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Wednesday, May 15

Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed the World: “The Rocket”
PBS, 10pm

Learn the explosive history of the rocket, from its origin in ancient China to its use as a weapon of war, and see how adding hydrogen allowed it to carry astronauts all the way to the moon.

Southern Charm
Bravo, 8pm
Season Premiere!

It may be a season of new beginnings, but the same old Charleston drama always finds a way to resurface.

Survivor: Edge of Extinction
CBS, 8pm
Season Finale!

Survivor’s 38th season comes to a close in a two-hour finale, followed by the one-hour reunion special.

Riverdale: “Chapter Fifty-Seven: Apocalypto”
The CW, 8pm
Season Finale!

After receiving mysterious invitations, Archie (KJ Apa), Betty (Lili Reinhart), Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Jughead (Cole Sprouse) band together to confront the evils of their past once and for all. Meanwhile, chaos ensues at The Farm after Edgar (guest star Chad Michael Murray) makes a chilling announcement.

MasterChef Celebrity Family Showdown
FOX, 8pm

Celebrities pair up with friends and family to compete in culinary challenges and raise money for charity. Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir, and his brother, Boz, go head-to-head against his Johnny’s broadcast partner Tara Lipinski and her husband, Todd, in a fish dish showdown. Then, in a reality TV Blind Taste Test, Lisa Vanderpump and her daughter, Pandora, face off against Jersey Shore stars Snooki and JWoww, to replicate one of Joe Bastianich’s dishes from taste alone. The second part of this two-night special airs next Wednesday.

Chicago Med: “Forever Hold Your Peace”
NBC, 8pm

Caroline (Paula Newsome) has news to share, forcing Dr. Charles (Oliver Platt) to make a serious decision about their relationship. Maggie (Marlyne Barrett) meets her sister’s new boyfriend but discovers danger may lie ahead. Dr. Rhodes (Colin Donnell) experiences a devastating loss, while Dr. Choi (Brian Tee) and April (Yaya DaCosta) are faced with an unexpected challenge that strengthens their relationship.

NBA Eastern Conference Finals: Game 1
TNT, 8:30pm Live

TNT has exclusive coverage of the best-of-seven-game NBA Eastern Conference finals series between the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks beginning with Game 1 tonight at Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum.

Wahlburgers
A&E, 9pm
Season Premiere!

The final season will continue to chronicle the lives of Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg as they balance family and their rapidly growing business, which has become one of the fastest growing and most popular restaurants in the country.

Jane the Virgin: “Chapter Eighty-Nine”
The CW, 9pm

Jane (Gina Rodriguez) is having a hard time dealing with Rafael (Justin Baldoni) avoiding her, so when an issue with Mateo comes up, she uses it to get some face time. Rogelio (Jaime Camil) turns to Jane for help when he learns his pilot is in trouble.

Chicago Fire: “The White Whale”
NBC, 9pm

A serial arsonist cold case is reopened when Lt. Severide (Taylor Kinney) finds a connection to a recent salon fire. Meanwhile, Firehouse 51 celebrates a retirement party.

NOVA: “First Horse Warriors”
PBS, 9pm

Horse riding played a key role in human expansion and civilization. But when and how did people first master these animals? Scientists use archaeology and genetics to uncover clues about the first horse riders and how they shaped the world.

The Employables
A&E, 10pm
New Series!

This new docuseries follows struggling job seekers with conditions such as autism or Tourette syndrome as they search for meaningful employment. With the help of specialists, each job seeker uncovers their talents and works to show potential employers that their perceived disabilities can often provide unexpected benefits in the workplace.

Whiskey Cavalier: “Two of a Kind”
ABC, 10pm

Frankie’s (Lauren Cohan) commitment to coldhearted professionalism is tested when the team’s new mission to take down the head of a massive drug operation reunites her with a former guardian. Meanwhile, Jai (Vir Das) and Standish (Tyler James Williams) discover that Susan (Ana Ortiz) has been writing psych evaluations on every member of the team, and their curiosity leads them to an unpleasant surprise.

Chicago P.D.: “Confession”
NBC, 10pm

Antonio (Jon Seda) struggles with his guilty conscience as he tries to take down a major drug dealer. In order to protect his team, Voight (Jason Beghe) takes a big shot at Kelton (guest star John C. McGinley).

