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Movie Week:

Deadpool Gives It To Ya, Again  

By Paul Hall
 
The year was 2016. A labor of love, Deadpool arrived in theaters with an extraordinary show of force. The R-rated superhero film exploded for over $360 million at the domestic box office and landed as the sixth-highest-grossing film of the year. It tapped into an appetite for a real hero who talked the way many individuals thought and was destined to spawn a sequel. This is that sequel. This is a review of that sequel.

In an attempt to keep a connection with Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) and the Deadpool character, I’ve decided to submit this review in crayon — it just seemed like the right thing to do. OK, maybe not. But I am totally onboard with the attitude of our hero.

In this episode, we get Wade as a man who is ready to say the dirty “F” word — “family.” But before he can make a baby with his lovely lady, the world collapses on this hero who prefers eliminating the bad guys instead of rehabilitating them. That raw approach is the main reason why he can’t be an X-Man.

He does join forces with some X-Men. You’ll get to see him battle Cable (Josh Brolin) and try to mentor a young, troubled boy. That, of course, is the heart and soul of the film — Academy members, are you paying attention?

This is another irreverent effort that turns the genre upside down and snaps up the leftover money from Logan and the X-Men like Wade was stealing their lunch money. In fact, he just might have done that. It’s raw, it’s raunchy, it’s violent and it’s vulgar but most of all — it is FUNNY!

Deadpool 2 returns to the ground that made the original work, and it has Brad Pitt, too. The storytelling is similar with crass jokes and enough material that you won’t even catch it all. Sure, some of the visuals seemed lacking this time around, but I found myself laughing and really enjoying the ride.

Reynolds and T.J. Miller have solid banter, and the rest of the crew is a blast to see onscreen. Now if — wait … spoiler alert, I can’t write about that. Just see the movie — that is, if you are over 17, of course.

Oh, and yes, there are a number of sequences in the middle of the credits for you to enjoy. This one goes right up to the end with its high jinks. And during the credits, check out all the songs on this soundtrack. They are filled with lyrics that you would imagine coming straight from the crayon of Wade Wilson himself!

There is plenty of room in our movie universe for Deadpool and his adult-oriented crime-fighting tactics. It’s a refreshing sequel for adults, and did I mention Brad Pitt is in here? When a sequel leaves me this satisfied and sporting an ear-to-ear grin, you know it must have delivered the goods. I really won’t get that image of Reynolds with (text eliminated with a big red crayon X by proofreaders — we won’t let Paul spoil this part) out of my head forever. Deadpool “gon’ give it to ya” again!
 
 
Paul’s Grade: A-
 
Deadpool 2
Rated R
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin
Director: David Leitch
 
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NEW THIS WEEK
 
How to Talk to Girls at Parties
Rated R
Stars: Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp, Ruth Wilson
Director: John Cameron Mitchell
In the London suburbs as punk music starts to take hold, an alien breaks away from her group and meets two young Earth men.
 
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Rated PG-13
Stars: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke
Director: Ron Howard
See the days before Han Solo became the man you know in Star Wars. The young smuggler meets Chewbacca, encounters Lando and pilots the Millennium Falcon years before he joins the Rebellion.

 By Damian Holbrook
 Cheers to Chicago Fire for reigniting the Severide- Royce romance. Even though the fabulous Sarah Shahi (pictured) was only back for three episodes, her return as Taylor Kinney’s lawyer ex set off enough sparks to get us fired up about her upcoming NBC drama, Reverie.


Cheers to black-ish for exploring the Johnsons’ gray area. In addition to deftly handling social issues, ABC’s bold comedy does a beautiful job addressing domestic dramas as Dre and Bow (Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross) come to grips with their less-than- perfect marriage.

 Jeers to Lethal Weapon ’s lethal problems. Now that star Clayne Crawford has been canned for allegedly Riggs-like antics off-camera, the action-com should just shut it down. The stink of scandal on this one is too heavy to hide under a recast.

Jeers to George R.R. Martin for delaying winter once again. The Game of Thrones guru has declared that his next book, Winds of Winter, won’t print until after HBO’s epic drama has wrapped next year.

ANY SPINOFF IN THE WORKS FOR THE AMERICANS ?

Question: I’m really going to miss The Americans big time. Any chance there will be a spinoff or continuation of the story with different characters? —Kenneth

Matt Roush: I haven’t heard anything to suggest the franchise continuing or spinning off, and I tend to doubt it. The Americans is taking place at such a specific time, and while Russian-U.S. conflict remains a provocative subject—see the latest season of Homeland—I’d think when the story of the Jennings family ends, that will be it. It would also be quite a challenge for any Americans 2.0 version to live up to the original.


Question: The Price Is Right recently won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Game Show, but Drew Carey wasn’t even nominated. I don’t remember him ever being nominated in the 10 years that he’s been hosting. Is there a specific reason for this yearly oversight? —Laura

Matt Roush: Hard to fathom, because it’s obviously not easy wrangling the contestants on that show— and Bob Barker earned a number of these awards during his long Price reign. (Maybe there was a sense early on that no one could fill Barker’s shoes, but Drew Carey has settled in nicely over the years.) Personally,I just can’t believe these awards ever go to anything besides Jeopardy! and Alex Trebek.

