What to Expect | To get domestic diva Martha Stewart's cupcake seal of approval, Caroline and Max crash a fancy event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Even better: The doyenne of DIY appears as herself.
What to Expect | “Stuff happens,” says exec producer Robert Carlock of the two-part finale, which marks the return of Jack’s imprisoned fiancé Avery (Elizabeth Banks). “Her release is secured and she comes back to a complicated life.” Liz, meanwhile, finds herself “in a new situation in her personal life” that involves boyfriend Criss (James Marsden). “Our hope is that we will surprise people with how things end for Liz and Criss,” says Carlock, before quickly adding, “or don’t end, for that matter.”
What to Expect | The Silver/Liam/Navid love triangle comes to a head in an unexpected way. Ivy is faced with a major life decision, and Naomi accepts a gig planning a lavish wedding — but there’s a twist!
What to Expect | “If 24 and Twin Peaks had a baby and that baby was raised by CHiPs then that baby would have grown up to be our finale," says creator Kyle Killen. And oddly enough, we believe him!
The Big Bang Theory
What to Expect | Wolowitz prepares to head into space. Uh-oh, does this spell doom for his nuptials to Bernadette? “Some things happen [and] some things don’t happen,” exec producer Bill Prady teases. “Some things happen in a way that they were expected to happen [and] some things happen in a way that they weren’t expected to happen.”
What to Expect | Frank must again race against the clock to stop a terrorist attack with no way of knowing the place or means. Making matters more stressful, he can’t share news of the unfolding events with his family. Elsewhere, Jamie and Danny clash over arresting a wanted criminal and Danny gets info about an unclosed case that has haunted him for years.
What to Expect | Danger and lots of it. Baddie Christopher Pelant is back, and he's "going to scare the crap out of people," teases creator Hart Hanson. Adds the episode's director and star David Boreanaz: "It'll be a really, 'Oh my God, how could that person do that?!?' moment… And it's pretty intense. It's not happy."
Aired May 7
What Happened | As promised, all secrets were revealed and all cards were put on the table, as a new lead on the man who shot her led Beckett to brush back up against her mother’s murder case. As such, Rick had to reveal what he knew but kept secret: that for Kate to chase that case again would result in her certain death. Kate at first bristled at her partner’s “betrayal,” only to later show up at his home — after turning in her badge and resigning — to say, “I’m so sorry” and that she wanted him. And then, they made love. But in the final scene, we see that Kate’s shooter (played by Tahmoh Penikett) is resolved to putting her “in the ground” no matter what.
May 17 (one hour)
What to Expect | Jeff and his former law firm colleague Alan Connor (Rob Corddry) face off in "Greendale Summer Fun Court," representing opposing sides in Shirley and Pierce’s sandwich shop disagreement. Meanwhile, John Goodman’s Vice Dean Laybourne tries yet again to lure Troy over to his Air Conditioning Repair Annex.
May 29 (one hour)
What to Expect | Romance is in the air. After dealing with his surprise child and some seriously erratic scheduling on ABC's part, Jules and Grayson finally tie the knot — and they won’t be the only ones making a major relationship move. "There's a big, big step in the finale" between inappropriate-but-chemistry-filled pals Travis and Laurie, teases executive produce Bill Lawrence.
May 16 (two hours)
What to Expect | Battlestar Galactica alumna Tricia Helfer guests as a very bad lady when one of the BAU team’s own is held captive during a hostage situation. "Ultimately, she is a serial killer masquerading as a bank robber,” executive producer Erica Messer told TVGuide.com. "Our team comes in because the behavior suggests [the robbers] do this every month — they kill somebody for the fun of it, not because they’re in the way. The woman’s off her rocker. She’s just a bad egg." Meanwhile, Emily Prentiss – and actress Paget Brewster – bids farewell to the show, and J.J’s mom (American Graffiti‘s Candy Clark) comes to town. Might she be there for her daughter's wedding?
What to Expect | The return of old foe Undersheriff Jeffrey McKeen (Conor O'Farrell) threatens the team, and Russell's complicated history with Finlay (Elisabeth Shue) is exposed when a friend of the sheriff (Prison Break's Barbara Eve Harris) is suspected of murdering his wife. Meanwhile, Russell gets a spouse of his own in Peri Gilpin (Fraiser, Make It or Break It), whose character, Allison, is described as "the intellectual equal of her brilliant husband, the one woman who doesn't just rule his heart, but rules his life." Jaclyn Smith rounds out the guest list when she reprises her role as Hodges' mother.
