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Thursday, June 8: USA Network’s ‘Queen of the South’ Season 2

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Thursday, June 8

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.


Tennis: French Open, Women’s Semifinals
NBC, 11am Live ET; 11am all time zones

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.

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

The third and final leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown takes place at 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.

Sunday, June 11

Tennis: French Open, Men’s Final
NBC, 9am Live

The men’s singles finalists compete for the 2017 French Open championship today at Roland Garros in Paris.

Celebrity Family Feud
ABC, 8pm
Season Premiere!
Amy Schumer, Kelly Clarkson and Eva Longoria, plus your favorite former boy-band members and cast members from Dancing With the Stars, Shark Tank, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, are among the famous faces who will compete on the third season of ABC’s highest-rated summer show.

The 71st Annual Tony Awards
CBS, 8pm Live

The Tony Awards returns to New York City’s Radio City Music Hall to celebrate Broadway’s biggest night. Top-nominated productions are Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812; Hello, Dolly!; Dear Evan Hansen; and A Doll’s House, Part 2. Kevin Spacey hosts.

Menendez: Blood Brothers
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!
Blood Brothers envisions life inside the home of affluent brothers Lyle (Nico Tortorella) and Erik (Myko Olivier) Menendez to ask what really drove the pair to murder their parents in the lurid 1989 parricide case. “We try to give credence to the reasons that the boys have given about why they hated their parents so much,” says American Crime’s Benito Martinez, who plays the boys’ father Jose (rock goddess Courtney Love plays their mother Kitty). “I don’t have the capability to go into the mind of a child predator — I wouldn’t allow myself that. But I will allow myself to have the capability to be a misogynist and an overpowering person and an overbearing jerk. The angle that I took is that this man believes in his own power and it was corrupting. The monster was raising monsters.”

Steve Harvey’s Funderdome
ABC, 9pm
New Series!
Steve Harvey infuses humor and passion into the quest for the American dream. In each Funderdome episode, two budding entrepreneurs go head-to-head to win over a live studio audience to fund their ideas for new products or companies.

Fear the Walking Dead: “TEOTWAWKI”
AMC, 9pm
Still finding their place, Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) and Nick (Frank Dillane) fall in with new crowds while Madison (Kim Dickens) discovers one Otto’s past mimics her own.

American Grit
FOX, 9pm
Season Premiere!
WWE Superstar John Cena and a brand-new group of mentors known as “The Cadre” welcome 17 new competitors to Camp Grit, where their mental determination and physical stamina will be tested in team and individual challenges. In the end, only one individual will win a quarter of a million dollars, but all of the competitors will find their grit.

Hamilton: Building America
History, 9pm
This two-hour documentary captures the amazing life and times of our nation’s forgotten Founding Father: Alexander Hamilton. Those weighing in on Hamilton’s influence include Tom Brokaw and Maria Bartiromo, along with Ron Chernow, whose biography Alexander Hamilton served as the basis for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical Hamilton.

TNT, 9pm
New Series!
Claws follows five diverse, badass manicurists working at a Florida nail salon, where there is a lot more going on than silk wraps and pedicures. At the center is salon owner Desna (Niecy Nash), who lives with and cares for her mentally ill twin brother, Dean (Harold Perrineau), along with her staff comprised of best friend Jennifer (Jenn Lyon), a tenuously sober ex-party girl raising two children from previous relationships; Quiet Ann (Judy Reyes), Desna’s enigmatic driver who also provides security for the salon; Polly (Carrie Preston), a mild-mannered preppy who recently served time in prison for identity theft; and Virginia (Karrueche Tran), who makes no effort to hide her boredom and impatience with her job. Adding chaos to the mix is Roller (Jack Kesy), a gangstered-out redneck who runs a barely legal pain clinic and uses Desna’s nail salon to launder his obscene profits. Dean Norris also adds to the chaos as a dangerous Dixie Mafia crime boss.

