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TV best bets with Michael Scott leaving ‘The Office,’ William/Kate wedding

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For fans of NBC’s “The Office,” this Thursday will be a very sad day. Michael Scott (Steve Carell) is leaving Dunder Mifflin to be with his fiance Holly Flax. Yes, romance finally forced him from the place he loved most.

NBC is “super-sizing” the farewell episode to an odd length of 52 minutes.

The next morning, Prince William and Kate Middleton get married. If you want to watch it live from London, set your alarm early. GPB and MNBC start coverage at 3 a.m. EST. WXIA-TV, E!, CNN and Fox News will air coverage starting at 4 a.m. EST.

MONDAY
“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — UGA’s Hines Ward is on the path to the finals the way he’s dancing.
“American Chopper” 9 p.m. Discovery (second season debut) — Lawyers meet with Junior to discuss Senior’s lawsuit.
“Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” 9 p.m. Travel (seventh season finale) — Bourdain visits Hokkaido, Japan, just weeks before the recent earthquake and tsunami.
The Bad Girls Club” 9 p.m. Oxygen (sixth season finale) — Nikki pushes Wilmarie to her breaking point.
RuPaul’s Drag Race” 10 p.m. Logo (third season finale) — The remaining queens must make music videos for RuPaul’s single “Champion.”
“Law & Order: Los Angeles” 10 p.m. NBC — Morales and Jaruszalski delve into the past of a stylist gunned down while driving.
TUESDAY
“The Biggest Loser” 8 p.m. NBC — The players pull a car for a half mile.
“Glee” 8 p.m. Fox — A special 90-minute episode in which Lady Gaga’s music is used for a lesson on self acceptance.
Dancing With the Stars” 9 p.m. ABC — Don’t waste time on the 8 p.m. time-killing “special” (unless you like Hanson and Constantine Maroulis). The live restuls show happens at 9 p.m. with New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys and “American Idol” finalist Pia Toscano.
Deadliest Catch” 9 p.m. Discovery — Jake Harris learns how to drive the Cornelia Marie.
Have Cake, Will Travel” 9 p.m. Food Network — McDonough’s Ashley Vicos makes a cake for the Harlem Globetrotters.
Braxton Family Values” 9 p.m. WE — The ladies celebrate Toni’s birthday with a trip to Miami.
The Voice” 9 p.m. NBC (new series) — Stars such as Christina Aguilera and Atlanta’s Cee Lo Green pick singers based on voice alone.
Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen” 10 p.m. Syfy (first season finale) — A mishap forces Marcel to apologize (gasp!) to guests.
Toya: A Family Affair” 10 p.m. BET — Toya confronts a former friend who is now her brother’s fiance. Awkward!
WEDNESDAY
“American Idol
” 8 p.m. Fox — Theme this week is songs by 1970s singer-songwriter Carole King.
Inside the Royal Wedding” 8 p.m. NBC — A look at the upcoming William-Kate wedding.
Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — Thank goodness Phil is around to utter something nutty every few minutes.
Operation Repo” 9 p.m. TruTV (eighth season finale) — Another week, another car repossession.
“Extreme Couponing” 9:30 p.m. TLC — A woman finds coupons in public recycling bins.
“Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files” 10 p.m. Syfy (second season finale) — Are photos of “ghosts” at San Diego’s Whaley House for real?
“South Park” 10 p.m. Comedy (15th season debut) — Cartman and his buddies won’t ever grow up, will they?
Justified” 10 p.m. FX — Raylan tracks down Dickie Bennett, who doesn’t get much support from Mags.
THURSDAY
20/20: The Royal Wedding” 8 p.m. ABC — If the NBC special Wednesday night wasn’t enough for you, ABC has its take.
“American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox — Crystal Bowersox and Bruno Mars perform.
“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS — Priya uses her legal expertise to break apart Sheldon’s roommate agreement.
The Vampire Diaries” 8 p.m. the CW — Stefan and Elena spend a romantic day together. Could it be their last with Kraus hovering?
Bones” 9 p.m. Fox — Honesty may have cost a person his life.
CSI” 9 p.m. CBS — Escaped serial killer Nate Haskell threatens to kill one of his female followers.
Grey’s Anatomy” 9 p.m. ABC — Callie and her baby recover after the accident.
“The Office” 9 p.m. NBC (52-minute episode) — Michael Scott leaves Dunder Mifflin.
“The Mentalist” 10 p.m. CBS — Patrick Jane is confronted with two botched robberies.
FRIDAY
“The Royal Wedding: Modern Majesty” 8 p.m. CBS — If you didn’t wake up early this morning for the actual wedding, here’s a summary.
Friday Night Lights” 8 p.m. NBC — Eric tries to instill discipline in the team.
“Shark Tank” 8 p.m. ABC — Jeff Foxworthy is back as a potential investor.
“Kathy Griffin’s Insightful and Hilarious Take on the Royal Wedding” 8 p.m. TV Guide — If the CBS special is too serious for you.
“20/2: A Modern Fairy Tale” 9 p.m. ABC — Why are royal weddings always called “fairy tales”?
“CSI: NY” 9 p.m. CBS — Mac reconnects with his first partner (Peter Fonda).
“Fashion Police: A Royal Wedding Special” 10 p.m. E! — Joan Rivers will rip apart those Brits.
WEEKEND
Chase” 8 p.m. Saturday NBC — An escapee seeks evidence of his innocence.
The Amazing Race” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS — Sad to see Jet and Cord leave last week, but the other teams knew they were a major threat.
“America’s Next Great Restaurant” 8 p.m. Sunday NBC (first season finale) — A concept called Saucy Balls could win.
The Simpsons” 8 p.m. Sunday Fox — Fat Tony (voice of Joe Mantegna) woos Marge’s sister and they marry.
“Celebrity Apprentice” 9 p.m. Sunday NBC — NeNe Leakes is on the rampage against Star Jones
Who Killed Chandra Levy?” 9 p.m. SundayTLC — Docudrama about this well-publicized 2001 disappearance.
“Law & Order: Criminal Intent” 9 p.m. Sunday USA (10th season debut) — Goren is back for his final season.
“Army Wives” 9 p.m. Sunday Lifetime — Claudia Joy faces unexpected health issues.
Undercover Boss” 9 p.m. Sunday CBS (second season finale) — The chancellor of the University of California, Riverside, goes undercover.
In Plain Sight” 10 p.m. Sunday USA (fourth season debut) — Mary seeks help from a witness to help clear Brandi of grand theft auto.
“The Killing” 10 p.m. Sunday AMC — Sarah and Holder grill a suspect’s family and friends.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

