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TV best bets with season finales of ‘American Idol,’ ‘The Biggest Loser,’ ‘Dancing With the Stars’

The "Idol" top 2 Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery. CREDIT: Fox

The "Idol" top 2 Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery. CREDIT: Fox

Three more days and the old-school broadcast network season is “over.” That means the season conclusions for several shows, including NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” Fox’s “Glee” and ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” on Tuesday and Fox’s “American Idol” on Wednesday.

ABC’s “The Bachelorette” Monday and Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” Thursday start their summer runs this week, too.

And bid farewell forever to Fox’s “The Chicago Code” Monday, NBC’s “Law & Order: Los Angeles” Thursday and CBS”s “Criminal Minds: Suspicious Behavior” Wednesday as well.

MONDAY

Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — The final three vie for the mirror-ball trophy. UGA grad Hines Ward still has a shot!
House” 8 p.m. Fox (seventh season finale) — An eighth season is coming but word is it may be the last. Is a performance artist actually sick or doing something for art’s sake?
The Bachelorette” 9 p.m. ABC (seventh season debut) — Brad Womack’s second runner-up Ashley Hebert gets her shot at love.
“The Chicago Code
” 9 p.m. Fox (series finale) — Fox recently axed this show. Let’s hope this provides some closure after just one season.
“The Event” 9 p.m. NBC (series finale) — Yet another show that didn’t make it to a sophomore year. Sean, Vicky, Sterling and Simon race to stop the spread of a virus.
Make It or Break It” 9 p.m. ABC Family (second season finale) — The girls compete at World’s and trusts are broken.
Too Big to Fail” 9 p.m. HBO — An account of the Wall Street financial crisis in 2008.
“Clash of the Commercials” 10 p.m. CBS — Ten international commercials compete with 10 U.S. ads for supremacy.

TUESDAY
“American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox — This is the first all-country “Idol” final between North Carolina’s Scotty McCreery and Georgia’s own Lauren Alaina.
The Biggest Loser” 8 p.m. NBC (11th season finale) — America’s vote is revealed and the 24 contestants come back to weigh in one more time.
Dancing With the Stars” 9 p.m. ABC (12th season finale) — Can UGA’s Hines Ward overcome Kirstie Alley’s popularity and Chelsea Kane’s youth and exuberance? The Black Eyed Peas and Go Gos perform.
Glee” 9 p.m. Fox — The Glee kids head to New York City for the Nationals.
“Deadliest Catch” 9 p.m. Discovery — A confrontation on the Cornelia Marie brings the police.
Braxton Family Values” 9 p.m. WE — The ladies go to Los Angeles for their mom’s birthday.
The Voice” 10 p.m. NBC — Atlanta’s Rebecca Loebe competes tonight.

WEDNESDAY
“American Idol” 8 p.m. (10th season finale) — Scotty McCreery is favored to win during the two-hour, seven-minute finale.
The Middle” 8 p.m. ABC (second season finale) — Brick must write a daily journal to pass third grade.
Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC (second season finale) — The family holds a big party for Jay’s birthday.
Cougar Town” 9:30 p.m. ABC (second season finale) — Travis’ move to Hawaii gives the gang an excuse for a vacation.
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” 10 p.m. CBS (series finale) — CBS has canceled this show after a brief spring run.
Law & Order: Los Angeles” 10 p.m. NBC (series finale) — NBC revamped this show midway through its freshman year but axed it anyway.
“Happy Endings” 10:30 p.m. ABC (first season finale) — Despite modest ratings, ABC did renew this comedy.

