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Thu, May 28
This intriguing work of historical fiction is set in 1967 Los Angeles, where decorated World War II vet and homicide detective Sam Hodiak (David Duchovny) comes into generational conflict with his young new partner Brian Shafe (Grey Damon). The two are looking for Emma (Emma Dumont), the missing 16-year-old daughter of Hodiak’s old girlfriend. It turns out Emma has fallen in with a small but growing band of drifters under the sway of a career criminal who now dreams of being a rock star: Charles Manson (Gethin Anthony). The series begins with a two-hour premiere tonight.
PGA Tour Golf
Brendon Todd prides himself on his short game but even he couldn't have anticipated how good it would be in the final round of last year's Byron Nelson Championship, which tees off today near Dallas. He made near-impossible shots, including one left-handed and with the back of his club, to shoot a bogey-free Sunday and claim his first PGA Tour win. He returns today to defend his title from a field that includes Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Chad Campbell.
Collecting cookie jars seems like an innocuous hobby, but someone who has practiced it falls prey to a killer in the new episode "The Woman in the Whirlpool." The team investigates others with similar collections in an effort to solve the murder. Personal matters also have an impact, since Brennan (Emily Deschanel) wants Booth (David Boreanaz) to move out because of his gambling, and Aubrey (John Boyd) takes an interest in a "squintern."
The Big Bang Theory
It's no mystery to fans of this comedy that the brainy fellows normally do what they choose to, but in "The Space Probe Disintegration," they let the ladies in their lives do the deciding. It's a nice gesture, but it has a big cost since Leonard and Sheldon (Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons) end up at loggerheads with each other over it. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar and Mayim Bialik also star.
After a run of just over a week, the new game show reaches its conclusion, with contestants still vying to answer the most general-interest queries without getting three in a row wrong ... which gets them ejected from the proceedings. CNN newsman Richard Quest is the host of the competition, developed by television titan Mark Burnett ("Survivor," "Shark Tank") and Mike Darnell, who was the chief of unscripted series at Fox for many years.
The Odd Couple
Felix (Thomas Lennon) isn't as much help as he wants to be when he interferes with Oscar's (Matthew Perry) assignment in "The Ghostwriter." A retired baseball player (guest star Geoff Stults, "The Finder") preps his autobiography with Oscar's help, but Felix suggests the book take a different path. Oscar is not happy about it. Dave Foley ("NewsRadio") also guest stars. Wendell Pierce and Lindsay Sloane also star.
The Vampire Diaries
Stefan and Caroline (Paul Wesley, Candice Accola) lack a human touch -- quite literally -- as they generate lethal mayhem in "I Could Never Love Like That." In trying to stop them, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) involves Lily (guest star Annie Wersching). Jo's (guest star Jodi Lyn O'Keefe) big news causes Elena (Nina Dobrev) to ponder her own state. A bizarre round of karaoke ends up imperiling Tyler and Matt (Michael Trevino, Zach Roerig).
Ethan (Matt Dillon) struggles to come to terms with Kate's (Carla Gugino) actions against Beverly (Juliette Lewis) in the new episode "Our Town, Our Law." Things only get worse for him from there, thanks to his latest encounter with Sheriff Pope (Terrence Howard). Theresa and Ben (Shannyn Sossamon, Charlie Tahan) continue their quest to find Ethan. Justin Kirk ("Weeds") guest stars as a realtor. Melissa Leo, Toby Jones and Reed Diamond also star.
Hoarders: Family Secrets
Good news for fans of A&E’s gross-out guilty pleasure Hoarders, which ran on the network from 2009 to 2013. The series is back with a brand-new name, a bold new format and a new home on Lifetime. Tonight’s hourlong premiere focuses on two complex cases — a Massachusetts family and a relapsed hoarder on the brink of being jailed — and features live segments culminating in the show’s first ever live intervention.
A Program About Unusual Buildings & Other Roadside Stuff
Pittsburgh-based documentary maker Rick Sebak is well-known for films that celebrate items and places both common and unusual, and his 2004 project surveys some of the most unique structures in America. Wisconsin's National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame -- which resembles a huge fish -- is such a location, as is the Big Duck (yes, it looks like what it sounds like) in Long Island, N.Y. As one might guess, such sites are big draws for tourists.
At times when things are at their worst, it can be a real challenge to find a sunny side -- but Christy (Anna Faris) strives to do just that, even though she and her family are pretty much without a home, in "Figgy Pudding and the Rapture." Bonnie (Allison Janney) tries to make her see the reality of their situation, though. Jamie Pressly continues her guest role, and Kevin Pollak returns as Christy's father Alvin.
Mike & Molly
Arguably the worst thing that can impact an author, whether a veteran or a novice, is writer's block. Though she's new to the game, Molly (Melissa McCarthy) comes down with a case of it in "To Have and Withhold," and the negative effects also could be financial. Having been given a sizable advance for her book, she'll likely have to hand it back if she can't deliver the goods. Billy Gardell, Reno Wilson and Swoosie Kurtz also star.
Following Tuesday's sneak preview, a new season truly gets under way in the new episode "Smoker Envy," which finds Lee Ann Whippen seeks to avenge her Season 2 loss to Shad Kirton. Jamie Geer, aka the chicken king, may wind up playing spoiler, though, for this new challenge built around prime rib and whole chicken.
A double murder makes Holmes and Watson (Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu) sleuthing partners again in "The Five Orange Pipz." Problems are generated by Kitty (guest star Ophelia Lovibond) when she becomes jealous of her mentor Holmes' history and plainly evident comfort with Watson. Sonya Walger ("Lost") and Zak Orth ("Revolution") also guest star. Aidan Quinn also stars.
A new episode called "Charity" finds Billy (Billy Crystal) inadvertently thrust into a very awkward interaction with a man who is homeless. Meanwhile, Josh (Josh Gad) -- obviously hoping that charity begins at home -- goes to a charity event in an attempt to impress a woman on whom he has a crush.
Intending to kill the royal family of Athens, King Minos (Alan C. Peterson) invades the city state, where he tries to strike a bargain: If Hero (Tom York) surrenders the Lexicon to Minos, the king will spare lives that will otherwise be slaughtered. Secretly, Hero hatches a risky plan that will either set him on the right path to Olympus or wind up costing the lives of many of his loved ones in the new episode "Danger and Desire."
A relaxed, genuine smile can make an unbeatable first impression on someone, but that's not an option for those who have teeth so damaged that they feel embarrassment and shame daily. This new makeover series documents the emotional and physical journey of patients undergoing transformative dental procedures. In the series premiere, a college student born with a genetic disorder looks forward to her procedure, but a recovering addict frets that extensive dental surgery will jeopardize his sobriety.
(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies
As the 2016 U.S. presidential race heats up, voters find themselves reeling anew at the capacity of politicians to lie with complete impunity. Unfortunately, mendacity isn't confined to politics. Behavioral scientist Dan Ariely discovers the complicated truth behind lies in this new documentary, which features first-person accounts from five persons whose own lies led to disastrous results.
