What to Watch Tonight

The Leftovers and 5 Other Premieres, Californication's Very Final Fling and More

  • BET
    BET Awards

    Comedian Chris Rock hosts the ceremony live from Los Angeles, with performers including Usher, Nicki Minaj and Pharrell Williams.

  • PBS
    Last Tango in Halifax

    Season 2 premiere: Skeletons in Gillian’s closet come to the surface, while Caroline rethinks her living arrangements with John.

  • CBS
    Big Brother

    Time slot premiere: Frankie and Caleb each nominate two houseguests for eviction, before the Battle of the Block competition dethrones one of them. (Hopefully Caleb. Or maybe Frankie? They’re both just so annoying.)

  • CBS

    Series premiere: Set in Charleston, S.C., this legal drama zeroes in on defense attorney Jamie Sawyer (Anna Wood, Deception) and her courtroom rival Roy Rayder (Cam Gigandet, The O.C.), who must hide their mutual attraction in the wake of a police department sex scandal.

  • Showtime
    Nurse Jackie

    Season finale: Zoey tells Akalitus that she suspects Jackie is using drugs again, and Jackie hits the road. (Already renewed.)

  • PBS

    Season 2 premiere: Morse returns to duty four months after a brush with death, and a dead man’s mysterious final message leads Morse to believe the death was not a routine suicide.

  • ABC
    Rising Star

    Twelve more singers perform in hopes of raising the wall. (Can we get Josh Groban to sing “You Raise Me Up” every time that happens?)

  • Showtime

    Series finale: Hank makes a life-altering decision, Julia gets reassurance over dinner and Charlie is urged to save Marcy.

  • HBO
    The Leftovers

    Series premiere, 75 minutes: Based on Tom Perrotta’s 2011 novel of the same name, The Leftovers takes place three years after The Sudden Departure, when 2 percent of the world’s population mysteriously disappeared. As the residents of Mapleton, N.Y. try to make sense of what happened, police chief Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux, The District) attempts to maintain normalcy in the town. Liv Tyler (Armageddon), Amy Brenneman (Private Practice) and Michael Gaston (The Mentalist) also star.

  • CBS

    Season 3 premiere: The Secret Service enlists Carrie and Al’s help when a murder investigation reveals a counterfeiting ring run by an assassin. Boris Kodjoe (Undercovers) guest-stars.

  • Showtime
    Penny Dreadful

    Season finale: Vanessa and Sir Malcolm confront their worst nightmares. (Already renewed.)

  • TNT
    Falling Skies

    The Espheni reveal their new plan to Tom, who is faced with an impossible decision, while Weaver and Pope investigate a way out of the prison camp. Robert Sean Leonard (House) returns as Dr. Kadar.

  • A&E

    On this hourlong special, the Wahlbergs kick off summertime with a family reunion in Boston. It’s sure to be a wicked pahty.

  • Lifetime
    Devious Maids

    Things take a violent turn when Marisol confronts Opal about Nicholas’ accident and threatens to turn her into the police.

  • PBS

    Series premiere: Freddie Thornhill and Stuart Bixby (played by acting vets Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi) are a gay couple who have lived together in London for almost 50 years.