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May 2014 TV premieres, finales, movies, specials

By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol

RedEye

10:50 PM CDT, April 29, 2014

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May brings the season finales of many shows, but plenty of new and returning series that are worth watching begin this month.

Top of my list is Showtime's "Penny Dreadful," a mashup of monsters from classic literature and new characters; the return of Jack Bauer in Fox's "24: Live Another Day;" more ex-zombies in BBC America's thoughtful "In the Flesh;" and finally, the long-awaited movie adaptation of the AIDS crisis play "The Normal Heart" on HBO.

By the way, you can watch the premiere of "Penny Dreadful" right now by clicking this link to the YouTube site.

Here's a look at the premieres, finales, movies and specials airing in May. Something missing? Let me know.

Thursday, May 1
7 | "iHeartRadio Music Awards," NBC (special)
9 | "Vikings," History (season finale)
9 | "Portlandia," IFC (season finale)
9 | "Sirens," USA (season finale)

Friday, May 2
8 | "Kitchen Nightmares," Fox (season finale)
11 | "The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall," Comedy Central (special)

Saturday, May 3
12:30 | "Transformers Rescue Bots," Hub (2-part special premiere)
7 | "A Daughter's Nightmare," Lifetime (movie premiere; daughter fights to find missing mom)
9 | "OMG EMT!" TLC (series premiere; lives of emergency medical techs)

Sunday, May 4
8 | "Resurrection," ABC (season finale)
8 | "Everest Avalanche Tragedy," Discovery (special; rescue and recovery efforts after avalanche struck Khumbu Icefall)
8 | "Larrymania," mun2 (season 2 premiere)
9 | "The Bletchley Circle," PBS (season finale)
9 | "David Spade: My Fake Problems," Comedy Central (stand-up special)

Monday, May 5
7 | "24: Live Another Day," Fox (miniseries 2-hour premiere; Jack Bauer is back for 12 episodes)
7 | "2 Broke Girls," CBS (season finale)
7 | "The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife," Smithsonian (special; text fragment’s discovery and expert analysis)
8 | "The Tomorrow People," CW (season finale)
9 | "Louie," FX (season premiere)
9 | "Bates Motel," A&E (seaosn 2 finale)
9 | "Muhammad Ali," PBS ("Independent Lens" premiere; doc about Ali’s fight to overturn sentence for refusing U.S. military service)

Tuesday, May 6
7 | "Acting Funny," PBS ("Pioneers of Television" season finale)
8 | "New Girl," Fox (season finale)
8 | "The Lost Gardens of Babylon," PBS ("Secrets of the Dead" premiere; check local listings)
8 | "Alien Files," Destination America (season premiere)
8:30 | "The Mindy Project," Fox (season finale)
9 | "Alaskan Bush People," Discovery (series premiere; family lives deep in frozen wilderness)
9 | "Freakshow," AMC (season premiere; also 9:30 p.m.)
9 | "Love and Salsa," NUVOtv (series premiere; match-making competition)
10 | "Small Town Security," AMC (season premiere)

Wednesday, May 7
7 | "Wild Burma," Smithsonian (series premiere)
7 | "The Face," Oxygen (season finale)
9 | "Catfish: The TV Show," MTV (season premiere)
9 | "CSI," CBS (season finale)

Thursday, May 8
3 | "Dance y Electro Powered by 7UP," mun2 (series premiere; electronic dance music)
8 | "American Comedy Awards," NBC (special)
8 | "St. George," FX (season finale)
8 | "Two and a Half Men," CBS (season finale)
8:30 | "Surviving Jack," Fox (season finale)
9 | "Maron," IFC (season 2 premiere)
9:30 | "Comedy Bang! Bang!" IFC (season 3 premiere)

Friday, May 9
7 | "Unforgettable," CBS (season finale)
8 | "Hawaii Five-0," CBS (season finale)
9 | "Blue Bloods," CBS (season finale)

Saturday, May 10
9 & 9:30 a.m. | "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic," HUB (season finale)
7 p.m. | "El Rey Network Presents: The Director's Chair," El Rey (series premiere; director's go behind-the-scenes of shows, movies)
7 | "Mom's Day Away," Hallmark (movie premiere; mom feels unappreciated)
8 | "Iyanla: Fix My Life," OWN (season premiere)
9 | "In the Flesh," BBC America (season 2 premiere)

Sunday, May 11
6 | "Guy's Grocery Games," Food (season 2 premiere)
7 | "Once Upon a Time," ABC (season finale)
8 | "Rosemary's Baby," NBC (miniseries premiere; young couple's happiness threatened)
9 | "Penny Dreadful," Showtime (series premiere; literature's scariest creatures gather in Victorian London)
9 | "Revenge," ABC (season finale)¿¿Sunday, May 11
9 | "Oprah's Master Class," OWN (season premiere)

