What to Watch Sunday: Smash's Final Bow, The Bluths are Back, HBO Takes on Liberace and More

SmashOn TV this Sunday: The curtain comes down on Smash, Michael Douglas flourishes as HBO’s Liberace, Cicadas & Invaders will make you stock up on Raid and Arrested Development hopes you can handle the Bluths. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features, here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

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7 pm 60 Minutes (CBS) | The news magazine revisits its gripping, first-hand account of a former Navy SEAL who was in the room when Osama bin Laden was killed.

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8 pm Cupcake Wars (Food Network) | Bakers compete to serve their sweets at a Harlem Globetrotters event. May I suggest “Sweet Georgia Brown Sugar Buttercream” as a possible contender?

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9 pm Smash (NBC) | Two-hour series finale: As the night of the Tony Awards approaches, Ivy gets some very distracting news and Derek’s past has repercussions for the entire Hit List team. Cheyenne Jackson (30 Rock) and Ron Rifkin (Brothers & Sisters) appear, as do returning guest stars Rosie O’Donnell and Bernadette Peters.

Behind the Candelabra9 pm Behind the Candelabra (HBO) | Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven) directed this Jerry Weintraub-produced biopic starring Michael Douglas (The American President) as flamboyant pianist Liberace and Matt Damon (The Bourne Identity) as his much-younger lover, Scott Thorson. Rob Lowe (Parks and Recreation) and Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap) co-star.

9 pm The Good Wife (CBS) | Repeat to Revisit: Because who doesn’t love a good Louis Canning episode?

9 pm Cicadas & Invaders 2013 (Science Channel) | From the press release: a countdown of “the world’s wildest swarms of arachnids, bugs, mammals, fish and other creatures that run rampant in our world.” From me: an embarrassing girly scream.

9 pm Nurse Jackie (Showtime) | Zoey hears Coop and Carrie having sex; Jackie worries about Frank.

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10 pm Mad Men (AMC) | Roger is plagued by a recurring dream; Joan goes to the beach. Calm down, fellas.

10 pm The Borgias (Showtime) | Cesare burns Constanzo’s palace in order to contain the plague.

Arrested Development (Netflix) | Finally! All 15 new episodes of the revived Fox comedy are available via Netflix as of today. While watching, keep a lookout for guest stars Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live), Seth Rogen (Knocked Up), Conan O’Brien, John Slattery (Mad Men), Chris Diamantopoulos (24), Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers), Terry Crews (Everybody Hates Chris) and returning Buster-seducer Liza Minnelli.  (Watch sneak peeks and hear what the cast has to say about the new episodes.)

Hit the comments with your must-see picks from tonight’s lineup!

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  1. Maria says:

    The “Nurse Jackie” description sounds suspiciously like last week’s episode. Is it a repeat?

  2. Kim says:

    If you watch online/on demand you’ve already watched tonight’s episode. Showtime is airing the episodes online/on demand In advance of what shows on tv.

  3. D says:

    I am a very tolerant and accepting person, I have always supported equal rights but now that I have found out that this Liberace movie has replaced my Game of Thrones tonight I now hate gay people… not really but I am very unhappy about no GoT tonight

    • iMember says:

      Good thing Netflix has 15 all new episodes of Arrested Development. I just started watching the show for the first time with all the buzz going around, and I’m loving it!

    • HT says:

      That “joke” wasn’t funny.

    • Tania says:

      Being a holiday weekend is a factor in GoT not being shown. Many people away around this time. You should know this.

    • John says:

      I also felt that way until I saw the ratings it got on Memorial Day last year. I am happy to wait for another week if it means they’re gonna get enough ratings for several more seasons.

    • Rjrtist says:

      Very ignorant.

  4. Chablis says:

    Not sure why Liberace is preempting GoT. Not same audience and it’s not like HBO won’t run Liberace in reruns for the next 5 years.

  5. Brandy says:


  6. The Kaibosh says:

    MAD MEN!

  7. Lisa says:

    SMASH! This will be the last time I ever watch NBC!

  8. Babybop says:

    Arrested Development! I have cleared my day just so I can watch the entire season in one sitting…

  9. IMHO says:

    Sunday without Game of Thrones, BUMMER !

  10. Simon Jester says:

    No mention of the Fifth Doctor special on BBC America?

  11. bobbie says:

    Smash, Mad Men

  12. Fernanda says:

    the complete SMASH 2nd season songs are available now on iTunes


  13. TV Gord says:

    Of everything I’ve watched this season, the only two shows I’ve waited for with great anticipation have been Mad Men and The Good Wife. I don’t watch reruns (other than in marathons with friends and family), so tonight is all about Joan at the beach tonight (er, I mean Mad Men).

  14. Debbie Hambor says:

    SMASH – Give I one more chance!! Don’t let it be our last dance with such a great show!!