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Season finale schedule! Come on, get happy!

by Richard Keller, posted May 2nd 2006 4:40PM

Lost's 2nd season finale on May 24thAh, spring! Warm days and cool nights, the sounds of children playing. Short pants and short dresses as the first wisps of summer arrive. It is a time of renewal; except, of course, for the television networks. For them, spring, and particularly the month of May, represents one thing only: season and series finales.

Yep, after a long, hard year it's time to say good-bye to some of your favorite characters and shows as they leave for the summer, or perhaps for good if they are not renewed or are ending their series runs. In place of them will be endless reruns, summer replacements, and Big Brother. May the Lord help us all!

Being the networks, who want to maximize the most viewership and advertising dollars, these finales are not just during one week in May, but are staggered throughout the whole month. Some even leak into the first week of June. This can be very confusing to keep track of and may cause your DVR to have a meltdown. However, fear not true TV Squad readers, because we are here to list the finales of the shows you watch the most. I mean, gosh, we would be remiss if we didn't provide information on the last episode of Lost for the year (May 24th) or the series finale of Alias (May 22nd). It would be just scandalous.

Oh, one more thing before you make the jump . . . if you don't see your favorite show on this list, or want to see when some of the famous May special events are being broadcast (such as The 41st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards) click on this link for a full listing from AOL Television. Okay, all ready? Then, let's get this show on the road.

Tuesday, May 2nd

  • First season finale of Thief on FX

Wednesday, May 3rd

  • Third season finale of One Tree Hill on the WB
  • South Park runs its 10th season finale on Comedy Central

Thursday, May 4th

  • First season finale of the WB's Supernatural

Friday, May 5th

  • First season finale of the Jennifer Love Hewitt vehicle Ghost Whisperer on CBS
  • Fifth season finale of Reba on the WB

Sunday, May 7th

  • Fifth season finale of NBC's Crossing Jordan

Monday, May 8th

  • Either the series finale or the 10th season finale of the WB's 7th Heaven, depending if the rumors are true
  • First season finale of What About Brian on ABC (already?)

Tuesday, May 9th

  • Sixth season finale of the WB's Gilmore Girls
  • Second season finale of Veronica Mars on UPN (which will hopefully move to the new CW network next season)

 Wednesday, May 10th

  • First season finale of CBS's Criminal Minds

Thursday, May 11th:  A big night for finales

  • First season finales for  NBC's  My Name is Earl , UPN's Everybody Hates Chris, and ABC's American Inventor
  • The Office ends its second season on NBC
  • Smallville ends its fifth season on the WB

Friday, May 12th

  • Third season finale of NBC's Las Vegas

Sunday, May 14th

  • We say good-bye to the Bartlett administration on the series finale of NBC's The West Wing
  • We bid a fond adieu to Malcolm on the series finale of Malcolm in the Middle on FOX
  • Fifth season finale for Law & Order: Criminal Intent (the list on AOL Television says that this is the series finale, but you should read this announcement instead.)
  • King of the Hill and American Dad end their 10th and second seasons on FOX
  • CBS's Survivor: Panama - Exile Island chooses a winner on the 12th season finale

Monday, May 15th

  • First season finales of CBS's How I Met Your Mother, and FOX's Prison Break
  • Second season finale for ABC's Grey's Anatomy (the first part of Grey airs on Sunday)

Tuesday, May 16th

  • Second season finale of ABC's Boston Legal
  • On NBC the fifth season finale of Scrubs and the seventh season finale of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • Third season finale of NCIS on CBS
  • The, ahem, series finale of Love Monkey on VH1 (had to put this in)

Wednesday, May 17th

  • Bones ends its first season on FOX and Invasion completes its first on ABC
  • Second season finale for CBS's CSI: NY
  • The original Law & Order ends its 16th season on NBC, making it the longest running drama currently on television
  • The Amazing Race concludes its ninth run on CBS while America's Next Top Model ends its sixth on UPN