THURSDAY
How To Die In Oregon” 8 p.m. HBO — An examination of the Death with Dignity Act in Oregon, the first state to legalize doctor-assisted suicide.
So You Think You Can Dance” 8 p.m. Fox (eighth season debut) — Atlanta and San Francisco auditions featured.
LisaRaye: The Real McCoy” 9 p.m. TV One (second-season finale) — Kai travels to Las Vegas to celebrate her 21st birthday.
“Lady Gaga Special” 9 p.m. MTV — An intimate conversation with the pop star.
America’s Best Dance Crew” 10 p.m. MTV — The crews dance to Kanye West music.
The Real Housewives of New York City” 10 p.m. Bravo — LuAnn hosts the ladies in Morocco.
Secret Diary of a Call Girl” 10:30 p.m. Showtime (series finale) — Ben wants Belle to call it quits.
Gigolos” 11 p.m. Showtime (first season finale) — Are the women really paying for this?
FRIDAY
Friday Night Lights” 8 p.m. NBC — Vince feels torn between Coach Taylor and his dad and Billy makes a connection with Luke.
CMT’s Next Superstar” 9 p.m. CMT — The final three make music videos.
Say Yes to the Dress: Big Bliss” 9 p.m. TLC — A bride shops for her dress with her sorority sisters.
American Restoration” 10 p.m. History — The team works on a department-store X-ray machine from the 1940s used to fit shoes.
Four Weddings” 10 p.m. TLC (third season finale) — One bride walks down the aisle with her dog while another entertains guests with a pirate impersonator.
“Swamp Brothers” 10 p.m. Discovery— A baby gator-catching mission lead to trouble for the brothers.
VH1 Storytellers” 11 p.m. VH1 — Death Cab For Cutie gets the spotlight.
WEEKEND
“The Antonio Treatment” 9:30 p.m. Saturday HGTV — Antonio remakes a bedroom with stucco walls, a small layout and stained rug
Bert the Conqueror” 8 p.m. Sunday Travel — The host arrives in Arizona and attends the 23rd annual Ostrich Festival.
National Memorial Day Concert 2011” 8 p.m. Sunday GPB — Yolanda Adams, B.B. King and Pia Toscano are among the performers.
Game of Thrones” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — With conflict looming, Tywin urges Jaime to preserve the Lannisters’ future.
Amazing Wedding Cakes” 10 p.m. Sunday WE (fourth season finale) — A cake mimics the design of the Palace of Versailles.
The Killing” 10 p.m. Sunday AMC — The police must regroup after they have second thoughs about a prime suspect.
Ice Loves Coco” 10:30 p.m. Sunday E! — A preview of a new reality series focused on rapper Ice-T and his wife Coco.

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

25 comments Add your comment

Sandy

May 23rd, 2011
8:51 am

so sorry to hear that “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” has been canceled, I really liked it.

ccatlanta

May 23rd, 2011
9:15 am

Rodney, in the third paragraph, you’ve got Law and Order: LA belonging to both NBC and CBS.

beebee

May 23rd, 2011
9:49 am

Are the “Glee” kids in college or high school?
My thought is that they are in high school. That’s why I never watched it.
29 and 30-year-old actors are being passed off as “high schoolers’?

dre

May 23rd, 2011
9:51 am

IDOL – Scotty’s sincere show of emotion at his homecoming finally won me over. Go Scotty!

jj

May 23rd, 2011
12:51 pm

^5 to “dre”…same for me…his honest and sincere emotion as seeing so many people turn out for him, for being “home” really made me take a second look at him.
I thought it was tacky and shameful to use the tornado tragedy in the Ringgold area to play into Lauren’s homecoming. Her tears may have been sincere but I just felt like it was a set up to make her look good. Scotty showed the same tears and emotions but it was about the joy of being home not something set up to garner sympathy for him.
That helped make it easier for me to give him a second look. If I were going to be watching/voting it would be for him. Yeah I know that’s stunning coming from me. But there just seemed to be something there, something deep down that I’d missed. I wish him the best of look and will be rooting for him for the win.

jj

May 23rd, 2011
12:52 pm

“Best of LUCK” sorry my bad. =)

Tim

May 23rd, 2011
12:55 pm

They picked the right two finalists for the Idol finale. Haley Reinhart did not make the finale because as a singer she SUCKS!!!!!!! At least she is better than her boyfriend Casey Abrams who REALLY SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

James Durban is not bad, but he is nothing more than Adam’s parrot. Pia Toscano is nothing more than another boring ballad singer.

The two idol finalists will get recording deals. Perhaps also Stefano if he is marketed as a tween girl idol. But the rest, forget it. They are nothing more than cheap bar entertainment.

MR

May 23rd, 2011
2:01 pm

jj From what I see, most teenagers don’t read the newspapers or watch the news, so probably had no idea of the true impact of the storms in North GA. Since a lot of the IDOL audience is teenagers, maybe it was good to show them that it is ok for an extremely busy teenager like Lauren to show some compassion and sympathy for others…and who knows, maybe they will do the same. I don’t see how this was going to “garner” sympathy for Lauren, she is not the one who needed it like you implied. She did take time to acknowledge the heroics of a little boy. Don’t see how anything she did was tacky or shameful, she was NOT exploiting the storm victims.

LJR

May 23rd, 2011
2:18 pm

Wow . . . this is going to be a Country Music Finale! While they are both good singers and have grown alot during this competition, neither give very surprising performances. It seems the majority of the AI viewing audience can’t appreciate true talent. I was hoping the top three would be Casey, James and Haley. These guys were never scared to take a chance and do something different! So now it will be a battle between one country singer to another. I’ve watched all season but can sit this one out.

