Oliver Stone Interviews Putin, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Finale, Plus More TV You Must See This Week

Also: The Tony Awards and more celebrations of and on the stage.
By  · Published on June 11th, 2017

Also: The Tony Awards and more celebrations of and on the stage.

This is a week for big performances, and we’re not just talking about Oliver Stone‘s four-part interview with Vladimir Putin. We start off with the Tony Awards, honoring the best of Broadway and more, then there’s a filmed Broadway production coming to Netflix, an encore airing of the making-of-“Hamilton” documentary Hamilton’s America, and a special event honoring Diane Keaton. All that plus the finale of The Handmaid’s Tale.

To help you keep track of the most important programs over the next seven days, here’s our guide to everything worth watching, whether it’s on broadcast, cable, or streaming for June 11th-17th (all times Eastern):


The Tony Awards (CBS, 8pm)

Will the Broadway version of Groundhog Day win Best New Musical? The biggest night of the year for theater lovers will be hosted by Kevin Spacey, feature presenters as beloved as Mark Hamill, Anna Kendrick, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Bette Midler, and showcase performances of numbers from “Groundhog Day: The Musical,” nominee leader “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812,” the revival of “Hello, Dolly!” and more. Other nominees to root for include Cate Blanchett, Danny DeVito, Sally Field, Chris Cooper, Kevin Kline, Corey Hawkins, and Laura Linney.

Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS (National Geographic, 9pm)

One of the most trusted documentarians when it comes to films about war-torn parts of the world, Sebastian Junger is back with another important feature for National Geographic. You know his past work: the Oscar-nominated Restrepo, its sorta-sequel Korengal, the veteran doc The Last Patrol, and his heartbreaking tribute to his late collaborator Tim Hetherington, Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? Now he tackles the Syrian Civil War and the story of ISIS. His regular producer, Nick Quested, is now his co-director, while prolific doc writer Mark Monroe (The CoveSound City) contributed, as well.

Also on Sunday:
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (American Masters) — doc debut (PBS, 8pm)
Bob’s Burgers
S7E22: “Into the Mild” (FOX, 8:30pm)
American Gods
S1E7: “A Prayer for Mad Sweeney” (Starz, 9pm)
Claws S1E1: series premiere (TNT, 9pm)
Fear the Walking Dead
S3E3: “Teotwawki” (AMC, 9pm)
Twin Peaks: The Return
: “Part 6” (Showtime, 9pm)
I’m Dying Up Here
S1E2: “Midnight Special” (Showtime, 10pm)
Silicon Valley
 S4E8: “The Keenan Vortex” (HBO, 10pm)
Veep S6E8: “Judge” (HBO, 10:30pm)
Decker: Unsealed S5E2 (Cartoon Network, 12am)



The Putin Interviews (Showtime, 9pm)

Are we fascinated enough with Russian President Vladimir Putin for a four-part interview on premium cable? Especially right after Megyn Kelly’s sit down with the controversial leader for NBC News? Well, Stone has criticized Kelly’s talks, and he claims that he really challenged Putin as much as he could in his interviews. Stone, who has made documentaries around interviews he’s done with Fidel Castro and many controversial South American heads of state, recorded 25 hours with Putin over the last two years. Hopefully he doesn’t mug for his own cameras too much in this one. The Putin Interviews continue nightly through Thursday.

Also on Monday:
Hamilton’s America (Great Performances(PBS, 7pm)
The Bachelorette S13E4 (ABC, 9pm) 
Better Call Saul S3E9: “Fall” (AMC, 10pm)
Angie Tribeca S3E10: “Go Get ‘Em, Tiger” — season finale (TBS, 10:30pm)



Oh, Hello on Broadway (Netflix)

What better way to follow The Tony Awards two days later than with this recording of  “Oh, Hello” starring Nick Kroll and John Mulaney (both of whom are presenters at the Tonys this week)? The comedy marks the stage adaptation of two old-man bachelor characters the duo have been doing for years, including on Comedy Central’s Kroll Show. After appearing off-Broadway, on the road and then on Broadway, “Oh, Hello” was last performed in January. You’ll probably never be able to see it live again, but fortunately you can pretend you were there with this special.