Thursday, May 16

Golf: PGA Championship: First Round
TNT, 1pm Live

In a major schedule shift, the PGA Championship moves from August to May beginning with this year’s tournament at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. Defending champion Brooks Koepka will be challenged by the likes of Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau. TNT and CBS combine to air the event through Sunday.

Out With a Bang! TBS’ “Big Bang Theory” Finale Celebration
TBS, beginning at 2pm
Fans voted for the “Best of Each Season” episodes, which will run in a marathon leading up to CBS’ series finale tonight.

Grey’s Anatomy: “Jump Into the Fog”
ABC, 8pm
Season Finale!

As fog begins to cover Seattle, the doctors of Grey Sloan navigate through personal complications. Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Alex (Justin Chambers) attempt to save Gus (Christian Ganiere), while Levi (Jake Borelli) talks some sense into a struggling Nico (Alex Landi).

The Very VERY Best of the ’70s
AXS TV, 8pm
New Series!

This series puts a spotlight on the enduring films, series and pop culture moments that defined the 1970s. In the premiere, executive producer Katie Daryl guides special guests Morgan Fairchild, Barry Williams, Catherine Bach, Fred Willard, Anson Williams, David Chokachi and Mindy Cohn to share their honest, hilarious and always unfiltered thoughts on the classic entertainment that made this decade so groovy, as they count down the best action TV shows of the ’70s.

The Big Bang Theory
CBS, 8pm
Series Finale!

In this hourlong send-off, see how Chuck Lorre’s comedy about a group of nerdy scientists wraps it all up after 12 seasons.

Superstore: “Sandra’s Fight/Employee Appreciation Day”
NBC, 8pm

In the first of two back-to-back episodes, Amy (America Ferrera) and Dina (Lauren Ash) visit Cloud 9 corporate to fix problems caused by Sandra’s (guest star Kaliko Kauahi) misguided activism. In the next episode, Amy and Jonah (Ben Feldman) find themselves on opposing sides as corporate tries to win over employees by showering them with treats.

Station 19: “Into the Wildfire”
ABC, 9pm
Season Finale!

The members of Station 19 pack their gear and head to Los Angeles to help battle a deadly wildfire raging out of control. While the team works to evacuate residents, they meet Terry (guest star Patrick Duffy), and Ben (Jason George) makes a split-second decision that changes both of their lives.

Young Sheldon
CBS, 9pm
Season Finale!

In the Season 2 finale “A Swedish Science Thing and the Equation for Toast,” Sheldon (Iain Armitage) invites the entire school to a party for the Nobel Prize announcements.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Sicko/Suicide Squad”
NBC, 9pm

In the first of two back-to-back episodes, Jake (Andy Samberg) and Charles (Joe Lo Truglio) investigate a dangerous serial killer, while Terry (Terry Crews) finds out whether or not he has passed the lieutenant’s exam. In the next episode, desperate circumstances call for desperate measures, as Jake, Holt (Andre Braugher), Amy (Melissa Fumero), Terry, Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) and Charles must ally themselves with old enemies.

Unraveling the Mystery: A Big Bang Farewell
CBS, 9:30pm

During this 30-minute special retrospective, The Big Bang Theory stars Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco will lead fans on a trip down memory lane, sharing some of the best-kept backstage secrets and personal memories from the past 12 years.

For the People: “A Choice Between Two Things”
ABC, 10pm
Season Finale!

On Election Day, Jay (Wesam Keesh) turns to Kate (Susannah Flood) and the team for help after his parents and other voters are illegally intimidated at their polling place. Meanwhile, Roger (Ben Shenkman) and Jill’s (Hope Davis) relationship is at an impasse when Sandra (Britt Robertson) learns that they are romantically involved and challenges Jill’s judgment.

S.W.A.T.
CBS, 10pm
Season Finale!

The SWAT team goes in pursuit of militant group the Emancipators when the criminals hold a live stream kangaroo court to publicly execute city politicians in the Season 2 finale “Kangaroo.”

Better Things
FX, 10pm
Season Finale!

Season 3 of Pamela Adlon’s comedy ends with the finale episode “Shake the Cocktail.” FX has renewed the series for Season 4.

The American Farm: “Make or Break”
History, 10pm

Harvest season hits high gear, and judgment day arrives for some of the year’s biggest gambles. As bank payments loom and legacies are at stake, one bad harvest could spell disaster.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: “End Game”
NBC, 10pm
Season Finale!