To submit questions to TV Critic Matt Roush, go to: tvinsider.com

Cast of SIX

Memorial Day Premiere Of "SIX"

By Rick Gables

History Channel’s Navy SEAL drama series SIX, returns for its sophomore season in a special Memorial Day premiere on Monday, May 28 at 10 PM ET/PT and doubles up on the action with an all-new episode airing during its regular timeslot on Wednesday, May 30 at 10 PM ET/PT. Olivia Munn reports in for duty and makes her SIX debut as the smart, ruthless CIA operative Gina Cline. The ten-episode second season follows Navy SEAL Team Six in a mission to destroy the terrorist network responsible for the shooting of their former team leader Richard “Rip” Taggart (Walton Goggins). Led by Joe “Bear” Graves (Barry Sloane), the Navy SEALS will join forces with cunning and tenacious CIA officer Gina Cline to scour Eastern Europe, infiltrating hostile territory and terrorist hotspots like Chechnya as they track the mastermind behind Michael’s (Dominic Adams) jihadist network. The chase will bring the Navy SEALs to the border of Russia, where the consequences of their actions could spark World War III.

NBC debuts the new seasons of summer powerhouse favorites America’s Got Talent from 8 to 10 PM ET/PT, followed by World of Dance at 10 PM ET/PT on Tuesday, May 29. Judges Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel, as well as host Tyra Banks, are back in search for America’s top talents, while Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough, NE-YO and host/mentor Jenna Dewan Tatum provide dancers with a platform to showcase their talents in a life-changing $1 million World of Dance competition.

Fox will debut season nine of Masterchef with a two-hour special on Wednesday, May 30 at 8 PM ET/PT, with another special two-hour episode airing on Wednesday, June 6 at 8 PM ET/PT. Award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, acclaimed chef Aarón Sánchez and renowned restaurateur Joe Bastianich will put the home cooks through a series of challenges and elimination rounds, in order to turn one into a culinary master. These cooks will learn how to break down a crab, cook for and serve 25 wildfire heroes who fought to save hundreds of houses in the southern California wildfires, prepare and serve a beer-infused lunch for 101 employees of the Anheuser Busch Brewery and face the show’s classic restaurant takeover challenge. In the end, only one home cook will claim the title and the $250,000 grand prize.

Queen Sugar returns for its third season with a two-night premiere event on OWN Tuesday, May 29, and Wednesday, May 30 at10 PM ET/PT each night. In the new season, the Bordelons find themselves continuing their fight to save their family farm and father’s legacy as they navigate their own personal journeys. They soon find that their fight extends beyond their close-knit family, but also to the community.

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Photo credits: Photo by Mitch Jenkins Copyright 2018

Holliday Grainger and Tom Burke on J.K. Rowling's New TV Series "C.B. Strike"

By Jeff Pfeiffer
When Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling began tackling a quite different storytelling genre — crime novels — she wanted to do so without any of the expectation or hype that would come with her famous name. To accomplish this, she used the male pseudonym “Robert Galbraith” when she wrote what has become, to date, the three-book series of detective novels featuring London private investigator Cormoran Strike.

The first Strike novel Rowling published as Galbraith, The Cuckoo’s Calling, came out in 2013 to acclaim from reviewers and fellow crime writers. Rowling’s identity as the author of that novel didn’t remain a mystery for long, but she went on to write two other Strike books under the Galbraith name to maintain the distinction from her other writing.

However, Rowling is credited under her real name as an executive producer on the series adaptation of her books, which aired in the U.K. last year under the title Strike, and which debuts in America on Cinemax this month as C.B. Strike.

No matter what it’s titled, the series is worth a watch, not just for fans of the books or of Rowling herself, but also for people who enjoy old-school detective series with a modern twist.
In its style and tone, and its relatively understated presentation, C.B. Strike combines the best of classic British mystery series like Inspector Morse with elements from American film noir detective dramas of the past to come up with something original. It’s a highly compelling series in which the two main characters — Tom Burke as Cormoran Strike and Holliday Grainger as Robin Ellacott — can be an even more intriguing focus than the mysteries.

“I think [it] kind of harkens back to the retro ’70s detective TV shows,” Grainger told us. “It’s like technology or social media or whatever doesn’t really play a part in it, so there is this kind of retro classic feel to it.”

When we first meet Strike, he seems like he will be the usual rumpled type of private investigator we’ve become used to seeing in many movies and TV shows. But we quickly learn that the investigator — a former military policeman who lost part of his leg in Afghanistan — has intelligence, moral clarity and pain beneath the surface.

“He’s a bit of a fugitive from his past,” Burke revealed to us about Strike. “When I first [was cast], he seemed like this bloke who [just] ate pies and drank bitter at his regular pubs. But underneath all that was something incredibly unusual, and exotic, and fragile. I don’t think anybody’s just a big bloke who drinks beer.”

In his performance, Burke expertly and subtly conveys that fragility of Strike’s over the course of the first season, which is composed of seven episodes. The first three hours make up The Cuckoo’s Calling, an adaptation of Rowling’s first book; there are then two hours each devoted to the follow-up novels, The Silkworm and Career of Evil.

Each ensuing episode of the series lets us in a little more into the secrets of Strike’s past — not just his days in the military, but also his personal background as the son of a famed rocker father and a groupie mother.

“You understand how that thick skin has grown over all that stuff,” Burke explains of the audience’s insights into Strike’s past, which are every bit as revealing as the clues uncovered for a particular case on which he is working.

We also delve more into Grainger’s character. Robin starts out as a temporary assistant to Strike, but she quickly proves her own case-solving mettle and struggles between finding a “real job,” which her fiancé, Matthew (Kerr Logan), at first wants her to do, versus staying on with Strike and following her real passion for casework.

Just as with Strike, our perceptions of who Robin is are turned around almost immediately. Many private-eye stories have a “girl Friday” sort of character, a female assistant who helps the detective and might get into some of the action on occasion, but about whom we end up learning little on a personal level. That is not the case with Robin.

