Game of Thrones (9 p.m., HBO) – Kit Harington, the actor who plays Jon Snow on HBO’s hit fantasy drama “Game of Thrones,” recently told USA Today that viewers will see “some of the most horrible things and darkest places” in the upcoming fifth season. That’s saying quite a lot for a show known for getting seriously dark and violent on a regular basis. When the new season starts tonight, Jon will be caught between two kings after Lord Varys (Conleth Hill) reveals a conspiracy to Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage). Meanwhile, other Lannisters – Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) – must adjust to a world without brother Tyrion, who has fled Westeros for Essos. The show also adds a bunch of new characters this season, including the brother of slain Prince Oberyn as well as Oberyn’s three daughters (known as the The Sand Snakes).
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MTV Movie Awards (8 p.m., MTV, MTV2, VH1) – Robert Downey Jr. receives the Generation Award and Shailene Woodley takes home the Trailblazer Award. Amy Schumer hosts.
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Nurse Jackie (9 p.m., Showtime) – Season 7 opens with Jackie (Edie Falco) having been arrested and stuck in a holding cell and then going to detox.
Battle Creek (10 p.m., CBS) – A murder investigation forces Russ to seek assistance from his mother (Candice Bergen) – a con artist and convicted counterfeiter.
Mad Men (10 p.m., AMC) – Don gets unwanted advice from Roger, while Harry seeks Don’s blessing. Also, Peggy and Stan disagree on who should work on an account.
American Odyssey (10 p.m., NBC) – Sgt. Odelle Ballard tries to avoid detection during her pilgrimage through the desert with Aslam.
Revenge (10 p.m., ABC) – Emily’s promising new future as Amanda Clarke is threatened when Victoria discovers new, devastating secrets.
Silicon Valley (10 p.m., HBO) – After their successes at TechCrunch Disrupt, The guys of Pied Piper find themselves aggressively courted in the Season 2 premiere.
Veep (10:30 p.m., HBO) – Selina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is now the president as Season 4 begins, but her staff is no less incompetent. Tonight they frantically work on her first major speech as president.