The team’s chances at Regionals are threatened when Sue pulls a fast one; Quinn’s life is forever changed.
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‘Glee’: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Don’t Stop Believin” rock the ‘Glee’ finale
The first season of “Glee” has come to an end, and I have three initial thoughts: 1) I’m not kidding about that Queen episode, Ryan Murphy; 2) If Jane Lynch doesn’t get an Emmy there is no justice in this world; and 3) I started the season with pretty high expectations, and “Glee” surpassed them by a mile.
Regionals: After discovering that Sue will be a judge at Regionals, our heroes immediately start bewailing the Glee Club’s demise. The other judges on the “celebrity” panel are a still-hilarious Josh Groban, Olivia Newton-John (who’s dead to Sue), and news anchor Rod Remington. “Aural Intensity” (…really?) is first up, performing a Groban/ONJ mashup that we regrettably don’t get to see.
Inspired by the kids’ performance in the beginning of the season, Will chooses a Journey medley as New Directions’ piece. Seriously, what have they been rehearsing all season? Songs for when they sing at the mall and retirement homes? (Ah, choir memories…) They begin with “Faithfully,” performed with beautiful harmonies and powerful vocals by Rachel and Finn, who pulls a “Cutting Edge” and confesses his love to Rachel seconds before they go on. Aww!
The group moves into an energetic “Any Way You Want It” and “Touchin’ Lovin’ Squeezin’.” They close with “Don’t Stop Believin’,” the song that hooked me on the show from the beginning (well, that and Emma’s joke about Rachel’s lack of gag reflex, which proved this wasn’t just a musical version of “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”). Puck and Santana share a verse, and Puck gets a big cheer from the extremely enthusiastic crowd.
New Directions puts on a tough act to follow, but Vocal Adrenaline is more than up to the task. In a blatant (and successful) attempt to win my favor, they perform “Bohemian Rhapsody,” with Jonathan Groff absolutely killing on lead vocals. Say what you will about Jesse, but the man can SING. They’re certainly more choreographed than New Directions, which I suppose you can say lacks soul (Rachel certainly believes it does — or at least that Jesse does), but you’ve gotta admit it was an awesome performance.
At judging, Sue initially doesn’t care who comes in first or second, but has “a very strong opinion about who comes in third.” Rod votes for Vocal Adrenaline based on the fact that he partied “hard” with Freddie Mercury back in the 70′s — you know, when labels weren’t so important. ONJ votes for Aural Intensity, since they’re the only group that chose to “honor her in song.” It’s unfortunate — I can tell she’s funny, but without the ability to form realistic facial expressions, ONJ just can’t land the punch lines as hard as she’d otherwise be able to.
At any rate, Josh Groban thinks New Directions had heart. ONJ disagrees — not only were they SO 2009 with their “ragtag bunch of misfits” brand of tokenism, but they dressed like a “poor person’s school” to boot. Plus, everyone knows brunettes have no place in show business. Ha! (And ouch.)
Sue actually steps up to remind everyone that they’re ragging on kids, but ONJ doesn’t relent — talent is talent, and Sue doesn’t even have any, for that matter. She’s no celebrity — she just tries hard. Ouch. Rod agrees, calling Sue and the New Directions kids “underachievers with delusions of grandeur.” Double ouch. Even Josh Groban is confused as to why Sue’s a judge in the first place when they’re all supposed to be celebrities. Snaaaap.
Results time! Sue: “Thank you all for coming. As you all know, Glee Club is such an important- and I honestly can’t even finish that sentence. So let’s just get to it.” The “not at all stupidly-named Aural Intensity” are runners-up, while the top prize goes to Vocal Adrenaline. New Directions doesn’t even place. Aww. I hope they learned a valuable lesson about how Queen is always the right decision.
The Aftermath: Stripped of their choir room, the Glee kids all gather in the auditorium to thank Will for the myriad ways he’s helped them all. It’s seriously touching, especially when Finn basically calls Will his surrogate father. They “won” because Will was their teacher (cheesy but sweet), and thanks to him, Glee Club won’t ever die. Um, except in the literal sense? And they sing a very appropriate “To Sir, With Love.” Even Santana is crying! And so is Sue as she watches from the back of the auditorium.
