All Times Eastern. PBS programming varies regionally.
Wednesday, May 26
Crime Scene Kitchen
Actor/comedian Joel McHale hosts this all-new baking competition series with a unique twist. It’s a culinary guessing game in which bakers are tasked with decoding what type of dessert was made, when all that’s left are the crumbs, flour trails and a few elusive clues. They must then re-create the recipe for celebrity judges Curtis Stone and Yolanda Gampp, who will determine how closely their sweet treat matches the missing dessert — and how good it tastes.
40 Year Old Property Virgin
From free laundry to Mom’s home-cooked meals, the perks of living with parents have kept some prospective homebuyers in their childhood bedrooms far longer than originally planned. In this series, a unique set of house hunters are finally ready to give up their rent-free lifestyle and search for their first home. 40 Year Old Property Virgin follows an array of first-time buyers as they try to find their first place all while navigating the opinions of family, friends and nosy neighbors.
Life Under Renovation
The self-shot series in which average Americans chronicle their most epic renovations ends its first season.
Press Your Luck/The $100,000 Pyramid
ABC, beginning at 8pm
Doubleheader! Host Elizabeth Banks opens Luck with new whammies and a square on the board that puts a player in the lead by $1. Then, Michael Strahan welcomes Rosie O’Donnell and Nate Berkus to Pyramid.
The Masked Singer
Season 5 of The Masked Singer concludes as the final costumed performer is unmasked and the winner is revealed.
Property Brothers: Forever Home
In the season premiere, “The Future Looks Bright,” a couple loves the vintage character and features of their 1940s Los Angeles home, but its closed-off layout is no longer functional for their growing family. Drew and Jonathan Scott help them make a clean transformation that embraces both the past and present.
Just as a new heart becomes available for Carol (Margaret Colin), her daughter Dr. Manning’s (Torrey DeVitto) earlier theft of trial heart failure meds places Dr. Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) in jeopardy.
Life at the Waterhole: “Episode 2”
Discover how hotter weather impacts the animals, as the waterhole becomes busier in the cool temperatures of evening. Nocturnal activity brings a new predator out of the shadows: hyenas, creatures so elusive it’s hard to know the size of the clan.
Malawi Wildlife Rescue: “Monkey Madness”
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm
Follow the wildlife rescue team as they attempt to weigh a python, collar a leopard and bring back a rogue baboon. Dr. Amanda Salb has her work cut out for her — at the center and in the wild.
TCM Spotlight: Order in the Court: “For the Defense”
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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TCM’s Wednesday night May Spotlight will be adjourning soon, but not before one final evening of films with courtroom themes and settings. Tonight’s titles go on defense with stories about lawyers fighting for their defendants, beginning with one of the most beloved examples: To Kill a Mockingbird, the Best Picture Oscar-nominated 1962 adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 novel. Best Actor Oscar-winning Gregory Peck stars as courageous Southern lawyer Atticus Finch, who defends Tom Robinson (Brock Peters), a Black man accused of raping a white woman — a case that heightens the tension in the already racially tense town, and which puts the safety of Finch and his family, and his strength of conviction, to the test. Up next is Inherit the Wind (1960), starring Best Actor Oscar nominee Spencer Tracy as lawyer Henry Drummond and Fredric March as his friend and rival Matthew Harrison Brady, in an acclaimed adaptation of the 1955 play that fictionalized the infamous 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial. Then, in …And Justice for All (1979), Al Pacino gives a Best Actor Oscar-nominated performance as Baltimore defense attorney Arthur Kirkland, who famously finds that “the whole trial is out of order!” when his frustrations with the legal system push him to the edge. The night concludes with The Kiss (1929), a silent drama starring Greta Garbo and Lew Ayres; and The People Against O’Hara (1951), a film noir starring Spencer Tracy, Pat O’Brien and James Arness. — Jeff Pfeiffer
The members of Bravo Team are forced to make major personal decisions after they take a devastating hit in the Season 4 finale “One Life to Live.”
Guy’s Grocery Games: “Guy Cooks the Games: Salute the Troops”
Food Network, 9pm
Hunter Fieri puts his dad, Guy, through Triple G boot camp when a few guests drop in to pay the Fieris a visit and play along with action-packed Salute the Troops games. In Round 1, Guy chooses a teammate to make an American comfort classic with him. In Round 2, the Fieris double down on chaos when the team makes a victory dinner and food flies in the Fieri family mess hall.
