TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: Tony Awards, 8-11 p.m., CBS.
Here’s a night stuffed with people who love musicals. The
host (Hugh Jackman) has already won two Tonys; the previous host (Neil Patrick
Harris) is nominated for “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”
The “Inch” cast (and Harris) will perform, along with other
best-revival nominees – “Violet” (with Sutton Foster) and “Les Miserables.”
There will also be songs from the casts of the nominated new musicals – “Aladdin,”
“Beautiful,” “After Midnight” (joined by Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle and
Fantasia) and “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” Also singing: Idina
Menzel, Sting, Alan Richman, and the casts of “Wicked,” “Rocky” and “Bullets
Over Broadway.” In between all, plays also get their prizes.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Cosmos” finale, 9 p.mge., Fox.
This has been a worthy venture, tucking a richly crafted
science show alongside Sunday cartoons. Now it wraps up with “The Pale Blue
Dot,” a meditation by Carl Sagan, creator of the original “Cosmos.”
Earlier in the hour, it tells the story of Fritz Zwicky, who
predicted supernovas. That led to an understanding of “dark energy,” which can
overwhelm gravity on a grand scale.
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Wicked Tuna” season-finale, 9 p.m.,
On the final week of the season, the competition isn’t
exactly tight. The leader (Tuna.com) has more than doubled the catches of each
of the next three ships … which have doubled the catch of last-place Tyler
Mclaughlin, last year’s champion.
What’s left to fret about? There’s a battle for second; also,
McLaughlin says he needs a catch “for my sanity.” You’ll see some big ones
tonight; at 10 p.m., these likable captains gather for a live follow-up.
Other choices include:
“Enlisted,” 7 p.m., Fox. One of the season’s better new
comedies has been dumped into awful time slots – first on Fridays and now here.
Tonight, a general is expected and Pete tries to push his ragged crew.
Basketball, 8 p.m. ET, ABC. San Antonio hosts Miami, in the
second game of the best-of-seven championship series. That’s preceded by Jimmy
Kimmel at 7 and a preview at 7:31.
Miss USA, 8-11 p.m., NBC. This show now has the time (expanding
to three hours) and the setting (Baton Rouge, La.) to include lots of music.
That will be by Florida Georgia Line, Nelly, Camila, Marc Broussard and the
Dirty Dozen Brass Band Horns. Giulana Rancic hosts.
“Game of Thrones,” 9 p.m., HBO. The Wall faces its biggest
“Turn” season-finale, 9 p.m., AMC. Mary tries to adjust to
the realization that Abe is a spy. That’s followed by the second “Halt and
Catch Fire,” with the team trying to build a powerful computer.
“Nurse Jackie,” 9 p.m., Showtime. This episode’s memorial-service
scene is a gem.
“Californication,” 9:30, Showtime. A sudden crisis spurs
some emotional reflections and flashbacks.
“Veep,” 10 and 10:30 p.m., HBO. This oft-brilliant comedy
concludes its season with Selena (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) heading into the presidential
primary in New Hampshire.