As the series progresses, we watch her trying to balance not only the hopes that Strike and Matthew have for her, but, more importantly, trying to figure out what she herself wants out of life.
“In some ways, she strikes me as a slightly more mysterious character,” Burke said of Robin.
“The thing I love about the characters,” said Grainger, “and love about how the book is written, is that the relationship between Strike and Robin is a slow-burning story. No matter what the main storyline of the mystery is going on, the audience learns about Strike and about Robin as they’re learning about each other.”

That ties back to something interesting that Burke said about the series. Beyond the plots of the three murder mysteries, he explained that Rowling’s characterizations of the leads builds “the kind of framework for this other [kind of] mystery, which is the mystery between two human beings, between Robin and Strike, which is written in such a brilliantly gentle, nuanced way in the books.”

The series develops them in a similarly nuanced way, and after watching C.B. Strike, you may find yourself wanting to follow these characters more. You wouldn’t be alone — both actors told us that they can’t wait to revisit these roles. But there won’t be another series until Rowling completes the latest Strike novel.

“There is a fourth book on the way,” Burke said. “[Rowling’s] told us about it. But, I don’t think I’ll necessarily be filming it until 2020. … I’d love to do more. I could quite happily do several more.”
Grainger concurred.

“I would be onboard for Robin,” the actress said. “I can’t wait. I’m so excited. I believe that the fourth book is nearly finished being written, and I can’t wait to read it, because I would love to know — not even from an actor’s view, but just from a reader’s point of view — I’m desperate to know what happens with Strike and Robin in the next book.”

That’s a mystery that won’t be resolved for a while yet.

C.B. Strike airs on Cinemax Fridays beginning June 1.

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An Actress For The Ages

From Her Childhood Stardom To Her Television Roles, Elizabeth Taylor Was A Charismatic Presence.

By Eric Kohanik, ReMIND Magazine
 
She began her career as a child actress during the 1940s. And, through the decades afterward, Elizabeth Taylor became renowned as an actress for the ages, bringing her charismatic presence — and her mesmerizing violet eyes — to a wide collection of productions.

Movie Roles 
Born in London on Feb. 27, 1932, Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was drawn to the silver screen when her parents returned to the United States in 1939. After briefly living in Pasadena and Pacific Palisades, her family ultimately settled down in Beverly Hills, Calif. 

Taylor soon began auditioning for film roles and was signed to a short-lived contract with Universal Pictures in 1941, then to another contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer the following year. 

After a string of minor roles, the 12-year-old Taylor landed her first starring stint, alongside a young and already famous Mickey Rooney, in 1944’s National Velvet. After the success of the film, the studio began fostering a more glamorous, adult image for Taylor in the years that followed, boosting that image with supporting roles in such 1948 films as A Date With Judy and Julia Misbehaves along with 1949’s Little Women

The transition to adulthood continued with starring roles in 1949’s Conspirator and 1950’s The Big Hangover and Father of the Bride. A sequel to the latter, called Father’s Little Dividend, followed in 1951. That same year, Taylor played a beautiful, spoiled socialite in A Place in the Sun, which led to a wave of critical praise for her. 

Taylor received more acclaim, thanks to a lead role alongside Rock Hudson and James Dean in 1956’s Giant. Her subsequent performance in 1957’s Raintree County led to Taylor’s first Academy Award nomination. 

It was another Oscar-nominated performance, in 1958’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, that helped propel Taylor higher into Hollywood’s stratosphere. And although her next film — 1959’s Suddenly, Last Summer — led to a Golden Globe award, it was 1960’s BUtterfield 8 that gave Taylor her first Academy Award. 

Taylor garnered more fame in the title role of 1963’s Cleopatra, which costarred Richard Burton. After that, her volatile performance next to Burton in 1966’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? led to Taylor’s second Academy Award.

Numerous other movies followed, including such notables as 1967’s The Taming of the Shrew and Reflections in a Golden Eye as well as some not-so-successful flicks like The Comedians. As the years progressed, Taylor’s film credits would be wide-ranging, from 1972’s Under Milk Wood to 1980’s The Mirror Crack’d. She even played Wilma Flintstone’s mother, Pearl Slaghoople, in the 1994 live-action film adaptation of TV’s The Flintstones.
 
Stage Roles
Although her accomplishments were primarily in movies, Taylor also chalked up stage credits. While she only appeared as a replacement singer/dancer in the original 1956 Broadway production of Mr. Wonderful (starring Sammy Davis Jr.), a somewhat bigger stage presence came as Helen of Troy in a 1966 British production of Doctor Faustus. That led to a film adaptation the following year, featuring Taylor, Burton and others from the stage cast.

Taylor’s first major stage credit didn’t come until 1981, when she starred in the Broadway production of The Little Foxes, a role she continued when the play moved to London’s West End the following year. Encouraged by that success, Taylor then starred, along with Burton, in a 1983 revival of Noël Coward’s Private Lives, which hit the stage in Boston and on Broadway. 
 
Television Roles
Even though Taylor devoted most of her career to the big screen, she graced the small screen, too. She made appearances as herself in shows that varied from a 1970 episode of Lucille Ball’s Here’s Lucy to 1996 installments of High Society and Can’t Hurry Love to Fran Drescher’s The Nanny and Candice Bergen’s Murphy Brown

From the 1980s onward, Taylor actually dedicated most of her acting to TV. Her credits ranged from roles in such daytime soaps as General Hospital in 1981 and All My Children in 1983 to a 1984 episode of a primetime fixture called Hotel. Other efforts ranged from the 1985 miniseries North and South to a number of TV movies, including a stint with Carol Burnett in a 1983 yarn called Between Friends and some teamwork with Joan Collins, Shirley MacLaine and Debbie Reynolds in These Old Broads, a 2001 TV flick written by Carrie Fisher. 

