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Mon, May 30
Based on Alex Haley’s novel and the acclaimed (and hugely popular) 1977 miniseries, this four-part adaptation, airing over consecutive nights, is a historical portrait of American slavery. It recounts the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship. In tonight’s premiere, young Kunta Kinte (exceptionally portrayed by Malachi Kirby) is taken from his African home in the late 18th century and thrust into the Atlantic slave trade, ending up on a Virginia plantation and subjected to incredible brutality, all while still trying to cling to his identity and humanity. Forest Whitaker costars as Fiddler.
Originally shown in 2014, the concluding hour of a three-part visit to Baton Rouge, La., puts much focus on remnants of the Civil War era. One is a grenade -- and rest assured host Mark L. Walberg was careful around it, since he went on to take the show to other cities. Also evaluated: Confederate letters found within the walls of a demolished house in Mississippi, as well as a mid-1930s Porfirio Salinas oil painting now worth a not-so-small fortune.
So You Think You Can Dance
The contestants are younger than ever as this competition starts Season 13 with "The Next Generation: Audition No. 1" -- and, indeed, the entrants are between the ages of 8 and 13. Do not mistake youth for not being able to bust moves, as host Cat Deeley and judges Paula Abdul, Jason Derulo and Nigel Lythgoe (now joined by 13-year-old judge Maddie Ziegler) are destined to learn weekly. Those who make the Top 10 will be partnered with a series "All-Star."
Originally shown in an 90-minute slot but filling two hours here, "Tech, Drugs, and Rock 'n Roll" turns a "smart" building on which the team was working into a potential death trap. Walter (Elyes Gabel) is among those facing peril when a virus loaded onto his computer puts the possibly lethal change into effect. Kevin Weisman ("Alias") continues his guest role, and Doug Savant ("Melrose Place") also guests. Katharine McPhee also stars.
The masterful actor James Cromwell ("Babe," "The Sum of All Fears") shares a role with his son John in this 2011 drama. James plays the older incarnation of a World War II soldier who never has discussed his military experience since actually serving -- until he strikes a deal with his grandson (a part also split between two actors, Jonathan Bennett and Jackson Bond) to relate the stories behind three of his wartime mementos.
Former "Friends" star Matt LeBlanc, who has been working in England for a few years now on his Golden Globe-winning Showtime comedy series "Episodes," joins Chris Evans (the British TV personality, not the Marvel action movie star) as the new regular co-hosts of the auto-centric series as it returns for its 23rd season. Also new to the series are rotating co-hosts Eddie Jordan, Sabine Schmitz and Rory Reid.
As Thomas and Kathryn prepare to welcome their son into the world, JD raises the indelicate question as to whether Thomas is actually the father in the new episode "Saints and Sinners." Elsewhere, Craig heads to Los Angeles to make amends with Whitney and enjoy a weekend with the guys. Landon reveals to Cameran that she's been harboring feelings for her best friend, while Shep relishes the L.A. single life.
Part of Cabe's (Robert Patrick) past resurfaces when someone he once knew (guest star Izabella Miko) seeks his aid in capturing a Serbian war criminal in "Cuba Libre." Of course, the rest of Team Scorpion gets involved and heads to Cuba with him on the mission, causing concern for the new Homeland Security chief (guest star Alana De La Garza). Walter (Elyes Gabel) makes a pal (guest star Kevin Weisman) while doing community service.
A new episode called "Meltdown" brings Cole (Aaron Stanford) face to face with the Witness, the shadowy figure behind the Army of the 12 Monkeys, as Cassie's (Amanda Schull) hallucinations begin to go through a chilling change. Worse, the malfunctioning time machine starts shredding time and space, rendering the Temporal Facility increasingly dangerous and bringing back deadly visitors from the past.
Houdini & Doyle
Canadian actress Emily Hampshire -- known to "Rookie Blue" fans as the uniquely named Celery -- has been getting lots of attention lately for her work on such shows as "12 Monkeys" and "Schitt's Creek." she adds to her resume with the new episode "The Curse of the Korzha," casting her as a traveling medium who confounds Houdini and Doyle (Michael Weston, Stephen Mangan). She also concerns them with a prediction about Adelaide (Rebecca Liddiard).
The second of three specials -- "War & Peace," clearly timed for Memorial Day -- recalls wartime experiences of individuals who express their thoughts in a program recorded at The Town Hall in New York. Actor and ex-Marine Adam Driver ("Star Wars: The Force Awakens") discusses how theater helped him readjust to post-war life, journalist Sebastian Junger considers causes of PTSD, and humanitarian Samantha Nutt talks about weaponry both here and abroad.
After they enter challenging new terrain, the human herd decides to camp for the night, but a sudden downpour threatens to extinguish their fire, the only defense they have against nighttime predators, in the new episode "Lion's Den." As that title suggests, their luck seems to run out as they face their greatest fear: a pride of lions in the pitch black.
For the first time in their long careers, British acting legends Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins team up professionally for this new adaptation of Ronald Harwood's comedy-drama about life in a provincial British touring company during the London blitz. The troupe's star, Sir (Hopkins), is suffering bouts of dementia while struggling to play Shakespeare's King Lear, but his loyal assistant, Norman (McKellen), tries to help his master soldier on. Emily Watson, Edward Fox and Sarah Lancashire also star.
Person of Interest
Echoing the cult-classic movie "Assault on Precinct 13," the new episode "Sotto Voce" finds Reese and Finch (Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson) trapped in their own environs. Along with the latest person of interest, they're cornered by the criminal kingpin known only as "The Voice" -- who uses armed gang members as deputies in keeping the targets pinned down. Enrico Colantoni ("Flashpoint") continues his guest role. Sarah Shahi and Amy Acker also star.
The effects and treatment of PTSD -- post-traumatic stress disorder -- form the focus of "Of Men and War," Laurent Becue-Renard's documentary that shows how veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are receiving help at a facility in California's Napa Valley. They try to come to terms with their military experiences and the wounds left by those ... including ones that aren't visibly apparent. This was an Official Selection of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
Monica the Medium
While studying for midterms in the school library, Monica feels compelled to pass along a healing message to a fellow student from her late sister in the new episode "There's Something Fishy Going On." On a more personal note, Monica persuades her roommates to enroll in a sushi-making class, along with her, Tyler and his friends. Needless to say, that endeavor requires shopping for outfits, during which Monica gives a reading to a shop manager.
As the locals push back against the escalating winter conditions and try to add to their supplies, Gary gets an early jump on marten trapping season in the new episode "The Long Road." Sam has his eyes trained even further into the future, as he builds a new rain-catchment system which will prove useful when spring gardening season arrives. Elsewhere, Mary ventures into the woods by herself looking for gamebirds, and the Porters strike out fo Prince of Wales Island to buy a new truck.
