Tuesday TV: NBA Finals, ‘Thorne’ Start

With the Stanley Cup wrapped up, we may turn our attention to the NBA Finals which begin tonight in Oklahoma City, with game 1 of Heat at Thunder (ABC, 10 p.m.). Because of the finals means both the preshow NBA Countdown (ABC, 8:30 p.m.) and the appearance of the late night host in prime time with a half hour version of his show,  “Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night” (ABC, 8 p.m.).

British miniseries usually find their way to “Masterpiece Theatre” or at least BBC America. But the U.S. TV debut of “Thorne” (Encore, 9 p.m.) comes on a movie channel.

David Morissey, pictured above, who is recognizable from a number of “Masterpiece” productions as well as some from BBC America (and later this year will join “The Walking Dead”), here stars as a police inspector who battles his own demons as well as criminals. The first feature-length case, “Sleepyhead,” concerns an attack on a young woman. The second (and last) case in the series is next week.

Casting directors are increasingly looking to the most annoying people to fill their shows, in hopes people will talk about characters they hate more than those they like. This would explain the success of Abby Lee Miller, the ogre behind “Dance Moms” (Lifetime, 9 p.m.) or the awful laugh of Kendra Wilkinson on “Kendra on Top” (WE, 10:30 p.m.) and most of the cast of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” (Bravo, 9 p.m.) and “Pregnant in Heels” (Bravo, 10 p.m.).

Now, the annoyances come supersized as in the twit who stars in the new “The Next Big Thing: NY” (Oxygen, 11 p.m.) which follows the questionable practice of one Trapper Felides, who fools stage moms into thinking he has something to offer their marginally talented offspring. He berates the tykes and works them, and has no apparent credentials or anything to show that he’s had any success in this field at all. At the end, one of his group is excited to be singing with “Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Paul  Hampton,” a songwriter (“Sea of Heartbreak”) who is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

And there’s a new TV personality who trades on his irritnce: “Annoying Orange” (Cartoon Network, 8:30 p.m.). An adaptation of a web series, it involves putting human lips and eyes on fruits, “Clutch Cargo” style. But this series, which lurhces from one bad pun to another, is never clear whether it’s supposed to be for kids or adults. What is clear is that none of it is funny (except for people who think sped-up voices are ceaselessly amusing). That it is both unfunny and irritating makes it diffuicult to appreciate even on an ironic level. What surprised me is how bad the acting can be based solely on the lip movements. Another example of what might be amusing on the web looks amateurish and empty on actual TV. Awful stuff, but accurate title.

The original cast of “Teen Mom” (MTV, 10 p.m.) are now far beyond “16 and Pregnant” in which they were first featured. They’re 20 plus and their unplanned babies are 3 or so. And even as new casts take over on “Teen Mom 2,” Amber, Catelynn, Farrah and Maci are back for one last season showing how they’re doing.

The bicentennial comes this week, so isn’t it about time you remind yourself exactly what “The War of 1812” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings) was all about with this two-hour rerun?

There are charges this week that “America’s Got Talent” (NBC, 9 p.m.) is rigged, according to an act that says it was enlisted to audition by producers, who turned around and encouraged the audience to boo. Shocking.

Leaps off a cliff are meant to be symbolic on “Love in the Wild” (NBC, 10 p.m.), which may be improved by the fact it isn’t two hours long, as the excruciating season premiere was last week.

There’s a tendancy for the young people on “American Colony: Meet the Hutterites” (National Geographic Channel, 10 p.m.) to go a little crazy.

Is there something we can do to keep “Celebrities at Home” (HGTV, 8 p.m.)?

“The Brit List” (BBC America, 10 p.m.) is supposed to be the first show to help re-introduce us to England in its Diamond Jubilee, Olympic summer. But do we really need to know the 20 sexiest models, actors and cars to do so?

Another pair of new episodes come for “Hell’s Kitchen” (Fox, 8 p.m.) and “MasterChef” (Fox, 9 p.m.). On the latter, the 18 finalists have been named and the competition can begin. First assignment: cook something using duck and bananas (A Marx Brothers theme comes to mind).

On “HGTV Design Star” (HGTV, 9 p.m.), Kris Jenner wants a new office that reflects the style of her daughters, the Kardashians. (Hmm, something beautiful and empty?).

If I knew I could have traded Elvis memorabilia for a speedboat, I wouldn’t have low-balled the prices at my all-Elvis tag sale last summer. Somebody gets to do exactly that on the premiere of “Barter Kings” (A&E, 9 p.m.). Back for a new season invading storage units for riches is “Storage Hunters” (truTV, 10 p.m.).

There have been shows about those who repossess cars, how about one that evicts people? It may not be the right economic time for such a show but at least the title of “World’s Worst Tenants” (Spike TV, 10 p.m.) suggests that they deserve the ousters.

Jane Seymour guest stars on “Franklin & Bash” (TNT, 10 p.m.).

“Flashbacks in Noir” is the theme on Turner Classic Movies, with “Possessed” (8 p.m.), “They Won’t Believe Me” (10 p.m.), “Dead Reckoning” (11:30 p.m.), “The Mask of Dimitrios” (1:30 a.m.), ”The Bribe” (3:15 a.m.) and “Killer’s Kiss” (5 a.m.).

European Soccer Championshp games include Greece vs. Czech Republic (ESPN, noon) and Poland vs. Russia (ESPN, 2:45 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa: Ben Stiller, Michel Ealy, Raven-Symone, Jerry O’Connell. The View: Kevin McKidd, John Walsh, Nik Wallenda. The Talk: Denise Richards, Vera Gibbons. Ellen DeGeneres: Melissa McCarthy, Earth Wind & Fire, Jimmy Kimmel (rerun).

Late Talk

David Letterman: Jack Hanna, Patti Smith, Bootsy Collins. Jay Leno: Patrick Duffy, Linda Grey, Larry Hagman, Meghan McCain, Meiko. Jimmy Kimmel: Martin Short, Cee-Lo Green, Goodie Mob. Jimmy Fallon: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Andy Cohen, Alejandro Escovedo. Craig Ferguson: Andy Garcia, Cody Horn, Mat Kirshen. Tavis Smiley: John Slattery. Carson Daly: Adam Levine, ZZ Ward, Jessie Baylin (rerun). Jon Stewart: Colin Powell. Stephen Colbert: Will Allen. Conan O’Brien: Andy Samberg, Eric Hutchinson. Chelsea Handler: Giovanni Ribisi, John Caparulo, Jen Kirkman, T.J. Miller.

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