Sunday, January 21, 2018
TV and Media

On TV this week, May 20-24

On TV this week


SEASON FINALE Rules of Engagement, 8:30 p.m., CBS People are getting married, babies are being born and an estranged couple may be getting back together. Every TV trope known to man is in this episode.

SERIES PREMIERE The Goodwin Games, 8:30 p.m., Fox Three siblings who don't talk to each other begrudgingly reunite to score their late father's $20 million inheritance. Because nothing brings family together like unvarnished avarice.

SEASON FINALE Mike & Molly, 9:30 p.m., CBS Mike and Carl are sent to work at the Renaissance Faire, which is in trouble after a tornado threatens to strike. We all know there were no storm shelters in medieval times.

SEASON FINALE Bates Motel, 10 p.m., A&E Norman is taking Emma to the dance, which is sure to reveal some of his hangups. He's not exactly date-worthy material.

SEASON FINALE Hawaii Five-0, 10 p.m., CBS A terrorist is on the loose on Oahu, so the team's got to find him. At least now we know where terrorists take vacations.

SERIES FINALE The Big C: Hereafter, 10 p.m., Showtime Will Laura Linney live or die as the series comes to a close? Seems a lot of viewers forgot what the word "terminal" means.

SERIES PREMIERE Motive, 10 p.m., ABC Yet another crime drama involving a weekly murder. It's set up like Law & Order: Criminal Intent, but without the instantly recognizable theme music.


The Bachelor, 8 p.m., ABC In case you forgot there are people desperate enough for fame and companionship they would speed-date for keeps, here's a blooper special. As if the show wasn't enough of a mistake.

SEASON FINALE Dancing With the Stars, 9 p.m., ABC There's going to be a crowded stage for this finale. Everyone better watch out for Wynonna Judd's return, though. Don't worry, she's just singing.

Man-Eating Super Squid, 9 p.m., Animal Planet In case you weren't afraid of the ocean enough, this special examines the Humboldt squid. That'd be giant squid to you. And it'll eat most anything. Like your feet, if you dip them in the water.

Grimm, 10 p.m., NBC Nick has to go investigate a series of assaults, just as things with Juliette start to get better. Well, bring her along, Nick! She'll love it!


SEASON FINALE The Middle, 8 p.m., ABC Frankie can't get Axl to say what he wants to do for his graduation party? It's almost like he doesn't want her to know!

SEASON PREMIERE MasterChef, 8 p.m., Fox Gordon takes his frustrations out on another batch of amateur chefs. For the first challenge, all of them have to comment on the Amy's Baking Co. Facebook page.

SEASON FINALE Modern Family, 9 p.m., ABC The gang heads to Florida after Phil's mom dies, but unfinished business, an unusual request and an arrest warrant get involved. This is the Sunshine State we're talking about, after all.

SEASON FINALE Criminal Minds, 9 p.m., CBS A killer wants to take out a member of the team and Hotchner finds out his brother is in the middle of some Ecstasy-related deaths. Or as this show calls it, Wednesday.

SEASON FINALE Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, 9 p.m., NBC A man whom Rollins arrests for exposing himself in Central Park isn't who he says he is. The suspicion came to her in a flash.

SEASON FINALE Nashville, 10 p.m., ABC Brad Paisley drops by to sing with Rayna and Deacon. He was a real fan of Friday Night Lights.


SERIES PREMIERE Showville, 9 p.m., AMC Producers go to a small town to put together a talent show for the locals, using local performers. Why, because those yokels don't have the movin'-pitcher boxes, Hollywood?!?

SERIES PREMIERE Does Someone Have to Go?, 9 p.m., Fox Inmates get to run the asylum when employees are allowed to run their company for 48 hours and get access to private information about their coworkers like salaries and employment history. That sounds suspiciously like invasion of privacy to us, but we're not in charge of anything here.

Men at Work, 10 p.m., TBS Gibbs and Milo recognize Tyler's new girlfriend. No, like, they recognize her. Yeah.

Top 20 Funniest, 10 p.m., TruTV A clip show of supposedly funny homemade videos. Now we know TruTV is a network designed for people without Internet access.


SERIES PREMIERE Invasion, 7 p.m., Animal Planet Hunters go searching for invasive species, so of course the first episode is set in Florida. Suspects include the Burmese python, the Nile monitor lizard and those snails that ruin everything. They should add tarantulas to that mix.

Mystery Diners, 10 p.m., Food Owners of a diner in New Orleans can't seem to get their feet under them. Well, when the whole city keeps sinking into the ocean, that'll happen.

The Moment, 11 p.m., USA A woman who wants to be a costume designer gets to work on the musical Kinky Boots. Well, as long as she starts with something understated.

— Joshua Gillin [email protected]


Sunday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballMiami at N.C. StatenoonCh. 44Rutgers at MichigannoonBig TenWomen: South Carolina at KentuckynoonESPNUWomen: Marquette at VillanovanoonFS1Women: George Washington at DaytonnoonCBSSNWomen: Virginia Tech at Virginia12:30 p.m.Fox S...
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Saturday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballWomen: La Salle at Rhode Island11 a.m.CBSSNPurdue at IowanoonESPNFlorida State at Virginia TechnoonESPN2; 1010-AMWichita State at HoustonnoonESPNUVillanova at ConnecticutnoonCBSSt. John’s at GeorgetownnoonFS1Ohio State at Minne...
Published: 01/19/18
This week’s pop culture winners and losers

This week’s pop culture winners and losers

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Published: 01/19/18
Review: ‘The Alienist’ is a grisly tale of murder, madness and class division

Review: ‘The Alienist’ is a grisly tale of murder, madness and class division

A doctor, an illustrator and a police department secretary are tasked by a young Theodore Roosevelt to conduct a secret investigation into a series of murders in 19th century New York City.The macabre tale is the focus of the new TNT series The Alien...
Published: 01/19/18
What to watch this weekend: ‘The Open House’ on Netflix, ‘The Alienist,’ ‘The Resident’

What to watch this weekend: ‘The Open House’ on Netflix, ‘The Alienist,’ ‘The Resident’

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Published: 01/19/18

Friday’s sports on TV/radio

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Published: 01/18/18
'American Pickers' is coming to Florida, and wants to pick through your stuff

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Know someone with a cool collection of antiques, collectibles or dust-covered old “junk” they’ve been holding onto for years in the hopes of someday cashing in? The time may be now. American Pickers, the A&E reality series fol...
Published: 01/18/18
Nancy Pelosi is going to be a guest judge on 'RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars'

Nancy Pelosi is going to be a guest judge on 'RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars'

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Published: 01/18/18
Voodoo Doughnut opening at Universal Orlando’s CityWalk this spring

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Get ready for Old Dirty Bastards, Grape Apes and Voodoo Doll rolls. Voodoo Doughnut is coming to CityWalk at Universal Orlando this spring.The now iconic doughnut shop was created by Kenneth "Cat Daddy" Pogson and Tres Shannon in Portland, Ore. in 20...
Published: 01/18/18

Thursday’s sports on TV/radio

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Published: 01/17/18