This Week on TV – 5/17/09-5/23/09

Welcome to a new week of TV! Last week was full of season finales. Which was your favorite? Out of the ones I’ve watched so far (I’m a bit behind, haven’t watched Grey’s Anatomy, etc), I bawled my eyes out at the Scrubs finale. It felt so much like a perfect series finale ending, what with his “video” in his head at the end… I can’t even tell you how much I cried. Seriously. *sigh* The season finale of Bones was also fantastic. I didn’t cry, but the whole thing with them together was just so sweet and every character was just so perfect. I absolutely loved it. And that last few seconds??! No way! So anyway, let’s see what’s on this week! Jump with me to see this week’s schedule!


Sunday has a bunch of finales this week as well. First up is the series finale of King of the Hill on FOX at 8:30/7:30c. I marked it as series finale because according to Ausiello, it’s officially been cancelled.

There are a few shows that I am not sure about their status, but I would guess most, if not all, will be returning. On network TV is the 2-hour season finale of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on ABC at 9/8c. Then on cable are the finales of Keeping Up with the Kardashians on E! at 10/9c, 2 episodes (including the season finale) of Leader of the Pack on HGTV at 8/7c & 8:30/7:30c, River Monsters on Animal Planet at 10/9c and Russell Simmons Presents: Brave New Voices on HBO at 10/9c (1-hour season finale).

Finally, there are 5 finales for shows that have already been renewed for next season. First up is the season finale of The Simpsons on FOX at 8/7c. Also on FOX is the season finale of Family Guy at 9/8c and American Dad at 9:30/8:30c. The season finale of Desperate Housewives on ABC is 2-hours, starting at 9/8c and the 2-hour season finale of Survivor on CBS starts at 8/7c and is followed by the 1-hour reunion show at 10/9c.

Also on tonight:

  • *Series Finale*King of the Hill (#KH-1311) – FOX @ 8:30/7:30c
  • *Season Finale*American Dad (#DAD-413) – FOX @ 9:30/8:30c
  • *Season Finale*Desperate Housewives (#523/524) – ABC @ 9/8c (2-Hour Season Finale)
  • *Season Finale*Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (#625A/625B) – ABC @ 7/6c (2-Hour Season Finale)
  • *Season Finale*Family Guy (#FG-620) – FOX @ 9/8c
  • *Season Finale*Keeping Up with the Kardashians (#310) – E! @ 10/9c
  • *Season Finale*Leader of the Pack (#HPACK-106/HPACK-107) – HGTV @ 8/7c & 8:30/7:30c (2 New Episodes, Including Season Finale)
  • *Season Finale*River Monsters (#107) – Animal Planet @ 10/9c
  • *Season Finale*Russell Simmons Presents: Brave New Voices (#107) – HBO @ 10/9c (1-Hour Season Finale)
  • *Season Finale*The Simpsons (#SI-2012) – FOX @ 8/7c
  • *Season Finale*Survivor (#1814-120) – CBS @ 8/7c (2-Hour Season Finale Plus 1-Hour Reunion Show)
  • *Special*Saturday Night Live Just Shorts – NBC @ 9/8c (2-Hour Special)
  • *New*Any Dream Will Do (#109) – BBC America @ 9/8c
  • *New*Breaking Bad (#211) – AMC @ 10/9c
  • *New*Daisy of Love (#104-60) – VH1 @ 9/8c
  • *New*In Plain Sight (#205) – USA @ 10/9c
  • *New*In Treatment (#69/226 & 70/227) – HBO @ 9/8c & 9:30/8:30c (2 New Episodes)
  • *New*Law & Order: CI (#805) – USA @ 9/8c
  • *New*State of the Union (#206) – Showtime @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Tudors (#307) – Showtime @ 9/8c


Monday season finales start with the shows that have already been renewed. On FOX is the 2-hour season finale of 24 at 8/7c. Also at 8/7c is the season finale of Gossip Girl and following that at 9/8c is One Tree Hill, both on the CW. Also at 9/8c is the season finale of Two and a Half Men on CBS.

