TV column for Sunday, June 10


WEEKEND'S MUST-SEE: Tony awards, 8-11
p.m., CBS.

In two previous turns, Neil Patrick
Harris was the ideal Tony host. He was quick and clever; he even did
a closing song, written during the show.

Now he's back, with a flood of numbers
from nominated musicals. Two are Webber-Rice shows (revivals of
“Evita” and “Jesus Christ Superstar”) and two are Gerswin
shows (the “Porgy and Bess” revival and the new “Nice Work If
You Can Get It”),

Also featured are the other nominees –
new musicals (“Newsies,” “Once,” “Leap of Faith”) and
revival (“Follies”) – plus last year's winner (“Book of
Mormon”) and “Ghost”and “Godspell.”

WEEKEND'S MUST-SEE II: “True Blood”
season-opener, 9 p.m., HBO.

Things are rough for Bill and Eric.
Sookie rejected them; the Vampire Authority is after them.

And Sookie has her own tragedy: Tara
stepped in front of a bullet to save her.

There's much more. “True Blood” has
piled on so much plot that the charm is shrinking; still, this
remains a beautifully crafted show, filled with compelling
characters.

WEEKEND'S ALTERNATIVE:“Global
Lessons,” 8 and 11 p.m., CNN.

Fareed Zakaria takes a fresh,
international look at immigration issues.

At one extreme, he says, Canada has an
open-door policy and is thriving. At the other, Japan has discouraged
immigration; it has an aging and shrinking population and a stagnant
economy.

In the U.S., he says, more than half of
the science and technology grad students are from other other
countries. Some students (including Zakaria, a native of India) are
allowed to stay; more are told to leave. One reluctantly returned to
India, where his technology firm created 1,500 jobs.

Other choices include:

– “The Simpsons,” 8 p.m., Fox. In
a rerun, Jane Lynch voices Homer's scheming new assistant.

--”The Wizard of Oz” (1939), 8
p.m., Turner Classic Movies. Here's Judy Garland in a family classic.
It's preceded at 7 p.m. by an overview and followed at 10 by “Meet
Me in St. Louis,” a gorgeous film with Garland directed by her
future husband, Vincente Minnelli.

– “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss
Edition,” 9-11 p.m., ABC. Learning that her weight (355 pounds) has
created fertility issues, a 29-year-old woman begins a crash course –
leading to a 100-km bike ride.

– “America's Got Talent,” 9 and
10 p.m., NBC. The two audition hours from Austin, Texas, are rerun.

– “Mad Men” season-finale, 10
p.m., AMC. There are fresh opportunities for many of the people,
especially Peggy. Also, Pete meets an interesting stranger on the
train.

– “Veep,” 10 p.m., HBO. In the
season's second-to-last episode, the vice-president (Julia
Louis-Dreyfus) finds her popularity so low that a congressman demands
that she not endorse him. That brings some hilarious moments, setting
up next week's season-finale.

– “Girls,” 10:30, HBO. An old
writing professor (Michael Imperioli of “The Sopranos”) insists
that Lena do a reading. She soon plunges into self-doubt and into a
bitter argument with her friend. It's a surprisingly dark scene in
what has been a funny show.