TV highlights: ‘Rock Center With Brian Williams’ says goodbye

June 20, 2013
HIGHLIGHTS

Trying to cash in on “The Bling Ring” buzz, E! airs a Friday afternoon marathon of “Pretty Wild” (at 1 p.m.), the reality show that followed convicted participant Alexis Neiers and her family. The show originally had planned to chronicle Neiers’s life as an aspiring model but ended up capturing her court proceedings.

E! also launches a new “Inside Track Summer Concert Series” during “E! News” (at 7), kicking off with a Ke$ha/Pitbull show in Detroit.

It’s been a unique late spring weather-wise, and WJLA airs “Surviving Severe Weather: An ABC7 Storm Watch Special” (at 8) on the first day of summer, including storm safety information and what Washingtonians could see in regard to hurricanes in the area.

FINALE WATCH: It’s the end of the road for prime time newsmag “Rock Center With Brian Williams” (NBC at 10), which airs its final broadcast Friday. NBC News correspondent Chelsea Clinton makes an appearance as she interviews designer Stella McCartney about the advantages and downsides of having famous parents. Meanwhile, Harry Smith looks into claims that Goodwill pays its workers less than minimum wage; Nancy Snyderman examines the community of Brooklyn Hasidic Jews; and Kate Snow tells the story of Boston bombing victim Celeste Corcoran.

Film director Haifaa Al Mansour and journalist Michael Pollan interview guests on “Real Time With Bill Maher” (HBO at 10), with a round table including correspondent Joshua Green, journalist Bob Herbert and food columnist Julia Reed.

It’s generally not a great sign if your show is on Thursdays, and then after two weeks the network moves you to Fridays at 10:15 — in any case, reality competition series “72 Hours” (TNT) airs a new episode in which the teams compete in extreme challenges in Hawaii.

Comedian Dave Foley is featured on the stand-up special “Dave Foley: Relatively Well” (Showtime at 11), which apparently looks at his struggle to survive in “a world that seems intent on crushing common sense.” Subjects include: his ex-wife and people who don’t believe in science.

Former football star Terry Bradshaw, actor Steve Byrne and singer Joseph Arthur are guests on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC at 11:35).

— Emily Yahr

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