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TV This Week, May 22-28: ‘Preacher’ and more

Dominic Cooper stars in the new supernatural drama "Preacher" airing on AMC.
(Lewis Jacobs / AMC)

 

SUNDAY

They’ve still got the beat! The Go-Go’s — kids, ask your parents — will join the pop stars of today at the “2016 Billboard Music Awards.” Madonna will pay tribute to dearly-departed music legend Prince; P!nk, DNCE, Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber and Britney Spears also perform; and Ludacris and Ciara host. 5 p.m. ABC

The imported British drama “Call the Midwife” ends its fifth season. 8 p.m. KOCE

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“Wallander” and “Mr. Selfridge,” we hardly knew ye: These imported dramas starring Kenneth Branagh and Jeremy Piven, respectively, air their series finales on, respectively, “Masterpiece Mystery!” and “Masterpiece Classic.” 9 and 10:30 p.m. KOCE

Oh, what a tangled Web they weave! The new special “Catching the Catfisher” explores the phenomenon of fraudulent online romances. 9 p.m. TLC

Dominic Cooper (“Marvel’s Agent Carter”) plays a “Preacher” possessed — literally — in this new Texas-set supernatural drama based on the comic-book series. With Ruth Negga (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) and “Deadwood’s” W. Earl Brown. 10 p.m. AMC

MONDAY

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Come on down! “The Price Is Right Primetime Special” is a three-night affair featuring fan favorites from the reality competitions “Survivor,” “Big Brother” and “The Amazing Race.” Drew Carey hosts. 8 p.m. CBS; also Tue., Wed.

They’ll be singing for the fences on the two-night season finale of “The Voice.” 8 p.m. NBC; also 9 p.m. Tue.

And they’ll be dancing for the fences on the two-night season finale of “Dancing With the Stars.” 8 p.m. ABC; also 9 p.m. Tue.

Melissa Rivers and company dish on styles seen at the Billboard Music Awards on a new edition of “Fashion Police.” With Giuliana Rancic, Brad Goreski, Margaret Cho and NeNe Leakes. 8 p.m. E!

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Youngsters put the heat to the meat in the new culinary competition “Kids BBQ Championship.” 8 p.m. Food Network

Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie are back for more improvised shenanigans on the return of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” hosted by Aisha Tyler. 9 p.m. KTLA

“The Bachelor’s” JoJo Fletcher, once courted then spurned by “He who must not be named,” gets to play “The Bachelorette” this time around on the return of this reality series. 9 p.m. ABC

Haven’t you herd? Some modern-day humans will attempt to follow a wildebeest migration across the African plains, just like our prehistoric answers would have done, in the new unscripted series “Mygrations.” 9 p.m. National Geographic Channel

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“POV” presents “The Return,” a new documentary about the ramifications of changes made to California’s “Three Strikes” law back in 2012. 10 p.m. KOCE

TUESDAY

Gordon Ramsay visits a lodge in Idaho on the third-season premiere of the unscripted series “Hotel Hell.” 8 p.m. Fox

The new special “The BET Life of Mary J. Blige” celebrates the singer known as the “Queen of Hip Hop Soul.” 8 p.m. BET

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Sounds like a job for Indiana Jones: “Secrets of the Dead” explores the ruins of an ancient Mesoamerican civilization in the new episode “Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings.” 9 p.m. KOCE

The non-“Catfish”-y side of online relationships is explored in the new unscripted series “Virtually in Love.” 9 p.m. Oxygen

Cui bono? “Frontline” looks into companies and agencies that profit in the wake of catastrophes like Superstorm Sandy in the new exposé “Business of Disaster.” 10 p.m. KOCE

WEDNESDAY

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“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” wraps its 17th season. 9 p.m. NBC

Jason Patric wakes up to the weirdness that is “Wayward Pines” when “The Lost Boys” star joins the cast of the M. Night Shyamalan mystery-drama in its second-season premiere. With Djimon Hounsou, Hope Davis, Terrence Howard and Carla Gugino. 9 p.m. Fox

“Why Are We Here?” and “Where Did the Universe Come From?” Those are the questions in, and also the titles of, two new episodes of “Genius by Stephen Hawking.” 9 and 10 p.m. KOCE

Consarnit! The recently canceled country-music drama “Nashville” is airing its final episode. With Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere. 10 p.m. ABC

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The new reality series “Douglas Family Gold” gets up close and personal with Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas as she trains for the 2016 Games in Brazil. 10 p.m. Oxygen

THURSDAY

Young spellers will strive to be letter perfect in the finals of the “2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee.” 7 a.m. ESNP2, 5 p.m. ESPN

All-time “Jeopardy” champ Ken Jennings will likely answer all “500 Questions” correctly when he competes on the return of this trivia challenge. “Nightline” co-anchor Dan Harris takes over as host. 8 p.m. ABC; also Fri.-Sat.

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Paul Rudd and Julianne Moore are among the many celebrities raising awareness about children living in poverty here and abroad in this year’s edition of the star-studded benefit show “The Red Nose Day Special.” Craig Ferguson hosts. 9 p.m. NBC

The new TV movie “Showing Roots” tells the tale of two women (“Lost’s” Maggie Grace and “Orange Is the New Black’s” Uzo Aduba) who strive to bring racial harmony to their own hometown after viewing the landmark 1970s miniseries based on Alex Haley’s novel. Elizabeth McGovern, Adam Brody and Cicely Tyson also star. 10 p.m. Lifetime

FRIDAY

The twisted ties that bind the Rayburn family continue to tighten on the return of the dark, Florida-set drama “Bloodline.” With Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini, Sam Shepard and Sissy Spacek. Any time, Netflix

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Adam Sandler and David Spade are at it again, whatever “it” is, in the raunchy new comedy “The Do-Over.” Any time, Netflix

The geography challenge “Geo Bee 2016” takes place in Washington, D.C. — wherever that is. Hosted by Mo Rocca. 8 p.m. National Geographic Channel

Once upon a time in country-and-western: “American Masters” remembers the supergroup formed by Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash in the new episode “The Highwaymen: Friends Till the End.” 9 p.m. KOCE

The only Eagle Scout ever to hold the highest office in the land, and the only U.S. president to preemptively pardon his predecessor, is saluted in the new special “Gerald R. Ford: A Test of Character.” 9 and 11 p.m. National Geographic Channel

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Joaquin Phoenix plays a philosophy professor who finds himself at an existential dead end in Woody Allen’s dark-ish 2015 comedy “Irrational Man.” With Emma Stone and Parker Posey. 9 p.m. Starz

SATURDAY

Turner Classic Movies’ annual Memorial Day Weekend marathon of war-themed dramas includes David Lean’s 1957 prison-camp tale “The Bridge on the River Kwai” and Richard Attenborough’s all-star 1977 action-thriller “A Bridge Too Far.” 5 and 8 p.m. TCM

Robert De Niro is “The Intern” and Anne Hathaway plays his boss in Nancy Meyers’s 2015 comedy. It’s funny, ya see, because he’s older than she is, so you’d think it’d be the other way around, only… 8 p.m. HBO

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Two time-travelin’ teens end up “Lost in the West” in this kid-friendly comedy-western mash-up, airing over three nights. With Caleb Thomas and Niko Guardado. 8 p.m. Nickelodeon; also next Sun.-Mon.

 


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