TV column for Sunday, May 20


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
Billboard Music Awards, 8 p.m., NBC.

Expect lots of
female power tonight. Ariana Grande opens, Kelly Clarkson hosts and
Janet Jackson receives the Icon Award. Clarkson and Jackson sing –
the latter her first TV performance in nine years.

There will be lots
of duets -- Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato, Macklemore and Kesha,
Salt-N-Pepa and En Vogue, Shawn Mendes and Khalid. Zedd and Maren
Morris will do “The Middle,” joined by Grey. Also: Ed Sheeran (in
Dublin), Camila Cabello, Dua Lipa and John Legend.

TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE
II: “American Idol,” 8-10:01 p.m., ABC.

It's music-overload
time. While many stars gather for the Billboard Awards, ABC seeks a
new star.

That's down to the
final three people. Tonight, Maddie Poppe, Gabby Barrett and Caleb
Lee Hutchinson perform and viewers vote. On Monday, we'll have the
16th “idol.”

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “Masterpiece: Little Women” conclusion, 8-10:05 p.m.,
PBS.

The first hour
focused on all four March sisters, each different and each
fascinating. But now it focuses on the one great character. On film –
from Katharine Hepburn in 1933 to Maya Hawke now – Jo has been a
wonderful tangle of steel and warmth.

There are also rich
little portraits of the others – the less-complicated Amy, their
wise and patient mother, the good-spirited guy next door. But most of
all, Jo lives forever.

Other choices
include:

“Bob's Burgers”
season-finale, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Fox. By the second episode, Bob is
thinking of leaving the restaurant business. Then a couple wants to
have its wedding at the burger place.

“NCIS: Los
Angeles,” 8 and 9 p.m., CBS. In the first hour, a shoot-out brings
a tragedy (Sam is shot) and a break – information about the man who
kidnapped Mosley's son five years ago. That leads to the ninth-season
finale, with a daring mission to find the son in Mexico.

“The Simpsons”
season-finale, 8 p.m., Fox. After being hit by lightning, Bart feels
he sees ghosts.

“Brooklyn
Nine-Nine” season-finale, 8:30 p.m., Fox. For Fox, this might seem
like a logical end: Canceled after three seasons, “Nine-Nine” has
the wedding of Jake (Andy Samberg) and Amy. But the show isn't going
far; it's been picked up by NBC (Samberg's old turf), which will
bring it back at mid-season. Also tonight, Gina Rodriguez (“Jane
the Virgin”) plays Rosa's potential love interest.

“Madam Secretary,”
10 p.m., CBS. The fourth season ends with an extreme: A missile is
reportedly headed toward the U.S. and the president is planning a
retaliatory strike.

“Deception,”
10:01 p.m., ABC. The team tries to stop a spy from stealing
top-secret information.

“American
Masters,” 10:05 p.m., PBS. Fresh from “Little Women,” PBS
reruns this portrait of the woman who created it ... and lived it.
Like Jo, Louisa May Alcott grew up in a world of sisters, thoughts
and words. An abolitionist and a feminist, she wrote large adventures
for young people, then re-created the deep joys and tragedies of her
family.