Sunday, June 8th
The 68th Annual Tony Awards, live awards show from 8 to 11pm on CBS
– Broadway stars have been biting the nails off their jazz hands all season long in anticipation of the race at this year’s Tonys, hosted by Hugh Jackman for a fourth time. Many theater insiders have deemed this the most exciting and unpredictable contest in years: The big showdown for Best Musical includes a Carole King jukebox tuner and Disney’s magical behometh Aladdin, while in the acting categories TV megastars and first-time nominees Neil Patrick Harris (donning drag in Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and Bryan Cranston (playing LBJ in the presidential All the Way) are among the contenders, in addition to stage veterans Idina Menzel and Sutton Foster. And as always, it’s the one night of the year when viewers get to sample the Great White Way’s best theatrical offerings live from Radio City Music Hall—and from the comfort of their living rooms.
Brother Vs. Brother, season premiere at 9pm on HGTV
– The brothers are back for another round of Brother Vs. Brother action. Team Drew took the first season, but it’s anyone’s game this time around. Watch as HGTV’s Property Brothers lead two teams of experts to add value to two homes in the ultimate renovation showdown. On the season two premiere, we meet the 10 new contestants competing for the $50,000 prize. Are you Team Jonathan or Team Drew?
Monday, June 9th
Remembering the Artist Robert De Niro, Sr., documentary premiere at 9pm on HBO
– Robert De Niro is not one of life’s natural interviewees, as my gray hairs can attest. But he offers evocative testimony in this doc, which makes the case that the actor’s late father—the troubled, gay, and obscure painter Robert De Niro Sr.should be better known. Maybe we’ve just been asking Bob the wrong questions.
Major Crimes, season premiere at 9pm on TNT
– The Closer spin-off starring Mary McDonnell (Battlestar Galactica) explores how the American justice system approaches the art of the deals as law enforcement officers and prosecutors work together to score a conviction. In the series, McDonnell stars as Los Angeles Police Captain Sharon Raydor, who heads up a special squad within the LAPD that deals with high-profile or particularly sensitive crimes.
Murder in the First, series premiere at 10pm on TNT
– Cable doesn’t need another murder investigation, but if network execs insist on assigning detectives to track dangerous sociopaths, they should bring this level of pedigree: Murder was created by cop-show legend Steven Bochco, produced by West Wing veteran Thomas Schlamme, and it stars Taye Diggs and Harry Potter’s Tom Felton. Murder in the First follows homicide detectives Terry English (Diggs) and Hildy Mulligan (Kathleen Robertson) as they investigate two seemingly unrelated murders. The mystery deepens, however, when they find both murders have a common denominator in a Silicon Valley wunderkind (Felton). With a season-long focus on a single case, the story has plenty of breathing room, and the San Francisco setting feels particularly natural. As unnecessary things go, Murder is exquisite.
Tuesday, June 10th
Pretty Little Liars, season premiere at 8pm on ABC Family
– Fans can prepare for the return to Rosewood in an all-day marathon starting at 11:00 AM (ET/PT) and running up to the one-hour season premiere at 8:00 PM (ET/PT). The Liars deal with the aftermath of Alison’s revelations and Ezra’s shooting, and realize “A” is closer than ever in the season five premiere of ABC Family’s hit original series. Moments after where the season four finale left off, Aria and the Liars are reeling from Ezra’s shooting at the hands of “A.” The five girls quickly realize that as the one person who truly knows A’s identity, Ezra is in grave danger. While Aria stands watch over Ezra at the hospital, Alison and the PLLs lay a trap to finally flush out “A,” but are shocked by who is ensnared. Meanwhile, Holbrook steps up his efforts to find the girls and puts the Hastings family on alert. And as news of Alison’s resurrection spreads, Mona is not pleased.
Chasing Life, series premiere at 9pm on ABC Family
– This new series follows twenty-something April (Italia Ricci), a smart and quick-witted aspiring journalist, who is trying to work her way up the ladder at a Boston newspaper by trying to impress her hard-nosed editor. When not pursuing the latest scoop, April tries to balance her ambitious career with her family – her widowed mom Sara, rebellious little sister Brenna and her grandmother. Just as things start to look up at work, home, and on the romance front with co-worker Dominic, April gets the devastating news from an estranged uncle that she has cancer.
