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Contra Costa Times Chuck Barney column

May 8, 2013

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May 08--The finish line is in sight.

May is the month when the television season culminates with a colossal barrage of season finales, and -- in a few cases -- series finales. That means plenty of weddings, an unusually high body count, unexpected twists and lots of crazy cliffhangers.

A few shows have already packed it in. And speaking of which, we'd like to rise from the couch and give a standing ovation to "The Good Wife" for awarding us with a fantastic, absolutely stunning season-ender. Julianna Margulies and company have given their drama peers a lot to live up to.

Of course, most of our prime-time favorites are still waiting to submit their finale exams. Here are a dozen

hotly anticipated shows that we'll be eyeballing in the coming days:

--"Community" -- Four years after being disbarred, Jeff finally has enough credits to graduate and is looking ahead. But is there a future for this madcap sitcom? (8 p.m. Thursday, NBC).

--"Glee" -- The New Directions head back to Regionals, where they face a stiff challenge in the Hoosierdaddies, led by "American Idol" alum Jessica Sanchez. Oh, and Blaine considers proposing to Kurt. (9 p.m. Thursday, Fox).

--"How I Met Your Mother" -- The season-ender takes place in the week leading up to Barney and Robin's wedding. We're particularly interested in how the show sets the table for its final Mother-meeting season. (8 p.m. May 13, CBS).

--"90210" -- Five years of teen angst comes to a merciful end, but not before a cameo by Prince Michael Jackson (in his acting debut) and a performance by the Goo Goo Dolls. (9 p.m. May 13, The CW).

--"NCIS" -- The tension is amped up on TV's most-watched show when the search for the killer of Ziva's father turns into a federal witch hunt against Gibbs and the team. Guest star John M. Jackson reprises his "JAG" role of A.J. Chegwidden. (8 p.m. May 14, CBS).

--"New Girl" -- Cece's wedding day arrives, but will she go through with it? Not if Schmidt can help it. Meanwhile, Jess and Nick will face a big decision about their relationship, and pop princess Taylor Swift guest stars. "New Girl" has become one of TV's funniest shows, so the pressure is on. (9 p.m. May 14, Fox).

--"Arrow" -- The finale is titled "Sacrifice," which makes us wonder if a key character might go down. Death or no death, we're braced for an epic smackdown between the evil Dark Archer and Oliver (Stephen Amell). (8 p.m. May 15, The CW).

--"The Big Bang Theory" -- Poor Leonard. Just when his relationship with Penny is really clicking, he gets a very tempting job offer -- overseas. Oh, please. Let's not break them up again. (8 p.m. May 16, CBS).

--"The Vampire Diaries" -- It's graduation day in Mystic Falls. But along with caps and gowns, count on seeing lots of mayhem and destruction. Moreover, producers have promised not one, but two, cliffhangers, and a big shake-up of the Stefan-Elena-Damon triangle. (8 p.m. May 16, The CW).

--"Elementary" -- The big news is that we'll finally meet Professor Moriarty, the iconic nemesis from Arthur Conan Doyle's stories. We'll also get more of Irene Adler (Natalie Dormer), and that's a very good thing. (9 p.m. May 16, CBS).

--"The Office" -- Yes, this workplace comedy certainly overstayed its welcome. But we still have a soft spot for Dunder Mifflin's beloved paper-pushers, who call it a wrap after nine seasons. We expect the 200th -- and final -- episode to be packed with laughs, and perhaps a few tears. (9 p.m. May 16, NBC).

--"Scandal" -- It's political melodrama on crack. But can "Scandal"possibly top all the jaw-dropping craziness that has already gone down in Season 2? We can always dream. Creator Shonda Rhimes has promised a stunning, buzzworthy ending. (10 p.m. May 16, ABC).

Contact Chuck Barney at cbarney@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/chuckbarney and Facebook.com/bayareanewsgroup.chuckbarney.

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