PopWatch Planner: Girl power! 'Girls' finale, 'Brave' out in theaters, Fiona Apple release, and more

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This week is all about strong women: a fiery Scottish princess; the powerhouses of the U.S. Olympic Track & Field team; and a ’90s indie rock star making a major comeback. Plus, tonight HBO wraps Lena Dunham’s thought-provoking new series Girls. The week rounds out with a controversial new show on ABC Monday, Sin City week on So You Think You Can Dance, and hunky Matthew McConaughey joins Jimmy Kimmel for an NBA finals preview. Have a great week!

Sunday, June 17
Girls season finale, HBO, 10:30 p.m.

Whether you love ‘em or think they are entitled New York spoiled brats, there’s no denying that the girls on Lena Dunham’s Girls were the talk of the town this spring. Say goodbye to Hannah and her sisters-in-arms tonight on HBO. Crackpipe not included. 

Monday, June 18
The Glass House series premiere, ABC, 10 p.m.

CBS has been throwing stones at ABC’s foray into Big Brother territory all month, but while the lawsuit saying the two shows are too similar moves ahead, the new series is still set to premiere Monday on ABC. The Glass House allows viewers to “look in” on the contestants via social media and help control their moves by voting on everything from what they eat to where they sleep at night.

Tuesday, June 19
Fiona Apple’s new album, The Idler Wheel, released

The 90s star is back with her first album in seven years, featuring the buzzy new single “Every Single Night.” Her debut alum, Tidal, with the mega-hit “Criminal” came out over 15 years ago (making us feel really old!) and helped to define indie girl rock. Can she do it again for a new generation with this new release?

Wednesday, June 20
So You Think You Can Dance (Vegas Week), Fox, 8 p.m.

Get on the hot tamale train to Vegas as So You Think You Can Dance heads to the desert for a trial-by-fire competition with the 200-some dancers who made the cut. Always full of major drama, check out Meredith Hoffa’s recap of last week’s show to find out who to keep an eye on.

Thursday, June 21
Jimmy Kimmel Game Night with Matthew McConaughey (pre-game on the east coast, post-game on the west coast), ABC

The Oklahoma Thunder and the Miami Heat continue their faceoff this week, as the NBA finals near an end (Thursday is Game 5). But kick off your  watch party with Jimmy Kimmel as he hosts Magic Mike star Matthew McConaughey in a pre-game show. The chances he’ll wear a shirt are about as close to call as the game itself.

Friday, June 22
Brave opens in theaters

The latest Pixar entry is long on the beauty of CG animation and super long on girl power. Merida (voiced by Boardwalk Empire’s Kelly MacDonald) is a Scottish princess who refuses her princely options. She’s an archer with wild red hair and who, in the spirit of Katniss and Geena Davis, can outshoot her suitors. Plus a trio of the cutest little bears you’ve ever seen.

Saturday, June 23
U.S. Olympic Trials: Track & Field, NBC, 8 p.m.

The London Olympics don’t start until July 27, but you can start getting in the spirit when NBC broadcasts the Olympic trials for track and field this weekend. First up:  javelin, high jump, and the 100m, live from Hayward Field  at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. Check out the full schedule here.

Sunday, June 24
The Newsroom premiere, HBO 10 p.m.

Aaron Sorkin returns to the small screen, this time tackling the inside workings of a cable news show in his new series starring Jeff Daniels as a middle-of-the-road anchor who is searching for meaning in the 24-hour news landscape. Whether it will it be more or less Sorkin-y than The West Wing or SportsNight or Studio 60 remains to be seen.


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