In her search for more information about her father's disappearance, Reagan (Britne Oldford) discovers what little information she previously had been given is mostly lies in a new episode called "The More I See You." Elsewhere, Flynn and Briggs (Nathan Phillips, Mark Coles Smith) embark on a high-stakes race with the Hunters to find and acquire a scientist who is critical to "The Purge."
The Real Housewives of Dallas
Stephanie gets frustrated when Travis tries to hijack the planning of his own birthday party, while Brandi and LeeAnne try to find common ground in the new episode "Hollman Holiday." Meanwhile, Cary gives Mark a hard time for spending too much on birthday gifts for 3-year-old Zuri. LeeAnne takes center stage as the keynote speaker at a charity event supporting women with HIV. At Travis' birthday bash, Brandi gets drunk and surprises the other guests by inviting everyone to a weekend getaway.
The fourth season of the guilty-pleasure drama series begins a year from where the saga left off, as "The New Girls" finds Joss (Jes Macallan) testifying in a trial over recent events. Harry's (Brett Tucker) return makes things better for her, but only marginally. Jennifer Esposito has left the show's cast, but Jerry O'Connell joins it for this latest round as both an actor and a director. Yunjin Kim, Rochelle Aytes and Rob Mayes also continue as cast members.
Longtime co-hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond may not be returning to this hit series for its 23rd season, following a fractious parting after Clarkson was fired in March 2015, but their contributions to the legacy of the show are saluted in the new special episode "Top Gear A to Z," the first of a two-part alphabetized celebration hosted by comic John Bishop.
The unmasking of the killer in Season 1 of this movie franchise spinoff was pretty weak stuff, but the cliffhanger suggestion that perhaps the villain wasn't working alone offers hope that Season 2, which premieres tonight, will be stronger. The action picks up with fragile Emma Duval (Willa Fitzgerald) back in Oakdale and reconnecting with her surviving friends, but where has Emma been over the hiatus (a psychiatric facility, perhaps?) and why on Earth would she ever come back to this place?
Tue, May 31
Maya & Marty
Maya Rudolph teams up with Martin Short for this new hourlong sketch/variety series, which includes comedic sendups of current events and personalities, celebrity guest appearances, and musical performances. Current SNL player Kenan Thompson also joins in the fun.
Gibbs (Mark Harmon) has a special investment in helping a DEA agent (guest star John Gabriel) with a cold case in "Personal Day." Eventually, DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) discovers why Gibbs is so keen on having the rest of the team assist, as they wonder why Gibbs suddenly is wearing spiffier attire around the office. Robert Knepper also guest stars. Pauley Perrette, David McCallum, Sean Murray and Emily Wickersham also star.
America's Got Talent
Well, look who's back on American television: none other than Simon Cowell, whose penchant for snark helped propel "American Idol" to success in its early years. He has rightful claim to be at the judges' table in this contest's 11th season, which starts with "Auditions," since he created the format that has expanded to other countries. (He's also an executive producer.) Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel are back as judges. Nick Cannon is the host.
The new episode "Vienna Inn" is set in Southbridge, Mass., but the site visited by Gordon Ramsay reflects an atmosphere that tourists likely would find in Austria. Not all of the locals are charmed by it, though, and Ramsay tries to help the married owners give the place a needed update. That's not a simple process, since it's a matter of continuing the traditional feel while also modernizing the inn.
In a new episode set at the Houston Public Library, a participant in historical re-enactments seeks help in determining if she has familial connections to any of those portrayed in the productions. A man wants to know if his forerunners were members of Confederate troops during the Civil War. A probe of the Andersonville prison -- where slightly less than a third of the 45,000-plus Union captives died during its 14-month existence -- also is included.
Time has marched on since the cataclysmic Season 1 finale, and Barry (Grant Gustin) is a man alone -- by his own choice -- in "The Man Who Saved Central City." He wasn't able to save one particular person, though, which has left him rejecting others ... until the villainous Atom Smasher (guest star Adam Copeland) starts a crusade of terror. Joe and Cisco (Jesse L. Martin, Carlos Valdes) assemble a brigade of meta-humans.
The competition's second season continues its limited run for two more nights -- here and Wednesday -- as new host Dan Harris ("Nightline," "Good Morning America") puts tough questions to brainiacs who prove their worth, in more ways than one, by staying in the game and increasing their winnings. The catch: If a player gets three answers wrong, he or she is out. As Harris says, part of the fun here is watching people who can't trash-talk try it on their rivals.
Secrets of the Dead
"Jamestown's Dark Winter" examines allegations of the circumstances -- including punishing weather -- that may have driven residents of the New World's first permanent English colony to engage in murder and cannibalism. Archaeologists discuss evidence that suggests some of those who made the journey across the Atlantic Ocean might have resorted to drastic means to sustain themselves after losing many of their supplies during the trip.
NCIS: New Orleans
An attack on a military convoy in the Big Easy puts Pride (Scott Bakula) and his colleagues on the trail of a stolen missile -- earmarked to be used against a Navy vessel -- in "Sic Semper Tyranis." The agents have to work undercover to foil the plot. Music veteran Dr. John appears as himself in performance. Yancey Arias ("Kingpin") and Clare Carey ("Coach") also guest star. Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan and CCH Pounder also star.
Having the National Guard in on the quarantine effort proves to be a mixed blessing for Lex (David Gyasi) in the new episode "Inferno," since he disagrees with the approach of the Guard's captain-in-charge (guest star Miles Doleac). A rampage by drug-seeking addicts prompts Jana (Christina Moses) to take action. Xander and Leanne (guest stars Demetrius Bridges and Tiffany Morgan) have differing thoughts about Teresa (Hanna Mangan Lawrence) and the baby.
On Night 2, William Waller (Matthew Goode) buys Kunta (Malachi Kirby) after slave-catchers amputate half his foot to prevent him from escaping. The plantation cook, Belle (Emayatzy Corinealdi), cares for Kunta as he heals, and they eventually marry. Their clever daughter, Kizzy (Anika Noni Rose), learns to read and write, but her skills land her in trouble. She is sold to poor white farmer Tom Lea (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), who rapes her and fathers a son. Kizzy vows to instill in the boy a fierce sense of family pride.
Be careful what you text ...a warning that many people are reminded of, often at unexpected moments, as is the case in the new episode "Chemical Attraction." One of the couples may see their relationship dissolve over a certain message. The arrival of a helicopter and its principal passenger foreshadow a potential change in the overall proceedings. Terrence "J" Jenkins is the host.
Many people first experienced fantasy sports in the casual context of office football or baseball pools, but daily fantasy sports have exploded into a truly big business, with fans betting an estimated $2.6 billion -- yes, that's "billion" -- in 2015. Critics say the practice is tantamount to gambling and should be regulated as such, while opponents insist it's just entertainment. "The Fantasy Sports Gamble" explores this complicated issue.
