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Tuesday, June 12

The Last Defense
ABC, 10pm
New Series!

This seven-episode docuseries from executive producers Viola Davis and her husband Julius Tennon explores and exposes flaws in the American justice system through in-depth examinations of the death row cases of Darlie Routier and Julius Jones.

Beat Shazam
FOX, 8pm
Guest Star Alert!

Michael Bolton stops by the show to cheer on teams of two — including a grandmother and grandson, a brother and sister, and two best friends — as they race against the clock to identify hit songs. Jamie Foxx hosts the competition series and his daughter, Corinne, serves as Beat Shazam’s in-house DJ.

The Bold Type
Freeform, 8pm
Season Premiere!

Freeform’s millennial-focused drama, based on the life of powerhouse magazine editor Joanna Coles, returns for a second season that follows the lives of three close friends living in New York City as they navigate their careers, sexuality and identities, and find their own voices in a sea of intimidating leaders. Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, Meghann Fahy, Sam Page, Matt Ward and Melora Hardin star.

America’s Got Talent: “Auditions 3”
NBC, 8pm

The auditions continue with creator and executive producer 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 Golden Buzzer is back and allows four lucky acts the chance to go directly to the live shows.

Civilizations: “Paradise on Earth”
PBS, 8pm

Explore one of humanity’s deepest artistic urges: the depiction of nature. But landscape painting is seldom a straightforward portrayal of observed nature; it’s a projection of dreams, idylls and escapes — the elusive paradise on earth.

Face Off: Battle Royale: “Moonlight Monsters”
Syfy, 9pm

In the first elimination challenge of the season, the artists battle it out as they create fun and lighthearted monsters inspired by real-life day jobs.

Hunting Nazi Treasure: “City of Loot”
AHC, 10pm

In June 1940, the Nazis captured Paris, the epicenter of European art and culture. This episode explores the story of how the Nazis systematically looted the entire city over four years of occupation. The team focuses its investigation on the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR), a special task force headed by Nazi “philosopher” Alfred Rosenberg. The ERR set up at the Louvre and Jeu de Paume galleries, where priceless works of art stolen from all over France were sorted and collected for Goering and Hitler.

In Contempt
BET, 10pm
Season Finale!

Season 1 of BET’s first procedural drama comes to an end tonight. Erica Ash, Richard Lawson, Christian Keyes and Tobias Truvillion star.

Million Dollar Listing New York
Bravo, 10pm
Season Premiere!

The Season 7 premiere is a supersized 75 minutes long as powerhouse agents Fredrik Eklund, Ryan Serhant and Steve Gold are hungrier than ever to dominate the real estate market in the city that never sleeps.

The Profit
CNBC, 10pm
Season Premiere!

Serial entrepreneur and investor Marcus Lemonis is back for Season 5, putting his own money on the line to help save and grow struggling businesses. In each of the 10 new episodes, Lemonis makes an offer that’s impossible to refuse: his cash for a piece of the business and a percentage of the profits. Once inside these companies, he’ll do almost anything to save the business and make himself a profit, even if it means firing the president, promoting the secretary or doing the work himself.

Expedition Unknown: “Nazis in Argentina”
Discovery Channel, 10pm

Josh Gates ventures to Argentina, where many Nazi SS officers escaped to after World War II. He uncovers secret Nazi hideouts and investigates what may be the most shocking conspiracy theory of all — the “true” fate of Adolf Hitler.

Legion: “Chapter 19”
FX, 10pm
Season Finale!

In the Season 2 finale, “Chapter 19,” David (Dan Stevens) fights the future. FX has picked up Legion for Season 3.

World of Dance: “The Qualifiers 3”
NBC, 10pm

In round three of the qualifying rounds, the world’s most elite dance acts from all ages and dance genres enter the arena to face off in the challenge of a lifetime. The acts have one chance to showcase their artistry, precision and athleticism in order to move forward in the competition and ultimately win a grand prize of $1 million.

Wednesday, June 13

Lucha Underground
El Rey Network, 8pm
Season Premiere!

The wrestling series returns for its fourth season tonight.

Navy SEALs: America’s Secret Warriors: “Deadly Marksmen/Enemy Territory”
History, 8pm
Series Premiere!

This three-part series looks at the exhaustive training that goes into becoming a Navy SEAL sniper, who is not only a world-class marksman, but also an expert in small arms combat under every conceivable condition.

