What to Watch This Weekend: The Season Finales of Nikita, Doctor Who, The Simpsons, and Family Guy

What to watch on Friday, May 70...

Amanda’s cunning plan revs into gear in “Til Death Do Us Part,” snaring Nikita and Michael in a death trap only one of them can survive—and forcing Nikita to choose which of them it’ll be. Not to get all judgy, but as wedding gifts go, this one’s pretty terrible, Amanda. Next time maybe stick to the registry? Is it so hard to pick up a silver picture frame from Bed Bath & Beyond?

9pm, Starz
Da Vinci’s Demons
Taking the show’s title to the a fairly literal extreme, “The Devil” puts Leo face to face with one Vlad Dracula while he’s investigating the Book of Leaves in Wallachia. Back in Italy, Lorenzo and Piero meet with the Duke of Urbino, who must feel like he got totally shafted by having to share guest-star duties with freaking Dracula.

9pm, Disney
Phineas and Ferb
“Primal Perry” introduces a new nemesis for the semi-aquatic spy: a gung-ho Australian platypus hunter determined to destroy him. Outwitting this cross between Crocodile Dundee and Kraven the Hunter will require extreme measures—even teaming up with Doofenshmirtz.

10pm, Syfy
Mordred’s loyalty is divided when his former paramour poses a threat to Arthur in “The Drawing of the Dark.” The fate of Camelot may depend on whether he stays true to that famous Middle Ages adage, “kings before flings.”

10pm, IFC
You don’t need me to tell you that Marc’s dad arrives for a visit in “Marc’s Dad.” But did you know that Dad is played by Judd Hirsch? Or that he shows up with one of his many get-rich-quick schemes, eventually igniting a huge row between father and son? Oh, you did? Hmph. Fine, smartypants, let’s just move on to the late-night lineups.

– Mitt Romney and the winner of American Idol on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Will Arnett, Trevor Noah, and Kurt Vile on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Adam Levine, Alice Eve, and Bad Rabbits on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Zoe Saldana, Chris O’Dowd, and De La Soul on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– William Shatner and Natalie Dormer on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS


What to watch on Saturday, May 18...

SEASON 7 FINALE, 8pm, BBC America
Doctor Who
A shadowy plotter is abducting the Doctor’s friends, luring him into a trap that could trigger his utter annihilation... or that could just be a really elaborate surprise party. Meanwhile in “The Name of the Doctor,” Clara receives word that the Whisper Men are bearing down on Vastra, Jenny, and Strax.

9pm, BBC America
Orphan Black
The Orphans are turning on one another as Sarah contemplates her next move and Paul works to keep her existence under wraps in “Entangled Bank.” Out in the burbs, Alison means to settle the score with her suspected monitor, even if it means risking her entire world.

9pm, HBO
2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
The annual celebration of rock veterans, held this year in Los Angeles, honors the 28th Hall of Fame class. Inductees include Heart, Albert King, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Rush, and Donna Summer, and in the non-performer category, Lou Adler and Quincy Jones.

SEASON 38 Finale, 11:30pm, NBC
Saturday Night Live
Ben Affleck joins the Five-Timers Club, and surely his inauguration will be as grandiose as Timberlake’s was earlier this year, right? It's only too bad that musical guest Kanye West doesn’t care for such ornately stage-managed pomposity. He’s quite content with a spartan green room and a cup of herbal tea, thank you very much.


What to watch on Sunday, May 19...

Call the Midwife
Nonnatus House may face the wrecking ball in Episode 8... unless those nuns can put on the show of their lives in the local talent competition and win the £5,000 they need to save it! What’s that? No local talent competition, eh? Well, maybe Jenny’s new gentleman suitor can think of a solution, or an overjoyed Fred will come up with something as he welcomes his daughter for a visit. Just don’t ask Chummy and PC Noakes, who have problems of their own adjusting to life in Poplar.

SEASON 24 FINALE, 8pm & 8:30pm, Fox
The Simpsons
Carl absconds to Iceland with the two-hundred-large he, Homer, Moe, and Lenny won in the Springfield Lottery, leading to a trek across the North Atlantic in “The Saga of Carl” at 8pm. That’s followed at 8:30pm by “Dangers on a Train,” in which Marge stumbles onto a matchmaking website specializing in marital affairs and finds herself romanced by guest-star Seth MacFarlane. Y’know, in case you were worried your Sunday-night Fox lineup would run low on Seth MacFarlane this week.

SEASON 11 FINALE, 9pm & 9:30pm, Fox
Family Guy
Oh hey, speaking of your recommended weekly allowance of Seth MacFarlane, here’s two Family Guys to cap the season. First at 9pm, Stewie and Brian’s latest sojourn in “Road to Vegas” is complicated by their time machine spewing out alternate versions of them. That’s followed at 9:30pm by the Griffin clan’s exploits at a swanky private resort in “No Country Club for Old Men.”

Mr. Selfridge
So New Girl thinks it's pretty hot stuff with a Taylor Swift cameo in its season capper? Mr. Selfridge will see you and raise you the promise of intrepid Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton! But his scheduled lecture at the store is only part of the two-hour finale, which also features a shocking night at the theater for Harry and Rose.

9pm, HBO
Game of Thrones
Wedding bells are ringing in King’s Landing, and there’s nothing like an occasion of joy in Westeros to guarantee people are due for some misery. Elsewhere in “Second Sons,” Sam and Gilly encounter a wizened gentleman, Davos insists Melisandre cough up some proof of her latest claims, and Daenerys makes the acquaintance of the Titan’s Bastard.

10pm, HBO
Some people’s 21st birthday parties have bar crawls and party buses. Catherine’s party in “Andrew” has the vice president and the majority leader dickering over the federal budget, not to mention the raucous fun of potential awkwardness between Selina and her ex-husband. They still might have a jollier time than Mike, who’s fielding press inquiries about the VP’s role in the Uzbek hostage situation.

10pm, AMC
Mad Men
This week, a surprise visitor perturbs Don while Peggy searches high and low for her muse. But “The Crash” of the episode’s title of course refers to the name of Bert Cooper’s tricked-out new Whirlyball parlor, which he opens with his recent windfall. Anyone who can best the old man at the sport wins one of his prized bowties!

10pm, Showtime
The Borgias
While Cesare plunks his army down in Northern Italy and aims it at the Sforza dynasty, Catherin cooks up a scheme to unleash biological warfare in “Relics.” In papal business, Alexander has his eye on a shiny new Crusade, and levies massive taxes on new Jewish arrivals to pay for it.


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call the midwife & mr selfridge
Sundays for me is brand new Continuum.
Then at 8 PM it's Granite Flats season finale
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