Tuesday, May 22, 2018
TV and Media

Top TV week of May 19: 'The Maya Rudolph Show', 'Modern Family', 'The Voice'

MONDAY

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

DWTS fans, take note: The show is wrapping up season 18 with a two-night finale that starts 8 p.m. Monday and finishes with a two-hour ep 9 p.m. Tuesday. Our money's still on Olympian Meryl Davis to take home the trophy, even if her ice dancing partner Charlie White was surprisingly kicked off last week. Someone's got to, er, carry the torch.

The Maya Rudolph Show, 10 p.m., NBC

It's here, it's here! SNL alum Maya Rudolph grabs a bunch of her pals — Fred Armisen, Kristen Bell, Sean Hayes, Chris Parnell, Craig Robinson, Andy Samberg — for this one-hour variety special that combines the best parts of SNL with lots of wigs and random dancing. The best part about this whole thing? There's talk it could turn into a weekly series.

TUESDAY

SEASON FINALE The Voice, 9 p.m., NBC

Among this season's bigger disgraces — Adam Levine's new blond hair, the dumb instant Twitter save — is that the competition's best singer Sisaundra Lewis (a Polk County native) couldn't make it to the finals in this decidedly meh edition of the show. Oh, sure, Team Adam's Christina Grimmie deserves to win the whole thing, and Team Usher's Josh Kaufman should just release his own single already, but this year's crop ultimately proved pretty lackluster. Maybe new judges Pharrell and Gwen Stefani can liven things up when the show returns for season 7 this fall.

SEASON PREMIERE I Wanna Marry 'Harry', 8 p.m., Fox

Half of watching this show is "Can these people really be this dumb?!" The other half is determining from which angles Matthew Hicks most looks like Prince Harry. (Note: The show was originally supposed to premiere next week, but, lucky for us all, Fox moved it up.)

WEDNESDAY

SEASON FINALE American Idol, 8 p.m., Fox

What happened to American Idol this year? After an interesting start (J. Lo returned, Harry Connick Jr. injected some much-needed charm into the judges panel), the show fizzled, getting its lowest ratings ever this month. This week's Tuesday-Wednesday finale pits Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson against each other, just days after the show reached its 500th episode. But at this point, does anyone really care?

SEASON FINALE Modern Family, 9 p.m., ABC

A couple of shamefully old-fashioned Jay-centric jokes aside, we're pleased with how Modern Family handled the first part of gay couple Mitchell and Cam's wedding: So far it's a disaster, like any other wedding! We bet it'll all get resolved in no time, so grab a tissue and settle in for the part where they say "I do."

SEASON FINALE The Americans, 10 p.m., FX

The Americans heads into its second season finale as calculated and thrilling as ever: Philip (the ever impressive Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (the expertly chilly Keri Russell) worry about their children's safety and the Stan-Nina relationship comes to a head. No spoilers, but prepare to watch this one through your fingers.

SUNDAY

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

The name of Sunday's finale is "A Weird Year," and boy is that an understatement. At the beginning of season five, Alicia was still working for Lockhart-Gardner. Will Gardner was still alive. And Michael J. Fox (a.k.a. Louis Canning) still had his own show on NBC.

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