TV best bets with series finales of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘Game of Thrones’

Originally posted Sunday, May 12, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Two of the most popular shows of the past decade are ending in the same week: HBO’s most popular drama in its history “Game of Thrones” and CBS’s durable sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.” 

Will their finales live up to the anticipated hype? Probably not but both shows will be sorely missed by millions of fans.

Otherwise, there’s a “Bad Boys” spinoff series starring Gabrielle Union on Spectrum streaming, a Muhammad Ali documentary on HBO, a “Catch-22” series on Hulu and season finales of “Barry,” “Bull,” “American Idol,” “Survivor,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Hawaii FIve-O” and “Saturday Night Live,” to name a few.” 

And “The Bachelorette” returns Monday. 

This covers Monday, May 13 through Sunday, May 19, 2019. 

MONDAY

“L.A.’s Finest” 3:01 a.m. Spectrum streaming (new series) — Gabrielle Union reprises her “Bad Boys II” role as Syd Burnett, an LAPD detective with a lot of personal issues. Jessica Alba stars as well. 

“The Bachelorette” 8 p.m. ABC (15th season debut) — Hannah returns to find her soul mate from an impressive group of 30 hopeful bachelors who are willing to jump the fence and bring out their inner beast, all in the name of love.

“9-1-1” 8 p.m. Fox (second season finale) — The 118 responds to calls from a stunt driver caught in a hairy situation, a teenage social influencer who is bugging out and the city is on high alert after two mail bombs go off.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — Live top eight competition.

“Arrow” 9 p.m. the CW (seventh season finale) — The battle between Oliver and Emiko comes to a boiling point, which brings back some familiar faces and leaves others in dire jeopardy.

“Chernobyl” 9 p.m. HBO — Ulana makes a desperate attempt to reach Valery and warn him about the threat of another explosion.

“Bull” 10 p.m. CBS (third season finale) — Bull works to convince a jury that an alleged murder was a tragic accident when TAC represents a woman charged with her 3-year-old stepdaughter's death.

“Knightfall” 10 p.m. History(second season finale) — The death of the Knights Templar Order is imminent as Landry and his Templar brothers are sentenced to burn at the stake.

“Gentleman Jack” 10:05 p.m. HBO — Dr. Belcombe confirms that Lister is the perfect tonic for Ann Walker's nervous disorder.

TUESDAY

“The Village” 8 p.m. NBC — Gabe and Ava prepare for their day in court. Katie takes a birthing class.

“The Flash” 8 p.m. the CW (fifth season finale) — Barry faces off with his oldest, and most formidable nemesis, Reverse Flash.

“What's My Name Muhammad Ali” 8 p.m. HBO — Muhammad Ali's challenges, confrontations, comebacks and triumphs through recordings of his own voice.

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — The NCIS team investigates the murder of a Marine sergeant in the States who was hailed as a war hero for his efforts overseas.

“MasterChef Junior” 8 p.m. Fox — The Top Eight pair up in the most intense mystery box challenge of the season, in which the chef-testants are challenged to pull off something highly creative and seriously delicious with corn.

FBI” 9 p.m. CBS (first season finale) — A woman with information about the death of Maggie's husband is abducted, leading OA and the team to uncover a criminal operation larger than anyone imagined.

“Fosse/Verdon” 10 p.m. FX — As Bob is pulled between multiple projects, he and Gwen begin rehearsals for "Chicago," but the mounting pressure may prove too much to bear.

“NCIS: New Orleans” 10 p.m. CBS (fifth season finale) — Pride is separated from the team and faces grave danger after tracking Apollyon, a deadly underground spy network, to war-torn South Ossetia.

“New Amsterdam” 10 p.m. NBC (first season finale) — Sharpe works on a creative way to help Max and Kapoor gets surprising news.

WEDNESDAY

“Riverdale” 8 p.m. the CW (third season finale) — Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead receive mysterious invitations, and band together to confront the evils of their past once and for all.

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS (38th season finale) — If Macon broadcaster Rick Devens can make it to the top three, he is almost guaranteed the $1 million. 

“Chicago Fire” 9 p.m. NBC — A serial arsonist cold case is reopened when Lt. Severide finds a connection to a recent salon fire.

“Wahlburgers” 9 p.m. A&E (10th season debut) — Yes. Ten seasons. Really!

“Whiskey Cavalier” 10 p.m. ABC — Frankie's commitment to cold-hearted professionalism is tested when the team's new mission to take down the head of a massive drug operation reunites her with a former guardian.

