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Saturday, June 3: NHL Stanley Cup Finals, Game 3: Penguins at Predators

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Saturday, June 3

NHL Stanley Cup Finals, Game 3: Pittsburgh at Nashville
NBCSN, 8pm Live

With the Pittsburgh Penguins up 2-0 in the series, it’s time for the Nashville Predators to answer on their home ice as they host Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals on NBCSN.

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.

Sunday, June 4

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night
ABC, 7pm
For the tenth consecutive year, Jimmy Kimmel presents special primetime episodes airing every night of the NBA Finals. These specials celebrate the intersection of entertainment and sports with Jimmy’s signature comedy bits and an all-star lineup of guests, including Kevin Hart, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Holland, Will Ferrell, Owen Wilson, Jamie Foxx and Billy Crystal, with special appearances by Snoop Dogg and Karl Malone.

Nickelodeon’s Sizzling Summer Camp Special
Nickelodeon, 7pm
This variety special follows fan-favorite Nickelodeon stars as they celebrate summer at a sleepaway camp. Interspersed with comedy sketches and musical numbers, the campers find themselves in danger when they learn that their campsite has been haunted for years by several mysterious creatures.

The White Princess: “
Old Curses”
Starz, 8pm
Season Finale!

The exquisite drama comes to a final confrontation tonight, when the pretender exposes King Henry’s (Jacob Collins-Levy) weaknesses, while Lizzie (Jodie Comer) confronts new demons and old curses.

Fear the Walking Dead
AMC, 9pm
Season Premiere!
AMC’s The Walking Dead spinoff debuts its third season with a two-hour, two-episode premiere. In Season 3, the FTWD gang will have to redefine home and family as the U.S.-Mexico border is no more. “It’s echoing things that people are dealing with in our modern times, especially about what it means to be a refugee,” says Colman Domingo, who plays savvy loner Victor Strand. “It shines a light on our humanity and the choices that we each make for survival. Are you going to separate yourself? Are you going to protect your clan more than the others? And what is other now that there are no borders, when there’s no currency, in terms of money? Who rises to the top?”

Food Network Star
Food Network, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Twelve hopefuls arrive at the historic Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles in search of their big break. Upon their arrival, Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay greet them with the news that they must pass one more big audition before they will officially be considered finalists. And, there is one more person joining the competition: the winner of Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen.

Site Unseen: An Emma Fielding Mystery
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Original Film!
In this new mystery franchise originally slated to premiere in May, Courtney Thorne-Smith stars as brilliant, dedicated and driven archaeologist Emma Fielding. Emma’s most recent find is evidence of a 17th-century coastal Maine settlement that predates Jamestown. But when a corpse washes ashore near the site, the dig is jeopardized and Emma teams with a handsome FBI agent (James Tupper) to unearth the killer.

The Leftovers
HBO, 9pm
Series Finale!
It is the end of the world — or at least Tom Perrotta and Damon Lindelof’s goose-bumpy series about what that might look like — as we know it. So who, if anyone, is left feeling fine? Find out when the gorgeous, spooky HBO drama comes to a close tonight.

Xtreme Waterparks
Travel Channel, 9pm
New Episodes!
Travel Channel’s “Dive In” summer programming lineup begins tonight with the start of 18 new episodes of Xtreme Waterparks. The adrenaline-filled ride begins off the southern tip of Portugal, where thrill-seekers take on one of the tallest heart-pumping drops on the planet. The adventure continues in Louisville, Ky., where a spin on one of the world’s first water coasters, with its snaking, high-bank turns, blasts riders through more than 900 feet of enclosed tunnels and thrilling hills at speeds topping 30 mph.

I’m Dying Up Here
Showtime, 10pm
New Series!
This new drama, which has its share of standup humor, is set in L.A. during the famed 1970s standup comedy scene. The series delves into the inspired, damaged and complicated psyches of those who stand alone in front of an audience “dying” for fame, fortune and, with any luck, a shot on Johnny Carson. It follows a fictional group of competitive but close-knit comedians who are mentored by Goldie (Melissa Leo), a brassy comedy club owner who rules over her business with an iron fist but nurtures her comedians with tough love. Ari Graynor, Erik Griffin, Michael Angarano, Clark Duke and Al Madrigal also star.

Pools With a View
Travel Channel, 11pm
This special looks at some of the most stunning pools from around the world.

