What’s On This Week
SUNDAY, MAY 20
9 P.M. | ABC
A very satisfying third season concludes with Susan and Mike (Teri Hatcher and James Denton) finally, unambiguously in love. But can we trust happiness? Marcia Cross returns.
8 P.M. | FOX
The 400th episode is also the hour-long season finale. It’s a parody of 24 involving a toxically unfresh container of yogurt.
BROTHERS & SISTERS
10 P.M. | ABC
Season 1 ends: Justin (Dave Annable) gets ready for war.
MONDAY, MAY 21
9:00 P.M. | NBC
First-season finale. Can the prophesied Manhattan disaster be averted? And will the heroes have time to catch Mamma Mia while they’re in the city?
THE BACHELOR: OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN
9:01 P.M. | ABC
Navy lieutenant Andy Baldwin decides. May lovebirds, not albatrosses, follow your vessel!
TUESDAY, MAY 22
ON THE LOT
9 P.M. | FOX
The summer’s most touted new reality show, a contest for aspiring filmmakers with superdirector Steven Spielberg as an executive producer.
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT
9 P.M. | NBC
A guest-starry finale with Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and—playing themselves—Nancy Grace and Star Jones Reynolds.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 23
8:00 P.M. | FOX
The 12 finalists reunite, the new Idol is revealed, the nation resumes its business, and bigwigs at rival networks can breathe once more.
9 P.M. | ABC
Another season ends as the folks try to contact a ship to rescue them from their weird, death-in-life existence. The more we learn, the less we know …
THURSDAY, MAY 24
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE
8 P.M. | FOX
A new season of the popular reality dance challenge, with the adorable Cat Deeley as host.
ABC, May 28, 9 p.m. (ET) | [3 stars]
Glowing with emotional affirmation and presumably keeping a team of stylists just out of camera range, the three beautiful ladies running this reality show—Marla Maples, Angie Everhart and Shar Jackson—seem to envision the project as a cross between Charlie’s Angels and Touched by an Angel. Whatever. The show is enjoyably insane. In the premiere hour, the trio counsel and inspire two profoundly unhappy divorced people, a woman and a man. The stars serve up useful tips culled from their own experiences as celebrity exes (although Jackson, an actress still best-known as Kevin Federline‘s former girlfriend, has never been married, and Everhart is probably more famous as Sly Stallone’s ex-fiancée than as the ex-wife of Ashley Hamilton). Maples, recalling the years she spent married to wheeler-dealer Donald Trump, helps the guy develop some business contacts. The mentees also get makeovers, and both attend some sort of anger-releasing workshop run by Debbie Ford. She’s a terrifyingly dynamic life coach who could coax a storm cloud into purging itself of unhealthy tendencies toward lightning and thunder. I look forward to week 2.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
HBO, May 27, 9 p.m. ET | [2 stars]
Dee Brown’s bestselling history of Native Americans, which culminated with the murder of Sitting Bull and the massacre of the Sioux at Wounded Knee in 1890, has been compressed into a long checklist of significant players (chiefs, politicians, soldiers) and a timeline of the atrocious, heartsickening events that won the American government control of the frontier. More than three decades after the book became a cultural landmark, this dutiful, perfunctory movie does the job, but it doesn’t bring the story to life.
The one performance of note in the large cast is August Schellenberg’s as Sitting Bull, who defeated General Custer but suffered a much longer, slower rout off the battlefields that had been his hunting grounds. As played by Schellenberg, he’s a complicated man who wants to live out his days at a contemptuous remove from the white man but isn’t above making easy money selling his autograph. He’s a leader whose spirit can’t accept being a mere survivor.
SECRETS OF Deadliest CATCH
How do Discovery Channel cult heroes the Hansen brothers pass the time when they aren’t hauling in Alaskan king crab?
WATCH A MOVIE
Sig, 41: “There are VHS movies, and we started with DVDs, but no TV. Lately it’s Talladega Nights. We watch that every chance we get.” Edgar, 36: “Tommy Boy is my favorite by far. I’ve seen it a couple hundred of times.”
Sig: “There is a coffee pot brewing all day. It’s the cardinal sin—don’t wake your captain up and not have coffee ready or you are dead!”
Edgar: “We go through a huge can of coffee every day and a half or two. A big 3-lb. can of Folgers.”
SWAP CRAB RECIPES
Sig: “Crab dip! It’s just sour cream and mayonnaise, onions and artichoke. Mix that up, add some king crab and a little bit of onion, salt and pepper. Put cheese on the top and bake that, then maybe put bread crumbs on the very top.”
Edgar: “Sig’s dip is good, but mine is better. I don’t have a recipe; I just mix it up in a bowl, no baking.”
The CW, May 30, 8 p.m. ET [3 stars]
Created by Kevin Williamson (Dawson’s Creek) and starring Taylor Handley (The O.C.), this show isn’t fresh, but I don’t turn down anything that can be classified as teen gothic. Handley plays a kid who went rebelliously off the tracks after his father’s suicide. His mom has quickly found another husband—how Hamlety!—and the three of them now live in the heat of Palm Springs. But their new home has a death linked to it, Johnny learns. Meanwhile, on the golf course, an enigma named Greta (Amber Heard) dances through the sprinklers. The air is dry, but carries a scent of mystery.
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