TV best bets with the Royal Wedding, series finales of 'New Girl,' 'Once Upon a Time'

Posted Sunday, May 13, 2018 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

This week's biggest event happens live on Saturday morning: the big Prince Harry/Meghan Markle wedding. Several networks including E! and TLC will chronicle every moment live.

Two veteran shows are also airing their series finales: "New Girl" on Fox Tuesday and "Once Upon a Time" on ABC Friday.

Otherwise, a huge number of season finales are happening including Fox's "The Resident," CBS's "NCIS: New Orleans," ABC's "Black-ish," NBC's 'Chicago Med," NBC's "The Blacklist," ABC's "The Goldbergs," the CW's "Riverdale," ABC's "Modern Family," ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Fox's "Gotham," CBS's "Hawaii Five-O" and CBS's "Madam Secretary."

This covers Monday, May 14 through Sunday, May 20, 2018.


“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — Tonya Harding is still in it.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — The semifinals.

“Lucifer” 8 p.m. Fox (third season finale) — Shocked by someone's death, Chloe, Lucifer and the rest of the team work together to investigate and take down the killer.

“The Resident” 9 p.m. Fox (first season finale) — In a final and drastic attempt to save Nic from Lane's acts of sabotage, Conrad must call in a favor from the one person he promised he never would.

“Royal Wedding Watch” 10 p.m. GPB — The premiere delves into the Prince Harry-Meghan Markle story.

“Elementary” 10 p.m. CBS — Holmes and Watson enter the world of rare antiquities when they investigate a case in which the victim was killed during a Revolutionary War reenactment.

“Running With Bear Grylls” 10:01 p.m. NBC (fourth season debut) — Keri Russell joins Bear on a journey to the Canary Islands.


“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — While Gibbs attends the memorial service for a friend who was lost at sea, he discovers that the deceased, Navy Captain Phillip Brooks, has been hiding in a fallout shelter after his boat was attacked and he swam to shore.

“Roseanne” 8 p.m. ABC — After celebrating their 45th anniversary, Roseanne reveals to Dan a bigger problem with her bad knee.

“Black-ish” 9 p.m. ABC (fourth season finale) — Dre and Bow are living separate lives and switching off with the kids.

“NCIS: New Orleans” 9 p.m. CBS (fourth season finale) — Pride assembles an off-the-books team to search for a loophole when he faces a grand jury indictment for abuse of power.

“New Girl” 9 p.m. Fox (series finale) — Jess and Nick make two life-changing decisions and Winston and Aly's big day arrives.

“Rise” 9:01 p.m. NBC (first season finale) — During opening night of "Spring Awakening," personal crises and dilemmas percolate in the wings backstage as Simon struggles to overcome his biggest fear. The show has been cancelled.

“Chicago Med” 10 p.m. NBC (third season finale) — Dr. Rhodes second guesses his decision to remove himself from the team of doctors who work to separate conjoined twins.

“For the People” 10 p.m. ABC — Sandra goes the extra mile for a client when she goes up against the FBI and ends up in one of the most unexpected and compromising situations of her young career.


“Empire” 8 p.m. Fox — Cookie and Lucious fight to keep Empire in the family, as they prepare a livestream concert to crowdfund the amount needed to trump Eddie's plans.

“The Blacklist” 8 p.m. NBC (fifth season finale) — Liz and Red face off in a climactic race to find a Blacklister in possession of the duffel bag of bones, forcing the truth about the bones to finally come to light.

“The Goldbergs” 8 p.m. ABC (fifth season finale) — When Lainey moves back to town, Barry asks her to the prom; but when she says no, he plans a senior prank with Principal Ball's car to get out of going.

“Riverdale” 8 p.m. the CW (second season finale) — With Fred trailing in the polls, Archie steps in to lend a hand in his dad's mayoral campaign.

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — Laurel decided not to betray Wendell and Domenick last week. Will this cost her or reward her?

“Star” 9 p.m. Fox — While attending an important event together, Alex ditches Noah when he needs her the most to mingle with DJ Dash.

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC (ninth season finale) — Mitchell sneaks out to "Hero-Con" with fanboy Phil, dressed as their favorite characters from the show "Clash of Swords."

“Law & Order: SVU” 9 p.m. NBC — An Alzheimer's patient claims she was raped, but her illness casts doubt on the case.

