What to Watch this Weekend: The Simpsons and 4 Other Finales, a Mad Man's Surprise and More

Doctor WhoOn TV this weekend: Doctor Who‘s secret is revealed, Orphan Black has a civil war on its hands, a new class enters the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Ben Affleck is Mr. Saturday Night, a Family Guy moonlights on The Simpsons (and both of those shows end their seasons) and The Cleveland Show has its swan song. Here are 15 programs to keep on your radar.


8 pm Doctor Who (BBC America) | Season finale: The Doctor’s secret is discovered. (If you want a hint about what he’s hiding, check this out.) (Next up: a 50th anniversary special that will air later this year.)

9 pm 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (HBO) | Artists including Usher, Don Henley, John Mayer, Public Enemy, Carole King and Jennifer Hudson perform to honor this year’s class – which includes Heart and Quincy Jones — during the three-hour event.

9 pm Orphan Black (BBC America) | Sarah’s actions pit the Orphans against each other.

10 pm 48 Hours (CBS) | The news journal investigates gang and drug wars in Chicago.

11:30 pm Saturday Night Live (NBC) | Season finale: Argo star/director Ben Affleck hosts with musical guest Kanye West. (SNL will be back next season, minus at least one of its Not Ready for Primetime Players.)


7 pm The Cleveland Show (Fox) | Back-to-back season (series?) finale: Dr. Fist reveals that Freight Train’s newly nice nature may be the result of dementia, and the kids’ schedules overwhelm Cleveland and Donna. (Unofficially cancelled.)

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8 pm The 2013 Billboard Music Awards (ABC) | Performers at the three-hour ceremony include Pitbull, Christina Aguilera, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj and Prince.

The Simpsons8 pm The Simpsons (Fox) | Back-to-back season finale: If the guy Marge meets online tonight sounds like Family Guy‘s Peter Griffin (or Stewie, Brian or Quagmire), it’s because Seth MacFarlane provides his voice. (Yep, renewed.)

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9 pm All-Star Celebrity Apprentice (NBC) | Two-hour season finale: Trace and Penn put the finishing touches on their charity event, and then The Donald and his hair fires one of them.

9 pm ACM Presents: Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night (CBS) | Two hours: The country-music star hosts an evening of performances by his wife Faith Hill, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Ne-Yo and Pitbull, among others.

9 pm North America (Discovery) | Miniseries premiere: Tom Selleck (Blue Bloods) narrates this two-hour foray into “the incredible array of wildlife that lives in our own backyard.” (Side note: The New Jersey Meadowlands are in my backyard, and I’m fairly certain I don’t want to know what’s living there.)

9 pm Game of Thrones (HBO) | King’s Landing hosts a wedding, and Daenerys meets the Titan’s Bastard.

9 pm Mr. Selfridge (PBS) | Two-hour season finale: Tragedy strikes on the day polar explorer Sir Earnest Shackleton comes to the store. (British network ITV has renewed the series for a second season; no word yet on when/if it will debut in the U.S.)

9 pm Family Guy (Fox) | Back-to-back season finale: A time machine malfunction creates big problems for Stewie and Brian in Vegas, and the Griffins get tossed from the posh Barrington Country Club. (Yep, renewed.)

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10 pm Mad Men (AMC) | Don is disrupted by a surprise visitor. Peggy looks for inspiration. (Maybe she’ll find it in Dream Ted’s smoking jacket?)

Hit the comments with your must-see picks from the weekend’s lineup!

Comments (29)

  • SNL season finale with Ben Affleck (bye bye Bill Hader). Sunday: Mad Men.

    Comment by Jack Bauer 2.0 – May 18, 2013 09:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Reblogged this on Welcome To My World (My Life My Way ツ. My Destiny).

    Comment by LissaCaldina – May 18, 2013 09:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Did TVline release their summer calendar yet?

    Comment by Sara – May 18, 2013 09:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Coming Monday. – Mgmt.

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – May 18, 2013 09:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • dr who and snl tonight
    simpsons family guy sunday

    Comment by dude – May 18, 2013 09:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Just Game of Thrones.

    Comment by GK – May 18, 2013 09:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You know who I would love to see host Saturday Night Live?….the awesome men of Supernatural! Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins. I believe SNL would get a a lot more viewers who love those guys watching the show that night!

    Comment by Mrs. Peele – May 18, 2013 10:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • the teenaged crowd, not the adult audience which is what the show originally had. SNL really needs to stop gearing the show for the teenaged audience. It hasn’t been funny for a very long time.

      SNL needs to be cancelled. It’s old and no longer funny.

      Comment by icywinter2 – May 18, 2013 01:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sat: Orphan Black

    Sun: Game of Thrones

    Comment by kirads09 – May 18, 2013 11:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • SNL needs to be cancalled, it’s no longer funny but very stupid. What they are trying to do get the teenage crowd to watch by putting on those no talent pop stars or reality stars. C’mon SNL is supposed to be funny, well back in the day. I think it needs to go back to the way it was.

    Who even watches the Simpsons, that show is no longer funny either… It’s been on way too long and boring

    Comment by icywinter2 – May 18, 2013 11:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Actually think next year that could change, a new head writer could bring new life into the show.

      Comment by Nikki – May 18, 2013 12:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • That won’t do any good to save SNL, NBC needs to cancel it. It’s had it’s run, both this and the simpsons. How long can a show like these two go on, it’s already boring and stupid.

        Comment by icywinter2 – May 18, 2013 01:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Why cancel it, when there is chance to return some quality to the show. I won’t get cancelled anyway it gets great ratings for the hour.

          Comment by Mike – May 18, 2013 06:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It doesn’t matter. Hope SNL ends in 2015 if it’s going to reach 40.

      Comment by Jack Bauer 2.0 – May 18, 2013 01:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Isn’t SNL the highest -rated non-scripted show on NBC? I don’t think it’ll be cancelled anytime soon.

        I bet they’ll do something special with Hader’s character Stefon tonight.

        Comment by EJ – May 18, 2013 02:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Orphan Black , The Simpsons

    Comment by Bass Drum – May 18, 2013 11:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m still unsure how I feel about them revealing the name of the Doctor. Well Doctor Who and Game of Thrones….Poor Sansa.

    Comment by Mike – May 18, 2013 12:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m not sure the audience will actually find out his name; maybe it will just be characters on the show who learn it (like River). Guess we’ll find out soon.

      Comment by Holly – May 18, 2013 05:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They don’t. They reveal a different secret, equally as monumental.

      Comment by David S – May 18, 2013 05:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Game, Mad, Veep

    Comment by bobbie – May 18, 2013 12:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Mr. Selfridge and Mad Men

    Comment by LynnH – May 18, 2013 02:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Game of Thrones, Mad Men

    Comment by Jamie – May 18, 2013 02:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Orphan Black, SNL, Billboard Music Awards, Mad Men

    Comment by Sparky – May 18, 2013 03:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ORPHAN BLACK SATURDAY!!!!!!!!!!!

      Comment by Ashley – May 18, 2013 04:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Client List

    Comment by Brandy – May 19, 2013 07:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Animation Domination being DVR’d

    Comment by Andy – May 19, 2013 08:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sunday night is great TV!: Will record them all but will watch: Army Wives, Client List, Mad Men, Nurse Jackie and Call the Midwife. Will watch recordings of Celebrity Apprentice and Mr. Selfridge on Monday. I know…I am a TV junkie!

    Comment by Georgia – May 19, 2013 01:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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