The Bruins continue their pursuit of the Stanley Cup, a couple of new shows arrive this week, and my favorite show wraps up another season. I’ll have a roundup of upcoming summer TV later on this week.
Sunday, June 23
Mad Men (10-11:05 pm, AMC)
What a long, miserable, gloomy, tortuous, torturous (yes, both), strange trip this season has been, certainly the darkest of the show’s six seasons. (Even the ghost of Lane Pryce has probably decided against haunting the SC&P offices.) The rain, the sirens, the tumultuous events of 1968—all have provided a suffocating, claustrophobic backdrop to the characters’ stories. I’d like to offer some hint of what’s going to happen in tonight’s season finale, but show boss Matthew Weiner is notoriously guarded about such info, so there isn’t any to share. (He did publicly state that no one would die this season, so there’s that.)
Monday, June 24
Under The Dome (10-11 pm, CBS)
This 13-episode adaptation of Stephen King’s 2009 novel is about a small town in Maine that finds itself suddenly and inexplicably closed off from the rest of the world by… a dome. Ostensibly created as a closed-end miniseries (something American TV networks used to do a lot more of, and quite successfully), it wouldn’t be particularly surprising if CBS attempted to turn it into an ongoing summer series, if it draws decent enough ratings.
Tuesday, June 25
The Warriors (8:15-10 pm, Sundance)
Sundance shows a lot of worthy older movies, but it’s a below-the-radar channel in general, which is unfortunate (Comcast doesn’t even carry the HD feed). This 1979 drama directed by Walter Hill follows a Brooklyn street gang trying to make its way back to its home territory in Coney Island through rival gangs’ turf. (Double-feature alert: A Clockwork Orange, a movie about a gang of a different sort, and still provocative and disturbing more than four decades after its original release, follows at 10.)
Wednesday, June 26
NHL Stanley Cup Finals: Bruins vs. Blackhawks (8 pm, NBC)
Game 7, if necessary (and I suspect it will be). If not, check out Jamie Foxx and Marc Maron on Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35 pm on CBS.
Thursday, June 27
The Graham Norton Show (10-11 pm, BBC America)
If you haven’t seen this British talk/interview show, it’s funny and worth a look. Host Norton has a quick wit and a loose style that serves the show well. Tonight’s guests are Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Chris O’Dowd, and Josh Groban.
Friday, June 28
Magic City (9-10 pm, Starz)
This stylish drama about a luxury resort hotel in 1959 Miami Beach began its second season two Fridays ago, and I neglected to mention its return. While the setting and time period offer plenty of potential for storytelling, the show is somewhat hampered by inconsistent and sometimes clunky writing, but hey, it looks great.
Saturday, June 29
The final eight episodes of Breaking Bad begin on August 11th, which is 43 days from today, and 54 episodes have already aired. This would be a good night to fire up Netflix for some binge-watching (either for the first time or a rewatch) to get you ready for the show’s return.
(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.)