The season finale, "The Road Part 2," finds Louie (Louis C.K.) continuing his work on the road, a work venue with which he has a strong love/hate relationship. Ironically, as good as this Emmy-winning sitcom is, it's in live stand-up that the real-life C.K. truly shines, so be sure to stick around for the FX premiere of his acclaimed comedy special "Louis C.K.: Live at the Comedy Store," which follows immediately.
This new documentary series follows some of the colorful New Yorkers who are out and about in the wee small hours of the morning when most "regular" people are fast asleep. Some of them are simply insomniacs, but they also include drag queens, artists, sex workers and others who prefer to go about their "day" when conventional rules are readily broken, or at least severely bent.
Louis C.K.: Live at the Comedy Store
The Emmy-winning writer and comic shines in a loose set before a live audience, where his laugh-provoking topics include the inherent differences between sexism and racism, how pets give parents a way to prepare children for death, and how he got completely freaked out by a bat in a country house where he and his daughters were staying.
Fri, May 29
What Would You Do?
How would supposedly casual observers react to a questionable situation or apparent crisis as it developed before their eyes? That's the premise of this returning series, as host John Quinones showcases people's reactions to staged situations. The show tends to get plentiful coverage on other programs produced by ABC News, especially in the cases of segments with themes that play off current-headline-related concerns.
Mark Cuban definitely isn't impressed with one of the ideas presented in this episode, since he pronounces it "horrible." Candidates for that response include former Paris residents who use a family recipe for beverages, and the New York-based creators of an ecology-appropriate pizza box. Also, Utah cousins present their concept for making cell phones sanitary. The biggest deal in the history of the show thus far gets an update.
In this episode, Bruce "Two Dogs" Bozsum, chairman of Mohegan Sun, goes under cover on the front lines of the Native American-owned casino and resort operation. He's actually passing the reins on to the tribal council's next chairman, but this gig should provide him with some insights he can pass on to his successor.
In the new episode "The Smoking Gun," ex-prosecutor Kelly Siegler and former crime scene investigator Yolanda McClary travel to the Bible Belt of East Tennessee to investigate the murder of a seemingly innocent college student in his quiet hometown of Cleveland. The team must sort through the victim's private past as they search for clues to the identity of his killer.
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Anyone who watches "Duck Dynasty" knows the Robertson clan can have humorous moments, but Willie Robertson goes for laughs more consciously and overtly in this new episode. He joins series regulars Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles to show how adept he is at song and skit improv, based on suggestions from the studio audience. Comic Jeff Davis also appears as Aisha Tyler hosts. Another episode follows.
The Third Man
Director Carol Reed masterfully captures the atmosphere of a shellshocked postwar Europe in this classic thriller about an alcoholic writer who is drawn into a dark and disorienting situation after he travels to Vienna to visit an old friend, only to discover the man was recently killed. Or was he? Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles play out a complex cat-and-mouse game to a haunting zither theme by Anton Karas.
This wide-ranging, one-night-only event celebrates the start of BSO music director Andris Nelsons’ tenure as the 15th music director of the orchestra and features two of the conductor’s close colleagues, the acclaimed Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais and the internationally acclaimed German tenor Jonas Kaufmann.
A hired killer is far from his normal turf -- Detroit -- when he's eliminated in Hawaii in "Ka No'eau" (Hawaiian for "The Painter"). Not everything is as it initially seems, as McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) and his team eventually learn. Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) takes a big professional gamble to help save Danny's (Scott Caan) brother. Peter Weller, who has directed and acted on this series, wrote the story. Lee Tergesen ("Oz") guest stars.
Mysteries at the Museum
It's pretty rare to find a memorial to an embarrassment, but Don Wildman shares just such a story as he examines a soldier's statue that inadvertently became an embarrassing symbol for a small Georgia town in a new episode called "Dutchy the Statue, Dino Dig and Spanish Space Suit." Don also examines a moon rock that was presented to a Spanish innovator who played a role in the Apollo 11 mission and a dinosaur egg and skeleton that changed how a modern-day creature is understood.
After he takes control of Clay's (Greyston Holt) body, Aleister (Sean Rogerson) returns to Stonehaven and sets into motion his plan to abduct Savannah (Kiara Glasco) in a new episode called "Dark Arts." While Aleister moves easily among the clueless members of the Pack, Clay struggles desperately to reassert control of his mind and body even if he must risk destroying himself to do so. Greg Bryk also stars.
Alaskan Bush People
Ami needs medical attention and surgery; the boys find work to pay for a wood-burning stove.
Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars
Relationship experts Jim and Elizabeth Carroll are ready to listen as Season 3 opens, bringing a cast that includes Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett ("Kendra on Top"), Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and Lauren Pesce ("The Sorrentinos"), Aubrey O'Day and Travis Garland ("Making the Band"), Tami Roman and Reggie Youngblood ("Basketball Wives") and Jeff Schroeder and Jordan Lloyd ("Big Brother").
The immediate assignment is urgent for the Messengers in the new episode "Deus Ex Machina," since unless they succeed, thousands could perish in a plot launched through cyberspace. The mission to find the next Horseman also progresses, giving Vera (Shantel VanSanten) and her cohorts plenty to handle at once -- with even more in store for Joshua (Jon Fletcher), since he has to deal with a part of his past. Sofia Black-D'Elia and Diogo Morgado also star.
A large family with a small budget hires Edwin and his crew to build a custom houseboat, so they work on a battered '70s Yukon Delta, which Edwin describes as "what happens when a boat and an RV have a baby." Trying to preserve the original integrity of the boat, the crew strips it down, then adds a kitchen, clear roof, sun pad, projection screen and water slide in the new episode "Yukon Gold."
British actor David Oyelowo ("Selma") is showcased in what amounts to a one-man show in this harrowing film that depicts a dangerously unstable war veteran who starts to unravel thread by thread. As he addresses unseen followers of his video log, he focuses more and more on his obsession with an old Army buddy and begins to ponder committing an unthinkable act. Brad Pitt is among the executive producers of this 90-minute film, as is Oyelowo himself.
Though his intentions always are good, Jamie (Will Estes) sometimes experiences unfortunate fallout, as is the case in "Loose Lips." When he breaks up a domestic dispute, the man in question isn't happy about it, so he sets his sights on Jamie as his next target. Henry's (Len Cariou) trademark candor causes problems via his comments made on a tape sent to the media. James Carpinello and daytime-drama veteran Colleen Zenk ("As the World Turns") guest star.
Bo (Anna Silk) and her allies are left to perform hardcore clean-up duty after a storm destroys half the town in a new episode called "Here Comes the Night." As she surveys the devastation around her, Bo is dismayed to discover that something she brought back from hell may well have triggered an apocalypse -- and the only person who may be able to disable it is her father. Rachel Skarsten and Kris Holden-Ried also star.
Wayde and Brett are hired by Howie Mandel to design a tank for his production office that's out of the ordinary. Unfortunately, the guys will have to come up with their own ideas without any guidance from the client, since Howie cannot make up his mind in the season premiere "Howie Mandel Is the Brains Behind ATM." To make matter worse, both the office and the adjacent parking lot are in complete upheaval, adding to Howie's anxiety.
