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SUNDAY
JUNE 26
2016

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

Disney Channel, 8:00 p.m. ET

RETURN: One of cable TV’s oldest traditions, Shark Week, returns officially tonight at 8 ET with Tiger Beach, which explains and photographs tiger sharks as they attempt to find mates, and then mate, in the Bahamas. That new documentary is followed by two others: The Return of Monster Mako (9 p.m. ET) and Isle of Jaws (10 p.m. ET).

 
  
 
 

HBO, 9:00 p.m. ET

SEASON FINALE: Last week, Sansa defiantly but quietly told her adversary, “You are going to die tomorrow, Lord Bolton. Sleep well.” Even after other battles, and other epic deaths, in last week’s episode, tonight’s extended finale promises to deliver a lot. Season finales on this series usually do.

 
  
 
 

Showtime, 9:00 p.m. ET

SEASON PREMIERE: The latest season premiere of Ray Donovan, directed by titular star Liev Schreiber, jumps forward six months, with Ray healed from his gunshot wound, and six months sober. But the calm doesn’t last for long, and the sobriety doesn’t, either. By the end of the hour, Ray is in deep again – and his dad, Mickey (Jon Voight), is in even deeper. For more on Ray Donovan, see Alex Strachan's TV That Matters.

 
  
 
 

HBO, 10:15 p.m. ET

SEASON FINALE: The temporary solution to Pied Piper’s post-launch problems gets more complicated tonight – and a bit more out in the open.

 
  
 
 

HBO, 10:46 p.m. ET

SEASON FINALE: Selina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) makes plans for the inauguration – but not, by any means, the plans she would have preferred.

 
  
 
 

HBO, 11:16 p.m. ET

Last week, John Oliver devoted much of his show to Brexit, and explaining what it meant, how complex it was, and why he was so hoping that British voters would opt to stay within the European Union. By a close vote, they didn’t – and I can’t wait for Oliver’s take on what that will mean, not only to his country back home, but to the U.S., whose election campaign is awash with the same sort of isolationist fervor.

 
  
 
 
 
 
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VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

Broadway is Sending Love to Orlando -- The Burt Bacharach/Hal David classic What the World Needs Now has been recorded hundreds of times since Jackie DeShannon made it a hit in 1965, but I doubt any of those renditions could have the power and emotion of the recording made on June 15 in New York City. On that day, members of the Broadway community came together to record the song in an effort to help the loved ones and victims of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting. The participating artists include legendary Broadway stars like Chita Rivera and Joel Grey as well as recent Tony winners Lin-Manuel Miranda and Renée Elise Goldsberry. Other faces – and impressive singing voices – we’d more quickly recognize from their television roles include Sean Hayes, Kristen Bell, BD Wong, and Wayne Brady. Regardless of the “who,” the “why” is the reason to listen to this performance. And when you buy the recording, from iTunes or Broadway Records, 100% of the profits will go to the LGBT Community Center of Central Florida (“The Center”). – Linda Donovan

 
 

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Inside Amy Schumer
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STAR TREK – THE ORIGINAL SERIES: THE COMPLETE SERIES – This new Blu-ray release will not be the final word on the classic Star Trek series this year, since September marks the original show’s golden anniversary. In a few months, Paramount/CBS is scheduled to issue a mega-box set, including not only the 79 episodes from the classic Star Trek series here, but also the Star Trek movies featuring the original TV show cast members and a complementary collection of the animated episodes. But if you don’t need or want the movies or the cartoon series, this is the newly repackaged Star Trek collection to get. Twenty discs, and a price already reduced to $59.99 on Amazon, less than $1 per episode. And there are some evocative memories here, from green-skinned alien women to cuddly tribbles, in one of the most durable and influential sci-fi TV series ever made. – David Bianculli

 
 

This Day in TV History

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Power: Season One

The buzz-worthy Starz crime drama of a boss trying to go legit has been quietly building a dedicated audience and critical acclaim. Power continues the recent Starz tradition (Boss, Magic City) of antiheroes dangerously walking both sides of the line. Once glamorous nightclub owner James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) is out, the old life pulls him back in, Michael Corleone-style. Season One, which sets the storyline, is on sale at Amazon for $8. —Eric Gould