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Tuesday, June 4: Abby Lee Miller Returns in a New Edition of ‘Dance Moms’


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Tuesday, June 4

Dance Moms: The Return of Abby
Lifetime, 8pm

Immediately preceding the Season 8 premiere of Dance Moms, this one-hour special follows dance instructor and choreographer Abby Lee Miller as she rebuilds her life and her dance company after a stint in prison, emergency spinal surgery and a diagnosis of Burkitt lymphoma, a rare, aggressive type of cancer. Abby is determined to triumph over tragedy and returns to Pittsburgh’s Abby Lee Dance Company to train a new crop of talented young dancers and turn them into stars.

Dance Moms
Lifetime, 9pm
Season Premiere!

The smash dance series that turned JoJo Siwa, Chloe Lukasiak, and Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler into household names returns, and Abby Lee Miller showcases her newest pint-sized talents as they fight for coveted spots on her elite Abby Lee Dance Company team. While the kids show off their best grand jetés in back-to-back new episodes, their moms will feud among themselves in big, behind-the-scenes drama.

Chasing Happiness
Amazon Prime Video

As the Jonas Brothers — Nick, Joe and Kevin — prepare for the release of their new album Happiness Begins, the pop trio presents an intimate look at their musical journeys from their New Jersey childhoods until now.

The Big Interview With Dan Rather: “Travis Tritt”
AXS TV, 8pm

Country star Travis Tritt sits down for a chat with Dan Rather.

MasterChef Junior
FOX, 8pm
Season Finale!

In tonight’s two-hour season finale, one of the remaining young home cooks will earn the title of this season’s MasterChef Junior champion and win a $100,000 prize.

America’s Got Talent: “Auditions 2”
NBC, 8pm

The auditions continue as 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, but there are only four hits left for the lucky acts to go directly to the live shows in Los Angeles to compete for America’s vote.

Celebrating the Counterculture: The Films of 1969
TCM, beginning at 8pm

The first three Tuesdays of this month will feature Turner Classic Movies’ tribute to the 50th anniversary of a number of revolutionary films from the late ’60s and early ’70s. Things begin tonight with the director’s cut of the Oscar-winning documentary Woodstock (1970), followed by the biker classic Easy Rider (1969) and more.

Eyewitness: D-Day
National Geographic, 9pm

One famous day. Five heroes. Five key turning points that changed the course of World War II during the D-Day landings, told through the eyes of the people who made a difference. Using rarely seen archives, dramatic reconstruction and written accounts from eyewitnesses and personal testimony from our five heroes, this is D-Day as never seen before.

Animal Kingdom: “Angela”
TNT, 9pm

The second episode of Season 4 finds J (Finn Cole) reconsidering his relationship with Smurf (Ellen Barkin) after he gets bad news about Morgan’s death. Frankie (Dichen Lachman) lures Craig (Ben Robson) with the promise of another big score. The arrival of an old family friend surprises Pope (Shawn Hatosy), and Deran (Jake Weary) questions if Adrian (Spencer Treat Clark) is really ready to accept him for who he is.

Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole: “Brandon”
A&E, 10pm

In 2001, a group of teens, including 15-year-old Brandon, kidnapped and raped Melissa, a 21-year-old college student in Youngstown, Ohio. Brandon was tried as an adult and sentenced to 141 years in prison without parole. Seventeen years later the Ohio Supreme Court agreed that Brandon’s sentence is the equivalent of life without parole and therefore unconstitutional. He has been granted the opportunity for a new sentence.

Blood & Treasure: “The Secret of Macho Grande”
CBS, 10pm

In the new episode “The Secret of Macho Grande,” a vital clue leads Danny (Matt Barr) and Lexi (Sofia Pernas) to an Austrian castle where the Germans may have hidden Cleopatra’s sarcophagus during World War II.

True Conviction: “Death Undercover”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm

Nancy Klinger, a young mother of three, moved to Riverside, Calif., to get away from her troubled past. The opportunity of a lifetime presents itself when she is accepted into the undercover division of the local police. But Nancy never returns from her first assignment. Years later, officers searching a desolate area on an unrelated case stumble over her remains. After nearly three decades and multiple copycat murders, will Nancy’s killer finally face justice?

