Celebrity friends gather in Nashville to celebrate and mourn country star Naomi Judd. In Las Vegas, Sean “Diddy” Combs hosts the Billboard Music Awards. The new series includes HBO’s adaptation of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Hulu’s Conversations with friends. Both renewed for next season, CBS’s The equalizer and The recruit wrap until fall.
Naomi Judd: A Celebration of the River of Time
SUNDAY: Family and celebrity friends gather at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville to pay tribute to country music superstar Naomi Judd, whose tragic death from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on April 30 has drawn new attention on people with mental illness. Robin Roberts hosts the ceremony live (repeated at 10 p.m./9 a.m. on CMT) with guests and performers, including Brandi Carlile, Emmylou Harris & Allison Russell, little big city, Gaiters and Ashley McBrydewith messages and testimonials from daughters Ashley and wynonnaBono, Oprah Winfrey and more.
Billboard Music Awards
SUNDAY: Sean “Diddy” Combs is the host and executive producer of the musical spectacle, broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Mary J. Blige receives this year’s Icon Award and joins a roster of artists, including Hot red peppersthe stallion Megan Thee, Latte, Rauw Alejandro and Burna Boy.
The Time Traveler’s Wife
SUNDAY: sandit fans who have been yearning to see more of one-time star Theo James will get their wish in this uneven adaptation (the second) of Audrey Niffenegger Bestseller. Poor Henry DeTamble (James) has a genetic condition that causes him to travel back in time at inopportune times – and where and when he lands, he’s naked. If that wasn’t enough, he strikes up a relationship with Clare, the love of his life (Rose Leslie of The iron Throne and The good fight) when he jumps into her childhood and disturbs her, but when they meet IRL in real time, he doesn’t recognize her because he hasn’t started jumping on her yet. Confused? If you haven’t read the book, figuring out who is what age and when will be as baffling as the palpable lack of chemistry between the protagonists at first. A weirder romance you probably won’t see on TV this year.
Conversations with friends
SUNDAY: All 12 episodes drop at once from a drama based on at Sally Rooney (normal people) first novel. And although the chapters are short (30 minutes), it’s still a little tricky as student and fledgling poet Frances (Alison Oliver) finds herself drawn to married actor Nick (Joe Alwyn) while her best friend and slam-poet partner Bobbi (Sasha Lane) has a crush on Nick’s wife, Melissa (Girls’ Jemima Kirke). These are conversations I’m not sure we need to listen to.
SUNDAY: Renewed for two more seasons, the action/crime drama ends its second year with McCall (Queen Latifah) risking everything to catch villain Mason Quinn (Chris Vance), who orchestrated the plane crash that killed his mentor Bishop (Chris Noth). His daughter Dalila (Laya DeLeon Hayes) meets the rest of Robyn’s vigilante team when she needs help taking down a college student who targeted her friend with revenge porn.
SUNDAY: Also guaranteed to return next season, the season 4 finale of the crime drama finds Nolan (Nathan Fillion) behind bars, remanded in custody to spend a week in solitary confinement in a dead-end border town after an altercation with the head of the police union. The cop-turned-detainee should come in handy when the city is visited by a dangerous criminal.
SUNDAY: Making his first appearance in the gripping Starz drama Watergate Gas lighting is reed diamond as Associate Director of the FBI Mark felt. (If that name means anything to you, he revealed several years later that he was a journalist by Bob Woodward Source “Deep Throat”.) As things get tense for the Watergate burglars who are put on trial, the talkative Martha Mitchell (Julia Roberts) is still reeling from her captivity in California, drifting in a haze of sedatives until a sympathetic reporter reminds her, “If you shut up, others will speak for you.
The first lady
SUNDAY: Watergate also figures prominently in the busy fifth episode of Showtime’s The first lady when betty ford (the brilliant Michelle Pfeiffer) freaks out after her husband President Gerald Ford (Aaron Eckhart) pardons Nixon, which she rightly considers political suicide. “Do you realize what our family looks like?” she fumes. Betty later makes headlines when she is diagnosed with breast cancer. At other times, Eleanor Roosevelt (Gillian Anderson) breaks new ground by holding a press conference just for women journalists, and Michelle Obama (Viola Davis) joins her daughters in lobbying her husband Barack (OT Fagbenle) on the issue of gay marriage.
Inside Weekend TV:
- Superior gun (Saturday, 8/7c, CBS): In anticipation of the May 24 launch of the Top Gun: Maverick sequel, Tom Cruise’s hit 1986 original airs in prime time as a CBS Saturday Night Movie.
- Love and Marriage: DC (Saturday, 9/8c, OWN): The network’s first franchise spinoff follows The Real Housewives of the Potomac alums Monica and Chris Samuelswho have been married for a decade, and their equally engaged pals in the nation’s capital.
- Saturday Night Live (Saturday, 11:30 a.m./10:30 a.m., 8:30 p.m./PT, NBC): Selena Gomez, who revealed her comedic chops on Only murders in the buildingis the guest host for the penultimate episode of the season, joined by musical guest Post Malone.
- Celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee (Sunday, 3:30 p.m./ET, BritBox): The monarch’s remarkable 70-year reign is celebrated in a live theatrical event, featuring 1,300 performers and 500 horses. The four acts will be hosted by Tom Cruise, Damian Lewis, Adjoa Andoh and Alan Titchmarshwith the historical pageant dating back to the era of Queen Elizabeth I, played by Helen Mirren. Musical performers accompanied by a 75-piece orchestra include Keala Colony, Gregory Porter and Catherine Jenkins.
- 60 minutes (Sunday, 7 p.m. ET): A two-part segment features At Lesley Stahl’s report of a Virginia family who purchased a large home only to find their ancestors had once been slaves on the property, prompting a genealogy search for more information.
- The simpsons (Sunday, 8/7c, Fox): An impressive array of guest voices—John Lithgow, Seth Green, Succession Nicholas Braun, Krysten Ritter, Edi Patterson, Paul F. Tompkins, and Charli D’Amelio as herself star in an episode exploring Grampa’s dark past, which has something to do with fast food.
- Lucy Worsley investigates (Sunday 8/7c, PBS, check local listings at pbs.org): The engaging British historian analyzes evidence and consults with experts to dig into some very chilling cases from Old England’s past, like who really killed two princes in the Tower of London in 1483? Maybe not who you think.
- barry (Sunday 10/9c, HBO): As Gene Cousineau (Henry Winkler) becomes an unlikely hero in Hollywood due to his history with Barry (Bill Hader), the unwitting hitman is thrown back into the conflict between the Chechens and the Bolivians in explosively fun way. He won’t laugh if he finds out that Funches (Stephen Root) is back in town, causing trouble.
- Joe Pickett (Sunday, streaming on Paramount +): The formidable series adaptation of CJ Box’s thrillers about a Wyoming game warden (For all mankind Michael Dorman), previously a Spectrum Originals exclusive, is making its streaming debut.