TV highlights: ‘Game of Thrones’ returns


RAKE: Scarlet, Maddy and Glenn tempt Keegan to give up confidential information in Part Two of the series finale. (Isabella Vosmikova/FOX)
April 4

FINALE WATCH: After being booted from Thursday to Friday, “Rake” (Fox at 8 p.m.) will make a quiet exit Saturday with two one-hour episodes airing in succession.

Anna Kendrick makes her “Saturday Night Live” (NBC at 11:30) debut as host, with musical guest Pharrell Williams.

Sunday morning talk shows: “BioCentury This Week” (WUSA at 8:30) features Macrogenics’s Scott Koenig; “Fox News Sunday” (Fox at 9) hosts Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.) and Sen. Timothy M. Kaine (D-Va.); “White House Chronicle” (WETA at 9) has American conservationist Tim Abbott; “State of the Union” (CNN at 9) features House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

“Government Matters” (WJLA at 9:30) hosts National Journal’s Sam Baker; “This Week” (ABC at 10) features Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.); “Newsmakers” (C-SPAN at 10) features Jason Furman, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers; “Sunday Morning Futures With Maria Bartiromo” (Fox News Channel at 10) hosts the International Monetary Fund’s Christine Lagarde; “This Is America & the World” (WETA at 10 and WHUT at 6 p.m.) talks to former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine William B. Taylor; “Face the Nation” (CBS at 10:30) also has McCaul as a guest.

Sunday night, Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan return as hosts of the “Academy of Country Music Awards” (CBS at 8) during which Dierks Bentley, Sheryl Crow, Lee Brice, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and more are slated to perform.

The 14th annual “Celebration of Gospel” (BET at 8) will commemorate the best in gospel and R&B music, with Taraji P. Henson as host.

SERIES PREMIERE: An addition to AMC’s historical drama lineup, “Turn” (9) is set in the Revolutionary-era and tells the untold story of America’s first spy ring.

RETURNING SHOW: HBO is stacked with a night of favorites old and new, starting with the return of “Game of Thrones” (9) with Tyrion welcoming a guest to King’s Landing in the Season 4 premiere.

SERIES PREMIERE: Next airs the first episode of “Silicon Valley” (HBO at 10), a comedy from Mike Judge partly inspired by his experiences in the late ’80s.

RETURNING SHOW: Following that, the Season 3 opener of “Veep” (HBO at 10:30) has Selena in Iowa plugging her new book.

Rachel Lubitz

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