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Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Sunday, June 10. All times are Eastern.
True Blood/Mad Men (HBO/AMC, 9 p.m./10 p.m.): Ashes to ashes, dust to dust—except when it comes to the brutal, bloody war that has raged between advertisers and vampires for centuries, a conflict which predates both the modern advertising industry and the first recorded images of shirtless vampires. (We think it has something to do with wooden stakes being used to post broadsides in the 18th century.) The war comes to its latest head tonight, as the fifth seasons of Mad Men and True Blood end and begin, respectively. Todd VanDerWerff and Carrie Raisler prepare for the carnage.
Rev. (Hulu, 5:30 p.m.): Heretics that we are, when this series showed up on the TV Club lineup last week, we assumed it was about street racers or something. It’s not, of course, and Todd VanDerWerff is revving up to review another half-hour of fish-of-the-cloth-out-of-water comedy.
The Killing (AMC, 9 p.m.): AMC’s promos for this show have been promising that the Rosie Larsen murder will be seriously, truly, honestly solved in next week’s finale. Tune into tonight to the prelude to that big reveal. Our guess? Brandon Nowalk did it.
Nurse Jackie (Showtime, 9 p.m.): There’s an influx of patients in the emergency room, which has Phil Dyess-Nugent hoping this turns out like one of those Night Court episodes where the gang tries to clear an absurd number of cases in a single evening. He won’t be happy until Wile E. Coyote shows up.
The Big C (Showtime, 9:30 p.m.): If it seems like this season has continually lost the thread, consider that part of tonight’s installment hinges on Cathy’s decision to take up scuba diving. Phil Dyess-Nugent will try not to get his review up too quickly—lest he get the bends.
Longmire (A&E, 10 p.m.): You can tell that Longmire is a modern Western because the victim of the latest case of the week is referred to as an exotic dancer, rather than a “floozie” or some even less polite Al Swearengen-esque turn of phrase. For continued proof of modernity, Zack Handlen is on the lookout for any utterances of the phrase “consarn it!”
Veep (HBO, 10 p.m.): The first season comes to a close with Selina’s political prospects lower than ever before. Despite this, the VPOTUS’ approval rating with 100 percent of Meredith Blakes is at an all-time high.
The Borgias (Showtime, 10 p.m.): Les Chappell goes on an Easter egg hunt in Rome, turning up assassins, shocking marriage proposals, and an excessive celebration of the resurrection. We can’t wait to see Jeremy Irons’ Easter Bunny costume.
Girls (HBO, 10:30 p.m.): Nothing says “authentic representation of life in your early 20s” like seething jealousy at a former classmate’s success. Surely there’s nothing in the real-world reaction to Girls that Todd VanDerWerff can use as a hook for this review…
Metalocalypse (Cartoon Network, midnight): With summer unofficially underway, it’s a great time to send the most childlike member of Dethklok, Toki, to camp. Phil Dyess-Nugent will meet you in the arts-and-crafts cabin immediately after the episode.
TV CLUB CLASSIC
Doctor Who (Classic) (11 a.m.): Pretty soon, Christopher Bahn’s reviews are going to run out of prepositional phrases involving Daleks. “Resurrection Of The Daleks,” “Revelation Of The Daleks,” and “Rememberance Of The Daleks” remain—until the publishing of our Who fan fiction trilogy “Night Of The Living Daleks,” “Monty Python’s Life Of Daleks,” and “Daleks Daleks Of The Daleks.”
South Park (Classic) (1 p.m.): Just in time for the return of Dallas, the boys meet Scuzzlebutt, the cryptozoological marvel with Patrick “Bobby Ewing” for a leg. Look out, Phil Dyess-Nugent! It’s coming right for us!
The Simpsons (Classic) (3 p.m.): Nathan Rabin revisits one of The Simpsons’ greatest, headline-making mysteries, returning to a time when Maggie’s first word—and the celebrity voicing that word—were enough to get the show major press and big ratings. Please don’t reveal the shocking, surprise ending of “Lisa’s First Word.”
WHAT ELSE IS ON?
The 66th Annual Tony Awards (CBS, 8 p.m.): A-5,6,7,8: The most consistently entertaining award ceremony in showbiz sings and dances its way back to primetime, bursting into your living room on the back of a soaring Neil Patrick Harris solo. And… here comes the kickline!
Mob Wives Chicago (VH1, 8 p.m.):Organized crime? In Chicago? Get out of town, VH1. Marah Eakin investigates into the lives of women with ties to the potentially apocryphal mob culture of The City of Broad Shoulders.
Untamed Americas (National Geographic, 10 p.m.): Follow honorary National Geographic Explorer Rowan Kaiser into the deserts of North and South America, where Peruvian penguins, wild horses, and terrifying hybrids of insects and mammals (that’s what a tiger moth is, right?) roam free.
My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding (TLC, 10 p.m.): We didn’t give a second thought to the British series that inspired this TLC reality show—until Margaret Eby insisted it was one of last year’s best debuts. The U.S. spinoff finally gets the TV Club treatment tonight, and Margaret’s going to deck out her review in all sorts of garish colors.
Empire Records (Fuse, 8 p.m.): Depending on which side of the Generation X/Y divide you fall, this coming-of-age tale is either a shameless co-option of grunge era ideals or an overdrive-laden singing telegram from a time where people still bought music and Rory Cochrane was the epitome of aloof cool. Either way, we can’t fight today, Gen Xers and Gen Yers: Not on Rex Manning Day!
The Wizard Of Oz (TCM, 8 p.m.): Of course, people of all generations can agree that MGM’s adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz is one of Golden Age Hollywood’s greatest achievements. TCM celebrates what would’ve been Judy Garland’s 90th birthday with an airing of the film.
MLB Baseball: Tigers at Reds (ESPN, 8 p.m.): Some interleague series are informed by geography (Cubs versus White Sox), others by old rivalries (like former American League adversaries the Twins and Brewers). A short drive separates Detroit and Cincinnati, but the Tigers and Reds are more closely connected by late manager Sparky Anderson, who led both squads to World Series wins in the 1970s and ’80s—while also turning in a fantastic guest shot on WKRP In Cincinnati.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Comedy Bang Bang (Friday): The weird, wild world of Scott Aukerman’s podcast enters the visual realm, losing none of its signature absurdity in the process. Would you rather read Erik Adams’ review, or remain ignorant about one of the most exciting comedy première’s of the summer? We’ll open the floor for questions.