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'Cedric's Barber Battle' debuts, 'Game of Thrones' returns, Laff channel launches

Unscripted premieres

Guys, girls, polka -- that's what life is all about! Arrivals Saturday night alone include the band portrait "Polka Kings" (at 9:30, Reelz) and the transgender docuseries "New Girls on the Block" (10, Discovery Life). Monday brings the backyard redos of "Outback Nation" (10 p.m., FYI), the fish seekers of "Rivermen" (10 p.m., History), "Everything You Didn't Know About Animals" (10 p.m., NatGeo Wild) and science saving the day in "Chaos Caught on Camera" (10 p.m., Science). RuPaul dissects plastic surgery in "Good Work" (Tuesday night at 1 a.m., E!; "Botched" returns earlier that night, at 9 p.m., and is on again at 10). Indian, Romany and Bible Belt parents pick their kids' matrimonial partners on "Arranged" (Tuesday at 10:15 p.m., FYI). Gene Simmons' family members fill "Shannon & Sophie" (Thursday at 10 p.m., UP). And barbers are big on two newbies: "Cutting Crew" (Wednesday at 9 p.m., after Saturday's 24-hour binge, El Rey) and "Cedric's Barber Battle" (Friday at 8 p.m., CW/11).

Scripted biggies

Among shows back for new seasons are four premium cable faves -- "Game of Thrones,""Silicon Valley" and Julia Louis-Dreyfus' "Veep" (Sunday at 9, 10 and 10:30 p.m., HBO), plus the final round for Northport's Edie Falco as "Nurse Jackie" (Sunday at 9 p.m., Showtime). More local interest: Season 2 of Long Island-set Revolutionary War drama "Turn: Washington's Spies" (Monday 9-11 p.m., AMC). Russell T. Davies, the guy behind the United Kingdom's first "Queer as Folk" and "Doctor Who" spinoff "Torchwood," now delivers related gay-themed dramas "Cucumber" and "Banana" (Monday at 10 and 11 p.m., Logo). Video at logotv.com/shows

Awards alert

Rockville Centre comic Amy Schumer hosts this year's "MTV Movie Awards" (Sunday 8-10 p.m., MTV). Honorees include Kevin Hart and Robert Downey Jr., with music from Fall Out Boy. Noms at movieawards.mtv.com

Life (and death) of Lincoln

TV takes note of Tuesday's 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's assassination. "Lincoln's Last Day" (Monday at 8 p.m., Smithsonian) is self-explanatory. "Living With Lincoln" (Monday at 9 p.m., HBO) charts one New York family's collection of memorabilia over generations. "Ford's Theatre: America's Playhouse" (Tuesday at 10 p.m., Ovation) explores the assassination site's continued life.

This week's finales

Gone for good will be Raylan, Boyd, Ava and "Justified" (Tuesday at 10 p.m., FX). Seasons are ending on "Sirens" (Tuesday at 10 p.m., USA), plus "Last Man Standing" and "Cristela" (Friday at 8 and 8:30 p.m., ABC/7).

New channel

Laff launches Wednesday, when you need one. (It's tax day.) This latest over-the-air digital subchannel (on Cablevision Ch. 108) supplants the second feed of LiveWell on WABC's Ch. 7.3. Laff's first-day fun includes "The Drew Carey Show," "Spin City," "Grace Under Fire," "Ellen" and films like "So I Married an Axe Murderer." More at laff.com

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