TV best bets with Perry Mason reboot, Joseph Gordon-Levitt film, ‘Ghostbusters’ doc, ‘Yellowstone’ return

This is a busy week for new content from varying places and angles.

Paramount’s big hit “Yellowstone” with Kevin Costner returns Sunday as does “The Chi” on Showtime the same evening.

Also on Sunday, ESPN’s “Espys” awards show goes remote, Harry Connick Jr. honors essential works on CBS and HBO brings back “Perry Mason.”

HBO is also releasing a documentary about the controversial Roy Cohn on Saturday while PBS takes a look at Mae West Monday on GPB. Crackle is also debuting a documentary about “Ghostbusters” Thursday. 

Netflix brings back “Mr. Iglesias” on Wednesday and “The Politician” Friday. It is also releasing a big-action thriller “7500” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a pilot fighting off terrorists on Friday. 

And Tyler Perry is closing shop on “If Loving You Is Wrong” on OWN Tuesday after five seasons. 

This covers Monday, June 15 through Sunday, June 21, 2020. 

MONDAY

“The Titan Games” 8 p.m. NBC – Action begins in the West Division, where Victor Cruz and stunt woman Jessie Graff are pro Titans waiting to take on this round's winner on Mt. Olympus, in the consummate athletic test.

“The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons Ever!” 8 p.m. ABC – Kaitlyn Bristowe forged her own path on her journey to find love, creating one of the most controversial seasons in franchise history.

“Generation Renovation: Lake House” 9 p.m. HGTV (new series) – Interior designer Danielle Bryk sets out to build her sister and brother-in-law's lake house from the ground up.

“Roswell, New Mexico” 9 p.m. the CW (second season finale) – Having realized that a deadly threat has infiltrated CrashCon, the busiest event of the year, Liz realizes that she can't save everyone she loves.

“Songland” 10:01 p.m. NBC (second season finale) – Multi-platinum, eight-time Grammy and American Music Award-winning R&B icon, Usher, comes to "Songland" to hear unknown songwriters pitch their original material.

TUESDAY

“Mae West” 8 p.m. GPB – The life and career of performer Mae West, whose work spanned eight decades and included acting, vaudeville, dance and playwriting.

“Dirty John” 10 p.m. USA – Dan gaslights Betty ‘til the truth comes out and she sees her life has been a sham for years.

“Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992” 8 p.m. ABC  A 2017 American documentary film directed by John Ridley about the decade preceding and including the 1992 Los Angeles riots. 

“If Loving You Is Wrong” 10 p.m. OWN (series finale)— Eddie's poor decision costs the life of others.

WEDNESDAY

“Mr. Iglesias” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (second season) — Mr. Iglesias finds a love interest in a new school counselor. 

“Love, Victor”3:01 a.m. Hulu (new series) – Set in the world of the original 2018 film “Love, Simon,” the series follows Victor, a new student at Creekwood High School on his own journey of self-discovery, facing challenges at home, adjusting to a new city, and struggling with his sexual orientation. When it all seems too much, he reaches out to Simon to help him navigate the ups and downs of high school. This is set in Atlanta but shot in California. 

“American Soul” 10 p.m. BET – An eclectic Sly and The Family Stone bring their unusual pre-show practices to set. Meanwhile in an effort to pull crossover audiences and advertisers to Soul Train, Brooks gets Don to book Elton John.

“Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” 10 p.m. ABC – This episode goes noir as Agent Phil Coulson realizes the importance of a particular day in 1955 in S.H.I.E.L.D. history. 

THURSDAY

“Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters”3:01 a.m. Crackle – The cast and crew of the original "Ghostbusters" discuss the making of the film.

“Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi”3:01 a.m. Hulu (new series) – The "Top Chef" host takes audiences on a journey across America, exploring the rich and diverse food culture of various immigrant groups. 

“Burden of Truth” 8 p.m. the CW – With more potential cases of wrongful child apprehensions, Joanna and Billy investigate Millwood Family Services and discover a potential error in the custody hearing evidence that will change everything in the case and in their lives.

“Council of Dads” 8 p.m. NBC – Robin and the Council agree to tell Luly a shocking truth, and she takes matters into her own hands.

“Heartland” 8 p.m. UPtv— Jack is faced with painful memories from his past, and the family is at a loss for how to help him.