The $100,000 Pyramid
ABC, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Hosted by Good Morning America co-anchor Michael Strahan, The $100,000 Pyramid returns for a second season in which celebrities partner with contestants from across the country to compete against each other with their eyes on the ultimate prize of $100,000. Among this season’s celebs are Justin Hartley and Chrissy Metz from This Is Us, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, SNL’s Bobby Moynihan and Leslie Jones, and *NSYNC’s Lance Bass and Joey Fatone.

Portrait of a Landscape: The Flint Hills
PBS, 10:30pm
See the beauty of the Flint Hills through a visually stunning portrait, photographed in high-definition digital perfection, featuring the glorious prairie during one of the most striking times of the year — spring.

Monday, June 12

So You Think You Can Dance
FOX, 8pm
Season Premiere!

Mary Murphy returns to the judges’ table alongside Nigel Lythgoe and new judge Vanessa Hudgens to be wowed by dancers between the ages of 18-30. After rounds of open auditions, the Top 10 dancers in styles including contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, animation, breaking and more will be paired with All-Stars who help them vie for America’s votes and the title of America’s Favorite Dancer. Cat Deeley hosts.

American Ninja Warrior
NBC, 8pm
Season Premiere!
Matt Iseman, Akbar Gbaja-Biamila and Kristine Leahy are back to host the competition series’ sixth full season on NBC. This season, the show will make stops in Los Angeles, San Antonio, Daytona Beach, Fla., Kansas City, Mo., Cleveland and Denver, before heading to Las Vegas for the national finals.

FOX, 9pm
New Series!

FOX turns its Superhuman game show special from January 2016 into a limited series this summer. Each hourlong episode has five contestants with extraordinary mental abilities or heightened sensory perception looking to win the audience’s vote and $50,000. Kal Penn returns as host, with panelists Mike Tyson, Christina Milian and neurosurgeon Dr. Rahul Jandial.

The Putin Interviews
Showtime, 9pm
Granted unprecedented access to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s professional and personal worlds over the course of two years, renowned filmmaker Oliver Stone and longtime documentary producer Fernando Sulichin share their interviews in this four-night event. Since he was first elected president of Russia in 2000, Putin has never before spoken at such length or in such detail to a Western interviewer, leaving no topic off limits. “If Vladimir Putin is indeed the great enemy of the United States, then at least we should try to understand him,” Stone said.

Counting On
TLC, 9pm
Season Premiere!
A seven-episode new season sees Jill and Derick make a big announcement before returning to Central America, Jessa and Ben expand their family, and Jinger and Jeremy adjust to life as newlyweds far from home. Plus, Joy and Austin prepare to walk down the aisle — and another Duggar announces a courtship!

Better Call Saul: “Fall”
AMC, 10pm
Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) visits an old friend and takes up a new pastime. Chuck (Michael McKean) and Hamlin (Patrick Fabian) spar over the future of the firm. Kim (Rhea Seehorn) faces challenges at work.

Pawn Stars: “Balloon Payments”/ “Lock, Stock and Two Nickel Barrels”
History, 10pm
In “Balloon Payments,” the Pawn Stars call in a surprise expert to appraise a Ronald McDonald balloon inflator. Then, in “Lock, Stock and Two Nickel Barrels,” Chumlee takes a shot at a couple of nickel-plated pistols supposedly made by the most famous gun maker of the Victorian era.

The Real Story With María Elena Salinas: “A Parent’s Nightmare”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
This episode revisits a 1997 massacre involving Seattle’s Goth scene and reports of one teen who had bragged about planning to commit murder, and another one who believed himself an immortal demigod who had to kill to become stronger. Could a new Supreme Court decision leave the killers walking the streets again?

Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge
NBC, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Groups of friends, families, coworkers and more once again work together to test their determination, endurance and will on one of the most demanding obstacle courses ever devised, and must push through the pain to win $250,000.

Tuesday, June 13

Downward Dog: “Trashed”
ABC, 8pm

Nan (Allison Tolman) travels to NYC with Jenn (Kirby Howell-Baptiste) and Kevin (Barry Rothbart) for a big marketing meeting while Jason (Lucas Neff) watches Martin at her house. But as Nan fantasizes about her romantic future in Gotham, Martin uses the opportunity to go on an epic trash-eating bender.

