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Critic's TV picks for June 16-20: Daytime Emmys, 'Love, Marilyn,' 'Franklin & Bash'

  • June 15, 2013 - 2:00 PM


The Prime Time Emmys get Neil Patrick Harris. “The 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards” (7 p.m., HLN) get … a weather dude. “GMA’s” Sam Champion handles hosting duties for a ceremony that gets less fanfare than a Beverly Hills bake sale. For those few paying attention, Wayne Brady will honor Monty Hall for his contributions to the game-show genre.


Marilyn Monroe gets sympathetic treatment in “Love, Marilyn” (8 p.m., HBO), a moving documentary that largely consists of stars like Glenn Close, Adrien Brody and Viola Davis reading actual letters and telegrams from Monroe and her contemporaries. It’s a little painful to observe the participation of Lindsay Lohan, who may be heading down a tragic path of her own.


“The Voice” (8 p.m., KARE, Ch. 11) crowns a champion, but not before an appearance from Cher, making her first live TV appearance in more than decade. I’m excited, but it would have made more sense for her to stop by when one of the judges’ chairs was occupied by Christina Aguilera so the two could dish about “Burlesque.”


Heather Locklear may be a dainty blonde, but she’s at her best playing intimidating authority figures who can, in the words of that great poet Billy Joel, “wound with her eyes.” That pillar of strength is just what’s needed on the all-too-trivial “Franklin & Bash” (8 p.m., TNT), which returns for a third season with Locklear as the lawyers’ new supervisor.


“Wilfred” (9 p.m., FX), a cruder version of the Jimmy Stewart classic “Harvey,” returns for a second season. Elijah Wood stars as Ryan, a man who sees the neighbor’s dog as a human being in a cheap dog suit. This premise would be so much more interesting if Ryan were played by Wilford Brimley.

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