Kuntrygirl

May 23rd, 2011
3:30 pm

LJR – I was never a fan of your favorite singers but you have a right to your opinion. That’s why there are so many genres of music. I personally like country music but that doesn’t make my likes more correct than yours. I don’t care for someone yelling (shouting) profanity and passing it off as music.

No Impressed

May 23rd, 2011
3:37 pm

Let’s hope Kirstie Shamu The Whale Alley doesn’t try to convince Max to lift her 2 ton weight in the finals and kill himself. She should have been gone by the third week….absolutely no talent, just a big bucket of LARD.

Jean-Marie

May 23rd, 2011
4:07 pm

Omg I really want Scotty McCreery to win!! hes going to win for sure!! Im a McCreerian!!! ;)

Anita

May 23rd, 2011
5:29 pm

Yes, everybody please vote for Scottie. SOOOO cute SOOOO sincere SOOOOO good. AI 2011 winner for sure. VOTE VOTE VOTE!!!!

Luke

May 23rd, 2011
9:28 pm

Lauren all the way!! Everybody VOTE, VOTE, VOTE, VOTE, VOTE, VOTE, VOTE for Lauren Alaina so she can be the next Idol. She deserves it!!

Luke

May 23rd, 2011
9:29 pm

VOTE for the full 4 hours for Lauren. DON’T STOP!!!

Ron

May 23rd, 2011
9:35 pm

scotty of course and he should get ready for 2012 acm top new solo vocalist and top new artist acceptance speech!country’s best new artist vote for scotty all night long and day!and the cma,cmt,grammy,ama,bmi country,bma,aca acceptance speech

[...] or set your DVR, because the American Idol finale is set to take place tonight. It will be a pure country battle between Lauren and Scotty and we should expect to see them at their finest. It’s nice [...]

rbj

May 24th, 2011
3:32 pm

On Gigolos: “Are the women really paying for this?” — Ha! These actresses are actually the ones being enumerated for this….and do you know if they’re doing a second season?

And I can’t believe that the Bachelor/ette is still spitting out seasons…remarkable. People are still watching that?!

Scotty "George W" McCreery

May 24th, 2011
7:37 pm

Hilarious pictures of Scotty McCreery comparing him to George W. Bush below:

http://spaceemperor.blogspot.com/2011/05/your-next-american-idol-is-scotty.html

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Beth

May 24th, 2011
11:16 pm

The olympic gold metalist Rulon Gardner on the Biggest Loser is caught “cheating” on his diet on the show, quits the show and then is unable or unwilling to participate in the finale. Really? Is that the type of committment that helped you wind a metal in the freaking olympics. He had the opportunity to give back to the country he represented by being a role model and instead he showed selfishness and poor sportsmanship. Now I see is is promoting his own fitness center. Not where I would be spending membership dues that for sure!

David

May 25th, 2011
2:15 pm

Could not watch biggest loser finale because of fricking weather reports. NBC 5 SUCKS

chloe

May 29th, 2011
9:01 am

The Biggest Loser finale was AWSOME! But i think rulon gardner is not a good role model beacause he quit for PERSONAL REASONS.I love Olivia! She is a VERY GOOD ROLE MODEL. Hannah makes me laugh. When i saw Justin,I thought that he looks kinda cute. He is also a VERY GOOD ROLE MODEL.But above all, i think Kaylee,Courtney, and Marcie are best. LOL,but i think Kaylee and Austin would be perfect for each other!XD.WHOS WITH MEH THERE!

chloe

May 29th, 2011
9:11 am

WARNING: THIS IS ALL ABOUT RULON GARDNER Well,Rulon Gardner is NOT A GOOD PERSON. HE ISNT EVEN HAPPY WITH 5 POUND LOSS. IN WEEK 15 HE SAID I DONT THINK 7 POUNDS IS GUNNA KEEP ME HERE. HE LOSS TEN! AN OLIMPIC GOLD MEDLEST SHOULD NOT HAVE WEIGHED 474 POUNDS! I HEARD HE HAVE LOST 181 POUNDS ON NBC.COM/BIGGESTLOSER . HE EVEN SNEAKED AND EAT A BAG OF CHIPS IN THE EASTER EPISODE! Well, If u want to find a good role model, WHATEVER U DO, DONT PICK RULON

unknown

May 29th, 2011
10:23 pm

scooty luvs lauren he said it in american idol