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Two of the biggest shows on TV air their last episodes ever in the week of May 13: CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and HBO’s Game of Thrones are both set for their series finales. A couple of high-profile streaming shows also make their debuts, and a bunch of shows are set to finish their seasons.
Here is The Hollywood Reporter‘s rundown of some of the coming week’s highlights. It would be next to impossible to watch everything, but let THR point the way to worthy options each week. All times are ET/PT unless noted.
On broadcast …
Series finale: After 12 seasons and 278 episodes, The Big Bang Theory finishes with a one-hour finale at 8 p.m. Thursday on CBS. The cast got emotional at the final taping; it’s a safe bet fans of the hugely successful series will, too. A series retrospective airs at 9:30 p.m., after the Young Sheldon season finale.
Returning: Hannah Brown begins her run as The Bachelorette at 8 p.m. Monday on ABC, with 30 men — including, apparently, a prolific sperm donor — vying for her affections.
Finales: So. Many. The season ends for 911 (8 p.m. Monday, Fox); Arrow (8 p.m. Monday, The CW); Bull (10 p.m. Monday, CBS); The Flash (8 p.m. Tuesday, The CW); FBI and NCIS: New Orleans (9 and 10 p.m. Tuesday, CBS); Survivor (8 p.m. Wednesday, CBS); Riverdale (8 p.m. Wednesday, The CW); Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19 and For the People (8, 9 and 10 p.m. Thursday, ABC); Young Sheldon and SWAT (9 and 10 p.m. Thursday, CBS); Superstore, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Law & Order: SVU (8, 9 and 10 p.m. Thursday, NBC); The Blacklist (8 p.m. Friday, NBC); Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 PT Saturday, NBC); American Idol (8 p.m. Sunday, ABC); The Red Line and NCIS: Los Angeles (8 and 10 p.m. Sunday, May 19, CBS); and Supergirl and Charmed (8 and 9 p.m. Sunday, May 19, The CW).
On cable …
Series finale: After eight seasons, countless casualties and a host of epic battles, Game of Thrones concludes its final fight for the Iron Throne. Will Jon Snow, Daenerys, Sansa, Cersei or someone else lay claim to ruling Westeros? The answer arrives at 9 p.m. Sunday, May 19, on HBO.
New: Cable provider Charter Communications gets into the original series business with cop show L.A.’s Finest, starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba and available Monday to Spectrum subscribers.
Also new: Newlyweds look for houses in Say Yes to the Nest (10 p.m. Monday, HGTV); docuseries The Employables (10 p.m. Wednesday, A&E) follows people on the autism spectrum as they seek jobs.
On streaming …
New: Executive produced and directed (in part) by George Clooney, limited series Catch-22 premieres Friday on Hulu. Clooney also has an onscreen role in the “surprisingly effective” (per THR‘s review) adaptation of Joseph Heller’s classic anti-war novel; Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler, Hugh Laurie and Daniel David Stewart also star.
Returning: The second (and final?) season of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s fourth wall–breaking comedy Fleabag arrives Friday on Amazon. Netflix food competition/tragicomedy Nailed It! also has a new season Friday.
In case you missed it …
Want to hang out with Saturday Night Live alumnae Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Maya Rudolph and Tina Fey? Then Wine Country (also featuring former SNL writers Paula Pell and Emily Spivey) might fit the bill. Poehler directed the Netflix movie, co-written by Spivey and another SNL alum, Liz Cackowski). It’s streaming now.
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