Just when you thought Sunday night TV couldn’t cause more smoke to pour from your overtaxed DVR, tonight’s Game of Thrones season finale will run 10 minutes long, invading into the penultimate episode of Mad Men, all the while competing with the MTV Movie Awards. Next Sunday, the season premiere of True Blood and the season finale of Mad Men run up against the 66th Annual Tony Awards. It’s. Just. Too. Much!
Fortunately, there are six other days in the week, and plenty to occupy your time. There’s dark literary thrillers to devour, alt-y music festivals at the foot of the Smoky Mountains to enjoy, and the giant gaming confab known as E3 to overwhelm the senses. And then Friday, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus bursts into the multiplex, hugging the faces of filmgoers nationwide. Enjoy!
SUNDAY, JUNE 3
Game of Thrones season finale, HBO, 9 p.m. ET
How will Tyrion handle the return of his father, the true Hand of the King? What will Daenerys do to retrieve her dragons? How will Arya fare upon escaping Harrenhal? Can Theon possibly keep hold of Winterfell? Will Jaime make it back to his (shudder) beloved Cersei? Should Robb keep boinking his beloved high-born nurse even though he’s promised to another? How will Jon Snow escape the Wildlings in the unforgiving cold in the wild lands north of the Wall? And will any of these questions be satisfactorily answered by the end of Game of Thrones’ sprawling season 2?
MTV Movie Awards — MTV, 9 p.m.
It’s The Hunger Games vs. the final Harry Potter vs. the second-to-last Twilight, and there can only be one winner. But rest assured, host Russell Brand will mock and snark and generally make fun of all three. Come back to EW.com later today for our lively live-blog of the festivities.
MONDAY, JUNE 4
E3 (sorta) begins!
The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles technically doesn’t start until Tuesday, but Monday’s media briefings from Microsoft and Sony serve as the biggest event in gaming’s quasi-official kick-off. On Tuesday, E3 commences in earnest, with three days of booming convention floor booths showcasing what’s new and (one hopes) exciting in videogames. Check back here on EW.com for regular reports all week.
TUESDAY, JUNE 5
Gone Girl hits bookshelves
Former EW TV critic Gillian Flynn’s new diabolical thriller about marriage and (possible) murder is winning unqualified raves, suggesting that this summer’s beach reading is going to be very dark indeed.
Concert for the Queen: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration with Katie Couric — ABC, 9 p.m.
You mean you’re not sold on that title alone? Along with performances by Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Tom Jones, Annie Lennox, Kylie Minogue, Stevie Wonder, will.i.am, and Jessie J, host Katie Couric will offer a backstage look at all the posh revelry, as well as interviews with several of the stars.
THURSDAY, JUNE 7
Bonnaroo music and arts festival begins
This year’s sure-to-be-muddy Tennessee fest includes performances by Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bon Iver, Alice Cooper, Feist, The Avett Brothers, Foster for the People, Santigold, fun., Childish Gambino, and Phish. But if you need a break from all that great music, the Bonnaroo Comedy Theater will feature Aziz Ansari, Marc Maron, Steven Wright, and Garfunkle & Oates.
FRIDAY, JUNE 8
Prometheus opens nationwide
Be the first among your friends to tweet definitively about whether Ridley Scott’s first sci-fi film in 30 years is a true-blue prequel to Alien, and how much Charlize Theron’s evil Queen in Snow White and the Huntsman matches up against her company
SATURDAY, JUNE 9
Jersey Shore Shark Attack — Syfy, 9 p.m. ET
Paul Sorvino, Tony Sirico, William Atherton, Joey Fatone, and Jersey Shore’s Vinny Guadagnino (as a reporter) battle sharks chomping their way along the New Jersey shoreline on Independence Day weekend. But the real reason to watch is the cameo by EW’s own TV reporter extraordinaire James Hibberd, as one of the survivors of the attacks. Now that is some good TV.
SUNDAY, JUNE 10
The Tony Awards — CBS, 8 p.m. ET
It’s Newsies vs. Once vs. Nice Work if You Can Get it, and there can only be one winner. But rest assured, host Neil Patrick Harris will sing and dance and quip marvelously about all three.