Fall TV Premiere Schedule

September 11, 2008

I remember a time when the fall premieres last a week, maybe two.  Nowadays, the premieres go on for a couple months.  If you are like me it’s very hard to keep track of when your favorite shows return, let alone when the new shows start airing.

So in an effort to make your TV viewing pleasure easier, I’ve compiled a list of the premiere dates from various sources including TVGuide.com and TV Guide Magazine.  Hope this helps you find your favorites – new and old.

Thursday, September 11

8 p.m.
Hole in the Wall on Fox

9 p.m.
Kitchen Nightmares on Fox

Friday, September 12

9 p.m.
Don’t Forget the Lyrics! on Fox

Saturday, September 13

11 p.m.
Mad TV on Fox

11:35 p.m.
Saturday Night Live on NBC

Tuesday, September 14

9 p.m.
House on Fox

Thursday, September 18

8 p.m.
Survivor: Gabon on CBS
Smallville on CW

9 p.m.
Supernatural on CW

Sunday, September 21

7 p.m.
In Harm’s Way on CW

8 p.m.
Valentine on CW

9 p.m.
Easy Money on CW

Monday, September 22

8 p.m.
Dancing with the Stars on ABC
The Big Bang Theory on CBS

8:30 p.m.
How I Met Your Mother on CBS

9 p.m.
Heroes on NBC
Two and a Half Men on CBS

9:30 p.m.
Worst Week on CBS

10 p.m.
Boston Legal on ABC
CSI: Miami on CBS

Tuesday, September 23

8 p.m.
Opportunity Knocks on ABC
NCIS on CBS

9 p.m.
The Mentalist on CBS

10 p.m.
Without a Trace on CBS
Law & Order:SVU on NBC

Wednesday, September 24

8 p.m.
New Adventures of Old Christine on CBS
Knight Rider on NBC

8:30 p.m.
Gary Unmarried on CBS

9 p.m.
Criminal Minds on CBS

10 p.m.
CSI: New York on CBS
Lipstick Jungle on NBC

Thursday, September 25

8 p.m.
Ugly Betty on ABC
My Name is Earl on NBC

9 p.m.
Grey’s Anatomy on ABC
The Office on NBC

10 p.m.
ER on NBC

Sunday, September 28

7 p.m.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on ABC

8 p.m.
Amazing Race 13 on CBS
The Simpsons on FOX

8:30 p.m.
King of Hill on Fox

9 p.m.
Desperate Housewives on ABC
Cold Case on CBS
Family Guy on Fox
Dexter on Showtime

9:30 p.m.
American Dad on Fox

10 p.m.
Brothers & Sisters on ABC
The Unit on CBS
Californication on Showtime

Monday, September 29

8 p.m.
Chuck on NBC

10 p.m.
Life on NBC (airs Monday and Fridays through Oct. 10 and moves to Fridays)

Wednesday, October 1

8 p.m.
Pushing Daisies on ABC
Friday Night Lights on DirecTV (doesn’t return to NBC on Fridays until midseason)

9 p.m.
Private Practice on ABC

10 p.m.
Dirty Sexy Money on ABC

Friday, October 3

8 p.m.
Wife Swap on ABC
Ghost Whisperer on CBS
Everybody Hates Chris on CW

8:30 p.m.
The Game on CW

9 p.m.
Supernanny on ABC
The Ex List on CBS

10 p.m.
Numbers on CBS

Monday, October 6

9:30 p.m.
Samantha Who? on ABC

Thursday, October 9

8:30 p.m.
Kath & Kim on NBC

9 p.m.
CSI on CBS

9:30 p.m.
Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday on NBC

10 p.m.
Life on Mars on ABC
Eleventh Hour on CBS

Friday, October 10

10 p.m.
The Starter Wife on USA

Monday, October 13

10 p.m.
My Own Worst Enemy on NBC

Tuesday, October 14

10 p.m.
Eli Stone on ABC

Friday, October 17

8 p.m.
Crusoe on NBC

Wednesday, October 29

9 p.m.
Stylista on CW

Thursday, October 30

9:30 p.m.
30 Rock on NBC

Sunday, November 2

7:30 p.m.
Surviving Suburbia on CW

Already Premiered

Sunday
True Blood on HBO at 9 p.m.
Entourage on HBO at 10 p.m.

