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June 17, 2014

What’s on your HDTV this week: World Cup, ‘Fargo’ finale, ‘True Blood’ premiere

by John_A
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Hockey and basketball are over, but now it’s time for the global game to take center stage. The World Cup started last week, but the USMNT is only just getting ready for its first game today against Ghana, the country that’s knocked it out in the last two tournaments. If you have cable, watching the game in the US is as easy as turning on the TV or opening ESPN’s app, but those without should keep an eye on Univision, which is streaming the action from Brazil with no login required. Also of note, the season finales of Orphan Black as well as FX’s excellent Fargo and Louie are on the schedule this week. Check after the break for a list of what’s new this week plus a few trailers, and drop a note in the comments if you see any highlights we’ve missed.

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Of course, that’s not all there is, as TNT launches its new Michael Bay-produced drama The Last Ship, True Blood kicks off its final season on HBO and ABC’s Rising Star is bringing an app to stir up the usual reality TV contest format. On Blu-ray, Wes Anderson fans have The Grand Budapest Hotel to look forward to while gamers can check out EA Sports UFC on Xbox One and PS4. Syfy even has a couple of summer premieres, with the return of Defiance and the series premiere of Dominion.

Blu-ray, Streaming movies & Games

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • House of Cards (S2)
  • Joe
  • The Machine
  • Walk of Shame
  • The Lego Movie (3D)
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock (Criterion)
  • EA Sports UFC (Xbox One, PS4)
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U)
  • MotoGP 14 (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC)

Monday

  • World Cup Group G: Ghana vs. US, ESPN, 5:30PM
  • Switched at Birth (summer premiere), ABC Family, 8PM
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway?, CW, 8PM
  • WWE Raw, USA, 8PM
  • Masterchef, Fox, 8PM
  • The Fosters (season premiere), ABC Family, 9PM
  • 24: Live Another Day, Fox, 9PM
  • Beauty and the Beast, CW, 9PM
  • American Ninja Warrior, NBC, 9PM
  • Major Crimes, TNT, 9PM
  • Murder in the First, TNT, 10PM
  • Longmire, A&E, 10PM
  • Louie (season finale), FX, 10 & 10:30PM
  • Mistresses, ABC, 10PM

Tuesday

  • World Cup Group H: Belgium vs. Algeria, ESPN, 11:30AM
  • World Cup Group A: Brazil vs. Mexico, ESPN, 2:30PM
  • World Cup Group H: Russia vs. South Korea, ESPN, 5:30PM
  • America’s Got Talent, NBC, 8PM
  • Pretty Little Liars, ABC Family, 8PM
  • Rizzoli & Isles (season premiere),
  • Chasing Life, ABC Family, 9PM
  • Royal Pains , USA, 9PM
  • I Wanna Marry “Harry”, Fox, 9PM
  • Deadliest Catch, Discovery, 9PM
  • Top Gear (US), History, 9PM
  • The Wil Wheaton Project, Syfy, 9PM
  • Fargo (season finale), FX, 10PM
  • Heroes of Cosplay, Syfy, 10PM
  • Perception (season premiere), TNT, 10PM
  • Playing House (season finale), USA, 10 & 10:30PM
  • Awkward, MTV, 10PM
  • The Night Shift, NBC, 10PM
  • Freakshow, AMC, 10:30PM
  • Inside Amy Schumer, Comedy Central, 10:30PM
  • The Listener, ION, 11 & 11:59PM

Wednesday

  • World Cup Group B: Australia vs. Netherlands, ESPN, 11:30AM
  • World Cup Group B: Spain vs. Chile, ESPN, 2:30PM
  • World Cup Group A: Cameroon vs. Croatia, ESPN, 5:30PM
  • Rogue, DirecTV 101, 8 & 9PM
  • Melissa & Joey (season finale), ABC Family, 8PM
  • So You Think You Can Dance, Fox, 8PM
  • Baby Daddy (season finale), ABC Family, 8:30PM
  • Suits, USA, 9PM
  • Dual Survival, Discovery, 9PM
  • Graceland, USA, 10PM
  • Motive, ABC, 10PM
  • Catfish, MTV, 10PM
  • The Ultimate Fighter, Fox Sports 1, 10PM

Thursday

  • World Cup Group C: Colombia vs. Ivory Coast, ESPN, 11:30AM
  • World Cup Group D: Uruguay vs. England, ESPN, 2:30PM
  • World Cup Group C: Japan vs. Greece, ESPN, 5:30PM
  • Black Box, ABC, 8PM
  • 4th Anuual Critics Choice TV Awards, CW, 8PM
  • Defiance (season premiere), Syfy, 8PM
  • Hollywood Game Night, NBC, 8PM
  • Rookie Blue (season premiere), ABC, 9PM
  • Dominion (series premiere), Syfy, 9PM
  • The Sixties, CNN, 9PM
  • Undateable, NBC, 9 & 9:30PM
  • Gang Related, Fox, 9PM
  • Anger Management, FX, 9:30PM
  • Last Comic Standing, NBC, 10PM
  • Maron, IFC, 10PM
  • Comedy Bang! Bang!, IFC, 10:30PM

Friday

  • World Cup Group D: Italy vs. Costa Rica, ESPN, 11:30AM
  • World Cup Group E: Switzerland vs. France, ESPN, 2:30PM
  • World Cup Group E: Honduras vs. Ecuador, ESPN, 5:30PM
  • WWE SmackDown, Syfy, 8PM
  • Cold Justice (season premiere), TNT, 9PM
  • Crossbones, NBC, 10PM
  • Continuum, Syfy, 10PM
  • Real Time with Bill Maher, HBO, 10PM
  • The Half Hour, Comedy Central, 12 & 12:30AM

Saturday

  • World Cup Group F: Argentina vs. Iran, ESPN, 11:30AM
  • World Cup Group G: Ghana vs. Germany, ESPN, 2:30PM
  • World Cup Group F: Nigeria vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina, ESPN, 5:30PM
  • Bet On Your Baby, ABC, 8PM
  • Crisis (series finale), NBC, 8 & 9PM
  • The Mentor, Lifetime, 8PM
  • Power, Starz, 9PM
  • The Assets, ABC, 9PM
  • Orphan Black (season finale), BBC America, 9PM
  • Almost Royal (series premiere), BBC America, 10 & 10:30PM

Sunday

  • F1 Austrian Grand Prix, NBC Sports Network, 7:30AM
  • World Cup Group H: Belgium vs. Russia, ABC, 11:30AM
  • World Cup Group H: South Korea vs. Algeria, ABC, 2:30PM
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series @ Sonoma, TNT, 3PM
  • World Cup Group G: USA vs. Portugal, ESPN, 5:30PM
  • Enlisted (series finale), Fox, 7PM
  • Wipeout (season premiere), ABC, 7 & 8PM
  • Rangers/Angels, ESPN, 8PM
  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, CNN, 9PM
  • True Blood (season premiere), HBO, 9PM
  • The Last Ship (series premiere), TNT, 9PM
  • The Musketeers (series premiere), BBC America, 9PM
  • Rising Star (series premiere), ABC, 9PM
  • The Escape Artist (Part 2 of 2), PBS, 9PM
  • Catching Hell, Weather Channel, 9PM
  • Nurse Jackie, Showtime, 9PM
  • Californication, Showtime, 9:30PM
  • Falling Skies (season premiere), TNT, 10PM
  • The Hunt, History, 10PM
  • Halt and Catch Fire, AMC, 10PM
  • Penny Dreadful, Showtime, 10PM
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, HBO, 11:30PM

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