White House Down
FX, 8pm

Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx star in this 2013 action thriller. A Capitol Police officer (Tatum) taking his daughter on a tour of the White House must spring into action when a paramilitary group overtakes the facility and kidnaps the president (Foxx).

America’s Got Talent: “Auditions 3”
NBC, 8pm
Auditions continue, and the Golden Buzzer is back, allowing five lucky acts the chance to go directly to the live performance rounds.

iZombie: “Conspiracy Weary”
The CW, 9pm
Liv (Rose McIver) and Blaine (David Anders) consume the brains of a conspiracy theorist and paranoia ensues. Ravi (Rahul Kohli) makes a surprising discovery of his own.

Forged in Fire: “Sword Breaker Redemption”
History, 9pm
Four previous competitors return to the forge for a second chance, only to find that the road to redemption is far from easy.

Face Off
Syfy, 9pm
Season Premiere!
McKenzie Westmore returns as host when the makeup artist competition series returns for Season 12 tonight.

Wednesday, June 14

Big Star Little Star
USA Network, 9pm
In this episode of the celebrity family game show, former NBA star and sports analyst Kenny Smith and son Malloy, actress Nicole Sullivan and son Beckett, and actor Gilles Marini and daughter Juliana test their knowledge of each other in the hopes of winning $25,000 for charity. “There aren’t many shows on TV that all the family can enjoy and sit and watch together,” says host Cat Deeley. “But Big Star Little Star is an entertainment show that spans the generations.”

Homestead Rescue
Discovery Channel, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Craftsman and survival expert Marty Raney, with his skilled son and daughter, travels to the most dangerous and isolated locations across the country to help budding homesteaders become self-sufficient and reliable. After learning the necessary skills to survive in the wilderness, each family faces the ultimate decision: Are they better fit for the homestead or civilization?

Blood Drive
Syfy, 10pm
New Series!
The series, presented in the classic grindhouse movie tradition of the type of exploitation picture that inhabited movie theaters in the 1960s and ’70s, centers around L.A.’s last good cop (Alan Ritchson) who — after partnering with a dangerous femme fatale (Christina Ochoa) — is forced to join a twisted, gory cross-country death race with no way out.

Thursday, June 15

Golf: U.S. Open, First Round
FS1 & FOX, beginning at 11am Live

The world’s best golfers head to Erin Hills in Wisconsin for the 117th U.S. Open, the year’s second major tournament. World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is the defending champion, and his top competition includes Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama, Henrik Stenson and 2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia. Coverage starts today on FS1 and moves to FOX later in the day. FS1 and FOX air the tournament through Sunday.

Weird Science
BBC America, 8pm
BBC America airs the 1985 John Hughes classic comedy Weird Science, starring Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith as two nerds who use a computer to create their living, breathing dream girl (Kelly LeBrock). The film also features before-they-were-famous roles by Robert Downey Jr. and Bill Paxton.

The Tunnel: Sabotage
PBS, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Elise (Clémence Poésy) and Karl (Stephen Dillane) reunite to investigate the abduction of a French couple from the Eurotunnel. The case is complicated by a plane crash in the Channel, killing everyone onboard.

History, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Season 4 of the hit survival series features a twist: Seven family member pairs are dropped miles apart on Northern Vancouver Island and must find each other. To win the $500,000 prize, they must survive the island’s unforgiving terrain and deadly predators together.

AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Diane Keaton
TNT, 10pm
Multifaceted actor, director, producer, author, real estate developer and photographer Diane Keaton will be recognized by the American Film Institute this month for the iconic contributions she’s made over her five-decade career. From her earlier roles as Kay Corleone in The Godfather (1972) or as Annie in Annie Hall (1977) to her comedic and dramatic collaborations like Play It Again, Sam (1972), Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977), Reds (1981), Father of the Bride (1991), Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993), Something’s Gotta Give (2003) and more, she rightly takes her place in film history with this honor.

Friday, June 16

The Ranch
Season Premiere!