Ozzy & Jack’s World Tour
A&E, 9pm
Season Premiere!

Season 3 sees rock legend Ozzy Osbourne anxious to hit the road to escape the stress of planning his final solo world tour. To get away from the pre-tour insanity, he hatches a plan to get back in the RV and take a cross-country road trip to Florida for his first gig. But there’s a problem. His son Jack and Jack’s wife are awaiting the birth of their third child, so Jack enlists his sister Kelly to help get their dad on the road to Florida.

The Originals: “The Kindness of Strangers”
The CW, 9pm

The Mikaelson siblings must set their differences aside and work together to escape a “chambre de chasse.”

Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back
FOX, 9pm
New Series!

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is on a cross-country mission to help struggling restaurants turn themselves around. In each episode, he travels to a floundering eatery in his state-of-the-art mobile kitchen and command center, Hell on Wheels. After recording and reviewing surveillance footage highlighting each restaurant’s shortcomings, he and his team will have 24 hours to transform these eateries with renovations, new menus and tough love. Ramsay shares, “With the clock set at 24 hours and ticking, I can promise you this culinary boot camp gives a whole new meaning to ‘Hell on Wheels.’”

The Expanse: “Dandelion Sky”
Syfy, 9pm

Holden (Steven Strait) sees past, present and future; a ghost from Melba’s (Nadine Nicole) past threatens her mission; Bobbie (Frankie Adams) struggles to trust an old friend as she leads a group into uncharted territory.

A&E, 10pm
Season Premiere!

Wahlburgers adopts a new, hourlong format for its new season, taking an even deeper dive into the high-stakes business world of Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg’s restaurant chain. With plans to double in size in just one year, the brothers take on a huge risk and set their sights on the fast-casual market by creating an “Express Model” version of Wahlburgers. Follow the brothers as they partner with monster retail brands and propel themselves into hundreds of untapped markets.

Code Black: “Home Stays Home”
CBS, 10pm

In the new episode “Home Stays Home,” Mario (Benjamin Hollingsworth) joins Rox (Moon Bloodgood) and Willis (Rob Lowe) on the scene of a boat crash, and, in Center Stage, Leanne (Marcia Gay Harden) works to save a brother and sister who drank boiling water through a straw as part of a viral challenge.

The Deed
CNBC, 10pm
Season Premiere!

In the six episodes of Season 2, entrepreneur Sidney Torres is back to bring his multimillion-dollar fortune and expertise to the aid of struggling property investors. In exchange for a piece of the property and a percentage of the profits, Torres helps the inexperienced developers restore their run-down homes to their former glory. This season takes viewers through every stage of the renovation process, as Torres works with everyone from aspiring and ambitious novices to seasoned, down-on-their-luck real estate developers.

Caribbean Pirate Treasure
Travel Channel, 10pm
Season Premiere!

Husband-and-wife underwater explorers Philippe and Ashlan Cousteau return for Season 2 of this series in which they investigate incredible stories of pirates’ plunder and lost loot. Premiering with back-to-back episodes tonight, the new season will find the pair traveling to tropical beach destinations like Ecuador (in the season premiere episode), Bermuda, Puerto Rico and Florida as they literally dive into the fascinating tales of legendary shipwrecks, ruthless pirates and sunken treasure that lurk beneath the surface of these idyllic locales.

Colony: “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”
USA Network, 10pm

Will (Josh Holloway) follows clues that may expose a dangerous secret about the Seattle colony; Katie (Sarah Wayne Callies) helps a refugee family; Bram (Alex Neustaedter) steps in as a parent to Gracie (Isabella Crovetti).

Thursday, June 14

Strange Angel
CBS All Access
New Series!

Based on George Pendle’s book, and with Ridley Scott as an executive producer, this drama is inspired by the true story of Jack Parsons (Jack Reynor). The brilliant Parsons started as a janitor at a chemical factory in 1930s Los Angeles but had dreams that led him to birth the new discipline of American rocketry. He ultimately became a disciple of occultist Aleister Crowley and used Crowley’s teachings of self-actualization to support his unimaginable endeavor to the stars. Season 1 runs 10 episodes, with a new installment available each Thursday to subscribers.

