Sunday TV: Frank Underwood Hosts Tonys

spaceyKevin Spacey takes time from “House of Cards” (Netflix, streaming) to host The 71st Annual Tony Awards (CBS, 8 p.m.). A theater buff himself, who will play Clarence Darrow in a tennis stadium this week, Spacey will preside over the first post-“Hamilton” Tonys, with a wider array of performances from “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Come From Away,” “Groundhog Day,” “Hello, Dolly!” “War Paint” and “Natasha, Pierre & the great Comet of 1812.” But by law Lin-Manuel Miranda will still appear.

That musical’s success leads the History channel to actually return to history with its special “Hamilton: Building America” (History, 9 p.m.), featuring Ron Chernow, Tom Brokaw and Maria Bartiromo.

Niecy Nash, so good in “Getting On,” now stars as a nail salon owner in Central Florida who gets involved with the local mob. The new “Claws” (TNT, 9 p.m.) has a swell cast including Dean Norris, Judy Reyes, Carrie Preston, Harold Perineau and Jenn Lyon and what looks to be a sassy approach. Rashida Jones is one of the co-producers.

Steve Harvey overload is reaching Chris Hardwick levels with him hosting his third or fourth primetime show, this one with his name on it, “Steve Harvey’s FUNDERDOME” (ABC, 9 p.m.), which is nothing more than a variation of “Shark Tank” with Steve Harvey reactions and a title copped from a Max Max sequel.

Harvey also hosts the third season premiere of “Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC, 8 p.m.) it’s Kelly Clarkson vs. Amy Schumer and Bindi Irwin vs. Chrissy Metz.

John Cena hosts the second season start of “American Grit” (Fox, 9 p.m.), the military-styled competition show.

And Michael Strahan hosts the celebrity version of “The $100,000 Pyramid” (ABC, 10 p.m.) whose first competitors for the second season include Leslie Jones vs. L.L. Cool J and Tom Bergeron vs. Jennifer Nettles.

The more consequential game, though, is Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals of Pittsburgh at Nashville (NBC, 8 p.m.) gets its deserved prime time broadcast slot. The Penguins lead the series 3-2.

“Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS” (National Geographic, 9 p.m.) from Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested, is another grim look at the brutal regime in Syria and its crackdown on its own people that began with torturing children who sprayed antiHassad graffiti on their school. If it reflects its Fox ownership, it is hard on Obama’s initial inaction and there is one suspicious talking head, Gen. Michael Flynn (otherwise, It ends before the Trump era begins). There is some context though in showing the long history of invasion and indiscriminate bombing from the U.S. There are some harrowing Isis point-of-view executions among the footage.

Less serious is the approach of “Jordan Klepper Solves Guns” (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.), an investigation into Americ’as big problem in an amusing way, by the brash future inheritor of the post “Daily Show” slot. Wonder if it’s half as good as what happens every week on “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (HBO, 11 p.m.).

Richard considers throwing in with Haley Joel Osment’s tech character on “Silicon Valley” (HBO, 10 p.m.).

Selina takes a trip on a new “Veep” (HBO, 10:30 p.m.).

Goldie picks three comics for an industry showcase on “I’m Dying Up Here” (Showtime, 10 p.m.).

The two words released about episode six of the revived “Twin Peaks” (Showtime, 9 p.m.) is “don’t die.”

Alicia and Nick fall in with new crowds on “Fear the Walking Dead” (AMC, 9 p.m.).

Khloe considers becoming Kim’s surrogate on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” (E!, 9 p.m.).

I’m thinking “Naked and Afraid XL: Uncensored All Stars” (Discovery, 9 p.m.) is neither uncensored, nor full of stars, nor, at two hours, particularly XL. To think they had to add all that verbiage when “Naked” itself didn’t work.

Cassie gives a traveling artist a new paintbrush on “Good Witch” (Hallmark, 9 p.m.).

A couple dating in Philly become “Disappeared” (Investigation Discovery, 9 p.m.).

The 30th anniversary isn’t for a couple of years, but here’s yet another two hour special “Menendez: Blood Brothers” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.) in advance of a new NBC series this fall. It’s discussed further on “Beyond the Headlines” (Lifetime, 10 p.m.).

On a new “Bob’s Burgers” (Fox, 8:30 p.m.), Bob is locked in the outdoor equipment store overnight.

“America’s Secret Space Heroes” (Smithsonian, 9 p.m.) looks at the building of the Hubble Telescope.

The leprechaun’s tragic past is explored on a new “American Gods” (Starz, 9 p.m.).

This episode of “90 Day Fiance” (TLC, 8 p.m.), at three hours, is almost as long as their union.

“Extreme Waterparks” (Travel, 9 p.m.) are explored in New Zealand, Florida, and, at 9:30 p.m., Puerto Rico.

“Beauty and the Beast” figures in the competition on “Food Network Star” (Food, 9 p.m.).

“Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” (CNN, 9 p.m.) goes to Oman.

“The Real Housewives of Potomac” (Bravo, 8 p.m.) flee D.C. for Bermuda. “Second Wives Club” (E!, 10 p.m.) goes to the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Larry brings a mystery guest to “Invite Only Cabo” (Bravo, 9 p.m.). Come on, larry! It’s invite only!

“River Monsters: Legendary Locations” (Animal Planet, 8 p.m.) goes to Argentina.

“Expedition Mungo” (Animal Planet, 10 p.m.) goes to Namibia.

Turner Classic Movies has a couple of movies set in Oregon, “Bend of the River” (8 p.m.) and “Oregon Passage” (10 p.m.). Then comes Carl Dreyer’s silent “Master of the House” (TCM, midnight) and two by Nagisa Oshima, “Cruel Story of Youth” (TCM, 2 a.m.) and “Boy” (TCM, 4 a.m.).

Sunday night baseball has Detroit at Boston (ESPN, 8 p.m.).

The men’s final at the French Open (NBC, 9 a.m.) of Stan Wawrinka vs. Rafael Nadal pre-empts “Meet the Press.”

It’s Venezuela vs. England (Fox Sports 1, 6 a.m.) in the FIFA U-20 World Cup final.

In qualifiers for the UEFA World Cup, it’s Ukraine at Finland (Fox Sports 2, noon) and Wales at Serbia (Fox Sports 2, 2:45 p.m.).

It’s U.S. at Mexico (Fox Sports 1, Univision, 8:30 p.m.) in a CONCACAF World Cup qualifier.

And it’s U.S. at Norway (Fox, 1 p.m.) in a women’s international friendly.

In the NCAA baseball super regionals its Sam Houston State at Florida State (ESPN2, noon), Wake Forest at Florida (ESPN, 3 p.m.), Cal State Fullerton at Long Beach State (ESPN2, 3 p.m.), Missouri State at TCU (ESPNU, 6 p.m.) and Mississippi State at LSU (ESPNU, 9 p.m.).

In auto racing, the Pocono 400 (Fox Sports 1, 3 p.m.) is held.

And final rounds are played in the St. Jude Classic (Golf, 1 p.m.; CBS, 3 p.m.).

Sunday Talk

ABC: Sens. Mike Lee and Joe Manchin, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. CBS: Sens. Lindsay Graham, Chuck Schumer and James Langford. CNN: Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Susan Collins, Rep. Luis Gutierrez. Fox News: Sen. Jack Reed, Republican National Committee Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel.

 

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