Part 3 of the drama picks up where it left off in winter of last year. Colt (Ashton Kutcher) is forced to face the reality of his complicated love triangle with Abby (Elisha Cuthbert) and Heather (Kelli Goss); Rooster (Danny Masterson) settles into relationship life with Mary (Megyn Price) after bitterly moving off the ranch; and Maggie (Debra Winger) and Beau (Sam Elliott) navigate life as divorced friends.

Golf: U.S. Open, Second Round
FS1 & FOX, beginning at 11am Live

Second-round coverage of the U.S. Open from Erin Hills in Wisconsin airs today. Coverage starts on FS1 and moves to FOX later in the day.

The Originals: “Voodoo Child”
The CW, 8pm
When The Hollow targets the most vulnerable Mikaelson, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) is forced to rely on Vincent (Yusuf Gatewood), who may be able to use The Hollow’s own dark magic to defeat their enemy for good.

Reign: “All It Cost Her…”
The CW, 9pm
Series Finale!
Mary (Adelaide Kane) makes a decision that will change the course of history — forever shaping the fate of her nation, her crown, and her newborn son. Meanwhile, Elizabeth (Rachel Skarsten) steadies herself for war and will become the instigator in Mary’s demise, later realizing she and Mary might be more similar than either thought.

The Mountain Men
getTV, 9pm
Charlton Heston and Brian Keith play a pair of grizzled frontiersmen and fur trappers who spend their time fighting Indians and guzzling liquor while searching for a legendary valley where the beaver are so plentiful they practically trap themselves.

The Great British Baking Show
PBS, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Meet this season’s 12 new bakers as they tackle a back-to-basics British classic, a popular cake with a fatless sponge and tricky chocolate work. The showstopper is sophisticated and high-end. With this cake, there’s nowhere to hide.

CMT Instant Jam: Brett Eldredge
CMT, 10pm
This concert special, filmed at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas before April’s Academy of Country Music Awards, showcases Eldredge’s raw live-concert energy with a mix of his No. 1 singles, his current hit “Somethin’ I’m Good At,” and additional songs from his upcoming album.

Saturday, June 17

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: “Not Asking for Trouble”
Discovery Family Channel, 11:30am
In the Season 7 midseason finale, Pinkie Pie visits Prince Rutherford and the Yaks. While there, an avalanche falls on the entire rustic village of Yakyakistan.

The Essentials: “The Big Sleep”
TCM, 8pm
Alec Baldwin and guest David Letterman introduce and discuss Howard Hawks’ 1946 film noir classic The Big Sleep, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, and based on one of Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe private-eye novels.

TURN: Washington’s Spies
AMC, 9pm
Season Premiere!
AMC’s Revolutionary War spy drama returns for its fourth and final season. In tonight’s two-hour season premiere, notorious traitor Benedict Arnold (Owain Yeoman) seeks revenge on George Washington (Ian Kahn) by rounding up suspected rebel spies to impress his new British commanders. Meanwhile, Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell) and the other members of the Culper Ring escape Arnold’s clutches, and unintended consequences compel Abe to seek revenge of his own.

Evan Almighty
Discovery Family Channel, 9pm
In this 2007 flick, funnyman Steve Carell is junior congressman Evan Baxter, whose wish to “change the world” is heard by none other than God (Morgan Freeman). When God appears with the perplexing request to build an ark, Evan is sure he is losing it. But soon mysterious deliveries of wood and tools are being dropped on his doorstep, animals of every shape and size are flocking to him two by two, and his self-absorbed life goes from overnight success to almighty mess!

The Wedding March 2: Resorting to Love
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!
In last year’s The Wedding March, former college sweethearts Olivia (Josie Bissett) and Mick (Jack Wagner) unexpectedly reunited. In this rom-com follow-up, the two have become partners in running a wedding resort. As they work side by side in this new venture, they learn that although their business relationship is flawed, there just may be romance in their future.

T.J. Miller: Meticulously Ridiculous
HBO, 10pm
The Silicon Valley star gets his first HBO standup special, which was taped at Denver’s Paramount Theatre during Miller’s “The Meticulously Ridiculous Tour.”