IFC, 8:00 p.m. ET
This 1991 film is a sweet, funny comedy, capturing iconic Western villain Jack Palance in a late-career role that redefined him, in a way he celebrated by doing victorious one-armed push-ups at the Oscars. Billy Crystal is the enthusiastic guy who takes his buddies (Daniel Stern and Bruno Kirby) to a Dude Ranch, where Palance’s Curly lords over them, and a cattle drive. Great fun. And, like Lee Marvin in Cat Ballou, Palance knew exactly how far to commit to a self-parody to make it hilarious – and unexpectedly tender at the same time.
Showtime, 8:00 p.m. ET
Since Showtime is giving this new documentary another showcase, so will I: It’s a thoroughly engrossing study of the band, as loaded with great music as it is with unexpected details and frank insights, even about their formative days backing Linda Ronstadt.
Sundance, 8:00 p.m. ET
Dev Patel, now of HBO’s The Newsroom, stars in Danny Boyle’s 2008 Best Picture Oscar winner, about an orphan in India who rises from the slums to become a national TV sensation – because of his knowledge.
ABC, 9:00 p.m. ET
In one respect, this year’s NBA finals don’t sound so exciting: Game 1 was close, but the next four have been blowouts. But the two teams, the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, have traded blowouts, each of them bouncing back after a defeat to trounce the opposition with a thrilling extended scoring streak. For Miami, the guy to watch, hot or cold, is LeBron James, but the star of the Spurs has turned out to be someone much more unlikely: Danny Green, whose three-point shooting already has set records for the NBC Finals, with more games to play. The Spurs are up 3-2 in games, with only one to win for the crown – but the rest of the series is played in Miami, so the Heat have home-court advantage.
NBC, 9:00 p.m. ET
SEASON FINALE: Last night’s final performance competition of the season was a bit bloated, but made it clear that the winner should be, and most likely will be, one of the two women. And since 16-year-old country singer Danielle Bradbery not only elicited the most praise from the judges, but is coached by multiple Voice victor Blake Shelton, I’m guessing she’ll walk away with the crown tonight. The Voice has yet to launch a recording star, but Bradbery, especially with Shelton’s well-connected country backing, could change that.