Coming soon to your screen: Glee takes on Mother Monster, Raylan Givens ponders revenge, and Michael Scott bids Scranton adieu. As a supplement to the awesome features and original reporting TVLine has coming your way, here are 27 shows you may want to keep on your radar this week.
MONDAY, APRIL 25
8/7c Dancing With the Stars (ABC) | Without a trace of irony, the seven remaining couples dance to songs deemed “Guilty Pleasures.”
9 pm Gossip Girl (The CW) | Serena asks Cousin Charlie (not to be confused with Cousin Oliver) to find out what Dan and Blair are up to. Why, they’re rattling fan bases, duh.
10 pm Law & Order: LA (NBC) | LOLA this week rips from the headlines to offer up its take on the November murder of Hollywood PR maven Ronnie Chasen.
10 pm Nurse Jackie (Showtime) | Jackie’s dwindling supply of pills has her in a bad way. This is where a Weeds crossover would come in handy, because surely Nancy “knows a guy.”
TUESDAY, APRIL 26
8/7c Glee (Fox) | This 90-minute outing has the kids going plum crazy for Lady Gaga and her “Born This Way” anthem. (Not to be confused with next week’s tribute to amnesiac spies, “Bourne This Way.”)
9 pm The Voice (NBC) | Since NBC hasn’t been promoting this new singing competition much, here’s the skinny: It’s Idol-esque except the judges don’t look at the talent, focusing solely on [see title]. That, and the girls actually stand a chance.
10 pm Body Of Proof (ABC) | Megan attends a lavish social function to confront a murder suspect – because after all that is entirely within a medical examiner’s job description.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27
9:30 pm Cougar Town (ABC) | Turns out Laurie is quite the trivia pro. Pfft, let’s see if she can name the 2007 How I Met Your Mother guest star that almost had a three-way with Ted and Trudy.
10 pm Justified (FX) | Given how last week’s episode ended (and having already seen this, the season’s penultimate hour), I can promise: You have never seen Raylan like this.
10 pm South Park (Comedy Central) | Season 15 premiere! How long till they riff on Charlie Sheen?
THURSDAY, APRIL 28 (aka the start of May sweeps!)
8/7c Community (NBC) | Talk about a sitcom Sophie’s Choice. You can see Shirley give birth, or…
8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | … watch Sheldon dance. (I myself am going with Option 2.)
8 pm The Vampire Diaries (The CW) | Stefan plans a romantic night for him and Elena – because now and then during an epic, taunt-the-supernatural romance, you should go out on a date.
9 pm Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) | Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond) plays a patient who just might be Alex’s ticket to making chief resident, while James Tupper returns as Teddy’s onetime flame/shrink. Dr. Perkins.
9 pm The Office (NBC) | This is it folks. After this hour-long special, there is no more, “Steve Carell is leaving.” It’s: “Steve Carell be gone.”
10 pm The Mentalist (CBS) | The team checks into a pair of robberies — one of which involves the guy Jane hired to break into Laroche’s home. Uh-oh.
FRIDAY, APRIL 29
6 am in the bloody morning, aye! The Royal Wedding (virtually everywhere) | What you miss by not waking up at this ungodly hour will inevitably be recapped on morning and evening news programs.
8/7c Smallville (The CW) | Zod takes Clark and Ollie prisoner in the Phantom Zone. The promos make it look like a cross between 300 and Star Trek‘s “Arena” episode.
9/8c Supernatural (The CW) | As reco’d by TVLine readers Lisa and Timotey, don’t miss Eve “resurrecting” the boys own mom as a demon! (Talk about your mother monsters, Glee.)
9 pm CSI: NY (CBS) | Peter Fonda (Easy Rider) guest-stars as Mac’s first partner.
9 pm Fringe (Fox) | The Machine is on, and it does not like Peter at all. Can Olivia and Sam Weiss find the “off” switch?
10 pm Blue Bloods (CBS) | Frank takes issue with the way the press is sensationalizing a murder at a trendy restaurant.
SATURDAY, APRIL 30
8/7c Chase (NBC) | I forgot to remind you last week, so: This is where NBC is burning off the final
five four episodes.
9 pm Doctor Who (BBC America) | With the good Doctor imprisoned, the FBI hunts down Amy, Rory and River Song.
SUNDAY, MAY 1
9/8c Law & Order: Criminal Intent (USA Network) | Final (?) season premiere: Goren and Eames are back, and a hard-partying Charlie Sheen-esque celeb is in their crosshairs.
9 pm Games Of Thrones (HBO) | Tyrion clashes with Benjen, Catelyn shares her suspicions about Lannister with Petyr Baelish, and… my spell-check explodes.
10 pm The Killing (AMC) | It’s time for Rosie’s funeral, while Sarah and Holder get busy grilling a suspect’s friends and family.
Which of the above is must-see TV for you? And by all means, hit the comments to politely share tune-in recommendations of your own.