Bargain Block: “Modern and Bohemian”
Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas have unconventional plans for two decrepit houses. A fresh coat of black paint and a contemporary design brings the Mod House to life, while the Bohemian House transforms to a light airy style with the help of a peacock wallpaper.
“Hold on to your hat!” exec producer Derek Haas warns. “The last 10 minutes will be as tense — and as big — as anything we’ve ever done.” (Haas has hinted that Taylor Kinney’s Lt. Kelly Severide could be in scuba gear again.) It’s also, he adds, “one of those finales where those final minutes will make a lot of viewers angry with me!” Even if our favorite firefighters do survive, what’s the prognosis for their romances — like lovebirds Severide and Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo), who recently aced the lieutenant’s exam? “Just when you think things are going where you want them to go, they don’t always end up there,” Haas says. We’ll have to wait to learn whether Kidd stays at Firehouse 51, which could require the exit of another lieutenant or a promotion in-house. As for whether Capt. Matt Casey (Jesse Spencer), who just survived a health scare, and paramedic Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer) finally get together, that hinges on whether Casey can end that powerful emotional attachment to ex-wife Gabby Dawson (Monica Raymund). Time to douse that fire, Casey.
A Million Little Things: “Not Alone”
Eddie is determined to prove that he can still be a good father despite his physical challenges, and Sophie searches for answers to help cope with her trauma. Meanwhile, Rome and Tyrell work together on a passion project.
The bombing of a Los Angeles police station puts the city on edge, leading the team to a final showdown with a group of domestic extremists in the Season 4 finale “Veritas Vincint.”
The Bold Type
In this season’s opening episode, “Trust Fall,” Jacqueline gathers the Scarlet team at an important retreat, where Sutton struggles to focus and Jane races to finish an exposé on a rival magazine. Kat grapples with her confusing emotions, and searches for clarity in what she wants.
Sergeant Voight (Jason Beghe) and his team continue to pursue a deadly crime ring that traffics drugs and people. When their violence hits close to home, the cops go all out to end the terror. Adding to the already hard-to-bear tension: Officer Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) must navigate an increasingly perilous situation.
Thursday, May 27
This documentary recounts the final months of the war in the Pacific with never-before-seen, raw color film footage and the voices of 24 men who lived through the events. It documents events from the flag-raising at Iwo Jima in February 1945, to the harrowing kamikaze attacks and vicious ground combat at Okinawa in April of that year, and more. For this film, the National Archives opened its vaults and allowed previously denied access to over 700 reels of footage covering the harrowing expanse of the final months of the Pacific War.
Friends: The Reunion
HBO Max celebrates the one-year anniversary of its launch with this special in which Friends stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer return to the iconic 1994-2004 sitcom’s original soundstage, Stage 24, on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank for a real-life unscripted celebration of the beloved show. The reunion will feature a variety of special guests including David Beckham, Justin Bieber, BTS, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Lady Gaga, Elliott Gould, Larry Hankin, Kit Harington, Mindy Kaling, Thomas Lennon, Christina Pickles, Tom Selleck, James Michael Tyler, Maggie Wheeler, Reese Witherspoon and Malala Yousafzai.
This anime series is set thousands of years in the future, where a city known as Eden 3 is inhabited solely by robots whose former masters vanished a long time ago. On a routine assignment, two farming robots accidentally awaken a human baby girl from stasis, questioning all they were taught to believe — that humans were nothing more than a forbidden ancient myth. Together, the two robots secretly raise the child in a safe haven outside Eden.
Rugrats: Part 1
In this all-new series from Nickelodeon Animation Studio, the reimagined babies of the classic 1990s series continue to explore their world in brand-new adventures that will both complement and evolve the original show’s beloved stories. The first set of episodes of the Rugrats debut season drop on Paramount+ today, with the rollout of additional episodes to be announced at a later date. The series will also air on the linear Nickelodeon channel in the future. Reprising their original voice roles are E.G. Daily (Tommy Pickles), Nancy Cartwright (Chuckie Finster; Cartwright provided the voice from 2002-06), Cheryl Chase (Angelica Pickles), Cree Summer (Susie Carmichael) and Kath Soucie (Phil and Lil DeVille).