Golf: U.S. Open, First Round
FS1 & FOX, beginning at 9:30am Live

The 118th U.S. Open Championship golf tournament takes place at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., June 14-17, with first-round coverage airing today starting on FS1 and continuing on FOX. Top competitors include Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy. Brooks Koepka is defending champion.

Soccer: FIFA World Cup: Russia vs. Saudi Arabia
FOX, 11am Live

Held every four years, the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament features 32 top teams from around the globe. This year’s World Cup takes place June 14-July 15 in Russia, and the host country kicks off the Group Stage today on FOX with a match against Group A opponent Saudi Arabia. FOX and FS1 combine to air every tournament game live.

Little Big Shots: “Little Ninja Warrior”
NBC, 8pm

This episode features a remarkably skilled snooker player from Ireland, a charming 8-year-old voiceover artist, a confident young hip-hop dancer, and a painter with incredible talent. Viewers will be also meet a 6-year-old “American Ninja Warrior” in the making and enjoy the return of gospel singer and Season 2 fan-favorite Caleb.

NBC, 9pm
Season Premiere!

Marlon Wayans returns as star and executive producer for Season 2 of the family sitcom loosely based on his real life. Back-to-back episodes kick off the new season of the series, which also stars Essence Atkins, Bresha Webb, Diallo Riddle, Notlim Taylor and Amir O’Neil.

Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce
Bravo, 10pm
Season Premiere!

The fifth and final season of Bravo’s first original scripted series follows a close-knit group of friends — Abby McCarthy (Lisa Edelstein), Phoebe (Beau Garrett), Jo (Alanna Ubach), Delia (Necar Zadegan) and Barbara (Retta) — as they embrace their post-divorce lives. This season, Abby and the girlfriends move forward in their lives but are constantly reminded of their intertwined lives with their exes and must lean on each other to pave their own paths to happiness.

History, 10pm
Season Premiere!

In Season 5, 10 former fan-favorite, but unsuccessful, participants of this nonfiction survival series come together in Northern Mongolia — the show’s most remote location yet — where they must once again push themselves to their limits if they want to make it through subzero temperatures, deadly predators and punishing isolation and be the last person standing this time.

Friday, June 15

Season Premiere!

Billy Bob Thornton reprises his Golden Globe-winning role as down-and-out lawyer Billy McBride in Season 2 of the drama created by David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal) and Jonathan Shapiro (The Practice). McBride is reluctantly pulled back into the law when his friend’s 16-year-old son is arrested for a double homicide. As the investigation unfolds, Billy and his team uncover a conspiracy in Los Angeles’ seedy underbelly, where drugs, real estate and politics intermingle. Nina Arianda costars alongside new cast members Mark Duplass (Togetherness), Morris Chestnut (Rosewood) and Ana de la Reguera (Narcos).

Set It Up
Original Film!

In this subversive romantic comedy, Harper (Zoey Deutch) and Charlie (Glen Powell) are two overworked, underpaid executive assistants beaten down by Manhattan’s rat race. Barely aware of their own deferred dreams, the 20-somethings live to serve a pair of tough bosses (Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs) who whip them into a daily frenzy. Teaming up out of sheer desperation, Harper and Charlie scheme to get their bosses off their backs by luring them into a fake romance, but things quickly spiral out of control.

Soccer: FIFA World Cup
FS1 & FOX, beginning at 8am Live

The first full day of World Cup competition has a Group A match between Uruguay and Egypt (FS1), followed by two matches from Group B with Morocco vs. Iran (FOX) and Portugal vs. Spain (FOX).

Golf: U.S. Open, Second Round
FS1 & FOX, beginning at 10am Live

Coverage of the second round of the U.S. Open Championship from Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., starts on FS1 and continues on FOX.

Quantico: “The Heavens Fall”
ABC, 8pm

Jocelyn (Marlee Matlin) shares her very personal story of hearing loss when she finds herself face-to-face with the adversary responsible for the bomb explosion that changed her life forever. Meanwhile, the team works together to take him down and infiltrates an illegal, underground operation that has deadly consequences.

Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition: “Stephanie McMahon”
CBS, 8pm

WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon goes undercover in search of possible new talent for the WWE roster, and she ends up making dreams come true for a young WWE fan.