Monday
Gossip Girl on CW at 8 p.m.
Prison Break on Fox at 9 p.m.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles on Fox at 8 p.m.
One Tree Hill on CW at 9 p.m.
Raising the Bar on TNT at10 p.m.

Tuesdays
90210 on CW at 8 p.m.
The Biggest Loser: Families on NBC at 8 p.m.
Fringe on Fox at 9 p.m.
Greek on ABC Family at 9 p.m.
Privileged on CW at 9 p.m.
The Shield on FX at 10 p.m.

Wednesday
Bones on Fox at 8 p.m.
America’s Next Top Model on CW at 8 p.m.
Deal or No Deal on NBC at 9 p.m.
 ‘Til Death on Fox at 9 p.m.
Do Not Disturb on Fox at 9:30 p.m.

Friday
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader on Fox at 8 p.m.

What show are you most looking forward to returning?  Supernatural and Chuck tops my list.

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Five Season Finales Sure to Keep Fans in Suspense

May 12, 2008

Just last month our favorite shows returned from the hiatus forced by the writer’s strike and now it’s already time for the shortened seasons to come to an end.  But which series season finales promise the most bang for our buck?

This season fans will have to bid good bye to more than their shows for the summer.  Several series will be saying farewell to longtime characters – or at least these characters’ fates hang in the balance.

Beware:  the following might contain spoilers.

Here’s my list of the Top 5 Season Finales to watch:

1.  Supernatural

Dean’s (Jensen Ackles) deal with the crossroads demon from last year’s explosive finale finally comes due this week.  But holding the contract is Lilith (Rachel Pattee), the newest bad ass on the block and she’s gunning for Sam (Jared Padelecki).  Can the Winchester brothers defeat this pint-sized demon with enormous power?  Will Dean find a way out of the contract without sacrificing Sam or will he join the demons he hates in Hell?  And if Dean is hellbound, can Sam survive without him? 

I’ve heard no word that Ackles is leaving the show (in fact, I’ve heard he wants to stay) and I can’t image Supernatural without Dean, but I have a feeling the executive producer Eric Kripke isn’t going to give Dean an easy out on this deal.  Expect an exciting hour with killer music, the return of Ruby (Katie Cassidy) and one very big cliffhanger.  The Season 4 finale airs May 15 at 9 p.m. on CW.

2.  NCIS

Rumors have been flying since this show returned in April that one of the main characters will not be returning in the fall.  The absence of Director Jenny Shepard (Lauren Holly) in the “Stakeout” episode where Ducky (David McCullum) handles some blood work for the director has many speculating that Shepard is on her way out.

But this fifth season death won’t be from any long-term disease.  It’ll be murder and from what I’ve read it’ll be a tragedy that devastates the entire team in the two-hour finale.  We seen many of the characters put in jeopardy during the last few weeks, but my money is still on the director.  But we’ll have to wait until the finale airs on May 20 at 8 p.m. on CBS to find out.

3.  Bones

I’ve read that in the Season 4 premiere that Dr. Brennan (Emily Deschanel) will be looking for a new full-time forensic anthropologist.  But just why is Bones looking for a new staff member?  Well, the Gormogon killer returns for the season finale and all the clues point to an insider in the Jeffersonian.  Will the killer off one of Bones’ own team before Booth (David Boreanaz) can find him or could one of the team members be the killer?

If a serial killer in the lab isn’t enough, Angela’s (Michaela Conlin) long-lost husband shows up.  Will his perfectness be enough to drive Hodgins (T.J. Thyne) to homicide or will Angela finally get the divorce that she wants (she still wants it, right?)?  The third season finale airs on May 19 at 8 p.m. on Fox.

