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Tuesday, May 22
The Great American Read
Meredith Vieira hosts this eight-part series that goes in search of America’s best-loved book. It kicks off tonight with a two-hour special that uncovers the 100 most-loved novels, according to a representative survey. Then, over the summer, voting online will whittle the list down, and The Great American Read will air more episodes in the fall looking at the titles in themed episodes, before determining America’s favorite book in an October special.
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Roseanne: “Knee Deep”
In the season finale, Dan (John Goodman) is forced to make an important work decision when Roseanne’s (Roseanne Barr) knee worsens, but when a major storm hits Lanford, their fortunes change for the better. Later, Darlene (Sara Gilbert) realizes she needs to go back to her first passion: writing.
NCIS: “Date With Destiny”
Good news or bad news? Former military psychologist Sloane (Maria Bello) suspects that the man who held her team hostage and tortured her in Afghanistan is still alive and chilling in the States. And Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and Vance (Rocky Carroll) suspect that she will risk everything to get even with him.
The Flash: “We Are the Flash”
The CW, 8pm
It’s taken all season, several deaths (RIP, Ralph!) and a whole bunch of false starts, but it looks like the Flash (Grant Gustin) and his team may finally have a leg up on bringing down baddie DeVoe (Neil Sandilands). And if they don’t, well, there’s always next season … for those who make it.
The long-running, underappreciated sitcom that followed the adventures of the working-class Heck family comes to a close tonight.
Tonight’s live two-hour finale will include musical performances from some A-list entertainers, but let’s face it: That’s merely filler to keep us hanging around until the final seconds. Darn it, Carson Daly — just tell us which of the four finalists wins already!
Splitting Up Together: “Heat Wave”
Divorce is a good thing! At least it has been for controlling Lena (Jenna Fischer) and laid-back Martin (Oliver Hudson), who continued cohabitating post-split for the sake of their family. But with their three children off to camp, a spark could reignite. Emily Kapnek, the comedy’s executive producer, teases, “What’s it like to be alone together for the first time without the kids?” Stick around through the end credits to find out. “There are two juicy cliffhangers,” she promises.
For the People: “This Is What I Wanted to Say”
When Sandra (Britt Robertson) defends a hydrologist accused of spying for the Chinese government, the similarities between this case and one she lost shake her confidence. Meanwhile, Jay (Wesam Keesh) faces his fears, going up against Kate (Susannah Flood) in a case involving a PTA president accused of dealing drugs to students.
Hunting Nazi Treasure: “Nazi Gold”
In April 1945, American soldiers blasted a hole in the wall of an underground mine in Germany. Inside they found neatly stacked canvas bags full of looted gold that would be worth an incredible $9 billion today and was amazingly just a fraction of the gold stolen by the Nazis during the war. In this episode, the team investigates why gold was so vital to the Nazis, the brutal methods they used to get it and where some still-missing gold may be hidden today.
There goes the (cookie-cutter) neighborhood. Designer Jasmine Roth helps California couple Donald and Dina make their abode stand out. Three words: rainbow ombré staircase.
Forged in Fire: Knife or Death
Dreams — and some very sharp blades — may shatter as the knife-wielding competition comes to a close. The contestants must slice through a 20-pound fish and flying watermelons for a $20,000 prize.
Wednesday, May 23
Empire: “The Empire Unpossess’d”
As the Empire ownership bid presentation nears, Eddie shows no sign of backing down, and Lucious must make a difficult decision to save the future of the company and his family.
The torch goes out on Season 36 as we finally learn which Ghost Island castaway outwitted, outlasted and outplayed the others.
Nature: “The World’s Most Wanted Animal”
Join conservationist Maria Diekmann in the crusade to save pangolins, the most trafficked animal in the world. Learn about these little-known yet highly desired scaly mammals whose basic biology remains a mystery, hampering conservation efforts.
