"A horse is a horse, of course of course," the "Mr. Ed" theme song told us. But then there is California Chrome, who may be the biggest draw this week in television. His racing speaks for him.
If California Chrome wins the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, horse racing will have its first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. NBC's coverage starts at 4:30 p.m. Saturday on NBC.
Other highlights this week:
The Stanley Cup Final begins Wednesday on NBC. The Los Angeles Kings host the New York Rangers at 8 p.m.
The NBA Finals start Thursday on ABC. The Miami Heat travel to San Antonio to take on the Spurs. ABC's coverage starts at 9 p.m. Jimmy Kimmel offers a game-night special at 8 p.m.; the pregame starts at 8:30. The NBA Finals continue June 8, 10 and 12 on ABC.
"Orange Is the New Black" is the biggest story this week in scripted entertainment. The series begins its second season Friday, when all 13 episodes will be available on Netflix.
"Longmire" starts its third season at 10 p.m. Monday on A&E. Robert Taylor returns at the title character, who faces a series of crises. Lou Diamond Phillips and Katee Sackhoff co-star.
Bravo tries to adapt the "Real Housewives" formula to Europe with "Ladies of London," which premieres at 10 p.m. Monday.
CBS' "48 Hours" turns to the case of Tiffany Sessions, the University of Florida student who disappeared 25 years ago in Gainesville. The report, "48 Hours: The Lost Daughter," will air at 10 p.m. Monday.
"America's Got Talent" returned last week, and the ratings suggest the public hasn't tired of this TV contest. The auditions continue at 8 p.m. Tuesday on NBC.
Kristen Bell hosts the CMT Music Awards at 8 p.m. Wednesday on CMT, of course. The performers include Blake Shelton, Brantley Gilbert, Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Jake Owen, Jennifer Nettles, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum.
TCM has selected Rock Hudson its Star of the Month, and his movies will play on Thursdays. The first selections are "The Last Sunset" at 8 p.m. and "The Tarnished Angels" at 10. His better-known films, "Giant" and the Doris Day comedies, will play later. Hudson was a very underrated actor, equally adept at comedy and drama. TCM has enlisted Day for a poignant tribute to her good friend and three-time co-star.
"The Sixties" turns to the Cuban Missile Crisis at 9 p.m. Thursday on CNN. The episode, called "The World on the Brink," looks at the years from 1960 to 1963. Analyzing the tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union are journalist Marvin Kalb, author Richard Reeves, historian Robert Dallek and Sergei Khrushchev, son of former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.
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