Taylor even did voice work on TV, delving into such animated series as The Simpsons, Captain Planet and the Planeteers and the short-lived God, the Devil and Bob.

With so many varied credits on her resumé, it’s no wonder Taylor is still regarded as a true actress for the ages.

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Dive into exhilarating deep-sea adventures with underwater explorers Philippe and Ashlan Cousteau

By Rick Gables
Philippe and Ashlan Cousteau return for a new season of Caribbean Pirate Treasure, premiering with back-to-back episodes on Wednesday, June 13 at 10 and 10:30 PM ET/PT on Travel Channel.

Dive into exhilarating deep-sea adventures with underwater explorers Philippe Cousteau, grandson of legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau, and his journalist wife, Ashlan, as they investigate incredible stories of pirates’ plunder and lost loot.

The pair travel to tropical beach destinations including Bermuda, Puerto Rico and Florida to explore the fascinating tales of legendary shipwrecks, ruthless pirates and sunken treasure that lurk beneath the surface. “This season, the dives are more intense, the stakes are higher and the stories are even more alluring,” said Philippe. “From the Atocha’s lost sister ship in Key West to Jean Lafitte’s multi-billion dollar treasure, we’re investigating some of history’s biggest and most notorious shipwrecks.”

In the season opener, Philippe and Ashlan head to Ecuador where they risk angry seas and modern-day pirates to investigate the ruthless buccaneer, Bartholomew Sharp. Did he attack a ship in the rough waters surrounding Dead Man’s Island in 1681 and kill 300 men while pursuing his treasure – much of which could still be on the ocean floor?

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger is set to premiere with a two-hour event Thursday, June 7 at 8 PM ET/PT on Freeform.

Based on the beloved comic characters, this is the story of Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) – two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened by and awakened to newly discovered superpowers which are mysteriously linked to one another.

They quickly learn they are better together than apart, but their feelings for each other make their already complicated world even more challenging. The network has ordered 10 one-hour episodes.

Three of America’s favorite game shows are back when ABC’s “Fun & Games” night, featuring Celebrity Family Feud, The $100,000 Pyramid and To Tell the Truth returns Sunday, June 10 from 8:00–11:00 PM ET/PT.

HBO’s drama series Succession will kick off its ten-episode season on Sunday, June 3 from 10 to 11 PM ET/PT.

The Roy family (?Logan Roy and his four children) ?control one of the biggest media and entertainment conglomerates in the world. The series tracks their lives as they contemplate what the future will hold for them once their aging father begins to step back from the company. Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Hiam Abbass, Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin, Alan Ruck, Nicholas Braun, Matthew Macfadyen, Natalie Gold, Peter Friedman and Rob Yang star.

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Sunday, May 27
The Good Fight
CBS All Access
Season Finale!
Diane (Christine Baranski) is a lawyer, but now she’s getting grilled. Her FBI interview about husband Kurt (Gary Cole) takes a gnarly turn.
 
The Break With Michelle Wolf
Netflix
New Series!
After four years of working on shows like The Daily Show and Late Night With Seth Meyers (and following her hosting gig at the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner in April), comedian/writer Michelle Wolf now goes in front of the camera to host this weekly half-hour variety/sketch series.
 
Formula One: Monaco Grand Prix
ESPN, 9:05am Live
Formula One’s most prestigious and picturesque race returns to the streets of Monte Carlo for the Monaco Grand Prix as stars Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton continue their rivalry. ESPN airs the race live in the morning, with ABC airing an encore in the afternoon.
 
Verizon IndyCar Series: Indianapolis 500
ABC, 12pm Live
The Memorial Day weekend tradition returns for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 from famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Top drivers Josef Newgarden, Alexander Rossi, Sebastien Bourdais and 2017 Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato take on the Brickyard’s 2.5-mile rectangular oval. Also, former IndyCar and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick calls it a career after racing today at Indy.
 
Tennis: French Open, Early Rounds
NBC, 12pm Live
The second Grand Slam tournament on the tennis calendar features the world’s best players competing on the red clay courts of Roland Garros in Paris. Serena Williams will play in her first Grand Slam since becoming a mom in 2017. Defending singles champions are Rafael Nadal and Jelena Ostapenko.
 
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Coca-Cola 600
FOX, 6pm Live
Announcer Mike Joy calls the action — alongside analysts Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Gordon — at the Coca-Cola 600 from Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.
 
The Fourth Estate
Showtime, 7:30pm
New Series!
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Liz Garbus turns her lens on The New York Times, revealing the challenges, triumphs and pitfalls of covering today’s news. Embedded for the past year with the Times and granted unprecedented access and interviews with editors and reporters on the front lines, the docuseries presents a groundbreaking portrait of the men and women who are fighting for freedom of the press.
 
Instinct: “Long Shot”
CBS, 8pm
In the new episode “Long Shot,” a woman is shot outside a community center, and Dylan (Alan Cumming) and Lizzie (Bojana Novakovic) are challenged by the mayor to solve the case in less than 24 hours to quell pressure from the media and special interest groups.
 
Finding Bigfoot: “Return of the Legend”
Animal Planet, 8pm
Animal Planet’s 2018 Monster Week programming begins with this two-hour special where the Finding Bigfoot team travels to Willow Creek, Calif., to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the most famous supposed piece of Bigfoot footage — the Patterson-Gimlin film. The discovery of a new copy of the film brings forth the biggest Bigfoot discovery in decades. Immediately following is a one-hour special that features the Finding Bigfoot investigators and crew sharing their own stories and experiences together from over the past decade.
 