“Brockmire” 10 p.m. IFC — Jim faces his dysfunctional family at his father's funeral.

“The Americans” 10 p.m. FX — With the arms-control summit under way, a shocking revelation Philip throws Elizabeth—and her work—into turmoil.

“Colony” 10 p.m. USA — Will assesses the Resistance camp's safety. Katie tries to get more involved.

“Code Black” 10 p.m. CBS — Elliot doubts his ability as a doctor when he's sued for his role in the death of a SWAT officer.

“Designated Survivor” 10 p.m. ABC (series finale) — As President Kirkman continues to deal with the turmoil surrounding the hacker and congressional investigation, a natural disaster threatens the lives of two White House staffers.


“Grey’s Anatomy” 8 p.m. ABC (14th season finale) — Meredith Grey and the team of doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial are faced with life-or-death decisions on a daily basis.

“Gotham” 8 p.m. Fox (fourth season finale) — Jeremiah warns a skeptical Gordon of more destruction coming Gotham's way.

“America Ninja Warrior” 9 p.m. NBC — It's the all-star edition.

“Station 19” 9 p.m. ABC(first season finale) — Ben reaches a new milestone as a rookie and, as is tradition, receives something from the crew.

“Citizen Rose” 10 p.m. E! (new series) — Rose is excited about the launch of her book, and the press tour to promote it.

“What Would You Do?” 10 p.m. ABC (14th season debut) — John Quinones is back with more social experiments.


“13 Reasons Why”  3:01 a.m. Netflix (second season debut)  — Viewers find out the fate of Alex Standall (Miles Heizer), who shot himself at the end of the first season as a result of being depressed because of Hannah’s suicide.

“Blindspot”  8 p.m. NBC (third season finale)  — Jane and Weller hunt Roman back to where it all started.

“Masterchef Junior”  8 p.m. Fox (sixth season finale)  — Quani of Buford is in the final three!

“Once Upon a Time”  8 p.m. ABC (series finale)  — After seven seasons and 150-plus episodes, this series comes to a fairy-tale ending.

“Undercover Boss”  8 p.m. CBS  — Broadway star Idina Menzel goes undercover to find Broadway's next amazing talents.

“Hawaii Five-O”  9 p.m. CBS (eighth season finale)   McGarrett and Five-0 discover a Russian spy ring hiding in plain sight when a Russian nuclear attack submarine appears off the coast of Waikiki.


“The Royal Wedding Live With Cord and Tish!” 7:30 a.m. Saturday HBO — Broadcast legends Cord Hosenbeck (Will Ferrell) and Tish Cattigan (Molly Shannon) are heading across the pond to host the Royal Wedding. (In fact, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, BBCA, GPB, E!, TLC, MSNBC and CNN are all providing live coverage.)

“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC — Tina Fey hosts.

“American Idol” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — Top 3 perform.

“NCIS: Los Angeles” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS (ninth season finale) — Sam is shot during a firefight with a cartel, and a suspect reveals new information on the whereabouts of Spencer Williams, the man who kidnapped Mosley's son five years ago.

“The Simpsons” 8 p.m. Sunday Fox (29th season finale) — After getting struck by lightning, Bart receives visits from ghosts, who want closure only he can provide.

“Brooklyn Nine Nine” 8:30 p.m. Sunday Fox (fifth season finale) — Jake and Amy's wedding day is threatened, and Charles and the whole squad rush to help save it.

“Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” 9 p.m. Sunday CNN — Bourdain takes a wide-angle look at the culture and history of this country, heavily influenced by Europe and Russia, with guides musician of Armenian descent Serj Tankian, and historian-Armenian resident Richard Giragosian.

“Family Guy” 9 p.m. Sunday Fox (16th season finale) — After Peter falls into a coma, Peter meets God face-to-face, which leads him to ask some of life's tough questions.

“Fear the Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — Strand wrestles with Madison's decisions. Meanwhile, things take an unexpected turn at the Stadium.

“Westworld” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — It's Shogun World.

“Madam Secretary” 10 p.m. Sunday CBS (fourth season finale) — Elizabeth and cabinet members brace for the fallout at home and abroad as President Dalton prepares for a retaliatory nuclear attack on a country that has reportedly just launched missiles bound for the U.S.

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