On TV this Monday: The Actors Studio is full of Mad Men and Bachelorette Emily meets her many men, while Bones, How I Met Your Mother and eight other shows wrap their seasons. As but a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
7 pm Inside the Actors Studio (Bravo) | Mad Men cast members Jon Hamm, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Vincent Kartheiser, Jared Harris and Kiernan Shipka join series creator Matthew Weiner in getting grilled by Mr. Lipton.
8 pm Bones (Fox) | Season finale: When a friend of Brennan’s is murdered, the Jeffersonian team works to prove that serial killer/hacker Christopher Pelant is guilty, once and for all. But when law enforcement examines the team’s findings, key pieces of evidence cast suspicion on Brennan! (View photos.)
8 pm America’s Got Talent (NBC) | King of All Media Howard Stern joins Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel behind the giant Xes, while Nick Cannon continues to take on-camera mugging to unheard-of new levels.
8 pm How I Met Your Mother (CBS) | One-hour finale: In Part 1, Ted and Robin try to distract Lily during her painful contractions as Marshall and Barney race back from Atlantic City. Then, Barney’s wife is finally revealed at his future wedding day, and the gang reminisces about the time they encouraged Ted to
remember the show’s frickin’ title! go after “the one that got away.”
9 pm Johnny Carson: King of Late Night (PBS) | In a two-hour docu marking the 50th anniversary of Carson taking over The Tonight Show from Jack Paar and the 20th anniversary of his retirement, Emmy-winning filmmaker Peter Jones explores the TV icon’s life, career, complexities and contradictions.
9 pm House (Fox) | In the series’ penultimate outing, the Patient of the Week suffers from nose bleeds, of course, but also claims to hear his deceased brother’s voice in his head. Meanwhile, Wilson gets advice from Thirteen (returning cast member Olivia Wilde; watch video) and Foreman tries a different approach with House.
9 pm Two and a Half Men (CBS) | Season 9 finale: “Jake is pressured to make a decision about his future.” Pins and needles, I tell ya!
9:30 pm Mike & Molly (CBS) | Season finale: Everything that can go wrong does, as Mike and Molly try to finally make their trip down the wedding aisle.
9:30 pm The Bachelorette (ABC) | Bachelor Brad Womack’s onetime pick, Emily Maynard, becomes the first single mom to brave the Bachelorette crucible, as production on the series for the first time moves out of L.A. and makes camp in her hometown of Charlotte, N.C. (Review her 25 would-be suitors here!)
10 pm Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) | Season 2 finale: Five-0 is in hot pursuit of a shooter who guns down two of their own, while another team member is forced to choose which of their kidnapped loved ones will live. The last part there? Thoroughly harrowing scenes.
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