4.  Numb3rs

If this year’s season finale is anything like the Season 3 finale we are in for one helluva ride.  Last year’s finale was by far one of the best season finales on TV last season.  On Friday, we will hopefully learn more about Megan’s (Diane Farr) mysterious personal leave that sent her to the East Coast in the last episode before we bid her character farewell.

But Megan’s exit seems minor compared to a case that is about to set the Eppes brothers at odds.  While Don (Rob Morrow) and the FBI deal with a potential terrorist attack, it’s a battle of knowledge vs. security that Don will wage with his brother Charlie (David Krumholtz). Season 4 concludes on May 16 at 10 p.m. on CBS.

5.  CSI

For the last three seasons, the season finale has found a member of the CSI team in peril – last year Sara (Jorja Fox) was kidnapped by the miniature killer, the year before Brass (Paul Guilfoyle) was in surgery after being shot and in Season 5 Nick (George Eads) was buried alive.  But this year, Warrick (Gary Dourdan) is in jeopardy – and I have the feeling that he’s not going to fare as well as his teammates.

We already know that Dourdan is leaving the show, we just don’t know yet how.  In the season finale, Warrick is once again in trouble – this time he’s a suspect for murder of a big-time Vegas gangster.  Is Warrick headed for lock up or will he be a victim of retaliation?  The eighth season finale airs May 15 on CBS at 9 p.m.

And one series finale that I’m not looking forward to – Smallville.

In its seventh season, Smallville is about to loose the best villain on TV at a time when it is already showing its age.  I’ve already talked about how Smallville needed to take the next step and let Clark Kent (Tom Welling) don his cape.  I was hoping to see Clark make the transition to Superman in this season finale – and what I thought would be a series finale. 

But due to the shortened season, the powers that be have granted this superhero another season.  But the eighth season looks to be a shell of the former series.  The series already lost Lionel Luthor (John Glover) earlier this year.  And word has it that Clark’s arch nemesis Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) and his high school sweetheart Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk) will not be returning as regular cast in the fall.  And now there’s a possibility that we’re losing Chloe (Allison Mack) too.  Add that to the fact that the show will also lose the two men behind the show – Alfred Gough and Miles Millar – next season and it doesn’t bode well for the future of the show.  However, if you’d like to see what Lex has in store for Clark before he parts, tune in to the season finale on May 15 at 8 p.m. on the CW.

What series finale are you most looking forward to?  Which characters will you miss the most?


NCIS Returns with a New Mystery

April 9, 2008

Last night marked the return of post-strike NCIS with the first new episode in almost three months.  While the characters themselves might seem a little off their mark, it’s the drama behind the scenes that has everyone wondering what is going on.

In “Stakeout” we find our heroes on what appears to be a boredom-filled stakeout.  Or is it a scene from a movie?  At least Ziva David (Cote de Pablo) thinks so.  If we needed proof that she’s embracing American cinema, then look no further than her pranks on Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly).

But it’s the whole gang that gets duped when high-dollar classified equipment gets stolen under their noses.  It’s not often the highly skilled and unflappable Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) gets fooled.

The case was interesting.  But it was easy to guess that the BMW the inquisitive Tim McGee (Sean Murray) fixated on during the stakeout was going to be the key.

But despite the intriguing story, I was still scanning the show for clues as to who would be exiting the show, news leaked by TV Guide yesterday.

I eliminated Gibbs off the bat.  The show just wouldn’t be the same without him and besides they got show creator Don Bellisario to step down last season to keep Harmon.

Nothing seemed out of the ordinary with Ziva or McGee.  And I can’t imagine the show without the quirky goth lab tech Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette), so that’s three more down.

But DiNozzo was quick to jump on the city’s murder case, even before he found out that it was part of the NCIS investigation.  Is he possibly he’s missing life on the homicide beat?  Will he leave to go back to the police force?

No, I don’t think so.  TV Guide called the cast departure a “major freakin’ twist.”  DiNozzo leaving for another job is not a major twist.

Maybe DiNozzo leaves for another reason.  He did seem to find his perfect match in Detective Andrea Sparr (Gretchen Egolf).  The confirmed bachelor DiNozzo resigning from NCIS to begin a life as a married man would shock us all for sure.

