What’s On This Week
SUNDAY, MAY 4
8 P.M. | CBS
An ex-addict claims she just saw her kid in the park, even though he supposedly died in 2005. And so season 5 ends!
9 P.M. | FOX
In the season finale, we meet a loud and very unlucky parrot. Amanda Bynes is the voice of a veterinary intern.
MONDAY, MAY 5
10 P.M. | NBC
Allison has vibes about a drug murder—and maybe a different vibe about the sexy woman (Kelly Preston, right) working with her husband.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 7
10 P.M. | BRAVO
The chefs cater a wedding event for more than 200 guests. It’d be enchanting, wouldn’t it, if host Padma Lakshmi (left) were drafted last minute to be a bridesmaid?
THURSDAY, MAY 8
8 P.M. | ABC
Betty (America Ferrera) hopes to gain the upper hand by throwing a shower for Henry’s pregnant nuisance of a girlfriend (Jayma Mays).
9:31 P.M. | NBC
Wrapup for season 2, with Jack (Alec Baldwin) playing power games in Washington, D.C. Guests: Edie Falco and Matthew Broderick.
8:30 P.M. | NBC
The season—and the show’s seven-year run—ends with the hospital turned into a fairy tale and Zach Braff (right) as the village idiot.
SEASON 7 CHECKUP
FOX, Tuesdays, 8 p.m.; Wednesdays, 9 p.m. ET
With ratings off, there’s a sense lately that the natural law of decline—which has tended to operate with unnatural swiftness on the winners’ recording careers—is finally settling like a damp mist over the Idol stage. Is it audience fatigue? Hm. What’s been lacking, I think, are singers with raw, malleable talent: This season’s performers seem to have arrived already slicked up and processed for pop stardom—mechanical nightingales for Emperor Simon. There’s not much electricity in watching them evolve. At least David Archuleta, a 17-year-old Johnny Mathis throwback, is a real pop balladeer: kinda schlocky but always heartfelt, with no rock pretensions. (He can’t even sing the Beatles!) If he’s eliminated—and at press time, who can say?—for me the season is a waste.