WEDNESDAY, MAY 7
American Idol (Fox, 9 p.m. ET)
Live. One of the final four will be sent home tonight. Please, God, let it be Jason Castro!
Audition: Barbara Walters’ Journey (ABC, 10 p.m. ET)
Premiere. Timed to support the publication of her new autobiography Audition, this ABC News special looks at the life and career of television icon Barbara Walters, including her turbulent childhood, her three marriages, her tenure as co-host of NBC’s Today, her brief turn as the first female nightly news anchor and her ascension to superstardom as a primetime celebrity interviewer and the co-host of 20/20. Oprah Winfrey, Hugh Downs, Sam Donaldson and Walters’ daughter, Jackie Danforth, are interviewed.
Best of Boston Legal (boston-legal.org)
Boston Legal is pre-empted tonight (for the Barbara Walters special noted above), but you can enjoy select scenes from favorite episodes at Boston-Legal.org. We recommend Alan Shore's recent powerhouse argument before the Supreme Court, which will most assuredly bring James Spader his fifth Emmy nomination for the role, and quite possibly his fourth Award.
South Park: Britney's New Look (southparkstudios.com)
With Disney sweetheart Miley Cyrus currently in the middle of a media shit-storm thanks to the wholly inappropriate pictures of her in the current issue of Vanity Fair, it might be worthwhile to take another look at one of this season’s most insightful South Park episodes, Britney’s New Look, in which the crazed pop tart has the top of her head shot off but remains a media magnet wherever she goes. At the end of the episode the media literally kills Spears and must then find another pretty young target to suck the life out of – and guess who is in their sights?
THURSDAY, MAY 8
Ugly Betty (ABC, 8 p.m. ET)
ABC’s go-to hunk Eddie Cibrian begins a multi-episode arc as Justin’s gym teacher, who catches the eye of his mom, Hilda (Ana Ortiz), even though he is flunking her beloved Justin. Meanwhile, Betty tries to befriend Charlie by throwing her a baby shower, Daniel unravels after his latest romantic failure, and Christina learns who fathered the baby she’s carrying for Wilhelmina.
Smallville (The CW, 8 p.m. ET)
We recently learned the Oliver Queen’s parents, Dr. Virgil Swann (played in seasons past by the late Christopher Reeve), Lionel Luthor and Edward Teague once formed a secret organization known as Veritas that was focused on the eventual arrival on Earth of an extra-terrestrial traveler (that turned out to be Kal-El of Krypton, aka Clark Kent). We were also informed that all of them are now deceased, Lionel being the last member of the group to die when Lex pushed him out a window. But in tonight’s episode, a bizarre attack on Lex sends Clark and Chloe off on an investigation – and they learn that one member of Veritas is still alive and hiding in a church – and holds the key to Clark’s survival. Tom Welling stars.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS, 9 p.m. ET)
Continuing with this week’s odd crossover event involving a switcheroo by the writers of Two and a Half Men and CSI, this episode finds Grissom and his team investigating the death of a diva sitcom star who was filming her show in Las Vegas at the time of her untimely demise. Katey Sagal and Diedrich Bader guest star.
Grey's Anatomy (ABC, 9 p.m. ET)
The nurses’ ongoing objections to Mark’s many trysts lead to the instating of a date and tell policy at Seattle Grace. Also, news of Burke’s latest career achievements force Cristina to confront her feelings for her former fiancé, and Callie turns to tryst-master Mark in her time of need. Ellen Pompeo stars. Amy Madigan and Loretta Devine guest star.
The Office (NBC, 9 p.m. ET)
Jim tries his best to land his biggest client ever, while Michael sets up a booth at a local job fair to find candidates for summer internships at Dunder-Mifflin. Steve Carell, John Krasinski and Rainn Wilson star.
Supernatural (The CW, 9 p.m. ET)
The Winchester boys head to Eerie, Pennsylvania, to investigate a possible zombie case, but instead discover a real-life doctor who in 1816 abandoned his medical practice to follow his obsession with finding the key to eternal life – by drugging people and stealing their vital organs. Meanwhile, Bobby discovers where Bela is hiding, leading to a deadly confrontation between Beal and Dean. Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki star.
30 Rock (NBC, 9:30 p.m. ET)
Season Finale. As Season 2 comes to a close, unhappy Jack (Alec Baldwin) assumes a new political role in Washington, D.C., and later partners with another government employee (Matthew Broderick) to scheme on how to get fired. The plan he settles on involves his former girlfriend C.C. (Edie Falco). Meanwhile Liz (Tina Fey) is adjusting to life without Jack; Kenneth (Jack McBrayer) must deal with jealous head page Donny as he readies his application to be a page at the Summer Olympics in Beijing; and Tracy (Tracy Morgan) continues to work on the invention that will be his legacy to his children. Dean Winters returns as Liz’ ex Dennis, the former Subway Hero.
Lost (ABC, 10 p.m. ET)
Locke learns the whereabouts of Jacob’s cabin – but does that mean he (and we) will learn more about Jacob? Also, life aboard the freighter becomes increasingly more dangerous. Nestor Carbonell returns as Richard Alpert.
Tougher in Alaska (History, 10 p.m. ET)
Series Premiere. Logger, firefighter, medic and commercial fisherman Geo Beach, who has lived in Alaska for more than 25 years, is the host of this new reality series that explores the challenges faced by citizens of that giant state as they make lives for themselves in extreme environments. Tonight, Geo hunts for gold in the Alaskan wilderness.
FRIDAY, MAY 9
30 Days of Night: Blood Trials (Hulu)
Here’s an interesting offering on Hulu: A seven-part Web miniseries that is a prequel to last year’s violent vampire flick 30 Days of Night. It takes place two days before the events in the movie and centers on a young addict who makes his living acquiring undercover information for a New Orleans vampire hunter. You can also find this on the totally creepy Web site FEARnet.com.
Can You Duet (CMT, 8 p.m. ET)
By the end of this episode only eight duos will remain. Rossi Morreale is the host. Naomi Judd, vocal coach Brett Manning and songwriter Aimee Mayo are the judges.
Moonlight (CBS, 9 p.m. ET)
The grandson of Mick’s World War II buddy is kidnapped, forcing Mick to face disturbing secrets from his past. Alex O’Loughlin and Sophia Myles star. Eric Winter returns as ADA Benjamin Talbot.
Doctor Who (Sci Fi Channel, 9 p.m. ET)
Remember the Ood, the largely low-key, subservient alien race of humanoids with squid-like faces first seen a few seasons back? They return in this episode, with dramatically different temperaments, in a tale that finds The Doctor and Donna visiting the Ood Sphere. David Tennant and Catherine Tate star.
CMT Crossroads: Maroon 5 and Sara Evans (CMT, 9 p.m. ET)
Premiere. Grammy-winning pop band Maroon 5 and 2006 Academy of Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year Sara Evans perform several of Evans’ hits, including I Could Not Ask for More and Some Things Never Change, and Maroon 5’s This Love, She Will Be Loved and Won’t Go Home Without You. They also pay homage to Don Henley with a rendition of Leather and Lace. Taped before an invitation-only audience in Nashville.
Battlestar Galactica (Sci Fi Channel, 10 p.m. ET)
Struggling with the recurrence of her cancer, President Roslin tries to accept the realities of the new relationship between the humans and the Cylons. Aggressive viper pilot Kara Thrace is similarly trying to come to terms with the new dynamic.