When a teenager is found dead in the Hudson River, Lt. Benson (Mariska Hargitay) suspects Rob Miller (guest star Titus Welliver) is behind the mysterious death but can’t prove it. Despite having only circumstantial evidence, ADA Stone (Philip Winchester) takes the case to court before Miller can destroy more lives.

Friday, May 17

Fleabag
Amazon Prime Video
Season Premiere!

The British dark comedy starring Killing Eve creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge returns with a new season featuring appearances by Kristin Scott Thomas and Fiona Shaw. In the new season, a handsome priest (Andrew Scott) helps Fleabag change the way she looks at the world. “I think that this series is about the power, the impact that humans can have on each other’s lives, really, and that they can arrive at any time in your life and be a surprise,” explains Waller-Bridge.

The Rain
Netflix
Season Premiere!

The Danish series that follows a group of youngsters who have survived an apocalypse returns for Season 2.

Meghan and Harry Plus One
CBS, 8pm

Gayle King anchors this CBS News special marking the one-year anniversary of the marriage of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, and how the couple has dealt with life changes and becoming parents.

The Blacklist: “Robert Diaz”
NBC, 8pm
Season Finale!

As the president’s (guest star Benito Martinez) true plan comes into focus, Liz (Megan Boone) and the task force fight to avert disaster. Meanwhile, Red (James Spader) meets in secret with a man who holds information about his past.

No Exit!
CBS, 9pm

Jane Pauley anchors this one-hour CBS News special exploring America’s love/hate relationship with our highways and byways, and how millions of us cope with our increasingly difficult daily commute.

Live From Lincoln Center: “Annaleigh Ashford in Concert”
PBS, 9pm

Tune in to a new concert from stage and screen star Annaleigh Ashford, who thrilled audiences in Sunday in the Park With George opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, Kinky Boots and You Can’t Take It With You, for which she won a Tony Award.

Hawaii Five-0
CBS, 10pm
Season Finale!

In the Season 9 finale “Hana Mao ’ole ka ua o Waianae (Endlessly Pours the Rain of Waianae),” Five-0 continues to hunt down escaped criminal Aaron Wright (returning guest star Joey Lawrence) before he can sell cyber-weapons to the highest bidder.

Saturday, May 18

Horse Racing: Preakness Stakes
NBC, 5pm Live

The second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes, takes place today at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. For the first time in 23 years, the Kentucky Derby winner will not compete in the Preakness. The controversial conclusion to the Derby saw Country House declared the winner after Maximum Security was disqualified, but neither horse will race in the Preakness.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Monster Energy Open/All-Star Race
FS1, 6pm Live

NASCAR’s All-Star festivities take place tonight at Charlotte Motor Speedway, beginning with the Monster Energy Open, which gives drivers one last shot to qualify for the main event. In the All-Star Race, fans will see NASCAR’s top drivers compete to qualify for the final 10-lap sprint to the finish and $1 million prize.

Major League Baseball
FOX & FS1, beginning at 7pm Live

FOX’s Saturday MLB regional broadcasts return for the 2019 season as viewers will see the Houston Astros at the Boston Red Sox, the Chicago Cubs at the Washington Nationals or the Milwaukee Brewers at the Atlanta Braves. Later tonight on FS1, the Kansas City Royals are at the Los Angeles Angels.

Ransom: “Playing God”
CBS, 9pm

Eric (Luke Roberts) and his team work the case of a bombing at a genetics company in the new episode “Playing God.”

Cake Boss
Discovery Family Channel, 9pm
Season Premiere!

Season 9 premieres with back-to-back episodes. First, in “Fiery Dragons and Marrying Cats,” Buddy’s client is a modern-day medieval knight who wants an epic, fire-breathing dragon cake, and Buddy goes a little crazy with the pyrotechnics. Then, in “Flamenco and Capture the Flag,” Buddy flaunts his dance moves while Mauro makes a cake for a nearby summer camp.

NBA Western Conference Finals: Game 3
ESPN, 9pm Live

The NBA Western Conference finals series heads to a new site for Game 3 tonight and Game 4 Monday night on ESPN.

Sailing Into Love
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!

Biology teacher Claire (Leah Renee) takes action when she learns that her former boyfriend (Chris McNally) works for the developer who’s building a new resort on Blue Island.