The shows with season finales tonight that are sure things, according to Ausiello, are CSI: Miami at 10/9c, How I Met Your Mother at 8:30/7:30c and Rules of Engagement at 8/7c & 9:30/8:30c, all on CBS. Also already renewed for next season is the 1-hour finale of Paranormal State on A&E at 10/9c.

Finally, here are the season finales for shows that I don’t have a clue whether or not they will be returning! heh First up are 2 new episodes, including the season finale, of Ax Men on the History Channel at 9/8c & 10/9c. Also with 2 new episodes is Table for 12 on TLC at 9/8c & 9:30/8:30c. At 10/9c is the season finale of Doing da Vinci on the Discovery Channel. At 10:30/9:30c is the season finale of College Life on MTV.

Tonight is the series premiere of 4th & Long on Spike TV at 10/9c. Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin and Spike TV are on a quest to give a football hopeful a shot at making the Dallas Cowboys roster in the new series. Spike TV will chronicle the rigorous training, heated competition, and compelling moments among 12 talented unsigned football players — individuals who either blew their first shot at making the NFL, or never had one to begin with. In a 10-week training camp, Irvin will offer his wealth of experience and guidance to mold them into NFL-caliber players. Each week a different contestant will be cut, with the eventual victor heading to training camp with football’s legendary franchise, the Dallas Cowboys.

Finally, tonight is the 2-hour season premiere of The Bachelorette on ABC at 9:02/8:02c. Watch as Jillian tries to find the love of her life out of 30 (instead of the regular 25!) hot, sexy men!

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Finale*24 (#TWF-723/724) – FOX @ 8/7c (2-Hour Season Finale)
  • *Season Finale*Ax Men (#24/211 & 25/212) – History Channel @ 9/8c & 10/9c (2 New Episodes Including Season Finale)
  • *Season Finale*College Life (#106-30) – MTV @ 10:30/9:30c
  • *Season Finale*CSI: Miami (#725) – CBS @ 10/9c
  • *Season Finale*Doing da Vinci (#106) – Discovery Channel @ 10/9c
  • *Season Finale*Gossip Girl (#225) – CW @ 8/7c
  • *Season Finale*How I Met Your Mother (#424) – CBS @ 8:30/7:30c
  • *Season Finale*One Tree Hill (#624) – CW @ 9/8c
  • *Season Finale*Paranormal State (#52/319) – A&E @ 10/9c (1-Hour Season Finale)
  • *Season Finale*Rules of Engagement (#312/313) – CBS @ 8/7c & 9:30/8:30c (2 New Episodes Including Season Finale)
  • *Season Finale*Table for 12 (#113/114) – TLC @ 9/8c & 9:30/8:30c (2 New Episodes Including Season Finale)
  • *Season Finale*Two and a Half Men (#624) – CBS @ 9/8c
  • *Series Premiere*4th & Long (#101) – Spike TV @ 10/9c
  • *Season Premiere*The Bachelorette (#501-120) – ABC @ 9:02/8:02c (2-Hour Season Premiere)
  • *New*Charm School (#302-60) – VH1 @ 9/8c
  • *New*Dancing with the Stars (#811-60) – ABC @ 8/7c (1-Hour New Episode)
  • *New*Deal or No Deal (#415-60/416-60) – NBC @ 8/7c & 9/8c (2 New Episodes)
  • *New*Greek (#218) – ABC Family @ 8/7c
  • *New*Gotti’s Way (#203-30) – VH1 @ 10:30/9:30c
  • *New*In Treatment (#71/228, 72/229 & 73/230) – HBO @ 9/8c, 9:30/8:30c & 10/9c (3 New Episodes)
  • *New*Medium (#517) – NBC @ 10/9c
  • *New*New York Goes To Work (#103-30) – VH1 @ 10/9c
  • *New*Pros vs. Joes (#404) – Spike TV @ 11/10c
  • *New*The Hills (#508-30) – MTV @ 10/9c


Tuesday has several season finales as well. First up are 2 that have been renewed already for next season. Dancing With the Stars is 2 hours on ABC, starting at 9/8c. Also at 9/8c, is the season finale of 90210 on the CW.