Killing Eve
BBC America, 8pm
Season Finale!
Season 1 of BBC America’s thriller Killing Eve comes to a conclusion tonight. Despite whatever happens to MI5 agent Eve (Sandra Oh) and assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) in the finale, fans can at least be happy that the show has been renewed for a second season.
 
National Memorial Day Concert
PBS, 8pm Live
Join cohosts Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna for the 29th broadcast of this night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country.
 
Deception: “Code Act/Transposition”
ABC, 9pm
Series Finale!
The canceled freshman series comes to close in a special, two-hour finale that sees the team go up against the Mystery Woman in a battle of dueling deceptions. But just when Cameron (Jack Cutmore-Scott) thinks he finally has her, she unleashes her most game-changing twist yet.
 
Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen
Food Network, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Hosted by Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence, this competition series features eight of the most unforgettable Food Network Star finalists vying for a spot in the new season, and, ultimately, their own Food Network show.
 
Phil Hartman: Behind Closed Doors
REELZ Channel, 9pm
Though his life and career were cut short by violence in 1998, at the age of 49, when he was murdered by his wife, comedian/actor Phil Hartman left us with a wealth of performances by turns hilarious and poignant, notably his work on Saturday Night Live and voiceover roles on The Simpsons. This special looks to explore Hartman the man, whom very few people knew. Through the voices of friends, loved ones and colleagues, Phil Hartman: Behind Closed Doors, hosted by Natalie Morales, reveals a man of intense intelligence, dedication and talent.
 
Trust: “Consequences”
FX, 10pm
Season Finale!
As the Stetson-wearing, fourth-wall-breaking fixer Fletcher Chace, Brendan Fraser has found a career-defining role on Trust. The drama about the 1973 kidnapping, ransom and homecoming of wealthy scion Paul Getty (Harris Dickinson) wraps up its run tonight, with Chace — taciturn head of security for John Paul Getty Sr. (Donald Sutherland) — back in the driver’s seat to explain the far-reaching effects of what went down.
 
Monday, May 28
“Star Wars” Marathon
TNT, 11:28am
It’s all about Star Wars this weekend with the theatrical opening of the franchise’s latest, Solo: A Star Wars Story. Today TNT goes back to the beginning with the very first film — 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope, followed by 1980’s Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and 1983’s Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
 
The Bachelorette
ABC, 8pm
Season Premiere!
For the 14th installment of ABC’s The Bachelorette, Rebecca “Becca” Kufrin sets out to find love. After winning the heart (and the final rose) of Season 22’s bachelor, Arie Luyendyk Jr., she had her heart broken when Luyendyk decided he’d rather be with a runner-up and broke off their engagement. But Kufrin is ready to move on, sharing during The Bachelor’s postseason special, After the Final Rose, “I’m ready for the next chapter of my life, to be happy, to find someone better suited for me. I don’t want to keep looking in the past. I want to move forward.”
 
The Lost Kingdom of the Yeti
Animal Planet, 8pm
Monster Week continues with this special in which scientist and yeti-hunter Mark Evans travels to the Bhutanese wilderness, where he hears fresh reports of repeated sightings of the creature and finds mysterious prints in the snow. Evans mounts a considerable expedition into the Himalayas and takes his search for the yeti further than ever before.
 
Supergirl: “Dark Side of the Moon”
The CW, 8pm
Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) is stunned to discover that a part of Krypton survived.
 
Girl in the Bunker
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!
This Lifetime original film is based on the true story of Elizabeth Shoaf. As she walked home from her school bus stop, a man dressed as a deputy handcuffed 14-year-old Elizabeth (Julia Lalonde) for marijuana possession and marched her into an underground bunker deep in the woods. At the mercy of her psychologically unhinged captor, Vinson Filyaw (Henry Thomas), Elizabeth realized that in order to survive, she had to take matters into her own hands and win his trust to plot her escape.
 
NHL Stanley Cup Finals: Game 1
NBC, 8pm Live
The NHL’s Eastern and Western Conference champions face off for the Stanley Cup in the best-of-seven-game championship series beginning with Game 1 tonight on NBC.
 
iZombie: “And He Shall Be a Good Man”
The CW, 9pm
Season Finale!
Clive (Malcolm Goodwin), Ravi (Rahul Kohli), Peyton (Aly Michalka) and Major (Robert Buckley) work together to help Liv (Rose McIver).
 
Dead North
Investigation Discovery, 9pm
This two-night special, concluding tomorrow, is a true-crime thriller that follows Laura Frizzo — the lone police chief in the isolated Upper Peninsula of Michigan — as she investigates a case that becomes a hunt for a suspected female serial killer. Through extensive bodycam footage and interrogation room conversations, the docuseries chronicles every firsthand detail of this bizarre, Fargo-like tale, concluding with a stunning face-off between two women on opposite sides of the law.
 
Going to War
PBS, 9pm
Authors Sebastian Junger and Karl Marlantes reveal the soldier’s journey with unflinching candor.
 
Lake Placid: Legacy
Syfy, 9pm
Original Film!
This latest installment in the giant killer crocodile film franchise follows a group of young explorers who discover a secret area hidden from all maps and GPS devices. When they reach the center of the lake, they find an abandoned facility that houses one of the largest — and deadliest — apex predators known to man. Katherine Barrell, Tim Rozon, Sai Bennett and Joe Pantoliano star.
 
