What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein’ and ‘Human Discoveries’07/16/2019
FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER’S MONSTER, FRANKENSTEIN (2019) Stream on Netflix. David Harbour created and stars in one of the most perplexing television offerings this summer. In this new mockumentary, the “Stranger Things” actor plays a fictionalized version of himself — a curious man who is aching to learn more about his father (also played by Harbour) through unearthed footage of his made-for-TV play, “Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein.” The film alternates between scenes from the cringe-inducing production and fake interviews in which Harbour discovers his father did not in fact attend Juilliard and may or may not have killed a rival co-star. Kate Berlant, Alex Ozerov and Alfred Molina make appearances.
HUMAN DISCOVERIES Stream on Facebook Watch. Transform your favorite ensemble comedy into a cartoon, set it in prehistoric times, and you have “Human Discoveries.” This new show follows a group of friends, led by Gary (voiced by Zac Efron) and Jane (Anna Kendrick), living at the dawn of civilization. They pass the time trying to survive, naturally, and uncovering the best and worst of humanity’s breakthroughs — fire, monogamy, “rotten grape juice.” The series, also starring Lamorne Morris (“New Girl”), Paul Scheer and Lisa Kudrow, is about the present as much as it’s about the past: Amid talk of hunting and gathering, the characters wink at concepts like mansplaining and feminism. The first three episodes are available to stream at 9 p.m.
What’s on TV
PANDORA 8 p.m. on CW. This new series recalls the CW adventure “The Outpost,” albeit with a sci-fi twist. Set in 2199, the show is about Jax (Priscilla Quintana), who, after losing her parents in an attack, enrolls in the Fleet Training Academy on Earth to become a guardian against intergalactic threats. She befriends human and alien students, and learns that everything she knows about her past is a lie.
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS (2019) 8 p.m. on HBO; stream on HBO platforms. In 2008, Aarushi Talwar, 13, was found dead in her home in northern India. The police initially suspected the killer to be the family’s live-in servant, Hemraj Banjade. But when his body was found on the Talwars’ roof days later, officers set their eyes on Aarushi’s parents. The story gripped India for years and even spawned a feature film. India’s Central Bureau of Investigation tried to close the case, citing insufficient evidence, but a special judicial magistrate later charged the parents with murder. They were convicted but have since appealed the verdict. This new two-part documentary tries to recap the timeline of events and highlight how class divisions may have thwarted the search for the truth.
EX ON THE BEACH 8 p.m. on MTV. In this chaotic reality show, back for a third season, 10 single reality TV stars arrive at a beach in search of romance, knowing that their former partners will intrude at some point. That inevitably leads to yelling matches, a rekindling of old flames, or both.
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