Person of Interest
Though this drama will end its run soon, it's lasted long enough to reach its 100th episode, "The Day the World Went Away." The new story places Finch (Michael Emerson) in danger when his true identity is exposed during a mission, thrusting him into a series of increasingly perilous face-offs with operatives of Samaritan. Enrico Colantoni continues his recurring role as Elias. Jim Caviezel, Amy Acker, Sarah Shahi and Kevin Chapman also star.
Fresh Off the Boat
An accident sidelines Louis (Randall Park), who has to stay home with Eddie, Emery and Evan (Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler, Ian Chen) -- and finds himself hard-pressed to maintain his image as a fun father -- in "Tight Two." His mishap leaves Jessica (Constance Wu) to oversee things at the restaurant, including a new takeout service the staff is trying to get used to. Paul Scheer and Jillian Armenante reprise their guest roles. Another episode follows.
In the new episode "Tantra? I Hardly Know Ya," the travelers head south to Galle, Sri Lanka, to recover from all the drama they recently experienced in Colombo. Sandhurst accuses Michelle of being too prudish when she declines to participate fully in an awkward session of tantric yoga. Michael and Steven feel like fish out of water as they celebrate Michael's birthday with a Sri Lankan family. Heather and Jared clash over a scheduled visit to a local tea plantation.
This new docuseries follows three young couples as they summon the courage to take a leap of love, transitioning from teen lovebirds to husband and wife, with the attendant commitments and responsibilities. The eight-episode series follows each couple from their wedding through the subsequent weeks of navigating the complex course of juggling family, school, careers and first homes.
Wed, June 1
This Australian sci-fi series rooted in Aboriginal mythology reminds us what a superhero is. Set in the near future, a group of non-humans battle for survival in a world where humans feel increasingly inferior to them, and want to silence, exploit and kill them. One young man — The Cleverman — struggles with his own power and the responsibility to unite this divided world, but he must first overcome a deep estrangement from his older brother.
Also featured in the program's "The Great Math Mystery," Dr. Mario Livio is the guide for "Invisible Universe Revealed," commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's launch. Besides tracing the history of the project -- which included a course correction to keep it from being viewed as an expensive misstep by NASA -- the hour showcases many of the stunning images it has sent back to Earth over the past quarter-century.
American Ninja Warrior
The competition begins anew for Season 8, as the "Los Angeles Qualifier" launches a fresh round that again will take the show across the country in search of the best competitors in various cities. The road ultimately will lead once more to Las Vegas, where finalists will vie for the $1,000,000 grand prize. Here, the Floating Steps, Tic Toc, the Escalator and the Ring Jump are among the challenges put to the rivals by hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila.
Guest judges, including the legendary Wolfgang Puck, play major roles in the competition as its seventh season begins. Returnees Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi start by sampling the culinary efforts of the initial field of 40 entrants, who engage in a "Battle for a White Apron" in this first part of the opening episode. The rivals include three firefighters, a lifeguard and a pro poker player, and the prizes they vie for include a cookbook deal and $250,000.
2 Broke Girls
Necessity is the mother of invention, and Max and Caroline (Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs) devise a way to use a shower for free when theirs breaks in "And the Gym and Juice." They take part-time jobs at a posh gym's juice bar, largely so they can use the locker room ... but the attention Caroline gets from a trainer makes some female members jealous, threatening the cushy situation. Series co-creator Michael Patrick King directed the tale. Another episode follows.
Young & Hungry
Heartbroken to see Josh (Jonathan Sadowski) getting cozy with his therapist, Gabi (Emily Osment) finds herself commiserating with fellow traveler Adam (guest star Tyler Ritter, "The McCarthys"), whose bride (guest star Kelen Coleman) left him at the altar. Gabi agrees to pose as his wife on his honeymoon to a couples-only resort in Hawaii, where Yolanda, Elliot and Alan (Kym Whitley, Rex Lee, Bryan Safi) are mistaken for a "thruple" (three-person couple) in the season premiere "Young & Hawaii."
Long Day's Journey Into Night
Eugene O'Neill's autobiographical play about a harrowing day in the life of the haunted Tyrone family gets a remarkably faithful 1962 film adaptation from director Sidney Lumet, who left O'Neill's masterful stage text more or less untouched. His cast -- Katharine Hepburn, Ralph Richardson, Jason Robards and Dean Stockwell -- makes a seamless ensemble, and all four were honored for their work at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival. Hepburn also was nominated for best actress at the Academy Awards.
iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party
It's almost summer! There's a pool! Let's party! Well, at least you can watch others party as performers gather at the Fontainebleu Miami Beach for the fourth annual edition of this event. Joe Jonas and Hailee Steinfeld (who has branched out beyond acting into a music career) are the hosts who introduce Flo Rida, DNCE, Tinashe, Lukas Graham, Kygo and Jason Derulo (who's back on "So You Think You Can Dance"). As usual, don't be surprised if CW series stars drop by.
Questions for President Obama -- A PBS NewsHour Special
The title of this new offering describes the content of the hour, which begins with President Barack Obama -- just back from a diplomatic trip to Asia -- being interviewed by Gwen Ifill on a variety of subjects including international relations and the current political cycle here at home. Then, emulating recent sessions by the candidates who would like to succeed him, the chief executive stages a town hall with the public posing questions to him in Elkhart, Ind.
In "Trial by Liar," the summer premiere of this hit comedy series, Riley (Chelsea Kane) puts a desperately contrite Danny (Derek Theler) on trial for breaking her heart after she discovers he had a casual hook-up with Sam (guest star Daniella Monet) way back when they were all in high school. Elsewhere, Ben (Jean-Luc Bilodeau) finds out that Zoey's (guest star Jonna Walsh) ex has returned in hopes of reconciling with her. Melissa Peterman and Tahj Mowry also star.
Rossi (Joe Mantegna) and his team decide to turn the tables on the so-called "Dirty Dozen" of assassins in "Entropy." The scheme has much to do with Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler), who also has a date -- with the woman in question played by guest star Aubrey Plaza ("Parks and Recreation"). Rochelle Aytes ("Mistresses") returns as Morgan's (Shemar Moore) love interest. Thomas Gibson, Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook also star.
The Winchester brothers (Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki) continue fighting otherworldly evil with "Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire," which finds them still battling the dark force from the end of the previous season. Castiel (Misha Collins) also continues to confront a threat, as Rowena's (Ruth Connell) spell keeps affecting him. Mark A. Sheppard also stars.
The Real Housewives of New York City
Tensions between Luann and Bethenny reach critical mass during Dorinda's holiday party in the Berkshires, where the hostess also has a meltdown of her own and Ramona confronts Luann, accusing her of breaking the girl code. During her first weekend away from the other ladies, Jules faces a family emergency in the new episode "December: Berkshires County."
