What to Watch This Weekend: The Finales of Fringe, Once Upon a Time, Survivor, and Desperate Housewives
Man, this week, am I right? Get out of here, week! You were hard and slightly annoying. Fortunately the weekend is now here, and with the sunshine and naptimes it brings we'll also get a batch of some pretty great television. Buckle up, fella!
What to watch on Friday, May 11...
SERIES (?) FINALE, 8pm, Fox
What was to be the first season finale may now be the series finale as this week Fox strongly hinted that The Finder was dunzo. If you were one of the lucky few who watched the entire run of this show, you'll be interested to know that "The Boy With the Bucket" concerns Walter's older brother who shows up and asks that Walter visit their dying father. The father's last request? For The Finder to find their mother. Oh dang, show.
SEASON 4 FINALE, 9pm, Fox
"Brave New World" continues what last week's episode began and finds the Fringe team attempting to thwart a cataclysmic disaster. Seeing as there WILL be a Season 5 now, it's safe to say they probably will! Phew!
SEASON 8 FINALE, 9pm, CBS
Well, Mac's summer vacation won't be as fun as yours and mine: Tonight he gets SHOT! Will the team find his shooter? Will Mac die? These questions will probably be answered tonight.
SEASON 2 FINALE, 10pm, CBS
In "Mother's Day," Frank attempts to prevent a biological-weapons attack on the city without alarming his family too much about it. Elsewhere Danny and Jamie finally have it out once and for all. Take it outside, guys.
SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, USA
The USA Network's newest blue-sky hourlong debuts tonight and tells the saga of a pair of odd-couple detectives who are forced into couples therapy after they start getting on each others' nerves. Also they'll solve crimes, specifically they'll find the killer responsible for murdering a federal judge's son. Also, banter.
PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
Nikita, 8 p.m., CW
Shark Tank, 8 p.m., Fox
Undercover Boss, SEASON 3 FINALE, 8 p.m., CBS
Who Do You Think You Are?: Jason Sudeikis, 8 p.m., NBC
America's Most Wanted, 9 p.m., Lifetime
Craft in School, SEASON 4 FINALE, 9 p.m., PBS
Fairly Legal, 9 p.m., USA
Grimm, 9 p.m., NBC
Primetime: What Would You Do?, 9 p.m., ABC
Supernatural, 9 p.m., CW
The Ricky Gervais Show, 9 p.m., HBO
Tyler Perry's House of Payne, 9 p.m., TBS
Whale Wars: Viking Shores, 9 p.m., Animal Planet
20/20, 10 p.m., ABC
Dateline NBC, 10 p.m., NBC
Magic City, 10 p.m., Starz
Real Time with Bill Maher, 10 p.m., HBO
The Ultimate Fighter Live, 10 p.m., FX
The Half Hour, SERIES PREMIERE, 11 p.m., Comedy Central
Jenna Fischer & Jay Mohr on Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:34 p.m., NBC
Larry King on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37 a.m., CBS
Matthew Modine on The Wendy Williams Show, 12 a.m., BET
Stephen Colbert & Nick Cannon on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37 a.m., NBC
What to watch on Saturday, May 12...
8pm, Comedy Central
Gather up your children or your, I don't know, weird uncle, and tune into tonight's brand new lineup of Nickelodeon sitcoms! In "iPear Store," Sam gets on Freddie's nerves when they both begin working together. Meanwhile Carly attempts to score a date with some guy.
Big Time Rush
"Backstage Rush" presumably tells of all the sordid tales of America's most scandalous made-up band! I actually don't know, Nickelodeon didn't release a description of the episode. But use your imagination!
Saturday Night Live
Tonight's host and musical guest are Will Ferrell and Usher, respectively! I hope respectively. Actually, you know what, even if their roles were reversed it still would probably be a good show. Either way!
PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
Cats 101, 8 p.m., Animal Planet
Tanked, 9 p.m., Animal Planet
The Firm, 9 p.m., NBC
Suze Orman Show, 9 p.m., CNBC
48 Hours Mystery, 10 p.m., CBS
Bizarre E.R., 10 p.m., Discovery Fit & Health
Flipped Off, 10 p.m., A&E;
The Thick of It, 12 a.m., BBC America
Katy Brand's Big Ass Show, 12:40 a.m., BBC America
What to watch on Sunday, May 13...
SEASON 1 FINALE, 8pm, ABC
Once Upon a Time
Seeing as this joint is from the makers of Lost, I think it's safe to expect some kind of game-changer in the finale. In "A Land Without Magic," Emma and Regina team up to save Henry. Meanwhile in the fairy-tale land, Prince Charming attempts to get with Snow White but discovers that she'd bitten the poison apple. So tune in and then be sure to come back for Lily Sparks' presumably killer recap!
SEASON 24 FINALE, 8pm, CBS
Survivor: One World
We know a lady will definitely win this season, so it's only a matter of which one! In tonight's 2-hour finale (followed by a 1-hour reunion special) we'll ascertain whether Bridal Shop Owner Kim, Medical Saleslady Chelsea, or High School Teacher Sabrina will be the one to win over the jury and take home the cool mil. Plus, if you're into such things, the reunion special promises to include a tease for next season. Rumor has it it's going to include returning players, which, um. Sigh.
Tonight Marge offers to throw Ned and Edna a party after everyone finds out they'd secretly gotten married. Meanwhile Edna attempts to change some of the house rules in order to make Ned's kids more social acceptable. Marital strife ensues!
SERIES FINALE, 9pm, ABC
ABC's hit dramedy that your mom stopped watching six years ago finally concludes tonight with two straight hours of quips 'n schadenfreude and the full-circle event of Susan selling her home. Who will live? Who will die? All of them? Could it please be all of them?
In "The Hound of Baskerville," Sherlock and his main dude look into a murder from 20 years earlier that may or may not have involved a supernatural dog. And because this series takes place in the modern age, it shouldn't surprise you that the plot concerns a top-secret military base where animal-mutilation experiments occur, obviously.
Game of Thrones
This spicy-hot season barrels onward with "A Man Without Honor" in which Daenerys pays a visit to the House of the Undying; Theon attempts to find Winterfell's recent emigrants; and Jon gets lost in the wilderness. (With sexy results?)
SEASON 8 PREMIERE, 9pm, Food Network
Food Network Star
One of cable's most engaging reality shows returns tonight with 15 new wannabe TV chefs who are divided into teams mentored by Bobby Flay, Alton Brown, and Giada De Laurentiis. Their first challenge? Create a fully functioning pop-up restaurant without becoming too transfixed by Robert Irvine's biceps.
PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
60 Minutes, 7 p.m., CBS
America's Funniest Home Videos, 7 p.m., ABC
Dateline NBC, 7 p.m., NBC
The Cleveland Show, 7:30 p.m., Fox
Harry's Law, 8 p.m., NBC
Mob Wives, 8 p.m., VH1
Bob's Burgers, 8:30 p.m., Fox
Army Wives, 9 p.m., Lifetime
Celebrity Apprentice, 9 p.m., NBC
Family Guy, 9 p.m., Fox
MythBusters, 9 p.m., Discovery
Nurse Jackie, 9 p.m., Showtime
Sister Wives, 9 p.m., TLC
The Killing, 9 p.m., AMC
Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On, 9 p.m., TV Guide Channel
American Dad!, 9:30 p.m., Fox
The Big C, 9:30 p.m., Showtime
Khloe & Lamar, 10 p.m., E!
Mad Men, 10 p.m., AMC
River Monsters, 9 p.m., Animal Planet
Shannen Says, 11 p.m., WE
The Borgias, 10 p.m., Showtime
The Client List, 10 p.m., Lifetime
Veep, 10 p.m., HBO
Girls, 10:30 p.m., HBO
Loiter Squad, 11:30 p.m., Cartoon Network
Metalocalypse, 12:15 a.m., Cartoon Network
What are you watching this weekend?
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