It’s OITNB week! But that’s not until Friday, so we have some other stuff to keep us occupied until then.
Monday, June 2
Mistresses (10-11 pm, ABC)
Guilty pleasure alert! While it’s no Dynasty, this show, which is returning for its second season tonight, satisfies the prime-time soap itch for many while also conveying a message of sisterhood and support.
Tuesday, June 3
Top Gear (USA) (9-10 pm, History)
Our homegrown derivative of the British juggernaut returns for season five. Gotta be honest, I didn’t think it would last this long, but it has grown on me. Tonight’s episode is about the new generation of American muscle cars, but there will assuredly be callbacks to great cars of the past.
Wednesday, June 4
Jennifer Falls (10:30-11:02 pm, TV Land)
A high-flying investment banker (Jaime Pressly of My Name Is Earl) loses her job and must move in with her mother and go to work in her brother’s bar. With a nod to the economic reality of many Americans, this show is still very much in the middle-of-the-road vein of Hot in Cleveland (which it follows) and TV Land’s other original comedies. Probably the best (only?) reason to watch is the presence of Jessica Walter (Lucille Bluth from Arrested Development and the voice of Malory on Archer).
Thursday, June 5
Blazing Saddles (9-11 pm, Sundance)
Absolute brilliance from start to finish, this Western spoof is truly one of the funniest movies ever made, directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little, Madeline Kahn, and Harvey Korman. It’s very much a product of its time (1974), but its risky humor is just as relevant today.
Also tonight: game one of the NBA Finals, Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs (9 pm-?, ABC). Jimmy Kimmel does his pregame thing at 8.
Friday, June 6
Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
I hope you didn’t have anything important planned for this weekend, because clearly this is going to take priority. Season two brings the return of a former inmate (Lorraine Toussaint) who causes a shift in the power structure among the women at Litchfield.
Saturday, June 7
Power (9-10:05 pm, Starz)
Curtis Jackson (aka 50 Cent) is an executive producer of this new series about a drug kingpin balancing his illicit activities with a legitimate nightclub business and family demands. If you’re curious, the first episode is available online.
Sunday, June 8
68th Tony Awards (8-11 pm, CBS)
Award shows, right? This one is always a bit different, and often quite enjoyable. Hugh Jackman hosts this year, with performances from Alan Cumming, Patti LaBelle, Neil Patrick Harris, Gladys Knight, and many others.
This trippy drama aired for only one season on NBC a couple of years back, but it had potential. It plays with the idea of alternate realities by having its protagonist literally experience two different versions of his life after a car accident. Jason Isaacs plays the detective who finds that events in one of his “lives” help him to solve cases in the other. (13 episodes; not necessarily closure, but some clarification is offered.)
(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.)