Monday, May 12
7 | "Star-Crossed," CW (season finale)
8 | "24: Live Another Day," Fox (regular time period premiere)
8 | "The (Dead Mothers) Club," HBO (doc premiere; daughters coping with early loss of parent)
9 | "The Blacklist," NBC (season finale)
9 | "Castle," ABC (season finale)
9 | "Let the Fire Burn," PBS ("Independent Lens" premiere; check local listings)
9 | "#BikerLive," Discovery (series premiere; bike builder competition)

Tuesday, May 13
7 | "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," ABC (season finale)
7 | "The Originals," CW (season finale)
7 | "Glee," Fox (season finale)
7 | "NCIS," CBS (season finale)
7 | "Coming Back with Wes Moore," PBS (3-part special premiere; U.S. vets return home)
7 | "Bad Girls Club," Oxygen (season 12 premiere)
8 | "Riot," Fox (series premiere; improv comedy)
8 | "The Goldbergs," ABC (season finale)
8 | "NCIS LA," CBS (season finale)
8:30 | "Trophy Wife," ABC (season finale)
9 | "Chicago Fire," NBC (season finale)
9 | "Person of Interest," CBS (season finale)

Wednesday, May 14
6 | "Stand Up Planet," Pivot & LinkTV (special; searching for stand-up comics around world)
7 | "Arrow," CW (season finale)
7 | "Leave it to Beavers," PBS ("Nature" premiere; check local listings)
7:30 | "Suburgatory," ABC (season finale)
8 | "Criminal Minds," CBS (season finale)
9 | "Nashville," ABC (season finale)
9 | "Legit," FX (season finale)
9 | "Kodiak," Discovery (4-part series; families make a living on remote Kodiak Island)
9:30 | "The Soul Man," TV Land (season finale)

Thursday, May 15
TTBA | "Park Bench," AOL (series premiere; 1st 4 episodes of talk show)
7 | "The Vampire Diaries," CW (season finale)
7 | "The Big Bang Theory," CBS (seaosn finale)
7:30 | "The Millers," CBS (season finale)
8 | "Rosemary's Baby," NBC (miniseries finale)
8 | "Reign," CW (season finale)
8 | "Grey's Anatomy," ABC (season finale)
9 | "Elementary," CBS (season finale)
9 | "The Carbonaro Effect," truTV (series premiere; magician tricks people)

Friday, May 16
7 | "Shark Tank," ABC (season finale)
8 | "Grimm," NBC (season finale)
8 | "Barbara Walters: Her Story," ABC (special)
8 | "Hart of Dixie," CW (season finale)
8 | "Kitchen Nightmares," Fox (season finale)

Saturday, May 17
7:15 | "2014 NBC Conference Semifinals," ABC (special)
10:30 | "Saturday Night Live," NBC (season finale with Andy Samberg hosting)

Sunday, May 18
6 | "Coldplay: Ghost Stories," NBC (special)
6 | "America's Funniest Home Videos," ABC (season finale)
6 | "Bob's Burgers," Fox (season finale)
6:30 | "American Dad," Fox (season finale)
7 | "The Simpsons," Fox (season finale)
7 | "2014 Billboard Music Awards," ABC (special)
7 | "The Amazing Race," CBS (season finale)
7:30 | "Family Guy," Fox (season finale)
8 | "The Good Wife," CBS (season finale)
8 | "Mr. Selfridge," PBS (season finale)
9 | "Those Who Kill," A&E (season finale)
9 | "The Mentalist," CBS (season finale)
9 | "Failure to Recall: Investigating GM," CNBC (special)
9 | "Caribbean's Deadly Underworld with Bob Ballard," Nat Geo (special; underwater faults)

Monday, May 19
TTBA | "Oh, You Pretty Things!" The Platform, NYLON TV and Maker Music web channels (series premiere; 20-somethings work for big break in underground LA music/fashion scene)
7 | "Bones," Fox (season 9 finale)
8 | "Warehouse 13," Syfy (series finale)
8 | "Mike & Molly," CBS (season finale)
8:30 | "The Bachelorette," ABC (season premiere)
9 | "The Maya Rudolph Show," NBC (comedy special)

Tuesday, May 20
7 | "American Idol," Fox (season finale part 1)
8 | "Supernatural," CW (season finale)
8 | "From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series," El Rey (season finale)
8 | "Dancing with the Stars," ABC (season finale)
8 | "ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops," CBS (special)
9:30 | "Chasing Maria Menounos," Oxygen (season finale)

