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What to Watch: TV Picks for May 23-29

by Rich Keller, posted May 22nd 2011 2:00PM
House confronts his latest patient, a performance artist, on the season 7 finale of 'House.'MONDAY, MAY 23

'House' (8PM, FOX) season finale
This has not been a good year for House. Oh, he finally hooked up with Cuddy and Thirteen came back to the team, but those brief moments of joy were overshadowed by the sadness. Soon enough, Cuddy broke up with him, which caused him to return to his pill addiction. Then he self-medicated himself with a medicine which helped him grow new muscle, except it caused the growth of tumors. Now he's about to make a decision which could change his relationship with both Cuddy and Wilson.
'United States of Tara' -- Tara manifests a new alter, an abusive personality, which prompts Dr. Hattaras to bring her to the co-chair of the Psychology Department. (10:30PM, Showtime)

'The Bachelorette'
-- Ashley Hebert gets a promotion from 'Bachelor' second runner-up to become the newest Bachelorette who will pick the love of her life from 25 potential candidates. (9PM, ABC) season premiere

'Nurse Jackie' -- Jackie gets questioned when drugs go missing from the oncology department. (10PM, Showtime)

-- An adventure in World War II has Magnus trying to stop the Nazis from using a weather-controlling device on the day before D-Day. (10PM, SyFy)

'The Chicago Code' -- When FBI agent Cuyler (guest Adam Arkin) returns, Teresa and Jarek show their hand in their case against Gibbons. (9PM, FOX) series finale

'The Event' -- Circumstances come to a head as Sterling and Simon race to stop the deadly virus which is about to sweep the planet just as the portal begins to open. In other words, no pressure. (9PM, NBC) series finale

'Make It or Break It' -- Trusts and friendships are broken as the girls complete in the Worlds. (9PM, ABC Family) season finale

'American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior' -- It's an 'AC'/'Deadliest Catch' crossover when the OCC gang heads north to Alaska to visit with crew members from the Time Bandit. (9PM, Discovery)

It's New York, New York for the New Directions gang as they compete in the Nationals.TUESDAY, MAY 24

'Glee' (9PM, FOX) season finale
Two years of sweat, tears, breakups, makeups and slushie baths have finally paid off with New Directions' trip to the Nationals. Not that it's all smooth sailing. In fact, events taking place prior to the performance may shoot down their chances. This includes Quinn's plans for change, Will's urge to leave Ohio for Broadway, and an event which will setup the road the kids will travel next season. In other words, a typical episode of 'Glee.'

'Dancing With the Stars' -- Chelsea Kane, Kristie Alley or Hines Ward: who will be named the latest winner in tonight's live telecast? (9PM, ABC) season finale

'The Biggest Loser: Couples' -- The winner of the $250,000 prize is selected with a final weigh-in. Also chosen: the winner of the $100,000 at-home prize, which is awarded to the eliminated contestant who has lost the most weight after leaving the show. (8PM, NBC) season finale

'Deadliest Catch' -- More bad luck for everyone as an incident on the Cornelia Marie results in police involvement and a crewman on the Kodiak receives a career-ending injury. (10PM, Discovery)

'Craft in America' -- A look at artists who tell stories and express their opinions through their work. Among those profiled are a bead artist whose works focus on issues such as race and stereotyping. (8PM, PBS)

'16 & Pregnant' -- Meet Kayla: a pregnant teen who begins to struggle with anorexia when she starts gaining baby weight. (10PM, MTV)

After 25 years, 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' airs its last original episode on Wednesday.WEDNESDAY, MAY 25

'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (check local listings for times) series finale
At some point today, millions of Oprah Winfrey fans will feel a wave of emptiness when the talk show maven ends her show after 25 years. Expect this to be a star-studded event as some of Oprah's favorite guests, including folks like Will Smith and wife Jada Pninkett, stop by to say farewell. Also expect a good deal of tears as Oprah herself signs off for the last time.

'American Idol' -- The winner of this year's competition will be chosen in the live, star-filled, two-hour event. (8PM, FOX) season finale

'Cougar Town' -- ABC must love Hawaii because they send a good many of their sitcom stars there (think 'The Brady Bunch,' 'Growing Pains,' 'Modern Family,' etc.) This time, the Cul-de-Sac crew takes a vacation when Grayson makes a spontaneous move to the islands. (9:30 PM, ABC) season finale

'The Middle' -- It's the end of the school year for the Heck family and the kids need to tie up some loose ends. For Brick, it's writing a daily journal in order to move up to fourth grade. For Sue, it's convincing everyone she wasn't sick in order to receive a perfect attendance award. (9PM, ABC) season finale

'Modern Family' -- All Jay wants to do is spend his birthday fishing. Unfortunately, all his family wants to do is throw him a big bash, which leads to Claire and Mitchell getting stuck in the yard of the childhood home and Phil encountering his college nemesis at the mall. (9PM, ABC) season finale

'Man v. Food Nation' -- Travel Channel previews this spin-off of 'Man v. Food,' which features fans who take on food challenges in their local hometowns. (9PM, Travel Channel)

'Happy Endings'
-- The season finale finds Brad and Jane uncovering something disturbing about their marital status and Penny asking Derrick to be her "engaged" date at a wedding. (10:30PM, ABC) season finale

Atlanta and San Francisco are the first stops in the 'So You Think You Can Dance' tryout express.THURSDAY, MAY 26

'So You Think You Can Dance' (8PM, FOX) season premiere
With the end of the 2010-2011 television year comes the official start of the summer viewing season. And it starts with the two-hour premiere of 'So You Think You Can Dance.' Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy return as permanent judges, with the third seat being occupied by a rotating cast of panelists including Debbie Allen and Adam Shankman. The premiere focuses on auditions held in Atlanta and San Francisco.

