TV column for Thursday, May 17


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
“Grey's Anatomy” and “Station 19” season-finales. 8 and 9
p.m., ABC.

The TV season
officially ends Wednesday, so lots of shows are wrapping up,
including these two: One finishes its 14th season; the
other its first.

“Grey's Anatomy”
will tie “ER” next season, becoming roughly the fifth-longest
drama series ever, It's stingy about tonight's plot details;
“Station 19” isn't. The final interviews are here, to choose a
new station chief; Andy hopes for the job, which her dad held. Then a
massive skyscraper fire changes everything. Also, Ben (Jason George)
– formerly a “Grey's” surgeon – passes a rookie milestone.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
“Gotham” season-finale, 8 p.m., Fox.

Fans will have to
savor this one for a long time. Fox says “Gotham” won't be back
until mid-season – football will consume its Thursdays next fall –
and that will be the final season.

Lately, Gotham City
has been consumed by crime and chaos. Now Detective Gordon is warned
that more destruction is coming; he faces a potentially devastating
decision. Meanwhile, Barbara Kean rallies her underworld forces and
young Bruce Wayne hits a turning point.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE
II: “Life in Pieces” season-finale, 9 and 9:30 p.m., CBS.

CBS' other Thursday
comedies ended last week, so now “Pieces” gets an hour to itself.
Jen and Greg get some surprising news in the first half-hour, then
struggle to keep it secret in the second.

Colleen and Matt
send a video thank-you that seems to please no one; also, they have
an awkward situation with their surrogate. And young Samantha? In the
first episode, she wants a second piercing in her ear; in the second,
her parents plan a surprise birthday party which, of course, goes
badly.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance,” 6-8 p.m.,
Lifetime.

We really didn't
expect to like this movie. Lifetime's “William & Kate” film
was a tad dull ... possibly because the real-life people are dull.
This one, however, is mostly a pleasure; if the real-life Prince
Harry and Meghan Markle are half this interesting, we like them both.

Ignore the first
flashback scenes. From the moment these two meet, they're a delight.
Markle seems bright, funny and strident; Harry is an interesting
blend of sensitive and fun-loving. Parisa Fitz-Henley (“Midnight,
Texas”) and newcomer Murray Fraser make them people worth spending
time with.

Other choices
include:

“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. Sheldon was already bitter when he wanted the
“Professor Proton” hosting job and it went to Wil Wheaton. In
this rerun, he wants a guest spot on the show ... and that goes to
Amy.

“Supernatural”
season-finale, 8 p.m., CW. An impulsive decision could alter life for
one of the brothers.

“Arrow,” 9 p.m.,
CW. With a new ally, Oliver has what CW calls an epic final battle
with Diaz.

“American Ninja
Warrior,” 9-11 p.m., NBC. On May 30, a new summer edition will
start on Wednesdays. First, however, there are a couple specials,
This one is an “all-star” edition with Allyssa Beird, Jessie
Graff, Jesse Labreck, Flip Rodriguez and “Cowboy Ninja” Lance
Pekus.

“SWAT”
season-finale, 10 p.m., CBS. Sherilyn Fenn (“Twin Peaks”) is back
as Street's mom, now out on parole and endangering his career. Also,
the team races to prevent terrorist bombings.

“Quantico,” 10
p.m., ABC. Here's one show that will continue into the summer,
sparing us some rerun overload. Tonight, an emir has been
assassinated and team members are hired to protect a prince. They
soon realize the killer is closer than they'd thought.