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HBO's Gentleman Jack Wraps Up Its First Season

ALSO: NBA Finals, So You Think You Can Dance, Kate Plus Date, and more
  • Sophie Rundle and Suranne Jones in Gentleman Jack (HBO)
    Sophie Rundle and Suranne Jones in Gentleman Jack (HBO)
    Primetimer's managing editor Joe Reid breaks down what's new and noteworthy on television in his daily TV Today column.

    They say a rising tide lifts all boats, and that certainly seems to have been the case with HBO's spring season. With Game of Thrones drawing eyeballs to the network like a giant, fire-breathing magnet, every other show around it has managed to benefit. Veep rolled in for a strong ending to its final season. Barry may well have won Bill Hader a repeat Emmy with its superb second season stretch of episodes. And now, even as the embers have cooled in King's Landing and Game of Thrones has receded a bit from the conversation, HBO programming is still killing it. Chernobyl was a surprise ratings hit and has become the word-of-mouth success of the season. And Gentleman Jack, co-produced by HBO and the BBC was the the beeb's biggest series launch this year, earning it an early Season 2 pickup. So don't fret tonight's Gentleman Jack finale. More is on the way.

    SEASON FINALE: Tonight's Gentleman Jack season finale takes Lister (Suranne Jones) to Copenhagen, and there is much Danish revelry to be found. Will she decide to stay in Europe, where life is fun or go back to Scotland and … total chaos? 10:00 PM ET on HBO

    SERIES PREMIERE: Tonight sees the premiere of Kate Plus Date, a decade-later follow-up to Jon and Kate Plus 8, the reality show that temporarily fascinated American audiences with a henpecked husband, harradan wife, and way too many children. Now, the mission is to get Kate Gosslin a man. 10:00 PM ET on TLC

    LIVE SPORTS: Tonight may be the last basketball game of the season if the Toronto Raptors keep dominating the Golden State Warriors like they have been. So watch the NBA Finals: Game 5 tonight an see whether their team gets to celebrate their very first championship. 9:00 PM ET on ABC

    SERIES PREMIERE: Trivia buffs, take note. Game Show Network is issuing an implicit challenge to you with their new show: Best Ever Trivia Show. Do you dare not watch, and somehow give the impression that you are not cut out to best these trivia geniuses from the comfort of your own couch? The premise is simple: three contestants face off against three Trivia Experts. The winning player then goes head-to-head in the final round against the Expert who performed the best over the course of the show. $10,000 is at stake. Sherri Shepherd is the host. The choice is yours. 4:00 PM on GSN

    ALSO TONIGHT

    • So You Think You Can Dance is back with another look at its newfangled audition process, including (excellent) new judges Dominic Sandoval and LaurieAnn Gibson, and that 360-degree Matrix camera. 9:00 PM ET on FOX
    • Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader returns to television after four years on a new network (Nickelodeon) with a new host (John Cena). 7:00 PM on Nickelodeon
    • Watch What Happens Live continues the John Cena party as host Andy Cohen welcomes wrestler/actor/rapper/game show host to the Clubhouse, along with Tales of the City's Laura Linney. 11:00 PM ET on Bravo

    TOPICS: Gentleman Jack, HBO, Kate Plus Date