The season finales for shows that are sure things are NCIS at 8/7c and The Mentalist at 9/8c, both on CBS. The third show in the CBS lineup, Without a Trace at 10/9c, could go either way for renewal.

My Network TV has season finales for 2 of their shows tonight: Street Patrol at 8/7c & 8:30/7:30c and Jail at 9/8c.

Tonight is the series premiere of Glee on FOX at 9:01/8:01c. The show follows an optimistic high school teacher, Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison), as he tries to refuel his own passion while reinventing the high school’s glee club and challenging a group of outcasts to realize their star potential. It’s not an easy task when the pitch-imperfect club includes Mercedes (Amber Riley), a forceful diva-in-training; Arty (Kevin McHale), a geeky guitarist; Kurt (Chris Colfer), a dramatic soprano; Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), a punk rocker; and self-proclaimed “star” Rachel (Lea Michele), a perfectionist firecracker. McKinley’s cruel high school caste system prevents the glee club from flourishing, so Will recruits Finn (Cory Monteith), the quarterback with movie star looks, to join the group even though he wants to protect his reputation with his holier-than-thou girlfriend, Quinn (Dianna Agron), and his arrogant teammate, Puck (Mark Salling). With harsh criticism from everyone, including Will’s tough-as-nails wife Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig) and McKinley’s egotistical cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), he is determined to prove them all wrong and lead the glee club to the greatest competition of them all: Nationals. This is just a preview for the new show. The rest of the season will air next Fall!

Finally, tonight is a 1-hour special, Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood: Look How Far We’ve Come, on Oxygen at 10/9c.

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Finale*90210 (#124) – CW @ 9/8c
  • *Season Finale*Dancing With the Stars (#811A-120) – ABC @ 9/8c (2-Hour Season Finale)
  • *Season Finale*Jail (#U60203) – My Network TV @ 9/8c
  • *Season Finale*NCIS (#625) – CBS @ 8/7c
  • *Season Finale*Street Patrol (#U20217/U20218) – My Network TV @ 8/7c & 8:30/7:30c (2 New Episodes Including Season Finale)
  • *Season Finale*The Mentalist (#123) – CBS @ 9/8c
  • *Season Finale*Without a Trace (#724) – CBS @ 10/9c
  • *Series Premiere*Glee (#GLE-101) – FOX @ 9:01/8:01c
  • *Special*Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood: Look How Far We’ve Come (#400) – Oxygen @ 10/9c (1-Hour Special)
  • *New*American Idol (#ID-834) – FOX @ 8/7c
  • *New*Deadliest Catch (#506) – Discovery Channel @ 9/8c
  • *New*Law & Order: SVU (#10-21) – NBC @ 10/9c
  • *New*My Boys (#308) – TBS @ 10:30/9:30c
  • *New*Reaper (#213) – CW @ 8/7c
  • *New*Rescue Me (#507) – FX @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Alaska Experiment (#206) – Discovery Channel @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Phone (#105-60) – MTV @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Real Housewives of New Jersey (#102) – Bravo @ 10/9c


Wednesday is the season finale of American Idol on FOX at 8/7c. It is 2 hours and 7 minutes long, so if you are planning on watching or recording, take the overage into account! The show has been renewed for next season already, of course.

The season finale of Criminal Minds on CBS at 9/8c is 2 hours long (which is why CSI: NY had its season finale last Thursday!). The show is a sure thing for renewal.

