What to Watch This Weekend: Samberg Hosts SNL, Good Wife and 10 Other Finales and More

saturday-night-live-andy-sambergOn TV this weekend: Andy Samberg returns to his Saturday Night Live roots, Orphan Black has company, The Mentalist confesses, Amazing Racers cross the finish line and Ludacris emcees the Billboard Music Awards. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 18 programs to keep on your radar.


8 pm Return to Zero (Lifetime) | When Maggie (About a Boy’s Minnie Driver) and Aaron (Scandal’s Paul Adelstein) discover that their baby son has died in the womb, the stillbirth throws them into a tailspin of grief that they must work together to overcome.

9 pm Orphan Black (BBC America) | While she tries to keep her loved ones safe from Rachel, Sarah’s plans are derailed by an unexpected visitor. (Get preview from “Hot Paul.”)

10 pm In the Flesh (BBC America) | MP Maxine imposes an undead travel ban on Roarton, and forces PDS sufferers to pay back their debt to society.

11:30 pm Saturday Night Live (NBC) | Season finale: Beloved SNL alum Andy Samberg returns to host — “Maybe with Justin Timberlake in tow!” this TVLine writer hopes to herself — and St. Vincent performs.

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7 pm Coldplay: Ghost Stories (NBC) | In advance of the band’s upcoming sixth album, this in-the-round special recorded in Los Angeles showcases some of the group’s biggest hits, new and old.

7 pm Animation Domination (Fox) | It’s a night of season finales for Fox’s animated lineup, beginning with Bob’s Burgers‘ Felix (guest voice Zach Galifianakis) taking desperate measures. Later, Hayley and Jeff’s relationship hangs in the balance on American Dad, sparks fly on The Simpsons and Family Guy‘s Stewie time-travels straight into Downton Abbey.

7 pm America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) | Season finale: From the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, host Tom Bergeron unveils the season’s funniest video. (Renewed.)

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8 pm Billboard Music Awards (ABC) | Ludacris hosts this year’s ceremony live from Las Vegas, with performers including Carrie Underwood, John Legend, Lorde, Ariana Grande and Imagine Dragons.

8 pm The Amazing Race (CBS) | Season finale: The final three teams race through Las Vegas, where illusionist David Copperfield has designed the final challenge. Soooo, David and Connor should have this in the bag, right? (Renewed and racing to a new night.)

8 pm Call the Midwife (PBS) | Season finale: As preparations are made for Chummy to nurse her dying mother at home, Jenny feels drawn to help. (Renewed.)A Weird Year

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9 pm The Good Wife (CBS) | Season finale: An open feed from a camera mistakenly left on at a deposition reveals a threat to the firm that Alicia and Cary never saw coming. (Renewed.)

9 pm Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime) | Grayson’s near-death experience leads him to make a serious gesture.

9 pm Mr. Selfridge (PBS) | Two-hour season finale: Justice and romance are served as soldiers return and others leave for the front. (Renewed.)

9:30 pm Californication (Showtime) | During the Santa Monica Cop kickoff party, Hank has an intimate notes session — or, “notes session” — with the show’s female lead.

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10 pm The Mentalist (CBS) | Season finale: Jane gets a chance to confess his feelings for Lisbon when she is forced to delay her plans to leave with Agent Pike. (Just renewed!)

10 pm Mad Men (AMC) | Peggy collects research for a pitch. Pete receives an invitation to an exclusive club. (No, the Hair Club for Men wasn’t founded until 1976.)

10 pm Those Who Kill (LMN) | Season finale: Thomas and Bisgaard try to keep Catherine calm after Molbeck is attacked. (Not yet renewed.)

10:30 pm Veep (HBO) | Selina’s staff worries about Ray’s growing influence on the Veep.

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  1. Ron says:

    Saturday: Orphan Black!!!
    Sunday: Amazing Race, The Good Wife, Veep!

  2. rflairfan1 says:

    Sunday: Silicon Valley and Veep.

  3. Tran says:

    Saturday: SNL season finale with Andy Samberg. Sunday: Total Divas, Mad Men and the Women of SNL (encore).