Theo (Jason Patric) uses his surgical skills to bargain for information from First Generation leader Jason Higgins (Tom Stevens) in the new episode "Blood Harvest." CJ Mitchum (Djimon Hounsou) has his own knowledge of the town's history that could prove useful as he assists in a potentially dangerous project. First-season co-stars Shannyn Sossamon, Toby Jones and Charlie Tahan return here, with Hope Davis also continuing her role. Nimrat Kaur also stars.
On Night 3, George (Rege-Jean Page), son of Kizzie and Tom Lea (Anika Noni Rose, Jonathan Rhys Meyers), becomes an accomplished trainer of gamecocks, replacing his predecessor, Mingo (Chad L. Coleman), and earning the nickname of Chicken George. He marries Matilda (Erica Tazel), a preacher's daughter, but cannot save his alcoholic father from his self-destructive ways. When Tom Lea loses a wager with an Englishman, he sells George to save his farm. Michael James Shaw also stars.
Genius by Stephen Hawking
The new series' penultimate episode poses the title question "What Are We?," as celebrated scientist and theologist Hawking puts three everyday people to the challenge of actually re-creating the process of evolution. It involves mechanics and lighting, so it's only an approximation, of course -- but it's designed to yield new insight into the physiology of mankind, and a possible understanding of why it is the way it is.
Seen recently on "Shades of Blue," Ray Liotta appears as himself in "Playdates." Claire and Phil (Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell) become determined to make a couple who always stick them with the bill pay ... literally. Jay (Ed O'Neill) is unsettled by the age of the husband in another couple with whom Gloria (Sofia Vergara) arranges their sons' playdate. Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) wants to make use of a birthday "coupon" he received.
As she struggles to rebound from her recent trauma, Paige (Holly Taylor) starts to view her mother (Keri Russell) from a new perspective, and she is moved to consider whether she may have inherited some of her parents' very special skills in a new episode called "A Roy Rogers in Franconia." Elsewhere, it's starting to look as if Oleg (Costa Ronin) may have reached his breaking point with Stan (Noah Emmerich). Matthew Rhys also stars.
Barbecue veteran Myron Mixon is host for this new competition, in which each episode features two pitmasters with a personal history going head to head to prove who is better. A rotating panel of three judges evaluate the results. In the series premiere, "You Bet Your Butt," Georgia pork maven Robby Royal seeks retribution after his rival, Texas beef specialist Ernest Servantes, defeated Royal on his home turf. The winner receives $5,000 and a trophy, while the loser must shave his head and beard.
The Night Shift
Season 3 begins for the late-hours San Antonio doctors with "The Times They Are A-Changin'," the first half of a two-part story that immerses many of the medics in the rescue of a car-accident victim. Jordan (Jill Flint) develops second thoughts about having brought a very candid med-school graduate (Tanaya Beatty) onto the team. Drew (Brendan Fehr) and a new colleague (Jennifer Beals, joining this series) combine their skills in Afghanistan.
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
Though there shouldn't be any doubt which show this one is spun off from, the theme of "Harvested" should remove any lingering traces. In Mumbai, an American is abducted from a festival and soon is missing two things: his friend and ... a kidney. Garrett (Gary Sinise) and his team head there, then find the crime may be more than a matter of servicing a black-market-organ operation. Alana De La Garza, Tyler James Williams and Annie Funke also star.
There Goes the Motherhood
After Meghan persuades Nick to have a fourth baby, they take another step toward reclaiming their house by giving their youngest daughter, Hattie, her own room. Meanwhile, a very nervous Stefanie prepares for her Viper Room performance, but discovers to her dismay that doing a show in front of an audience is not like riding a bike. Elsewhere, Jen flies to Austin, Texas, to ask an ex-boyfriend to be her sperm donor in this new episode with the apt title "Are You My Baby-Daddy?."
Barry (Troy Gentile) takes it upon himself to champion the cause of an improbable Olympian in "Edward 'Eddie the Eagle' Edwards," believing his own status at school will be improved by it. Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) tries to compensate for Murray's (Jeff Garlin) reduction in sales by marketing a furniture fad herself. Sean Giambrone, Hayley Orrantia and George Segal also star.
Thornton Wilder's timeless play about the fleeting yet beautiful joys to be found in daily life gets a 1940 film adaptation that may not please some fans of the original theater piece, which unfolds on a nearly bare stage. The film uses naturalistic scenery and softens the shattering ending of the original. Still, it's thrilling to see Martha Scott and Frank Craven recreating their stage roles as Emily Webb and the Stage Manager; William Holden, Fay Bainter, Thomas Mitchell and Beulah Bondi also star.
Thu, June 2
2016 NBA Finals
The 16 teams that began the NBA playoffs in April have been winnowed down to two, and they'll go at it beginning tonight in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The winners of this best-of-seven series take home the O'Brien Trophy as the 2015-16 league champs. Last year, that honor went to the Golden State Warriors, who vanquished the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games.
PGA Tour Golf
The Jack Nicklaus-designed Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, is the setting today through Sunday as Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson and others tee it up in the Memorial Tournament. Sweden's David Lingmerth bagged his first PGA Tour win here a year ago by defeating Justin Rose in a three-hole playoff.
Jimmy Kimmel Live
In what has become an annual tradition during the NBA Finals, Kimmel presents special editions of his late-night talk show at an earlier hour on every game night -- acknowledging sports, but also going heavy on guests from the entertainment world. To that end, these episodes will be featuring the casts of some of the summer's big movies, including "Finding Dory" (made by ABC owner Disney) and the female-centric remake of "Ghostbusters."
A television crew follows the Jeffersonian team during the investigation of a long-buried body found in a landfill in the new episode "The Movie in the Making." Different members respond differently to being caught on camera, with Booth and Aubrey (David Boreanaz, John Boyd) particularly keen on their potential stardom while Brennan (Emily Deschanel) is concerned about maintaining her professional integrity. TJ Thyne and Michaela Conlin also star.
The Big Bang Theory
Oscar nominee June Squibb ("Nebraska") guest stars in "The Meemaw Materialization" as Sheldon's (Jim Parsons) often-mentioned but previously unseen grandmother, whose visit absolutely thrills her grandson -- until she and Amy (Mayim Bialik) almost immediately lock horns. Raj (Kunal Nayyar) encounters someone (guest star Alessandra Torresani) at the comic-book store who gives him second thoughts about his romance with Emlly (Laura Spencer).
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
The adventure series' opening story concludes with "Pilot, Part 2," as the united heroes find themselves circled by criminals as they track down Vandal Savage (guest star Casper Crump). The ensuing brawl leaves the bad guys with a potent part of the Atom's (Brandon Routh) costume, prompting Professor Stein (Victor Garber) to get in touch with his younger self (guest star Graeme McComb) to retrieve it. Caity Lotz and Falk Hentschel also star.
