TV column for Tuesday, June 5

TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “20/20,” 9-11
p.m., ABC.

For the second straight Tuesday, ABC
devotes two hours to England's celebration of Elizabeth's 60
years as queen.

This time, it's a concert filled with
musical Sirs – Paul McCartney, Elton John, Tom Jones and Cliff
Richard. Also performing are Stevie Wonder, Kylie Minogue, Annie
Lennox and Jessie J.

Wild” debut, 9-11 p.m., NBC.

Well-conceived and slickly filmed, this
was exceptionally good in its first season. It's an action-adventure
dating show, with the winners of each round getting first shot at
switching partners.

Now the second season adds improvements
– a prettier setting (Dominican Republic), a better host (Jenny
McCarthy, adding wit and zest), and a temporary gimmick, with extra
men in the opener.

The best part is the variety of women.
One is strong and athletic, competing with six guys. One savors her
sarcasm. One is a ditz who chooses the only guy she never talked to;
like she is, he's a pretty blond.

Isles” season-opener, 9 p.m., TNT.

Sharply written and played, this show
has centered on a friendship of opposites. Jane (Angie Harmon) is a
cop, tough and macho; Maura (Sasha Alexander) is a medical examiner,
book-smart and girly.

That relationship was shattered at the
end of last season, when Jane shot Maura's biological father. In a
strong episode tonight, Maura fumes while Jane tackles a complex case
of possible police corruption.

Other choices include:

– “Pretty Little Liars,” 11 a.m.
to 9 p.m., ABC Family. First is a marathon from the second season,
leadinto the episode (7 p.m.) in which the friends learned who's been
haunting them with texts. Then the season-opener (8 and 10 p.m.) has
them celebrating ... until the night turns scary.

– “NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. The murder
of a chief petty officer is linked to an international arms dealer.

– “Catalina,” 8 p.m., CW. A
bikini fashion show is organized, in this reality show about a Miami

– “The L.A. Complex,” 9 p.m., CW.
By summer standards, this drama – about young Canadians trying show
business – is OK. Foolishly, CW launched it in the spring, where it
was ignored. Now it starts over; there are fun moments, as an actress
(the immensely likable Cassie Steele) has an awful day.

– “MasterChef,” 9 p.m., Fox. The
first round of auditions continues for this entertaining show. By the
end of the night, judges will have sifted the original 100 amateur
chefs to 36.

– “Franklin & Bash”
season-opener, 10 p.m., TNT. Aiming to be breezy fun, this
young-lawyer show rarely gets beyond a false-cute. In tonight's
opener, everything – a cop with come-on expressions... an odd court
ruling … an odder law-firm decision – seems contrived.

– “Kendra on Top” debut, 10
p.m., WE. A former Playboy model, Kendra Wilkinson found fame on
“Girls Next Door”; here's her own reality show with her husband,
former football pro Hank Baskett.

– “The Glee Project”
season-opener, 10 p.m., Oxygen. Last season, this show sent two
winners (Damian McGinty and Samuel Larson) to regular roles on
“Glee.” Now a second season starts.

TV column for Monday, June 4

TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Hell's Kitchen”
and “MasterChef” season-openers, 8 and 9 p.m., Fox.

Both shows have food and Gordon Ramsay,
yet they're opposites.

“Kitchen” is the evil twin –
blunt and repetitive. It starts with a stunt that proves contestants
will put up with virtually any cruelty. Soon, Ramsay fumes and shuts
down the restaurant – as he always does.

Just when you're ready to give up on
him (and on humankind), “MasterChef” arrives. The contestants
range afar – a blind woman, two teens, a rich Manhattan guy, a
woman named Monti Carlo who named her son Danger. The judges (Graham
Elliot, Joe Bastianich and Ramsay) warm to them; so will you.

Half Men,” 9 p.m., CBS.

If you aren't into reality shows, then
CBS' comedy reruns dominate the night. From 8-10 p.m., each of the
other four major networks has reality.

So try “Men,” where both guys have
things that annoy their girlfriends. For Walden, it's that his
ex-wife is his new business partner;for Alan, it's that his mom and
Zoey's mom have started a romance.

debut, 10 and 10:30 p.m., Sundance.

Like most reality-show women, these
four are attractive and vibrant. Unlike most, each was paralyzed –
three by car accidents, one by illness – becoming paraplegic or

All zoom through life, aided by
technology and talent; all have romances with the able-bodied.

Auti Angel, a former hip-hop dancer, is
married. Angela Rockwood, a model, was married to Dustin Nguyen, the
“21 Jump Street” co-star. Mia Schaikewitz, who hopes to return to
competitive swimming, has a boyfriend; Tiphany Adams has her first
girlfriend. Their brisk lives seem ideal for reality TV.

Other choices include:

– “How I Met Your Mother,” 8
p.m., CBS. Barney and Robin are uncomfortable keeping a secret.

– “2 Broke Girls,” 8:30, CBS.
After semi-adjusting to a life without money, Caroline re-visits her
old world. She and Max dog-sit in a posh apartment.