Monday, June 5

Gotham: “Heroes Rise: Destiny Calling/Heroes Rise: Heavydirtysoul”
FOX, 8pm
Season Finale!
In the 2-hour season finale, a deadly virus spreads throughout the city and the search for an antidote continues, as Fish Mooney, the Riddler and Penguin reveal plans of their own. Bruce meets Ra’s al Ghul (guest star Alexander Siddig) and completes his last task in order to fulfill his destiny, but realizes he can’t let go of his past. Meanwhile, Gordon tries to win back Lee, and past alliances within Gotham City are broken, while new alliances are formed.

Freeform, 8pm
New Episodes!
After the winter finale’s shocking events at the New York Institute, the Shadowhunters and Downworlders are reeling from the growing rift between the two sides. Clary, Jace, Alec and Isabelle are between the Clave’s rules and what they feel is right, and they struggle to help forge a new beginning. The summer season will also introduce a new Shadowhunter named Sebastian (Will Tudor).

If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast
HBO, 8pm
Carl Reiner, Dick Van Dyke, Betty White, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear and other thriving nonagenarians, famous and otherwise, lend heartwarming and laugh-out-loud funny insight on why aging doesn’t have to mean getting old. Produced by Reiner’s beloved nephew George Shapiro based on the pair’s conversations about why some folks seem ageless, and titled for Reiner’s tongue-in-cheek morning ritual, the film is a joyful revelation for viewers of every age.

Star of the Month: Audrey Hepburn
TCM, 8pm
Every Monday night in June, Turner Classic Movies will air the films of legendary actress Audrey Hepburn, beginning tonight with Roman Holiday (1953), Love in the Afternoon (1957), Green Mansions (1959), We Go to Monte Carlo (1953) and Laughter in Paradise (1951).

Stitchers: “Out of the Shadows”
Freeform, 9pm
Season Premiere!
As the Stitchers team prepares to be reassigned for breaking protocol, NSA Director Mitchell Blair surprises everyone by demanding an emergency stitch that yields shocking new information.

Better Call Saul: “Slip”
AMC, 10pm
Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) is pushed to desperate measures. Nacho (Michael Mando) picks up a new skill. Mike (Jonathan Banks) considers an alliance. Kim (Rhea Seehorn) stands up to Hamlin (Patrick Fabian).

Incredible Edible America
Food Network, 10pm
New Series!
Comedian Jeff Dunham and his wife, Audrey, take viewers on a tour of America’s most unique eats — from a $777 burger to ice cream served in a doughnut cone to a 27-inch, fully loaded cheesesteak — and introduce viewers to the masterminds behind these incredible eats.

The Real Story With María Elena Salinas: “Pulse Nightclub: The Hidden Truths”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
Almost a year after a horrific mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub ended with 50 people dead and more than 50 others injured, this episode uncovers information about the shooter and explores how survivors made it through that terrible night.

Daytime Divas
VH1, 10pm
New Series!
VH1’s Daytime Divas takes viewers behind the scenes of a daytime talk show and into the drama-filled lives of its cast and crew. Vanessa Williams stars as Maxine, the creator/host of The Lunch Hour and the series’ coveted “left chair.” The actress says, “I love the fact that the show is her baby and that she wants the best for it and will stop at nothing.” This juicy drama is inspired by Star Jones’ 2011 book Satan’s Sisters: A Novel Work of Fiction. Jones not only serves as Daytime Divas’ executive producer, but she will also pop up as a guest star.

Tuesday, June 6

Downward Dog: “The Full Package”
ABC, 8pm
Guest Star Alert!
Timothy Omundson guest stars as Eric, an attractive dog owner who appears to be the older, more successful version of Nan’s ex-boyfriend, Jason. She enlists his help with her dog, Martin, but when the pooch spends time with Eric’s well-trained dog, it thrusts Martin into a self-confidence crisis.

Deadliest Catch: “The Legend of Wild Bill”
Discovery Channel, 8pm
This special follows the tough-talking captain from Deadliest Catch as he, for the first time in the show’s history, has skin of his own in the game.

America’s Got Talent: “Auditions 2”
NBC, 8pm
The auditions continue with Simon Cowell at the judges’ table alongside Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and host Tyra Banks. Variety acts of all types and contestants of all ages audition for the chance to win the $1 million prize.

The American Epic Sessions
PBS, 8pm
Witness a historic recording session led by Jack White and T Bone Burnett with top artists, including Willie Nelson, Elton John, Nas, Taj Mahal, Alabama Shakes, Beck and Los Lobos, as they re-create America’s musical past using a recording lathe.

