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What to Watch: TV Picks for May 24-30

by Kim Potts, posted May 23rd 2010 3:00PM
MONDAY, MAY 24
'24' (8PM, Fox) series finale
Jack Bauer has become such a major part of our pop culture that it's tough to imagine TV land without him, but the heroic, and sometimes tragic, federal agent indeed wraps his tube run tonight after eight clock-ticking, world-saving, baddie-torturing seasons. Sadly, show producers have made it clear that there'll be no happy, tidy ending for Jack (as if the murder of Renee after their long-awaited first hook-up didn't clue us in to that), but they've also promised that Jack will end the series alive ... physically, anyway. Emotionally and psychologically, Jack's at a breaking point, as he faces off with his closest allies while he continues to pursue justice, no matter where it takes him, for Renee's death. Thankfully, we have that '24' big-screen flick to look forward to, but it can't come quickly enough.

'10 Things I Hate About You' – Kat -- whut?! -- runs for class president in the series finale of this charming little series that is ending too soon (8PM, ABC Family) series finale

'Chuck' – Papa Bartowski continues to try to protect his baby boy from The Ring, while Casey also has to make sure the Ring no-goodniks leave his daughter alone (8PM, NBC) season 3 finale

'How I Met Your Mother' – Marshall and Lily make a big decision: They'll kick off Project Babymaking if they can spot Barney's doppleganger (8PM, CBS) season 5 finale

'The Bachelorette' – Ali Fedotowsky didn't fare so well with Jake Whatshisname, but now she gets to choose from two dozen more fellas, including one who brings her an Ali scrapbook and another who proposes marriage right away (9PM, ABC) season 6 premiere

'The Big Bang Theory' – Setting up next season, and the show's move to Thursday nights: Sheldon may be getting a girlfriend (9:30PM, CBS) season 3 finale

'CSI: Miami' – Cliffhanger alert: Someone dies. For reals (10PM, CBS) season 8 finale

'Law & Order' – Oh, original 'L&O,' you deserved the chance to set that 21-season record, but at least the series does end with some fine screen time for S. Epatha Merkerson and a guest spot by Olympian Lindsey Vonn (10PM, NBC) series finale


TUESDAY, MAY 25
'The Good Wife' (10PM, CBS) season 1 finale
One of the bigger hits of the 2009-2010 TV season, 'The Good Wife' was already renewed for a second season back in January, and when CBS announced its fall 2010 schedule last week, the show retained it Tuesday-at-10PM timeslot. And what happens in tonight's closer will certainly make that sophomore season a highly-anticipated one, as Eli (Alan Cumming, who becomes a series regular next year) encourages her to finally make a decision ... will she stand by hubby Peter (Chris Noth) and his efforts for a political comeback, or should she choose to be with co-worker and old law school pal Will (Josh Charles), who she shared that hot kiss with earlier this season?

'The Biggest Loser' – Another winner is announced, while the rest of us sit on the couch and ashamedly snack on food Jillian would yell at us about (8PM, NBC) season 9 finale

'NCIS' – Not only does Gibbs add a 51st entry to his list of rules to live by, but producers promise an OMG moment in the episode's final 30 seconds (8PM, CBS) season 7 finale

'Dancing With the Stars' – And another celeb/pro combo get to take home that disco ball trophy (9PM, ABC) season 10 finale

'Glee' – It's all about the Gaga in this Stefani Germanotta, a.k.a. Lady Gaga-themed installment (9PM, Fox)

'NCIS: LA' – There's a mystery involving a fortune and a war and a woman, but we just wanna know about the secrets of Callen's past (9PM, CBS) season 1 finale

'Parenthood' – Mr. Cyr (Jason Ritter) is back, but it's for Amber, not Sarah (10PM, NBC) season 1 finale