Also on Tuesday:
Casual S3E6: “Troubleshooting” (Hulu)
Animal Kingdom 
S2E3  (TNT, 9pm)
Genius S1E8: “Chapter Eight” (National Geographic, 9pm)
The Putin Interviews part two (Showtime, 9pm)
iZombie S3E11: “Conspiracy Weary” (CW, 9pm)



The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

If you’ve been waiting for The Handmaid’s Tale to end so you can just binge the whole thing on Hulu, the series is finally coming to a conclusion this week. Based on Margaret Atwood’s novel and starring Elisabeth Moss, it’s continued to be one of the best shows, if not the best show, of 2017. And in case you’ve missed the thousand think pieces, it’s indeed quite relevant in this time of Trump. If you’ve read the original 1985 book or even listened to Atwood’s own recent additions in audiobook form, you’re still likely to be surprised by where this version ends. In fact, it won’t even really be the end, because Hulu has ordered a second season that goes far beyond the novel.

Also on Wednesday:
The Putin Interviews part three (Showtime, 9pm)
Fargo S3E9: “Aporia” (FX, 10pm)
Gomorrah S3E11 (Sundance, 10pm)



AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Diane Keaton (TNT, 10pm)

Diane Keaton, who is only in her early 70s, is hardly at the end of her career, but she has produced and performed enough great work for numerous lifetimes. That’s one reason to be appreciative of AFI’s honoring her many decades in film, another being that Keaton deserves to be celebrated as much as possible. The event being broadcast this week took place on June 8th, and maybe you’ve read some reports or seen some photos but now it’s time to watch the whole thing. Among those paying her tribute are Woody Allen, Warren Beatty, Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, Martin Short, Sarah Silverman, Al Pacino, Emma Stone, and Reese Witherspoon.

Also on Thursday
The Putin Interviews part four (Showtime, 9pm)
Queen of the South S2E2: “Dios y el Abogado” (USA, 10pm)



The Great British Baking Show (PBS, 9pm)

If you’ve managed to not find a way to watch last summer’s seventh series of The Great British Bake Off or been spoiled by who wins, then you’re set to begin the American import, as the fourth season of The Great British Baking Show. This is technically the final season with co-hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc and judge Mary Berry, so in a way it’s a special treat for fans in the US to watch them seemingly fresh this summer while the eighth series is about to air in the UK without them. Also great is the fact that following this run, PBS’s next season will actually be taken from an older, previously not-imported series.

Also on Friday:
Counterpunch: doc debut (Netflix)
RuPaul’s Drag Race S9E13 (VH1, 8pm)



T.J. Miller: Meticulously Ridiculous (HBO, 10pm)

For those who can’t wait for Sunday and a new episode of Silicon Valley for a dose of T.J. Miller, then HBO has a treat for his fans (especially after announcing he’s not returning for the next season of the hit series). This one-hour stand-up comedy special was recorded in Denver, Miller’s hometown, at the end of his 2016 “Meticulously Ridiculous” tour. From the looks of it via promos, he apparently gets more and more drenched in water as the show goes on. He’s not for everyone, but we’ve been fans of his since his appearance in the 2010 short film Successful Alcoholics and have followed him all the way.

Also on Saturday:
Idiotsittter S2E5 & S2E6 & S2E7: Season 2 finale (Comedy Central, 8pm)
Doctor Who S1010: “The Eaters of Light” (BBC America, 9pm)


Christopher Campbell began writing film criticism and covering film festivals for a zine called Read, back when a zine could actually get you Sundance press credentials. He's now a Senior Editor at FSR and the founding editor of our sister site Nonfics. He also regularly contributes to Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes and is the President of the Critics Choice Association's Documentary Branch.