As I mentioned previously, we are now entering season finale time, with plenty of those coming along in the next few weeks, including tonight. One such example is “2 Broke Girls,” which, yes, I am admitting I watch. But I feel bad about it for the entire 22 minutes that I’m watching it, so I’m really glad it’s gone for the summer, and will I no longer have to live this Monday night shame. On tonight’s one-hour episode, the girls feed guest star Martha Stewart a muffin. Dirty? 8 P.M. on CBS
On Tuesday, May 8th, TCM is airing another entry in its series “AFI’s Master Class: The Art of Collaboration,” this time featuring a conversation between director David O. Russell and his frequent leading man, Mark Wahlberg. Do you think they’ll discuss Mr. Russell’s alleged assholery and creepiness? 7 P.M. and 10 P.M. on TCM.
Also on Tuesday, the season finale of “New Girl,” at 9 P.M. on Fox. Will Schmidt and Cece get serious, or end it? Will Nick really move out? Or will he and Jess just make out already, sheesh? And will Winston finally get an interesting storyline, or, will he, like his predecessor, Coach–and as Nick predicted last week–move out and be friends with some completely different white people?
On Wednesday, May 9th, a new competitive cooking competition joins the Bravo family with the premiere of “Around the World in 80 Plates,” which is a kind of “Amazing Race” meets “Top Chef,” in which competing cooks travel around the world and try and master some local cuisines. Of course, “local cuisine” is often code word for “yuck,” so some of the bigger challenges may well be the eating of the actual food, more than the cooking…10 P.M. on Bravo.
On Thursday, May 10th, we’ve got some more finales, including “The Vampire Diaries” at 8 P.M. on the CW. (And thank goodness; I have almost this whole season saved up for a rainy day); “The Office” at 9 P.M. on NBC, (will Andy Bernard triumph?); and “The Big Bang Theory” at 8 P.M. on CBS. (I don’t know anyone who watches this show–and most of my friends are total nerds!– and yet, it seems to be insanely popular. Perplexing.)
Speaking of nerds and saved up shows, “Fringe” comes to a close on Friday, May 11th at 9 P.M., but I don’t have much to say about the finale since I have two weeks of shows saved up for a post-finale marathon. Thankfully, this is not the series finale, as the show got a reprieve and will return for a an abbreviated final season next year.
And on Sunday, May 13th, we’ve got one season finale, and one series finale. The season finale is “Survivor,” at 8 P.M. on CBS, though, really, I kind of wish the whole series would just go away at this point. Either that, or they’ve got to seriously step it up and throw some Hunger Games-style shit into the mix, because it is getting stale.
And on the series finale front, it’s the end of “Desperate Housewives,” a show I never really liked, and yet, always continued watching. I’ve got no explanation for that, except that there’s some satisfaction that comes from hate-watching. I missed last week’s episode, so I don’t know what they’re setting up for the finale, but I hope it includes the sudden appearance of the reanimated corpses of everyone who’s ever died on the show. 9 P.M. on ABC.