The Crossing: “The Long Morrow”
ABC, 10pm
A grisly discovery in camp leads to the arrest of an unlikely suspect, and a risky move by Jude (Steve Zahn) may be the only way to expose the truth. Meanwhile, Reece (Natalie Martinez) finds herself captive, and Rebecca (Simone Kessell) falls under the sway of Naomi (Josette Canilao) in a way that could change everything. Or couldn’t.
 
Weird, True & Freaky
Animal Planet, 10pm
Airing as part of Monster Week all week starting tonight, this series features the scariest and most unbelievable animal encounters from across the globe caught on video.
 
Elementary: “Bits and Pieces”
CBS, 10pm
In the new episode “Bits and Pieces,” Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) retrace Holmes’ steps after he finds himself in possession of a severed head and no memory of the past six hours.
 
American Chopper
Discovery Channel, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Paul Teutul Sr. and Jr. are back as Discovery’s iconic reality hit returns after nearly a decade. As the two men continue to build custom bikes, often for A-list clientele, in their respective shops — Sr.’s famed Orange County Choppers and Jr.’s Paul Jr. Designs — the father and son also work to slowly rebuild their frayed relationship.
 
SIX
History, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Season 2 of History’s Navy SEAL action drama series gets a special Memorial Day premiere before moving to its regular Wednesday time slot later this week. Olivia Munn makes her series debut as Gina Cline, a smart and ruthless CIA operative. In the 10-episode new season, SEAL Team Six is on a mission to destroy the terrorist network responsible for the shooting of their former team leader. The pursuit brings them to the border of Russia, where their actions could spark World War III.
 
Independent Lens: “Served Like a Girl”
PBS, 10pm
Join several remarkable women rebuilding their lives with humor and heart in the Ms. Veteran America competition. Wounded in action and transitioning to civilian life, these women seek to help others struggling with homelessness, PTSD and other trauma.
 
Tuesday, May 29
Arrested Development
Netflix
Season Premiere!
The Bluths are back and finally getting the award they think they deserve — for family of the year. It’s a development that will help Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) as she begins her campaign for Congress. But whatever happens, Michael (Jason Bateman) will always come back to save the family. Probably. Along with Bateman and de Rossi, the rest of the original cast returns, and it was announced that Jeffrey Tambor — who was let go from Amazon’s Transparent over harassment allegations — will also appear in Season 5 as Bluth patriarch George.
 
Mary Kay Letourneau: Autobiography
A&E, 8pm
This all-new episode reveals the surprising story of the Seattle area schoolteacher whose love affair with then 13-year-old Vili Fualaau became an international media sensation — and sent her to prison for more than seven years. Now 56, Mary tells the deeply emotional story of how her forbidden relationship with Fualaau developed, the legal troubles and media firestorm that followed, the scandal’s effect on the couple’s daughters and their eventual marriage, and what their life is like today. Other interviews include the 34-year-old Fualaau, Mary’s lawyers, her friends and a fellow prison inmate.
 
Monsters of the Abyss
Animal Planet, 8pm
Marine investigators Richie Kohler and Evan Kovacs are on the hunt for sea monsters in the British Isles in this two-hour Monster Week special. They are drawn to the North Channel by the recent discovery of a German U-boat wreck that may be the legendary UB-85, long-rumored to have been attacked by a sea monster in the waning days of World War I. Along the way, they travel to Scotland to meet recent eyewitnesses to the famed Loch Ness Monster to investigate possible links between “Nessie” and the beast that may have attacked the sub.
 
Beat Shazam
FOX, 8pm
Season Premiere!
In this interactive game show, pairs are pitted against the clock and other teams as they attempt to identify hit songs. The team with the most money banked will then go against the popular song-identifying app Shazam for the chance to win up to $1 million. Jamie Foxx returns as the series’ host, and his daughter Corinne, an actress, model and writer, joins the series as its new DJ.
 
America’s Got Talent
NBC, 8pm
Season Premiere!
After enjoying its most-watched season ever, which saw 12-year-old singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer take home the grand prize, the talent competition series is back for Season 13. Judges Simon Cowell, Mel B., Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel, along with host Tyra Banks, return.
 
American Experience: “The Chinese Exclusion Act”
PBS, 8pm
Examine the origin, history and impact of the 1882 law that made it illegal for Chinese workers to come to America and for Chinese nationals already here to become U.S. citizens. It remained in force for more than 60 years.
 
Love Connection
FOX, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Andy Cohen returns as host of the series that puts a fresh spin on the classic dating show. Each episode features single men and/or women in search of love, with Cohen bringing his personal brand of audacious fun to the series as he learns about their experiences with potential suitors.
 
Animal Kingdom
TNT, 9pm
Season Premiere!
In last season’s shocking cliffhanger, Baz (Scott Speedman) was shot while on his way to Mexico after framing Smurf (Ellen Barkin) for murder. Season 3 opens with Smurf in jail and her grandson J (Finn Cole) in charge of the family business. The Cody men find themselves increasingly divided as they fight for both control and their independence, but they have to come together when outside threats emerge. Deran’s (Jake Weary) drifter dad Billy (Denis Leary) comes back to make amends but may have other motives.
 
Hunting Nazi Treasure: “Missing Masterpiece”
AHC, 10pm
Hitler invaded Poland to find Lebensraum or “living space” for the German people. Instead, he laid waste to towns and cities, murdered millions and stole mountains of treasure. In this episode, the team investigates the Nazi looting of Poland, specifically the still-missing painting Portrait of a Young Man by Renaissance artist Raphael.
 
Hunting ISIS
History, 10pm
New Series!
With no pay or U.S. government support, justice-minded Americans—both ex-military and civilian—are volunteering on the ground in the fight against the terrorist group ISIS. This six-part documentary series, shot in Iraq and Syria, tells their stories.
 