'Rookie Blue' -- To get you set for the second season, ABC rebroadcasts the first two episodes from last summer. (9PM, ABC)

'How to Die In Oregon' -- The documentary examines Oregon's Death with Dignity Act, which is the first assisted suicide legislation enacted in the U.S. (8PM, HBO)

'Secret Diary of a Call Girl' -- Though Ben wants Belle to end her call girl career, a familiar client returns to make things complicated. (10:30PM, Showtime) series finale

'Break It Down'
-- A 50-year-old locomotive is torn down and rebuilt using modern technologies. (10PM, NatGeo)

'Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew'
-- Kayne West hands out challenges to the remaining 3 dance crews. (10PM, MTV)

'24 Hour Restaurant Battle' -- A German beer hall goes up against a gastropub -- a restaurant which serves high-end beer and food. (10PM, Food Network)

'The Real Housewives of New York City'
-- The ladies head to Morocco, where they end up at a birthday party featuring fortune tellers and snake charmers. Really, did they have to go to Morocco for that? They could have easily found a similar birthday party in the Village. (10PM, Bravo)

Before it's too late you may want to tune into the quality drama known as 'Friday Night Lights.'FRIDAY, MAY 27

'Friday Night Lights' (8PM, NBC)
Since you've caught up on all of your DVR'd episodes and there's nothing else on due to the Memorial Day holiday, it might be a good time to catch 'Friday Night Lights' before it ends. Well, ends on network television; it already ended its run on DirectTV. However, since not everyone has access to the satellite service, it's new to you. Summary: 'Friday Night Lights' is a great drama which you'll kick yourself for if you don't watch.

'River Monsters: The Lost Reels' -- En route to the Amazon to hunt for the world's largest freshwater fish, Jeremy Wade's plane crashes, leaving him lost in the jungle. (9PM, Animal Planet)

'The Whitest Kids U'Know' -- Sketches include going home alone, liquor store robberies and the pledge of allegiance. (10:30PM, IFC)

'Batman: The Brave and the Bold'
-- Batman teams up with Green Lantern Hal Jordan to battle Star Sapphire. (6:30PM, Cartoon Network)

'Hooked' -- A look at the influx of Asian carp into the ecosystem of the U.S. Featured are controversial methods being used to combat the invasion. (9PM, NatGeo)

'CMT's Next Superstar'
-- The remaining three singers produce, direct and star in their own music videos, which have to be made in the span of four days. (9PM, CMT)

The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 begins at noon on ABC.SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, MAY 28-29

'Indianapolis 500' (Sunday, 12PM, ABC)
One hundred years ago, a few dozen drivers got together at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to race in the first 500-mile event. A century later, the historic automobile race is one of those events which ushers in the unofficial start of summer. Being the 100th running, look for some retrospective pieces interlaced with the fast-paced action of Indy-car racing.

'Star Trek' Movie Marathon -- SyFy network presents the first four installments from the 'Star Trek' movie series as well as 'Star Trek: First Contact.' (Sat., 10:30AM, SyFy)

'Unwrapped' -- American treats such as Coca-Cola, Girl Scout Cookies and Twinkies are examined in this one-hour episode (Sat., 9PM, Food Network)

'The Killing' -- The police regroup after they begin to have doubts about their prime suspect. (Sun., 10PM, AMC)

'Treme' -- Performances by John Hiatt and Henry Butler are featured in an episode where Antoine names a deputy and news of Jacques' troubles reaches Janette. (Sun., 10PM, HBO)

'National Memorial Day Concert' -- Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna host the annual concert from the U.S. Capital's West Lawn. Among the performers are B.B. King, Pia Toscano and the National Symphony Orchestra. (Sun., 8PM, PBS)

'NASCAR Racing' -- If you haven't gotten enough racing excitement from the Indianapolis 500, FOX gives you the Coca-Cola 600 from Charlotte, North Carolina (Sun., 5:30PM, FOX)

'Bert the Conqueror'
-- Bert heads to Arizona's annual Ostrich Festival, where he participates in a race which involves hooking up one of the birds to a chariot. (Sun., 8PM, Travel Channel)

'Why Not? With Shania Twain'
-- The singer ends up in a New Mexico retreat to help her regain her voice. (Sun., 10PM, OWN)

'Ice Loves Coco: Baby Love Backstory'
-- A preview of the upcoming reality show starring actor/rapper Ice-T and wife Coco. (Sun., 10:30PM, E!)

'My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding' -- The docuseries focuses on the gypsies of Britain, including rites-of-passage such as weddings and christenings. (Sun., 9PM, TLC) series premiere

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Just FYI - It is not the 100th running of the Indy 500, but the 100th anniversary of the first running. The first race was in 1911. They skipped some years during the World Wars.

May 23 2011 at 10:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike Siroky

Cuddy already quit House. They ain't getting back together

May 23 2011 at 12:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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