What to Expect | Mac fights for his life after getting shot. Well, that explains the reappearance of his late wife, Claire (Jaime Ray Newman).
May 13 (two hours)
What to Expect | The series wraps its eight-year run with the return of Dana Delany's uptight-WASP-turned-lesbian housewife, Katherine Mayfair. And it wouldn't be a finale if things didn’t come full circle with the woman that started it all. "I would say that the odds of seeing [Mary Alice] on screen… are very high," reveals creator Marc Cherry. "[Her] commentary started the show, and her commentary will end it." As for the fates of Wisteria Lane's living ladies, "I don’t know about happy endings versus tragic endings," says the EP, "but I want to make sure that we end the show in a very satisfying way for the fans, so the endings for the characters are going to make sense."
What to Expect | It’s a cavalcade of guest stars when Geoff Stults’ real life brother George (7th Heaven) appears as his TV sibling Langston to let Walter know their father (Beverly Hills Cop‘s John Ashton) is dying. Pops gives Walter his toughest job yet: To track down his first love, the brothers’ mother (Smallville‘s Annette O’Toole), before his health fails. Meanwhile, Uncle Shadrack (Heroes‘ Eric Roberts) forces Willa and Timo to marry.
What to Expect | Lost alumna Rebecca Mader guest stars as a strong woman involved in a case linked to the mysterious, ominous David Robert Jones. But is this a season or series finale? "We've shot two [endings]," reveals John Noble (Walter), who adds that many "big questions" will be answered — including the matter of Olivia being fated to die and Walter shouldering the burden of responsibility for the warring universes.
What to Expect | The episode is titled “Revelations,” so prepare for major bombshells when the GCB’s travel to Mexico for the groundbreaking of Carlene’s “Condos for Christian Living.” Specifically, a big secret from Ripp’s past will be exposed that will turn his and Carlene’s relationship upside down.
What to Expect | Graduation Day hits McKinley High, which means potentially major changes for the Rachel-Finn and Kurt-Blaine relationships, as well as some big moves (to New York?). “[It’s] a very powerful finale,” previews Dana Walden, co-chairman of 20th Century Fox Television, “when viewers get to see what's on the horizon for all of these characters that people love so deeply. We're [building to] a very exciting launch into next season.”
The Good Wife
Aired April 29
What Happened | The dream team of Louis Canning and Patti Nyholm distracted Lockhart & Gardner with a lawsuit in order to steal their biggest client, leaving the firm on the brink of financial destruction. As part of the suit, Peter was forced to admit during his disposition that he and Alicia are separated, putting his run for governor in jeopardy. But the house that Jackie purchased ended up bringing the Florrick family together as Peter decided to move in and flip the home while Alicia looked on through the window, tempted to join her husband and kids in a family dinner. Meanwhile, Kalinda awaited her “dangerous” husband’s arrival with a loaded gun in hand.
What to Expect | "It's like a bomb gets detonated and levels everything," previews executive producer Josh Safran. In the aftermath, might Blair have to choose yet again between old flame Chuck and new love Dan? The love triangle's saga "definitely comes to the end point," says the EP. As for the UES' other It Girl, Serena will find herself at "a very huge turning point."
What to Expect | The cliffhangers-filled episode features Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) as Nick and Hank's latest foe, the mysteriously named Woman in Black, and the answer to one of the season's major arcs. That could spell trouble for one of the characters, who will meet with a rather, ahem, grim, fate. Meanwhile, Juliette's job crosses over into Nick's cases, Rosalie and Monroe grow closer, and Capt. Renard's family is introduced.
What to Expect | Which docs passed their boards? Will someone say goodbye to Seattle Grace? What will happen to Cristina and Owen? So many questions, including the all-important one: Will we ever see Meredith and Derek's dream home? "I would have said 'yes' three days ago, but I went into the writer's room and totally dismantled the finale again, so I don't know," creator Shonda Rhimes recently said at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' "An Evening with Shonda Rhimes and Friends."
What to Expect | Harry faces some surprising emotions while planning her first husband’s funeral. The firm readies for a more happy occasion – it’s big end-of-year party – and Adam and Phoebe’s relationship is tested when they go up against each other in court.
Hart of Dixie
What to Expect | You’re invited to a wedding. But whose big day is it? "Somebody will be wearing a wedding dress at some point," star Scott Porter tells us. "Whether or not it's George and Lemon or Zoe or somebody else, I can't say. But somebody is wearing a dress." In fact, word is there are three wedding gowns!
What to Expect | The Grim Reaper hits paradise when one of the team's own is killed in the line of duty, sending them on a manhunt.
