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TV best bets with series finale of ‘Desperate Housewives,’ season finales of ‘Survivor,’ ‘New Girl,’ ‘The Voice,’ ‘Once Upon a Time’

desperate housewives in earlier daysThe floodgates have now opened for several major season finales and one major series finale in ABC’s ‘Desperate Housewives.”

That over-the-top soap opened huge and is ending on a much quieter note in terms of buzz on Sunday. But the show made a major impact on the prime-time landscape as Wisteria Lane suffered murders, suicides, a tornado, a plane crash and even an off-set drama featuring a jilted Nicollette Sheridan. Fun times had by all, courtesy of the inventive mind of creator Marc Cherry.

On Sunday, “Survivor” concludes its whopping 24th season against “Desperate Housewives.” NBC’s ‘The Office,” despite stumbling ratings without Michael Scott, ends its eighth season with a virtual lock on a ninth.  Some of the biggest freshman shows such as CBS’s “2 Broke Girls” Monday, Fox’s “New Girl” on Tuesday and ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” Sunday also close shop for the spring.

And NBC’s “The Voice” finishes its sophomore year Tuesday hoping to create a star, something that didn’t happen season one. (Javier Colon anybody?)


2 Broke Girls” 8 p.m. CBS (first season finale) — Martha Stewart guests.
“Bones” 8 p.m. Fox — Brennan criticizes the acting in a movie based on Brennan’s latest book.
Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — Melissa Gilbert keeps hanging on but how much longer?
The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — The final four vie for the victory.
House” 9 p.m. Fox — House is missing.
Mike & Molly” 9:30 p.m. CBS — The antics of family and friends disrupt Molly and Mike’s wedding rehearsal.
“Hawaii Five-O” 10 p.m. CBS —  McGarrett captures his nemesis Wo Fat.
“Smash” 10 p.m. NBC — Rebecca faces a personal crisis as “Bombshell” begins previews.
“Castle” 10:01 p.m. ABC (fourth season finale) — A military veteran’s homicide leads Beckett to go after the man who shot her.


“Glee” 8 p.m. Fox — Class president Brittany uses her bully pulpit to promote the prom.
Last Man Standing” 8 p.m. ABC (first season finale) — Vanessa’s sister visits the Baxters.
“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — Jimmy’s bachelor party takes place.
Dancing With the Stars” 9 p.m. ABC — Will Melissa Gilbert last yet another week?
NCIS: Los Angeles” 9 p.m. CBS — Kensi and Deeks work undercover as a married couple.
New Girl” 9 p.m. Fox (first season finale)  — Winston faces his fear of the dark.
“The Voice” 9 p.m. NBC (second season finale) — This is Juliet Simms’ competition to lose.
“The Game” 10 p.m. BET — A disenchanted Melanie mulls over her future
Unforgettable” 10 p.m. CBS (first season finale) — Carrie investigates a murder in Syracuse that is eerily similar to her sister’s death.
United Stats of America” 10 p.m. History (new series) — Randy and Jason Sklar explore interesting and surprising American-history stats.
“Private Practice” 10:01 p.m. ABC — Jake suspects that Amelia could give in to substance-abuse temptation.


“American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox — The two themes are songs from California acts and songs they wish they had written
Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” 8 p.m. NBC — Adam West searches for a masked man in a cape.
Criminal Minds” 9 p.m. CBS — Rossi and the team teach college students the science of criminal profiling.
Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — The entire Pritchett clan go to Disneyland.
“Around the World in 80 Plates” 10 p.m. Bravo (new series) — It’s “The Amazing Race” meets “Top Chef.”
“CSI” 10 p.m. CBS — Bodies are found near a campaign dinner.
“Hot in Cleveland” 10 p.m. TV Land— Cast and crew look at favorite moments from season three.
Law & Order: SVU” 10 p.m. NBC — There are a string of murders against gay men.
“Revenge” 10 p.m. ABC — A flashback era looks at Amanda before she became Emily.


“American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox — David Cook and Jennifer Lopez perform.
The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS (fifth season finale) — Howard and Bernadette scurry to marry before his NASA mission.
The Vampire Diaries” 8 p.m. the CW (third season finale) — Elena wishes she could go back to when her parents were alive.
Grey’s Anatomy” 9 p.m. ABC — The residents make their postresidency decisions.
The Office” 9 p.m. NBC  (eighth season finale) — Andy poses as a janitor and stages a covert coup.
Parks & Recreation” 9:31 p.m. NBC (fourth season finale) — Will Leslie wins the race?
The Mentalist” 10 p.m. CBS — Jane receives a message from Red John on the eighth anniversary of the death of his wife and daughter.
Scandal” 10:02 p.m. ABC — A flashback episode.