Thursday, May 18th

  • We say aloha to the gangs of FOX's That 70's Show and NBC's Will & Grace as their original runs end. Yet, they will live on in reruns forever
  • The original CSI: Crime Scene Investigation ends its sixth season and Without a Trace ends its 4th on CBS
  • ER ends its 12th season on NBC
  • The O.C. ends its third season on FOX
  • Its the first season finale for ABC's Commander in Chief  (Although, maybe not, as the show has been taken off of the schedue

Friday, May 19th

  • Its the 16th season finale for ABC's America's Funniest Home Videos
  • The first season ends for CBS's Close to Home and NBC's Conviction
  • Second season finale for Numb3rs on CBS

Sunday, May 21st

  • Say ciao to the Halliwell sisters as Charmed ends its run on the WB
  • The Simpsons end an unbelievable 17th season on FOX while Family Guy completes its fifth
  • Third season finales for Cold Case on CBS and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on ABC
  • Second season finale of ABC's Desperate Housewives

Monday, May 22nd

  • We say a fond farewell to Sidney Bristow as Alias ends its run on ABC
  • Jack Bauer's day ends on the fifth season finale of 24
  • Medium ends its second season on NBC and CSI: Miami ends its fourth on CBS
  • The CBS Monday night sitcoms have their finales this evening with King of Queens ending its eighth, Two and a Half Men ending its third and The New Adventures of Old Christine ending its first

Tuesday, May 23rd

  • House ends its second season on FOX

Wednesday, May 24

  • American Idol chooses the newest pop sensation during the fifth season finale on FOX
  • Lost ends its second season on ABC, most likely with a ton of questions unanswered

Sunday, June 4th

  • Toodles to Tony and his family as The Sopranos ends its run sixth season on HBO
  • First season finale for Big Love, also on HBO

Monday, June 5th

  • Deal or no Deal ends its first season run on NBC
  • Donald Trump chooses another corporate lackey as The Apprentice concludes its fifth run on NBC


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When is part 2 airing for criminal minds? Please...I need to know!!!

May 14 2006 at 7:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So... Are you saying Invasion is getting a second season? Why can nobody, anywhere answer this question. It just seems like half of the people are "assuming" there won't be, and the other half "saw somewhere" that it was renewed. I have yet to see any hard evidence either way, and believe me I've been looking.

May 03 2006 at 10:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Michael, you're a bit mistaken. South Park STARTS its seasons with the spring run and ends with the fall run (usually 7 eps per run with a season of 14 total). Tomorrow's episode is 1007 and the first new ep in October will be 1008. So tomorrow's episode is, at best, a "half-season" finale.

May 02 2006 at 11:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rich Keller

Thank you all for the corrections and show updates. I have made modifications to the post. This is why we love you all!

May 02 2006 at 6:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael Heumann

The Sopranos SEASON ends in June. The series ending is set for next year (something like that).

South Park ends its season in May, but the season actually started back last fall (they do two sets of runs, one in fall and one in spring, and together they are one season--with a large gap between the episodes).

May 02 2006 at 6:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Let's play find the TVS typo game!
"We say aloha to the gangs of FOX's That 70's Show and NBC's Will & Grace as there original runs end. Yet, they will live on in reruns forever"

May 02 2006 at 6:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Is Monday, June 5th, the Season Finale (2 hour) of Everwood on the WB as well?

May 02 2006 at 5:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I just got word from my friend at the local ABC affiliate that Commander in Chief has been axed and will not air out their last few eps, so go ahead and remove that one! Email snippet follows:

Subject: URGENT Prime Pgrm Chg for Thursdays Eff. 5-4-06
Importance: High


Add: 9:00pm 10:00pm Primetime
Delete: 9:00pm 10:00pm Commander in Chief

**Note: ABC has pulled Commander in Chief from the schedule until further notice.**

May 02 2006 at 5:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob Mc

How can Matt and Trey only make, like, five episodes of South Park and call that a season?

May 02 2006 at 5:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Isn't June 4th the season 6 finale for the Sopranos, not the series finale?

May 02 2006 at 5:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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