World of Dance
NBC, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Last summer’s No. 1 new series is back, again giving dancers a platform to showcase their talents and compete for a grand prize of $1 million before a judging team of dance superstars — Jennifer Lopez (also an executive producer), Derek Hough and Ne-Yo — and host/mentor Jenna Dewan Tatum.
 
Queen Sugar
OWN, 10pm
Season Premiere!
There’s something fishy on location in New Orleans for Queen Sugar’s third season—and it’s the real (and pungent) seafood farm where Kofi Siriboe, as earnest Ralph Angel Bordelon, is shooting. No spoilers, but executive producer Kat Candler hints of the big picture: “Legacy, identity and blood of the land are themes that weave through all the characters.” The thoughtful drama’s season premiere spans two episodes, tonight and tomorrow night.
 
100 Code
WGN America, 10pm
New Series!
When two mismatched detectives try to catch a serial killer who leaves his blonde, blue-eyed victims in fields of flowers, let’s just say it’s no bed of roses. In this moody new thriller, damaged NYPD detective Tommy Conley (Lost’s Dominic Monaghan) and by-the-book Swedish cop Mikael Eklund (the late Michael Nyqvist of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) can’t seem to stop butting heads when they should be sniffing out dead bodies.
 
Wednesday, May 30
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Netflix
Season Premiere!
The Emmy-nominated comedy hit returns for Season 4, with the first six episodes of the new season launching today and the second half to be made available later this year.
 
Australia’s Deadliest Animals
Animal Planet, 8pm
This Monster Week special heads Down Under to find why it’s a place like no other when it comes to deadly animals, from killer sharks and crocs to venomous insects and reptiles.
 
MasterChef
FOX, 8pm
Season Premiere!
Season 9 of the culinary competition debuts with a special two-hour premiere as award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, acclaimed chef Aarón Sánchez and renowned restaurateur Joe Bastianich put the latest group of contestants through a series of challenging elimination rounds in order to turn one home cook into a culinary master.
 
American Ninja Warrior
NBC, 8pm
Season Premiere!
Hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila, and cohost Kristine Leahy, are back as the competition series returns for its 10th season. This season, the show makes stops in Dallas, Miami, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Minneapolis before heading to Las Vegas.
 
NHL Stanley Cup Finals: Game 2
NBCSN, 8pm Live
Coverage of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals shifts to NBCSN for Game 2 tonight and Game 3 on Saturday.
 
Black Ink Crew: Chicago
VH1, 8pm
Season Premiere!
Shop owner Ryan and his 9Mag tattoo studio undergo a restructuring and deal with the fallout of old betrayals, new rivalries and opposing views on the future.
 
NOVA Wonders: “What’s the Universe Made Of?”
PBS, 9pm
Peer into the deepest unknowns of the universe to explore the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy. Join physicists on their quest to uncover the identity of these elusive components, which are locked in an epic battle over the fate of the universe.
 
The Expanse: “It Reaches Out”
Syfy, 9pm
An old friend taunts Holden (Steven Strait) with the answers he seeks. Naomi (Dominique Tipper) struggles to fit in. A mysterious low-level tech aboard the Thomas Prince enacts a terrifying plan.
 
Code Black: “Cabin Pressure”
CBS, 10pm
Julitta Scheel, the daughter of series star Marcia Gay Harden, guest-stars in the new episode “Cabin Pressure.” Over the radio, Leanne (Harden) and Jesse (Luis Guzmán) talk a young girl (Scheel) through how to use the supplies onboard a small plane to build a makeshift defibrillator when her mom, the pilot, loses consciousness mid-flight. 
 
The Americans
FX, 10pm
Series Finale!
The Cold War-era spy thriller ends its run tonight.
 
SIX
History, 10pm
History’s Navy SEAL drama SIX makes its regular time slot debut with an all-new Season 2 episode tonight.
 
Reverie
NBC, 10pm
New Series!
Sarah Shahi stars in this immersive-reality drama series from Mickey Fisher, the creator of Extant. Shahi plays Mara Kint, a former hostage negotiator and expert on human behavior who became a college professor after facing a personal tragedy. But when her former boss (Dennis Haysbert) brings her in to save ordinary people who have lost themselves in a highly advanced, immersive virtual-reality program in which you can live out your wildest dreams, she finds that in saving others, she may actually have discovered a way to save herself.
 
Colony: “End of the Road”
USA Network, 10pm
Will (Josh Holloway), Katie (Sarah Wayne Callies) and Snyder (Peter Jacobson) struggle to protect their secrets while under interrogation.
 
Thursday, May 31
River Monsters: “Monsters in the Abyss”
Animal Planet, 8pm
Jeremy Wade is back for a special two-part Monster Week adventure that takes him to the depths of the ocean in a quest to uncover a monster mystery dating back to the 1940s. Part 2 of the special airs tonight immediately after Part 1.
 
2018 NBA Finals, Game 1
ABC, 9pm Live
The NBA’s best-of-seven-game championship series tips off tonight on ABC.
 
The Jungle Book
TBS, 9pm
This 2016 movie makes its network television premiere tonight. While Walt Disney’s first adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s novel was in animated form, this film is a glorious mix of live action and CG effects that allow viewers to enjoy the story of the orphan boy Mowgli — who is raised in the jungle by wolves, a bear, a black panther and more — with a totally different vision. This is not your father’s version of this classic story.
 
Nobodies: “Getting a Sign/Meeting Steven Spielberg”
TV Land, 10pm
Season Finale!
The fame-hungry comedy writers of the title might be one step closer to their big break—in other words,
somebodies! In tonight’s back-to-back episodes, Larry (Larry Dorf) and Rachel (Rachel Ramras) nervously gear up for a game-changing meeting with Steven Spielberg, while Hugh (Hugh Davidson) heads to … Phoenix, of all places.
 
