“Game of Thrones” season-finale, 9 p.m., HBO (rerunning at 11:31)
and/or “Lord of the Rings” films, TNT.
seemed to have only two modes – small-and-skillful movies or
large-and-loud-and-lame ones. Then a new generation of filmmakers
created smart epics; two examples arrive tonight.
If you have HBO,
you're probably planning on “Thrones”; Stannis' army is on the
march and Daenerys – fresh from her first dragon ride – is
surrounded by strangers. And if you don't have HBO, catch Peter
Jackson's “Rings” trilogy (8 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.) and
his “Hobbit” (2012) at 8 p.m.
Basketball, 8 p.m. ET, ABC.
Things return to the
Golden State home court, where the Warriors – in the finals for the
first time in 40 years – are hungry for a win. After having the
NBA's best regular-season record, Stephen Curry's team breezed
through the play-offs ... until colliding with LeBron James'
That's preceded by a
Jimmy Kimmel special at 7 p.m. and a preview at 7:31.
ALTERNATIVE: “The Crimson Wing” (2008), 8-10 p.m., NatGeo Wild.
Natron might seem like a desolate spot; it dries up so quickly that
salt islands remain. Somehow, flamingos decide that's the perfect
place to court, to mate and to hatch their babies.
“Wing” is part
of Disney's splendid nature-film series, which finally has a TV home
with NatGeo. Each of the annual films is beautifully done; this one
is alternately gorgeous (an estimated million soaring birds), creepy
(predators stalk) and funny, with stick-legged creatures walking in
“Love Finds You in
Charm,” 3 p.m., UP. Fueled by Jane Austen romances, a young Amish
woman wonders about the outside world of “Englishers.” Visiting
Charm, Ohio, she meets two fine-looking Englisher specimens (played
by Trevor Donovan of “90210” and Tiffany Dupont of “Greek”).
“Charm” starts slowly and rushes its finish, but the rest is
likable and ... well, charming.
and “American Beauty” (1999), 6:30 and 9 p.m., Sundance. Here's a
chance to catch two best-picture Oscar-winners, each a portrait of
modern life; “Beauty” repeats at 11:30.
8 p.m., Fox. Lisa writes a town anthem; also, Homer's new cause is
Uncovered,” 8 p.m., Ovation. On the next six Sundays, Matt and Ted
Lee will show a hip side to traditional Southern cities. In this fun
view of their home town of Charleston, S.C., they visit a graffiti
artist, a homestyle chicken place and a guy who ages wine underwater
in the harbor. We also see them finally learning (really) to dance
the Charleston in Charleston.
“A.D.,” 9 p.m.,
NBC. After a perilous start, this new Christian religion is making
progress. James strikes a compromise with Caiaphas, the Jewish leader
... Paul gains followers after he resurrects Tabitha ... and the
Ethiopian backer of the Zealot army converts to Christianity.
“CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation,” 10 p.m., CBS. This rerun – the apparent return of
the Gig Harbor killer – was the second with Patricia Arquette as
cyber-expert Avery Ryan. The character soon starred in “CSI: Cyber”
... which returns this fall, with Ted Danson moving there from the
Odyssey,” 10:01 p.m., NBC. Held captive in North Africa, Odelle is
forced to confront the effects of her recent past. In New York, Peter
reaches a low point, professionally and personally. Meanwhile,
Harrison is vacationing with Ruby, who originally had been scamming