Then I thought maybe the mild-mannered medical examiner Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard might be leaving do to an illness or even – gasp – death because throughout the show he was running a secret medical evaluation on someone. 

But at the last minute we learn his covert actions weren’t a self diagnosis, but a favor for Director Jenny Shepard (Lauren Holly).

The director, who was out of the country, was conveniently absent from this episode (could that be what TV Guide meant by “NCIS star goes AWOL?”).

If indeed the story of the cast departure broke because of Holly’s absence, then it makes sense Shepard’s days on the show might be numbered.

But I don’t think Shepard is sick or dying.  Ducky never said that the blood was the director’s.  Instead I still think that she is investigating her father’s faked death and his location.

I hear that Shepard’s nemesis La Grenouille will turn up in another episode later this season.  I suspect that if Shepard leaves the show, it’ll be a result of a run-in with La Grenouille and/or her father.

What did you think of the episode?  Who do you think is leaving the show and why?  Will the show be able to survive without him/her?  If it is the director, who should replace her?

 


Your Favorite Shows Are Finally Back, How Did You Survive?

April 8, 2008

Normally April brings warm showers and the first signs of spring.  But it’s bitterly cold and dreary here.  But nonetheless, I’m singing like a bird.  Because this April marks the return of our favorite television shows after a much too long hiatus brought on by the writer’s strike.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m doing a little happy dance (no video of said dance will be included) because finally television as we know is returning.  And even the threat of an actor’s strike will not overshadow my joy this month.

But in all honesty, I found plenty to do in the absence of my favorite shows.  I cleared off my DVR (it is now primed and ready for the April onslaught of shows), I watched BBC America (who knew I’d like British dramas), I read and read some more (including books on my favorite shows like Supernatural and Heroes), I’ve had plenty of field trips with my kids to museums and parks, and I’ve caught up on last summer’s blockbusters on DVD.

In fact, I’ve enjoyed a little break from my TV set.  But the break is over and I happily welcome the return of my shows.

Here’s a breakdown of the returning shows (source:  TV Guide):

Mondays:

8 p.m.

The Big Bang Theory on CBS, Returned March 17

Bones on Fox, Returns April 14

Gossip Girl on CW, Returns April 21

8:30 p.m.

How I Met Your Mother on CBS, Returned March 17

9 p.m.

Two and a Half Men on CBS, Returned March 17

House on Fox, Returns April 28

9:30 p.m.

Samantha Who? On ABC, Returned April 7

Rules of Engagement on CBS, Returns April 14

10 p.m.

CSI Miami on CBS, Returned March 24

Tuesdays:

 

8 p.m.

NCIS on CBS, Returns April 8

9 p.m.

Shark on CBS, Returns April 29

10 p.m.

Boston Legal on ABC, Returns April 8

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on NBC, Returns April 14

Women’s Murder Club on ABC, Returns April 29

Wednesdays:

8 p.m.

‘Til Death on Fox, Returns April 15

8:30 p.m.

Back to You on Fox, Returns April 16

9 p.m.

Criminal Minds on CBS, Returned April 2

10 p.m.

CSI:NY on CBS, Returned on April 2

Law & Order on NBC, Returns April 23

Thursday:

8 p.m.

My Name is Earl on NBC, Returned April 3

Smallville on CW, Returns April 17

Ugly Betty on ABC, Returns April 24

8:30 p.m.

30 Rock on NBC, Returns April 10

9 p.m.

CSI on CBS, Returned April 3

The Office on NBC, Returns April 10

Supernatural on CW, Returns April 24

Grey’s Anatomy on ABC, Returns April 24

9:30 p.m.

Scrubs on NBC, Returns April 10

10 p.m.

Without a Trace on CBS, Returned April 3

ER on NBC, Returns April 10

Lost on ABC, Returns April 24

Friday:

8 p.m.

Ghost Whisperer on CBS, Returned April 4

9 p.m.

Moonlight on CBS, Returns April 25

10 p.m.