Animal Kingdom: “Karma”
TNT, 9pm

As Smurf (Ellen Barkin) adjusts to being sidelined, the boys scope out their next job. Deran (Jake Weary) needs quick cash, and Pope (Shawn Hatosy) and Craig (Ben Robson) lend him a hand. Baz (Scott Speedman) investigates Catherine’s disappearance.

The Profit
CNBC, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Entrepreneur and investor Marcus Lemonis once again goes on the hunt for struggling businesses that are desperate for cash and ripe for a deal. In each episode, Lemonis offers his cash for a piece of the business and a percentage of the profits. Once inside these companies, he will do almost anything to save the business and make himself a profit.

Devil’s Canyon
Discovery Channel, 10pm
New Series!
Gold Rush fans will love Discovery’s newest series that goes deep into British Columbia, where there is a new gold rush happening in an area known as Devil’s Canyon. Gold miners Boyce Goff and Ben van der Valk separately venture deep into the forest, past where big mining companies can reach, in search of the next big pay streak. No roads, no trails, no camera crew, no help.

I Am Homicide: “What the Toddler Saw”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
Season Premiere!

Retired Charlotte-Mecklenburg County detective Garry McFadden is well-regarded among law enforcement for his unorthodox methods of cracking cases — often operating out of a local diner versus a precinct. In the 10-episode new season, viewers will witness his most unique and diabolical cases. Tonight’s episode finds McFadden working with a child who witnessed his mother being ambushed and shot dead in the driveway of her home. The 3-year-old child gives him a cryptic but crucial clue.

World of Dance: “The Qualifiers 2”
NBC, 10pm
In Round 2, the world’s elite dance acts from all ages and dance genres enter the arena to face off to move forward in the competition and ultimately win a grand prize of $1 million.

Ink Master
Spike, 10pm
Season Premiere!

Ink Master returns for Season 9 with the highest stakes yet and twice as much prize money on the line. This season, tattoo shops from all around the country are sending two of their strongest artists to compete for a $200,000 grand prize, an editorial feature in Inked and the title of Master Shop.

The Jim Jefferies Show
Comedy Central, 10:30pm
New Series!

Australian comic Jim Jefferies moves behind the desk to take on culture and politics in this new weekly late-night series. Jefferies travels around the globe to tackle the week’s top stories and most controversial issues.

The Late Late Show With James Corden
CBS, 12:37am (late-night)
Starting tonight, and airing for three nights, James Corden will tape his late-night show in his home country of England. Broadcasting from London, the episodes will feature Corden’s signature musical and comedy segments, but with “a British twist.” Guests for the special episodes were not announced at presstime.

Wednesday, June 7

MasterChef: “Battle for a White Apron, Pt. 2”
FOX, 8pm
In Part 2 of the Battle for a White Apron, the remaining chefs compete for a spot in the Top 20. Only nine aprons remain and it will be up to the judges to decide who makes it and who goes home.

FX, 8pm

Scarlett Johansson stars in this 2014 techno-thriller about a woman whose job to deliver a briefcase goes awry, and her body receives a new drug that allows her to use her entire brain. Now with extraordinary powers, Lucy is a ticking time bomb out for revenge. Morgan Freeman also stars.

Little Big Shots: “The Magic Johnsons”
NBC, 8pm
The series continues on its new night, with kids featured this week including talented a capella singers who are siblings; an incredible young cellist; amazing performers from China; and an impressive national gymnastics champion and Olympic hopeful. Host Steve Harvey also visits with a remarkable 12-year-old opera singer from Holland, and an inspiring motivational speaker who is just 10 years old.

Nevada Smith
getTV, 9pm
The son of an American Indian woman and a white man sets out to seek revenge on the people who killed his parents. Steve McQueen, Karl Malden and Brian Keith star.

The Carmichael Show: “Grandma Francis”
NBC, 9pm
Joe (David Alan Grier) and his sons take a boys’ trip to visit Joe’s mother (guest star Marla Gibbs) that takes a serious turn when she presents them with an impossible dilemma.

Big Star Little Star
USA Network, 9pm
Former MLB catcher David Ross and son Cole, actress Teri Polo and daughter Bayley, and Backstreet Boys member Howie Dorough and son James compete in playful tests of how well they know each other. Host Cat Deeley shares, “This show is all about having fun! The kids are in the driving seat, from the word go, with hilarious results.”

Thursday, June 8

Tennis: French Open, Women’s Semifinals
NBC, 11am Live

The four remaining women’s singles players in the 2017 French Open are put to the test today in the semifinal matches at Roland Garros in Paris. The women’s singles final match is Saturday on NBC.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
FX, 8pm

Kevin James returns as mall security officer Paul Blart in this 2015 comedy. Blart has worked hard protecting the mall like a champion, and it’s time for him to take a vacation. In Las Vegas with his now-teenage daughter before she heads to college, he quickly realizes safety never takes a holiday.

