“The Good Wife” finale, 9 p.m., CBS.
Some people assume
that all praise-worthy, award-worthy dramas are on cable. “Good
Wife,” however, has been a splendid exception. In seven years, it's
drawn 39 Emmy nominations, winning for star Julianna Margulies
(twice) and for other actresses (three times).
Now the finale
starts in mid-crisis. Last week, Peter decided to accept a plea
bargain ... but too late; the jury was already returning. What's the
verdict? Will Alicia leave Peter now for her company's detective?
Will her new firm survive turmoil? We may see, as an excellent show
II: “Masterpiece: Wallander” return, 9 p.m., PBS (check local
Kurt Wallander fits
the Swedish landscape – calm, quiet, solitary, a tad bleak. Now
he's transplanted to a police conference in South Africa; there, he's
asked to help find a Swedish woman who went missing.
The result is a good
mystery (as usual), with wonderfully underplayed work by its star,
Kenneth Branagh. It's also the beginning of the end: Wallander will
be back in Sweden on the next two Sundays, as a great, 12-movie
series reaches its emotional conclusion.
ALTERNATIVE: “The Story of God” conclusion, 9 p.m., National
In this sprawling
series, Morgan Freeman has spanned the globe to see how religions
answer the great questions. Now he ends with a big one: Are there
miracles, or just stunning coincidences?
Freeman starts and
ends with amazing survivors: One, a widow-washer, fell 47 floors;
another had cancer so extreme that he was given only months to live.
The latter – almost two decades later – calls it a miracle; the
former doesn't: Why would God miraculously save him and not his
brother, who fell with him? Such questions are part of an eternal
dialog ... and Freeman is ideal to lead it.
(2006), 6:30 p.m., and “American Speed: The True Story of NASCAR,”
9 and 11 p.m., CMT. First is some amiable silliness, with Will
Ferrell as a champion driver; then is a new documentary, viewing how
NASCAR began and grew into a mammoth force.
season-finale, 8 p.m., CBS. After surviving last week's
terrorist-hunting ordeal, Henry (Tim Daly) is ready for ordinary life
again. He makes waffles, organizes mini-golf ... and finds himself in
the midst of crucial family moments. At times, this is a surprisingly
light hour, complete with a great scene for a speech-writer. But at
the core are fresh crises for Henry's wife (Tea Leoni), the secretary
of state. The result mixes humor, emotion and a big change for next
Shots,” 8 p.m., NBC. This blossomed quickly into a surprise ratings
hit, so NBC wants to extend the season. Tonight, it shows top-10
moments from the first eight episodes.
“The Family,” 9
p.m., ABC. This tangled drama reaches a key point: It's election day
for Claire, who continued her run after learning (and keeping secret)
that the return of her son Adam was a ruse by her daughter Bella.
“Adam” is actually Ben; tonight, he and Bella both spill secrets.
Also, Nina tries to get a confession from Doug ... unaware that his
loved one, Jane, has FBI agent Clements captive.
“Last Man on
Earth,” 9:30 p.m., Fox. After some funny moments early, this
suddenly reminds us of the basics: This is, after all, a show about
the few survivors of a global virus. It's a tough transition.
p.m., ABC. A week before the season-finale, it's time for these
people to graduate and become FBI agents. Flashing forward, Alex
learns that one of her classmates was deceitful.
season-finale, 10 p.m., CBS. Sherlock learns that a global crime
organization was at the heart of the murder attempt on his father.
The effort to fight back is hampered by father-son issues.