American Idol, Modern Family, and South Park

By Price Peterson

May 25, 2011

What to watch on Wednesday, May 25.

We're entering strange territory, everyone. All the normal shows are going on hiatus (some of them forever!) and new, weird ones are starting to show up in their places. It's like if your dad excused himself from the dinner table and Ronald McDonald came in and sat in his chair. Ugh, summer programming! Anyway, you may as well enjoy the last gasps of some of the stragglers:

SEASON 10 FINALE, 8pm, Fox
American Idol
If anyone tries to tell you that being a teenager is edgy, fun, and exciting, all you have to do is point out THIS pair. Who will win tonight, Scotty or Lauren? Answer: Zzzzzzz. Haha j/k they are very fun and interesting. Haha j/k again.

SEASON 2 FINALE, 9pm, ABC
Modern Family
In tonight's season finale, Jay's friends and family ignore his request for a simple birthday fishing trip and instead decide to throw him a huge party; Phil encounters his college nemesis at the mall; and Cameron runs into issues with Jay's birthday cake. Fortunately, camera crews catch EVERYTHING from multiple angles! #mockumentaryfatigue

SEASON 1 FINALE, 10:30pm, ABC
Happy Endings
This solid first season began at a wedding, and at a wedding it will end. When a slacker friend invites the gang to his wedding, the bride-to-be frets that Alex's presence might jinx her marriage. It's unclear whether we'll get another Travis Van Winkle-on-rollerblades cameo, but fingers crossed! (Oh wait, am I the only one who knows who that is?)

SERIES FINALE, 10pm, CBS
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
In a rare miss, CBS failed to create a successful new member of the Criminal Minds franchise, but many will fondly remember this one as a showcase for Janeane Garofalo, serious thespian (i.e. she was surprisingly great!). Anyway, in tonight's final episode, the team will search for a serial killer who shoots people in crowded areas. Man, serial killers can be such jerks sometimes.

10pm, Comedy Central
South Park
Tonight Cartman fills a vital need for his community when he starts a new organization: the Crack Baby Athletic Association.

9:30pm, TLC
Extreme Couponing
My favorite part of this highly watchable series is the tension each episode wrings out of whether or not a couponer will have to pay an extra couple bucks at the register. Those aren't very high stakes! Tonight we'll follow Amber and Amanda, the latter of whom will try to beat her own grandmother's couponing record. Profitable nerdiness just runs in their family, I guess.

PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...

Minute to Win It, 8 p.m., NBC
The Middle, SEASON 2 FINALE, 8 p.m., ABC
Web Soup, 8 p.m., G4
The Ultimate Fighter, 9 p.m., Spike
Cougar Town, SEASON 2 FINALE, 9:30 p.m., ABC
Cold Blood, SEASON 3 FINALE, 10 p.m., Investigation Discovery
Law & Order: Los Angeles, 10 p.m., NBC
The Real World, 10 p.m., MTV
Tyler Perry's House of Payne, 10 p.m., TBS,
Workaholics, 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central

LATE-NITE PICKS:

Chaz Bono on Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35 p.m., NBC
Dave Salmoni on Conan, 11 p.m., TBS
Flavor Flav on Wendy Williams, 12 a.m., BET
Ken Jeong on Lopez Tonight, 12:00 a.m., TBS
Kevin Bacon on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35 p.m., CBS
Norm Macdonald on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37 a.m., CBS
Sarah Vowell on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 12:00 a.m., ABC

What are you watching tonight?

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  • Geek_Queen May 26, 2011

    Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, Ghost Hunters reruns, etc...

  • firstladyc May 26, 2011

    Happy Endings!

  • estella87 May 26, 2011

    Happy Endings! :)

  • Whedonrules May 26, 2011

    Damages - season three premieres tonight and the countdown for season four begins on DirecTV 101 Network and South Park

  • DavidJackson8 May 26, 2011

    Modern Family, Happy Endings, and LLS w/ Craigy Ferg. As for summer programming, I think most of the summer shows I watch are on USA.

  • geeno13 May 25, 2011

    The Middle, Modern Family, Happy Endings, The Big Bang Theory repeats.

  • MikeScott25 May 25, 2011

    Modern Family and Happy Endings.

  • JamesButko May 25, 2011

    Not all summer shows are bad. Futurama and Curb are coming back!

  • headclub May 25, 2011

    South Park is off to arguably its worst start...ever.....Hopefully tonight they turn it around!!!!

  • JustinJohnson9 May 25, 2011

    Modern Family, Cougartown, and Suspect Behavior. I'm gonna miss Suspect Behavior. I really liked it. Looks like these are the last of my season finales. Oh well, I have a lot of summer programming to look forward to on USA, TNT, SyFy, HBO, and Showtime.

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