TV tonight: Game of Thrones season finale and Falling Skies premiere

“Falling Skies” season three premieres tonight on TNT
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WASHINGTON, June 9, 2013 — After last week’s controversial episode, fans will no doubt be on the edge of their seats tonight for the third season finale of “Game of Thrones.” The popular HBO series has enjoyed its best season so far with an average gross audience of 13.6 million, making this season the second-most viewed of any HBO series behind season five of “The Sopranos.”

One of the most compelling facts of the “Game of Thrones” phenomenon is the loyal fan base that is among the most devoted in popular culture. Ranked ahead of big names like Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Harry Potter, this near obsessive fan base has assured us that the fantasy genre has earned a prominent place in our culture.

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For all the diehard “Thrones” fans who would like to have some company for tonight’s season finale, Community’s own Gayle Falkenthal will be hosting an online chat starting at 9 p.m. Be there or be square.

Elsewhere tonight, cable channels continue to rescue us from the Curse of Summer Reruns with the premiere of season three of TNT’s “Falling Skies” at 9 p.m. This post-apocalyptic thriller is the brainchild of none other than Steven Spielberg and Robert Rodat, who is best known for writing the Oscar winning film “Saving Private Ryan.”

This series is a lot like “The Walking Dead” without the zombies. What we have instead are alien invaders who have eliminated 90% of the human population, leaving small pockets of resilient civilians to fight for the survival of the race.

From previous Spielberg films like “E.T.” and “War of the Worlds,” we already know the human drama will get as much attention as the special effects. Just like “The Walking Dead,” the audience is pulled in as much by an affection for the characters as it is by the action scenes.

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Although it’s hard to beat Daryl in one of his zombie slaying scenes on “The Walking Dead,” “Falling Skies’” lead character Tom Mason, (played by former “ER” star Noah Wyle) and his three sons have provided this show with a family element that is equally compelling in its enduring humanity.

In a TV world heavily populated with alien and apocalypse dramas, “The Walking Dead” and “Falling Skies” are two shows that get it right. Tune in tonight for the two-hour season premiere of “Falling Skies” and see why.

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EDT:

7 p.m.

CBS: 60 Minutes: (New) Steve Kroft investigates allegations that a hospital chain pressured doctors to admit patients regardless of their medical needs; Scott Pelley profiles Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor; Lara Logan visits the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

NBC: The Voice: (Repeat) Top six vocalists perform.

8 p.m.

ABC: NBA Finals: Game 2: Spurs at Heat: Game 2. From the American Airlines Arena in Miami.

CBS: Tony Awards: (Live) Neil Patrick Harris hosts the 67th annual celebration of Broadway’s finest from Radio City Music Hall. Musicals “Kinky Boots” and “Matilda the Musical” lead all shows with 13 and 12 nominations, respectively.

FOX: The Simpsons: (Repeat) Homer uncovers a family secret and learns that Grampa was once known as “Gorgeous Godfrey,” the most feared and vilified wrestler on the pro circuit, but when Bart starts to emulate some of his grandfather’s villainous ways; it’s up to the old man to set the young man straight.

8:30 p.m.

FOX: Bob’s Burgers: (Repeat) A robbery at the bank across the street from Bob’s Burgers goes awry and puts Bob in the middle of a hostage crisis.

9 p.m.

FOX: Family Guy: (Repeat) Peter and Lois send Chris to space camp in an effort to boost his self-esteem, but when the Griffins go to pick him up at the end of his stay, they are accidentally blasted into outer space, and it falls to Chris to get them safely back on Earth.

NBC: America’s Got Talent: (Repeat) The talent contest’s eighth season opens with auditions in New York City, Los Angeles and San Antonio. Mel B., Heidi Klum, Howard Stern and Howie Mandel are the judges.

HBO: Game of Thrones: (New) In the third-season finale, Tywin is challenged by Joffrey; Bran tells a ghost story; an unusual act of mercy plays out at Dragonstone; and time will tell if Daenerys is a conqueror or a liberator.

SHOWTIME: Nurse Jackie: (New) Kevin finds a bag of pills in Grace’s bag, and Coop wants to take his mentoring of Carrie to the next level.

9:30 p.m.

FOX: Family Guy: (Repeat) Brian is riding high after his play proves to be a big hit in town, but he is soon trumped as a writer when Stewie pens a piece that winds up on Broadway, leading to problems between the two authors.

10 p.m.

SHOWTIME: The Borgias: (New) Cesare and Lucrezia are reunited but Alfonso begins to suspect that they are more than ordinary siblings.

10:10 p.m.

HBO: Veep: (New) Selina preps for an ostensibly flattering interview at the vice president’s residence, but is rattled by the reporter’s gotcha questions.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

HGTV Star at 8 p.m. on HGTV

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

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

Cupcake Wars at 8 p.m. on Food Channel

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

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

Food Network Star at 9 p.m. on Food Channel

Love it or List it, Too at 9 p.m. on HGTV

The Killing at 9 p.m. on AMC

Princesses: Long Island at 9 p.m. on BRAVO

Mountain Men at 9 p.m. on History Channel

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

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

Keeping Up With the Kardashians at 9 p.m. on E!

Call of the Wildman at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on Animal Planet

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

Falling Skies at 9 and 10 p.m. on TNT

Mad Men at 10 p.m. on AMC

Ice Road Truckers 10 p.m. on History Channel

Yellowstone: Brink of Disaster at 10 p.m. on DSC

Restaurant Impossible 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.

The Blind Side on ABCFAM

The Change-Up on CINEMAX

Jack and Jill on ENC

Brassed Off on FLIX

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button on FMC

Step Brothers on FX

Magic Mike on HBO

The Pianist on SHO

The Candidate on SUND

The Lavender Hill Mob on TCM

The Darkest Hour on TMC

9 p.m.

The American on HBO

Austin Powers in Goldmember on IFC

The Five-Year Engagement on MOMAX

Little Man on STARZ

Godzilla on Syfy

Big Daddy on TBS

Later tonight:

A Slight case of Murder at 9:30 p.m. on TCM

Scream 4 at 9:30 p.m. on TMC

Bad Teacher at 9:35 p.m. on ENC

Snow White and the Huntsman at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX

Trainspotting at 10 p.m. on FLIX

Rise of the Planet of the Apes at 10 p.m. on HBO

Blue Valentine at 10:30 p.m. on SHO

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I was born and educated in Southwest Virginia, traveled with my job all over America in my twenties and early thirties then came back to the mountains to raise my daughter.

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