary sequence, which seems at Cosby’s life and legacy. Sunday evening’s episode is the fourth and remaining installment, however don’t count on a tidy ending: One thing that makes the sequence uncommonly efficient, the Instances’s TV critic James Poniewozik wrote recently, is that it “holds Cosby’s achievements and his wrongs shut, and it acknowledges that there could also be unresolvable dissonance between the 2.”