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Thursday, June 1: Warriors vs. Cavaliers in NBA Finals Game 1

2017 NBA Finals Credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

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Thursday, June 1

NBA Finals, Game 1
ABC, 9pm Live
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers face Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. If that sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the third consecutive meeting between the Cavs and the Warriors in the Finals. It’s the first time in NBA history that the same two teams competed in the Finals for three straight years, and it’s the seventh straight NBA Finals appearance for LeBron James. The Warriors won in six games in 2015, then the Cavs came back from a 3-1 series deficit to win a Game 7 for the ages in the 2016 Finals. Who will win the rubber match? ABC has exclusive coverage of the best-of-seven-game series beginning tonight with Game 1. Game 7, if necessary, is scheduled for June 18.

The Princess Bride
BBC America, 8pm

Inconceivable! Whether you can quote nearly every line or you’ve never seen a Rodent Of Unusual Size (R.O.U.S.), this 1987 tale of true love, miracles and daring swordplay is sure to delight. Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin and Peter Falk lead a sparkling cast in a film that almost instantly became a modern classic.

CMT, 9pm
New Episodes!
After the shocking midseason death of Rayna James (Connie Britton), CMT’s biggest series returns for the second half of its season. The queen of country music’s death weighs heavily on everyone she touched, and everyone struggles to move on with their lives, finish Rayna’s work and honor her legacy.

Return to the Blue Lagoon
getTV, 9pm
In this sequel to 1980’s The Blue Lagoon, two children (one of whom is adopted) and their mother are stranded on a beautiful island in the South Pacific. After their mother’s death, the two now-teenagers continue their simple life together and eventually fall in love.

The Amazing Race
CBS, 10pm
Season Finale!

Which globetrotting team will be first to meet host Phil Keoghan at the finish line? The $1 million prize is awarded to the winners as The Amazing Race Season 29 ends tonight.

Friday, June 2

Long Strange Trip
This documentary, directed by Amir Bar-Lev and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, examines the decades-long history of the Grateful Dead and explores their vision, innovation and commitment to their fans.

Season Premiere!
Will Arnett is back as Chip in this “dry human comedy” that he also co-created and executive produces. This season, Chip returns to Venice, Calif., after a short exile, but finds that he is no longer welcome after selling out his local community. As he tries to claw his way back into the affections of the town, Chip also finds himself slipping up and being drawn back to the bottle, and must choose between lies and sobriety.

“Torchwood” Marathon
BBC America, beginning at 6am

Relive the exploits of the Torchwood Institute’s alien hunters as BBC America airs a marathon of Torchwood episodes from Seasons 1 and 2, and the five-episode Torchwood: Children of Earth series. The marathon ends Saturday evening.

Reign: “A Bride. A Box. A Body.”
The CW, 9pm
Mary (Adelaide Kane) pursues her quest for justice as she launches a counterattack on her conspirators. Elizabeth (Rachel Skarsten) suffers a major setback that turns her world upside down.

The 76th Annual Peabody Awards
PBS, 9pm
Join host Rashida Jones to honor the most powerful, enlightening and invigorating stories in television, radio and digital media. The evening spotlights all 30 winners, and features achievement awards for Norman Lear and ITVS.

Date My Dad
UP TV, 9pm
New Series!
In this family dramedy, Barry Watson stars as former professional baseball player Ricky Cooper. It’s been three years since the death of his beloved wife, and on the cusp of his 40th birthday, his live-in mother-in-law (Raquel Welch) is ready to move out, and Ricky’s three daughters want their dad to get back into the game — the dating game.

Saturday, June 3

Dumb: The Story of “Big Brother” Magazine
This documentary charts the rise and fall of the irreverent, boundary-pushing Big Brother magazine, whose taboo-breaking stunts and crass humor spawned everything from MTV’s Jackass to a generation of skateboarders. Featured appearances and interviews include Spike Jonze, Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O and Tony Hawk.

Billy Madison
Comedy Central, 5:50pm

Remember when Adam Sandler’s movies were funny? Comedy Central airs some of his best and most quotable films with 1995’s Billy Madison (“I am the smartest man alive!”) followed by 1999’s Big Daddy and 1996’s Happy Gilmore (“Are you too good for your home?”).

The Son: “The Prophecy”
AMC, 9pm
In 1849, Young Eli (Jacob Lofland) is forced to trust a strange ally in order to survive. In 1915, Eli’s (Pierce Brosnan) past guides him to a choice that puts him at odds with Phineas (David Wilson Barnes).

Destination Wedding
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!
Ellie (Alexa PenaVega) has been painstakingly planning her sister Mandy’s destination wedding, and is excited as guests begin arriving at the idyllic beach resort. But her delight turns to despair when one of the guests — the groom’s best man — turns out to be her ex-boyfriend Greg (Jeremy Guilbaut). But when the bride- and groom-to-be are no-shows, Ellie and Greg must lie to the guests and assure them everything is OK, and their madcap efforts to stave off disaster lead Ellie and Greg stumbling back into love.

Class: “The Lost”
BBC America, 10pm
Season Finale!

In the Season 1 finale “The Lost,” the gang has splintered, unable to recover from the truths they faced in detention. Miss Quill (Katherine Kelly) is in hibernation, but she’s a ticking time bomb, ready for revenge when she wakes.