The Finder” 8 p.m. Fox (first season finale) — Walter’s older brother asks him to visit their dying father.
“My Momma Throws Down” 8 p.m. TV One — Mothers compete in a cooking contest taped in Atlanta.
“Shark Tank” 8 p.m. ABC — Billy Blanks Jr. pitches a dance-fitness program.
Undercover Boss” 8 p.m. CBS (third season finale) — MasTec CEO Jose Mas works undercover at his infrastructure construction company.
Who Do You Think You Are?” 8 p.m. NBC — Jason Sudeikis seeks his father’s family history that takes him to the Pennsylvania coal mines.
CSI: NY” 9 p.m. CBS (eighth season finale) — Mac is fighting for his life after being shot.
Fairly Legal” 9 p.m. USA — Kate and Ben help Nicastro navigate a dispute with a transit-workers union.
Fringe” 9 p.m. Fox (fourth season finale) — The Fringe team is desperate to prevent a catastrophic event.
Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS — Frank attempts to stop a biological-weapons attack on the city.
Common Law” 10 p.m. USA (new series) — Odd couple detectives begin couples therapy to fix their work relationship.

Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC — Will Ferrell returns as host and Atlanta’s Usher sings.
“Once Upon a Time” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC (first season finale) — Henry remains sick from the poison apple. And will Emma finally believe in the curse?
“Survivor” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS (24th season finale) — Kim is the favorite to win.
Celebrity Apprentice” 9 p.m. Sunday NBC — It’s a battle among Arsenio Hall, Clay Aiken and Aubrey O’Day.
Army Wives” 9 p.m. Sunday Lifetime — Denise offers C.J. her kidney.
Desperate Housewives” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC (series finale) — The late Mary Alice Young keeps tabs on friends and family left behind.
Game of Thrones” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Jaime encounters a distant relative.
“The Killing” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — Holder disappears and a desperate Sarah goes looking for him.
Next Food Network Star” 9 p.m. Sunday Food (8th season debut) — A revamped show breaks the contestants into teams. Atlanta’s Alton Brown joins as a mentor.
“American Dad” 9:30 p.m. Sunday Fox (seventh season finale) — Stan takes Steve to Mexico to help his teen son grow up.
The Client List” 10 p.m. Sunday Lifetime — Riley learns that the police may be planning to raid the spa.
Mad Men” 10 p.m. Sunday AMC — Don’s competitive nature comes to the fore.
Shannen Says” 11 p.m. Sunday WE (first season finale) — Kurt searches for a wedding gift for Shannen. (And no, I don’t care either.)

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

9 comments Add your comment

2nd Cup

May 7th, 2012
10:02 am

I’ll miss “Desperate Housewives”…the same way I’ve missed it every week sinmce it started.

Mercedes S.

May 7th, 2012
10:29 am

Thanks for reminders, RoHo.

Personally I could do with the very tired “Red John” tease on “The Mentalist”. Catch him and let the poor hero move on.

Mercedes S.

May 7th, 2012
10:30 am

SORRY meant – Personally I could do WITHOUT…

mystery poster

May 7th, 2012
11:22 am

@2nd cup
Good thing I wasn’t drinking coffee when I read your comment, I would have spit it all over my computer. Hilarious!

Banned Poster

May 7th, 2012
11:52 am

Good one 2nd cup. I needed that lol this morning.


May 7th, 2012
2:01 pm

I see a lot of junk now on t.v. and I KNOW I could be a great actress. Some of the stuff on t.v. now is pure garbage and a lot of the actors and actresses are not that good at their jobs at all. Making loads of money for being very poor at their craft and stories that are just stupid. You have hard working folks that go to work EVERYDAY and will not make half the salary that some of these clowns make per episode. To me something is very wrong with this picture.

Wally Magoosh

May 7th, 2012
11:37 pm

@Rodney Ho:

WTF… Where’s GRIMM??? Did you forget about Grimm? Do you not watch Grim? What you got against Grimm???!!!


May 8th, 2012
6:46 am

Really gonna miss DH when its gone! Loved that show since the beginning although some stories were not good and creatively the show is done.

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