Numbe3rs on CBS, Returned April 4

Sunday:

8:30 p.m.

Aliens in America on CW, Returns April 27

9 p.m.

The Game on CW, Returned March 23

Cold Case on CBS, Returned March 30

Desperate Housewives on ABC, Returns April 13

10 p.m.

Brothers & Sisters on ABC, Returns on April 20

The schedule looks a bit thin, but I think we will all take what we can get.  Mondays and Thursdays seem to be the nights that will pack the biggest punch.

How did you survive the strike?  What returning show are you looking forward to the most?


Top 10 Season Finales I Can’t Wait to Watch

May 10, 2007

Season finales are all about climax, closure and cliffhangers.  However, this season I feel like several shows have been building towards the season finale all year long.  Others, in a more traditional fashion, will leave us hanging until the fall.  Here are the Top 10 season finales that I’ll be scheduling time on the couch for and queuing the DVR.  **Be forewarned the text below might contain some spoilers.**

Supernatural:  “All Hell Breaks Loose”
Dean and SamIn this two-part finale, the Winchester boys are once again facing the yellow-eyed demon (Frederic Lehne).  We’ve been leading up to this moment since this big bad took their father earlier in the season.  After last season’s battle in the finale we knew it was just a matter of time before Dean (Jensen Ackles)  and Sam (Jared Padalecki) came face to face with their nemesis again. 

Throughout this season, the boys have met others, like Sam, that are being targeted by the yellow-eyed demon, during the finale we’ll see a couple of them again, including Ava (Katharine Isabelle) from Episode 10 “Hunted” and Andy (Gabriel Tigerman) from Episode 5 “Simon Said.”  We’ll also meet a few more, such as Jake (Aldis Hodge) and Lilly (Jessica Harmon), when Sam is abducted by the yellow-eyed demon and brought to an abandoned town to begin the big battle to end the human race.

Separated from Sam, Dean enlists help from fellow hunters Bobby (Jim Beaver) and Ash (Chad Lindberg) to save his brother and stop the demon.  But who is really on the Winchester brothers’ sides?  And who will betray them in the end?

If that isn’t enough action for you, both Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Samantha Smith will be on hand to reprise their roles as Dean and Sam’s parents, John and Mary Winchester.  How exactly two dead people will be in the finale episode opens up even more questions.  What really happened to Mama Winchester mom?  And is John truly dead?

It’ll be an exciting two hours.  And if this show doesn’t get picked up for a third season, we’ll know the yellow-eyed demon got to someone at CW.  The first part airs on Thursday, May  10 with the final hours hitting the screen on May 17.

Heroes: “How to Stop an Exploding Man”
This series has been building towards this “explosive” finale since the first episode.  As an audience, we are starting to see the pieces fall in place as the various heroes converge on New York to either stop or assure the success of an exploding man.  In my opinion, I think we are going to be seeing where some loyalties lie.

For instance, I still haven’t figured out where Angela Petrelli’s (Cristina Rose) allegiance are.  I’m pretty sure that she and her husband were once a part of Linderman’s justice league-type organization, but she doesn’t seem to relish those days.  So why would she allow her son Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) to buy into Linderman’s plan?  Does she see something in those premonition dreams she has that we don’t know about?  Or does the truth we learn about Nathan and Peter’s father in “Landslide” play a role?

I have a feeling that the older generation of heroes will play a big part in this finale and that we haven’t seen everyone’s powers yet.  We know that Hiro’s dad will return, with a few surprises of his own, to help Hiro (Masi Oka) in “Landslide.”  We know at one time Kaito Nakamura (George Takei) worked with Linderman, but is he still?

I also hear also haven’t seen the last of Simon Deveaux (Tawny Cypress) or her father, Charles (Richard Roundtree), a former patient of Peter (Milo Ventimiglia).  My guess is that it isn’t a coincidence that so much has happened on the top of the Deveaux Building.

Will they stop the exploding man?  Will it be Peter?  Will Hiro kill Sylar (Zachary Quinto) or will someone else?  Or does Sylar live?  Will Bennett (Jack Coleman) and company be able to destroy the Walker system when they realize it’s a little girl?  Or did Bennett already know?  

