TV best bets with series finale of 'How I Met Your Mother,' returns of 'Game of Thrones,' 'Unforgettable'

"How I Met Your Mother" ends its eight years on CBS Monday night.

Credit: Rodney Ho

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"How I Met Your Mother" ends its eight years on CBS Monday night.

Credit: Rodney Ho

Credit: Rodney Ho

CBS is bidding farewell to its sweet, endearing comedy "How I Met Your Mother" forever on Monday when we all finally find out what happens to the mom and whether the gang live happily ever after.

The biggest show returning to the airwaves is on HBO: "Game of Thrones," season four. And CBS' brings back "Unforgettable" for a second season spring debut on Friday.

One Georgia-based show on Destination America debuts Saturday: "Hillbilly Preppers." (Yes, it combines elements of the country with people expecting the world to end.)

And two more close shop: Lifetime's "Kim of Queens" ends its first season Tuesday with season two returning in June. Sundance ends its short first-season of "The Red Road" Thursday. It's unclear whether it is coming back.

Among season and series finales, CBS wraps "Intelligence" Monday (and it probably won't return), TBS corks the bottle for the season on "Cougar Town" Wednesday, ABC shuts the book forever on "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" Thursday and Fox holds its series finale of "Raising Hope" on Friday.

These TV highlights cover Monday, March 31 through Sunday April 6, 2014:


"Dancing With the Stars " 8 p.m. ABC — Poor Billy Dee Williams is way too creaky for this competition.

"Bones" 8 p.m. Fox — The murder of a children's TV icon takes a detour.

"How I Met Your Mother" 8 p.m. CBS (series finale) — Tears will be shed.

"The Voice " 8 p.m. NBC — More battle rounds.

"The Following " 9 p.m. Fox — A massacre leads Ryan and Mike into dangerous territory.

"Dallas " 9 p.m. TNT — John Ross races to find funds to keep a lease deal alive.

"Friends With Better Lives " 9 p.m. CBS (new series) — A group of thirtysomething pals including one played by James Van Der Beek.

"T.I. & Tiny " 9 p.m. VH1 (fourth season debut) — T.I. tries to learn more about his daughter's lives.

"Worst Cooks in America " 9 p.m. Food (fifth season finale) — It's Amber vs. Jamie.

"Bates Motel " 10 p.m. A&E — Norman confides in Cody.

"Intelligence " 10 p.m. CBS (first season finale) — Gabriel and Riley are shocked to discover foreign sleeper agents in the U.S.

"The Blacklist " 10:01 p.m. NBC — The team targets the Undertaker.


"Glee " 8 p.m. Fox — Glee-club alumni members are followed in New York City.

"NCIS" 8 p.m. CBS — A copycat of the Privileged Killer is hunted in New Orleans.

"The Voice " 8 p.m. NBC — Coldplay singer Chris Martin serves as an advisor.

"19 Kids & Counting " 9 p.m. TLC (eighth season debut) — Jessa and Ben's courtship becomes official.

"NCIS: Los Angeles " 9 p.m. CBS — Hetty sends the team on a rescue mission to Afghanistan.

"About A Boy " 9:01 p.m. NBC — Will takes Marcus to the ER after an accident with a knife.

"Chrisley Knows Best " 10 p.m. USA — Todd forbids his family from using electronic devices while celebrating his mother's birthday.

"Cougar Town " 10 p.m. TBS (fifth season finale) — Tom wins Cul-de-Sac crew trivia.

"Justified " 10 p.m. FX — Raylan treks to Florida.

"Kim of Queens " 10 p.m. Lifetime (first season finale) — Lifetime renews this show featuring Johns Creek's Kim Gravel for a second season.

"Person of Interest " 10:01 p.m. CBS — Reese and Shaw go undercover at a high-school reunion.

"The Carbonaro Effect " 10:30 p.m. TruTV (sneak preview) — Michael poses as a phone technician and a bartender, and "resurrects" freeze dried animals.


"American Idol" 8 p.m. Fox — The top 8 perform.

"The Middle" 8 p.m. ABC — Mike reluctantly coaches Sue's soccer team.

"Revolution" 8 p.m. NBC — Jason gives Miles info about the Patriots' plans.

