What to Watch: 06/19/2016

It’s a Sunday night to wear down the edge of your seat as there are finales galore — including the culmination of an NBA season that went from anti-climax to all-time classic — a few premieres, and the titans of the HBO line-up.

JASON’S PICK:
The Jim Gaffigan Show [TVLand, 10:30p]
Doughy comedian Jim Gaffigan is back for a second season of his charming — and often surprisingly edgy — sitcom. In this opening salvo (fittingly on Father’s Day), he’s charged with a crime to which he professes innocence. 1:1 it involves food.

KATHERINE’S PICK:
The Tunnel [PBS, 10:30p]
Remember The Bridge? The promising but occasionally disappointing FX drama-thriller about a politician found on a bridge between Mexico and Texas, inspired by Danish drama Broen? The French were inspired too, and dumped the body of a politician in a tunnel between France and Britain, and brought in Stephen Dillane and Clémence Poésy to play the troubled detectives. Watch now, binge the second season, which aired in April, later.

NAVANI’S PICK:
Game of Thones [HBO, 9p]
Just a week before the finale of this overall epic season we will hopefully get the long awaited standoff between Jon Snow and Ramsey Bolton in the ep appropriately titled “The Battle of the Bastards.” The North remembers and so do we!

ALSO ON TAP TONIGHT:

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  • The NBA Finals — against all odds — are still going, and if Game 7 doesn’t decide it, I hear LeBron and Stephen will meet at center court for a thrilling game of Rock Paper Scissors.
  • Speaking of ties, over on HBO, the 269-269 EC gridlock (hopefully not a harbinger for November) continues to vex Prez Selina Meyer on Veep, even now that Jonah somehow won a Congressional seat (no one that stupid could ever win in real life…right?…right?!?!?)
  • Before that, we’ll see what can go wrong, what will go wrong, now that Pied Piper is super available to the public and “totally freaking out” focus groups on Silicon Valley. We’re super-excited to see the Clippy reference.
  • Tonight on AMC’s Preacher, wagers and angels and justice, oh my!
  • If you like Showtime’s Penny Dreadful — and many of you do — there’s a double-shot tonight, closing with the third season finale.
  • How will it end up for Christine in The Girlfriend Experience‘s first season? Tune in tonight for two episodes on Starz.

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