18 comments Add your comment

mike scott

April 25th, 2011
9:56 am

thats what she said!

Nicki K

April 25th, 2011
11:12 am

Pretty sure Have Cake, Will Travel is on Food Network, not TruTV, considering I just saw an episode late last night on there and it was advertised as well.

joe

April 25th, 2011
11:21 am

Never thought the office would be anything without M Scott, but having watched DeAngelo Vickars, I’m hoping the show won’t lose a step…esp with Dwight not seeming to get along with the new guy…that could lead to some good PS material (post scott). Anyway, they’ve always left me satisfied and wanting more ..TWSS.

tiptoe

April 25th, 2011
11:21 am

Not sure why, but Dr. Who is missing again from Best Bets. BBC America this Saturday completion of a 2 part episode “The Impossible Astronaut”

Matt the Brave

April 25th, 2011
11:31 am

Rodney, Atlanta’s own Rebecca Loebe will be on The Voice either this Tuesday or next Tuesday. Can we show her some support?!

DB

April 25th, 2011
11:53 am

Michael leaving is a good thing. In the past 2 seasons the writers have made his character unwatchable. They’ve drained his awkward kindness and expanded his meanness.

DW

April 25th, 2011
12:00 pm

NEW SOUTH PARK! Hellz yea

Tuna

April 25th, 2011
12:18 pm

Will Michael be following his lifelong dream starting his “Shoe-La-La” business?

Toby Flenderson

April 25th, 2011
12:37 pm

Will this be the episode where I finally get to beat the hell out of Michael?

dwight

April 25th, 2011
2:23 pm

Good one, Michael!

Toby from HR

April 25th, 2011
2:24 pm

Good Riddance…Human Resources.

Coming soon to homeless karaoke..... Chaddd Scottt!

April 25th, 2011
2:39 pm

I like that Cheryl Burke on DWTS….. what a piece :)

YO MOMMA

April 25th, 2011
2:39 pm

Andy Bernard

April 25th, 2011
3:09 pm

Michael pulled a Schrute.

2nd Cup

April 25th, 2011
3:28 pm

I’ll be watching the NFL Draft starting Thursday night. The royal wedding? Not so much.

tvBoy

April 25th, 2011
10:02 pm

yea about ‘the office’, i know its a big hit but i never really got its humor. i love ‘friday night lights’ – best show on tv no one watches. i’m getting a bit burned out on ‘idol’.

HCool

April 26th, 2011
12:03 am

Nope… none of these. The best bet to watch on TV is CSI: MIAMI on Sunday night… episode #9.21 “G.O.”

Colt in NC

April 28th, 2011
9:49 pm

I’m going to miss him. He made the show…