Wednesday, May 21
7 | "The Middle," ABC (season finale)
7 | "Revolution," NBC (season finale)
7 | "Survivor," CBS (season finale, reunion show)
7 | "American Idol," Fox (season finale part 2)
8 | "Law & Order: SVU," NBC (season finale)
8 | "Modern Family," ABC (season finale)
8 | "Road Trip with G. Garvin," Cooking (season premiere)
8:30 | "Mixology," ABC (season finale)
9 | "The Americans," FX (season finale)
9 | "Chicago P.D." NBC (season finale)
9 | "Motive," ABC (season 2 premiere)
9 | "One Man's Trash," Ovation (series premiere; eco-artistic challenge)

Thursday, May 22
6 | "2014 National Geographic Bee," Nat Geo (special)
7 | "Labyrinth," CW (miniseries premiere; two women in two time periods search for Holy Grail)
7 | "The American Bible Challenge," GSN (season 3 premiere)
8 | "Gang Related," Fox (series premiere; LAPD task force fights gangs)
8 | "Last Comic Standing," NBC (season premiere)
8 | "LA Hair," WEtv (season 3 premiere)
9 | "Big Rig Bounty Hunters," History (series premiere;

Friday, May 23
7 | "Labyrinth," CW (miniseries finale)
8 | "Deep in the Darkness," Chiller (movie premiere; creatures control small town)
8 | "The Writer's Room," SundanceTV (season 2 finale)
9 | "Hannibal," NBC (season finale)
9 | "Chrome Underground," Discovery (series premiere; car collectors look for rare vehicles in deadly places)

Sunday, May 25
8 a.m. | "Marvel's Avengers Assemble," Disney XD (series premiere)
7 | "National Memorial Day Concert," PBS (special)
7 | "Bailando por Un Sueno," Univision (series premiere; dance competition)
8 | "The Normal Heart," HBO (movie; story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s)
9 | "Mad Men," AMC (season 7.0 finale)

Monday, May 26
7 | "Petals on the Wind," Lifetime (movie premiere; sequel to "Flowers in the Attic")
7 | "Masterchef," Fox (season premiere)
7 | "The Bachelorette," ABC (time period premiere)
7 | "The National Memorial Day Concert," PBS (special)
8 | "The World Wars," History (3-night miniseries; World Wars 1&2 seen as a contiguous timeline)
8 | "Chosin," AHC ("AHC Films" premiere; doc about survivors of the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War)
8 | "Bomb Girls: Facing the Enemy," Reelz (movie premiere; women of Victory Munitions)
8 | "American Ninja Warrior," NBC (season premiere)
8 | "Bizarre Foods America," Travel (season finale)
8 | "Hit the Floor," VH1 (season premiere)

Tuesday, May 27
7 | "America's Got Talent," NBC (season 9 premiere)
7 | "I Wanna Marry 'Harry'," Fox (series premiere; Prince Harry look-a-like fakes out women)
7 | "Extreme Weight Loss," ABC (season premiere)
8 | "Heroes of Cosplay," Syfy (season 1.5 premiere)
8 | "The Haves and the Have Nots," OWN (spring season premiere)
9 | "The Night Shift," NBC (series premiere; Army medics return to civilian work on hospital night shift)
9 | "The Wil Wheaton Project," Syfy (series premiere; sci-fi talk/comedy show)

Wednesday, May 28
7 | "So You Think You Can Dance," Fox (season premiere)
8 | "D-Day's Sunken Secrets," PBS ("Nova" premiere; check local listings)
9 | "Rogue," DirecTV Audience (season 2 premiere)

Thursday, May 29
2:01 a.m. | "Brave Miss World," Netflix (doc premiere; former Miss World fights for justice after a rape)
8 p.m. | "Undateable," NBC (series premiere; friends' dating trials, triumphs)
9 | "Big Ballet," Ovation (series premiere; doc series on plus-size dancers)
9 | "Our America with Lisa Ling," OWN (season premiere)

Friday, May 30
2:01 a.m. | "Derek," Netflix (season 2 premiere)
8 | "Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars," WEtv (series premiere)
9 | "Crossbones," NBC (series premiere; British spy/surgeon Tom Lowe matches wits with pirate Blackbeard)

Saturday, May 31
6 a.m. | "Teenage Fairytale Dropouts," HUB (series premiere; 3 friends living in Fairy Tale Estates)
8:30 a.m. | "Littlest Pet Shop," HUB (season premiere)
7 p.m. | "Bet On Your Baby," ABC (season premiere)
8 | "Da Vinci's Demons," Starz (season 2 finale)
8 | "Sing Your Face Off," ABC (series premiere; celebs trained to be musical icons)
8 | "The Color of Rain," Hallmark Movie Channel (movie premiere; widow and sons pick up pieces)
8 | "Mini Monsters," Discovery (special; tiny animals and insects)
10 | "South Beach Double Feature," Comedy Central (special; 2014 South Beach Comedy Festival)

 

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