THE RED NOSE DAY SPECIAL -- Season: 2020 -- Celebrity Escape Room -- Pictured: (l-r) Adam Scott, Courtney Cox, Jack Black, Lisa Kudrow, Ben Stiller -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)
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TV best bets with Lance Armstrong, Clarence Thomas, Patton Oswalt, Jack Black, Issa Rae, Janelle Monae

The broadcast network season - a construct that used to matter decades ago when they were the only game in town - ends this week. 

Both NBC’s “The Voice” and Fox’s “The Masked Singer” conclude their season while the streaming services continue to pump out fresh content. 

Amazon Prime’s “The Homecoming” season two Friday brings in Janelle Monae and Chris Cooper as new protagonists while Netflix releases a Patton Oswald comedy special Tuesday and “Lovebirds,” a romantic comedy starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani on Friday. 

PBS will feature a documentary about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Monday and ESPN comes out with part one of its latest “30 on 30” documentary focused on Lance Armstrong Sunday. 

NBC is also airing a special “Celebrity Escape Room” Thursday hosted by Jack Black followed by its annual “Red Nose Day’ two-hour event to combat childhood poverty. 

These tips covers Monday, May 18 through Sunday, May 24, 2020

MONDAY

“The Big Flower Fight” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series)  Teams of florists, sculptors and garden designers push their talents to the limit to create extravagant floral installations in this competition show.

“The Bachelor Presents: Listen To Your Heart” 8 p.m. ABC (first season finale) – Music City - Nashville - is the backdrop for the stunning final competition to see which couple will capture the opportunity for musical fame and fortune and the love of a lifetime.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC – The final five perform with two Atlantans - Toneisha Harris and Micah Iverson - in the running. 

“Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Words” 8 p.m. GPB – Candid interviews with Clarence Thomas chart his rise from poverty in the racially-segregated South to the role of Supreme Court justice.

“Amy Schumer Learns to Cook” 10 p.m. Food (new series) – Amy and Chris dig into a comfort food staple -- sandwiches, with Amy enjoying a Tinto de Verano as they reminisce about their trip to Spain.

“The Baker and the Beauty” 10 p.m. ABC – Vanessa starts a scandal that affects Noa and Daniel; Noa tries to save her company's reputation, while Daniel tries to fix things with his family; Piper finds out about Lewis's secret.

“Songland” 10:01 p.m. NBC – Florida-Georgia Line seeks a hot new song from four songwriters. 

TUESDAY

“Patton Oswalt: I Love Everything” 3:01 a.m. Netflix Topics include turning 50, finding love again, buying a house and existential dread at a Denny's. 

“Sweet Magnolias” 3:01 a.m. Netflix Lifelong friends lift each other up as they juggle relationships, family and careers in the small Southern town of Serenity, starring Brooke Elliott, JoAnna Garcia and Jamie Lynn Spears. 

“The Story of Soaps” 8 p.m. ABC – This special explores how no genre of television has laid deeper roots into our cultural consciousness and serialized storytelling than the soap opera.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC (18th season finale) — The winner is named and it's difficult to say who will take it home. 

“The Last O.G.” 10:30 p.m. TBS – When Tray's relationship advice to Paul fails, Tray and company decide to take him out to the club so he can let loose and find himself.

WEDNESDAY

“Mrs. America” 3:01 a.m. Hulu - Alice, Rosemary and Pamela cross into enemy territory at the National Women’s Conference in Houston, where they come face to face with feminist leaders.

“Blood & Water” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) - A 16-year-old gets herself transferred to the same high school as a girl whom she suspects is her sister, who was kidnapped at birth 17 years earlier.

“The 100” 8 p.m. the CW (seventh season debut) – Denise and Tony have the best résumés among the top five. Is there even a chance someone from Edge of Extinction could come back and win?

“Married at First Sight: Couples' Cam” 8 p.m. Lifetime (new series) – ,A self-shot series following the highs, lows, humor, drama and domestic life of fan favorite 'Married at First Sight' couples from ten seasons on the air. 

“The Masked Singer” 8 p.m. Fox (third season finale) – Winner among the final three are named. 

“Ultimate Tag” 9:02 p.m. Fox (new series) – Competitors must vault, dodge, tumble and dive their way through several different epic, three-dimensional courses.