America Unearthed: “Alien Artifacts”
Travel Channel, 10pm

Host Scott Wolter is intrigued by artifacts unearthed in central Mexico that depict Mesoamerican people worshipping beings that might be described as aliens. After learning the artifacts are over 9,000 years old, Wolter heads to Veracruz to investigate for himself. The hunt leads him into caves with strange inscriptions hinting that an unknown ancient society may have had contact with extraterrestrial life.

The Radkes
USA Network, 11pm
New Series!

This unscripted family sitcom centers around Melissa Radke and her big, loud Southern family. After leaving her dreams behind in Nashville, Melissa moved back to Lufkin, the small East Texas town in which she was born and raised. This outspoken Southern mom will offer her opinion on almost anything, even if no one asks.

Wednesday, June 5

The Handmaid’s Tale
Season Premiere!

In Season 3 of Hulu’s award-winning smash hit drama based on Margaret Atwood’s novel, June (Elisabeth Moss) intensifies her struggle against the totalitarian rule of Gilead. Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Alexis Bledel and Ann Dowd also return in their starring roles, and Bradley Whitford is promoted to series regular this season. The first three episodes are available today, with 10 additional new episodes premiering Wednesdays.

Black Mirror
Season Premiere!
The acclaimed “techno-paranoia” anthology series that taps into people’s unease with the modern world is back for Season 5. There are only three episodes in the new season, with little plot details at this point. But the cast will include the likes of Anthony Mackie, Miley Cyrus, Topher Grace, Andrew Scott, Pom Klementieff and more.

2019 CMT Music Awards
CMT, 8pm Live

Country quartet Little Big Town hosts the annual awards ceremony that celebrates the biggest names in country music. Each winner is selected by the fans.

Freeform, 8pm
New Episodes!

After a cliffhanger spring finale, the black-ish spinoff starring Yara Shahidi returns with new episodes that will explore topics including cultural appropriation, mental health and academic scandals. Fan favorite actor Diggy Simmons has been promoted to a series regular.

American Ninja Warrior: “Atlanta City Qualifiers”
NBC, 8pm

The competition series heads to Atlanta for the City Qualifying Round. Notable competitors include last season’s Last Ninja Standing Drew Drechsel and former New England Patriot Tyrone Poole, who will face up to six challenging obstacles, including Off the Hook and Ferris Wheel, which are new to the course this year.

Russia’s Wild Sea
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm

Located almost 4,000 miles from Moscow in Russia’s Far East, the Sea of Okhotsk is a constant survival battleground for humans and a range of wildlife that includes orcas and humpback whales, as well as tigers prowling the forests. This two-part special from award-winning director Franz Hafner tells the fascinating stories of the region’s inhabitants and presents the incredible contrasts of the sea’s beauty and wilderness.

NBA Finals: Game 3: Toronto at Golden State
ABC, 9pm Live

The NBA Finals head to the Bay Area with the series even at one game apiece as the Golden State Warriors host the Toronto Raptors in Game 3.

Jane the Virgin: “Chapter Ninety-Two”
The CW, 9pm

With Jorge (guest star Alfonso DiLuca) officially moved into Alba’s (Ivonne Coll) house with his stuff, the dynamic has quickly changed, making Jane (Gina Rodriguez) uncomfortable. Rafael (Justin Baldoni) and Jane work on their co-parenting of Mateo (Elias Janssen) now that they have a potential way to help him. Xo (Andrea Navedo) is nervous about her last PET scan and what the results could show.

The King Who Fooled Hitler
National Geographic, 9pm

This landmark film unearths exclusive new documents — secret letters, correspondence and diary entries — about D-Day that shed new light on the deception that fooled Hitler. In a tale of double agents and decoys, the investigation reveals for the first time the identity of the most secret agent of them all: George VI. It also uncovers how the queen and the future Queen Elizabeth II were enlisted in the ruse, and how the royal household managed to lose one of Britain’s greatest secrets of World War II.

