TV tonight: Stanley Cup finals and ‘Royal Pains’ season five premiere

‘Royal Pains’ premiere a good alternative to summer reruns

Photo: USA/Royal Pains

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2013 —The NHL finals are an all American event this year, a fact that will go a long way in scoring NBC a much needed ratings boost. It also won’t hurt that Chicago and Boston are great hockey cities with loyal fan bases. The Chicago Blackhawks are slight favorites over the Boston Bruins, but just like San Antonio in the NBA finals, Boston may not realize they are the underdogs.

If hockey doesn’t sound appealing, there is very little on the major broadcast networks worth watching. Last Wednesday night the most watched show was a rerun of “CSI,” but fortunately cable offers some alternatives worthy of consideration.

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“Royal Pains” at 9 p.m. on USA network premieres its fifth season tonight. Having Henry Winkler in a recurring role has helped make this one of the top rated shows on cable. Currently airing in more than 40 countries, “Royal Pains” is a definite success, and a cash cow for USA network.

For science geeks, “Outrageous Acts of Science” and “Mythbusters” on Discovery and “Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman” on Science channel all have new episodes tonight.

History Channel has a devoted male audience that will find relief from summer reruns tonight with new episodes of “Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy” and “Top Shot All-Stars.”

Not to be outdone, Syfy has new episodes of “Ghost Hunters” and “Paranormal Witness.” “Ghost Hunters” premiered in 2004, making it the longest running reality series on the Syfy network. In addition “Ghost Hunters” has spawned two spin-offs with over 200 episodes among the three series, cementing its place as the No. 1 paranormal franchise on cable.

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It may not be the best night on TV, but with a little channel surfing the night is not a complete waste.

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EDT:

8 p.m.

ABC: The Middle: (Repeat) When Axl, Sue and Brick accidentally break the family room window, they decide to blame the Glossner children — the bad seeds of the neighborhood; Frankie tries to land a prime dental rotation spot.

CBS: The American Baking Competition: (New) The remaining contestants face the challenge of cakes.

FOX: Master Chef: (New) The contestants feed American heroes and take on Sin City.

NBC: Stanley Cup Finals: Game 1: Bruins at Blackhawks: (New) The Blackhawks and Bruins square off tonight at the United Center in the opener of the Stanley Cup finals.

CW: Arrow: (Repeat) Assassin Deadshot kills one of Oliver’s targets and then sets his sights on gunning down Walter. To stop him, Oliver enlists the help of Det. Lance, but his plan leads to dire consequences. Meanwhile, Laurel and Tommy get caught in an awkward situation. 

8:30 p.m.

ABC: Family Tools: (New) Terry asks Jack to be a role model for Mason; Tony, Darren and Stitch get Ellis a new wheelchair.

9 p.m.

ABC: Modern Family: (Repeat) Phil can’t accept that Luke wants to quit magic; Gloria’s snoring keeps Jay and Manny awake; Mitch and Cam struggle to deal with their reversed role.

CBS: Criminal Minds: (Repeat) A gruesome discovery is made when a time capsule is opened 25 years after it was sealed in a small Colorado town. The unit investigates and the evidence suggests that the past crime may be linked to the present death of a local police officer.

CW: Supernatural: (Repeat) A cop who practices witchcraft is plagued by nightmares in which he kills innocent people.

9:30 p.m.

ABC: How to Live With Your Parents: (New) Max helps Polly learn to follow through on doing things. 

10 p.m.

ABC: The Lookout: (New) Booking an all-inclusive vacation; testing germ levels in various locations; airplane ticket prices.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

Outrageous Acts of Science at 8 p. m. on DSC

How the Universe Works: Expanded Edition at 8 and 9 p.m. on SCI

MythBusters at 9 p.m. on DSC

Million Dollar Listing New York at 9 p.m. on BRAVO

Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy at 9 p.m. on History Channel

Ghost Hunters at 9 p.m. on Syfy

Royal Pains at 9 p.m. on USA

Toy Hunter at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel

Toddlers & Tiaras at 9 and 10 p.m. on TLC

Chef Roblé at 10 p.m. on BRAVO

Restaurant Stakeout at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

Top Shot All-Stars at 10 p.m. on History Channel

The Real World: Portland at 10 p.m. on MTV

Southern Fried Homicide at 10 p.m. on ID

Paranormal Witness at 10 p.m. on Syfy

House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV

Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman at 10 p.m. on SCI

Locked Up Abroad at 10 p.m. on NGC

Necessary Roughness at 10 p.m. on USA

Dig Wars at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on Travel Channel

House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

The Mummy on AMC

Banshee on CINEMAX

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo on ENC

Straight Talk on FLIX

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen on FX

The Shawshank Redemption on IFC

360 on SHO

The Virgin Suicides on SUND

Imitation of Life on TCM

School of Rock on TMC

9 p.m.

Wild Orchid on CINEMAX

Big Momma’s House on FMC

The Descendants on MOMAX

Later tonight:

Monte Carlo at 9:30 p.m. on HBO

Citizen Ruth at 9:35 p.m. on FLIX

Sexy Baby at 10 p.m. on SHO

The Wash at 10 p.m. on BET

The Rains of Ranchipur at 10:15 p.m. on TCM

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