Saturday Night Live: “Paul Rudd/DJ Khaled”
NBC, 11:30pm Live
Season Finale!

Season 44 comes to a close with Paul Rudd, who reprises his role as Ant-Man in the current Marvel theatrical hit Avengers: Endgame, making his fourth appearance as host. Grammy-nominated DJ Khaled makes his SNL debut as musical guest.

Sunday, May 19

America’s Funniest Home Videos
ABC, 7pm
Season Finale!

The grand prize Season 29 finale episode features the two $100,000 winners of the season competing for a trip for four to Aulani, a Disney resort and spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii.

American Idol
ABC, 8pm Live
Season Finale!

Following a cross-country search for the next singing sensation, the iconic competition rounds out its second season on ABC. For the first time ever, America’s live coast-to-coast vote will determine the winner, with all voting taking place during the show. The crowning moment will be preceded by special performances from music legends, among other surprises.

The Aquarium
Animal Planet, 8pm
New Series!

This docuseries offers unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to Georgia Aquarium, which plays a crucial role in aquatic conservation efforts throughout the world. It follows the workers and tells the stories of the amazing animals who call the 10 million gallons of water here home, including rescued southern sea otters, endangered African penguins, rescued California sea lions, manta rays and more.

Killing Eve: “Wide Awake”
BBC America & AMC, 8pm

Villanelle (Jodie Comer) dives deep into the dangerous world of her target under the guise of her newfound persona, Billie, in the new episode “Wide Awake.”

The Red Line
CBS, 8pm
Miniseries Finale!

Limited series The Red Line concludes with a two-episode finale tonight. In “I Must Tell You What We Have Inherited,” Tia’s (Emayatzy Corinealdi) political campaign is in jeopardy after it is revealed that Jira (Aliyah Royale) is her daughter, whom she gave up for adoption. Then in “This Victory Alone Is Not the Change We Seek,” Paul (Noel Fisher) makes a profound and life-changing revelation.

Supergirl: “The Quest for Peace”
The CW, 8pm
Season Finale!

Lex Luthor (guest star Jon Cryer) descends upon Washington, D.C., and summons Lena (Katie McGrath) and Lillian Luthor (guest star Brenda Strong) to the White House. Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) realizes she has one last chance to stop Lex and turns to the power of the press to help her.

Charmed: “The Source Awakens”
The CW, 9pm
Season Finale!

Maggie (Sarah Jeffery), Mel (Melonie Diaz) and Harry (Rupert Evans) grow wary of Macy’s (Madeleine Mantock) newfound power. Macy keeps creating alternate realities, but they don’t end up being the perfect versions she was hoping for. Meanwhile, Maggie and Mel still struggle with what will happen in their personal lives.

Hailey Dean Mysteries: Killer Sentence
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Original Film!

In the face of mounting evidence, Hailey Dean (Kellie Martin) must prove the district attorney is innocent of the murder of a man she once put behind bars.

Game of Thrones
HBO, 9pm
Series Finale!

HBO’s Emmy-winning mega-blockbuster adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy concludes tonight as the battle for the Iron Throne of Westeros reaches its climax. Season 8 has proven to be perhaps the most polarizing in the history of this series, as one long-held fan theory after another crumbles and a mid-season combat-heavy episode left viewers open-mouthed with shock, not entirely for good reasons. Still, Game of Thrones has earned a permanent place in television history, and we probably won’t see its like again anytime soon. Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams star.

NCIS: Los Angeles
CBS, 10pm
Season Finale!

In the Season 10 finale episode “False Flag,” Callen (Chris O’Donnell) and Sam (LL Cool J) work with Navy Capt. Harmon “Harm” Rabb Jr. (guest star David James Elliott) to locate a group of ISIS sympathizers aboard the USS Allegiance.

Collector’s Call: “Comic Book Art”
MeTV, 10pm

Artist Jim Engel is a cartoonist and toy designer by trade and has spent over five decades collecting comic book art. Jim has the original artwork for the cover of Marvel’s Avengers #53, Journey Into Mystery by Jack Kirby, a page of a Captain America comic book from 1977, and an original Archie comic.

Good Girls: “Jeff”
NBC, 10pm

Mary Pat (Allison Tolman) resurfaces in the women’s lives as they try to make sense of a shocking discovery Beth (Christina Hendricks) has made. Meanwhile, Beth and Dean (Matthew Lillard) have an important family talk with the kids, and Annie (Mae Whitman) and Noah (Sam Huntington) try to work through their problems.

