The Tonys Go Uptown, Mary J. Blige’s ‘Love’ Story, Preparing Morse’s Farewell, ‘Inspiring America’

The 76th Annual Tony Awards moves uptown from Broadway to Washington Heights with more music and no original scripted content. Mary J. Blige’s music inspires a series of romantic dramas on Lifetime. PBS sets the stage for the Inspector Morse franchise to end with a retrospective in advance of Endeavour’s final season. Eva Longoria, LeBron James and Reba McEntire are among those on NBC’s Inspiring America “Inspiration List” in a prime-time special.


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Tony Awards

SUNDAY: The lights of Broadway are aimed uptown towards Washington Heights when the theater awards are staged in the magnificent United Palace, with performances from new musicals and revivals. The ongoing writers’ strike precludes any scripted banter, which could result in a more streamlined show, once again hosted by Oscar winner Ariana DeBose. (An earlier streaming pre-show, The Tony Awards: Act One, featuring craft awards is hosted by Skylar Astin and Julianne Hough, beginning at 6:30 pm/ET on Pluto TV’s Pluto TV Celebrity channel.) Highlights include numbers from nominated musicals & Juliet, Kimberly Akimbo, Shucked and Some Like It Hot, revivals of Parade, Camelot and Sondheim’s Into the Woods and Sweeney Todd, plus music from the non-nominated Neil Diamond musical A Beautiful Noise, the Lea Michele version of Funny Girl, a salute to 2023 Lifetime Achievement recipients Joel Grey and John Kander, and a performance from last year’s Tony winner Joaquina Kalukango (Paradise Square.)

Da'Vinchi and Ajiona Alexus in 'Mary J. Blige's Real Love'

Mary J. Blige’s Real Love

Movie Premiere

SATURDAY: Mary J. Blige’s hit songs Real Love and Strength of a Woman inspire a series of two original movies (airing on consecutive Saturdays), executive produced by the Queen of Hip-Hop. They tell the story of Kendra (Ajlona Alexus), an 18-year-old scholarship student at a North Carolina HBCU who balances her studies with her attraction to Ben (Da’Vinchi), her photo class partner.

Shaun Evans as Endeavour Morse in Endeavour - Season 7
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Morse & The Last Endeavour


SUNDAY: It has been quite a run, from the original Inspector Morse series (1987-2000) through the spinoff Lewis (2006-2015) and nine seasons of the prequel (2012-2023) starring Shaun Evans as the younger version of the iconic sleuth originally played by John Thaw. A retrospective special, airing a week before the final season of Endeavour begins, features an overview of the Morse character and series, with interviews including Evans, Kevin Whately (Sergeant Lewis) and Thaw’s daughter Abigail Thaw, who joined the Endeavour cast as newspaper editor Dorothea Frazil.

Lester Holt

Inspiring America: The Inspiration List


SATURDAY: For the third year, the NBC News franchise devotes a prime-time special to honoring inspirational figures in sports, entertainment and science. Hosts Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb are joined by Craig Melvin, Gadi Schwartz, José Diaz-Belart and Melissa Lee to pay tribute to philanthropists and humanitarians including Eva Longoria, LeBron James, Reba McEntire, Gary Sinise, Jane Goodall, Yo-Yo Ma, Mackenzie Scott and NASA’s Webb Telescope Team.

Michael Dorman in Joe Pickett

Joe Pickett

SUNDAY: The mystery deepens for Wyoming game warden Joe (Michael Dorman) after the Governor puts him in charge of investigating the gruesome murder of a hunter, which he believes to be the work of a serial killer. The situation is complicated when an anti-hunting activist uses the tragedy to fuel a raucous rally. Elsewhere, his wife Marybeth (Julianna Guill) proves just as dogged as she takes on a new cause: the disappearance of an Indigenous woman from the Wind River Reservation.


  • 24 Hours of Le Mans (Saturday, 9 am/ET, MotorTrend TV and MotorTrend+): Coverage of the classic auto race is enhanced by 16 on-board camera feeds.
  • French Open Finals (Saturday and Sunday, 9 am/ET, NBC): The women’s singles final on Saturday, and the men’s on Sunday, will determine the winner on the Roland-Garros clay court in Paris, the site of next summer’s Olympics tournament.
  • Love’s Greek to Me (Saturday, 8/7c, Hallmark Channel): Chicago Med’s Torrey DeVitto plays Ilana, who heads to scenic Santorini to be the American maid of honor at the wedding of her Greek boyfriend Mike’s (Giannis Tsmitselis) sister, only to have him propose to her, which delights his mother (Star Trek: Picard’s Marina Sirtis).
  • New York Homicide (Saturday, 10/9c, Oxygen True Crime): Season 2 opens with NYPD Retired Chief of Detectives Robert K. Boyce recalling a case in which the fatal bathroom fall of a millionaire banker and mother-of-two may not have been accidental. More Oxygen true crime on the Season 17 premiere of Snapped: Killer Couples (Sunday, 6/5c).
  • Bupkis (Sunday, 1 am/12c, NBC): Following Saturday Night Live, the best episode of Peacock’s semi-autobiographical Pete Davidson comedy gets a network play, recalling how young Pete (Preston Brodrick) bonded with his irreverent uncle (Bobby Cannavale) at a wedding while still grieving his dad’s death on 9/11.
  • The Whole Story with Anderson Cooper (Sunday, 8/7c, CNN): NPR transplant Audie Cornish reports on three families who have sued social-media giants Meta, Snapchat and TikTok for exposing their children to toxic content, creating a mental-health crisis.
  • The Cube (Sunday, 9/8c, TBS): NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal takes on the Cube as he plays for charity.
  • The Lazarus Project (Sunday, 9/8c, TNT): Having experienced a tragic loss, Lazarus Project newbie George (Paapa Essiedu) learns that the secret organization with the ability to turn back time won’t intervene on his behalf unless there’s a more global catastrophe.
  • The Idol (Sunday, 9/8c, HBO): Wake me when it’s over.