TV tonight: The Women’s Concert for Change and return of The Killing

Power couple Beyoncé and Jay Z perform in The Women’s Concert for Change

Photo: Facebook/The Women’s Concert for Change

WASHINGTON, June 2, 2013 —With the rerun season in full bloom, Sunday nights have gone from being one of the best nights on TV to a throw away night for the major broadcast networks.

There is only one original broadcast on the major networks tonight; “The Women’s Concert for Change.” The list of stars either performing, presenting or making public service statements includes such heavy hitters as Beyoncé, Jay Z, Jennifer Lopez, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Blake Lively, Gloria Steinem, Madonna, Ben Affleck, Halle Berry and Julia Roberts. Let’s hope they remember to do a sound check before Beyoncé takes the stage so there’s no black out.

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Tonight’s concert is the centerpiece of Chime for Change, a new campaign to raise funds and awareness for female empowerment around the world, distributed to non-profit organizations focused in the key areas of education, health care and justice.

The viewing options for the major networks may be few, but cable, both basic and premium, offer up a great variety of choices tonight. HBO’s “Game of Thrones” continues its record setting season tonight and Discovery Channel’s visually stunning new series “North America” features a shark migration off the coast of Miami in tonight’s episode.

The most surprising aspect of tonight’s programming is the return of the once cancelled AMC series “The Killing.” While the show received a fair amount of critical acclaim, the ratings were never strong. With the addition of a new serial killer and the threat of cancellation looming, maybe the same creative juices that fuel popular AMC dramas like “Mad Men” and “The Walking Dead” will come to the rescue of “The Killing.”

Also tonight, basic cable’s obsession with the 49th state continues with no less than three Alaska themed reality shows. “Alaska: The Last Frontier,” “Ultimate Survival Alaska” and “Life Below Zero” all feature the art of survival in the unforgiving Alaska landscape.

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There’s plenty of male-oriented programming on basic cable tonight, but TLC is airing two hours of “Long Island Medium” Teresa Caputo and her big hair. Also for the female audience is “Army Wives” on Lifetime and the premiere of season five of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” on Bravo.

When the ratings for tonight are tallied cable broadcasts will yet again demonstrate their considerable insight for what people want to watch. As fear and a lack of creativity motivates the major networks to continue ignoring the writing on the wall, the mass migration to cable marches on.

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EDT:

8 p.m.

ABC: The Bachelorette: (Repeat) Desiree arrives at the mansion and meets her 25 suitors. 

CBS: The American Baking Competition: (Repeat) Pies and tarts are prepared in the premiere of this series, which features amateur bakers competing for $250,000 and the chance to publish their own cookbook. First up: A firefighter turns up the heat in the kitchen; and chocolate bacon is introduced to judge Paul Hollywood.

FOX: The Simpsons: (Repeat) When Flanders’ parents prove to prefer Homer’s company to his, he jealously responds by giving Homer a shiner, and then tries desperately to reconcile with him. Meanwhile, Lisa is at a loss to understand why a new substitute teacher is bullying her for no obvious reason.

8:30 p.m.

FOX: Bob’s Burgers: (Repeat) The kids enter an abandoned taffy factory to search for treasure, and Bob and Linda must find them before the building’s scheduled demolition in the Season 2 premiere.

9 p.m.

CBS: The Good Wife: (Repeat) Alicia is presented with a career-altering offer. Meanwhile, Will and Diane fight off their creditors. 

FOX: Family Guy: (Repeat) A midlife crisis leads to Lois adopting a wild new persona, and Peter struggles to keep up with her. Meanwhile, Stewie’s new pet, a turtle he found in the park, turns out to have an evil side and is bent on ruining Stewie’s life.

NBC: The Women’s Concert for Change: Live From London: A live concert event from Twickenham Stadium in support of Chime for Change, a new campaign to raise funds and awareness for female empowerment around the world, distributed to non-profit organizations focused in the key areas of education, health care and justice. Performers include Beyoncé, Ellie Golding, Florence + the Machine, Jay Z, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, and Timbaland. Presenters will include Bishop Desmond Tutu, Madonna and more. 

HBO: Game of Thrones: (New) Edmure meets his bride as House Tully prepares to ally itself with House Frey. Meanwhile, Jon faces the toughest test of his life; Bran finds he has a new gift; and Daario and Jorah discuss strategies for taking Yunkai.

SHOWTIME: Nurse Jackie: (New) Akalitus’ blood test results are in, and Kevin walks in on Frank and Jackie’s date night.

9:30 p.m.

FOX: Family Guy: (Repeat) Meg finally screws up the courage to ask out her crush, Kent, who unfortunately for her, turns out to be gay. But when she learns he’s taken a liking to Chris, Meg uses her brother to ingratiate herself with Kent.

10 p.m.

ABC: Motive: (Repeat) The murder of a limo driver leads detectives to a waitress who cons her prey to steal, lie and kill.

CBS: The Mentalist: (Repeat) Jane thinks Lorelei will lead a trail to Red John if she’s no longer incarcerated, so he seeks Brett Stiles’ assistance in springing her from prison.

HBO: Veep: (New) A government shutdown forces Selina to furlough some of her staff, but creates an opportunity for Danny Chung. Meanwhile, a damaging story leaks about Selina’s ex-husband; and Gary and Jonah get their hands dirty to retrieve some vital information.

SHOWTIME: The Borgias: (New) Catherina Sforza plans to ruin Alexander’s lucrative Jubilee festival.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

The Killing at 8 p.m. on AMC

Alaska: The Last Frontier at 8 p.m. on DSC

The Real Housewives of New Jersey at 8 p.m. on BRAVO

Chopped at 8 p.m. on Food Channel

Ultimate Survival Alaska: The Extra Mile at 8 p.m. on NGC

Trip Flip at 8 p.m. on Travel Channel

Long Island Medium: Beyond the Read at 8 and 8:30 p.m. on TLC

Call of the Wildman: More Live Action at 8, 8:30, 9 and 9:30 p.m. on Animal Planet

Long Island Medium at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on TLC

Rock My RV With Bret Michaels at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel

You Live in What? at 9 p.m. on HGTV

Army Wives at 9 p.m. on Life

Ultimate Survival Alaska at 9 p.m. on NGC

North America at 9 p.m. on DSC

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown at 9 p.m. on CNN

Ax Men at 9 and 10 p.m. on History Channel

Mile Wide Tornado: Oklahoma Disaster at 10 p.m. on DSC

Iron Chef America at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

Life Below Zero at 10 p.m. on NGC

Alien Mysteries at 10 p.m. on SCI

Breaking Amish: Brave New World at 10 p.m. on TLC

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

American Gangster on BET

Open Range on ENC

Beaches on FLIX

The Social Network on FMC

The Karate Kid on FX

Moonrise Kingdom on HBO

Brokeback Mountain on SHO

The Court Jester on TCM

Chicago on TMC

The Shooter on TNT

9 p.m.

The Ring Two on HBO

I, Robot on MOMAX

Sparkle on STARZ

Mega Piranha on Syfy

Later tonight:

The Campaign at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX

Green Lantern at 10 p.m. on HBO

Dangerous Liaisons at 10 p.m. on SUND

The Adventures of Robin Hood at 10 p.m. on TCM

Shakespeare in Love at 10 p.m. on TMC

The Crying Game ay 10:15 p.m. on SHO

Silverado at 10:20 p.m. on ENC

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