Hangar 1: The UFO Files
In a new episode called "The Smoking Gun," Hangar 1 looks into the discovery of SOM1-01, a top-secret Special Operations Manual detailing government protocols for recovering extraterrestrial UFOs that have crashed on Earth. If the information in this file is indeed what it appears to be, it could offer tangible proof that the U.S. government has had knowledge of and interaction with UFOs and extraterrestrial life.
Money can’t buy taste, and that’s really fun to watch and judge! Each episode of this new series steps inside the outrageous homes, cars and closets of new-money millionaires to see how people with more money than God (but probably less taste than you!) have chosen to spend their newfound fortunes. In this week’s episode we’ll see new “techno” money, new “boy toy” money and new “gambling” money.
Sat, May 30
Marilyn: The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
Lifetime’s two-night miniseries, based on the 2010 book by J. Randy Taraborrelli, covers Marilyn Monroe’s life from age 15, when she was still neglected foster kid Norma Jeane Mortenson, to her untimely death as a sexpot superstar at age 36. The mini reveals that while she was steaming up the silver screen, Marilyn also nursed deeply rooted mental and emotional frailties inherited from her schizophrenic mom (Susan Sarandon), a woman she tried desperately to save even as she longed for unconditional love and acceptance herself.
Derek (Patrick Dempsey) largely was off the radar for a while, but he's back in a very big way in "How to Save a Life," written by series creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes. Upon seeing a major car accident, he goes on instinct in rushing over to treat victims. The outcome of this story generated much comment from viewers when it first aired last month. Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson, Jessica Capshaw and Kevin McKidd also star.
My Cat From Hell
Ambreen has been abused by her cat, Calvin, for the past 13 years because of the way he bites her and her friends relentlessly and without warning. She's tired of it, but she fears he might be put down if she rejects him. Josh's girlfriend, Sydney, has not been welcomed (to put it mildly) into his apartment by his cat, Nico, who bites and hisses at her in the new episode "Love Bites."
Person of Interest
The names may change, but the characters remain the same in"Panopticon." Trying to avoid being located and possibly eliminated by the insidious system Samaritan, Reese (Jim Caviezel) and the other team members adopt new identities. It can be hard to escape your past, though, since The Machine retains elements of who they were -- and Samaritan could track those. Michael Emerson, Sarah Shahi and Amy Acker also star.
When Calls the Heart
Already at a relationship crossroads, Elizabeth and Jack (Erin Krakow, Daniel Lissing) receive upsetting news from their families in Hamilton that could tear them apart in the new episode "Heart and Home." Abigail (Lori Loughlin) tries to find forgiveness in her heart for a contrite Bill (Jack Wagner). Lee (Kavan Smith) recruits Rosemary (Pascale Hutton) to help fight Gowen (Martin Cummins) and keep Hope Valley from falling apart. Andrea Brooks also stars.
2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Recorded April 18 at Cleveland's Public Hall, the 30th annual ceremony honors inductees Ringo Starr, The "5" Royales, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble and Bill Withers. Special guests include Starr's former Beatles colleague Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Patti Smith and John Mayer; scheduled performers include Beck, John Legend, Dave Grohl and Joe Walsh.
A artificial-intelligence project intrigues someone enough to steal the computer program in "Bella," but Sherlock's (Jonny Lee Miller) isn't as much in finding the thief as it is in defeating the cyber-brain's purported abilities. Joan (Lucy Liu) wonders why Sherlock has been in touch with her beau, Andrew (guest star Raza Jaffrey). Actor and playwright Michael Cristofer ("The Shadow Box") also guest stars.
In the new episode "Community of Dreadful Fear and Hate," Alison's (Tatiana Maslany) mother proves to be a major hindrance as Alison and Donnie (Kristian Bruun) try to rent a storefront so they can take their business to the next level. Beset by health problems, Cosima (Maslany) turns to Alison for help but winds up assisting her sister clone instead. Scott (Josh Vokey) doesn't realize he is close to a major discovery when he sits down with Rachel (Maslany). Ari Millen also stars.
After Eugene accidentally breaks his mother's very rare burl wood bowl, he and Spencer are forced to go to extreme lengths to replace it. That means cutting down a giant burl, taking scrap metal and forging woodworking tools from it, then transforming an old truck axle into a wood lathe to shape the burl into a beautiful new bowl. Another new episode immediately follows.
Tonight marks the season finale of this fan favorite, which means a long summer of “droughtlander.” As the television adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s first book comes to a close, a desperate plan to free Jamie (Sam Heughan) is attempted. But it may be too late, as Jamie’s wounds are more than just physical. At a nearby monastery, Claire (Caitriona Balfe) prepares to try to save both Jamie’s heart and soul.
Deion's Family Playbook
After Tracey makes the trip to Dallas to see Deion, she's understandably irritated when the two of them find it almost impossible to arrange any quality time alone in the new episode "The Getaway." Although he's only 14, Shilo hatches a scheme that he hopes will allow him to get his driver's license early. Elsewhere, Deion helps Coach B develop an alternate game plan in light of changes that are in the offing.
In an Instant
Those who remember the 1985 movie "Witness" will recall Harrison Ford using a silo and its contents to outwit some of the bad guys. A similar situation is all too real for an imperiled man in "In an Instant: Buried Alive," as he's trapped under several feet of corn when a shelf breaks at his family's Iowa farm. With his father otherwise occupied, he only can hope he'll be found and rescued before he suffocates.
Treetop Cat Rescue
This new unscripted series follows the heroic exploits of expert tree climbers Tom Otto and Shaun Sears, who run Canopy Cat Rescue, a non-profit orgnization in western Washington state devoted to rescuing panic-stricken felines who have managed to scale towering trees, but can't get back down. In the opener, "Out on a Limb," Tom must navigate a sloping tree to rescue a difficult stray, while Shaun faces wet conditions to save a homesick kitty. Another new episode immediately follows.
Joy Ride 3: Roadkill
This third entry in the "Joy Ride" horror movie franchise predictably sees the return of Rusty Nail (played this time by Ken Kirzinger), the deranged truck driver who travels the roads in search of injustices to punish. If that sounds benign, be aware the Rusty's definition of "injustice" is pretty elastic. In this 2014 direct-to-video entry, Mr. Nail encounters street racers on a desolate stretch of road, so he tortures and teases them. Kirsten Prout ("Kyle XY") and Ben Hollingsworth ("Backstrom") also star.
The Dead Files
Steve DiSchiavi and Amy Allan travel to Illinois to investigate a restaurant in the small town of Oregon where the victims of a gruesome murder are said to still roam the premises in the new episode "The Obsession: Oregon, IL." Steve soon uncovers evidence of a double homicide related to a love triangle, while Amy confronts diabolically clever shadow figures and other entities determined to throw her off the right trail.
Nick Swardson: Taste It
Best known to many viewers from his recurring role on the largely improvised and now-defunct cop comedy "Reno 911," Minnesota comic Nick Swardson is also noted for his in-your-face stand-up appearances where he isn't one to lean on well-worn topics such as sports and child-rearing for his jokes. As he returns to the Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas, for this new one-hour special, expect to hear some fresh takes on such popular Swardson subjects as booze, chicks and, well, diarrhea. Consider yourself warned.