Fatal Addiction: Hollywood’s Secret Epidemic
REELZ Channel, 9pm

Journalist Nancy O’Dell hosts this special that asks if Hollywood may be part of America’s opioid epidemic, given drug use depicted in movies, TV shows and music. The program explores how drug use has affected the lives of celebrities like Robert Downey Jr., Russell Brand and Demi Lovato, and claimed the lives of others, like Prince, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Heath Ledger.

In Search of Monsters: “The Ozark Howler”
Travel Channel, 9pm
Season Finale!

Recently disclosed audio recordings and astonishing game-camera photographs provide the most conclusive evidence to date that an elusive and terrifying black beast with horns, known for centuries as the Ozark Howler, may have demonic origins.

Lone Star Justice
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
New Series!

This six-part true-crime series follows Sheriff J.B. Smith, a veteran detective of Smith County, Texas, as he and his team recount a specific case in each episode. In the premiere episode, Smith and his detectives delve into a 2010 incident in which the bullet-riddled body of a 19-year-old college student was found by her younger sibling. They split up to interview friends, known criminals and every possible lead. However, it is a minute crime scene detail spotted by forensics that leads to the case’s shocking conclusion.

The InBetween: “Made of Stone”
NBC, 10pm

Tom (Paul Blackthorne) and Damien (Justin Cornwell) enlist Cassie’s (Harriet Dyer) help when a mother and her young son mysteriously vanish. When suspicion turns to the woman’s husband, Cassie’s visions reveal a darker, more vengeful plot. Meanwhile, Ed Roven (Sean Bolger) returns with an offer for Cassie.

Thursday, June 6

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

NBC airs both French Open women’s singles semifinal matches from Roland Garros in Paris.

Saving Private Ryan
AMC, 7pm

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, AMC presents Steven Spielberg’s 1998 film, which stars an ensemble cast including Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore and Edward Burns.

The Battle of Normandy: 85 Days in Hell
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm

On June 6, 1944, D-Day began when the Allied forces of the United States, Britain and Canada landed in Normandy to beat back the German troops and liberate France. For 85 days, Allied troops fought the German Army in Northern France, establishing a presence they would never relinquish. A native of Normandy, co-writer and co-producer Dominique Forget brings an intimate understanding of the region as well as his 20-year research in film archives and previously unseen archival footage to the documentary.

iZombie: “The Scratchmaker”
The CW, 8pm

After consuming the brain of the ultimate matchmaker, Liv (Rose McIver) is determined to find the perfect match for Major (Robert Buckley). Meanwhile, Blaine (David Anders) will stoop to any level to protect himself. Lastly, Don E (Bryce Hodgson) contemplates an interesting offer.

Paradise Hotel
FOX, 8pm Live
Season Finale!

In the two-hour season finale of the unscripted dating competition series hosted by Kristin Cavallari, one couple will walk away with a massive cash prize, and maybe even love.

The Cold Blue
HBO, 8pm

HBO presents this gripping documentary from director Erik Nelson that takes an inside look at the World War II pilots and crew of the Eighth Air Force. The film uses newly restored 4K footage and outtakes shot by director William Wyler for his 1944 documentary The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress, which were found in the vaults of the National Archives.

Mountain Men
History, 9pm
Season Premiere!

In Season 8 of the reality series, the stakes skyrocket for the men and women of the mountains as they all face major turning points in pursuit of their proud and independent way of life. Plus, one of the series’ most beloved characters says a final goodbye as he heads off to conquer new uncharted lands.

Life in Pieces: “X Box Glimpse Spotlight”
CBS, 9:30pm

In the new episode “X Box Glimpse Spotlight,” Heather (Betsy Brandt) and Tim (Dan Bakkedahl) try not to freak out when they get an emergency text from Samantha (Holly J. Barrett) in the middle of the night.

Unspouse My House
HGTV, 9:30pm
New Series!