Also with their season finales tonight, although they both could go either way for renewal, are Gary Unmarried at 8:30/7:30c and The New Adventures of Old Christine at 8/7c. ABC is poised to pick up Christine should CBS cancel it!

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Finale*American Idol (#ID2-834A) – FOX @ 8/7c (127-Minute Season Finale)
  • *Season Finale*Criminal Minds (#425/426) – CBS @ 9/8c (2-Hour Season Finale)
  • *Season Finale*Gary Unmarried (#120) – CBS @ 8:30/7:30c
  • *Season Finale*The New Adventures of Old Christine (#422) – CBS @ 8/7c
  • *New*Law & Order (#19-21) – NBC @ 10/9c
  • *New*Make Me a Supermodel (#211) – Bravo @ 10/9c
  • *New*Mythbusters (#121/707) – Discovery Channel @ 9/8c
  • *New*Night (#113/114) – Animal Planet @ 10/9c
  • *New*Pitchmen (#106) – Discovery Channel @ 10/9c
  • *New*Reno 911 (#612) – Comedy Central @ 10:30/9:30c
  • *New*The Cougar (#106) – TV Land @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Real World/Road Rules Challenge (#1707-60) – MTV @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Ultimate Fighter (#908) – Spike TV @ 10/9c
  • *New*Time Warp (#207-60) – Discovery Channel @ 8/7c


Thursday is the season finale of Ugly Betty on ABC at 8/7c (2-hour season finale, and it’s already been renewed for next season), Southland on NBC at 10/9c (already renewed for next season!) and Free Radio on VH1 at 11/10c.

Tonight is also the season premiere of Crime 360 on A&E at 10/9c and the 2-hour season premiere of So You Think You Can Dance on FOX at 8/7c.

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Finale*Free Radio (#208-30) – VH1 @ 11/10c
  • *Season Finale*Southland (#107) – NBC @ 10/9c
  • *Season Finale*Ugly Betty (#323/324) – ABC @ 8/7c (2-Hour Season Finale)
  • *Season Premiere*Crime 360 (#13/203) – A&E @ 10/9c
  • *Season Premiere*So You Think You Can Dance (#DAN-501/502) – FOX @ 8/7c (2-Hour Season Premiere)
  • *New*American Chopper (#140/607) – TLC @ 9/8c
  • *New*The Fashion Show (#103) – Bravo @ 10/9c


Friday is the season finale of Party Down on Starz at 10:30/9:30c. The show has already been renewed for next season.

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Finale*Party Down (#110) – Starz @ 10:30/9:30c
  • *New*Don’t Forget the Lyrics! (#LYR-208) – FOX @ 8/7c
  • *New*Escape to Chimp Eden (#215/216) – Animal Planet @ 10/9c
  • *New*Head Case (#310) – Starz @ 10/9c
  • *New*Myles of Style (#HMOFS-2Q09) – HGTV @ 8:30/7:30c
  • *New*Real Time with Bill Maher (#713) – HBO @ 10/9c
  • *New*The Soup – E! @ 10/9c


Saturday is the season finale of Legend of the Seeker. The show is syndicated, so check your local listings for network and time. It’s been renewed for next season already!

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Finale*Legend of the Seeker (#122) – Syndicated so check your local listings
  • *Sports*NBA Countdown – ABC @ 8/7c
  • *Sports*NBA Playoffs – Western Conference Finals, Game 3 – ABC @ 8:30/7:30c
  • *New*Beverly Hills Groomer (#103/104) – Animal Planet @ 10/9c
  • *New*Groomer Has It (#207) – Animal Planet @ 9/8c
  • *New*Harper’s Island (#107) – CBS @ 9/8c
  • *New*Nanny 911 (#406-60) – CMT @ 8/7c
  • *New*Primeval (#302) – BBC America @ 9/8c
  • *New*World’s Strictest Parents (#106-60) – CMT @ 9/8c

That’s it! Hope you all have a great week!

— Jenny

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