"The Final Showdown" is exactly what this episode's title indicates, as the two remaining teams face off in the season finale -- and if you think the challenges they've endured up to now have been tough, wait until you see what they have to contend with in the last three legs of their pursuit. It'll be worth it for the winners, though, in terms of both bank account and ego. Gabrielle Reece hosts the series that includes Sylvester Stallone as an executive producer.
More than 200 of the world's best athletes in skateboarding, motocross, BMX and rally car racing compete for medals and prize money from June 2-5 in Austin, Texas. New this year is the Dave Mirra BMX Park Best Trick, an event named for the late BMX legend. Athletes expected to compete include Bob Burnquist, Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Ryan Nyquist, Jamie Bestwick and Chase Hawk. ESPN and ABC will present 20 hours of live coverage.
The Odd Couple
With Felix (Thomas Lennon) gone for the weekend -- thanks to his big plans with Emily (Lindsay Sloane) -- Oscar (Matthew Perry) takes the occasion to throw a big party in "Unger the Influence." Murphy (Geoff Stults) assists in the preparations, but the result isn't exactly what was intended. Wendell Pierce and Yvette Nicole Brown also star.
Beauty and the Beast
It must be nearing summer if this adventure-drama series is returning -- but the Season 4 premiere, "Monsieur et Madame Bete," means the beginning of the end for Catherine and Vincent (Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan) since it's the show's final round. They're married now, but that doesn't mean their troubles have lessened, especially now that a bounty has been posted for beasts. Translation: Watch out, Vincent. Nina Lisandrello and Austin Basis continue to co-star.
Life Below Zero
In the new episode "Trapped and Hunted," Sue hunts for gamebirds and caribou on the tundra, while the Hailstones journey to Emonokrov to ice-fish and set traps to get an idea of how rich the area's game population may be. Elsewhere, Glenn hunts animals on the frozen lake and makes a blanket out of caribou hide. Andy Bassich, meanwhile, sets traps along the Yukon River, hoping to catch animals for his fur trade.
Disney Channel alum Emily Osment has a very non-Disney-like guest role in "Thigh Gap and a Rack of Lamb." She plays a young addict encountered at a meeting by Christy and Bonnie (Anna Faris, Allison Janney), who take it upon themselves to help her ... though they don't have all the counseling experience it may end up requiring. Sara Rue reprises her earlier guest part. Jaime Pressly also stars.
Game of Silence
As the series heads toward its finish line, incriminating photos found at the warden's (Conor O'Farrell) ranch prompt Gil (Michael Raymond-James) to deal with the situation in the new two-hour presentation "Hey/The Truth." Complicating his effort is information that Det. Liz Winters (Deidrie Henry) has on him. However, new evidence that surfaces against the warden could change matters completely. Larenz Tate, Bre Blair and Claire van der Boom also star.
Defense and offense both factor into the new episode "Barricade the Bunker," with that title pretty much describing what the competitors have to do. Initially, they must keep rivals out of their shelter, then they're tasked with retrieving their flags from others' habitats. Winning this round has personal significance, since the victors will be reunited with loved ones. John Cena is the host, and the military-veteran "Cadre" includes Noah Galloway.
In the finale of this limited series, George (Rege-Jean Page) returns to the Lea farm after 20 years in England, only to learn his family was sold to a North Carolina owner. His son Tom (Seadale Threatt Jr.), now a master blacksmith, nurses a grudge against his father for abandoning their family. George and Cyrus (Tip "T.I." Harris), a hot-tempered young slave, join the Memphis Colored Battery. After a long search, Tom finds George and returns home after the war to start a new life with his family.
A Ride Along the Lincoln Highway
Route 66 might be the Mother Road, but Route 1 -- aka the Lincoln Highway -- is the granddaddy. This documentary from quirky-Americana-documentary specialist Rick Sebak ("An Ice Cream Show") takes viewers on an armchair trip on the United States' first transcontinental highway, built in 1913. Of course, there are lots of stops at funky little coffee shops, general stores and other attractions you won't see from the interstate.
North Woods Law
The Maine Warden Service returns to patrolling the 18 million wooded acres in the Pine Tree State as Season 2 of this unscripted series opens with "Long Shot." Among their exploits in these new episodes, viewers will watch as the game wardens confront a pair of brothers who are out to poach deer, endeavor to de-escalate tensions during a confrontation with a hunting family and resolve one of the most baffling mysteries in the history of the service.
2 Broke Girls
Unhappy about a customer's (guest star Michael Cyril Creighton) intention for their cupcakes, Max and Caroline (Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs) refuse to serve him -- a decision that ends up having big fallout -- in "And the Inside Outside Situation." When word about the situation gets around, their business is boycotted by many patrons ... including Cher and Barbra Streisand impersonators.
Hollywood is well known as a dog-eat-dog place where ambitious fame-seekers will literally kill for the right part, and the movie set where Archer (voice of H. Jon Benjamin) and his Figgis Agency colleagues are working becomes a dangerous place as the body count continues to rise with the discovery of another corpse in the season finale, "Deadly Velvet: Part II." Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter, Judy Greer, Amber Nash and Chris Parnell round out the principal voice cast.
Neolution's dire threats against Donnie (Kristian Bruun) have wife Alison (Tatiana Maslany, who plays all the female clones) feeling terrified in the new episode "The Redesign of Natural Objects," prompting Sarah and Mrs. S. (Maria Doyle Kennedy) to question whether Alison's devotion to her "sestras" is still intact. Ultimately, Mrs. S. sneaks out on a mission of revenge. Meanwhile, Susan Duncan (Christy Bruce) assists Cosima on a desperate, last-ditch attempt to find a cure for Cosima's ailment.
Personal and professional feelings collide for Leanne (Marcia Gay Harden) in "In Extremis." She must decide whether to treat a policeman (guest star Michael Trucco) who helped her family, or his more critically injured assailant. Malaya also runs into complications with the case of a significant someone from her past (guest star Shiri Appleby, "UnREAL"). Gabrielle Carteris ("Beverly Hills, 90210") continues her guest role.
Beach Bites With Katie Lee
This new culinary and travel series finds host Katie Lee venturing across sand and surf in search of some of the world's best beach foods, ideally accompanied by some spectacular views, and meets the chefs who prepare this fine fare in a casual setting. In the series premiere, "Hometown Favorites," Katie's in St. Barts, where she enjoys snapper chimichurri served with Caribbean Squash. Later, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, she finds that a sweet pineapple-raicilla cocktail pairs nicely with chiles rellenos.
Quincy Jones: Burning the Light
Did you hear the one about the terminally ill young comic who's getting his first HBO special even as he undergoes chemotherapy? There's no punchline, but this new hour is a testament to the strength of this 32-year-old Seattle native who got his terminal cancer diagnosis last July. A Kickstarter campaign by friends led to an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and this subsequent HBO deal. Jones' topics for this set include gay marriage, playing the race card and the challenges of finding true love.
