TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: Tony awards, 8-11
Expect a music-stuffed evening. There
will be production numbers from four of the best-musical nominees –
“Kinky Boots” (13 nominations), “Matilda” (12); “Christmas
Story” (3) and “Bring It On” (2) – plus most of the
musical-revival nominees, “Pippin,” “Cinderella” and “Annie.”
There's more. “Motown” – not a
best-musical nominee – will have a production number. Also featured
will be the casts of nine ongoing musicals, old (“Lion King”) and
almost-new (“Once”). Even “Spider-Man,” which boycotted last
year's show, will be included.
Neil Patrick Harris, a terrific host,
will be back for the fourth time in five years. It should be fun.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Game of
Thrones” (HBO) or “Falling Skies” (TNT), 9 p.m.
Some of cable's biggest shows intersect
tonight – one coming, the other going.
“Thrones” is concluding its third
season, with the return of Jaime Lannister, a mighty warrior until
his right hand was severed. Meanwhile, “Falling Skies” starts its
third, with a rag-tag human militia still battling the invading
aliens. In the two-hour opener, a nuclear expert has an idea.
Next week, “Skies” will be free of
“Thrones” … and will crash into the “True Blood”
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “The
Borgias,”10 p.m., Showtime.
This epic series is now a week from its
finale … even if it wasn't planned that way.
Filming had been completed, long before
the announcement Wednesday that there won't be a fourth season.
Still, there are huge stories, most centering on Cesare Borgia. He
feuds with his dad the pope (Jeremy Irons) ... prepares to attack
Caterina Sforza's castle … and fumes about the marriage of
Lucrezia, the gorgeous sister he's always loved in a sibling way and
once loved in a carnal way.
Other choices include:
– “Family Addition,” 2 p.m., UP
(formerly GMC) and “The Blind Side” (2009), 8 p.m., ABC Family.
At night, catch Sandra Bullock's Oscar-winning work in a terrific
movie. And in the afternoon, see the real-life person she portrays.
Leigh Anne Tuohy heads a feel-good show about adoption and more.
– Basketball, 8 p.m ET., ABC. Here's
the second game of the best-of-seven championship series, with San
Antonio at Miami. A preview is at 7:31 p.m., with “Jimmy Kimmel
Live” at 7.
– “The Candidate” (1972) and “All
the President's Men” (1976), 8 and 10 p.m., Sundance. Robert
Redford stars in two brilliant political films, one fictional and one
not. Launching a great night, the channel also has “Network”
(1976) at 6 p.m.
– “America's Got Talent,” 9-11
p.m., NBC. Tuesday's season-opening auditions rerun.
– “Nurse Jackie,” 9 p.m.,
Showtime. Last week ended harshly, with teen Grace taking cocaine
with her boyfriend. It's a serious episode, with a tad of humor and
some odd-but-interesting closing twists.
– “Veep,” 10:10 p.m., HBO. This
wonderfully witty episode takes place in a couple rooms of the
vice-president's home, with two sides fretting. The VP (Julius
Louis-Dreyfus) wants a puffy interview; a reporter (Allison Janney)
wants to dig in. There's scheming, shouting and humorous chaos.
– “Family Tree,” 10:40 p.m., HBO.
Tom visits his rural relatives, in a droll (and semi-funny) episode.