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A few new series arrive for summer

May 19, 2013


May 19--New summer programming -- including sitcoms, procedurals and reality competitions -- arrives as fall and mid-season schedules continue to wind down. Most of the finales are seasonal only -- these shows will return at some point (unless they're labeled as series finales, in which case they're gone for good). Here's what to watch and what to avoid on television this week:

Monday: "Dancing With The Stars" 7 p.m., ABC: The season's final hoofing is hoofed tonight.

"The Goodwin Games" 7:30 p.m., Fox: A trio of estranged siblings must face getting along (and survive other challenges) in order to claim a huge inheritance in this sitcom's premiere.

"American Masters" 8 p.m., PBS: Friends, including Carl Reiner, share thoughts about comedy legend Mel Brooks in this profile.

"Motive" 9 p.m., ABC: This Canadian crime procedural inspired by "Columbo" snuck across the border just in time for summer. Oh, just one more thing ... the main detective is a single mom, which is about as far away from Peter Falk as you can get.

"The Big C" 9 p.m., Showtime: Laura Linney was nominated for an Emmy and won a Golden Globe as cancer patient Cathy Jamison in this poignant comedy-drama, ending its fourth and final season tonight.

Other Monday finales: "Rules of Engagement" 7:30 p.m., CBS; "Mike & Molly" 8:30 p.m., CBS; "Hawaii Five-0" 9 p.m., CBS; "Rectify" 9 p.m., Sundance.

Tuesday: "The Bachelor's Funniest Moments" 7 p.m., ABC: This special features embarrassing moments from the reality program's 25 seasons. Wait -- embarrassing "Bachelor" moments? Are there other kinds? Shouldn't this be a series?

"Dancing With The Stars" 8 p.m., ABC: The curtain drops on Season 16, and the winners head home to soak their feet.

Tuesday finale: "Grimm" 9 p.m., NBC.

Wednesday: "MasterChef" 7 p.m., Fox: 2 hours of auditions kick off Season 4 of Gordon Ramsay's home cook competition.

"The Middle" 7 p.m., ABC: What a coincidence -- the school year ends just as Season 4 comes to a close.

Other Wednesday finales: "Modern Family" 8 p.m., ABC; Criminal Minds" 8 p.m., CBS; "Law And Order: SVU" 8 p.m., NBC; "Nashville" 9 p.m., ABC; "Chicago Fire" 9 p.m., NBC.

Thursday: "Save Me" 7 p.m., NBC: Anne Heche does "Oh, God!" as a suburban homemaker who, without irony, talks to God. I'm pretty sure all the irony here went into floundering NBC putting a show named "Save Me" on its schedule.

Other Thursday premieres: "Secrets of the Earth" 7 p.m., Weather Channel; "Does Someone Have to Go?" 8 p.m., Fox; "Showville" 8 p.m., AMC; "Rookie Blue" 9 p.m., ABC.

Friday: "National Geographic," 7 p.m., NGC: Orson Welles narrates this documentary about a 1963 Everest scaling. That was 50 years ago but, as Welles might say, "We will show no climb before it's time."

Saturday: "The Dog Whisperer" 7 p.m., NGWild: In tonight's repeat, host Cesar Millan is forced to whisper to a stubborn Dachshund because the pair are at the movies and they've already been shushed twice.

Sunday: "The National Memorial Day Concert 2013" 7 p.m., PBS: Gary Sinise hosts with Joe Mantegna.

"Arrested Development" Netflix: A press release says all 15 episodes of the cult comedy's highly anticipated fourth-season will be available at 12:01 Pacific Time on the Internet pay-to-stream service, but who knows for sure? Just marathon it when you wake up.

Other Sunday premieres: "Rock My RV with Bret Michaels" 8 p.m., Travel; "Behind the Candelabra" 8 p.m., HBO.

Sunday finale: "Smash" 8 p.m., NBC (series finale).


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