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Top TV week of May 12: 'The Good Wife', 'Dancing with the Stars', 'Grey's Anatomy'


Dancing with the Stars, 8 p.m., ABC

Well, we're down to the semi-finals, and gold medal-winning Olympians Charlie White and Meryl Davis are still contenders to take the shiny mirrorball trophy. Can you believe it?! A truly shocking turn of events, indeed. Perhaps even more impressive than ice dancers being really good at ballroom dancing is that Candace "Never took a dance lesson in my life" Cameron Bure is still kicking around. Work it, DJ Tanner!


SERIES FINALE Trophy Wife, 9:30 p.m., ABC

Oh no! How can ABC cancel this charming family comedy? It ends its first and only season tonight, but we feel like it’s been around forever. That’s how rich Trophy Wife’s world is, how well-drawn its characters are, how enjoyable it is to spend time with this wacky, mixed family. Apparently none of that can overcome depressingly low ratings.


SEASON FINALE Grey's Anatomy, 9 p.m., ABC

It's time to say goodbye to one of TV's best characters, and certainly one Grey's is going to be very different without: Dr. Cristina Yang. The actor who plays her, Sandra Oh, said last year that, after 10 years healing (and breaking!) hearts at Seattle Grace, she would be leaving the show. But hey, good luck in Zurich, Cristina — show that squirrely Dr. Burke how things are done!


The View, 11 a.m., ABC
After 17 seasons on the show she created for ABC, Friday is Barbara Walters’ final day as co-host. Ah, but one day is not enough to celebrate the 84-year-old legend whose TV career spans more than 50 years. A special weeklong event kicked off Monday on The View, and all 11 past and present co-hosts are scheduled to show up Thursday. To repeat, that’s Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Joy Behar, Debbie Matenopoulos, Lisa Ling, Rosie O’Donnell, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy, Whoopi Goldberg and Walters all on the same stage. Live. We are so there.

The Writer's Room, 9 p.m., Sundance (Editor's note: This week's The Writer's Room episode has been moved to Monday, May 19.)

Jim Rash hosts this delightful little look behind the scenes of some of our fave shows, including this week's, The Good Wife. Rash, who acts on Community but also won an Oscar for co-writing The Descendants, is joined by husband-and-wife showrunner duo Robert and Michelle King and Emmy Award-winning star Julianna Margulies to discuss the creative process behind the sexy legal drama. Juicy tidbits include Margulies saying she didn't think the show would succeed because it was too smart, and everyone imagining how the show would be if it were on cable (more swearing!).


SEASON FINALE The Good Wife, 9 p.m., CBS

These days, when miniseries rule, fewer and fewer shows are cranking out 20-something episodes of anything, let alone the pure entertainment of The Good Wife. After a shaky fourth season, the wonderful, heartbreaking (R.I.P. Will!), meticulously plotted fifth season puts the show back on top. Yes, we've even come to terms with Will's death — it got people talking about this show again, and that's never a bad thing.

Top TV week of May 12: 'The Good Wife', 'Dancing with the Stars', 'Grey's Anatomy' 05/07/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 11:41am]
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