Tony Awards, 8-11 p.m., CBS.
Tonight is short on
suspense and long on “Hamilton,” which is fine. Few musicals have
reached such total success – raves, sell-outs, a Pulitzer Prize and
a record 16 Tony nominations. Lin-Manuel Miranda has three of those,
for the score, the book and his performance as Alexander Hamilton.
There will be a
performances from “Hamilton,” the other musical nominees
(“Shuffle Along,” “School of Rock,” “Waitress,” “Bright
Star”) and musical-revival nominees (“Color Purple,” “She
Loves Me,” “Spring Awakening, “Fiddler on the Roof”). And
Gloria Estefan sings with her “On Your Feet” cast.
“Celebrity Family Feud,” 9-11 p.m, ABC.
Last summer, “Feud”
emerged as a surprise ratings hit. It will be back for a new season
on June 26, but here are some quick reruns. There's Rob Gronkowski
vs. Holly Robinson Peete, Bill Envgvall vs. Keke Palmer, Cheryl Hines
vs. Niecy Nash ... and Katy Mixon vs. the “Duck Dynasy” clan.
All of this is
hosted by Steve Harvey, who is everywhere. He also would have been
hosting a “Little Big Shots” rerun, if the hockey play-offs
ended early; they didn;t and Game 5 is at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
ALTERNATIVE: “Preacher,” 9 p.m., AMC.
OK, maybe the whole
can be less that the sum of its parts. During its first three
episodes (the second one reruns at 7:55 p.m.), “Preacher” has
been in no hurry to give us a clear-cut story. Still, the separate
portions are weird and wonderful, in a “Fargo” and “Breaking
Bad” kind of way.
Formerly a crook and
now a small-town preacher, Jesse has acquired odd powers. His
ex-partner Tulip wants him to go on a revenge mission. Stalkers want
to steal the power. The enigmatic Cassidy wants to survive. And Jesse
is just befuddled ... as are viewers, sometimes in a pleasant way.
ALTERNATIVE II: “The Last Ship” season-opener, 9 and 10 p.m.,
At first, things
seem way too easy. The anti-virus developed by the late Rachel Scott
succeeded; Americans are rebuilding from disaster. Captain Chandler
(Eric Dane) and his crew – already heroes for their work with Scott
– are busy spreading the cure worldwide.
This is pleasant ...
but not dramatic. Don't worry; a half-hour into the season, “Last
Ship” becomes a sensational shoot-em-up, a life-and-death story
with good guys scrambling to save the world.
Musical” (2006), 6 p.m., Disney; plus sequels at 7:50 (2007) annd
9:45 (2008). On the night that musicals are honored on Broadway, we
can also see the films that helped bring them to a new generation.
Jaunty music and slick choreography overcome any story weaknesses.
Guide to Surviving Life,” 7 and 7:30 p.m., Fox. This offbeat comedy
has attractive people groping with their first years as grown-ups.
Early episodes had fairly good humor and fairly bad ratings, so Fox
exiled the reruns to distant slots. Now it has two new episodes that
sound promising: Neal must overcome an old grudge; Cooper and Kelly
try to make each other jealous by dating others.
Ryan,” 1998, 8 p.m. to 12:03 a.m., A&E. Steven Spielberg's
classic captures the horror of war and the honor of heroism. Tom
Hanks stars, with Matt Damon leading a great supporting cast.
Nine-Nine,” 8:30 p.m., Fox. Jake works on his own, to catch a
serial killer. For Fox, it's a returns to the strong Sunday comedy
line-up, which also has “Last Man on Earth” at 9:30.
One Corpse,” 9-11 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Realtors
never know what they'll find at a showing. Helping her mother, Aurora
Teagarden (Candace Cameron Bure) finds a body. That launches another
OK mystery; the two previous Aurora films (also OK) ar at 5 and 7
“Ride With Norman
Reedus” debut, 10 p.m., AMC. “I have a pretty cool job,” Reedus
admits in this docu-series. “I get to ride my motorcycle and kill
zombies. He does that, in his “Walking Dead” role as Daryl
Dixon. Now we see him on his own, biking with friends. The opener –
400 miles along the California coast, with jewelry-designer Imogen
Lehtonen – is moderately interesting.