Need to catch up on a few episodes, check out the Heroes marathon on Sci Fi on May 19 or for a sneak preview checkout the TV Guide Channel Special “Heroes:  Final Super Secrets on May 15 at 8 p.m.

I can’t wait to find out these answers and more when the finale airs on May 21.  Not to mention, I am on the edge of my seat to find out what is in store for next season.  Let’s just hope it’s minus the long breaks between chapters. 

How I Met Your Mother:  “Something Blue”
One of the few sitcoms I watch, this show has kept me in stitches all season.  In “Something Borrowed,” we saw Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) finally say their I Dos.  And Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) learn that the phrase “It’s for the Bride” will get him almost anything.  Now, the finale is all about the reception.

Or is it about the secret that Ted (Josh Radnor) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) have?  A secret that will send Barney into a frenzy to find out.  I hear the secret involves free champagne and an engagement ring.  Could we finally get a hint at the elusive mother from the title?

Here’s another fun show that needs to be renewed.  Characters like these are golden and will be missed after the finale airs on May 14.

Bones: “The Stargazer in the Puddle”
If sexy Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) and his partner Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan (Emily Deschanel) aren’t enough to get you to tune into this drama, check out the cool murder cases.  Of course, the season finale will include one of the stranger cases when Bones and company try to identify the remains of a female.  But there’s conflicting data about the person’s age — like 60+ years difference.

And despite Angela’s (Michaela Conlin) refusal of Hodgins’ (T.J. Thyne) proposal in “Spaceman in the Crater,” the pair came to an agreement about their future in “The Glowing Bones in the Old Stone House.”  Therefore, there will be a wedding in the finale, complete with an appearance of Angela’s dad (Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top).  But will Angela make it down the aisle?

Likewise, Angela’s dad will not be the only father in the finale.  Bones’ dad, Max (Ryan O’Neal) returns with more information about Brennan’s past including a 1993 video of her mother.  What revelations does Max bring?  Why would Booth come to blows with him?

We’ll have to wait until the finale airs on May 16 to find out.

Smallville: “Phantom”
Clark and LanaOur favorite superhero’s epic battle with arch nemesis Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) will finally come to a head in the sixth season closer.  But the biggest news is that at least one person is going to die during this episode.

According to E!Online, the big death will be one of the four main characters — Clark (Tom Welling), Lex, Lana (Kristin Kreuk) or Chloe (Allison Mack).  Well since I know the Smallville will have at least one more season, I can’t see the producers killing off Clark or Lex.  That leaves Lana or Chloe.  I hope it’s Lana.  Since she’s started dating Lex, I can’t stand Lana.  Gone is the sweet girl next door, replaced by a conniving witch.  Don’t get me wrong I’m not against villains.  In fact I love to hate Lex and am impressed at how they transformed Lex from Clark’s friend to his rival.  But watching Lana grates my last nerve.

Hopefully, Chloe won’t be the victim.  In the beginning I didn’t care for her character, but over the last couple years she’s really grown on me, especially since she found her own beau, photographer Jimmy Olsen (Aaron Ashmore).  Besides, we finally get to find out what her meteor freak power is in this episode.  I hear that she’ll have something in common with someone over at Heroes and that Lois (Erica Durance) is key to the manifestation of this power.

Aside from rounding up the last of the escapees from the Phantom Zone, Clark will be busy tracking down Lionel (John Glover) when he finds out how he blackmailed Lana into marrying Lex.

This finale, which airs May 17, has cliffhanger written all over it.   

Lost:  “Through the Looking Glass”
I personally have been satisfied happy with the flow of this series in the second half of this season.  The producers have dealt out quite a few answers lately.  But some fans (me) are never quite satisfied and are always hungry for more answers.  The finale should dish out a few more answers, if not a couple of deaths.

