May 16--'THE OFFICE'
Despite my laments about the past season or two, I'm sad to say farewell to the cast of "The Office." With its mockumentary style, "The Office" portrayed these characters as real people -- the good, the bad and the obnoxious. With the eclectic group of paper company workers, you could always take a look at your own colleagues and find your very own Creed, Andy, Pam or Michael Scott (Steve Carell). (Well, I hope you didn't find too many bosses like Michael Scott, at least the early version of him.) Because of the authenticity of the writing and the way it was filmed, you felt like you were spending time with your friends each week. You cringed when Michael, or later Andy, made some terribly awkward boss move. You pulled for Pam and Jim to finally get together, knowing they were soul mates. You teared up a few weeks ago when it seemed like they had put their troubles behind them and said "I love you" with one long, amazing hug. In episodes leading up to tonight, it seems as if writers are trying to put our Dunder Mifflin friends in a happy place, one where we feel OK leaving them. At 8 p.m., there will be an hourlong retrospective of the show with interviews with writers, producers and actors. It will include a peek inside the writers' room as well as footage of the actors' auditions when the show was being cast. At 9 p.m., the finale, with a bonus 15 minutes, will lead us to the last goodbye. The episode will focus on where the characters are after their documentary has aired. The big question -- will Steve Carell show up as Michael Scott -- has been dodged for some time. But there are hints he might make an appearance. NBC (Note: "Hannibal" will air from 10:15 to 11 p.m. )
"American Idol": A winner is named, plus lots of great performances with the singers' idols. 8 p.m. Fox
"The Big Bang Theory": A job offer for Leonard could mean bad things for Penny -- and Sheldon. 9 p.m. CBS
"Grey's Anatomy": A big storm complicates Meredith's baby delivery. 9 p.m. ABC
"Scandal": Olivia and Fitz forever. Enough said. Oh, yeah. Who's the mole? 10 p.m. ABC
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