Sun, May 31
Halt and Catch Fire
This excellent drama about the rise of the PC culture flew under the radar for many fans of quality TV despite a good cast headed by Lee Pace ("Pushing Daisies"). Season 2, however, features a strong female-driven story line introduced in the season premiere, "SETI," which finds Cameron and Donna (Mackenzie Davis, Kerry Bishe) at a crossroads with their fledgling gaming company, Mutiny. Elsewhere, Joe and Gordon (Pace, Scoot McNairy) are reunited following the sale of Cardiff.
Face the Nation
It's no overstatement to say that an era ends here for the Sunday-morning staple, since CBS News veteran Bob Schieffer -- who has been the program's anchor, in every sense of that word, for 24 years -- leaves that chair with this broadcast. Expect some parting words from him, infused with his political insight and his typical good humor, as he turns the reins over to successor John Dickerson (son of Schieffer's late friend and colleague Nancy Dickerson).
"The Monster Mile" of Dover International Speedway is the setting today for the Sprint Cup's FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks. A field including Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will do battle on the Delaware oval in a race won for the fourth time last year by Johnson.
Louise (voice of Kristen Schaal) has a head-turning experience at a concert in "Boyz 4 Now" -- not only the title of the episode, but also the name of the group that inspires her change of heart. She develops an immediate fondness for one of the singers, and her emotions take her by surprise. Gene (voice of Eugene Mirman) gets politically incorrect while competing in a table-setting contest. H. Jon Benjamin is the voice of Bob. Another episode follows.
What turned Bart and Lisa (voices of Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith) into antagonists in the very beginning? "The Kids Are All Fight" supplies the details, prompted by Homer's (voice of Dan Castellaneta) discovery of an old roll of film that he gets developed. It's interesting to see that the situation between the siblings then isn't much different from how it is now. Julie Kavner and Hank Azaria also are in the voice cast.
Dancing With the Stars
The show acknowledged the milestone during its regular weekly telecasts, but in this hourlong special, the focus is wholly on the 10th anniversary of the program. Hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews introduce past winners of the competition, including Meryl Davis and Alfonso Ribeiro, who face each other in a "dance showdown." Among additional "Dancing" alumni appearing are Amy Purdy, Hines Ward, Kelly Monaco and Kristi Yamaguchi.
When Elizabeth (Tea Leoni) is called upon to negotiate with Iran regarding their escalating nuclear program, she is determined to do so peacefully, instead of following the president's (Keith Carradine) preferred go-to strategy of military intervention. Meanwhile, precocious Jason (Evan Roe) interviews his father (Tim Daly) for a school report in "Blame Canada." John Finn, Robert Klein and Johanna Day guest star.
Marilyn: The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
In the conclusion to this new miniseries adaptation of J. Randy Taraborrelli's biography, Marilyn Monroe (Kelli Garner) becomes the world's reigning sex symbol, but her dreams of being taken seriously as an actress are undermined by her emotional fragility and an increasing reliance on medications, which produce erratic behavior both on and off the set. Her affairs with high-profile men, some of them married, don't help her public image, either, and further damage her self-esteem.
Secrets of the Manor House
The popularity of "Downton Abbey" has clued many people into life as it existed in British manor houses a century ago, but this special indicated how romanticized that view -- also shared by many movies over the years -- might be. The facts of what went on in such residences are in focus here, with financial, political and social aspects sometimes making for a more strenuous lifestyle than the costume dramas that mirror the era may indicate.
The Critics' Choice Television Awards
From the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., Cat Deeley ("So You Think You Can Dance") hosts the fifth annual ceremony honoring outstanding work in television. The FX drama "Justified," which recently ended its run, and the two-part HBO drama "Olive Kittredge" lead the pack of nominees with five apiece. Among broadcast network shows, "The Good Wife" follows closely with four nods. Walton Goggins is an acting nominee both for his supporting role on "Justified" and his guest gig on "Sons of Anarchy."
A clash of AL clubs that expect to be in the playoff mix this season is on display tonight at Angel Stadium, where Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim close out a four-game series against Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers. The Halos' offense has struggled in the season's first two months and may struggle further against the Tigers' tough pitching staff.
Though they've gotten along well, Jake and Charles (Andy Samberg, Joe Lo Truglio) run into dicey territory with each other when they're too close for comfort during a prolonged "Stakeout" in an episode by that title. Nick Cannon ("America's Got Talent") guest stars as Holt's (Andre Braugher) nephew, who turns Rosa's (Stephanie Beatriz) head. Kyra Sedgwick continues her guest role.
Some new detectives are on the block -- namely, Peter (voice of Seth MacFarlane), Quagmire (also voiced by MacFarlane), Joe (voice of Patrick Warburton) and Cleveland (voice of Mike Henry) -- in "Encyclopedia Griffin." They make the alarming discovery that Chris (voice of Seth Green) may be involved in illegal activities. At the same time, Chris inspires Peter to try some new romantic maneuvers on Lois (voice of Alex Borstein).
When Jackie (Edie Falco) tells Grace (Ruby Jerins) about her news, Grace's reaction surprises her in the new episode "Managed Care." As the hospital begins the process of closing down, Dr. Prince (guest star Tony Shalhoub) enlists Jackie's help to keep an ICU patient with a brain tumor from losing the will to fight for his life. Zoey and Carrie (Merritt Wever, Betty Gilpin) celebrate with Thor (Stephen Wallem) after he confides a romantic secret.
A now-rare on-camera teaming of siblings Dick and Jerry Van Dyke highlights "Two of a Kind." Jerry returns as Frankie's (Patricia Heaton) father Tag, who has decidedly mixed feelings when his long-estranged brother Dutch (the Dick Van Dyke character) wants to put their differences behind them. Having never gotten detention before, Sue (Eden Sher) is terrified when it happens, driving her to seek Axl's (Charlie McDermott) counsel.
The Good Wife
Television veteran Linda Lavin ("Alice") guest stars in "Dear God," playing a pretrial service officer who considers Cary's (Matt Czuchry) fate by talking with his peers -- including Alicia (Julianna Margulies), of course. Alicia also faces a new challenge when she and Dean (guest star Taye Diggs) handle a case that has religious implications. Richard Thomas, Robert Sean Leonard ("House") and Christian Borle ("Smash") also guest star.
Game of Thrones
In a new episode called "Hardhome," the determined Arya (Maisie Williams) begins to make progress with her training, while elsewhere Sansa (Sophie Turner) confronts an old friend. Meanwhile, Cersei (Lena Headey) struggles unsuccessfully to hold herself together in the face of increasingly complicated political challenges. Jon Snow (Kit Harington) ventures outside of Castle Black for a journey. Peter Dinklage also stars.
In the new episode "Bossa Nova Bigfoot," the team members find themselves upon the Rio Negro in the great Amazon River Basin as they search for the Mapinguari, a mythical primate that is said to have only one eye and a large mouth on its stomach. Although most people in the party are skeptical, they continue the search because this vast and largely untouched region can readily yield previously undiscovered primates.
