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TV best bets with 'Orange is the New Black,' 'Major Crimes,' NeNe Leakes, Mike Epps


By RODNEY HO/, originally filed Sunday, June 12, 2016

The hotly anticipated fourth season of "Orange is the New Black" returns this Friday on Netflix.

TNT is also bringing back season five of "Major Crimes" Monday while the makers of "The Good Wife" go for more comedy with its summer series "BrainDead" on CBS the same night.

Betty White returns to familiar ground as a panelist on a revived "To Tell The Truth," a game show that goes back 60 years. NeNe Leakes of "Real Housewives" fame is also on the panel. Anthony Anderson hosts. Check it out on Tuesday.

Mike Epps, last seen on Atlanta-based Starz series "Survivor's Remorse" in an ensemble cast, now leads a revival of the John Candy film "Uncle Buck," now turned into a TV series on ABC the same night as "To Tell the Truth."

And watch for Ellen Barkin playing a crime boss in TNT's "Animal Kingdom" Tuesday.

This covers Monday, June 13 through Sunday, June 19, 2016.


“The Bachelor at 20” 8 p.m. ABC — A celebration of 20 seasons of happiness, heartbreak and hijinks.

“12 Monkeys” 8 p.m. Syfy — Jennifer Goines takes her power into her own hands in the year 2016 when she forms the Hyenas, a band of crazy compatriots, to take on the 12 Monkeys.

“Angie Tribeca” 9 p.m. TBS  — Suspicious drownings prompt Geils to go undercover with the lifeguards of Los Angeles.

“Barbarians Rising” 9 p.m. History  — Spartacus' slave uprising threatens Rome on its own turf.

“Devious Maids” 9 p.m. Lifetime — Rosie finds herself involved in the aftermath of a murder.

“Guilt” 9 p.m. Freeform (new series) — A young American woman in London becomes the prime suspect in her roommate's brutal murder.

“Rizzoli & Isles” 9 p.m. TNT — A murder at a zombie convention is investigated.

“Braindead” 9:59 p.m. CBS (new series) — A comedy thriller about a woman who returns to Washington, D.C., to help her senator-brother and discovers aliens have invaded the Hill and made a scary impact on congressmen and staffers.

“Unreal” 10 p.m. Lifetime — Quinn and Chet begin producing two different versions of the show, forcing the crew to choose sides.

“Major Crimes” 10 p.m. TNT (fifth season debut) — A teen vanishes while volunteering at a homeless shelter.

“Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” 10 p.m. NBC (new series) — Six teams compete in an obstacle-course race to win $250,000.


“Hotel Hell” 8 p.m. Fox  — Gordon helps an inn owner who hoards personal items throughout the establishment and displays some of the worst practices ever seen.

To Tell the Truth” 8 p.m. ABC (new series) — NeNe Leakes is one of the panelists trying to figure out who is the real deal among a panel of three.

Animal Kingdom” 9 p.m. TNT (new series) — A teen plunges into danger when he moves in with his wild relatives in a surf community.

Deadliest Catch” 9 p.m. Discovery — Sean Dwyer is forced to bring down his dad's law on a deckhand.

Uncle Buck” 9 p.m. ABC (new series) — Street-smart Buck adjusts to suburban life with his brother's family.

“Chrisley Knows Best ” 10 p.m. USA (fourth season spring finale)— Todd tricks Julie into planning her own surprise birthday party.

Famously Single” 10 p.m. E! (new series) — Atlantan Josh Murray from "The Bachelorette" joins Pauly D, Brandi Glanville and Aubrey O'Day to learn about dating.

Person of Interest” 10 p.m. CBS — Reese and Shaw chase Finch, who could bring an end to Samaritan.

Feed the Beast” 10 p.m. AMC — Tommy and Dion bring Thirio to life with Rie's designs, but in order to pay for it all, the guys have to resort to crime.


“Masterchef” 8 p.m. Fox  — Wolfgang Puck is the guest judge.

