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What to watch June 8-14: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Duck Dynasty' and more

There's almost too much great programming on TV to keep up with, but we're here to help! Each Sunday, we suggest whether to watch some of the week's best bets live or let the DVR do its job so you can enjoy shows at your leisure.

'Game of Thrones'
When to watchDo not DVR this. We repeat: Do not DVR! (Unless you want repeated viewings, that is.)

We guarantee that if you save this for later, it's going to get spoiled for you come Monday morning. This episode, titled "The Watchers on the Wall," features the long-awaited battle between the Wildlings and the Night's Watch. Star Kit Harington, who plays crow Jon Snow, teased that the brawl is "as big as TV goes." Plus, he added that "it's no secret that it's the most expensive episode" of "Thrones" yet, so you know it's going to be amazing. (Airs at 9 p.m. on HBO.)

The Tony Awards
When to watch: Save it for later so you can prep your snacks for "Thrones."

The ceremony is celebrating the best in theater with a star-studded telecast. Hugh Jackman is hosting, and has promised "a lot of surprises." Hollywood staples such as Bryan Cranston, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyne Daly and Audra McDonald are all nominated. Boldfaced names who will be in attendance include Orlando Bloom, Clint Eastwood, Carol King, Patti LaBelle, Bradley Cooper, Will Ferrell and more. Unless you're a huge theater fan, let the DVR handle this so you can zip through the slow parts. (Airs 8 p.m. on CBS.)

'Murder in the First'
When to watch: Live! What else do you have going on Monday nights?

Draco Malfoy, is that you?! Tom Felton, who played the naughty little Slytherin in the "Harry Potter" movies, is all grown up and starring in TNT's new crime drama. He plays Erich Blunt, the wealthy CEO of a tech company who appears to be tied to two murders. Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson play the two homicide detectives in the murder case that spans the entire season. (Premieres at 9 p.m. on TNT.)

'Phineas and Ferb'
When to watch: DVR and enjoy with the kids.

There's trouble in Danville! Major Monogram gets fired from the Organization Without a Cool Acronym in this week's special one-hour episode of the children's animated series. Phineas and Ferb will also have to try to stop baddie Heinz Doofenschmirts to save summer. Former "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno lends his voice, playing Col. Contraction, Monogram's boss. (Airs 10 a.m. on Disney XD.)

'Duck Dynasty'
When to watch: Live would be good, so you can chuckle about it at the water cooler Thursday.

The quacks are back! A&E's hit reality show kicks off season six with a bit of a celebration: The governor of Louisiana is heading to Duck Commander to honor Willie with an award, and Willie's son John Luke will give the introduction. Sounds pretty tame, but Willie and Si are offering the young man some unsolicited advice about public speaking, while Miss Kay tries to get Phil to comment on her outfits. (Uh oh!) (Airs 10 p.m. on A&E.)

'Hollywood Game Night'
When to watch: Nuke some popcorn and enjoy the show as it airs.

Think "Survivor" host Jeff Probst can outwit, outplay and outlast in a party game? Find out when he teams up with "Unforgettable's" Poppy Montgomery and "White Collar's" Tiffani Thiessen to play against two contestants. Other celebrity players this week include Tim Gunn, Leslie Bibb and David Alan Grier. (Airs 8 p.m. on NBC.)

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