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Longmire fans rejoice: A&E sets return date

By Michael Storey

This article was published May 1, 2014 at 2:31 a.m.

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Noted astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is among those interviewed in the latest fivepart series of AETN’s Barnes and … A Conversation With.

For all those who keep asking, A&E has finally set a date for the Season 3 debut of Longmire, starring Australian actor Robert Taylor as the unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyo.

Mark your calendars for 9 p.m. June 2. The series is A&E’s No. 1 drama, averaging an impressive 6 million viewers in the live plus seven-day Nielsen tally.

Longmire co-stars Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bailey Chase, Cassidy Freeman and Adam Bartley.

Teaser: In the new season premiere, Walt deals with the aftermath of Henry’s arrest and Branch’s shooting. The search for the shooter, however, is complicated by Branch’s insistence that it was someone known to be already dead.

More return dates. It won’t be long before USA’s outstanding lineup of summer shows is here. Here’s when they arrive.

Royal Pains, 8 p.m. June 10. Season 6 finds Hank (Mark Feuerstein) returning from his world travels to find that his HankMed family has moved on without him.

Suits, 8 p.m. June 11. Season 4 will feature a major shift at the law firm. Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) heads to Wall Street as an investment banker and quickly finds himself at odds with his mentor, Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht).

Graceland, 9 p.m. June 11. It’s Season 2 for our six undercover federal agents living under one beach house roof.

Covert Affairs, 9 p.m. June 24. Season 5 of the spy series picks up with CIA operative Annie (Piper Perabo) returning to the Agency after having faked her death to go deep undercover to find a traitor.

USA will roll out two new original series July 17.

Conversation With. Time to feel more erudite simply by watching TV as AETN’s Steve Barnes chats up another batch of movers and shakers.

The next round of Barnes and … A Conversation With even features the host of the fascinating (and sometimes controversial) Fox series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.

New episodes of AETN’s half-hour, five-part series debut at 6:30 p.m. today and continue on subsequent Thursdays. Each episode will repeat the following Wednesday, also at 6:30 p.m.

Here’s the list of Barnes and … A Conversation With interviewees.

Today: Eric Schlosser. The investigative journalist and New York Times best-selling author of Fast Food Nation discusses his most recent book, Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident and the Illusion of Safety.

For those out of the loop, a Titan II missile explosion on Sept. 19, 1980, rocked the community of Damascus, which sits on the border of Van Buren and Faulkner counties. Repeats May 7.

May 8: Neil deGrasse Tyson. The noted astrophysicist, author and director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York is also the host of Fox’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Tyson discusses why science education is vital. Repeats May 14.

(Cosmos airs at 8 p.m. Sundays on Fox, and repeats at 8 p.m. Mondays on National Geographic Channel.)

May 15: Neera Tanden.The president of the Center for American Progress, an “independent, nonpartisan, progressive educational institute,” speaks about the current political climate and its consequences. Repeats May 21.

May 22: John Lewis. One of the early leaders of the civil rights movement, the Georgia congressman discusses his latest book, March: Book One, which was co-written by Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Little Rock native Nate Powell. Repeats May 28.

May 29: Carl Moneyhon and Tom DeBlack. The two history professors (University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Arkansas Tech University, respectively) examine President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and its impact on Arkansas and the nation, then and now. Repeats June 4.

The TV Column appears Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Email: mstorey@arkansasonline.com

Weekend, Pages 32 on 05/01/2014

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