TV column for Monday, May 21


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
“American Idol” finale, 9-11 p.m., ABC.

After a one-year
break, “Idol” is ready to pick its 16th champion. On
Sunday, the final three singers performed and viewers voted. Now,
after much commotion, one will win.

Gabby Barrett, 17,
is from Munhall, a steel town of 11,000, alongside Pittsburgh ...
Caleb Lee Hutchinson is from Dallas, an Atlanta suburb of 12,600 ...
Maddie Pope is from Clarksville, a Tennessee town of 1,400, and had a
graduatig class of 22. Tonight, one of them will be a winner.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
“TheVoice,” 8-10 p.m., NBC.

The “Idol” votes
have aleady been counted, but there's still time to affect “Voice.”
Tonight, the final four singers perform and viewers vote; on Tuesday,
there will be a winner.

Adam Levine may be
less interested tonight; for the first time in 10 editions, he
doesn't have anyone in the final four. Blake Shelton (who's already
had six winners in 13 rounds) has two finalists, Spensa Baker and
Kyla Jade; Kelly Clarkson has Bryn Cartelli, Alicia Keys has Britt
Buchanan.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “Dancing With the Stars” finale (ABC) or Miss USA
(Fox), 8 p.m.

Two days before the
end of the official TV season, the night overflows with competition.
On Fox, it's a beauty pageant, hosted by Nick and Vanessa Lachey ...
20 years after she won the Miss Teen USA title.

And “Stars”
wraps up its quick, all-athlete edtion. The finale has a football
star (Josh Norman) and two Olympic skaters, one popular (Adam Rippon)
and one infamous (Tonya Harding).

Other choices
include:

“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 and 9 p.m., CBS. The first rerun is a hilarious one in
which Bernadette is past her due date for giving birth. The second
has Shelton battling Kripke for the right wedding venue.

“The Grapes of
Wrath” (1940) and “Casablanca” (1942), 8 and 10:15 p.m. ET,
Turner Classic Movies, Here are two all-time classics; the American
Film Institute puts them at No. 23 and No. 3 all-time.

“Man With a Plan”
season-finale, 8:30 p.m., CBS. This will be the last new episode for
a while; CBS has renewed “Man,” but for mid-season. Tonight, Andi
can't find work and suggests a business plan with Adam. Also, he's
doing a renovation for his demanding parents (Stacy Keach and Swoosie
Kurtz).

“iZombie,” 9
p.m., CW. Ravi and Clive work togeter to solve a case. Also, Major
pulls a surprisng move on Liv.

“The Terror”
finale, 9-10:30 p.m., AMC. With their ship still stuck in the Actic,
the crew must face a deadly confrontation with the demonic Tuunbaq.
It's a deadly hour, bringing major steps for the captain (Jared
Harris) and for the native known as Lady Silence.

“Elementary,” 10
p.m., CBS. The murder of Watson's former psychologist causes her to
reconsider the direction of her life.

“Independent
Lens,” 10 p.m., PBS (check local listings). For years ACORN battled
landlords and bosses; “it was win after win,” said Bertha Lewis,
who became its CEO. Then it was a big loss, triggered by videos of
staffers being helpful to someone who said she was starting a teen
brothel. The videos are sometimes deceptive, Lewis said, but showed
“a lack of supervision and oversight.” Here are intriguing
glimpses of Lewis and of Hannah Giles who, at 20, launched and
starred in the videos.