Get Your TV Broom Ready
The May sweeps are in full swing, with dozens of season finales, a few series enders (including final bows from Buffy and Dawson’s Creek) and the usual assortment of movies, miniseries and specials. You’ll find everything from Hitler to Hack. As well, there’s wall-to-wall NHL playoff hockey on CBC and TSN.
Here’s a handy clip-and-save schedule to help you through the glut. Ladies and gentlemen, start your VCRs:
GUEST STAR: Frasier (Global/NBC, 9 p.m.). Dr. Phil meets Dr. Crane.
Say Yes And Marry Me! (Life Network, 7:30 p.m.). This romantic new reality series made a stop at the ACC earlier this season, where Raptors fan Marco Pasquali popped the question to unsuspecting girlfriend Manon Poulin — with the help of a hundred or so billboard-toting fans. Even Vince Carter got in on the shenanigans. But did Manon say yes?
The West Wing (CTV/NBC, 9 p.m.). Matthew Perry finishes a two-episode guest stint.
The Twilight Zone (New VR/UPN, 9 p.m.). A remake of the 1960 classic episode Eye Of The Beholder.
SEASON FINALE: Hack (Global/CBS, 9 p.m.). Is that still on?
Lucy (CH/CBS, 8 p.m.). Three-hour TV bio stars Broadway’s Rachel York as Lucille Ball, Danny Pino as Desi Arnaz.
Tim Allen Presents: A User’s Guide to Home Improvement (ABC, 8 p.m.)
SEASON FINALE: Alias (two hours, 7 p.m. on CTV and 9 p.m. on ABC)
Saturday Night Live: 25 Years Of Music (MuchMoreMusic (May 5-9, 9 p.m.). All the music highlights, including performances by Queen, The Grateful Dead, James Brown, Nirvana, Madonna, Tina Turner, Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney.
SEASON FINALES: The Practice (Global/ABC, 9 p.m. possible series finale). Bobby (Dylan McDermott) announces his resignation in an episode called Goodbye. Looks like curtains.
Crossing Jordan (Global/NBC, 10 p.m.).
SEASON FINALE: Angel (The WB, 9 p.m. potential series finale)
ER: 200th episode (CTV/NBC, 10 p.m.). Carter (Noah Wylie) has an especially rough day.
Say I Do (CTV, 8 p.m.).
A documentary about e-mail order brides from the Philippines. “Me love you two times go boom-boom.”
SEASON FINALE: Survivor: The Amazon (Global/CBS, 8 p.m.). Find out who wins followed by the usual hour-long reunion show.
Behind The Camera: The Unauthorized Story Of Three’s Company (CITY-TV/NBC). “Come and write me a cheque …”
The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer (ABC, 9 p.m.), a TV-movie prequel to Stephen King’s Rose Red.
SEASON FINALE: Boston Public (Global/Fox, 9 p.m.)
SERIES FINALE: Dawson’s Creek (The WB, 8 p.m., two hours; airs Friday on Global). The gang jumps forward five years to find that Dawson (James Van Der Beek) has produced an autobiographical TV show called The Creek.
SEASON FINALE: Friends (NBC, Global, 8 p.m.). Romantic problems bedevil most of the gang in the 75-minute finale, set in Barbados. Will & Grace (Global/NBC, 9 p.m.), Without A Trace (Global/CBS, 10 p.m.)
SEASON FINALE: CSI (CTV/CBS, 9 p.m.). Look for one of the CSI team to wind up in the lab after a bank robbery/gun battle on the streets of Vegas.
The 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (ABC, 9 p.m.). Hosted by Wayne Brady.
C.D. Hoy: Portraits from the Frontier (Global, 7 p.m.). Documentary about photographer Chow Dong Hoy, who captured the gold rush on camera after moving from China to rural British Columbia in 1900.
Hitler: The Rise of Evil (CH/CBS. 9 p.m.) Concludes May 20. Robert Carlyle stars as the young dictator-to-be in his pre-swastika days. Shot in Toronto.
SEASON FINALES: The Simpsons (Global, Fox, 8 p.m.). Club rivals Bart and Milhouse wage war. Followed by another new episode.
King Of The Hill (Global/Fox, 7 p.m.). The 150th episode.
The Bachelor (CITY-TV/Fox, 9 p.m.)
Malcolm In The Middle (Global/Fox, 9 p.m.). Lois (Jane Kaczmarek) delivers her fifth child. Yikes!
ABC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration (ABC, 8 p.m.). Cast reunions from Bewitched, Happy Days, The Love Boat and other staples of the network’s glory years. Look for Muhammad Ali, Tim Allen, Drew Carey, Dick Clark, Peter Falk, Farrah Fawcett, Dennis Franz, Jennifer Garner, Florence Henderson, John Ritter, Roseanne, John Travolta, Barbara Walters, Damon Wayans, Oprah Winfrey and, of course, The Fonz (Henry Winkler).
Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart (NBC, 9 p.m.). Cybill Shepherd plays the scandal-plagued homemaker. Based on Christopher Byron’s saucy biography.
SEASON FINALES: Everybody Loves Raymond (Global/CBS, 9 p.m.). Robert (Brad Garrett) and Amy (Monica Horan) get hitched (45 minutes). King Of Queens (CH/CBS, 8 p.m.)
Everwood (The WB, 9 p.m.)
America’s Next Top Model (UPN, May 20). Follows 10 young women as they compete to become the next Tyra Banks, who hosts.
SEASON FINALES: 24 (CH/Fox, 9 p.m.)
8 Simple Rules (ABC, 8 p.m.), According to Jim (8:30 p.m.), Less Than Perfect (9:30 p.m), NYPD Blue (10 p.m.) Sipowicz (Dennis Franz) and McDowell (Charlotte Ross) hit a major roadblock on their way to the altar.
Gilmore Girls (The WB, 8 p.m.), Valedictorian Rory (Alexis Bledel) addresses her graduating class (airs May 28 on Global).
Smallville (The WB, 9 p.m.).
JAG (CH/CBS, 8 p.m.). Harm (David James Elliott) supposedly quits. Right.
SERIES FINALE: Buffy The Vampire Slayer (New VR/UPN, 8 p.m.). The final showdown with evil incarnate, known only as “the First.” Who will survive?
The 38th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards (CBS, 9 p.m.). Hosted by Reba McEntire.
SEASON FINALE: American Idol (CTV/Fox, 8 p.m.). Ruben, Clay or Kimberly The Cow?
Law & Order: 300th episode.
Enjoy it, because a long, re-run filled summer awaits.
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