“Jane the Virgin” season-finale, 9 p.m., CW.
A year of huge
praise and tiny ratings concludes with, logically, a birth. All of
this started with Jane (Gina Rodriguez) being impregnated via clinic
error. Now the baby is coming; rushing to the hospital are the birth
father, plus Jane's former fiance, her parents and more.
That wraps up a
clever comedy-drama season. The Golden Globes nominated it for best
comedy and chose Rodriguez as best actress in a comedy; the American
Film Institute gave it one of its 10 “program of the year”
awards. Critics approved, the network renewed ... and, occasionally,
II: “The Voice” (NBC) and “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC),
Two powerhouses trim
for their finales next week. “Stars” has its final four, after
last week dumping Chris Soules (“The Bachelor”) and Robert
Herjavec (“Shark Tank”); that leaves actors Rumer Willis and
Riker Lynch, plus Olympic champ Nastia Liukin and war veteran Noah
has Pharrell Williams as the only judge with two contestants (Sawyer
Fredericks and Koryn Hawthorne). Last week, Christina Aguilera had
the bottom two; India Carney survived and Kimberly Nichole went home.
Blake Shelton has Meghan Linsey; Adam Levine has Joshua Davis.
ALTERNATIVE: “Bates Motel” season-finale, 9 p.m., A&E.
shabby/shaky psyches of Norman Bates and his mom are intriguing.
Still, they aren't enough to carry a series; the final moments in
this third season leave us feeling empty.
busy finale has much more going on. One key scene (the sheriff
confronts the crime boss) is powerful; another (Norman's half-brother
nudges fragile Emma) is filled with rich emotions.
8-10 p.m., Fox. The end of the season will be lumped into a pair of
two-hour chunks on Mondays. Tonight, Ryan (Kevin Bacon) is
increasingly reckless in his search for Theo.
“2 Broke Girls,”
8 p.m., CBS. Sophie learns that Olag may have an ulterior purpose for
“Girl Meets World”
season-opener, 8:30 p.m., Disney. By the so-so standards of teen
cable comedies, this is a first-rate show, focusing on the daughter
of the “Boy Meets World” characters. This season – with new
episodes for five straight days – her dad is no longer her teacher
and her mom has a bakery.
9-11 p.m., HBO. Gilberto Valle was a New York cop whose wife found
despicable things on his computer. She reported him; dubbed the
“cannibal cop,” he faced trial. Prosecutors said he conspired on
the Internet to kidnap specific women, torture them in his basement
and cook them in a large oven; defense lawyers said it was all
fantasy – he didn't have kidnap equpment ... or a large oven ... or
a basement. This disturbing documentary raises tough questions about
thoughts as crimes.
Lens,” 10 p.m., PBS (check local listings). Elizabeth Streb's
choreography isn't confined to the stage ... or to the ground. Her
dancers leap, whirl, fly, fall. Several joyously recall conquering
the odds; one recalls breaking her back and ending her career. This
documentry does a poor job of capturing dance, but a great one of
showing intriguing people.
p.m., ABC. In the season-finale, a murder spurs a boyhood memory for
season-finale, 10:01 p.m., A&E. Rowan's last wedding day was kind
of a mess; the groom left and was killed by a car. He returned years
later – that happens in this show – but today she's supposed to
marry Tommy, the local sheriff.