Lone Star Law
The Texas Game Wardens are the stars of this new unscripted series, which follows the men and women of this elite patrol force as they maintain order across more than a quarter-million square miles of lakes, forests, bayous and coastal area. In the series premiere, "Game On," wardens hunt down an alligator poacher who has been bragging of his illegal activity online, while other colleagues search for drug smugglers and pull illegal nets out of a river.
Fri, June 3
Lisa (voice of Yeardley Smith) goes in search of a female inventor's creation in "Paths of Glory." When the trail leads her to a former asylum, Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright) joins her there, takes the notebooks of one of the ex-patients and maintains he wrote them himself. Unfortunately for him, Homer and Marge (voices of Dan Castellaneta and Julie Kavner) also believe his claim. Hank Azaria also is in the voice cast. Another episode follows.
To make her business idea happen, a Californian takes an innovative approach to labor that she presents to the Sharks -- including Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Barbara Corcoran and Robert Herjavec -- in this episode. Another West Coaster, a college student, suggests an adult version of a popular toy that the Sharks try. Several New York City residents put forth unique approaches to beauty. An update on mirth-making slippers also is featured. Another episode follows.
NCIS: Los Angeles
The team members have to protect themselves while investigating a crime at a nuclear power plant in "Core Values." Though the site has been decommissioned, one of its security guards -- who also is a gunnery sergeant -- falls prey to radiation poisoning there, sending Callen (Chris O'Donnell), Sam (LL Cool J) and company in to determine who is responsible. Daniela Ruah, Eric Christian Olsen and Linda Hunt also star.
A big makeover is in store for the CEO that the real-estate-oriented Armando Montelongo Companies take their name from, and he goes to great lengths to observe his employees without being detected. He even enlists a body double to make them believe they're listening to him at one of his seminars -- which are designed to teach how to self-generate wealth and have financial independence -- though he's actually seated among them.
Masters of Illusion
The title of the new episode "Classic Magic Mashups" suggests that each act will involve several familiar aspects of prestidigitation, likely causing the featured illusionists to reach beyond their usual comfort zones to incorporate other elements. The performers showcased here are Les Arnold and Dazzle, Chris Randall, Jason Bishop, Johnny Ace Palmer, Sittah and Greg Frewin. Dean Cain continues as host. Another episode follows.
Beyond the Tank
A Kentucky army captain's previously hidden side prompts Robert Herjavec to second-guess the "Shark Tank" investment he made in her custom-made handgrips in this new episode. Daymond John tries to convince an entrepreneur to relocate his increasingly successful company from Atlanta to New York, but fearing employee backlash, the man resists. A California youngster who's running her business out of her garage gets advice from Barbara Corcoran.
After a string of resounding flops, writer-director M. Night Shyamalan ("The Sixth Sense) had at least modest success with this little 2015 chiller about a teenager and her kid brother (Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould) who are packed off to their grandparents' (Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie) remote Pennsylvania farm while their mother (Kathryn Hahn) takes a romantic cruise. The seniors seem charming at first, but some big shocks are in store for the grandkids. Benjamin Kanes and Celia Keenan-Bolger also star.
As Halloween nears in this story, is Frankenstein's monster loose in the islands? It only looks that way in the Joe Dante-directed episode "Na Pilikua Nui" (Hawaiian for -- appropriately enough -- "Monsters"), as a serial killer adopts the creature's image. Jerry (Jorge Garcia) seeks the team's help after a blood bank is robbed. Danny (Scott Caan) looks for Grace (Teilor Grubbs), who fibbed to him in order make her way to a Halloween bash.
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
It's usually "wring" in this instance, but the title of the episode "Penn & Teller Ring Someone's Neck" likely has accurately spelled meaning in the case of the related magic trick. The duo surveys illusionists hoping to baffle them, thereby securing a spot in their Las Vegas act. The featured magicians include Victor & Diamond, Francis Menotti, Nash Fung and Chad Juros. Jonathan Ross is the host.
Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars
Celebrity couples reporting for their relationship rehab as Season 5 gets underway include Tara Reid and Dean May ("Taradise" and "Big Brother UK"), Lisa D'Amato and Adam Friedman ("America's Next Top Model"), Michelle Money and Cody Sattler ("Bachelor in Paradise"), Brittish Williams and Lorenzo Gordon ("Basketball Wives L.A.") and Toya and Memphitz from "Toya Family Affair." In the opener, guest star Montel Williams surprises the couples with a Marriage Boot Camp talk show.
New York fashion designer Molly Quinn (Danica McKellar) and chef Nick Turner (Kavan Smith) seem to have little in common except a deep mistrust of romantic commitments. When the wedding of mutual friends (Tammy Gillis, Christopher Russell) is threatened by a reversal of fortune, however, Molly and Nick conspire to move the nuptials to an inn owned by Nick's father (Bruce Boxleitner). Romance somewhat predictably ensues as the pair work together on the project in this 2016 romance.
Carol Burnett's Favorite Sketches
A Southern belle's gown with a wide curtain rod through the shoulders: If you know that image, you know what to expect from this new special in which beloved television icon Burnett chooses the segments from her 1967-78 comedy-variety series that still amuse her the most. Indeed, the classic "Went With the Wind" is included, as are two segments of the soap-opera satire "As the Stomach Turns." Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence and Tim Conway also appear.
Jamie (Will Estes), committing police brutality? It seems unlikely, but that's what a camera apparently sees in "Rush to Judgment," putting Frank (Tom Selleck) in the tough spot of letting Internal Affairs investigate his son. The situation impacts Danny and Baez's (Donnie Wahlberg, Marisa Ramirez) case, involving a rape charge that an attorney maintains is retaliatory for Jamie's plight. Steven Bauer ("Scarface") guest stars.
A new episode called "She Wouldn't Be There" finds Wynonna and Dolls (Melanie Scrofano, Shamier Anderson) heading to the haunted, snowy Barrens to investigate reports of a bloodthirsty beast rumored to lurk there. If they can find it, the creature could prove to be Bobo's (Michael Eklund) undoing -- or, just as likely, their own. Elsewhere, Henry (Tim Rozon) confronts his own hard-to-read future, unwittingly assisted by Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley).
"The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman is also behind the comic book that inspired this eerie new drama series, which stars Patrick Fugit ("Gone Girl") as Kyle Barnes, a young man fighting to free himself of the demonic possession plaguing his life. Lending his help is Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister, "Life on Mars"), a soldier of God who also is a heavy drinker and gambler. Rounding out the trio of principal characters is Joshua Austin (Gabriel Bateman, "Stalker"), an 8-year-old who also may be possessed.
Ben Gleib: Neurotic Gangster
Hailed by Esquire as one of "six comedians who could be comedy's next big thing," the former "Chelsea Lately" writer and host of the brain-teasing game show "Idiotest" performs his first one-hour special before a sold-out house at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Roots: A New Vision
This new one-hour special takes an insightful behind-the-scenes look at the 2016 remake of "Roots," focusing on the producers' quest for authenticity in locations, sets, costumes and historical details, as well as what made the original Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning 1977 miniseries such a landmark TV event. Several cast members explain why they jumped at the chance to be a part of the new production.