TCM Spotlight: Gay Hollywood
TCM, 8pm
Each Thursday night in June, entertainment journalist Dave Karger and historian William Mann introduce a selection of movies that highlight the impact of the LGBT community on cinematic history. Tonight’s films include Night and Day (1946), based on the life of Cole Porter, Words and Music (1948), about composers Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers, and Farley Granger in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope (1948), among other titles.

Final Descent
getTV, 9pm
An airliner collides with a light plane just after takeoff, causing its elevators to jam in the full climb position. The jumbo jet will crash as soon as the fuel runs out, unless some desperate measure succeeds in bringing the situation under control. Robert Urich plays the pilot of the jet; Annette O’Toole and John de Lancie also star.

Queen of the South
USA Network, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Season 2 continues to follow the journey of Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga) and the sacrifices she must make to not only survive, but also make it to the top of the drug world. The series, inspired by the global bestselling novel La Reina del Sur, gets a new showrunner this season in Natalie Chaidez.

Friday, June 9

An American Girl Story: Summer Camp, Friends for Life
Amazon’s latest American Girl special is set in contemporary times, and follows friends Z (Zoe Manarel) and Paz (Alison Fernandez) as they arrive at S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) camp expecting a tech heaven. But when the administrator surprises them by restricting the use of their devices, they think summer is doomed. However, their adventure is just beginning.

Orange Is the New Black
Season Premiere!
In Season 5 — which takes place in real time, and over the course of just three days — things get very real for the inmates at Litchfield. The new episodes pick up where Season 4 left off, with the prison riot in the wake of Poussey’s death. Once the inmates take control of the prison and get a taste of power, chaos erupts, and the women are emboldened to fight for redemption and respect.

Tennis: French Open, Men’s Semifinals
NBC, 11am Live
The French Open men’s singles tournament is down to its final four players, who compete today at Roland Garros in Paris to advance to the final match on Sunday.

Dark Matter
Syfy, 8pm
Season Premiere!
In Season 3, after the EOS-7 space station is destroyed, the survivors fight to stay alive and find the rest of their crew. Back-to-back episodes air tonight, with the series moving to its regular time slot next Friday.

Reign: “Blood in the Water”
The CW, 9pm
Childbirth threatens to take Mary’s (Adelaide Kane) life, which leaves her and her unborn child’s safety in jeopardy.

Wynonna Earp
Syfy, 10pm
Season Premiere!
In Season 2, Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) and the gang must face a whole new level of evil when more paranormal beings enter the Ghost River Triangle.

Saturday, June 10

Tennis: French Open, Women’s Final
NBC, 9am Live
The French Open women’s singles champion is crowned today at Roland Garros in Paris.

Horse Racing: 149th Belmont Stakes
NBC, 5pm Live

If Always Dreaming has a chance for a Triple Crown run, expect all eyes to be on the 149th Belmont Stakes in Elmont, N.Y., on NBC.

Comedy Central, 8pm
Season Premiere!

Comedy Central airs all of Idiotsitter Season 2 as a two-part marathon tonight and June 17. This season, dimwitted heiress Gene (Jillian Bell) and her guardian Billie (Charlotte Newhouse) find adventures on a college campus.

The Son: “Scalps”
AMC, 9pm
Season Finale!
The tribe faces an unexpected return in 1849. In 1915, Eli’s (Pierce Brosnan) plan for the future forces Pete (Henry Garrett) into a life-or-death decision about his loyalties.

The Perfect Bride
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!
Fitness instructor Molly Winters (Pascale Hutton) runs the very popular Bridal Boot Camp, helping prospective brides-to-be get in shape — mind, body and soul — for their big day. But things get complicated when she meets Nick (Kavan Smith), the fiancé of one of her new “recruits,” and sparks fly. As Molly’s feelings for Nick grow, she finds herself trying to help someone else get ready to marry the man she is falling in love with.

Orphan Black
BBC America, 10pm
Season Premiere!

The fifth and final season of BBC America’s thriller Orphan Black begins tonight with “The Few Who Dare.” This season finds Sarah, Alison, Cosima, Helena and their Leda clone sisters (Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany plays them all) uniting to take control of their future. Tonight’s episode finds Sarah deeply wounded and struggling to stay alive on the island with her mission to rescue Cosima at stake.

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