  4. jenna says:

    orphan black
    the simpsons

  5. Katie_Mead says:

    Sat – Da Vinci’s Demons & Orphan Black;
    Sun – GoT, Salem & Turn.
    I have not yet decided when each will be watched.

    • Meagan says:

      Boo, GoT isn’t going to be on this week, so that HBO can show the new AIDS movie (The?) Normal Heart. It better be back next week. With only 10 episodes, why take a break?

      • Katie_Mead says:

        I hadn’t noticed it wouldn’t be on!
        As daft as it seems to have breaks during any seasonal run, having a break within a 10-episode season is just plain ridiculous.
        So, that gives me an extra hour this weekend for catching up on Millennium S3 or The Tudors S4 … I’ll get there eventually!

      • The Normal Heart airs next week. Game of Thrones is on tomorrow

  6. Bryce says:

    I can’t wait for TGW. I know this finale’s supposed to shake things up a bit, which is crazy since this season we’ve faced the establishment of Florrick & Agos, Will’s death, and what seemed like a pretty strong indication that Alicia and Peter are never, ever getting back together. All that said, I think Diane needs to finally axe Canning and someone needs to figure out how to better utilize Finn.

    • Audrey says:

      Good call re: Finn. I’m finding him to be a very appealing character. I am so over whatever is going on with Kalinda and Cary (yawn). Also missing Robin.

  7. E says:

    waiting for the mentalist is killing me.

  8. Britt says:

    Orphan Black Marathon
    Amazing Race
    The Good Wife

    Has NBC said when or if they will finish airing Crisis and Believe?

    • Katie_Mead says:

      2014-May-25: Believe S01E10 “Collapse” & Crisis S01E09 “You Do Not Know War”;
      2014-Jun-01: Believe S01E11 “Revelation” & Crisis S01E10 “Found”;
      2014-Jun-15: Believe S01E12 “Second Chance” & Crisis S01E11 “This Wasn’t Supposed to Happen”;
      2014-Jun-29: Crisis S01E12 “-” & Crisis S01E13 “-“;
      Believe is meant to have 13 episodes, so I don’t know whether one episode was lost during the rewriting hiatus, or whether one will go unaired.

  9. Joey Padron says:

    SNL happy Andy is returning as host. It’s gonna be a good show. Sunday: Salem and Mad Men.

  10. Jax&Juice's Girl says:

    Orphan Black (CAN’T MISS) and Salem on sunday!

  11. Maryann says:

    DaVinci’s Demons
    In the Flesh
    Death in Paradise (PBS)
    The Mentalist (season finale)

  12. Never was more excited about anything than this season (not series – YEAH) finale of the Mentalist!!! Can’t wait!

  13. Mark says:

    anybody know if Cosmos was renewed or cancelled

    • Katie_Mead says:

      Cosmos isn’t up for either renewal or cancellation; it is a limited series (in the older usage of the term as applied to media formats) of 13 episodes.

  14. Yaya says:

    The Good Wife! The Good Wife! The Good Wife! Are they gonna give us big shocking and long gasp again? I hope so. This season they’ve been really good.

  15. Carolyn says:

    Looking forward to the season finale of TGW! I get the feeling that Alicia is melting where her relationship with Peter is concerned! She actually looked pleased when she realized that Peter was jealous over her possibly sleeping with Finn. I think the writers(and they are amazing) were so right in giving her all the episodes to deal with Will’s death! I liked last week’s episode when the ending left viewers wondering if Peter was considering the cute little intern! How much do we love Eli trying to protect Alicia and Peter’s marriage! Hope the cliffhanger isn’t too crazy because I hate waiting until the end of September! Thanks TGW for a fantastic fifth season, and all the best to Josh Charles–we miss you and wish you well for the future! Can’t wait for the Emmy Awards on August 25th!!

  16. I liked the show Crisis but the episode lasted to long which is why it probably got canceled ..it was like a joke that takes to long to get to the punch long ….. (Johnny Carson)

  17. Liv says:

    Chris Meloni on VEEP!