Pioneers of Television
Though she isn't the only female television-comedy icon featured in "Carol Burnett and the Funny Ladies," it's surely significant that Burnett's is the name singled out by the title. The careers of Lucille Ball and Betty White also are saluted, but recollections by Vicki Lawrence, Tim Conway and Burnett herself ensure that there's plenty of consideration of the classic "Carol Burnett Show." White, Dick Van Dyke, Tina Fey and Cloris Leachman also comment.
Sat, June 4
2016 French Open Tennis
A women's champion will be crowned today at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris, where the 2016 French Open reaches its penultimate day. Last year, Serena Williams won her third title on the red clay and 20th Grand Slam championship overall by defeating Lucie Safarova in the final 6-3, 6-7(2-7), 6-2.
Austin City Limits
Scheduled to receive the Kennedy Center Honors with the other surviving Eagles at the end of the year, Don Henley is showcased in this hour from 2015. Many of his selections are drawn from his recent album "Cass County," on which his collaborators included Mick Jagger, Merle Haggard and Trisha Yearwood. However, there's still room in the program for him to acknowledge his earlier solo work as well as the era when the Eagles scored numerous folk-rock hits.
A con artist, played by guest star Kristoffer Polaha ("Backstrom"), becomes an unlikely ally of the squad members as they investigate the murder of the swindler's partner in "Piko Pau 'iole" (Hawaiian for "The Artful Dodger"). Julie Benz ("Dexter") begins a recurring role as a San Francisco police detective who comes to the islands to work with Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) to solve several murders connected to illegal arms sales.
Matt Damon earned an Oscar nomination as best actor for his engaging performance in director Ridley Scott's well-paced 2015 drama based on Andy Weir's story of an astronaut mistakenly thought dead by the rest of his crew and left behind on Mars. As he uses his ingenuity to survive on the "red planet," others try to figure out how to bring him home once they realize he's still alive. The top-flight cast also includes Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Kristen Wiig, Sean Bean and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
In the new episode "Je Suis Prest" -- Jamie Fraser's (Sam Heughan) family motto, which can be translated as "I Am Ready" -- Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie reunite with the Lallybroch and MacKenzie men as they start training for war. Both Frasers are weighted down, he from his power struggle with Dougal (Graham McTavish), she with her haunting memories of World War II, but a young Englishman named William Grey (Oscar Kennedy) lifts spirits when he arrives for a surprise visit bearing helpful information.
In the concluding half of a 2016 miniseries based largely on a book by ABC News reporter Brian Ross, the investigation into the Ponzi-scheme fraud initiated by investment adviser Bernie Madoff (played by Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss, who had friends impacted by the actual situation) deepens. As the matter moves to a courtroom, Madoff's relationships with wife Ruth (Blythe Danner) and others close to him are altered. Charles Grodin and Lewis Black also appear.
Woman in Gold
Taking a different slant on the true story told not long ago in the George Clooney-directed "The Monuments Men," this 2015 drama offers yet another sterling performance by Helen Mirren as a woman determined to recover paintings stolen by the Nazis. Ryan Reynolds plays her attorney as the duo takes painstaking legal action against the Austrian government to recover the artworks. Tatiana Maslany ('Orphan Black"), Katie Holmes and Daniel Bruhl ("Rush") co-star for director Simon Curtis ("My Week With Marilyn").
Libby (Alexa PenaVega) has built a successful career as a wedding planner by organizing lavish fairy-tale weddings designed to make a bride's dreams come true. When she's paired with a financial advisor (Shawn Roberts) at a wedding expo, however, she's dismayed to find him giving their audience the opposite advice, urging them to save their money. Circumstances wind up forcing the pair to spend more time together, and they discover they have more in common than they thought in this new 2016 romantic comedy.
Roots: A History Revealed
Leading historians take an unblinking look at the real world context of Alex Haley's family chronicle of Kunta Kinte and his descendants, including the formerly widespread slave trade, the history of colonial Africa, the plantation system of farming in the New World and the role of African Americans in the U.S. Civil War, among other topics.
My Cat From Hell
A new episode called "Felines and Frenemies" includes a visit to New York's Koneko Cat Cafe, a Japanese-style eatery and sushi bar where patrons can enjoy tea, saki and snacks with a purring cat in their laps ("koneko" is Japanese for "kitten"). In other segments, host and cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy tries to help roommates Josh and Grace, whose cats are in an endless war with each other, and mother-daughter duo Catherine and Patty, whose feral cat, Blackie, is a real handful.
A case victory puts the firm in the position of getting more new business than it can handle in "A Hero Has Fallen." Dean and Stewart (Rob Lowe, Fred Savage) disagree over how to choose which to pursue, so Stewart decides to try some reverse psychology. Debbie (Mary Elizabeth Ellis) is prompted by Dean to go after a work promotion, but the results aren't what she hopes for. William Devane and Natalie Morales also star.
Sun, June 5
2016 French Open Tennis
There's a men's champion to be crowned today at Roland Garros Stadium, where the 2016 French Open reaches a conclusion after two weeks of stellar tennis. Stan Wawrinka won his first Paris singles title and second Grand Slam championship overall a year ago, by defeating Novak Djokovic in the final 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.
The "Tricky Triangle" of Pocono Raceway is the scene today as a field including Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch do battle in the Axalta We Paint Winners 400. The 2.5-mile Pennsylvania tri-oval earned its nickname because of its low banking and three turns modeled after those from three different tracks, which make it drive more like a road course than a conventional oval. Martin Truex Jr. is the defending race champion.
Race 2 of the Chevrolet Duel in Detroit brings IndyCar drivers including Tony Kanaan, Helio Castroneves, Will Power and James Hinchcliffe back to Belle Isle for a second afternoon of hard driving on the 2.34-mile, 13-turn street circuit. Carlos Munoz and Sebastien Bourdais won the two races here a year ago.
2016 Miss USA
It's the crowning moment, literally: The exiting titleholder, Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma, places the glittery headwear atop her successor at the conclusion of this 65th annual competition. The event is staged at the T-Mobile Arena at Las Vegas' MGM Grand -- and for the first time, a 52nd entrant is beside representatives from each state and the District of Columbia, determined through social-media voting. Backstreet Boys and Chris Young contribute music.
A clash of NL playoff contenders is on tap tonight at Busch Stadium, where Matt Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals conclude a three-game series with Hunter Pence and the San Francisco Giants. While the Cards have hovered in the middle of the pack in the Central with a .500 record thanks mainly to underwhelming pitching, the Giants have risen to the top of the West on the back of an efficient offense.