Barry
HBO, 10:20pm
Season Finale!

The dark comedy starring Bill Hader as a war veteran turned hitman and Henry Winkler as an L.A. acting coach concludes its second season. Both Hader and Winkler have earned Emmy awards for their roles in the series co-created by Hader and Silicon Valley’s Alec Berg.

Monday, May 20

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “Hey, World!”
The CW, 8pm
Season Finale!

While on a mission to find Ray (Brandon Routh), Constantine (Matt Ryan) and Nora (Courtney Ford) discover Neron’s evil plan. Nate (Nick Zano) convinces the Legends to think outside the box and suggests a dangerous plan to unite magical creatures and people to save the world.

Beat Shazam: “Teachers Win Big!”
FOX, 8pm
Season Premiere!

Grammy-, Golden Globe- and Academy Award-winning actor and musician Jamie Foxx returns as host alongside his daughter Corinne, the series’ DJ, as teams of two compete against the clock and each other to identify the biggest hit songs of all time. At the end of the episode, the team with the most money banked will go against Shazam — the popular song identification app. Tonight, teams of teachers compete for the chance to win up to $1 million.

The Voice: “Live Finale, Part 1”
NBC, 8pm Live

In the final phase of the competition, the final four artists perform live in front of coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Each finalist performs three times — one new solo cover, a special duet with their coach and a debut of their first original single. The season concludes with Part 2 of the final tomorrow night.

Vanderpump Rules: “Reunion Part 3”
Bravo, 9pm

The reunion comes to a dramatic close as Stassi and Katie argue with Kristen over her tumultuous relationship with Carter, Jax answers for his bad behavior toward Brittany’s family, and Scheana reveals the surprising results of her penguin gift to “best friend” Adam. Stassi’s boyfriend Beau Clark makes an appearance and opens up about their dramatic fights in Mexico and the future of their relationship.

The Code: “Above the Knee”
CBS, 9pm

Harper (Phillipa Soo) gets caught in a firefight while in Syria investigating a Marine accused of desertion in the new episode “Above the Knee.”

Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story
PBS, 9pm

Meet the statesman who served as cabinet secretary for Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Imprisoned by the U.S. during World War II for his Japanese ancestry, Mineta rose to become the first Asian-American to serve in a presidential cabinet.

The Fix: “Making a Murderer”
ABC, 10pm
Season Finale!

All questions will be answered as a conviction is made for the murder of Jessica Meyer.

The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2019
CBS, 10pm

Join James Corden for another primetime special featuring an all-new “Carpool Karaoke” with Celine Dion and a look back at some of Corden’s favorite moments from The Late Late Show’s past year.

Pawn Stars: “A Game of Pawns”
History, 10pm

A limited-edition autographed Game of Thrones item is up for grabs. Will Rick be able to make this deal before Winter comes? Then, as Chumlee stirs up commotion with an Amazonian blowgun, picker Spencer Victory drops by with an ancient Middle Eastern sword. Later, Rick checks out an intriguing collectible from an early 1900s Democratic National Convention. Will Rick elect to make this deal?

The Enemy Within: “Sierra Maestra”
NBC, 10pm
Season Finale!

Tal’s (Lev Gorn) war on the CIA expands to two fronts. Keaton (Morris Chestnut) and the Cointel team must locate the domestic target before Chigorin (Dale Pavinski) launches an all-out assault on the unsuspecting innocents. Shepherd (Jennifer Carpenter) convinces Keaton to let her go to Cuba to thwart Tal’s attack on Sierra Maestra, the CIA’s secret detention center imprisoning his operatives. But Shepherd’s ever-shifting allegiance raises the question of whether she is there to stop Tal or to join him.

Independent Lens: “Wrestle”
PBS, 10pm

Meet four Alabama high school wrestlers facing challenges on and off the mat. Along with their coach, they grapple with obstacles that jeopardize their success, but despite the odds, these young men pursue their goals with humor and courage.

Tuesday, May 21

Wanda Sykes: Not Normal
Netflix

Emmy-winning actress and 30-year comedy veteran Wanda Sykes delivers a hilarious critique on the state of the world in her first Netflix standup special.

American Housewife: “A Mom’s Parade”
ABC, 8pm
Season Finale!