TCM Morning & Afternoon Movies: I Miss … the Theatre
TCM, beginning at 6:15am
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Another social gathering place that many people have missed going to over this pandemic year-plus has been the theater. Turner Classic Movies has you covered this morning and afternoon, allowing you to vicariously live out a night at the theater through various films, without worrying about standing-room-only crowds. The lineup begins nice and early with Tea for Two (1950). Set in the 1920s, the musical comedy is based on No, No, Nanette and stars Doris Day (in her first role with top billing, and the first film in which she danced as well as sang) as a would-be stage singer seeking backing for her Broadway show. Next is 42nd Street (1933), the toe-tapping, Best Picture Oscar-nominated film that follows the backstage goings-on of a Broadway musical. The day rounds out with Stage Struck (1958), a Broadway-set drama starring Henry Fonda, Susan Strasberg and Christopher Plummer in his film debut; the Oscar-nominated Kiss Me Kate (1953), with Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson as once-married musical theater actors who find themselves performing opposite each other as Petruchio and Kate in a production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew; The Producers (1967), Mel Brooks’ uproarious, Oscar-winning comedy about a Broadway producer and his accountant (Zero Mostel and Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee Gene Wilder) scheming to bilk investors by staging what they think will be a certain flop; the Best Picture Oscar-nominated musical biopic Funny Girl (1968), starring Best Actress Oscar winner Barbra Streisand as famed Broadway/film star and comedian Fanny Brice; and, finally, Vincente Minnelli’s Oscar-nominated, Broadway-set 1953 musical comedy The Band Wagon, starring Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse. — Jeff Pfeiffer
2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards
FOX, 8pm Live
The eighth annual iHeartRadio Music Awards air live from The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Top nominees include Ariana Grande, Beyoncé, Billie Eilish, Blake Shelton, Cardi B, Drake, Dua Lipa, H.E.R., Harry Styles, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Megan Thee Stallion, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd.
No Demo Reno: “Mid-Century Modernized”
A young couple with a baby on the way ask Jenn Todryk to make their beautiful mid-century modern home more functional while staying true to its original 1950s style.
The Wall: Red Nose Day Edition
Chris Hardwick hosts this special episode of the game show tied in with the Red Nose Day fundraising campaign to combat child poverty. A deserving Houston family will play the high-stakes game to try to earn life-changing cash for themselves, while Hardwick cheers them on and raises money for Red Nose Day by testing his own skills on the wall. Viewers will have the chance to join in to help raise money for the cause during the show and learn how Red Nose Day funds help underserved children. The episode will also feature surprise celebrity guests.
United States of Al: “Birthday/Kaleeza”
Hazel (Farrah Mackenzie) learns that Al (Adhir Kalyan) doesn’t know when his birthday is as she begins planning her own party in the new episode “Birthday/Kaleeza.”
Flip or Flop: “Prickly Flip”
Tarek El Moussa and Christina Haack get a lead on a property overrun with cacti in Lakewood, California, but they can’t see inside because tenants are still there! The duo returns to find a leaky water bed creating a huge mess that may endanger their profits.
Swamp People: “Bayou Blowout”
Troy and Pickle’s tagout hangs in the balance; Don and Jacob make a big mistake; Willie and Little Willie battle to the end; and Ronnie and Ashley take it down to the wire.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: “What Can Happen in the Dark”
Garland (Demore Barnes) asks Benson (Mariska Hargitay) to investigate an unusual domestic violence case when his neighbor is found injured.
Against Rebel’s advice, Cruz turns to a familiar source to help dig up proof that proves the Stonemore valve is faulty. Elsewhere, Rebel, Cassidy and Grady come together to help Ziggy after learning that her friends have been unjustly expelled from school. Meanwhile, Lana continues to search for more information about Angela and instead is confronted with a shocking revelation.
Law & Order: Organized Crime: “Everybody Takes a Beating Sometime”
A new episode of Christopher Meloni’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit spinoff series premieres tonight.
Joseline’s Cabaret: Miami: “We’ll Always Have New Girls”
WE tv, 10pm
Season 1 of the activities of the “Puerto Rican Princess” closes tonight.
Friday, May 28
Amazon Prime Video
This 10-episode young adult drama series is written and created by Lauren Oliver, based on her novel. It takes place in a small Texas town, where every summer the graduating seniors compete in a series of challenges, winner takes all, which they believe is their one and only chance to escape their circumstances and make their lives better. But this year, the rules have changed — the pot of money is larger than ever and the game has become even more dangerous. The players will come face-to-face with their deepest, darkest fears and be forced to decide how much they are willing to risk in order to win.
