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Top TV week of June 2: 'Orange is the New Black', 'Undercover Boss', 'Iron Chef America'

Taylor Schilling’s character Piper Chapman in Orange is the New Black.
Taylor Schilling’s character Piper Chapman in Orange is the New Black.
Published May 30, 2014


SEASON PREMIERE Mistresses, 10 p.m., ABC

Season 2 of this soapy series opens eight months after Alyssa Milano's character was injured and lost her unborn baby in a car crash on her way to find out the child's paternity. Whoa. Definitely extra sudsy.


SERIES PREMIERE Famous in 12, 8 p.m., CW

This new series tracks members of one family over 12 weeks as they move to Los Angeles and attempt to achieve fame. Uh, they're on a TV show, so aren't they sort of famous already?


Hollywood Game Night, 8 p.m., NBC

This show knows all of our innermost thoughts and desires, including the TV shows we cherish. Which is why this week, after a rousing game with the Trophy Wife clan last week, Orange Is the New Black co-stars Jason Biggs, Laura Prepon and Natasha Lyonne are the celebrity players. Note: This show has moved to 8 p.m. Thursdays; it used to be on at 9 (yeah, we got burned last week!).


SEASON PREMIERE Orange is the New Black, Netflix

Hope you've got your entire weekend cleared, because all 13 hours of Netflix original series Orange is the New Black's new season drop on the streaming site midnight Friday. And as far as prison dramedies on TV go, OITNB is by far the best one. Okay, fine, there aren't many (er, any?). But the show from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan was one of the best things we saw anywhere in 2013, from the sprawling female cast to the smart, surprising writing to that super catchy (if kinda disturbing!) Regina Spektor theme song. The first season ended with a massive cliffhanger — did Piper beat Pennsatucky to death? — which means season 2 should start with a bang.

Undercover Boss, 8 p.m., CBS

The dishwashers of Buffets Inc. get a new co-worker and, oops, it turns out to be the CEO of the restaurant chain, there to witness all of their foul behavior. Here's a tip, workers of America: If there are cameras in your place of employment, act pleasant! Chances are someone is watching you be awful.


Iron Chef America, 10 p.m., Food

Tropical desserts are the special of the day in a contest that pits Iron Chefs Alex Guarnaschelli and Geoffrey Zakarian with pastry chefs Johnny Iuzzini and Elizabeth Falkner. You had us at "desserts."