“What We Do in the Shadows” 10 p.m. FX — Nadja trains Jenna on how to take her first victim, and Nandor applies for American citizenship.

THURSDAY

“The Good Fight” 3:01 a.m. CBS All Access (season finale)  Roland Blum is out of revenge. 

“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS (series finale) This series will finish with its 279th episode. Sheldon and Amy await big news. Later, Bernadette and Wolowitz leave their kids for the first time; Penny and Leonard try to keep a secret.

“Grey’s Anatomy” 8 p.m. ABC (15th season finale)  Fog begins to cover Seattle, while the doctors of Grey Sloan navigate through personal complications.

“Superstore” 8:30 p.m. NBC (fourth season finale) — Amy and Jonah find themselves on opposing sides as corporate tries to win over employees by showering them with treats.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” 9 p.m. NBC — Jake and Charles investigate a dangerous serial killer. Holt continues to spar with his rival, Commissioner Kelly.

“Station 19” 9 p.m. ABC (second season finale) — The members of Station 19 pack their gear and head to Los Angeles to help battle a deadly wildfire raging out of control.

“Young Sheldon” 9:01 p.m. CBS (second season finale) — Sheldon invites the entire school to a party for the Nobel Prize announcements.

“S.W.A.T.” 10 p.m. CBS (second season finale)  The SWAT team goes in pursuit again of the militant group The Emancipators when the criminals hold a live stream kangaroo court to publicly execute city politicians.

“Law & Order: SVU” 10 p.m. NBC (20th season finale)  A teenager is found dead in the Hudson River, and Lt. Benson suspects Rob Miller is behind the mysterious death but can't prove it.

“Busy Tonight” 10 p.m. E! (series finale)  Busy Phillips' show got cancelled earlier this month. 

FRIDAY

“Catch-22” 3:01 a.m. Hulu (series debut) — Based on Joseph Heller's seminal novel of the same name, Catch-22 is the story of the incomparable, artful dodger, Yossarian, a US Air Force bombardier in World War II who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy, but rather his own army, which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service.

“Fleabag” 3:01 a.m. Amazon (second season debut) — Fleabag is a hilarious and poignant window into the mind of a dry-witted, sexual, angry, grief-riddled woman, as she hurls herself at modern living in London.

“The Blacklist” 8 p.m. NBC (sixth season finale)  As the president's true plan comes into focus, Liz and the Task Force fight to avert disaster.

“Meghan and Harry Plus One” 8 p.m. CBS  The royal family welcomes Baby Archie to the fold. 

“No Exit!” 9 p.m. CBS — An exploration of America's love-hate relationship with its highways and byways, and how millions cope with their increasingly difficult daily commute.

“Hawaii Five-O” 10 p.m. CBS (ninth season finale)  Five-0 continues to hunt down escaped criminal Aaron Wright before he can sell cyber-weapons to the highest bidder.

WEEKEND

“Psycho Granny” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime — After Samantha loses her mother, her grief-stricken spirits are lifted with the sudden appearance of Colleen, her long-lost grandmother who is - you guessed it! - psycho!

“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC (44th season finale) — Paul Rudd hosts.

“The Aquarium” 8 p.m. Sunday Animal Planet (new series) — A look at how the Georgia Aquarium operates. 

“American Idol” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC (three-hour 17th season finale) — Alejandro Aranda and his whispery vocal style is favored to win the crowd this year. 

“Killing Eve” 8 p.m. Sunday BBCA, AMC — Villanelle dives deep into the dangerous world of her target under the guise of her newfound persona, Billie.

“The Red Line” 9 p.m. Sunday CBS (first season finale) — Tia's campaign for alderman is in jeopardy after it is revealed that Jira is her daughter, whom she gave up for adoption.

“Game of Thrones” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO (series finale) — How did this show manage to escape notice? 

“Good Girls” 10 p.m. Sunday NBC — Mary Pat resurfaces in the women's lives as they try to make sense of a shocking discovery Beth has made

“NCIS: Los Angeles” 10 p.m. Sunday CBS (10th seaon finale)— Callen and Sam work with Navy Captain Harmon "Harm" Rabb Jr. to locate a group of ISIS sympathizers aboard the USS Allegiance.

“Barry” 10:20 p.m. Sunday HBO (second season finale) — Barry is out for vengeance; Noho Hank faces the looming threat of being sent home.

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Rodney Ho
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Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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