What to Watch Tonight

Roots Begins, SYTYCD, Mistresses and Scream Return and More


On TV this Memorial Day: The harrowing tale of Kunta Kinte gets a fresh take, Matt LeBlanc makes his Top Gear debut and Sirs McKellen and Hopkins tackle The Dresser. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar:

  • NBC
    Stanley Cup FInals

    Game 1: The San Jose Sharks take to the ice opposite the Pittsburgh Penguins.

  • ABC
    The Bachelorette

    Time slot premiere: Corporate synergy alert! Six bachelors accompany JoJo for a “dream date” to ESPN’s SportsNation.

  • Fox
    So You Think You Can Dance

    Season 13 premiere: Because American Juniors worked out so well, this season of SYTYCD will pair dancers aged 8 to 13 with all-star alumni. (Should Fox have pulled the plug instead?)

  • History, A&E and Lifetime
    Roots

    Miniseries premiere: Newcomer Malachi Kirby stars as Kunta Kinte in this remake of the iconic 1977 mini; Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, Laurence Fishburne, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anika Noni Rose, Matthew Goode, Erica Tazel, Chad L. Coleman, Derek Luke, Mekhi Phifer, James Purefoy and — whew! — T.I. co-star. (Watch trailer.)

  • Starz
    The Dresser

    Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Anthony Hopkins star in this TV-movie based on Ronald Harwood’s World War II-era play about a troupe of actors staging a King Lear production. (Watch trailer.)

  • BBC America
    Top Gear

    Season 23 premiere: Jesse Eisenberg (Batman v Superman) and Gordon Ramsay stop by as Matt LeBlanc traverses the Moroccan desert in an Ariel Nomad. (Watch trailer.)

  • TBS
    The Detour

    Season 1 finale (two episodes): The Parkers arrive in Ft. Lauderdale and attempt to take down Nate’s company. (Get renewal status.)

  • ABC
    Mistresses

    Season 4 premiere: Joss testifies in Wilson’s murder trial; Karen’s male nanny (Jerry O’Connell) makes an unsolicited advance. (Watch sneak peek; view photos.)

  • CBS
    Person of Interest

    Reese, Fusco and the latest POI are trapped in their own precinct by The Voice; Root makes an unexpected discovery.

  • MTV
    Scream

    Season 2 premiere: A friend of Emma’s is killed upon her return from a recovering retreat. (An after-show follows at midnight.)