Star: “Thirty Days to Famous”
Brandy Norwood returns as Carlotta’s sister Cassie, and the rivalry between the siblings comes to a head. And Take 3’s future as a group is at risk when egos clash.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: “Remember Me/Remember Me Too”
Season 19 comes to an end with two episodes tonight. In “Remember Me,” when a young woman (guest star Genesis Rodriguez) takes a man hostage at gunpoint, Benson (Mariska Hargitay) makes a dangerous attempt to defuse the situation. Meanwhile, the SVU discovers the shocking motive behind the abduction. In “Remember Me Too,” Benson’s suspicions about a kidnapping victim (guest star Carlos Miranda) uncovers a dangerous criminal network prepared to silence anyone who gets in their way.
NOVA Wonders: “Can We Make Life?”
Discover the breakthroughs in genetic engineering enabling scientists to create and manipulate DNA as never before. Explore the promise and peril of CRISPR. Can we cure genetic diseases? Bring extinct animals back to life? Even edit our own genes?
The Expanse: “Delta-V”
All eyes turn to the edge of the solar system as a mysterious new presence emerges; Naomi (Dominique Tipper) recommits to her roots; Drummer (Cara Gee) butts heads with a seasoned new commander aboard the Behemoth; a young Belter makes a name for himself.
Wood Work: “Creating a Family Retreat”
Chip and Joanna Gaines’ go-to woodworker has carved out a niche for himself. Fixer Upper favorite Clint Harp headlines his own series and takes viewers inside the Waco, Texas, shop where he finds creative solutions to requests for built-ins, mantels and custom pieces. This week, he creates a ping-pong table made from solid ash (with a walnut inlay) for a couple who want to create a fun retreat for their college son’s weekend visits.
Set in the fast-paced, emotionally charged world of divorce law, this six-part miniseries stars Nicola Walker (Unforgotten, Last Tango in Halifax) as divorce lawyer Hannah Defoe. The Split explores contemporary marriage and relationships through the personal and professional lives of Hannah and her legal-eagle family.
Krypton: “The Phantom Zone”
With Brainiac (Blake Ritson) close to taking over the city of Kandor, Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe) realizes that saving his planet means making tough choices … possibly at the expense of his allies.
USA Network, 10pm
Will (Josh Holloway) and Katie (Sarah Wayne Callies) fear they might be in danger when the Resistance camp is put in lockdown. A risky plan makes Broussard (Tory Kittles) question Amy’s intentions.
Thursday, May 24
Terrence Howard’s Fright Club
Empire star Terrence Howard shows off his skills as a prankster when he invites his biggest fans to what they believe to be a meet-and-greet at his remote New Orleans estate, but it’s actually a weekend filled with scary pranks. Hidden cameras follow the fans as Howard pushes them to the limit and exposes them to wild experiences including swamp monsters and voodoo spells.
Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day
Kicking off NBC’s night of programming related to the Red Nose Day charity event, this special installment of American Ninja Warrior features stars from all areas of entertainment as they attempt to overcome the famed obstacle course in the name of charity. Derek Hough, Ne-Yo, Nikki Bella, Colton Dunn, Scott Evans, Nastia Liukin and Gregg Sulkin will all compete. For the first time, cohost Akbar Gbajabiamila will take on the course he has seen so many ninjas face. Matt Iseman and Kristine Leahy are also on hand to cohost.
Carnival Eats: “Beach Eats”
Cooking Channel, 9pm
Deep-fried Oreos, anyone? Host Noah Cappe had better have packed his sweet tooth because he’s touring beachside fairgrounds this week, and you know those creative food vendors are cooking up something crazier than just your average funnel cake and corn dogs.
Swamp People: “Speed Demons”
Alligator hunting isn’t getting any easier, as we’ve seen so far on Season 9 of the reality hit. Our heroes in Louisiana have struggled to maintain their way of life — and tonight, hunter and fisherman Robert “Frenchy” Crochet takes a gamble by searching for prey in unfamiliar territory.
Hollywood Game Night: “Red Nose Day”
Jane Lynch hosts this special Red Nose Day installment of her popular game show, with some of the biggest names in entertainment competing to raise money to ensure that children in need are safe, healthy and educated.