“S.W.A.T.” 10 p.m. CBS (third season finale) –The SWAT team searches for a group of drug smugglers who crash a plane in a Los Angeles suburb and scatter, after a joint mission with the DEA to stop the shipment goes awry.

“What We Do Know in the Shadows” 10 p.m. FX – The vampires offer shelter to an old nemesis who's down on his luck.

THURSDAY

“Burden of Truth” 8 p.m. the CW (third season debut) – Now a couple with their own firm, Joanna Chang and Billy Crawford face a tough verdict after disagreeing how to handle their first case.

“Celebrity Escape Room” 8 p.m. NBC – Ben Stiller brings the phenomenon of escape rooms to television in spectacular style with "Celebrity Escape Room." Jack Black serves as host and all knowing Game Master, putting celebrity players to the test as they all work together under intense pressure.

“Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” 8 p.m. ABC – Dr. Phil continues his run in support of his charity When Georgia Smiled.

“Man With a Plan” 8:30 p.m. CBS – Adam and Andi resort to their usual punishment in response to Teddy's bad grades. His unexpected reaction catches them off guard.

“The Red Nose Day Special” 9:01 p.m. NBC – Featuring the biggest names across entertainment with a packed lineup of music, comedy and short documentary films that will educate and engage viewers.

“Holey Moley II: The Sequel” 9 p.m. ABC– Eight mini-golf lovers from around the country compete on an all-new extreme obstacle golf course to win $25,000 and a trip to the finals on "Mt. Holey Moley."

“Labor of Love” 9 p.m. Fox (new series) – Kristy Katzmann, 41, wants to have a baby and a family so she works with Kristin Davis in this dating show to sift through 15 men who want to be daddies and possibly her husband. 

“To Tell the Truth” 10 p.m. ABC (fifth season debut) – 

Sports icons Deion Sanders and Shannon Sharpe join comedians Joel McHale and Gillian Jacobs.

“Top Chef All Stars” 10 p.m. Bravo – The chefs must make this formidable dinner for not just these Kaiseki masters, but in celebration of the Tokyo games with Olympic medalists.

FRIDAY

“The Big Fib” 3:01 a.m. Disney+ (new series) — Ever thought you could spot a fib better than a kid? Comic are put to the st in this game show hosted by Yvette Nicole Brown. 

“Control Z” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) — When a hacker begins releasing students' secrets to the entire high school, the socially isolated but observant Sofía works to uncover his/her identity.

“Homecoming” 3:01 a.m. Amazon (second season debut) — Janelle Monae and Chris Cooper join season two. 

“Lovebirds” 3:01 a.m. Netflix — Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani star in this romantic comedy about a couple who become unintentionally caught up in a murder mystery.

“All on the Line” 9 p.m. Discovery — It's late in the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna season. In the iconic fishing town of Gloucester, Massachusetts, many boats are done for the season. But there are two crews still fighting to land monster tuna and keep their family businesses going through the winter.

WEEKEND

“The Match II” 3 p.m. Sunday TNT, TBS, truTV, HLN - Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning face off in a charity golf match against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady. 

“Titanic” 7 p.m. Sunday CBS — The network is filling time by airing big movies on Sundays. 

“National Memorial Day Concert” 8 p.m. Sunday GPB —American men and women in uniform are honored with performances by the National Symphony Orchestra.

30 for 30” 9 p.m. Sunday ESPN —An in-depth look at the rise and fall of cyclist Lance Armstrong, who won seven straight Tour de France titles before being implicated in one of sport's largest doping scandals.

Billions” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime —Taylor tries to salvage a missed opportunity.

I Know This Much Is True” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Sheffer preps Dominick for a pivotal hearing with Hatch's review board that could decide Thomas' fate.

Snowpiercer” 9 p.m. Sunday TNT — Layton uses his new position as train detective to investigate the murder while gathering intel for the revolution on the side.

“AKA Jane Roe” 9 p.m. Sunday FX - A portrait of Norma McCorvey, whose unwanted pregnancy led to the 1973 case that legalized abortion nationwide, Roe v. Wade. There is a shocking deathbed confession, too. 

“Insecure” 10 p.m. Sunday HBO —Molly and Andrew take off for their first couples' vacation with Andrew's brother Victor and his wife, Lydia, and despite their packed schedule, the trip is smooth sailing until a hotel employee steps out of line.

“Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Josefina confides in Sister Molly. Tiago confronts Mateo.

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Rodney Ho
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