Designer and self-proclaimed breakup expert Orlando Soria works with newly single clients to overhaul their homes and heal their lonely hearts with laughter, support and beautiful design. In each episode, Soria infuses the homes with personalized design elements and delights the client with a surprise space that they didn’t know he was going to renovate.

Hero Ink
A&E, 10pm
New Series!

This new series follows the daily work at Prison Break Tattoos, a unique shop in Houston that specializes in creating meaningful tattoos for first responders. Bringing together artists who have a connection to the world of first responders and understand their sense of duty, Prison Break Tattoos is a haven for clients to share their stories and pay tribute to the moments on the job that have had a profound impact on their lives.

Elementary: “The Price of Admission”
CBS, 10pm

While Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) looks for a way back to the United States, Watson (Lucy Liu) helps the NYPD investigate a murder at a storage facility that caters to wealthy clients in the new episode “The Price of Admission.”

History, 10pm
Season Premiere!

Season 6 of the survival competition introduces a new set of men and women to face brutally freezing conditions as they try to last as long as possible deep in the Canadian Arctic for a chance to win $500,000. One competitor comes face-to-face with a local predator, another takes a false step that could result in a game-changing injury and all are caught unprepared when the Arctic winter swoops in with a speed no one expected.

Ms. T’s Music Factory
Lifetime, 10pm
New Series!

Former recording artist Temmora Levy is on a mission to help future superstars achieve their dreams at her Arommet Academy, a Memphis-area artist development academy. Each episode follows Levy as she juggles the challenges of helping her clients achieve their potential, dealing with stage parents, managing her daughter Miesha Michelle’s pop girl group KARMA, and keeping up with the daily demands of motherhood and marriage.

Queen of the South
USA Network, 10pm
Season Premiere!

In Season 4, Teresa (Alice Braga) fights to carve out a place as a full-fledged partner in Camila Vargas’ (Veronica Falcón) cartel. But as enemies close in from both sides of the law, Teresa is forced to choose between her new makeshift family and the man she loves.

Sanford and Son
getTV, 11:30pm

Watch this classic comedy from the beginning. Tonight, the popular retro channel airs the 1972 premiere that introduces the junk-dealer duo (Redd Foxx and Demond Wilson). Reruns continue Monday-Friday, 10pm to midnight.

Friday, June 7

Season Premiere!

In Season 3 of the futuristic sci-fi drama from Brazil, one year has passed. The Shell, conceived as an alternative to the Offshore and the Inland, is now established as a place where everyone is welcome. But a catastrophic sandstorm, coupled with a suspicious malfunction, destroys its food and water supply. With the threat of hunger, the residents demand a process to determine who will stay at the Shell.

Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City
New Series!

Return to 28 Barbary Lane in this follow-up to the 1990s PBS drama based on Armistead Maupin’s books. That series was set in the 1970s; this one takes place today, with Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis reprising their respective original roles of Mary Ann Singleton and Anna Madrigal, and new cast members including Ellen Page as Mary Ann’s daughter Shawna.

The Black Godfather

This documentary charts the exceptional and unlikely rise of Clarence Avant, a music executive who eventually influenced, and continues to influence, legends from all walks of life, from entertainment to politics, including Bill Withers, Quincy Jones, Muhammad Ali, Hank Aaron, Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, and more. Reginald Hudlin directed the film, which includes interviews with Snoop Dogg, Sean Combs, Diane Warren, Lionel Richie, Cicely Tyson, Jamie Foxx and others.

The Chef Show
New Series!

Netflix’s latest entry in its collection of popular food-centric programming finds actor/director Jon Favreau and award-winning chef Roy Choi reuniting after their critically acclaimed film Chef to embark on a new adventure. The two friends experiment with favorite recipes and techniques as they bake, cook, explore and collaborate with some of the biggest names in the entertainment and culinary worlds. Guests will include Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Bill Burr, Tom Holland, Robert Rodriguez and more.