We’ve been teased with the idea of a rescue from Naomi (Marsha Thomason) and her cohorts.  But since we just learned that Lost will have three more season, I’m going out on a limb here and saying the castaways will not be rescued. ;-P  On a side note, I think it’s great that we now have an end date for the series.  I can now sigh a little relief knowing that the answers will come by 2010 and that I’ll get some closure without an unexpected cancellation (you can’t tell that I’m still bitter about Drive).

Since I’ve learned that just when I think I understand Lost, it throws me a curveball, I won’t even guess at the finale.  But I hear there’s a big smack down between Jack (Mathew Fox) and at least one other castaway that might divide the residents on the beach.  And of course, expect another showdown with the Others.  Hopefully, it’ll come with some more answers about Dharma Initiative.

Need a Lost refresher, check out “Lost: The Answers” on ABC on May 17 at 10:07 p.m. before the two-hour finale airs on May 23.  Get your fix while you can, I hear that Lost won’t return until January 2008 with an uninterrupted run a la 24.

Grey’s Anatomy:  “Didn’t We Almost Have It All” 
Grey’s AnatomyThis medical drama with a very hot cast is expected to finish its third season with lots of surgery and lots of sex.  Relationships on all fronts seem to have juicy tidbits this episode.

With the pilot for Private Practice out of the way, we are back to life at Seattle Grace where the interns are finishing their first year by getting the results of their big exams.  I hear one didn’t do so well.  We also find out who is the new chief.  Just a guess, but I don’t think Addison (Kate Walsh) got it.

I am personally looking forward to seeing Cristina (Sandra Oh) and Burke (Isaiah Washington) head down the aisle.  Cristina, who often gets the best lines, should be a riot in the big traditional wedding the mothers have planned.  The big question is if the will actually go through it.  And if not, who calls it quits?

Speaking of marriage, Callie (Sara Ramirez) and George (T.R. Knight) are suppose to come to some resolution about theirs.  Jane Doe/Ava (Elizabeth Reaser) will find out she is married.  But why hasn’t dear hubby been looking for her?

And although I don’t know if she turns up in the finale, I hear McDreamy’s new friend from the bar (Chyler Leigh) in “Testing 1-2-3” will be back next season.   Yeah, just what we need — more drama for Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek (Patrick Dempsey).  I’m actually ready for them to move on.

This cliffhanger airs May 17.

Numbers:  “The Janus List”
This drama has been a nice break from all the serial dramas I watch.  The fun characters and intrigue are more than enough to entertainment when I can’t understand the math — and I’m not bad a math.  The third season promises to close with a lot of action.

I’m not clear on the details of the finale, but I hear it involves poison, a mad bomber on a bridge, a CIA cover-up (or is it a FBI secret) and a distressed Megan (Diane Farr) is back from her mystery assignment.

Hopefully we’ll have time to dive into the brothers personal lives too.  I’d really like to see Charlie (David Krumholtz) and Amita (Navi Ramat) move their relationship to the next level.  I know that he’s a little short on social skills, but geez Charlie, make a move already.  Non-committal brother, Don (Rob Morrow) also needs a little personal time.

Catch the Epps brothers in action in the season ender on May 18.

NCIS:  “Angel of Death”
Normally full of self-contained episodes, NCIS has had several storylines that have played out through the whole season all full of secrets.  This finale promises to unravel these secrets.

What will happen to the team when these secrets are revealed?  With the future of the series up for grabs, I hope they wrap up the storylines on May 22 rather than leave us with a huge cliffhanger.

Price is Right: “Million Dollar Spectacular”
You can stop laughing now.  I love The Price is Right, much to my husband’s chagrin.  My college roommate and I used to plan our classes so that we could meet back in our dorm for lunch and our dose of TPIR.  We always talked about heading to California for spring break one year so we could be contestants on TPIR.  We didn’t make it, but it was fun to dream.

Bob Barker, 83, is the ultimate game show host, the host by which all others are measured.  So I think it’s only appropriate that after 35-years, they give him on a proper send off on prime time. 

Catch Barker’s last call “to come on down” on May 16.  And for you die hard fans, you can take in the tribute “Bob Barker: A Celebration of 50 Years on Television” on May 17.