In this musical episode, Katie (Katy Mixon), frustrated by the lack of appreciation for all she does, decides to go “full Westport” and leaves the family to fend for themselves. Katie’s plan quickly backfires when the kids seem to be doing just fine, leaving Greg (Diedrich Bader) to suffer the brunt of her absence.

The Big Interview: “Billy Bob Thornton”
AXS TV, 8pm

Dan Rather talks with Oscar-winning actor/filmmaker/musician Billy Bob Thornton tonight.

NCIS
CBS, 8pm
Season Finale!

In the Season 16 finale episode “Daughters,” Gibbs (Mark Harmon) is haunted by his history with vigilante justice when a former colleague (guest star Joe Spano) pleads with him to take down local drug dealers and suppliers.

MasterChef Junior: “The Restaurant Takeover”
FOX, 8pm

The top six junior home cooks take over Michelin Star Los Angeles restaurant Mélisse where they’ll face an intense environment, hungry guests with high expectations and the wrath of Gordon Ramsay.

The Village: “I Have Got You”
NBC, 8pm
Season Finale!

The Village family comes together during a time of need as the first season concludes.

The Kids Are Alright: “Irish Goodbye”
ABC, 8:30pm
Series Finale!

Peggy (Mary McCormack) struggles with Lawrence’s (Sam Straley) decision to move out of the house, especially after she discovers that he is secretly moving in with a girlfriend she’s never met. Lawrence’s determination to keep Peggy out of his personal life only causes her to investigate further, while Mike (Michael Cudlitz) sees his departure as good news.

black-ish: “Relatively Grown Man”
ABC, 9pm
Season Finale!

After Junior (Marcus Scribner) gets an offer for his dream job working with Migos, Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) are determined to convince him to return to college and get his degree. This episode is directed by Anderson and guest-stars Quavo.

Blood & Treasure
CBS, 9pm
New Series!

This thrilling new show begins with a two-hour premiere that introduces us to two treasure hunters (Matt Barr and Sofia Pernas) who team up to catch a ruthless terrorist and find a priceless antiquity before it falls into the wrong hands.

Mental Samurai
FOX, 9pm
Season Finale!

The Voice: “Live Finale, Part 2”
NBC, 9pm Live
Season Finale!

The star-studded season finale will reveal who America has chosen to be this year’s winner. The episode features special performances by chart-topping artists and musical collaborations with the Top 4 finalists. Fan-favorite contestants also return for unforgettable performances.

Bless This Mess: “The Estonian Method”
ABC, 9:30pm
Season Finale!

Mike (Dax Shepard) and Rio (Lake Bell) enter the “best hen” competition at the county fair with their prized chicken Priyanka in order to prove themselves to the community. Meanwhile, romantic sparks fly between Rudy (Ed Begley Jr.) and Constance (Pam Grier), only to be halted by a run-in with someone from Rudy’s past.

True Conviction: “Drive to Kill”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm

Cindy Albrecht was well-liked and had a culinary career that was taking off. When she went missing from her home near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, everyone was perplexed. Three weeks after her disappearance, Cindy’s remains were found 100 miles away. Local authorities never gave up hope of finding her killer, and after six years, local authorities from multiple states finally find their suspect in Cindy’s murder.

Wednesday, May 22

Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons”
ABC, 8pm Live

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel presents a live, 90-minute primetime event in tribute to classic television sitcoms. Woody Harrelson will take on the role of Archie Bunker, alongside Marisa Tomei who will be playing Edith Bunker, with Jamie Foxx and Wanda Sykes playing George and Louise Jefferson. Ellie Kemper will play Gloria Stivic, Will Ferrell will appear as Tom Willis, and Justina Machado is set to play Florence Johnston.

My Last Days
The CW, 8pm
Season Premiere!

Season four of this uplifting documentary series — a three-night event airing Wednesdays through June 5 — features the compelling stories of five courageous individuals living with terminal illnesses, who remind us that having a limited amount of time doesn’t mean we can’t make a positive impact on the world.

MasterChef Celebrity Family Showdown, Part Two
FOX, 8pm

Celebrities pair up with friends and family to compete in culinary challenges and raise money for charity. In a home fridge swap challenge, Beverly Hills, 90210 stars Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth bring their teen daughters into a faceoff to create a dish using ingredients found in assigned refrigerators. Then, boxing legends Evander Holyfield and Oscar De La Hoya slug it out when they, along with their daughters, are tasked with replicating one of Gordon Ramsay’s dishes.

