What to Watch: TV Picks for May 23 - 29
by Stephanie Earp, posted May 23rd 2011 2:30AM
Elizabeth Taylor Biography - Sunday May 29 8PM ET/PT, Biography
Taylor's death earlier this year reignited the public's fascination with the original movie star, the woman for whom the paparazzi was invented, and one half of the world's most famous love affair. Remembered more now for her violet eyes and fondness for enormous diamonds, this bio will remind viewers that Taylor was an Oscar-winning actress, stomped the boards on stage and always, always did things her way.
Also This Week:
American Idol - Wednesday May 25, 8 PM ET, CTV/Fox
In the two-hour season finale, either Lauren of Scott will be named the latest winner of the long-running show. The tone of 'Idol' changed a lot this season, with judges Steven Tyler and J.Lo leaking tears and compliments every time the cameras turned to them. I admit, I miss the bitter comments from Simon, but I wonder if the constant cheerleading will help the winner move into a professional career with more confidence. I feel like Lauren could be another Kelly Clarkson if she finds the right songwriters, and Scott could clearly make a mark in the country world.
Happy Endings - Wednesday May 25, 10:30PM ET/PT, Citytv/ABC
It seems fitting that what started with a wedding should end with one, but this season finale comes too soon for me. I haven't managed to make this show part of my regular viewing yet, but as the magic eight ball would say, all signs point to yes. This week, the gang is invited to a wedding and Jane and Brad stumble on a wee problem with their marital status, Penny needs a date and the bride-to-be is worried Alex is a wedding jinx.
How to Die in Oregon - Thursday May 26 8PM ET/MT, HBO Canada/HBO
This doc won the grand prize at Sundance and was an official selection at Hot Docs, and explores the world of assisted suicide. The title refers to the fact that Oregon is the only state that permits the practice. It follows the story of people who have died under the act, and features frank interviews with patients, friends, family members and crusaders. Heavy stuff, yes -- but worthwhile.