Disney+ with Premier Access
Feature Film Exclusive!
Originally intended as a theatrical release only, this live-action prequel film that serves as an origin story for Cruella de Vil (Emma Stone), the iconic and fashionable villainess from 101 Dalmatians, now will also premiere on Disney+ with Premier Access the same date it hits theaters. Set in 1970s London amid the punk rock revolution, Cruella follows a young grifter named Estella, a clever and creative girl determined to make a name for herself with her designs. She befriends a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they are able to build a life for themselves on the London streets. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson), a fashion legend who is devastatingly chic and terrifyingly haute. But their relationship sets in motion a course of events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella.
The first season of this collection of live-action short films from a new generation of dynamic storytellers features six shorts available on the launch date. The goal of Launchpad is to diversify the types of stories that are being told and to give access to those who have historically not had it. The filmmakers, all from underrepresented backgrounds, were selected from more than 1,100 U.S. applicants and were given an opportunity to share their perspectives and creative visions with audiences around the world. Each filmmaker was assigned executive mentors from the various divisions of the company as they created short films based on the theme of “Discover.”
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers: “State of Play”
The present-day-set follow-up series to the hit Mighty Ducks feature film franchise of the ’90s concludes its first season. Lauren Graham and Emilio Estevez star.
After a regrettable first sexual encounter, a straight-laced high school student (Kuhoo Verma) and her slacker best friend (Victoria Moroles) have 24 hours to hunt down a Plan B pill in America’s heartland.
The Kominsky Method
In the six-episode third and final season of this Golden Globe-winning Chuck Lorre-produced comedy, Sandy Kominsky (Michael Douglas) has to navigate what aging looks like without his longtime friend Norman Newlander (Alan Arkin) by his side. Life only becomes more complicated with the arrival of Sandy’s ex-wife, Roz Volander (Kathleen Turner). The pair’s famously volatile relationship is further inflamed when she comes to L.A. to spend time with their daughter Mindy (Sarah Baker) and her boyfriend Martin (Paul Reiser). Lisa Edelstein, Emily Osment, Graham Rogers and Haley Joel Osment reprise their guest-starring roles this season.
Season 5 of this series starring Tom Ellis as the devil, who abandons hell to take up in Los Angeles, returns with its remaining new episodes. In the first part of the season, Lucifer’s twin brother Michael had secretly taken the devil’s place on Earth while he is back in hell. The series, also starring Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro and D.B. Woodside, has been renewed for a sixth and final season.
The Dick Van Dyke Show — Now in Living Color!
CBS presents two recently colorized episodes of the classic sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show, featuring 1962’s “Where Did I Come From?” and 1965’s “Never Bathe on Saturday.”
Chopped: “Competition Italiano”
Cooking Channel, 8pm
The appetizer includes pasta dough, but time issues lead to some big problems. The tasty trend continues with veal chops and bottarga in the basket. Desserts made with figs are the final two dishes.
Love and Monsters
A toxic fallout has killed most of humanity and created huge, mutated animals — and Joel (Dylan O’Brien), safe but sad underground, hasn’t seen his ex-girlfriend (Jessica Henwick) in seven years. So he works up the courage to go find her in this charming “hor-rom-com” reminiscent of Zombieland (and Oscar-nominated for its visual effects). Some postapocalyptic advice: A grizzled guide (Michael Rooker, terrific) is important, but a great dog is essential.
My Lottery Dream Home: “So Young, So Rich”
David Bromstad visits Charlotte, North Carolina to help his youngest lottery winner yet, 22-year-old Hadleigh. She won $25,000 a year for 20 years, but took a lump sum payment of $390,000 in the Lucky for Life lottery so she could buy her first home. There aren’t many 22-year-olds with a property portfolio, but David is thrilled to help Hadleigh find a dream home she can share with her mom and sister. Apart from the regular three-bedroom, two-bathroom minimum requirements, these two youngsters are looking for a home with sturdy banisters for sliding down, a pretty room to livestream from and, of course, room to roll!