“Blindspot” 9:01 p.m. NBC – When Ice Cream, the Icelandic fixer, returns to collect his debt, the team is forced into a life and death race around the world to solve a series of puzzles and recover the infamous stolen Gardner paintings.

“Labor of Love” 9 p.m. Fox – Kristy and Kristin Davis test the men on their psychical strength and endurance to see if they can survive a labor simulation.

“Top Chef All Stars” 10 p.m. Bravo (17th season finale) – Sadly, Atlanta's Kevin Gillespie just missed the finale, eliminated last week. The likely winner is Melissa King, who has won the most challenges of the final three. 

“Alone” 10 p.m. History – The participants build shelters that would endure the harsh Arctic winter.

FRIDAY

“7500” 3:01 a.m. Amazon — Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a pilot fighting to maintain control of his airliner as terrorists storm the cockpit.

“Floor is Lava” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) —  Teams compete to navigate rooms flooded with lava by leaping from chairs, hanging from curtains and swinging from chandeliers.

“Feel the Beat” 3:01 a.m. Netflix — After failing to find success on Broadway, April returns to her hometown and is recruited to train a misfit group of young dancers.

“Father Soldier Son” 3:01 a.m. Netflix — When Sgt. First Class Brian Eisch is critically wounded in Afghanistan, it sets him and his sons on a journey of love, loss, redemption and legacy. A decade in the making, this New York Times production explores one family's riveting true story of duty and sacrifice.

“The Politician” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (second season debut) — Season 2 will see things pick up right where season 1 left off, with college student Payton Hobart (Ben Platt) ready to fight to unseat Senate Majority Leader Dede Standish (Judith Light) in the New York State Senate race.

“Bully, Coward, Victim: The Story of Roy Cohn” 8 p.m. HBO — The film examines Cohn's life as chief counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy in the late 1950s and then through the 1980s when he became a darling of the Reagan White House, a rabid anti-homosexuality activist and political mentor to Donald J. Trump.

WEEKEND

“Birthmother's Betrayal” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime — After 16-year-old Tara finds her birth mother Grace on a DNA website, her dedicated adoptive mother Amy struggles to protect her daughter as the wildly unpredictable birthmother crashes into their lives with erratic love for Tara, and toxic hatred toward Amy. But is Grace really who she says she is? As Tara grows closer to hot and cold Grace, Amy begins to wonder if Grace has either a severe mental disorder or is there another secret buried, as Grace seems hell-bent on eliminating Amy and reclaiming Tara.

“Hollywood Game Night” 7 p.m. Sunday NBC —Bill Nye, Bobby Moynihan, Amber Riley, Fortune Feimster, Miranda Cosgrove and Adam Pally.

“United We Sing” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS —The show features Harry Connick, Jr. and his filmmaker daughter, Georgia Connick, as they take a road trip in an RV to thank and celebrate essential workers who risk their own lives on a daily basis to keep us safe. Singers include John Fogerty, Jamie Foxx, Herbie Hancock, Cyndi Lauper, Little Big Town, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Matthews and Tim McGraw.

The Chi” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime (third season debut) — A wedding alters Kevin and Kiesha's lives. Emmett juggles his business and his growing family. Ronnie struggles to find his way.

“The 2020 Espys” 9 p.m. Sunday ESPN — Russell Wilson, Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird remotely host.

Perry Mason: Chapter 1” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO (new series) — In 1931 Los Angeles, PI Perry Mason is hired by attorney E.B. Jonathan to solve a perplexing case involving the brutal kidnapping of 1-year-old Charlie Dodson, whose parents Matthew and Emily were targeted for a $100,000 ransom.

Yellowstone” 9 p.m. Sunday Paramount (third season debut) — In the wake of the Beck Brothers, John reshuffles the political decks.

Snowpiercer” 9 p.m. Sunday TNT — Hiding out with help from his allies, Layton lays track for revolution.

“NOS4A2” 10 p.m. Sunday AMC (second season debut) —Eight years on, Vic McQueen receives shocking news about Charlie Manx. Maggie consults her tiles at great risk.

“Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime —Tiago and Lewis must make bold decisions. Molly and Tiago go dancing

“Tournament of Laughs” 10 p.m. Sunday TBS (new series) —Thirty-two comedians will compete via video-conference technology due to social- distancing practices amid the coronavirus pandemic. Among the competitors: Jeff Ross, Margaret Cho, Gilbert Gottfried, Judah Friedlander, Michael Rapaport and Jim Norton. 

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