A year ago, it seemed that of the big new Steven Spielberg projects on TV, the big budget broadcast TV dinosaur drama was the big deal, while the lowly alien takeover series was relegated to cable.
Fates have changed such that Fox’s failed “Terra Nova” is no more; while “Falling Skies” (TNT, 9 p.m.) is on the rise.
It returns for its second season just as its bookish hero played by Noah Wyle has himself returned from the invaded spacecraft. What did he learn there, wonder the suspicious militia he left behind.
Many questions remain to be answered about eh invaders, their creatures and how they operate. It’s nifty that they work thorugh teenages, who gain a backbone from their influence but become less human in the process – a perfect metaphor for vacant youth. The action is still a little dark, but the story is so rich, I hope they don’t mess it up.
“The Killing” (AMC, 10 p.m.) has all but signed in blood that they will reveal the killer of Rosie Larsen in tonight’s second season finale and it’s pointing to the campaign team of the mayoral challenger.
Maybe, like me, you’ve been binging on Showtime this weekend, with all the episodes of all their remarkable series in marathon, leading up to tonight’s finales of high quality series that have wrongly been left from the national conversation.
“The Borgias” (Showtime, 10 p.m.) has grown more handsome as its gone on, and great care has been taken with the pacing of the season, saving some spectacular deaths and turns in the story – as well as some raging from star Jeremy Irons in the finale.
It accompanies the finales of “Nurse Jackie” (Showtime, 9 p.m.) and “The Big C” (Showtime, 9:30 p.m.),each of which have had strong seasons.
It’s Game 3 of the NBA Finals with Thunder at Heat (ABC, 8 p.m.) and the series tied 1-1
The U.S. Open (NBC, 4 p.m.) runs through prime time.
Chris Miloni makes his debut as a fanged leader on “True Blood” (HBO, 9 p.m.).
A surprise is in store on the first season finale of “Girls” (HBO, 10 p.m._).
Turner Classic Movies presents some Weserns on fathers day, with the films “Rio Bravo” (8 p.m.), “Fort Apache” (10:30 p.m.), “The Circle” (12:45 a.m.) and “L’Avventura” (2 a.m.).
Jennifer Love Hewitt’s “The Client List” (Lifetime, 10 p.m.) reaches its first season finale.
Also reaching a finale tongight with several Hollywood experiments is “Mythbusters” (Discovery, 9 p.m.).
It’s Red Sox at Cubs (ESPN, 8 p.m.) in baseball.
ABC: Tim Pawlenty, White House adviser David Plouffe. CBS: Mitt Romney, Howard Dean, Lindsey Graham. NBC: Sen. John McCain, Plouffe. CNN: Rick Santorum, Sen. John Barrasso, Rep. Chris Van Hollen. Plouffe. Fox News: Joe Lieberman, former CIA director Michael Hayden, Plouffe.