Chicago Med: “With a Brave Heart”
NBC, 8pm
Season Finale!
Dr. Charles (Oliver Platt) and Caroline (Paula Newsome) set some major plans, as Ava (Norma Kuhling) fights to keep her relationship with Connor (Colin Donnell), and Agent Lee (Anna Enger Ritch) informs Will (Nick Gehlfuss) of news that may put his life in danger.

Jane the Virgin: “Chapter Ninety”
The CW, 9pm

When Jane (Gina Rodriguez) and Rogelio (Jaime Camil) join forces to pitch a pilot, Jane is excited until she discovers a secret about her book being published. Alba (Ivonne Coll) and Jorge (guest star Alfonso DiLuca) make an important decision about their future together.

Chicago Fire: “I’m Not Leaving You”
NBC, 9pm
Season Finale!

Severide (Taylor Kinney) and Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) continue to investigate Benny’s old arson case, while unexpected news leads Brett (Kara Killmer) to ponder a big decision.

NOVA: “Lost Viking Army”
PBS, 9pm

Bioarchaeologists investigate a ninth-century mass grave in a rural English village. Will the remains unlock the mystery of the “Great Heathen Army,” a legendary Viking fighting force that once invaded England?

Whiskey Cavalier: “Czech Mate”
ABC, 10pm
Series Finale!

Ollerman (Dylan Walsh) attempts to force the team to commit a terrorist attack for the Trust using Ray’s (Josh Hopkins) life as leverage. Meanwhile, Jai (Vir Das) helps Standish (Tyler James Williams) deal with a revelation about his girlfriend, and Will (Scott Foley) and Frankie (Lauren Cohan) come to a realization about their relationship.

SEAL Team
CBS, 10pm
Season Finale!
Bravo Team’s future is on the line when Cmdr. Shaw (guest star Peter Jessop) recommends they be split up in the Season 2 finale episode “Never Out of the Fight.”

The Butcher
History, 10pm
New Series!

Throughout history, the skilled craft of the butcher has been essential to human survival. Today, there are thousands of people who continue this tradition, but only a select few with the right expertise can be considered a Master Butcher. This competition series seeks those masters out. In each episode, best-in-class butchers use their sharp knives and sharper skills to carve their way through painstaking challenges, adapt to historical twists and reveal the fascinating secrets of the butcher’s world. In the end, one will take home a $10,000 prize.

Chicago P.D.: “Reckoning”
NBC, 10pm
Season Finale!

With Kelton’s (guest star John C. McGinley) election all but assured, Voight (Jason Beghe) and his team must go off-book in a last-ditch effort to save Intelligence from getting axed.

Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed The World: “The Smartphone”
PBS, 10pm

Dial in to the fascinating history of the smartphone, from its roots in Morse code to 2007, when Apple unveiled the first ever iPhone. Plus, see how the next generation of smartphones will allow us to communicate through them just by thinking.

Thursday, May 23

Red Nose Day Special
NBC, 8pm

The fifth annual special that raises money for children in need will again showcase a night of music, comedy and Hollywood’s biggest names. The evening’s performances include The Voice coaches Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton, while popular comedic talent will join the fun with their own entertaining Red Nose Day spin. The special will also showcase a fun video reimagining of the classic Hall and Oates hit “You Make My Dreams” with talent including Julianne Hough, Rob Gronkowski and Chrissy Metz. Sketches will feature NBC’s Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon. Also included in the special is the highly anticipated short film One Red Nose Day and a Wedding, as well as an appeals film with Milo Ventimiglia to raise awareness for the charity.

Christina on the Coast
HGTV, 9pm
New Series!

Best known from the hit series Flip or Flop, real estate and house-flipping expert Christina Anstead steps out on her own. The series spotlights her personal journey of finding a perfect home to start afresh while balancing parenthood and her career — as well as her relationship with new husband Ant Anstead, cohost of the MotorTrend Network series Wheeler Dealers.

Elementary
CBS, 10pm
Season Premiere!

In the show’s seventh and final season, Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson’s (Lucy Liu) new careers as consultants for Scotland Yard are disrupted by news that a member of their inner circle has been gravely wounded in the United States. As Holmes’ stateside legal trouble — the result of a confession to a murder he didn’t commit — threatens to keep them from returning to New York, their greatest foe to date waits on the horizon to test their limits.