Royal Pains, season premiere at 9pm on USA
– Dr. Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein) is the talented and respected doctor behind HankMed, the Hamptons’ favorite concierge medical practice. With a reputation as a “Medical MacGyver,” putting his patients first, and solving even the most baffling cases, Hank is always in high demand. After a few busy summers attending to the Hamptons elite, as well as others less fortunate, Hank has established HankMed as the go-to medical provider for this bustling beachside community. Although Hank was initially hesitant to leave New York City, he quickly fell for the Hamptons and established a new, happier life for himself. But after last year’s long, tumultuous summer – from Symphony Health coming to town, to Hank’s neurosurgery, to his fall-out with Jeremiah – Hank decided he needed a break. So he spent the off-season traveling the world with Boris, overseeing his participation in a cutting-edge clinical trial. But as summer approaches, Hank realizes he wants to be back amongst those he loves, and serving the Hamptons community. But coming back home is not always easy.
Nine Days and Nights of Ed Sheeran, docu-series premiere at 11pm on MTV
– MTV’s kicking off a new music documentary series Nine Days and Nights with British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, one of the fastest rising stars in pop music today. Over the course of the hour-long documentary, fans will have intimate access to Sheeran at a critical turning point in his life and career. This not-to-be missed look at his world features appearances by Taylor Swift and Pharrell.
Wednesday, June 11th
Guys Choice 2014, live awards show from 9 to 11pm on Spike TV
– Oscars, Schmoscars: Matthew McConaughey will finally recieve the prize he was born to win, the Guy of the Year award.
Suits, season premiere at 9pm on USA
– The critically acclaimed and award-nominated legal drama returns for its fourth season after a major shift in the dynamics at The Firm. It’s a new world order as Mike Ross (SAG Award nominee Patrick J Adams, Rosemary’s Baby) leaves Pearson Specter and heads to Wall Street as an investment banker, quickly finding himself at odds with his mentor Harvey (Gabriel Macht, “Love and Other Drugs”).
Duck Dynasty, season premiere at 10pm on A&E
– When the Governor of Louisiana announces that he will be coming to Duck Commander to present Willie with a commerce award, John Luke volunteers to give the introduction speech. But Willie can’t help but give John Luke some public speaking pointers, along with Si’s unwanted help. Meanwhile, Miss Kay enlists Korie and Sadie’s help to pick out a nice outfit for the visit, trying to convince a reluctant Phil to give his opinion on her outfit options.
Graceland, season premiere at 10pm on USA
– The sophomore season of Graceland follows the high-stakes investigative lives of six undercover federal agents who live together in a government-seized Southern California beachfront house. These FBI, DEA and ICE agents, whose lies are their lives, struggle to maintain a sense of normalcy. This is especially challenging when the former FBI rookie, Mike Warren (Aaron Tveit, “Les Miserables”) returns to Graceland to run point on a dangerous mission against the cartel. Meanwhile, Briggs (Daniel Sunjata, Rescue Me), still concerned about the missing recording that implicates him in a murder, attempts to clean up his life and repair his relationships.
Friday, June 13th
Dennis Miller: America 180°, comedy special at 8pm on Epix
– In his first comedy special for EPIX, Emmy award-winning comedian Dennis Miller examines the current state of our Union. From the antics of those running Washington, to the blunders of President Obama’s healthcare initiative, to our wild efforts to save the planet one light bulb at a time, his take on today’s America is both hysterical and painfully right on target. Dennis Miller: America 180°was taped at the Barclay Theatre in Irvine, California.
Monumental Mysteries, season premiere at 9pm on Travel
– Hosted by Don Wildman, this series visits the statues, memorials, national parks, sculptures and gravestones that commemorate our nation’s most intriguing events, notorious crimes, scandals, disasters and triumphs. Monumental Mysteries scours the country for America’s most extraordinary monuments and reveals the amazing mysteries hidden within. Just some of the tales include New York’s Ellis Island, which served as a beacon of hope for the world-famous Von Trapp family of singers; a huge clock on the island of Hawaii where the hands are forever frozen in time due to the Hilo Tsunami; the Falling Star Sculpture in Alabama that commemorates the only known American to be hit by a meteorite; and Arizona’s breathtaking Grand Canyon, where a newlywed couple inexplicably vanished.