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Around the Remote: ‘The Normal Heart’ Explores Early Days of AIDS Crisis

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The Normal H eart — An A-list cast, including Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts, shine in this powerful adaptation of Larry Kramer’s incendiary play about the early days of the AIDS crisis. Directed by Ryan Murphy ( Glee ), the film takes an unflinching look at America’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial. Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch and Jim Parsons also star. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO.

Other Bets

Sunday : Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna return to host the National Memorial Day Concert. Airing from the West Lawn of the Capitol, it’s an annual tribute to service members and veterans. Among those appearing: The Voice winner Danielle Bradbery and Smash alum Megan Hilty. 8 p.m., PBS.

Sunday : The first half of the final season of Mad Men comes to a close tonight. Let’s hope Don (Jon Hamm) can keep behaving himself and that Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) finally emerges from her funk. 10 p.m., AMC.

Monday : Gordon Ramsay launches another season of MasterChef and you know what that means: Food fight! (8 p.m., Fox).

Monday : If you loved that freakfest known as Flowers in the Attic, you’ll want to return for Petals on the Wind. It’s the sequel that leaps ahead 10 years to find siblings Cathy and Christopher Dollanganger (Rose McIver, Wyatt Nash) dealing with the forbidden lust they have for each other. Ellen Burstyn and Heather Graham also star. 9 p.m., Lifetime.

Tuesday : Singers? Jugglers? Ventriloquists? Delusional wannabes and kooks? We expect them to show up in force as America’s Got Talent returns for Season 9. Host Nick Cannon presides over the insanity. 8 p.m., NBC.

Wednesday : So You Think You Can Dance is back and so is the incredibly shrill judge Mary Murphy. Be ready to hit the “mute” button on your remote at any time. 8 p.m., Fox.

Wednesday : One Night Only: An All-Star Tribute to Don Rickles is a special that has funny folks and various hockey pucks honoring the king of insult comedy. 9 p.m., Spike TV.

Thursday : The Sixties is a 10-week documentary series from executive producer Tom Hanks that looks back on 10 turbulent and incredible years that changed the world. The opener, “Television Comes of Age,” recalls how the medium, pre-cable, evolved during the decade. 9 p.m., CNN.

Friday : John Malkovich manages to shiver a few timbers in Crossbones. It’s a new adventure series that has him playing the notorious pirate Edward Teach - aka Blackbeard. 10 p.m., NBC.

Saturday : Rousing performances and heartfelt speeches are featured in the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, taped April 10 in Brooklyn. This year’s inductees include Nirvana, the E Street Band, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens and Kiss. 8 p.m., HBO.

Email Chuck Barney at cbarneybayareanewsgroup.com.