TV best bets with returns of 'Major Crimes,' 'Duck Dynasty,' 'Royal Pains,' season finale of 'Game of Thrones'

Several big summer shows on USA and TNT are coming back this week.

TNT's "Major Crimes" starts its third season Monday night while USA brings back two of its sturdiest performers "Royal Pains' (Tuesday) and "Suits" (Wednesday).

A&E carts out "Duck Dynasty" for a sixth season after a short break on Thursday.  And ABC Family's biggest hit "Pretty Little Liars" brings its mysterious ways back on Tuesday.

In the meantime, HBO's biggest show since "The Sopranos," "Game of Thrones" ends season four Sunday.

This covers Monday, June 9 through Sunday June 15.

MONDAY

“Love & Hip Hop Atlanta ” 9 p.m. VH1 The Sleazy and Benzino nightclub opens with fights galore.

“Masterchef ” 9 p.m. Fox —  The remaining 20 chefs compete to provide meals for 500 servicemembers on an Army base.

“24 ” 9 p.m. Fox — President Heller tries to stop Margot from going through with any further attacks.

Hillary Clinton: Public and Private” 9 p.m. ABC — Diane Sawyer interviews the possible 2016 presidential candidate.

“Hit the Floor ” 9 p.m. VH1 — A stunning development marks Sloane's investigation.

“Major Crimes ” 9 p.m. TNT (third season debut) — Trust issues come into play when Rusty takes suspicious trips on his own.

“Longmire ” 10 p.m. A&E  — Walt investigates the murder of a Russian adoptee.

Murder in the First ” 10 p.m. TNT (new series)  — Two San Francisco detectives (Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson) investigate the murder of a junkie in a case that may be tied to a notable Silicon Valley CEO.

“Mistresses ” 10:01 p.m. ABC — Savi must share an office with a new attorney who doesn't respect her personal space.

TUESDAY

“America’s Got Talent ” 8 p.m. NBC — More auditions.

“Pretty Little Liars” 8 p.m. ABC Family (fifth season debut) — A wounded Ezra heads to the hospital.

“Chasing Life ” 9 p.m. ABC Family (new series) —A drama about an ambitious reporter who won't give up on her dreams.

“The Haves and the Have Nots ” 9 p.m. OWN — Jim claims he's innocent, as Quincy surprises Hanna on his search for Candace.

“Royal Pains ” 9 p.m. USA (sixth season debut) — Evan schemes to keep Hank in town.

“Fargo ” 10 p.m. FX — Lester has an unexpected encounter.

“Playing House ” 10 p.m. USA — Secrets from the past are revealed when Emma organizes a team to help Maggie prepare the house for the baby.

“The Night Shift ” 10:01 p.m. NBC — TC and Paul race to the chaotic scene of an after-dark hog-hunting event that has gone nightmarishly wrong.

WEDNESDAY

“So You Think You Can Dance” 8 p.m. Fox — Los Angeles and Philadelphia auditions.

“Growing Up Fisher” 8:30 p.m. NBC (series finale) — Mel and Joyce take the children on a family vacation just as their divorce is about to become official

“The People vs. O.J. Simpson: What the Jury Never Heard” 9 p.m. NBC — Two decades later, this case still fascinates.

“Suits” 9 p.m. USA (fourth season debut) Mike and Harvey clash over investment-banking strategies.

“Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse” 9 p.m. OWN (third season finale) Dominique runs away from home, leaving Marcus and Keisha to look for her.

“Duck Dynasty” 10 p.m. A&E (sixth season debut) —Willie receives a commerce award from the governor of Louisiana.

“Hot in Cleveland” 10 p.m. TV Land — Victoria decides to tell Maddie a long-held secret.

“Motive” 10 p.m. ABC — A murder case directly affects the homicide team, leading Sgt. Cross to blur the lines between his professional and personal lives.

“Graceland ” 10 p.m. USA (second season debut) — Former FBI rookie returns to "Graceland" to run point on a dangerous mission against the cartel.

“Big Smo ” 10:30 p.m. A&E (series debut) — Following a larger-than-life country raper Big Smo.

THURSDAY

“Hell’s Kitchen 8 p.m. Fox — Eight chefs are challenged to a blind taste test.

“Hollywood Game Night” 8 p.m. NBC — Tim Gunn, Jeff Probst and David Alan Grier are among the players.

“Gang Related” 9 p.m. Fox — A sex-trafficking ring run by Russian mobsters is discovered by the Task Force.

“The Sixties” 9 p.m. CNN — The assassination of John F. Kennedy.

“Undateable” 9:01 p.m. NBC — Justin expresses his feelings for Nicki.

“Last Comic Standing ” 10 p.m. NBC — Semifinals begin.

“The Carbonaro Effect 10 p.m. TruTV — In a Mexican restaurant, Michael treats incredulous diners to a good luck serpent with their tableside guacamole, and makes salsa so spicy it melts metal.

FRIDAY

“No Limits 8 p.m. Animal Planet — Eric goes to Alaska to fish for northern pike, a predator that is considered an invasive species in the south-central part of the state.

“Monumental Mysteries 9 p.m. Travel (second season debut) — Host Don Wildman visits Lucy the Elephant, an animal-shaped building in Margate, N.J

“Science of Stupid 9 p.m. NGC —  This show combines cold hard science with user generated clips.

“Chrome Underground 10 p.m. Discovery — A rare rally car is sought in Mexico.

“Continuum ” 10 p.m. Syfy — A direct attack from Liber8 puts Kiera and John Doe in danger.

“CMT Crossroads ” 10 p.m. CMT — Katy Perry mixes it up with Kacey Musgraves.

WEEKEND

“Orphan Black” 9 p.m. Saturday BBCA — Cosima takes a turn for the worse.

“Power” 9 p.m. Saturday Starz — Ghost and Tommy take action against those responsible for the attack on their drug organization.

“Drop Dead Diva” 9 p.m. Sunday Lifetime — Kim and Owen refuse to support Jane's new whirlwind romance.

“Food Network Star” 9 p.m. Sunday Food — Sabotage is on the menu when the remaining finalists are split into two teams of five for a challenge inspired by the TV show "Cutthroat Kitchen."

“Game of Thrones” 8 p.m. Sunday HBO (fourth season finale) — Daenerys must face harsh realities.

“Crisis” 10 p.m. Sunday NBC — Finley is forced to go inside the mansion as part of the hostage exchange.

“Devious Maids” 10 p.m. Sunday Lifetime — Reggie moves forward with his plan to tear apart the Miller household.

“Halt and Catch Fire ” 10 p.m. Sunday AMC — Gordon and Cameron struggle to make Joe's vision a reality.

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