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SUNDAY, MAY 18

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS

8 P.M. | CBS

Everyone from Kenny Chesney to Carrie Underwood (right), plus a milestone award for Garth Brooks.

MONDAY, MAY 19

GOSSIP GIRL
8 P.M. | CW

The season wraps with everyone headed to a society wedding. The vow ought to be: “You know you love me … XOXO.”

HOUSE
9 P.M. | FOX

Part 2 of the season ender: Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) is still putting his brain back in order after that bus accident.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 21

AMERICAN IDOL
8 P.M. | FOX

The winner is announced to great and glorious fanfare. But will David Archuleta (left) be in the final two, as Simon Cowell predicted at the start of the season?

THURSDAY, MAY 22

GREY’S ANATOMY
9 P.M. | ABC

In the two-hour finale to season 4, Izzie and Alex (Katherine Heigl and Justin Chambers) bond over a new crisis.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE
8 P.M. | FOX

The summer reality staple returns with two hours of auditions, making happy feet happier.

LAST COMIC STANDING
9:30 P.M. | NBC

Season 6 for the reality contest, with comics from 20 countries vying to be screamingly funniest.

Ugly Betty
ABC, May 22, 8 p.m. ET

LINDSAY ON BOARD!

COMEDY DRAMA

The second season of one of television’s best series—a celebration of both the candy-colored diversion of fashion and the values of home and family—ends with a much publicized casting coup: Lindsay Lohan appears as a girl named Kimberly who tormented Betty (America Ferrera) back in high school. Lohan will continue into five episodes in the coming fall season. If she hooks new viewers, well, that’s fabulous. But fans of the show wouldn’t care if Meryl Streep were hired to come striding in from The Devil Wears Prada. Betty already has a near-perfect cast of performers who all seem to be having an infectious good time as they charge through the over-the-top soap opera plot. Chief among them, of course, is Vanessa Williams as Wilhelmina Slater, super-conniving editrix. Williams gives off the chill glamour of an orchid preserved on ice. I’ll miss her in the heat of summer.