12 Monkeys
Syfy, 8pm
Season Premiere!

The fourth and final season of this series based on the 1995 sci-fi film will air three episodes each Friday, starting tonight, until the two-part season and series finale airs on July 6. In Season 4, Cole (Aaron Stanford) and Cassandra (Amanda Schull) set out on an epic quest, traveling further back in time than they ever have before. According to legend, their only hope lies with a weapon capable of stopping the Witness for good, but they’ll learn that in order to win the final battle and save time itself, they will have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Breaking Big
PBS, 8:30pm
New Series!

This new half-hour series hosted by Carlos Watson explores the twists and turns on the road to thriving careers for some notable figures in various fields. The docuseries traces the unusual paths followed by 12 talented men and women who all overcame nearly insurmountable obstacles and long odds to reimagine their own potential and, ultimately, to break big. The first episode features The Daily Show star and comedian Trevor Noah.

Great Performances at the Met: “Tosca”
PBS, 9pm

Sir David McVicar’s new production of Puccini’s classic stars Sonya Yoncheva, Vittorio Grigolo and Zeljko Lucic. Opera diva Tosca must rescue her revolutionary lover Cavaradossi from the depraved police chief Scarpia. Isabel Leonard hosts.

Just Another Immigrant
Showtime, 9pm

Another two new episodes of the comedic docuseries air back-to-back tonight. The series follows one of the most popular standups in the U.K. — the endearingly hilarious Romesh Ranganathan — as he looks to uproot his wife, their three kids, his Sri Lankan mother and his eccentric uncle, and immigrate to the U.S.

C.B. Strike: “The Cuckoo’s Calling, Part 3”
Cinemax, 10pm

In the conclusion of “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” long-buried secrets are revealed, putting Strike (Tom Burke) and Robin (Holliday Grainger) in danger as they close in on the killer.

Saturday, June 16

Soccer: FIFA World Cup
FS1 & FOX, beginning at 6am Live

World Cup Group Stage action continues today with France vs. Australia (FS1), Argentina vs. Iceland (FOX), Peru vs. Denmark (FS1) and Croatia vs. Nigeria (FS1).

Golf: U.S. Open, Third Round
FOX, 11am Live

FOX airs coverage of the U.S. Open Championship third round from Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.

Driven: Oklahoma State Cowboys
NBC, 5pm
Season Finale!

Golf Channel’s four-part documentary series Driven: Oklahoma State Cowboys comes to a conclusion on NBC. Executive produced by Oklahoma State alum and PGA Tour star Rickie Fowler, the series follows the OSU Cowboys men’s golf team as they compete through the 2017-18 regular season on their quest for the school’s 11th NCAA national championship.

Ransom: “Radio Silence”
CBS, 8pm

Eric’s (Luke Roberts) flight is anything but routine in the new episode “Radio Silence,” as he must negotiate with a suicidal copilot and find out what triggered him after he locks the captain out of the cockpit and threatens to crash the plane.

Major League Baseball
FOX, 8pm Live

On tonight’s MLB on FOX broadcast, depending on their market, viewers will see either the Chicago Cubs at the St. Louis Cardinals, the San Francisco Giants at the L.A. Dodgers or the Boston Red Sox at the Seattle Mariners.

Love at First Dance
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!

Hope (former Glee star Becca Tobin) is tasked with teaching Manhattan’s former “Most Eligible Bachelor” (When Calls the Heart’s Niall Matter) how to dance for his extravagant society wedding. But as the dance lessons progress, complications ensue when feelings begin to develop between student and instructor.

Grease: Behind Closed Doors
REELZ Channel, 9pm

As the iconic film Grease celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, this special uses the words of those who brought the production to life to explore how the 1978 feature starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John — dismissed as “cinematic cotton candy” before its release — went on to become the highest-grossing movie musical of the 20th century.

Ghost Adventures
Travel Channel, 9pm
Season Premiere!

The crew heads to Mokelumne Hill, Calif., to investigate the Hotel Léger, one of the state’s oldest operating hotels. A devastating fire and the town’s violent history have left a dark presence in the historic building that threatens the safety of employees and guests.

Mountain Life: “North Carolina Dream Dwelling”
HGTV, 11pm

Tonight on HGTV’s ode to altitude: An on-the-go couple looking for a rustic retreat high above the rest of North Carolina may have found their new ZIP code with the tiny town of Swannanoa, 2,195 feet above sea level.