Friday, June 1
All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks
Amazon
Season Premiere!
The latest addition to the All or Nothing franchise finds a film crew embedded with one of the most successful teams in global sports history, the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team. The six-episode season, narrated by Thor: Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi, begins as the team faces a daunting road ahead following the retirement of superstar veterans. The cameras capture their showdown against the British & Irish Lions, which happens once every 12 years, and the team’s battle for the 2017 Rugby Championship.
 
Wonder Wheel
Amazon
Original Film!
Woody Allen’s latest film stars Jim Belushi, Juno Temple, Justin Timberlake and Kate Winslet. The 1950s-era love story set on Coney Island includes passion, lovers, infidelity and even gangsters.
 
November 13: Attack on Paris
Netflix
New Series!
This three-part documentary series from Jules and Gédéon Naudet, directors of the 2002 Emmy- and Peabody-winning documentary 9/11, explores the human stories behind the terrorist attacks that took place in Paris on Nov. 13, 2015. Following the chronology of events, the documentary shares testimonies of the people brought together by tragedy, including survivors, the fire and police departments, and the leaders of the French government.
 
Quantico: “The Blood of Romeo”
ABC, 8pm
When a physics professor at a major university steals weaponized uranium, the team scrambles to track him down before the uranium can be used against an important international summit meeting in New York City.
 
Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition: “Deion Sanders”
CBS, 8pm
Pro Football Hall of Famer, eight-time Pro Bowler, two-time Super Bowl champion and current NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders goes undercover to find amazing football coaches.
 
Phenoms: “Goalkeepers”
FOX, 9pm
Part three of the five-part documentary continues to share the journeys of the world’s greatest goalkeepers as they strive to represent their respective countries in this summer’s 2018 FIFA World Cup.
 
C.B. Strike
Cinemax, 10pm
New Miniseries!
Tom Burke plays the title character in this adaptation of the detective novels written by J.K. Rowling under the pen name Robert Galbraith. Cormoran Strike is a veteran who lost his leg in Afghanistan and now works as a private investigator in London, aided by Robin Ellacott (Holliday Grainger), who begins as Strike’s temp assistant but quickly proves her own case-solving mettle. The first three hourlong episodes make up “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” in which Strike is hired to determine whether a model’s death, ruled a suicide, was actually murder.
 
Extreme Cake Makers
Cooking Channel, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Cooking Channel returns to the world of extreme cake making, where sugar craft specialists dream up the most creative and elaborate ways to satisfy our sweet tooth.
 
Rachel Dratch’s Late Night Snack
truTV, 11:30pm
Season Premiere!
Hungry? Saturday Night Live alum Rachel Dratch is cooking up more bite-size entertainment to satisfy your late-night cravings in this anthology series. Tonight, Broad City’s Arturo Castro gives creepy campfire stories a hilarious twist, and NBA vet Kenny Smith presents an animated true tale.
 
Saturday, June 2
Perry Como Classics: Till the End of Time
PBS, airdate & time vary by market.
Editors: Please check with your local PBS affiliate for date and time.
For over fifty years, Perry Como ranked as one of America’s most successful and beloved entertainers. A big band singer in the late 1930s, a radio star in the ’40s and then a TV headliner in the ’50s and beyond, Perry charted over 100 hit songs during his career. This new special offers a collection of Como’s biggest hits from his TV series and specials — including rare color programs and more recently discovered footage — and offers a fond look at a talent beloved both on and off the stage and screen.
 
Ransom: “The Fawn”
CBS, 8pm
Eric (Luke Roberts) negotiates with a convicted serial killer when a copycat kidnaps a teenage boy in the new episode “The Fawn.”
 
Taken: “ACGT”
NBC, 8pm
When a CIA analyst’s son is kidnapped, the team gets help from an unlikely source — another kidnapping victim. Meanwhile, Hart (Jennifer Beals) discovers the sinister motive behind the abductions.
 
Renovation Realities: Dale Jr. & Amy
DIY Network, 9pm
New Series!
NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife, Amy, set out to transform a 150-year-old Key West, Fla., home into the coastal retreat of their dreams. Despite Dale’s eagerness to pitch in and Amy’s interior design expertise, they take on the myriad of issues that come with restoring an old home and also face the risks of renovating on an island, like finding scorpions, getting supplies delivered and weathering hurricane season.
 
Marrying Mr. Darcy
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!
This follow-up film to 2016’s Unleashing Mr. Darcy once again stars Cindy Busby as Elizabeth, a down-to-earth high-school teacher, and Ryan Paevey as Donovan, a reserved New York businessman. In the first film, they met at a fancy New York dog show, where Elizabeth was showing her pooch and Donovan was a snooty-seeming judge. Following their unlikely romance, they’re now engaged and planning a lively and unpredictable trip to the altar.
 
George Michael’s Lonely Life
REELZ Channel, 9pm
This two-hour documentary special looks at the life of pop superstar George Michael. From his rise to fame in the pop duo Wham! alongside childhood friend Andrew Ridgeley to his numerous No. 1 hits as a solo artist in America, hear Michael in his own words recount his soaring highs and crushing lows. The film shows Michael’s remarkable resilience and ability to turn potential career-ending moments into career boosts and chart-topping new music before his life was cut short at age 53, leaving millions of fans to wonder what could’ve been. 
 
Property Brothers: Linda and Drew Say I Do
TLC, 9pm
TV twin Drew Scott weds fiancée Linda Phan in Italy.

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