WEDNESDAY, MAY 26
'American Idol' (8PM, Fox) season 9 finale
Team Crystal or Team Lee? And the bigger question of the night: Who could have predicted this final two at the beginning of the season? Sure, Crystal was a standout early on, but Lee snuck up on the competition with his consistently good performances and laidback style. Who wins the season nine crown is likely to come down to, like in last year's finale, who inspires the fast-texting teen and tween viewers to vote away. Meanwhile, as the finale also includes appearances by the season nine contestants who'll perform on this summer's 'AI' tour, the end of the season also brings about a sad departure: This is the end of the road for judge Simon Cowell, who's leaving to launch the U.S. version of his hit U.K. reality series 'X Factor.' With everyone from Jamie Foxx and Shania Twain to Adam Lambert and Harry Connick Jr. rumored to be possible Simon stand-ins, the true 'AI' devoted know Mr. Cowell is the one 'AI' component that can never truly be replaced.

'Criminal Minds' – Tim Curry plays a reeeeeally bad guy in this season ender, as a killer who murders families (9PM, CBS) season 5 finale

'CSI: NY' – Edward Furlong's creepy Shane Casey is trailing Danny and the fam on vacation (10PM, CBS) season 6 finale

'Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Fresh Meat 2' – Evelyn has some re-thinkin' to do now that Wes is gone (10PM, MTV)

'Top Chef Masters' – One of the best Quickfire Challenges: Name That Ingredient (10PM, Bravo)

'Worst-Case Scenario' – Back-to-back episodes clue us in on how to deal with tarantulas, car breakdowns in the desert, falling elevators and blackouts (10PM, Discovery)



THURSDAY, MAY 27
'FlashForward' (8PM, ABC) series finale
How cruel. In the finale, not only do Mark and the rest of the gang find out whether their flash forwards come true, but Mark also finds out the day the next blackout will happen, while Simon and Demetri plan a way to stop it. All good stuff, but it doesn't matter much since, buzzkill, ABC decided not to renew the series that many viewers had envisioned as their next 'Lost.' A small consolation: The entire first season/series will be released on DVD in August, giving its fans the chance to enjoy it again and reminisce about yet another show that joined that big TV graveyard in the sky way too soon.

'So You Think You Can Dance' – Mary Murphy is out, Mia Michaels is in, 12 all-stars return and only 10 new dancers make the cut (8PM, Fox) season 7 premiere

'100 Questions' – It's another attempt to recreate the 'Friends' magic, with Charlotte as a single woman who shares her past dating experiences, each memory sparked by a question on a dating service survey (8:30PM, NBC) series premiere

'Hollywood Salutes Matt Damon: An American Cinematheque Tribute' – Bill Clinton, Clint Eastwood and his BFF Ben Affleck show up to honor the Oscar-winning 'Bourne' star (9PM, ABC)

'Mall Cops: Mall of America' – Paul Blart and his Segway couldn't handle this experience, as the Mall of America security crew tries to keep order on the mother of all shopping days, Black Friday (10PM, TLC) series premiere

'Real Housewives of New York City' – So much drama, your head may explode: Crazy Kelly sneaks away in the middle of the night, while Jill shows up -- unexpected and unwelcome -- on Ramona's getaway, while, back on NYC, Jill tries to make up with Bethenny (10PM, Bravo)

'Sliced' – You can see what's inside a vending machine any old time. But in this episode, you get to see how it all works as a vending machine gets cut in half (10:30PM, History Channel)



FRIDAY, MAY 28
'Party Down' (10PM, Starz)
The episode's called 'Not On Your Wife Opening Night,' but 'Comedy of Errors' would be more appropriate, as the cater waiters work a community theater party. With the tension between exes Henry and Casey still hanging in the air, and some costumes, a backstage area and mistaken identities involved, the party leads to some serious, and seriously weird romance. That also covers Roman, who finds himself in a kooky triangle with guest stars Rob Huebel and Kerri Kenney, playing actors who point out to Roman that, in the theater, writers are gods. Meanwhile, pretty boy Kyle thinks he's doing something noble to help the theater get a donation from a wealthy patron, but that too leads to a case of mistaken identity and a very disturbing interlude involving a gorilla suit.