The final weeks of the bluefin fishing season in the North Atlantic finds Capt. Dave Marciano struggling to maintain his slender lead, but sharks and his competitors make that increasingly difficult in the two-hour season finale, "It All Comes Down to This." While most of the fleet opts to fish inshore, Capt. Tyler McLaughlin of the Pinwheel decides to go big or go home, choosing instead to fish further offshore. Capt. Dave Carraro of the FV-Tuna.com needs more fish to repeat last year's triumph.
Last Tango in Halifax
In "Episode 1" of the show's second season, Celia and Alan (Anne Reid, Derek Jacobi) map out their future after being reunited. They're in a relatively happy place, but not so with Gillian (Nicola Walker), whose emotions become increasingly frayed. Caroline (Sarah Lancashire) also isn't in a good spot, since the problems she's having with John (Tony Gardner) prompt her to consider making a literal move.
A.D. The Bible Continues
"Saul's Return" describes this new episode aptly, since the title character (Emmett J. Scanlan) does indeed return, with a different outlook than when certain other individuals last saw him. However, much of the story also belongs to Caligula (Andrew Gower), who sparks potential trouble by insisting that a statue of himself be placed in the Temple. Pilate and Caiaphas (Vincent Regan, Richard Coyle) know what that likely will cause -- and it won't be good.
Spring Baking Championship
In the competition's finale, "Wedding Season," the three remaining bakers tackle a wedding dessert bar challenge for their opening round, then move on to their final challenge, which, given the theme, should come as a surprise to no one; create a stunning wedding cake that deserves to be the centerpiece of the big day. The baker who prevails in the opinion of judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale takes home $50,000 and bragging rights as Spring Baking Champion. Bobby Deen is host.
Anyone familiar with the classic comic strip "L'il Abner" will know what a Sadie Hawkins dance is, and such an event poses complications in "The Darryl Dawkins Dance." Erica (Hayley Orrantia) wants to keep Barry and Lainey (Troy Gentile, guest star AJ Michalka) separated for it, and she seeks Beverly's (Wendi McLendon-Covey) help. Allie Grant ("Weeds") guest stars. Jeff Garlin, George Segal and Sean Giambrone also star.
Lee (Kathryn Hahn) is sent into a tailspin by the opening of a new store at the local mall in a new episode called "Starring Helen Keller, Moses and Lenny Bruce." Thom (Steve Coogan) takes over an account and does what he can to console Larry (Zak Orth). The Swedes offer Thom another major account, even as they are trying to steal Lorna (Hannah Hodson). Carrie Preston, Molly Price and Andre Royo guest star.
Golan the Insatiable
Based on a part of the "Animation Domination High-Def" block, this new series brings "godlord" Golan (who is voiced by Rob Riggle now) to a Minnesota town, where he befriends a youngster (voice of Aubrey Plaza). Rather than taming him, as is the tradition of such tales, she urges him to lay waste to her surroundings. John DiMaggio -- previously heard as Bender on "Futurama" -- also is in the voice cast of the show's "Pilot."
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Being quarantined together can cause people to know each other better than ever. Such is the case for Sara and Greg (Jorja Fox, Eric Szmanda), as "Bad Blood" forces them both into isolation after they check out a crime scene tainted with a potentially lethal chemical. Guest stars include James Lesure ... who knows more than a bit about the city this show is set in, having been a regular on the series "Las Vegas."
"Haley's 21st Birthday" spells out the occasion celebrated here, and now that the person in question (Sarah Hyland) is of legal age, the family marks the event with her at a bar. Some of her relatives turn reflective, as with Claire (Julie Bowen) wanting to be as much Haley's friend as her mother. Phil and Jay (Ty Burrell, Ed O'Neill) are excited to give the birthday girl a car as a gift -- until picking it up becomes a genuine comedy of errors.
In a new episode called "Above the Vaulted Sky," Evelyn (Helen McCrory) works on a new totem, while Hecate (Sarah Greene) returns with a gift for her mother. Vanessa, Ethan, Sir Malcolm, Sembene and Lyle (Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Danny Sapani, Simon Russell Beale) guard the mansion from another attack. The Creature (Rory Kinnear), aka John Clare, grows impatient with Frankenstein's (Harry Treadaway) stalling. Inspector Rusk (Douglas Hodge) grills Ethan about the massacre.
Richard (Thomas Middleditch) inadvertently ignites a feud that leaves him paranoid about security after he tries to take pity on a competitor in a new episode called "White Hat/Black Hat." Jared (Zach Woods) fudges the facts and exaggerates the size of the Pied Piper company to get the results he seeks. Facing mounting pressure from board members, Gavin (Matt Ross) looks around for a scapegoat.
Odelle and Aslam (Anna Friel, Omar Ghazaoui) get help from Luc (Gregory Fitoussi), whose background becomes clearer, in the new episode "Figmo." Peter's (Peter Facinelli) family ties become even more strained after Sophia (Orla Brady) assists him in regard to Yusuf Qasim (Anthony Azizi). New information given to Harrison (Jake Robinson) by Bob (Nate Mooney) about Ruby (Daniella Pineda) yields a surprising result. Treat Williams and Jim True-Frost also star.
Gary (Tony Hale) sets up a covert meeting with Dan and Amy (Reid Scott, Anna Chlumsky) to persuade them to lobby against the Families First bill, which has become politically radioactive in the new episode "B/ill." Selina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), meanwhile, tries to keep working despite a bad case of the flu, and her staff discovers that the deciding vote on that bill is in the hands of a single congressman.
In the new episode "Young Tigers in Sri Lanka," chef Michael Voltaggio and journalist Mariana van Zeller find themselves in a South Asia country where a bloody civil war that lasted from 1983 to 2009 left close to 100,000 Hindus and Buddhists dead. After visiting a Tamil orphanage, they discuss what drove this need for brutality and spear fish that Michael will feature in their dinner.
Mon, June 1
Co-creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro mined her years as a producer on "The Bachelor" to create this razor-sharp dramedy about what really goes on behind the scenes of reality dating programs and the effect the unique brand of psychological warfare has on everyone involved — including viewers.
The show wraps up a trip to Washington, D.C., with this episode, which finds host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Nancy Druckman at the Smithsonian's Lunder Conservation Lab. They check out some fragile miniature portraits from the 18th and 19th centuries and also look at a 1964 Chrysler turbine model and manual, a temperance banner from the mid-19th century and an oil painting by Jessie Willcox Smith.
So You Think You Can Dance
Season 12 of the dance competition starts with the audition rounds. This season, dancers will be divided into “stage” and “street,” and new judges Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo will join Nigel Lythgoe at the judges’ table. Who will be voted “America’s Favorite Dancer”: a stage dancer trained in contemporary, ballet, jazz or tap, or a street dancer skilled in styles such as hip-hop, animation or breaking?
American Ninja Warrior
Another city, another obstacle course: The new two-hour episode "Kansas City Qualifying" puts competitors through their paces quite physically, as hosts comment on the grueling process and how those in pursuit of this season's title -- and the $1 million grand prize -- fare. Hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja Biamila continue to comment on the results, with new co-host Kristine Leahy providing supplementary reports.
