Sunday TV: National Memorial Day Concert

about-the-concertNot sure how the leading men of CBS procedurals — Joe Montagna of “Criminal Minds,” Gary Sinise of “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” and Laurence Fishburne of “CSI” — became the permanent spokesmen of the National Memorial Day Concert (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings). Tough guys, I guess (though Fishburne’s current show is the comedy “Blackish”). You can’t have Chris Hardwick do everything.

At any rate, they host a weaker than usual roster of singers and speakers for the 28th annual event on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, with Scotty McCreery, Renee Fleming, Vanessa Williams, Five for Fighting, Ronan Tynan, Russell Watson Christopher Jackson and the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jack Everly.

The next two episodes of “Twin Peaks: The Return” (Showtime, 9 p.m.) pick up, in both humor and weirdness. The main problem is getting agent Cooper from his quarter-century purgatory room back into the world. The transition ain’t easy.

Both “Veep” (HBO, 10:30 p.m.) and “Silicon Valley” (HBO, 10 p.m.) have been picked up for new seasons, which is good since their current seasons are both strong. The latter will return without T.J. Miller, however, which makes his actions in tonight’s episode especially poignant.

Shadow finally gets reunited with his late wife on “American Gods” (Starz, 9 p.m.).

Kevin assumes an alternate identity on “The Leftovers” (HBO, 9 p.m.).

What will be 10 hours or more this fall is reduced in succinct fashion in “PBS Previews: The Vietnam War” (PBS, 9:30 p.m., check local listings) from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

A pretender to the throne is held captive on “The White Princess” (Starz, 8 p.m.).

A visiting chef can’t relax on “Good Witch” (Hallmark, 9 p.m.).

Drinking plays a role in tonight’s “Invite Only Cabo” (Bravo, 9 p.m.).

I’m thinking there should be an extra tax on the customers of “Ultimate Pools” (Travel, 9 and 9:30 p.m.).

Turner Classic Movies’ Memorial Day Marathon continues with spy movie classics, “Suzy” (6 a.m.), “36 Hours” (8 a.m.), “Journey Into Fear” (10 a.m.), “Journey Into Fear” (10 a.m.), “Action in Arabia” (11:30 a.m.), “Nazi Agent” (1 p.m.), “Hotel Berlin” (2:30 p.m.), “Saboteur” (4:15 p.m.) and “Across the Pacific” (6:15 p.m.).

Then at primetime comes a set of films about air power,  “Twelve O’Clock High” (TCM, 8 p.m.), “Tora! Tora! Tora!” (TCM, 10:30 p.m.), “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo” (TCM, 1:45 a.m.), “Ace of Aces” (TCM, 4:15 a.m.) and “Fighter Squadron” (TCM, 5:45 a.m.).

Baseball includes Cubs at Dodgers (MLB, 4 p.m.) and Mets at Pittsburgh (ESPN, 8 p.m.).

Final rounds are played in golf’s Senior PGA Championship (NBC, 3 p.m.) and the Dean & DeLuca Invitational (Golf, 1 p.m.; CBS, 4:30 p.m.).

The French Open (Tennis, 5 a.m.; NBC, noon) opens with first round play.

In soccer’s FIFA U-20 World Cup, it’s Senegal vs. Ecuador (Fox Sports 2, 5 a.m.) and United States vs. Saudi Arabia (Fox Sports 1, 5 a.m.).

In auto racing, the Indianapolis 500 (ABC, noon) is run, as are the Monaco Grand Prix (NBC, 8 a.m.) and the Coca-Cola 600 (Fox, 6 p.m.).

In the NCAA women’s lacrosse championship final, it’s Maryland vs. Boston College (ESPNU, 11 a.m.).

College baseball includes the tournament finals of Florida State vs. North Carolina (ESPN2, noon), Houston vs. East Carolina (ESPNews, noon), Rice vs. Southern Miss (CBS Sports, 2 p.m.) and LSU vs. Arkansas (ESPN2, 3 p.m.).

The NCAA softball super regionals, it’s LSU at Florida State (ESPNU, 1 p.m.), Texas A&M at Tennessee (ESPN, 3 p.m.), Baylor at Arizona (ESPN2, 7 p.m.) and Utah at Washington (ESPN2, 10 p.m.).

Sunday Talk

ABC: Homeland Security secretary John Kelly, Rep. Adam Schiff. CBS: Defense secretary Jim Mattis. NBC: Kelly, Sen. Bob Corker, former director of National Intelligence James Clapper. CNN: Sens. Lindsey Graham and Cory Booker, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Fox News: Sens. Dick Durbin and Bill Cassidy.

 

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