Mysteries at the Museum
Travel Channel, 9pm
What do teacups and facial hair have in common? Host Don Wildman delivers an entertaining history lesson as he heads to the Bell County Museum in Texas to check out their collection of mustache cups, a Victorian-era invention that kept guys’ whiskers dry.
The Red Nose Day Special
NBC, 10pm Live
Chris Hardwick hosts this night of fun and goodwill as celebrities come together to raise money and awareness to help end childhood poverty. “When you can actually use comedy for some good and to help people … so many people jump onboard and want to play around,” Hardwick tells of the event.
Friday, May 25
Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life
Comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short team up for musical sketches and conversations about their legendary lives in show business and standup.
Gillian Jacobs, Vanessa Bayer and Phoebe Robinson star in this original romantic comedy film about a woman looking to shake up her routine who finds her two best pals accompanying her on a business trip to Barcelona.
Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Diego Luna (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild) join the voice cast of Guillermo del Toro’s animated series for its third and final season, with Maslany and Luna set as the new series leads.
Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition: “Bethany Mota”
Bethany Mota is a YouTube sensation and author with more than 12.7 million subscribers, and is one of the most powerful and inspiring voices in social media. In this episode, Mota goes undercover to identify up-and-coming YouTube talent.
My Last Days
The CW, 8pm
Your problems will suddenly seem tiny after checking out this heart-wrenching docuseries featuring brave individuals who have terminal illnesses. With their time running out, they all “live fully in the moment,” says executive producer Justin Baldoni.
Memorial Day Movie Marathon
All Memorial Day weekend (starting tonight and through early Tuesday morning), Turner Classic Movies airs the most memorable military movies of all time, beginning with 1961’s The Guns of Navarone. Other notable titles airing throughout the marathon include The Dirty Dozen (1967), From Here to Eternity (1953), Where Eagles Dare (1968), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) and more.
Great Performances: “The Opera House”
Explore the rich history of the Met Opera’s Lincoln Center home and the cultural life of 1950s-60s New York City. Features famed soprano Leontyne Price, the Met’s general manager Rudolf Bing, city planner Robert Moses and architect Wallace Harrison.
IFC, 1:30am (late-night)
Totally rad! Tonight’s episode of the revived 1980s pop culture show features a deep dive into punk music with vintage interviews and performances from AC/DC, Henry Rollins and Bad Brains. Plus, catch a baby-faced Rosie O’Donnell starting out in standup comedy.
Saturday, May 26
Soccer: UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid vs. Liverpool
FOX, 2:30pm Live
Europe’s premier club soccer tournament season comes to a close in the final match today in Kiev, Ukraine, between Real Madrid and Liverpool.
MLB on FOX
FOX opens its schedule of Major League Baseball primetime Saturdays leading up to July’s All-Star Game with three events. Depending on their location, viewers can check out the Los Angeles Angels at the New York Yankees, the Houston Astros at the Cleveland Indians or the San Francisco Giants at the Chicago Cubs.
Ransom: “Anatomy of a Lost Cause”
In the new episode “Anatomy of a Lost Cause,” after a hostage is executed in the midst of a high-stakes negotiation, Eric (Luke Roberts) is charged with aiding and abetting a kidnapper, and he faces self-doubt in the wake of his fatal error.
The series based on Luc Besson’s popular feature-film franchise returns to NBC’s lineup on Saturdays as it finishes out the rest of its second season (the series has recently been canceled). In “Imperium,” when a dangerous weapons dealer smuggles his wares into New York City, Bryan (Clive Standen) teams with the FBI in a race to stop him before he reaches the safety of international waters.
Filmmaker Jennifer Fox shares her personal experience of childhood sexual abuse and recovery in this difficult but important film, a Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize nominee. Laura Dern and a preteen Isabelle Nélisse (Mama) play Fox at different times in her life, as the adult Jennifer (Dern) realizes, via a chance revisiting of a story she wrote as a prepubescent student, that the decades-older track coach she considered her first “boyfriend” actually groomed and raped her. Jason Ritter is eerily genial as Fox’s abuser while Ellen Burstyn is fiery as Fox’s mother Nettie, whose own guilt, shame and confusion helped her daughter assemble the real story.