What to Watch Tonight: The Premieres of Louie and 24: Live Another Day and the Finales of Bates Motel and The Tomorrow People

By Andy Daglas

May 05, 2014


What to watch on Monday, May 5...


6pm, Cartoon Network
Adventure Time
Determined to recover his beloved arm from his father, Finn builds a structure that reaches into the stratosphere in “The Tower.” That’s followed by Finn’s efforts to prove that Flame Princess is one of the good guys in “Hot to the Touch.”


MINISERIES PREMIERE, 8pm, Fox
24: Live Another Day
The event of the season has finally arrived. That’s right folks, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for all year. So strap yourselves in for 24: Live!, featuring the dulcet song stylings of Mr. Kiefer Sutherland, the graceful ice-capadery of Ms. Mary Lynn Rajskub, and… wait, what? Oh, it’s just Jack Bauer fighting/yelling at terrorists again? But this time set in swinging London and only 12 episodes long (the first two of which air tonight), with some time jumps in between? Yeah, okay, I guess that works too. There’ll still be ice capadery though, right?


SEASON 3 FINALE, 8pm, CBS
2 Broke Girls
In “And the First Degree,” Caroline has just one mission: Help Max obtain the high school diploma that she fell one exam shy of earning. Well, okay, she has another mission: Help Max reunite with her estranged mother. Wait, hang on, she has a third mission: Help Max find that dry cleaning stub that’s been missing for, like, three days. Fine, I may have made that last one up.


8pm, The CW
Star-Crossed
Roman and Drake catch wind of a Trag plot to build an explosive, forcing them to enlist Grayson’s help. Doing their part in “This Trick May Chance to Scathe You,” Emery, Sophia, and Lukas band together to spirit the bomb out of the sector—no easy task, as this seasoned bomb-removal expert will tell you.


SEASON 1 FINALE, 9pm, The CW
The Tomorrow People
In “Son of Man,” Russell’s decision to hitch his wagon to the Founder leaves him in full-on GOB Bluth mode, and hoping to make amends by rescuing Cara from a trap. Meanwhile, Jedikiah makes John a proposal, and Stephen races to stop the Machine from wiping out the human race, because that’d really ding this show’s chances for a second season.


9pm, Syfy
Warehouse 13
Pete’s ex Kelly callls on Pete, Myka, and Artie for help after grandmother gets sucked into a telenovela in “Savage Seduction.” In weirdness not likely involving evil twins, Claudia and Steve investigate an artifact that duplicates its user… okay, so maybe involving evil twins.


SEASON 4 PREMIERE, 10pm & 10:30pm, FX
Louie
“Louie has a typical day,” the logline for “Back” informs us, and that sound you hear is Matthew Weiner applauding like Charles Foster Kane at the opera house. Then in “Model,” Louie performs a benefit show.


SEASON 2 FINALE, 10pm, A&E
Bates Motel
A trauma from his past casts a shadow over Norman’s present in “The Immutable Truth,” but hey, I’m sure the kid will get the help he needs and have a healthy and well-adjusted future. I’ve just get hunches about these kind of things, y’know?


10pm, NBC
The Blacklist
Boggled by the revelations about her father, Liz absolutely, positively refuses to work with Red anymore, under any circumstances, that’s all there is to it, no exc— hmm, what’s that? He’s got a pretty cool case? Okay, the show’s back on. Elsewhere in “Berlin,” Liz fills the feds in on Tom’s secret life.


10pm, ABC
Castle
A clandestine investigation tied to her mother’s death leads Beckett down a dangerous road in “Veritas.” It’s not long before she and Castle are targeted by a manhunt of “penultimate episode of the season” proportions.


10pm, PBS
Independent Lens
“A Fragile Trust” chronicles the malfeasance of former New York Times reporter Jayson Blair, whose plagiarism and fabrications in the early 2000s stained the reputation of one of the nation’s most prestigious newsrooms.


NEW TIME, 10pm & 10:30pm, Syfy
Metal Hurlant Chronicles
“Loyal Khondor” finds a valiant warrior questing for the elixir that will cure his princess of “cold disease,” although from what I understand, an emotional reunion with her sister works wonders for that sort of thing. Then in “Second Son,” two brothers vie for the reins of a kingdom.


10:30pm, Cartoon Network
The Boondocks
The Freemans are the danger in “Breaking Granddad” when they dabble in the black market hair care trade with a combustible product.


LATE-NITE:

– Billy Bob Thornton and Paul Mooney on The Arsenio Hall Show, Syndicated, check local listings
– Julie Bowen, Billy Eichner, and Ziggy Marley on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– 2 Chainz on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E!
– Mariano Rivera on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central
– Biologist Edward O. Wilson on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Bryan Cranston, Brie Larson, Kevin Delaney, and Latimore on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, 11:35pm, NBC
– Shailene Woodley and Peyton Manning on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Sally Field, Julia Roberts, and Future Islands on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Mindy Kaling, Jenna Elfman, and Young the Giant on Late Night with Seth Meyers, 12:35pm, NBC
– Elisabeth Moss and Tom Felton on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS


WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?

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