On TV this Thursday: Burn Notice smolders for one final season, the NBA Finals get underway, USA Network takes you to Graceland and Men at Work‘s season finale says viva Las Vegas. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm The Hero (TNT) | Series premiere: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is mentor/motivator to nine contestants in this competition, which includes physical, mental and moral feats.
8 pm Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night (ABC) | For the sixth year in a row, the late-night host hits primetime to cue up each game of the NBA Finals. First up, Kimmel is joined by the Fresh (or not-so-fresh) Prince himself, Will Smith.
8 pm Hell’s Kitchen (Fox) | The chefs serve a dinner crowd that includes Suburgatory‘s Jeremy Sisto and Extra host Maria Menounos.
9 pm Burn Notice (USA Network) | Final season premiere: Picking up nine months later, as Michael helps a terrorist steal defense equipment, Jesse and Sam learn that their buddy’s life may be — wait for it — in danger. Adrian Pasdar (The Lying Game) and Stephen Martines (General Hospital) guest-star. (Get scoop!)
9 pm 72 Hours (TNT) | Series premiere: This new competition drops its contestants in a foreign locale – tonight, in the waters off Fiji — gives them one bottle of water and a GPS and then asks them to work in teams of three to locate a briefcase full of cash within [see show title].
9 pm NBA Finals: Game 1 (ABC) | The San Antonio Spurs battle the Miami Heat, in Miami.
10 pm Graceland (USA Network) | Series premiere: White Collar creator Jeff Eastin brings you this drama, which stars Daniel Sunjata (Rescue Me) and Aaron Tveit (Les Miserables) and follows six undercover federal agents who live in a SoCal beachfront mansion. (Meet the roomies using our handy character guide.)
10 pm Hannibal (NBC) | Dr. Gideon (returning guest star Eddie Izzard) is on the loose and targeting psychiatrists who have profiled him — so Alana may want to add a few hundred deadbolts to her door.
10 pm In the Flesh (BBC America) | Series premiere: This three-part endeavor follows teenager Kieren Walker (played by British actor Luke Newberry), who committed suicide four years ago but then rose from the dead in a mini zombie apocalypse. After months of rehab and meds, the undead – or rather, “victims of Partially Deceased Syndrome” – are now being returned to their homes. Will Kieren be able to deal with his family, the community that rejected him and the flashbacks of what he did in his walking dead state? (Note: Parts 2 and 3 will air at 10 pm Friday and Saturday, respectively.)
10 pm Men at Work (TBS) | Season finale: Gibbs searches for a woman (played by James Lesure’s Las Vegas co-star Marsha Thomason) who caught his eye at a wedding. (Watch a sneak peek.) Then, after a little moonshine, another marriage takes everyone by surprise. Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Franklin & Bash) also guest-stars. Not yet renewed; find out its current status.
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