Designated Survivor
Season Premiere!
Another canceled broadcast series gets a revival on Netflix as Kiefer Sutherland’s drama survives for a third season. Sutherland plays a lower-level presidential cabinet member who is suddenly sworn in as president after a catastrophic attack during the State of the Union address kills everyone above him in the line of succession.

I Am Mother
Original Film!

This sci-fi thriller is about a teenage girl (Clara Rugaard) who is the first of a new generation of humans to be raised by Mother (Rose Byrne), a robot designed to repopulate the earth after the extinction of humanity. But the pair’s unique relationship is threatened when an injured stranger (Hilary Swank) arrives with news that calls into question everything Daughter has been told about the outside world, as well as her Mother’s intentions.

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

The French Open men’s singles semifinal matches take place today at Roland Garros in Paris.

Soccer: FIFA Women’s World Cup: France vs. Korea Republic
FS1, 3pm Live

The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer tournament in France kicks off today with Korea Republic taking on the hosts today at Parc des Princes in Paris. The U.S. Women’s National Team are the reigning champions and favorites to repeat, with other top contenders including Germany, England, France, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, Japan and Sweden. FOX, FS1 and FS2 combine to air every game live through July 7.

Masters of Illusion
The CW, 8pm
Season Premiere!

Hosted by Dean Cain, this show features amazing magic performed by cutting-edge illusionists, with escape artists and performers displaying skills ranging from perplexing interactive mind magic to hilarious comedy routines — all in front of a studio audience.

The Big Stage
The CW, 9pm
New Series!

This new series, hosted by Elizabeth Stanton and James Maslow, is the ultimate non-competitive platform for talented acts from around the world to display their mastery of performance. The show features disciplines ranging from singing and stand-up routines to impressive acrobatics and aerial dance, along with everything in between.

XY Chelsea
Showtime, 9pm

This new documentary tells the historic story of whistleblower Chelsea Manning, a trans woman soldier who was sentenced to prison for 35 years after leaking information about the U.S.’ involvement in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Saturday, June 8

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

The French Open women’s singles final match takes place on the red clay courts of Roland Garros in Paris. Romania’s Simona Halep won the Suzanne Lenglen cup over runner-up Sloane Stephens last year.

Horse Racing: Belmont Stakes
NBC, 4pm Live

The controversial conclusion to the Kentucky Derby, in which Country House was declared the winner after Maximum Security was disqualified, made a total mess of this year’s Triple Crown season. There wasn’t even a rematch at the Preakness. Fortunately, it will all be over today as the 151st Belmont Stakes takes place at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.

A Star Is Born
HBO, 8pm

HBO presents Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, a new take on the iconic love story portrayed in three previous films of the same name. The drama, which was nominated for eight Oscars and won for Best Original Song, tells the story of famous musician Jack (Cooper) and struggling artist Ally (Lady Gaga), who come together onstage and in life.

Adriana Trigiani’s Very Valentine
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

Greenwich Village’s Angelini Shoe Company has been making exquisite wedding shoes since 1903 but now teeters on the brink of financial collapse. To save the family business from ruin, Valentine Roncalli (Kelen Coleman) — apprentice to and granddaughter of master artisan Teodora Angelini (Jacqueline Bisset) — attempts to bring the family’s old-world craftsmanship into the 21st century.

My Boyfriend’s Back: Wedding March 5
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!

Wedding planner Annalise (Cindy Busby) is busy planning a wedding at Mick and Olivia’s (Jack Wagner and Josie Bissett) inn when she finds out the best man is her ex-boyfriend Brad (Tyler Hynes). Luckily, she and Brad work through their awkwardness, and he helps save the day when an investor makes a surprise visit to the inn. And with love in the air, Mick and Olivia celebrate the 25th anniversary of their first date.

Howie Mandel’s Animals Doing Things
Nat Geo Wild, 10pm
Season Premiere!

Howie Mandel teams up with the popular and entertaining Instagram account @AnimalsDoingThings for a second season of bringing the internet’s funniest animal videos to TV. Mandel narrates each episode of the series to bring his signature sense of humor to never-before-seen videos of animals doing amazing, adorable and hilarious things.