“Wayward Pines ” 9 p.m. Fox — Xander returns to Wayward Pines with someone unexpected, who helps him better understand the Abbies' intentions.

“Another Period ” 10 p.m. Comedy (second season debut)  — Lillian and Beatrice get advice from Harriet Tubman on how to make a name for themselves.

“Lopez ” 10 p.m. TV Land (first season finale) — George is stranded in the desert after his car breaks down and gets help from a mysterious couple.

“The Night Shift ” 10 p.m. NBC — Drew stressfully adjusts after returning from deployment in Afghanistan.

Roy al Pains ” 10 p.m. USA — Hank treats Keller when he goes overboard at work.

“The Soul Man ” 10:30 p.m. TV Land (series finale) —Boyce seeks an endorsement from Dr. Zagelman, but needs to get him to withdraw from the race to do so.


“Bones” 8 p.m. Fox — The death of a professional hockey player is investigated after his headless corpse is found in a river.

“Aquarius  9 p.m. NBC  (two-hour second season debut) — Hodiak tackles a new case involving missing young women.

“Home Free  9 p.m. Fox — Tim Tebow joins Mike Holmes with contestants building homes for others in Dallas, GA.

Orphan Black” 10 p.m. BBCA (fourth season finale)  — Sarahreluctantly returns home from her Icelandic hideout to track down an elusive and mysterious ally tied to the clone who started it all.


“Orange is the New Black”3:01 a.m. Netflix (fourth season debut)  — Now that the prison is for profit, it's become overcrowded, creating more tensions than ever.

“Masters of Illusion” 8 p.m the CW  Magicians featured include: Erix Logan; Farrell Dillon; Matt Marcy; The Shocker; Bill Cook; RJ Cantu; and Sittah.

“What Would You Do” 9 p.m ABC (12th season debut)  The show returns for 13 weeks this summer with all-new scenarios capturing unsuspecting people's reactions to everyday situation

“O.J. Made in America ” 10 p.m. ESPN  Part 4 of 5. O.J. Simpson's 1995 "trial of the century" unfolds in downtown Los Angeles, riveting the country for months and reshaping the media and cultural landscape. Directed by Ezra Edelman.

“Outcast ” 10 p.m. Cinemax  A strange possession confronts Kyle and Rev. Anderson.

“Wynonna Earp ” 10 p.m. Syfy  An admirer with a gruesome vendetta puts someone familiar in a tight spot.


“Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime — A mother's caught off guard when her daughter introduces the family to her new female love interest.

“Hell on Wheels” 9 p.m. Saturday AMC — Cullen faces life-changing decisions in Utah as Truckee adapts to life without him. Meanwhile, Durant's lies compromise his new partner.

The American West” 10 p.m. Saturday AMC — Jesse James targets the railroads.

Food Network Star 9 p.m. Sunday Food — Robert Irvine challenges the remaining finalists to create a dish worthy of a world-class motorsports tailgate party. 

Game of Thrones 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — A showdown between Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton is coming.

“The Last Ship 9 p.m. Sunday TNT — Chandler scrambles to find answers in an Asian Dodge City. Meanwhile, Slattery seeks the truth about his predicament.

“Preacher 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — Roper welcomes Pine into his inner circle, leaving Corky out in the cold.

“Still the King 9 p.m. Sunday CMT —Vernon tries to spend quality time with Charlotte.

“Penny Dreadful  9 p.m. Sunday Showtime (third season finale)  — Ethan, Sir Malcolm and Kaetenay return to London.

“The Ride With Norman Reedus 10 p.m. Sunday AMC — Norman Reedus travels from Las Vegas to Death Valley.

“Murder in the First 10 p.m. Sunday TNT (third season debut) — The murder of a star quarterback at a crowded club is investigated.

“The Jim Gaffigan Show 10 p.m. Sunday TV Land (second esason debut) — Jim searches for his purpose in life.

“Silicon Valley 10 p.m. Sunday HBO — Shocking stats are revealed and prompt Richard to bridge the gap between Pied Piper and its users.

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