TV Picks

The best TV picks for the week ahead (June 6-12)

bcain@newsobserver.comJune 5, 2014 

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    • NBC observes the 70th anniversary of D-Day by having Brian Williams talk with World War II veterans for the “Brian Williams D-Day Special” on Friday at 8 p.m. Over on the History Channel at 9, part 1 of a 2-part documentary special, “D-Day in HD,” chronicles the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe during WWII. Part 2 airs Saturday night at 9.

    • In a perfect world, Sunday’s Tony Awards would have no trouble soundly beating out its NBC competition at 8, the 2014 Miss USA Competition. But we get the world we deserve, and this show has women in swimsuits.

    • Also on Sunday, the first season of “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” concludes with a profile of Swiss astronomer Fritz Zwicky, a pioneer in the study of supernovas, neutron stars and dark matter.

    • Over on AMC Sunday at 9, the first season of the revolutionary spy drama “Turn” (of which I have not watched a single minute) ends.

    • On Monday at 10 p.m., TNT debuts “Murder in the First,” a new crime drama about two San Francisco detectives (Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson) who spend a whole season investigating the murder of a junkie in a case that may be tied to a notable (and thoroughly despicable) Silicon Valley CEO. Before this airs, “Major Crimes” starts its third season with a particularly upsetting episode about the search for a missing father and his two young children.

    • Also Monday, HBO presents a profile of painter Robert De Niro Sr. (he has a famous son), whose art was shown alongside Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko in 1940s New York City. “Remembering The Artist Robert De Niro, Sr.” (9 p.m.) examines his life’s work and features readings from his letters and journals by his actor offspring.

    • Evan is scheming to keep Hank in town when “Royal Pains” starts up again Tuesday on USA (9 p.m.).

    • The Season 1 finale of “The 100” happens Wednesday at 9 p.m. on The CW, with Bellamy forcing Octavia to make a difficult decision. Over on the USA network, “Suits” begins its fourth season at 9 p.m. and “Graceland” starts its second season at 10.

    • Also Wednesday, “Duck Dynasty” premieres its sixth season on A&E at 10 p.m. with Willie Robertson receiving an award from the governor of Louisiana. After that, A&E debuts a new series called “Big Smo,” which follows the country rapper through various work and life dramas (his entourage includes his mother, childhood buddies, longtime girlfriend and two young daughters).

    • Wednesday’s also the night Kinston native Jaime Pressly’s new sitcom “Jennifer Falls” airs on TV Land (10:30 p.m.). It debuted last week, so you haven’t missed much. Pressly plays a successful executive who has to move back in with her mom (Jessica Walter) after losing her high-paying job. (Jeffrey Tambor played her boss in the first episode, which is the only reason to seek that one out.)

    • On Thursday, “North Carolina Weekend” (9 p.m., UNC-TV) features a segment from Raleigh on classic car auctions.

Hugh Jackman hosts the 68th annual Tony Awards on Sunday (8 p.m., CBS), with “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” leading all nominees with 10 (Neil Patrick Harris’ “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” follows with eight). Expect performances from Harris, Alan Cumming, Sutton Foster, Fantasia, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Idina Menzel and Sting.

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