Guy's Grocery Games
Food Network stars Eddie Jackson, Aaron McCargo Jr., Damaris Phillips and Justin Warner descend on Flavortown Market for the new episode "Food Network Star Showdown." The first challenge tasks the stars with creating a family dinner using only ingredients that fit into a purse-sized shopping bag. Next, refrigerator magnets figure in a challenge to prepare a spicy pork seafood casserole. Finally, a round of Grocery Golf determines the ingredients in a lamb dish. Troy Johnson, Nathan Lyon and Catherine McCord are the judges.
A real Secretary of State meets a fictional one, as former officeholder Madeleine Albright appears as herself in "The Doability Doctrine." She advises Elizabeth (Tea Leoni) on retrieving a State Department worker who's been kidnapped in Afghanistan, resulting in Elizabeth clashing with President Dalton (Keith Carradine) on how to proceed. Henry (Tim Daly) wants to make one of his students (guest star Chris Petrovski) a spy for the U.S.
The U.S. government's dealings with Russian counterparts often have been tricky, and Elizabeth (Tea Leoni) finds firsthand that hasn't changed in "The Rusalka." President Dalton's (Keith Carradine) efforts to negotiate end up frustrating him and those who serve with him. Henry (Tim Daly) appeals to Jane Fellows (guest star Jill Hennessy) when Dmitri (guest star Chris Petrovski) is abducted and grilled about espionage activities.
The Crimson Field
A medical unit working on the front lines of World War I is the focus of this drama series, featuring Oona Chaplin ("Game of Thrones"), Suranne Jones and Kerry Fox ("Shallow Grave") as volunteer nurses on the coast of France. In "Episode 1," they're startled by what they find on their first day of duty ... not only in the cases they have to handle, but in the class distinctions they encounter. Kevin Doyle ("Downton Abbey") also stars.
A clash of NL playoff contenders is on tap tonight at Busch Stadium, where Matt Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals conclude a three-game series with Hunter Pence and the San Francisco Giants. While the Cards have hovered in the middle of the pack in the Central with a .500 record thanks mainly to underwhelming pitching, the Giants have risen to the top of the West on the back of an efficient offense.
Food Network Star
In the new episode "Show Promos," the finalists pair up to shoot a promo for their version of a show called "Family Roadtrip," which challenges them to come up with dishes for destinations ranging from the state fair to a camping weekend or just a trip to Grandma's house. Food Network Magazine's Editor-in-Chief Maile Carpenter and actress Ali Larter serve as guest judges, along with co-hosts Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay.
House of Lies
The new episode "Violent Agreement" finds Marty (Don Cheadle) trying to get Kaan and Associates back into consideration for a buyout, while computer network issues inadvertently lead to a discovery. Elsewhere, a distracted Jeannie (Kristen Bell) has a hard time spending a day away from the office. Josh Lawson and Ben Schwartz also star.
Cassie (Catherine Bell) works her magic to help Sam (James Denton) resolve a tough decision, but she also faces a difficult choice of her own after an especially enjoyable date in the mountains with John (Dan Payne) in the new episode "Truth." Grace (Bailee Madison), meanwhile, meets a new friend and tries to help Nick (Rhys Matthew Bond) reconsider his London trip. A white lie on Abigail's (Sarah Power) part snowballs into a rumor that could take a toll on Cassie's love life. Catherine Disher also stars.
Unaware that a mysterious duo is hot on his trail, Jesse (Dominic Cooper) tries his utmost to stay on the straight and narrow and be a "good preacher" in a new episode called "See." Elsewhere, an enigmatic character known only as the Cowboy joins the saga. Joseph Gilgun, Ruth Negga, Jackie Earle Haley and Lucy Griffiths also star.
Garage Sale Mystery: The Novel Murders
After a clearly destitute man comes into Rags to Riches, Jennifer Shannon's (Lori Loughlin) consignment shop, and asks to have an item delivered to his home, she obliges, only to find the man's lifeless body when she arrives. Something about the details of this murder strike her as familiar, and as Jennifer reflects on the matter, she realizes the killing seems to mimic a death in a classic murder mystery in this new TV movie. Sarah Strange also stars.
Morland (John Noble) makes it his mission to get Sherlock and Watson (Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu) their jobs with the NYPD back in "Existence of Things Not Seen" ... making Sherlock extremely suspicious about the reason his father would go to such lengths. While that possibility pends, Watson lands work with the FBI, probing a triple murder at a covert research lab. Jeremy Bobb ("The Knick") guest stars. Aidan Quinn also stars.
While Angie and Brian (Kristin Lehman, Brendan Penny) are questioning Dr. Garrison Osgood (guest star Chris William Martin), a plastic surgeon they suspect may have killed his clinic partner, the doctor suddenly crumples to the floor and dies in front of the detectives. Betty (Lauren Holly) determines that both medics died of a PCP overdose, one of several clues that lead Angie and Brian to the guilty party (Kathleen Munroe), the former owner and operator of a strip club, in the new episode "Purgatory."
Under deep duress, Vanessa (Eva Green) turns for help to her faithful old friend Ferdinand Lyle (Simon Russell Beale), who introduces her to a new ally, Catriona Hartdegen (Perdita Weeks). As Lily, Dorian and Justine (Billie Piper, Reeve Carney, Jessica Barden) set their dark plan in motion, Ethan, Hecate and Sir Malcolm (Josh Hartnett, Sarah Greene, Timothy Dalton) arrive at Jared Talbot's (Brian Cox) ranch. Christian Camargo, Samuel Barnett and Douglas Hodge guest star in the new "No Beast So Fierce."
Game of Silence
Ray Carroll (Conor O'Farrell) finds himself a target of various factions -- the FBI being one, and Jessie and Gil (Bre Blair, Michael Raymond-James) forming another -- in the new episode "She Sang Hymns Out of Tune." Jackson (David Lyons) is shaken upon learning a secret Marina (Claire van der Boom) has been keeping. Larenz Tate, Demetrius Grosse and Deidrie Henry also star.
Feed the Beast
Fresh off his well-received turn on last season's "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story," David Schwimmer returns to series television in this new character-driven drama as alcoholic widower and single dad Tommy Moran, who is at loose ends when his ex-con best friend, Dion Patras (Jim Sturgess, "21"), talks him into rekindling their old dream of opening a restaurant in the Bronx. Michael Gladis ("Mad Men"), Pilar Herrera, Christine Adams and John Doman ("The Wire") also star.
The con is on in this tale from "Crazy, Stupid, Love," writer-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, as Will Smith plays an expert swindler who takes an interest in a relative newcomer to the game (Margot Robbie, "The Wolf of Wall Street"). They go their separate ways, then are reunited several years later in Buenos Aires, where she threatens to thwart his scheme that involves the auto-racing industry. Rodrigo Santoro ("Lost"), B.D. Wong, Robert Taylor ("Longmire") and Gerald McRaney also appear.