2 Broke Girls
Max (Kat Dennings) isn't the softest touch when it comes to emotions, but that could change -- at least temporarily -- in "And the Childhood Not Included." When her mother sends her a gift, Max thinks about selling it and using the proceeds for something else. The intended purchase is a fish to replace the one Caroline (Beth Behrs) managed to misplace while cleaning Han's (Matthew Moy) tank. Jennifer Coolidge and Garrett Morris also star.
As he's trying to get rid of one problem -- by the name of Dahlia (guest star Claudia Black) -- Klaus (Joseph Morgan) has another one on his hands, Mikael (Sebastian Roche), in "Night Has a Thousand Eyes." Hayley and Rebekah (Phoebe Tonkin, guest star Maisie Richardson-Sellers) also are pursuing Dahlia when Jackson (guest star Nathan Parsons) proposes something to Hayley. Aiden (guest star Colin Woodell) has conflicting agendas.
Mike & Molly
You can't blame Molly (Melissa McCarthy) for wanting to get her first book just right ... unless you happen to be Mike (Billy Gardell) or the other members of her family. In "Molly's Neverending Story," they become frustrated with the number of drafts she goes through in her pursuit of literary perfection. Swoosie Kurtz, Katy Mixon and Nyambi Nyambi also star.
This show's writers once again push the good-taste envelope with the new episode "Seizures Suit Stanny," in which Stan (voice of Seth MacFarlane) has a car wreck because he was texting while driving. Naturally, he lies to investigating officers, blaming the accident on a seizure, and before you know it Stan is struggling with side effects from medication he is prescribed for his bogus condition. Roger (also voiced by MacFarlane) helps Steve (voice of Scott Grimes) with performance anxiety.
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
In the new (well, sort of) episode "Back to the Beginning," host Guy Fieri opens the show vault to revisit the very first Triple-D episode ever and offers up the inside scoop via some new extras, fun facts and personal stories about his original trip through Flavortown, as well as some of the first discoveries he made back when this hit series first kicked off.
Lifetime’s spicy, soapy drama returns for a third season with a new Monday night time slot and new cast members Naya Rivera, John O’Hurley, Nathan Owens and Cristián de la Fuente. “This is the evolution of everybody,” says de la Fuente of the season’s plot twists.
With his leadership in question, Sam Houston (Bill Paxton) orders his army south to force a final battle with Santa Anna (Olivier Martinez). Meanwhile, in Victoria, Empresario Buckley (Robert Knepper), the self-appointed sheriff, defends the town against Comanche.
Walter (Elyes Gabel) and the rest of Team Scorpion go on a cruise ship together, but it's not for the sake of pleasure: They're trying to locate and disable some deadly rockets that have been stolen. As Valentine's Day approaches, Ralph (Riley B. Smith) turns to Happy and Toby (Jadyn Wong, Eddie Kaye Thomas) for advice on how to handle his first crush in "Love Boat." Katharine McPhee and Robert Patrick also star.
Jane the Virgin
Talk about twists of fate: Miami hotel worker Jane (Gina Rodriguez) -- who has vowed not to become an unwed mother like her own mom (Andrea Navedo) -- ends up artificially inseminated by accident in this seriocomic series' first episode, "Chapter One (Pilot)." The resulting complications are numerous not only for Jane, but also for her fiance (Brett Dier) as well as for the biological father and his wife (Justin Baldoni, Yael Grobglas).
The Lion's Mouth Opens
Marianna Palka, a young actress and filmmaker, confronts her risk of developing Huntington's disease as her father did in this new documentary from two-time Oscar nominee Lucy Walker. As Palka gathers family and friends, including actors Jason Ritter and Bryce Dallas Howard, to await the results of her medical tests with her, haunting videos of Huntington's patients drive home how high the stakes are for Palka.
NCIS: Los Angeles
In Mexico, Callen and Sam (Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J) seek the one person who escaped a shooting incident at the Department of Defense in "Black Budget." Back at headquarters, the agents' colleagues search for the reason behind the tragedy. Guest stars include magician Bill Malone, John Billingsley ("Star Trek: Enterprise") and Diana Maria Riva ("The Bridge"). Linda Hunt, Daniela Ruah and Eric Christian Olsen also star.
The aftermath of the passage of a 2012 same-sex marriage law in Maryland is examined in "The New Black," recalling the divisiveness that emerged among many African-American ministers over the consequent proposal of a ballot referendum. Filmmaker Yoruba Richen makes the situation the basis for an overall survey of gay rights in the black community. Several clergymen and former NAACP chairman Julian Bond are among the interviewees.
When children begin committing unspeakable acts and claim they were directed to do so, FBI child specialist Claire Bennigan (Lily Rabe) is called in to investigate. As she scrutinizes the happenings, an astounding and otherworldly phenomenon is discovered in a dusty desert, and a mysterious man is revealed to be more than anyone thinks. Also stars Barry Sloane and Milo Ventimiglia.
In space no one can hear you tweet. Or maybe they can, actually, as a new episode finds host Neil deGrasse Tyson and astronaut Chris Hadfield discussing social media milestones in space and how today's astronauts are using it. Their conversation is joined by former astronaut and engineer Dr. Mike Massimino and comic Eugene Mirman.
Tue, June 2
Secrets and Wives
In this tight-knit, ultra-wealthy group of friends and rivals, there are no secrets, and when you can’t hide anything, every moment of your life is a topic of discussion. The women negotiate major life changes from marriage failures to launching rival businesses to the ongoing hunt for love, with friendship, support and a whole lotta drama.
Was a Navy lieutenant's murder one of several muggings plaguing Washington, D.C., or was it committed to keep him from making it to a private meeting he had scheduled with the occupant of the Oval Office? That's what Gibbs (MarkHarmon) and the team have to determine in "Kill the Messenger." NFL veteran turned football analyst Tony Gonzalez guest stars as an NCIS agent. Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette and David McCallum also star.
America's Got Talent
It's still very early in the season -- the 10th for this show -- but that makes it a fairly open field from which to choose favorites as new faces continue to appear and try to make good first impressions in the new episode "Audition 2." Judges Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Howard Stern offer their assessments as hopefuls vie for the chance to perform on the stage of New York's Radio City Music Hall ... and potentially win $1 million. Nick Cannon is the host.
Pretty Little Liars
Fans of this mystery thriller may still be reeling from the spring finale, in which the Liars learned that the shadowy "A" is, in fact, Charles DiLaurentis, the twin of Ali's (Sasha Pieterse) half-brother, Jason (Drew Van Acker). In the Season 6 premiere, "Game on, Charles" Aria, Hanna, Emily, Spencer and Mona (Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, Shay Mitchell, Troian Bellisario, Janel Parrish) struggle to survive Charles' demented games as they are trapped outside his Dollhouse. Ian Harding and Tyler Blackburn also star.
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
The New Deal is a major element of American political history, and President Franklin Roosevelt's (voice of Edward Herrmann) implementation of it to stop the Great Depression is recalled in "The Rising Road (1933-1939)," Part 5 of the Ken Burns miniseries. FDR's wife Eleanor (voice of Meryl Streep) is hardly a silent first lady, ruffling some feathers by expressing her views quite vocally. Adolf Hitler is a White House concern as the 1930s draw to a close.