– “The Real Housewives of New York
City” season-opener, 9-10:30 p.m., Bravo. Ramona Singer and LuAnn
de Lesseps (who already have a dispute) return, along with Sonja
Morgan. They're joined by Aviva Drescher, a divorced mother of four,
Heather Thomson, a married businesswoman and mother of two, and
Carole Radziwill, who defies reality cliches. An award-winning TV
journalist, she's the widow of Anthony Radziwill, whose mother is the
sister of the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

– “Grimm,”10 p.m., NBC. There's
a vacancy in this slot until fall, so this supernatural show offers
its reruns . Tonight. Danielle Panabaker plays someone in the
dangerous world of fire-dancing.

– “Hawaii Five-0,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Trying to help free Jenna's fiance in this rerun, McGarrett needs
help. He may get it from an old-style helicopter and its old-style
pilot (Jimmy Buffett).

– “Castle,” 10:01 p.m., ABC. In
this rerun, a sniper terrorizes New York and Beckett is showing signs
of post-traumatic stress.

TV column for Sunday, June 3

debut, 10 p.m., A&E.

Walt Longmire is your classic cowboy
cop. He knows a lot, says a little, broods often. “(I'm) thinkin',”
he tells a talkative deputy. “I do that sometimes, before I talk.”

He's been in a shell since his wife
died a year ago. Now a murder case snaps him out of it.

Vividly projecting the mood and expanse
of Wyoming, “Longmire” is written and played with understated
skill. Australia's Robert Taylor stars, with Katee Sackoff
(“Battlestar Galactica”) in support.

or MTV Movie Awards (MTV), 9 p.m.

The generations may be retreating to
different TV sets tonight.

Some viewers prefer a traditional gala,
with young women saying proper things in evening gowns. For hosts,
NBC has two of its cable people, Andy Cohen of Bravo and Giuliana
Rancic of E.

Others prefer something more bizarre.
Russell Brand hosts for MTV; he'll have music by The Black Keys, Fun
and Wiz Khalifa, plus lots of winners. Emma Stone gets the
trailblazer award.

London,” 8 p.m., NBC.

This has been a huge year for Adele,
complete with six Grammys. Now she gets her first network special,
with a Matt Lauer interview and six songs from her Royal Albert Hall

She'll sing “Rolling in the Deep,”
of course; it won three of the Grammys, for best single, song (the
songwriter's award) and video. And “Someone Like You,” which won
for pest pop performances; the other two awards were for her “21”

Other choices include:

– “Secret Millionaire”
season-opener, 8 p.m. ABC. After making a fortune from his art –
particularly photo-realism pieces of Harley Davidsons – Scott
Jacobs has given his teen daughter a sheltered upbringing. Now she
sees the other side, when they spend a week in a Newark neighborhood.

– “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss
Edition” season-opener, 9-11 p.m., ABC. Each week, this traces one
person's year-long journey. That starts with Tony, who's 49, engaged
and nearing 400 pounds.

– “The Good Wife,” 9 p.m., CBS.
Alicia is involved in an odd case, with a witness quickly becoming
the prime suspect. Harvey Fierstein plays the judge.

– “Game of Thrones,” 9 p.m.,
HBO. The second season ends, with the world still at war. Also, Luwin
has advice for Theon; Brienne silences Jaime.

– “The Borgias,” 10 p.m.,
Showtime. Juan is back from his failed siege, with claims of his own
heroism. Others, alas, know he was brutal and cowardly. Meanwhile,
his sister Lucrezia is torn between brothers – the one she loves
and the one her dad (the pope) insists on, for political reasons. The
suggested solution leads to some splendid moments.

– “Veep,” 10:10 p.m., HBO. Last
week, the unwed vice-president learned she's pregnant. That creates
hilarious moments among her underlings, most with big schemes and
little ability, honesty or loyalty.

TV column for Saturday, June 2

TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Hatfields &
McCoys,” 6 p.m. to midnight, History.

If you missed this mini-series earlier
this week, catch it in one long chunk now. At first, you'll find no
one to root for; stick around, though, and you'll find plenty.

Devil Anse Hatfield (Kevin Costner) is
earnest and rigid; Randolph McCoy (Bill Paxton) is blinded by hatred.
McCoy's wife (Mare Winningham) is a quiet soul, surrounded by anger;
Hatfield's son (Matt Barr) is a lover, surrounded by fighters. Their
lives are overtaken by rage and revenge.

Millionaire,” 8-11 p.m., ABC.

On Sunday, ABC starts its feel-good
night, pairing this show with “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss
Edition.” First, here's a chance to catch up on last season.

The idea went from British TV to Fox to
ABC: A rich person spends an anonymous week in a low-income area,
learning the problems and the heroes. Then he reveals his identity
and gives donations.

Tonight's hours are in Los Angeles,
Houston and Knoxville.


Fox has its baseball (7 p.m. ET),
colliding with two sports that are near championship time.

