TV column for Saturday, May 19

TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Saturday Night
Live” season-finale, 11:29 p.m., NBC.

Mick Jagger seems to take his time
between “SNL” hosting gigs. This is his first one in 34 years.

He's also shown up a few times as music
guest; this time, he does it all. In the music moments, he's joined
by Jeff Beck, Arcade Fire and the Foo Fighters.

(2007), 8-11 p.m., ABC

In seven weeks, the “Spider-Man”
films will re-start, with a new director (Marc Webb) and star (Andrew
Garfield). First, here's a chance to catch the end of director Sam
Raimi's trilogy.

Peter (Tobey Maguire) turns temporarily
bad; the villain (James Franco) turns temporarily good. Also,
Spider-Man cries.

ET, Fox.

For 18 years, “Cops” and “America's
Most Wanted” were constant companions on Saturdays. That ended a
year ago when Fox canceled “Wanted” (which moved to Lifetime);
now “Cops” is going, too.

The network is dubbing this “Fox
Sports Saturday.” Baseball (with games varying) begins today; there
will also be NASCAR, martial arts and, this fall, college football.

Other choices include:

– “Harry's Law,” 8 p.m., NBC.
This won't be back next season, so we might as well enjoy it now. In
a rerun, Harry defends a rogue juror and Oliver and Cassie try to
adjust to their workplace romance. Also, another case reflects a real
life story, when a reality-show star's husband commits suicide.

– “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,”
8 p.m., CBS. This rerun puts the focus on Dr. Robbins, played by the
talented Robert David Hall. His wife (Wendy Crewson) finds a naked,
dead man in their bedroom.

– Action films, 8 p.m., cable.
“Spider-Man” has lots of competition tonight, including the
amiable “Charlie's Angels” (2000) on E. Also: “Harry Potter and
the Order of the Phoenix” (2007) on ABC Family, “X-Men: First
Class” (2011) on HBO, “Independence Day” (1996) on AMC and the
second “Star Wars” prequel, “Attack of the Clones” (2002) on

– “Talladega Nights” (2006),
8:30-11 p.m., Comedy Central. Will Ferrell's comedies have been
erratic, but this is one of his better ones, profiling a NASCAR
driver. It has some dandy moments – especially the blind driving
lesson – and a supporting cast that includes John C.Reilly and
Sacha Baron Cohen.

– “Criminal Minds,” 9 p.m., CBS.
This rerun has Charles Dutton as a boxing trainer. His people are
probed after some brutal murders. Also, Hotch trains for the
triathlon and meets an attractive runner.

– “The Firm,” 9 p.m., NBC. A
young client is charged with soliciting for prostitution, but Mitch
(Josh Lucas) soon realizes she has a much bigger secret. Meanwhile,
his wife (Molly Parker) visits home in Kentucky, where a
reconciliation with her parents won't be easy.

– “Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit,” 10 p.m., NBC. After being busy with the brilliant (but
canceled) “Awake,” BD Wong returned for the first time in a year,
as Dr. George Huang. It reruns tonight, with girls seeking their
sperm-donor dad. James Van Der Beek and Eric Close are guest stars.

TV column for Friday, May 18

You Are?” 8 p.m., NBC.

Over three short seasons, “Who” has
traced the roots of 27 people, turning genealogy into a biography
adventure. It has been at its best when viewing the horrors of
slavery, the Holocaust and more.

Now NBC has canceled it; barring a move
elsewhere, here's the last new episode: Paula Deen was in her early
20s when both her parents died, so she learned little about them.
Here, she looks back 150 years, including a dark time in American
history and a Civil War tragedy.

and “Blue Bloods,” 9 and 10 p.m., CBS.

Let's think of these reruns as an
informal New Kids on the Block reunion .

The first has Joey McIntyre as a
suspect. Danny (Carmine Giovinazzo) takes the rookie cops out for
some after-work drinks; then they're caught up in a shoot-out.

Then Donnie Wahlberg (McIntyre's
Kids-mate) has his regular “Bloods” duty. This centers on his
brother – who responds to a 911 call from a religious center –
and their dad, the police commissioner.

Graffiti” (1973), 8 p.m., Turner Classic Movies.

Four years before changing the movie
world with“Star Wars,” George Lucas crafted this perfect portrait
of California teens, the night before some depart for new lives.

Lucas co-wrote the smart script, which
used the oft-duplicated device of showing what happened to the
characters later. He directed beautifully and assembled an amazing
young cast.

Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard and Cindy
Williams star. In tiny roles, you'll spot Harrison Ford as Bob Falfa,
Mackenzie Phillips as Carol and Suzanne Somers as the blonde in the

Other choices include:

– “Nikita” season-finale, 8 p.m.,
CW. We can expect some action. Alex and Sean are in a gun fight with
Marines. Nikita and Michael have invaded Division to capture Percy …
while Ryan pleads for the president to resist blowing up the place
until they're out.

– “Supernatural” season-finale,”
9 p.m., CW. The brothers may have a chance to stop Dick Roman.