Fresh Off the Boat
Louis (Randall Park) urges the rest of his family to make new friends -- and promote the restaurant -- during a cul-de-sac block party celebrating NASCAR. Jessica (Constance Wu) finds it difficult to fit in, however, especially after she befriends an unpopular trophy wife, while Eddie (Hudson Yang) tries to win the respect of the other neighborhood kids in "The Shunning."
After taking his new abilities for a test run, Barry (Grant Gustin) is concerned when they fail him during a dangerous situation at a university event in "Fastest Man Alive." Joe (Jesse L. Martin) admonishes Barry for acting on his own and putting himself in danger. However, the new Flash may be the only solution when what seemed to be several gunmen turns out to be duplicates of the same felon (guest star Michael Christopher Smith).
Dre (Anthony Anderson) has concerns both personal and professional when an executive (guest star Michael Rapaport) chooses someone else to go after an urban-themed account in "Switch Hitting." The other representative (guest star Deon Cole) seems so unlikely to close the deal, Dre wonders what it is about himself that got him replaced. Pops (Laurence Fishburne) is contacted by the Internal Revenue Service.
The series never has gone vegetarian before, but that changes in the new episode "4 Chefs Compete." The reward is great for the chef who proves most successful at going meatless since the prize is a day in Newport Beach, Calif., complete with parasailing and an elegant dinner with a view. The other remaining contestants are encouraged toward greater glory -- and not a moment too soon, since the season finale is near -- through surprise visits from loved ones.
Extreme Weight Loss
They don't know each other when the show begins, but "Josh & Kelli" share similar journeys ... and the same episode, in the case of this new two-hour offering. Josh is an Omaha, Neb., resident who decides he wants to make a major change after the loss of his fellow-firefighter father. Hailing from Kansas City, Mo., Kelli aims to rebound from the depression she experienced after her college basketball career ended. Miami Heat players Chris Bosh and Chris Andersen appear.
Chrisley Knows Best
Expect still more over-the-top moments as this hit reality series opens its third season with "Savannah's Big Id-ea," which finds a tony Southern magazine seeking to interview the family for their opinions on fashion. Todd tries to control the situation by giving them a script to memorize and, when the family inevitably starts speaking freely, Todd retaliates with some candor of his own. Another new episode immediately follows.
NCIS: New Orleans
While investigating the murder of a chief warrant officer, Pride (Scott Bakula) and his team discover that the victim's wife has been abducted and held for ransom -- which is due in only 22 hours. Senior FBI Agent T.C. Fornell (recurring "NCIS" player Joe Spano) assists with the case. Rocky Carroll and Gabriel Olds guest star. Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan, CCH Pounder and Rob Kerkovich also star in "It Happened Last Night."
Written by Diane Ruggiero-Wright, one of the show's executive producers, the new episode "Dead Rat, Live Rat, Brown Rat, White Rat" sounds like "I Know What You Did Last Summer" revisited. Several teens are responsible for an apparent death, but as they try to conceal the mishap, the supposed victim appears and attacks one of his "killers." Liv (Rose McIver) is taken back to her high school days as she and Clive (Malcolm Goodwin) investigate.
Married at First Sight
Five weeks after they married as strangers, the three couples find themselves approaching a milestone: In one week, they must decide whether they want to stay married or get a divorce. In the new episode "Last Chance for Romance," spiritual advisor Greg Epstein encourages the couples to work hard on their marriages before confronting this fateful decision.
This is not your grandma's procedural drama. ABC Family's first foray into that genre follows Kirsten Clark (Emma Ishta), a brilliant but emotionally remote young woman recruited by a covert government agency to solve crimes and mysteries by entering the minds of recently deceased individuals via a process known as "stitching." Salli Richardson-Whitfield ("Eureka"), Allison Scagliotti ("Warehouse 13"), Kyle Harris ("The Carrie Diaries") and Ritesh Rajan co-star as Kirsten's colleagues.
In the new episode "Hot Mitzvah," Liza (Sutton Foster) auditions for a gig as a "book doctor" on a sensational but clumsily written manuscript about the sexual re-awakening of a woman (guest star Nadia Dajani) in her 40s. Later, Kelsey's (Hilary Duff) friend Lauren (Molly Bernard) throws herself a second bat mitzvah to celebrate how much more attractive she has become since her first ceremony at age 13. Nico Tortorella, Debi Mazar and Miriam Shor also star; Kathy Najimy guest stars.
Your Family or Mine
In the new episode "Presents," Jason (Danny Comden) admits to Kelli (Kat Foster) that he got a vasectomy while he was intoxicated, but Claire (Angela Kinsey) has quite a bombshell of her own to drop. Blake (Andrew Lees) pretends to be an Australian pop star to get a woman to go home with him. Ricky and Louis (JoBeth Williams, Richard Dreyfuss) celebrate an anniversary.
I Can Do That
With the "Dancing With the Stars" experiences of Cheryl Burke and Nicole Scherzinger, you might think they'd have a leg up -- so to speak -- in emulating the "America's Got Talent"-winning dance team Jabbawockeez. Whether that's the fact is shown in this new episode, whch also tests them and other participating celebrities including Ciara and Joe Jonas in trying the physical comedy of the Quiddlers and the performance art of Christian & Scooby. Marlon Wayans hosts.
The hit medical dramedy opens is seventh season with "Rebound," in which Hank (Mark Feuerstein) tries to help a TV host who feels off her game. He also takes a major step in his personal life. Elsewhere, Divya (Reshma Shetty) gets more than she bargained for when she saves a young skateboarder, while Evan and Paige (Paulo Costanzo, Brooke D'Orsay) buy a new home and get some unexpected news that suggests they are in for a new chapter of their lives. Emily Tremaine and Christine Ebersole guest star.
Emery Blagdon and His Healing Machine
Can art truly heal? Nebraska talent Blagdon used wire, beads, ribbon and other materials to create works he believed could channel such powers, and this documentary recalls the efforts by others to preserve his work -- and continue its potential impact -- after his death. Blagdon also intended to use his creations as conduits for natural energy, and the results were showcased in an exhibit at Wisconsin's John Michael Kohler Art Center.
Wed, June 3
Hot in Cleveland
TV Land hit upon a winning formula in 2010 with this modest sitcom: Just take a quartet of veteran comedy actresses -- Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves and Betty White -- and turn them loose in joke-driven stories about four women confronting their middle years and beyond. Now, six seasons later, "Hot in Cleveland" bids farewell to fans in an hourlong finale that finds Joy and Bob (Leeves, Dave Foley) postponing their wedding to meet a baby who's up for adoption.
"The White Lions" tells the story of two extremely rare white lion cubs on their journey to adulthood. The two females were born in May 2009 in South Africa's Kruger Park and must overcome not only the same survival challenges that all lion cubs face, but also the threats that their high visibility brings.
