TV tonight: Tony Awards, 'House of Lies'

June 12, 2016 4:40 PM

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Despite being the most reliably entertaining of the major awards shows — and the only one that provides a way to visit a place and an art form, Broadway, many can only get to through TV — the Tonys have struggled to draw a crowd. That might change this year, however, for two good reasons. One is the new host, Tony-winning Late Late Show star James Corden. The other is Hamilton, one of the rare modern musicals to cross over into a broad-based, pop-culture phenomenon. As well it should: It’s an astounding artistic achievement, one that will be playing on Broadway, and touring America, for years to come. And Sunday, you can see some of it for free on CBS, along with numbers from nominated musicals and revivals such as Shuffle Along, She Loves Me, The Color Purple and Fiddler on the Roof. A deal like that, you can’t pass up.

Lies may be leaving, but at least it's leaving in a big way. The series finale is the first episode of an American scripted series shot in Cuba since diplomatic relations were restored.

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