– “Grimm” season-finale, 9 p.m.,
NBC. A mysterious woman in black (Mary Elizabeth Mastrotonio) keeps
getting in the way of Nick's investigation. Also, it's getting harder
to hide his nature from Juliette.

– “Great Performances,” 9 pm.,
PBS. Jeremy Sams' “Enchanted Island” is a patchwork of music by
Handel, Rameau and Vivaldi, with characters from Shakespeare's “The
Tempest” and “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” This is a tape of its
world premiere.

– “Aziz Ansari: Intimate Moments
For a Sensual Evening,” 9 p.m., Comedy Central. Ansari (“Parks
and Recreation”) has a new comedy special Sunday. To warm up for
it, here's his 2010 show.

– “Common Law,” 10 p.m., USA.
Last week, the fun opener saw Sonya Walger (“Lost”) as the
therapist for two bickering cops. Now she rides along, as they probe
the death of a woman who fell from the balcony of her honeymoon

– “Magic City,” 10 p.m., Starz.
Foolishly, Danny has been having an affair with the wife of the
brutal Ben Diamond, his dad's silent partner. More foolishly, he took
a picture of her in bed with him. Now his sensible brother has found
out and argues with him.

TV column for Thursday, May 17

TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “American Idol,”
8 p.m., Fox.

By the end of the hour, one person –
Joshua Ledet, Jessica Sanchez or Phillip Phillips – will be gone.
The other two will be propelled to the finale, next Tuesday (a day
earlier than usual) and Wednesday.

First, there's music. Adam Lambert, the
2009 runner-up, sings “Never Close Our Eyes”; Lisa Marie Presley,
releasing her first album in five years, sings “You Ain't Seen
Nothin' Yet.”

Anatomy,” 9-10:02 p.m., ABC.

Some of this show's best moments have
come from inserting the doctors into an action-adventure.

Now a plane crash leaves six doctors in
the wilderness. They try to save themselves and each other.

Back at the hospital, Teddy has a
tempting offer and Bailey and Ben reach a decision.

8 p.m and 9-10 pm., NBC.

The past week has been splendid for
“Community” fans. NBC renewed the show for next season, despite
tiny ratings; it also made a late switch, putting this season's last
three episodes into one clump.

We haven't seen the first one, but the
other two are large, whimsical and (mostly) clever.

Chang has installed his own dynasty at
the community college. The real dean is captive, with a lookalike in
his place; the study group has been banned.

That leads to a slick caper scheme and,
at 9:30, an ethical crisis for Troy. Also at 9:30, Jeff gets to be a
lawyer again, defending Shirley by facing his old nemesis in
community-college court.

Other choices include:

– “Missing” season-finale, 8
p.m., ABC. For 10 episodes, Becca has crossed the continent, in
search of her kidnapped son. Will this episode wrap up the compelling
mystery … or will it (like “The Killing”) just leave us
hanging? We'll see, in an hour filmed in Istanbul, Bulgaria and the
Czech Republic.

– “The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. The season wrapped up beautifully last week, with Wolowitz in
space and in wedlock. Now the reruns begin; this is a funny one that
includes Sheldon's fear of birds.

– “30 Rock,” 8:30 p.m., NBC.
Romantic issues divert Liz. She's supposed to officiate as Jack and
Avery renew their vows;also, Criss tries to convince her he's worth
staying for.

– “Rules of Engagement”
season-finale, 8:31 p.m., CBS. Jen throws a baby shower for her
neighbor Audrey – and, alas, puts the wrong date on the

– “Person of Interest”
season-finale, 9 p.m., CBS. Amy Acker (“Angel”) plays the next
person identified by the computer. She's a psychologist who may be
the target of a patient.

– “The Mentalist,” 10 p.m., CBS.
After failing (again) to stop Red John, Patrick Jane hits bottom.

– “Awake,” 10 p.m., NBC. At
first, NBC had planned to wrap up this terrific (but low-rated)
series in a two-hour chunk tonight. Instead, it has a closing
two-parter: Learning more about the conspiracy, Michael goes rogue,
chasing a corrupt cop and endangering (in one of his realities) his
police partner.

– “Independent Lens,” 10 p.m.,
PBS (check local listings). In Tuscon, Ariz., this passionate
documentary says, a Mexican American Studies class energized students
and lowered drop-out rates. Then came a legislative effort to ban it.
No matter how you feel on the issue, you'll probably be stirred by
the students' emotions.

TV column for Wednesday, May 16

TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “American Idol,”
8-10 pm., Fox.

The final three contestants got
hometown parties. Now we get glimpses of Joshua Ledet in Louisiana,
Phillip Phillips in Georgia and Jessica Sanchez in San Diego.

Then each does three songs – one
chosen by a judge, one chosen by mentor Jimmy Iovine and one that the
singer chose. Viewers vote; on Thursday, we learn who's in the

TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “Suburgatory,”
8:30 p.m., ABC.

The other ABC comedies have their
finales next week (colliding with the “American Idol” finale, but
“Suburgatory” wraps up today, with the town in Mother's Day

One mom gets a princess carriage;
another gets a personal concert from James Ingram. And Dallas (Cheryl
Hines) brings out her golden track shoes, hoping to win the annual
Mother's Day race.