Annabelle and Gabriella are twins, and Annabelle is ready to see their dad, Tim, start dating again after years as a widower. Gabriella, however, fears Annabelle is rushing their dad by setting up a secret dating profile for him. When transfer student Bethany joins their soccer team, Annabelle realizes Bethany’s mom, Caroline, has matched with their dad on his dating profile. Tim and Caroline immediately hit it off, but Gabriella is suspicious of how quickly Caroline and Bethany have inserted themselves into their lives. Determined to prove the women are up to no good, Gabriella must find out the truth before Caroline can become their evil stepmom. Tara Spencer-Nairn, Julia Lalonde, Randy Thomas and Hannah Vandenbygaart star.
The Blacklist: “Balthazar ‘Bino’ Baker”
Hoping to move some precious cargo quietly, Red (James Spader) enlists the assistance of an enforcer who specializes in transporting items through an underground network.
Memorial Day Marathon
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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Beginning tonight, and running all the way through Memorial Day (Monday, May 31) and into the early morning hours of June 1, Turner Classic Movies remembers those Americans who have lost their lives in military service with an extensive lineup of some of the greatest war/military movies ever made. The schedule for tonight and early tomorrow morning includes, in order: Pride of the Marines (1945), Till the End of Time (1946), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), Wings for the Eagle (1942) and Above and Beyond (1952). — Jeff Pfeiffer
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: North Carolina Education Lottery 200
FS1, 8:30pm Live
The big Memorial Day weekend of NASCAR racing begins with the primetime Camping World Truck Series 200-mile race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Inside the Met: “Love and Money”
See how the Metropolitan Museum of Art faces a new financial reality following its fall 2020 reopening, with philanthropists and art collectors stepping in to help keep the museum alive.
A Black Lady Sketch Show
The sketch comedy takes on tough first-date questions and the struggle of friends splitting the bill after
a meal. Surely you’ve experienced one of these scenarios.
Saturday, May 29
90 Day: Foody Call
The 90 Day universe serves up its latest entry with this series in which couples from the franchise invite you into their kitchens and dish on recipes for relationship success, all while preparing traditional meals from their home countries. During each episode, things get a little saucy when fans get a peek into what it’s like to hang out at home and cook with these beloved duos.
Memorial Day Marathon Continues
TCM, all day
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Turner Classic Movies’ remembrance of Memorial Day continues all day long (and into early tomorrow morning) with the following military-/war-related films, in order: Thunder Afloat (1939), Destination Tokyo (1943), No Time for Sergeants (1958), Darby’s Rangers (1958), Up Periscope (1959), Imitation General (1958), 36 Hours (1964), Nazi Agent (1942), Act of Violence (1948, airs as part of TCM’s Saturday late-night “Noir Alley” block), Journey Into Fear (1942), Merrill’s Marauders (1962) and Dark of the Sun (1968). — Jeff Pfeiffer
Symon’s Dinners Cooking Out
Food Network, 12pm
Fire up the grill and get ready for more alfresco ideas as Iron Chef Michael Symon unveils a new season of self-shot episodes featuring easy-to-follow tips for outdoor eats. Joining him for the weekly feasts are his wife, Liz, and, of course, Staffordshire bull terrier Norman.
NASCAR Xfinity Series: Alsco Uniforms 300
FS1, 1pm Live
Austin Cindric, Ty Gibbs, Myatt Snider and other emerging stars of the NASCAR Xfinity Series compete for 300 miles at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Major League Baseball
Viewers will see either the Milwaukee Brewers at the Washington Nationals, the San Francisco Giants at the L.A. Dodgers or the Atlanta Braves at the N.Y. Mets in FOX’s Saturday night regional MLB broadcast window.
Israelis and Palestinians try to give peace a chance in a film version of the Tony-winning play about the secret negotiations that led to the historic 1993 Oslo Peace Accords. Over an unexpectedly emotional two hours of back-channel meetings, adversaries lighten up by sharing meals and jokes in a manor. “It’s only in the sharing of the private that we can see each other for who we truly are,” says their host, sociologist Terje Rød-Larsen (Flea bag’s Andrew Scott), who devised the risky mission with his diplomat wife, Mona Juul (The Affair’s Ruth Wilson). This is history told on a refreshingly human scale.
Storm of Suspicion: “Dead of Winter”/“Sweltering Sorrow”
The Weather Channel, 9pm
Season 2 of the true-crime series that investigates murders where weather played a central role in solving or covering up the crime concludes with two back-to-back hourlong episodes tonight: “Dead of Winter” and “Sweltering Sorrow.”