"Survivor" 8 p.m. CBS — Is the merge forthcoming?

"The 100" 9 p.m. the CW — An antibiotic is sought to treat Jasper's wounds.

"Criminal Minds" 9 p.m. CBS — Two murder victims are found in the West Virgina backwoods.

"Law & Order: SVU" 9 p.m. NBC — A single woman gets arrested for child endangerment.

"Modern Family" 9 p.m. ABC — Jay invites the family over for dinner and drama ensues.

"CSI" 10 p.m. CBS — Russell is taken hostage after a teen opens fire in a police station.

"Hot in Cleveland" 10 p.m. TV Land — Melanie shocks Alex with the news that she's pregnant.

"Nashville" 10 p.m. ABC — Maddie's news goes viral.

"Chicago P.D." 10:01 p.m. NBC — Halstead is threatened with losing his job after Lonnie Rodiger is found dead.


  "The Big Bang Theory " 8 p.m. CBS — Raj wrestles with dating two women at the same time.

"Hell's Kitchen " 8 p.m. Fox — The remaining 17 chefs compete with lobster ravioli.

"American Idol" 9 p.m. Fox — Could CJ be the next one gone?

"Grey's Anatomy" 9 p.m. ABC — The doctors get sick after flu patients flood the hospital.

"The Red Road " 9 p.m. Sundance (first season finale) — Kopus finds himself in danger and has his back against the wall.

"Suits " 9 p.m. USA — A persistent attorney goes after one of Harvey's clients.

"Two and a Half Men " 9:01 p.m. CBS — Walden gets an invitation to an opening for his ex-girlfriend's boutique.

"Parenthood " 10 p.m. NBC — Camille comes to an agreement about the house.

" Scandal   " 10 p.m. ABC — Abby subs for Olivia at the White House.

"Vikings " 10 p.m. History — King Horik presents a surprising proposition to Ragnar.


"Last Man Standing " 8 p.m. ABC — Eve wants a new math teacher.

"Rake " 8 p.m. Fox — Keegan solicits support for Scarlet's DA campaign from a popular former governor.

"Unforgettable " 8 p.m. CBS (second season spring debut) — Carrie and Al pose as a married couple to catch a killer.

"Whose Line Is It Anyway " 8 p.m. the CW — Darren Criss guests.

"Shark Tank " 9 p.m. ABC — An e-commerce flower business and a remedy for mouth wrinkles.

"Raising Hope " 9:30 p.m. Fox (series finale) — Virginia's dad returns to Natesville with a surprise for his daughter and Burt.

"Continuum " 10 p.m. Syfy (third season debut) — Her trust in a mysterious group as she races to stop Alec.

"Blue Bloods " 10 p.m. CBS — A woman dies after undergoing a secret plastic surgery.


"The Trials of Cate McCall" 8 tonight Lifetime — A lawyer, in recovery and on probation, tries to get reinstated to the bar.

"Prepper Hillbillies" 10 tonight DA (new series) — A series about a Jonesboro company that helps out doomsday preppers.

"Saturday Night Live" 11:29 tonight NBC — Anna Kendrick hosts.

"The 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards" 8 p.m. Sunday CBS — Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan hosts.

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" 8 p.m. Sunday Bravo — Kandi's musical approaches.

"Cosmos" 9 p.m. Sunday Fox — A look at the behavior of light and infrared radiation.

"Game of Thrones" 9 p.m. Sunday HBO (fourth season debut) — Tyrion welcomes a surprise guest to King's Landing for the royal wedding.

"Resurrection" 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Bellamy is haunted by a tragic incident from his past as a cop.

"Drop Dead Diva" 9 p.m. Sunday Lifetime — Jane struggles with how to behave around Grayson now that he knows the truth.

"Shameless" 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime (fourth season finale) — Sheila fights for custody of the Native American kids.

"Crisis" 10 p.m. Sunday NBC — Washington's power players are drawn into a blackmail scheme.

"Silicon Valley" 10 p.m. Sunday HBO (new series) — Computer whizzes toil away at a tech company.

"Revenge" 10:01 p.m. Sunday ABC — Pascal's family secrets are unearthed by Emily and Aiden.

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