What to Expect | Olivia Wilde (Thirteen) and Kal Penn (Kutner) are among the alums set to return for the show’s swan song, the plot of which series creator David Shore prefers to keep under wraps. "The final four episodes are, to some extent, [part] of a piece," he explains. "But the last one is very, very much a much separate culmination of those episodes." Might the title of the April 30 episode, a.k.a. the launch of that formative arc, serve as a clue? It’s called “The C Word.”
How I Met Your Mother
May 14 (one hour)
What to Expect | Barney’s mystery bride — Is it Quinn? Robin? A surprise curveball? — is revealed as the former bachelor prepares to tie the knot. Feeling nostalgic, the gang reminisces about the time they encouraged Ted to go after the one that got away.
Law & Order: SVU
What to Expect | An underage escort is found dead at a high profile bachelor party. When the detectives press their investigation into her murder, they become targets in a war between two elite, very politically connected escort agencies.
What to Expect | Patrick Jane finds himself a love interest in Entourage beauty Emmanuelle Chriqui. Oh, and he also hits rock bottom after failing to defeat Red John (again) and shoots one of his own. No big deal.
What to Expect | Norm MacDonald and John Cullum return as Rusty Heck and Big Mike Heck. Previews creator Eileen Heisler: "The Hecks begrudgingly agree to host Rusty’s wedding at their house, and in this mad dash to the altar, the stress of trying to make their pathetic house presentable brings the entire family to the breaking point."
Mike & Molly
What to Expect | Wedding bells are ringing for Mike and Molly — but will they make it down the aisle?
What to Expect | Creator Gregory Poirier promises answers to the series’ ongoing mysteries. "I am as annoyed as anybody by mystery shows that [tell you to] tune in next season… to find out what happens," Poirier admitted in January. "This story will close by the end of the season, and you will have a strong idea where we're going next season." That’s if there’s a next season.
What to Expect | Don’t expect a cliffhanger ending to the show’s third season. Executive producer Steve Levitan says the finale will bring to a “satisfying conclusion” two major story arcs: Haley’s pursuit of college and Cam/Mitchell’s desire to adopt a baby.
What to Expect | Terrorism shakes Gibbs and his team to devastating extremes.
NCIS: Los Angeles
May 15 (two hours)
What to Expect | A criminal motivated by revenge — It’s not just for ABC! — draws the team into a deadly mind game. Oh, yeah, and there will be a significant fatality.
Aired May 8
What Happened | Nick changed his mind about moving out, Schmidt broke things off with Cece, and, in the end, everyone danced to AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long.”
What to Expect | Oh, that darn Percy. Nikita learns that her nemesis is planning to blackmail the President (24‘s Cameron Daddo), forcing her to infiltrate her old stomping grounds at Division. "The season is going to end in a big way," teases star Maggie Q. "I don't think fans are going to expect it either, which is good!"
Aired May 10
What Happened | Andy was given his job back thanks to erstwhile CEO David Wallace’s purchase of Dunder Mifflin — which essentially eliminated Sabre and any need for Robert California. (Nellie’s position, meanwhile, was spared.) And it was (finally!) reunion time for “Dwangela,” who reconnected — and kissed — after the beet farmer swiped some of Angela’s son’s DNA to prove that he is in fact the father.
Once Upon a Time
What to Expect | Could the episode’s title — "A Land Without Magic" — be hinting at a departure? "By the end of the season, we will get Emma to a place where she has to make some decisions about her future" in Storybrooke, teases executive producer Steve Pearlman. Meanwhile, co-creator Adam Horowitz hints that Mary Margaret and David's tortured romance is "building to something… that we're excited to share with you."
Parks and Recreation
Aired May 10
What Happened | The results are in and…. Leslie Knope is Pawnee’s newest city council member! Following an initial ballot flub, the sugar-loving Parks employee bested the doofy Bobby Newport and fulfilled her lifelong dream of holding political office. Her joy was briefly eclipsed when Ben received an offer to join a high-profile campaign in D.C., but the lovebirds resolved to make a long-distance relationship work. Elsewhere, April suggested Andy take his Bert Macklin persona to the next level and become a cop, and Ann and Tom drunkenly decided to give it another go — and move in together!
Person of Interest
What to Expect | Reese gets sequestered in a highly surveilled area with his POI. Finch, Carter, and Fusco must come to the rescue, fending off the FBI, corrupt cops, and old foes.
What to Expect | With a title like "Gone Baby Gone," expect lots of "twists and turns," says creator Shonda Rhimes. "There's just a real sense of growth for our characters, a sense of change. A lot of things come to a head that I don't know people were necessarily expecting to, and that's exciting. There are some real heartbreaking moments and some surprises. There are many developments romantically."