For NBC (8 p.m. ET), it's hockey, now
with the Los Angeles Kings at the New Jersey Islanders, in the second
game of their best-of-seven finals. And for cable's TNT (9:30 p.m.
ET_, basketball is a step from its finals; the fourth game of the
Western Conference series has the San Antonio Spurs at the Oklahoma
City Thunder.

There's even one of the best sports
movies. “A League of Their Own” (1992) is Penny Marshall's
splendid portrait of the brief wartime run of professional women's

Other choices include:

– “Beauty and the Beast” (1991),
7 and 9 p.m., ABC Family. Here's a cartoon classic, beautifully
drawn. It won two Oscars for its music and was the cartoon nominated
for best picture.

– “You've Got Mail” (1998), 7:11
and 9:48 p.m., Bravo. Two opposites meet by E-mail. She (Meg Ryan)
has an intimate book store; he (Tom Hanks) has a book-store chain.
Nora Ephron co-wrote and directed this smart script, mixing humor and

– “Rules of Engagement,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. In a fairly goofy rerun, Jeff and Adam become consumed by a game
they devised. They don't realize the women can see them at it

– “How To Be a Gentleman,”
8:30,CBS. Bert is astonished that Andrew won't ask his attractive
assistant for a date. His solution is to date her himself.

– “CSI: Miami,” 9 p.m., CBS. A
masked assassin bursts into a poker game and kills one of the
players, in this rerun. Drea de Matteo (“The Sopranos”) plays one
of the people in the game.

– “Tiny Furniture” (2010), 10
p.m., Sundance. This is the independent (and sort of home-made) movie
that brought attention to Lena Dunham, who went on to create and star
in HBO's terrific “Girls.” Here, she plays a recent film-school
graduate who returns home – temporarily, she hopes.

– “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29
p.m., NBC. Zooey Deschanel hosts this rerun, with music by Karmin.

TV column for Friday, June 1

Performances,” 9-11 p.m., PBS (check local listings).

Beautifully filmed, “Duets II”
watches Tony Bennett record with the greats of country, rock and pop.

There are a few veterans (Aretha
Franklin,Willie Nelson) and lots of relative newcomers, including
Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood and Michael Buble. This rerun also offers
one more chance to see the late Amy Winehouse; the young rocker links
perfectly with the 85-year-old crooner.

Forever,” 8 and 8:30 p.m., NBC.

NBC keep groping for young-and-hip
comedies, with so-so results.

In this one, Joe and Lennon live
together in New York, their romance thwarted when her newly dumped
best friend moved in. The show quickly died on Wednesdays and was
pulled. Now NBC has – subject to a late change – plunked two
unseen episodes into this summertime spot.

In the first, Lennon opens her dance
studio; in the second, Joe debuts his video game in Los Angeles.

season-finale, 10 p.m., Starz.

Ike's instincts are worthy, but his
silent partner in a Miami hotel is Ben Diamond – perverted and
brutal. Ben had Ike's childhood friend killed, to avoid labor-union
trouble; both men scrambled to cover it up.

Now forces are closing in. Police have
Judy Silver, who helped set up the murder; Ben will soon have photos
of his wife in bed with Ike's son. The final moments are fascinating,
setting up next season.

Other choices include:

– “House,” 8 p.m., Fox. With no
more new episodes, “House” to Fridays for summer reruns. Tonight,
a prosecutor collapses during a trial; probing his home, the doctors
find a big arsenal. Also, the quiet Dr. Park finally speaks up;
colleagues ponder Foreman's lack of a romantic relationships.

– “Mean Girls” (2004), 8 p.m., E.
Tina Fey wrote this above-average Lindsay Lohan comedy and included a
supporting role for herself.

– “Bones,” 9 p.m, Fox. In a rerun
of the season-opener, Booth and Brennan probe the murder of an
amnesiac. That part is pretty good; the rest is only so-so, as they
ponder life after their baby is born.

– “CSI: NY,” 9 p.m., CBS. In the
rerun of a Halloween-week episode, a fraternity prank has gone bad.

– “Whale Wars,” 9 p.m., Animal
Plant. First, at 8 p.m., is an overview. Then a new season begins,
bringing a fresh conflict with Japanese whaling ships.

– “The Perfect Storm” (2000), 9
p.m., Bravo. Anyone who likes “Whale Wars” will savor this gem,
which is based on a true story of a fishing town and fierce weather.
Director Wolfgang Petersen got sensational special effects, plus
perfect work from George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Diane Lane.

– “Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m., CBS.
Danny has a rare chance to probe cold-case murders: In exchange for
leniency for his son (arrested for car thief), a mobster will help
find the bodies.

– “Motor City Rising” debut, 10
p.m. ET, Ovation. Set aside any notions of Detroit as a worn-out,
rusted-out has-been. This buoyant series shows a comeback bubbling,
from art to rock 'n' roll. You'll be instantly fond of the deaf man
making sign-language videos or the designer for the formerly