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‘Game of Thrones’ starts season five

Chuck Barney Tribune News Service

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“Game of Thrones”: The bloody power plays resume as George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy returns for what should be a raucous fifth season. In the opener, Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) adjust to life without their father, while the new boy king, Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman), takes on the responsibilities that come with the crown. Elsewhere, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) is on the run, and Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) faces a violent new threat. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO.

Other bets

SUNDAY: The hilarious Amy Schumer is our host for the delightfully offbeat MTV Movie Awards. How offbeat? It’s the only big-time trophy fest with categories such as “best kiss,” “best fight” and “best shirtless performance.” 8 p.m., MTV.

SUNDAY: The final season of “Nurse Jackie” begins with the pill-popping title character (Edie Falco) behind bars. It’s not the wacky “Orange Is the New Black” kind of prison. 9 p.m., Showtime.

SUNDAY: The pressure is on Richard (Thomas Middleditch) and the “Silicon Valley” boys. As Season 2 begins, they’re struggling to take their company to the next level. The Season 4 premiere of “Veep” immediately follows. 10 p.m., HBO.

MONDAY: “TURN: Washington’s Spies” launches its second season on a new night and with an added subtitle. The opener finds patriot spook Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell) determined to infiltrate New York City. 9 p.m., AMC.

TUESDAY: Alpha Kappa … Yuck! On “iZombie,” Liv reluctantly eats the brains of her murdered sorority sister to gain insight into her death. Pass the Tums, please. 9 p.m., The CW.

TUESDAY: We’re sad to report that “Justified,” with its sharpshooting hero Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant), ends its rollicking run tonight. Something tells us he will go out with a bang. 10 p.m., FX.

WEDNESDAY: On “The Middle,” Axl turns 21, but is he finally ready to become mature? Don’t bet your house on it. 8 p.m., ABC.

THURSDAY: “Atari: Game Over” is a documentary that explores the fabled urban legend behind the negative response to Atari’s “E.T.” video game in 1983. The company supposedly buried millions of unsold game cartridges somewhere in New Mexico. The film visits the landfill to dig up the truth. 8:30 p.m., Showtime.

FRIDAY: And you thought you had it rough. Consider that Elena Michaels (Laura Vandervoort) on “Bitten” is the world’s only known female werewolf. Season 2 debuts just in front of the final season premiere of “Lost Girl.” 8 p.m., Syfy.

FRIDAY: “The Messengers” is a new sci-fi that chronicles what happens when a mysterious object plummets to Earth and five people are killed by the shock wave. Of course, they come back to life with extraordinary abilities. 9 p.m., The CW.

SATURDAY: It’s time for the clone club to reconvene as Season 3 of “Orphan Black” launches. In the opener, Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) pursues the missing Helena, who is being held in a faraway compound. 9 p.m., BBC America.

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