Archive for Sunday, May 29, 2011

Concert honors America’s vets

May 29, 2011

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A holiday tradition for 22 years, the National Memorial Day Concert (7 p.m., PBS, check local listings) combines military pageantry and musical performances to honor servicemen and women both living and dead.

This marks the sixth year that the concert has been co-hosted by Gary Sinise (”CSI: NY“) and Joe Mantegna (”Criminal Minds,“ ”The Simpsons“). Performers include ”American Idol“ winner Kris Allen and blues legend B.B. King. Look for classical performer Hayley Westenra, the National Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Rodriguez, the police officer and tenor who rose to prominence after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Actress Dianne Wiest and Gen. Colin Powell will also appear. Among the highlights of the evening is the first national welcome home tribute to troops returning home from Iraq.

Tonight’s other highlights

• Science gives viewers plenty of chances to catch up with the cult series ”Firefly“ (5 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday, Science).

• Bravo repeats overlapping versions of its ”Real Housewives“ franchise from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. Monday.

• Episodes of ”Deadliest Catch“ (8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday) float by all day.

• NASCAR action (4:30 p.m., Fox) live from Concord, N.C.

• The voice of John Travolta animates the 2008 CGI comedy “Bolt” (6 p.m., Sunday, ABC Family) about an animated dog with delusions of super hero status.

• Scheduled on ”60 Minutes“ (6 p.m., CBS) a profile of Medal of Honor recipient Salvatore Giunta and a look at the challenges troops face on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

• Matt Damon stars in the 2004 thriller ”The Bourne Supremacy“ (8 p.m., NBC).

• Tywin lectures Jaime on his destiny on ”Game of Thrones“ (8 p.m., HBO).

• A variation on a theme on ”My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding“ (8 p.m. and 10 p.m.).

• Barbecue season begins in earnest on ”Best in Smoke“ (8 p.m., Food).

• The not-so-sweet ending to an explosion at a sugar refinery on ”CSI: Miami“ (9 p.m., CBS).

• Richmond gets a bump in the polls on ”The Killing“ (9 p.m., AMC).

• A ”Law & Order SVU“ star salutes his Mrs. on ”Ice Loves Coco: Baby Got Backstory“ (9:30 p.m., E!).

• Janette learns of Jacques’ woes on ”Treme“ (9 p.m., HBO)

Cult choice

Bank robbers (Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor) disguised as birds get caught and caged in the 1980 prison comedy ”Stir Crazy“ (7 p.m., Encore).

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