'Friday Night Lights' – Matt and Riggins go on a hunt, as do the boosters, who go after Tami (8PM, NBC)

'Past Life' – You're being warned: Don't get hooked, since Fox is just burning off four unaired episodes of this lame duck drama (8PM, Fox)

'Wife Swap' – An uptight, etiquette-minded wife swaps fams with a wife whose brood likes to roll around in mud (8PM, ABC)

'Factory Made' – Even if you've never wondered how frozen pies, headphones or ceramic bowls were made, you will find yourself unable to turn the channel in this chronicle of their production (10PM, Science Channel)

'The Soup Presents: 20 Years of Takin' Some E!' – Joel M. and the fellas try to boil 20 years of ridiculous E! moments into one half-hour special (10PM, E!)



SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, MAY 29-30
'The Special Relationship' (Sat., 9PM, HBO)
Joey and Chandler, J.D. and Turk, Denny Crane and Alan ... and now add President Bill Clinton and Prime Minister Tony Blair to the list of famous TV bromances, as this made-for-HBO flick chronicles the friendship and professional bonding of Clinton (Dennis Quaid) and Blair (Michael Sheen), from the pre-Lewinsky era through Blair's subsequent friendship with President G.W. Bush. Sheen, most recently seen on the tube as Liz Lemon's (Tina Fey) alleged soulmate Wesley Snipes, Sheen's role in 'The Special Relationship' marks the third time he's played former PM Blair, including the Oscar-winning flick 'The Queen.'

'Lost' – In case you missed it, want to re-analyze it or actually managed to miss hearing about what happened because you were, in fact, living under a rock last week, ABC repeats the series finale (Sat., 8PM, ABC)

'Indy 500' – Will Helio Castroneves win his fourth Indy championship in the 94th annual race? (Sun., 1PM, ABC)

'National Memorial Day Concert' – Brad Paisley performs and Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna co-host this Washington, D.C. concert, which pays tribute to American veterans and their service to the country (Sun., 8PM, PBS)

'My Shocking Story: Eight-Limbed Baby' – A baby in Napal has eight limbs, but he's revered by his fellow citizens, who admire his resemblance to Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and fortune (Sun., 9PM, TLC)

'Breaking Bad' – Walt is finding association with Skyler too close for comfort, and possibly sanity, when she involves herself in his drug-cookin' biz (Sun., 10PM, AMC)

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RobynM

Once again, Doctor Who doesn't get listed.

Factory Made is okay, but I prefer How It's Made.

Not at all happy about the return of Mia Michaels, but will probably stick around for the all-stars.

May 23 2010 at 9:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ashley Boyd

Ryan (Hansen) is the actor's name, Kyle is the characters name. Just to let you know :)

Nice to see PD get a hearty write up though.

May 23 2010 at 4:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
judy brower

I am absolutely looking forward to The Good Wife on tuesday night.
I am also eagerly anticipating the return of the show in the fall.
Just a plain good show with the excellent talents of actors and writers.
Thank you CBS.

May 23 2010 at 4:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jimmy_MO

While I'm interested to see where the series finale of 24 takes Jack Bauer I can't say that I'm particularly enjoying it. I mean he eviscerated a guy because he killed a woman Jack barely had a relationship with. Jack did act this bad when his own wife was killed. It just doesn't see in-character to me.

Not to mention after all the work that went into creating one of the best presidents since Wayne Palmer the writers completely ruined President Taylor this season.

May 23 2010 at 3:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Edward

I really wished Fox would give 24 the same treatment as Lost...24 deserves it, even if it has fallen off a bit the past few seasons.

I'd also wish Hulu would put up the entire 24 series like Lost.

May 23 2010 at 7:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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