The American Farm: “Never Give Up”
History, 10pm
Season Finale!

As fall draws to a close, the last harvests are do-or-die for these family businesses. Farmers have put everything on the line to stay afloat and set themselves up for the future — but will it be enough?

Hollywood Game Night: Red Nose Day Special
NBC, 10pm

Kelly Clarkson, Kenan Thompson, Kristen Bell, Jennifer Garner, Sean Hayes, Jeff Goldblum, Leslie Mann and Thandie Newton take part in this special edition of the game show tied in with NBC’s annual Red Nose Day event that raises money for children in need. The celebs are split into two teams, and the team with the most points in each game earns money to be donated to Red Nose Day. At the end of five rounds, the team that’s earned the most goes on to play a special Celebrity Name Game for a chance to raise even more money. Jane Lynch hosts.

The Name of the Rose
SundanceTV, 10pm
New Series!

This eight-part limited series about medieval Italy in the 1300s airs over four weeks, with two episodes per night. The premiere introduces us to a brilliant friar, William of Baskerville (John Turturro), as he takes on a young novice (Damian Hardung) and travels to an abbey in the Alps. When a monk is found murdered — and another soon follows — William must investigate the abbey’s labyrinthine library, looking for clues about the killer’s identity.

Friday, May 24

The Perfection
Netflix
Original Film!

This suspense film combines horror and dark humor to tell the story of what happens when a troubled musical prodigy (Allison Williams) seeks out the new star pupil (Logan Browning) of her former school, an encounter that sends both musicians down a sinister path.

She’s Gotta Have It
Netflix
Season Premiere!

In Season 2 of Spike Lee’s sexy comedy series based on his 1986 breakthrough film, free-spirited artist Nola Darling (DeWanda Wise) struggles with newfound success. Against a backdrop of black art and culture, Nola must decide if she will remain true to her creative ideals or give in to the corporate world. The season also finds Nola and her circle of friends expanding their journey outside of their Brooklyn enclave of Fort Greene, which continues to evolve and change as gentrification remakes the neighborhood.

What/If
Netflix
New Series!

This neo-noir social thriller explores the ripple effects of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things. The season focuses on a mysterious woman’s lucrative but dubious offer to a cash-strapped pair of San Francisco newlyweds. The series comes from Mike Kelley (Revenge) and stars Renée Zellweger (Chicago), Jane Levy (Castle Rock) and Blake Jenner (Glee).

Dynasty: “Deception, Jealousy, and Lies”
The CW, 8pm
Season Finale!

As various members of the Carrington family make the ultimate decision between preserving their legacies and protecting their personal relationships, allegiances are tested — while dark secrets from the past resurface.

Blindspot: “Coder to Killer”
NBC, 8pm

A horrifying and vengeful villain threatens the FBI as Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) considers his priorities, Zapata (Audrey Esparza) and Reade (Rob Brown) try to navigate their living situation and Patterson (Ashley Johnson) explores a budding interest.

Live From Lincoln Center: “Megan Hilty in Concert”
PBS, 9pm

Join the Tony-nominated star of Wicked, 9 to 5: The Musical, Noises Off and NBC’s Smash for a new concert special featuring a versatile set of musical theater favorites and classic standards.

Saturday, May 25

Memorial Day Movie Marathon
Syfy, beginning at 10:30am

Three days of movies over the holiday weekend include titles like Iron Man (2008), Real Steel (2011), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and plenty more.

Major League Baseball
FS1 & FOX, beginning at 4pm Live

The Arizona Diamondbacks are at the San Francisco Giants on FS1, followed by a regional game on FOX as viewers will see the Boston Red Sox at the Houston Astros, the Atlanta Braves at the St. Louis Cardinals or the L.A. Dodgers at the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Ransom
CBS, 9pm
Season Finale!

In the Season 3 finale episode “Story for Another Day,” Eric (Luke Roberts) and his team are forced to break all the rules when Cynthia (Karen LeBlanc) and her younger brother, Tyler (guest star Emmanuel Kabongo), are abducted.

From Friend to Fiancé
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!

When Ted (Ryan Paevey) gets engaged to the high school mean girl and asks Jess (Jocelyn Hudon), his childhood best friend, to plan their wedding, things get complicated because Jess’ true feelings for Ted keep getting in the way.