When Frankie (Patricia Heaton) finds a full dining room set selling online for $50, she gives the family's old set to Axl (Charlie McDermott). Elsewhere, Sue's (Eden Sher) delight over the necklace her boyfriend gave her turns to pique when she learns he gave the same gift to his ex, and Brick (Atticus Shaffer) launches a podcast. Neil Flynn also stars in "The Table."
Attendees at an amusement park are in for a hopefully tasty bonus, since the new episode "Cinnamon Roll-er Coaster" separates the contestants into teams to prepare treats appropriate to the location -- namely, burgers, and fish and chips -- for thousands of people. The squad that doesn't win will move on to a "pressure test" that involves making cinnamon rolls. Host Gordon Ramsay also serves on the judging panel with Graham Elliot and Christina Tosi.
Melissa & Joey
The romantic sitcom returns for its final 10-episode run with the summer premiere, "Call of Duty." Scarcely have Mel and Joe (Melissa Joan Hart, Joey Lawrence) come to terms with the results of the pregnancy test when Ryder (Nick Robinson) drops the bombshell that he is joining the Navy. Determined to prove that Ryder isn't ready for such a big step, Joe creates a mock boot camp to show Mel's nephew just what he should expect if he goes through with this plan.
A secret about Sara (Caity Lotz) may emerge, as Laurel (Katie Cassidy) ponders whether to break a confidence and tell Lance (Paul Blackthorne), in "Sara." Lance has other concerns, since businessmen are dying from arrows fired by another archer. Oliver's (Stephen Amell) worry over Thea (Willa Holland) prompts Roy (Colton Haynes) to reveal related information. Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) acts on his interest in Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards).
In this new episode of the reality series, the Scott family from Mechanicsville, Md., must decide between keeping the $101,000 to pay for a child adoption and helping the Musolinos. The Musolino family from Fuquay-Varina, N.C., spends most of the year in different states due to John’s fishing job. They see this an opportunity to secure their children’s future and bring the family together, but they also want to help the Scotts realize their dream of becoming parents.
We all know "Back to the Future" was just a movie, right? Don't try to prove it by Adam (Troy Gentile), who comes up with a whopper of a fib to explain his broken arm in "I Rode a Hoverboard." That title is exactly the claim he makes, but others doubt he's the Marty McFly he maintains he is. Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) worries that her family prefers a new Chinese restaurant's offerings over her cooking. Jeff Garlin also stars.
Having spent much of the past few months somewhat inadvertently toying with the affections of both Ben and Danny (Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Derek Theler), a guilty and confused Riley (Chelsea Kane) flees back to her mother's (Alex Kapp Horner, "The New Adventures of Old Christine") home in New Jersey to sort through her feelings in "Home Is Where the Wheeler Is," the summer premiere. Meanwhile, the death of a neighbor has Bonnie (Melissa Peterman) scheming to get the apartment listing.
Originally shown several months after the 2011 catastrophe, "Surviving the Tsunami" recalls the devastation that hit the northern coast of Japan, its 9.0 magnitude earthquake wiping out some villages within mere moments. The bountiful video footage taken at the time, and compiled into this episode, shows how many people became heroes of the moment through circumstance and immediate need. Survivors reflect on what went through their minds as the crisis enveloped them.
Three murders draw Rossi (Joe Mantegna) and the team to Salt Lake City, where they have to find someone else before being able to locate the perpetrator, in "Amelia Porter." A fugitive may be the linking factor among the victims -- as well as the BAU's link to apprehending the killer. Guest stars include Nikki Deloach ("Awkward"). Thomas Gibson, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Matthew Gray Gubler also star.
Dean's (Jensen Ackles) potentially dangerous behavior grows, worrying Crowley (Mark Sheppard), in "Reichenbach." However, Dean may be the only chance for Sam's (Jared Padalecki) survival when a man with a vendetta strikes against the Winchester family. Concerned about Castiel's (Misha Collins) diminishing condition, Hannah (guest star Erica Carroll) seeks help from Metatron (guest star Curtis Armstrong).
A boat parked on the lawn of neighbors Ronnie and Amber (guest stars Steve Zahn and Andrea Anders) becomes the crux of a battle with the Dunphys in "The Big Guns." Phil (Ty Burrell) enlists his dad (guest star Fred Willard) to help even the score. Jay and Gloria (Ed O'Neill, Sofia Vergara) debate when to potty-train Joe. Cam (Eric Stonestreet) covertly introduces Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) to clown school. Julie Bowen also stars.
Brother vs. Brother
The (work) gloves come off and sibling rivalry kicks into overdrive as twin brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott return for a third season of four episodes dedicated to proving which of them rules when it comes to home improvement and house-flipping. With their older brother, JD, serving as referee, the twins each buy a Las Vegas fixer-upper and completely renovate it. The brother who earns the highest increase in property value upon selling the finished property wins. Guest judges include David Bromstad and Josh Temple.
Each week, eight new contestants transform themselves into human darts. Whoever hits the bull’s-eye in successive rounds of competition (on land, sea and air) wins up to $50,000. The extreme competition is hosted by Kellan Lutz and comedian Godfrey and is created by the same company that launched reality competition juggernauts Wipeout and Fear Factor.
The chat about the birds and the bees is always a big one for a parent and a child, so Dre (Anthony Anderson) isn't thrilled that Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) already has had that with Andre Jr. (Marcus Scribner) in "The Talk." Dre then decides to have his version of the conversation with his son anyway, prompting endless questions from the youngster about intimate matters. Laurence Fishburne and Miles Brown also star.
Celebrity Wife Swap
In one household, there's Jeremy London, former co-star of "Party of Five" and "7th Heaven." In the other is David Siegel, a Florida time-share kingpin who was profiled (along with wife Jackie) in the documentary movie "The Queen of Versailles." Their mates go to each other's homes in this new episode, and given the vastly different backgrounds of those involved, the results should prove interesting ... which, of course, is exactly what this program aims for.
The dark and crime-ridden Whitechapel streets see a new breed of tourists, visitors from the upper ranks of society in search of salacious entertainment. Lady Vera Montacute (guest star Laura Haddock, "Da Vinci's Demons") may rue her own curiosity, though, as she now stands accused of the vicious stabbing of a local woman. It's up to the detectives of H Division to ferret out the true culprit in the new episode "The Incontrovertible Truth."
Modern technology that abets arsonists becomes a concern for Avery (Patricia Arquette) and her team in "Fire Code." The program in question thwarts the discovery of firestarters' identities, and the agents apply their cyber-skills to cracking it. Elijah (James Van Der Beek) isn't happy to learn his ex-wife wants to take their daughter with her as she begins a new job in another city. Peter MacNicol and Shad Moss also star.
Craziest Restaurants in America
Take a coast-to-coast summer road trip counting down America’s most outrageous eateries, including an underwater café and a zombie-themed bistro that lets diners enjoy unbelievable eats in the company of the undead.
The Ghost Army
War, deception and art come together in the story of American GIs who tricked the enemy with rubber tanks, sound effects and carefully crafted illusions during World War II. This 2013 tale of a top-secret mission that was at once absurd, deadly and amazingly effective is told through the stories of the veterans, many of whom -- such as Bill Blass and Ellsworth Kelly -- would go on to illustrious careers in art, design and fashion.