“Game of Thrones” season-opener, 9 p.m., HBO.
If you get HBO, your
night is set, with the season-openers of “Thrones,” “Silicon
Valley” (10 p.m.) and “Veep” (10:30). If you don't ... well,
visit someone; kingdoms are wobbling, lives are changing.
Lannisters try to rebuild their crumbling power, Tyrion (Peter
Dinklage, who's won two Emmys in the role) scrambles to rule the city
of Meereen. Two of the dragons are still there, but Daenerys – who
once ruled the city and all three dragons -- is now lost and in
danger. Meanwhile, the Wall is in peril, after the apparent death of
Jon Snow. Good people seem to die a lot here.
II: “Masterpiece: Grantchester,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local
Next week wraps up
what has been a deep, dark season. It started with Sidney (the
village vicar) wrongly accused of an affair with a teen-ager; she
died after asking her friend Gary to induce a miscarriage. Later,
Geordie (Sidney's police pal) was shot and almost killed.
Now it's Geordie who
faces serious accusations, with Sidney scrambling to clear him. At
the same time, Sidney tries -- with the help of his long-time friend
(now married to someone else) -- to stop Gary's execution. It's as
emotional hour, lightened (slightly) by Sidney's assistant and by his
ALTERNATIVE: “The Good Wife,” 9 p.m., CBS.
This should be a
pleasant time for Alicia: She's hosting a party to celebrate the
upcoming marriage of Howard and Dorothty (played by Jerry Adler, 87,
and Mary Beth Pell, 76).
But tonight – two
weeks before the finale of a first-rate series – everything is
going wrong. Also, Peter – Dorothy's son, Alicia's husband – is
heading to another trial; Eli asks Jason to investigate him.
ALTERNATIVE II: “Little Giant,” 9 p.m., NatGeo Wild.
The making of a bull
elephant faces steep barriers, this documentary says: Gestation is
almost two years, childhood is 13 years ... with a third of the
babies dying in the first year.
We see why in this
quietly involving film. In East Africa, a young male must keep up
with his matriarchal herd, in a marathon trek that confronts drought,
humans and some eager lions.
a.m. to 11 p.m., Ion. Each Sunday, Ion has a marathon of this
smart-but-overlooked series. Today starts with the team infiltrating
a car-theft ring; it ends with a valuable potato. Really.
7:30 and 8 p.m., Fox. First is a rerun in which Bart savors – for a
while – the notion that he's a sociopath. Then a new episode finds
the mismatched Simpson and Flanders families taking a trip to the
Grand Canyon; a crisis ensues.
Secretary,” 8 p.m., CBS. Some truly strange twists have seen
Elizabeth's college-prof husband (Tim Daly) involved in heavy-duty
spy stuff. Now he's dispatched – along with his CIA boss (Jill
Hennessy) and a colleague (Carlos Gomez) -- to get the world's most
“The Family,” 9
p.m., ABC. Brilliantly crafted through each perverse twist, this
reaches a precarious point. Claire, running for govrnor, now realizes
that her cherub-faced daughter Bella is the ultimate schemer, even
training Ben to pose as her brother Adam. Now Claire prepares for her
debate. This pseudo-Adam is eyed by Claire during his latenight walks
and by Nina the cop at his therapy session. “Last Man on Earth,”
9:30 p.m., Fox. This odd (and sometimes funny) episode faces the
latest crisis: With Tandy apparently sterile, someone else must
volunteer to impregnate Carol, in order to continue the human
species. Meanwhile, Gail keeps drinking and there's a fresh twist in
the final minute.
p.m., CBS. John Noble – who has been superb as a “Fringe” star
and a “Sleepy Hollow” co-star – returns to his role as
Sherlock's dad, Morland. This time, it's perilous: When his employee
is killed, Morland becomes his son's prime murder suspect.