This week there’s a series premiere and a couple of season premieres, including a show that’s back from the dead. Oh, and plenty of hockey.
Sunday, June 2
The Killing (8-10 pm, AMC)
The Killing’s initial favorable reviews two years ago earned it some good will among viewers that was quickly squandered with numerous red herrings, glacial pacing, and the unforgivable stretching over two seasons of its central mystery. The show was canceled, then unexpectedly resurrected (truly a rare occurrence in television). I don’t know if this season will be any better, but AMC has promised that the new murder case will be resolved by its conclusion. And it will rain a lot.
Monday, June 3
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (8-9:30, Encore)
This 2004 stoner comedy stars John Cho and Kal Penn as roommates on an epic trek through the wilds of New Jersey trying to satisfy their munchies. Honestly quite a funny movie if you aren’t bothered by crude and gross humor. Bonus: because it’s on Encore, there are no commercials, no edits, no bleeping. (If you’re in the mood, Valley Girl follows at 9:30.)
Tuesday, June 4
Kathy Griffin: Calm Down Gurrl (10:30-11:30 pm, Bravo)
The comic chronicler of celebrities’ questionable behavior performs her 16th stand-up special, filmed in Santa Rosa, CA.
Wednesday, June 5
NHL Playoffs: Penguins at Bruins, Game 3 (8 pm-?, NBC Sports)
Game 3 is the first home game of the Eastern Conference playoff series for the Bruins.
Thursday, June 6
Graceland (10-11:15 pm, USA)
This new show from the creator of channel-mate White Collar follows a group of undercover agents from different agencies (FBI, DEA, Customs) who share a California beach house. It looks like USA is going for something a bit darker than the typical tone of its other original shows; the audience will determine whether or not that will work for them. (Preceding it at 9 pm is the premiere of the seventh and final season of Burn Notice.)
Friday, June 7
Great Performances: Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey (9-11 pm, PBS)
Repeat of a documentary from last year chronicling Simon’s trip to South Africa to revisit some of the musicians he worked with on his watershed 1986 album.
Saturday, June 8
Tough call—not much on tonight. If you’re so inclined, you could make it a Seth Rogen movie night: FX has Pineapple Express at 8 pm followed by The Green Hornet at 10:30.
(Note: this information is accurate as of publication time, but programming is subject to change at the discretion of channels and networks. All times listed are Eastern time.)