What to Watch Tonight: The House Series Finale, American Ninja Warrior, and The Bachelorette

By Price Peterson

May 21, 2012

What to watch on Monday, May 21...

Here we go, the summer programming schedule has begun its slow, inevitable creep across our flatscreens and into our brains! Fortunately not everything looks terrible! These are some of those things:

One of television's weirdest, grossest, and most satisfying dramas ends tonight when Dr. House makes his final rounds. Tune in at 8pm for an hourlong retrospective of some of this series' finest moments, then at 9pm begins "Everybody Dies," House's series finale. In this final installment, House's treatment of a far-gone drug addict causes him to look back on his own life. Will lessons be learned? Or will, as the title threatens, everybody die? Nobody knows yet!

9pm, NBC
American Ninja Warrior
In a notable showing of good taste, tonight NBC takes over for G4 and broadcasts two full hours of the southwest-region qualifying round of this cult-favorite Japanese import. If you've never seen American Ninja Warrior, it involves dozens of ludicrously agile young men (and women!) who race through impossible obstacle courses, all for a shot at defeating a truly nightmarish jungle gym called Mt. Midoriyama and winning half a million dollars. It's basically Wipeout but with some redeeming social value. Honestly, this is very cool of NBC. Good job, guys!

9pm, ABC
The Bachelorette
What was I saying about redeeming social value? Nevermind! On tonight's installment of Bachelorette, Emily's suitors move into a Charlotte mansion and one will go on her first one-on-one date. Meanwhile thirteen of the dudes will perform with the Sesame Street muppets and later two of them MAY or MAY NOT fist fight! Then three more get the boot. Just a wild night, basically.

10pm, Syfy
Lost Girl
In "It's Better to Burn out Than Fae Away," (Lost Girl still hasn't run out of 'Fae' puns!), Bo seeks out a graffiti artist who's been exposing Fae secrets via street art. Fae-nksy? (Sorry.)

Teen Wolf: Origins
If you're interested in getting caught up with the first 12 episodes of MTV's surprisingly solid supernatural teen drama but don't want to deal Netflix Instant Streaming, you could always just watch this recap special! Should get you up to speed in time to enjoy (hopefully!) Season 2 and the photo recaps I'm planning to do. Just a tip! Exclamation point!

America's Got Talent, 8 p.m., NBC
Antiques Roadshow, 8 p.m., PBS
Basketball Wives, 8 p.m., VH1
Dancing with the Stars, 8 p.m., ABC
The Secret Life of the American Teenager, 8 p.m., ABC Family
Top Gear (U.K.), 8 p.m., BBC America
American Pickers, 9 p.m., History
Eureka, 9 p.m., Syfy
Bethenny Ever After, 10 p.m., Bravo
Clash of the Commercials: USA vs. the World, ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 10 p.m., CBS
Killer Kids, 10 p.m., Bio
Outlaw Empires, 10 p.m., Discovery
Pawn Stars, 10 p.m., History
Ridiculousness, 10 p.m., MTV
Money From Strangers, 10:30 p.m., MTV
Storytellers: Jill Scott, 11 p.m., VH1

Barry Sonnenfeld on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35 p.m., CBS
Beth Ditto on Watch What Happens: Live, 11 p.m., Bravo
John Lithgow on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37 a.m., NBC
Kathy Griffin on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 12 a.m., ABC
Kevin Costner & Bailee Madison on Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:34 p.m., NBC
Randy Jackson on Chelsea Lately, 11 p.m., E!
Robin Thicke on The Wendy Williams Show, 12 a.m., BET

What are you watching tonight?

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  • quasar9 May 22, 2012

    HOUSE. I'm so sad...*sniff*

  • Geek_Queen May 22, 2012

    Eureka and Antiques Roadshow...

  • Sami5118 May 22, 2012

    House Series Finale

  • robinh4 May 22, 2012

    America's Got Talent.

  • absolute6991 May 22, 2012

    House becaus we owe each other that finale

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  • LiseLotteDive May 22, 2012

    I can really recommend the uk shows Mad Dogs, Outcasts, Survivors, Misfits s01 and 02, Strike Back s01, Spooks, Kidnap and Ransom...just to mention a few of the great ones. Oh, I forgot Ashes to Ashes, a sequel to the excellent uk version of Life on Mars.

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  • JT_Kirk May 22, 2012

    House finale, Top Gear UK, Eureka, Richard Hammond's Crash Course, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. And I'll dvr American Ninja Warrior I guess, since there is NOTHING on tomorrow.

  • spr12cr May 22, 2012

    HOUSE Series Finale & Lost Girl

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