Also, the Lerners throw an epic baby
shower for their surrogate mom (Alicia Silverstone). Meanwhile, Tessa
– who was a toddler when her own mom left – feels left out.

p.m., PBS (check local listings).

As Brisbane sprawls, koalas have less
natural turf. Some end up in the suburbs; they're protected –
Australia bans even touching a koala – but hard-pressed.

Alongside charming scenes of koalas in
suburbia, this documentary catches them in the wild, where they can
be nasty and possessive. It also has so-so scenes of scientists
studying them.

Other choices include:

– “The Middle,” 8 p.m., ABC.
Mike, the passive parent, is doubly unhappy now. He dislikes
Frankie's method of spying on their kids. Also, she's stuck at work,
so he has to go to Parents Day.

– “Modern Family,” 9 p.m., ABC.
Alex needs her whole family to link for a living-art project; alas,
right now everyone is mad at someone: Jay and Gloria annoy each other
while ordering food at a diner. Claire argues with Cam about
parenting; also, her husband Phil has to fire her brother Mitchell.

– “Criminal Minds,” 9-11 p.m,,
CBS. The show wraps up its seventh season and Paget Brewster leaves –
again. Brewster's character (Emily Prentiss) missed part of the sixth
season, but returned for this one. Now she's leaving, in an expanded
episode that includes a hostage crisis and a wedding.

– “Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit,” 10 p.m., NBC. Fresh from watching “American Idol,”
viewers can switch channels and see one of its alumni. Constantin
Maroulis finished sixth on “Idol,” then drew a Tony nomination
(and a movie role) in”Rock of Ages.” He guests in an hour that
involves brutal subjects, including self-mutilation andritual

– “Around the World in 80 Plates,”
10 p.m, Bravo. In the opener, this fast-paced competition took chefs
to London – which really isn't known for cuisine. Now comes the
opposite, a trip to France.

– “White Heat,” 10 p.m., BBC
America. This show got off to a compelling start last week, with
Charlotte (Juliet Stevenson) visiting the London flat where her life
transformed; in flashbacks, we saw her (played by Claire Foy) arrive
as an idealistic student. Tonight, two flat-mates (Jack and Victor)
are caught up in a violent protest of the Vietnam War; another (Lily)
faces a personal crisis.

TV column for Tuesday, May 15

TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “Glee,” 8-10
p.m., Fox.

In the season's final two Tuesdays,
“Glee” has huge events – the national competition tonight,
graduation next week.

For the nationals, Lindsay Lohan is a
celebrity judge. The club has worked out a new routine – and Tina
sees everything differently after bumping her head.

the Stars,” 9 p.m., ABC.

The Hough siblings will again get large
chunks of attention.

Derek has won three championships.
He's in the final four again, this time with Maria Menounos.

His sister Julianne won it twice,
before leaving to sing and act. She's back to do a song from “Rock
of Ages” – the movie featured on last week's “American Idol,”
hosted by her boyfriend Ryan Seacrest.

Also singing are Carrie Underwood ad
Alanis Morrissette. Also in the final four are Donald Driver (with
newcomer Peta Murgatroyd) and William Levy and Katharine Jenkins
(with Cheryl Burke and Mark Ballas, each a two-time winner). By the
end of the night, we'll have a final three.

Heels” season-opener, 10:01 p.m, Bravo.

Rosie Pope brings immense likability to
her work as a pregnancy concierge. That's needed, with the odd
couples she helps tonight.

One is intent on home birth, without
anesthesia. That idea mostly sees to come from the husband.

In the other, the husband is
disinterested in sex; the wife (in her last trimester) is wildly
interested. Rosey brings in experts to offer some extremely explicit

Other choices include:

– “America's Got Talent,” 8-10
p.m., NBC. Here's the second night of auditions.

– “Cougar Town,” 8 and 8:30 p.m.,
ABC. It's not easy being Travis, Jules' college-age son. First, he's
pulled into the debate over who is sexier, Ellie or Laurie; then he's
writing his mom's wedding vows. Also in that first episode, Jules'
fiance moves in before the wedding, because of damage to his house.

– “NCIS” season-finale, 8 p.m.,
CBS. Chasing a skilled terrorist, the team tries to guess his next
target. This complicates Jimmy Palmer's wedding; Jamie Lee Curtis,
Scott Wolf and Richard Schiff guest.

– “NCIS: Los Angeles”
season-finale, 9-11 p.m., CBS. A fierce adversary, the Chameleon,
puts the team through a maze of mind games.

– “Fashion Star” finale, 10 p.m.,
NBC. Three designers remain, each with a career before fashion.
Nzmiro Oputa, 28, was an engineer; Kara Laricks, 38, was a 4th-grade
teacher; Ronnie Escalante, 32, was in the Navy. Some knew tight
times: Escalante grew up in th rural Philippines; Oputa grew up in
Detroit, where he learned fashion by adapting hand-me-downs from his
four older siblings.

– “Private Practice,” 10:01 p.m.,
ABC. The season ends amid the usual soap-style commotion. Pete's in
jail, Amelia's in labor (with a baby she doesn't want), Addison's in
a quandry.