Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was the founding editor of Newsday's trend-spotting magazine TV Show More
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SEASON FINALES Revisit the season's first nine episodes, starting Saturday at noon, before Season 2 concludes on highflying "Da Vinci's Demons" (Saturday night at 9, Starz). Also signing off for now: Season 1 of renewed Mike Judge half-hour "Silicon Valley" (Sunday at 10 p.m., HBO), after today's 4:30-7:30 p.m. HBO Signature catch-up marathon. Watch the "Silicon Valley" aftershow at youtube.com/afterbuzztv
SUMMER MOVIES Family flicks are back! The screwball comedy with the title leopard, "Bringing Up Baby" (Sunday at 8 p.m., Turner Classic Movies), launches another summer of weekly parents-watch-with-kids films under the "Essentials Jr." banner. After this Cary Grant-Katharine Hepburn delight come vintage discover-together gems such as "The Yearling," "The Little Princess," "Shane," "Jason and the Argonauts" and the original '50s "Godzilla." Also on tap for June on TCM: Rock Hudson is star of the month on Thursday nights, with pirate pictures in the Friday night spotlight. Info galore at tcm.com/this-month
JUNE (EX-)BRIDES Get some romance and some rancor. The special "The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Kandi's Wedding" (Sunday at 8p.m., Bravo) covers both ceremony glitz and family clash as series fave Kandi Burruss ties the knot with Todd Tucker. Last-minute nuptials are part of this week's rescue on "Hotel Impossible" (Monday at 10 p.m., Travel), at a picturesque lodge in Hood River, Oregon. Then there's new series "Untying the Knot" (Wednesday at 10p.m., Bravo), tracking New York City-area divorce mediator Vikki Ziegler, author of "The Pre-Marital Planner." Re-view "Real Housewives" episodes at bravotv.com
D-DAY TURNS 70 The anniversary of World War II's epic June 6, 1944 Normandy landing inspires TV re-examination. Among the programs premiering: "America's Secret D-Day Disaster" (Sunday at 8 p.m., Smithsonian), about a tragic live-fire rehearsal; "D-Day Sacrifice" (Wednesday 9-11 p.m., NatGeo), "D-Day in HD" (Friday-Saturday 9-11 p.m., History), and "Brian Williams D-Day Special" (Friday at 8p.m., NBC/4).
HOW THEY MAKE TV The producers of a dozen acclaimed series discuss their inspirations, story lines and working processes in a marathon of "The Writers' Room" (Sunday 1:30-7:30 p.m., Sundance), which includes "Breaking Bad," "Game of Thrones," "Scandal," "The Walking Dead" and "The Good Wife." Then the second season concludes Monday at 11p.m. by discussing "Pretty Little Liars." Also watch online at sundance.tv
ENTIRE ENCORES Now here's a cool idea for summer -- complete runs of previous series that were viewer faves. Premium cabler Showtime salutes Gay Pride Month by starting encores of its 2000-05 drama "Queer as Folk" (weeknights 8-10) and 2004-09 lesbian saga "The L Word" (weeknights 10 p.m.-midnight, both starting Monday on Showtime Showcase). Both shows are also on their way to on-demand via digital cable and online/mobile service Showtime Anytime. Details at sho.com
AWARDS ALERT Kristen Bell hosts this year's "CMT Music Awards" (Wednesday 8-10:30 p.m., CMT), live from Nashville. Performing: Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Jennifer Nettles, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Kacey Musgraves, Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line, and many more. (Red carpet show first at 7 on CMT.) Awards voting continues online through tomorrow at cmt.com