Aired April 17
What Happened | The return of Hope’s presumed-dead serial killer mother Lucy sets the stage for a hilariously ugly courtroom custody battle that ends with a jury ordering the Chance clan to hand the little girl over to her mom. But in the episode’s final moments, Lucy is flattened by a bus while attempting to murder Sabrina, prompting the judge to reunite Hope with her true family.
What to Expect | A cliffhanger, of course, not to mention a major death. "There are going to be a number of characters in jeopardy, and we will definitely have somebody not make it through," creator Mike Kelley teased to E! Online. It’s going to be a long summer.
Aired April 17
What Happened | The neo-noir thriller came to a dramatic climax when both twins’ betrayal of their respective loved ones was brought to light, with Andrew learning Bridget’s true identity and Henry catching on to Siobhan’s paternity con. And the truth just kept coming in the episode’s final moments, when Bridget finally discovered that her sister was in fact alive and had been looking to see her dead for the past seven months.
Rules of Engagement
What to Expect | Baby fever's got everyone in its grips when Jen throws Audrey a baby shower and Jeff finds himself really digging the expectant mother's maternity clothes. In another twist, Russell decides to give up women — to great results.
What to Expect | The latest of many twists in the Amanda Tanner case motivates Olivia and her team to take bold action in the name of revealing the truth and protecting one of their own.
The Secret Circle
Aired May 10
What Happened | Blackwell used Diana and Cassie’s power to reform the Crystal Skull before trapping them against their will. In order to kill their father, Cassie activated Diana’s dark magic. Charles sacrificed himself to save the Circle kids, absorbing the demons from Ebon. Diana left town to get away from Cassie and the darkness inside both of them, but four more Balcoin children were on their way to Chance Harbor. And Adam looked like he enjoyed the power of the Crystal Skull a little too much.
What to Expect | Nick Jonas returns as child star-turned-Bombshell investor Lyle West, per The Hollywood Reporter. Does that mean more troubles for the Marilyn musical, or does Lyle just want to expand his list of blonde conquests art collection? As reported by TVLine, the arrival of movie star Rebecca Duvall (played by Uma Thurman) will not cure all that ails Bombshell. No, not by a stretch. “We end this season at an out-of-town tryout, in Boston, and we still don’t know who’s gonna play Marilyn,” executive producer Neil Meron tells us. “It is going to be a cliffhanger!”
What to Expect | Get ready, because Tessa's mom is about to make her presence known. "We definitely have sort of opened that can of worms, so to speak," says creator Emily Kapnek, adding that the season ender "is inching us" toward meeting the woman who gave birth to the snappy heroine. Meanwhile, George’s allegiances are torn between his new girlfriend (Alicia Silverstone) and Dallas, who finds a surprising supporter in Tessa at the expense of her connection with her daughter. Adds Kapnek: “[Dallas] realizes that she has to put the same effort into her relationship with Dalia as she does with Tessa.”
What to Expect | The episode is titled "Survival of the Fittest," and it will take truly the best to save mankind. In order to stop the final phase of Dick Roman’s plan, Dean and Sam team with some old and new friends, including Castiel, Meg, Bobby and newcomer Kevin the prophet. As the two sides engage in a mind game to try to outsmart each other, expect plenty of surprise twists and a cliffhanger ending that leaves two fan faves in a very unexpected place.
Two and a Half Men
What to Expect | Former half man Jake graduates from high school and makes a big decision about what he wants to do next. Oh, how time flies.
Aired May 8
What Happened | A former Syracuse cop's (Combat Hospital's Elias Koteas) connection to the murder of a 14-year-old girl led Carrie and Al upstate to their old stomping grounds. Though he turned out to not be the man who killed Carrie’s sister years ago, he was in the woods at the time, and he carried a shellshocked young Carrie to safety afterward. At the end of the hour, the ex-cop’s files gave Carrie a brand-new lead on her sister’s murder — an RV with a Pegasus decal on the side.
The Vampire Diaries
Aired May 10
What Happened | Elena chose Stefan, but it was revealed that Damon had met her first that fateful day the Gilbert parents died and erased the memory of that moment. Alaric put a stake in Klaus, who took up residence in Tyler’s body with the help of Bonnie’s magic mojo. Thinking that Alaric had succeeded in killing her brother, Rebekah forced Matt and Elena’s car to dive off the bridge into the water. Elena drowned, but thanks to the vampire blood Meredith had put into her system earlier, she came back to life as the one thing she never wanted to be.