Sue won’t admit it to Will, but she actually voted for New Directions, putting Vocal Adrenaline in last place, even! She tells him that she doesn’t want a world where she can’t constantly ridicule his hair, or make fun of him for “tearing up more than Michael Landon on a sweeps week episode of ‘Little House on the Prairie.’” Ha!
And so Sue’s demanded that Figgins give Glee Club another year, telling Will she admires him and his work with the kids (and relishes the thought of another year of constantly besting him). One last threat to puke in his mouth as he thanks her, and she’s off. Man, I’m definitely going to miss my weekly Sue fix this summer. Can we get all the local FOX stations to air a “Sue’s Corner” each week, at the very least?
After telling the kids the good news, Will treats them to a song of their own: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Random choice, but very pretty. He plays a … ukulele? And Puck accompanies him on normal-sized guitar and sings backup. I can’t wait to explore the secondary characters even more next season — one of the show’s biggest strengths is the depth of its roster, and there’s still plenty more to be mined there. Puck and Santana both have fantastic and underused singing voices, for example.
A Gleek is Born: Quinn goes into labor right after the New Directions performance, bringing Mercedes and Puck to the hospital along with her mom, who’s taking Quinn back now that her dad is kicked out for having an affair with some “tattooed freak.” It was kind of cheesy and obvious, but I really loved the cuts back and forth between “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Quinn’s labor. I mean, if you’re gonna do it, you’d better really go for it, right? I also loved Puck during the whole ordeal, listening to Quinn yelling about how much he sucks and looking super grossed out when he sees the baby coming.
Based on the flashback we got of Beth’s conception, the “you suck” is totally deserved — Puck is basically pouring wine coolers down Quinn’s throat, assuring her he’s got protection and that she’s not just another hookup. Not that Quinn wasn’t responsible for it too, but Puck kind of does suck. Or did suck, at least. Seems like he’s cleaned up his act a little since then.
Beth is a beautiful little girl in the way that only newborn TV babies can be, and she’s snapped up right away by a loving mom: Shelby! As Shelby told Rachel after she asked Shelby to come co-coach at McKinley, she needs more in life than just coaching Glee Club — her experience with Rachel helped her to realize that. She doesn’t want to miss out on the chance for a family again, and so she adopts Beth.
Hmm. While I’m certainly happy with the development, I’m a little skeptical that there wasn’t already an adoption arranged since that was the plan all along, and I’m surprised that Shelby was able to adopt so quickly. But on a show where characters randomly break into song, I can’t really complain about the lack of realism, can I?
Will vs. The Dentist: Will visits Emma early in the episode for guidance on how to deal with Sue. Emma provides said guidance, but also mentions that she’s been seeing her dentist. Hmm. On the one hand, it makes sense that she’d want to date someone who cleans teeth for a living. On the other hand, it seems like she wouldn’t want to date someone who puts his hands in strangers’ mouths all day. Maybe that’s why they haven’t done it yet (and seriously, I can’t believe Will asked).
After Regionals, Emma gets into a screaming match with Higgins when he gives the choir room to the “Mock UN” You know, I probably still wouldn’t know Azerbaijan existed if I hadn’t represented it in Model UN. Will’s given up on Glee Club, but Emma still wants to fight. You know, for the kids’ sake. Not for Will. Will: “I love you, Emma. There. I finally said it. And you love me, and dentist or no dentist, this thing isn’t over between us.” And he kisses her! Oh, good – I’m glad that’s ending on a positive note.
Odds and Ends:
- I’m pretty okay with the Vocal Adrenaline win. Their performance was pretty freaking sweet, and this way the Glee kids have something to work toward next year!
- How did the audience get glow sticks during Vocal Adrenaline’s performance? It kinda reminded me of when I went to see “Xanadu” on Broadway, where they hand out glow sticks as you go in to wave around during the final song. Someone in the balcony dropped theirs, and it hit me on the nose! Try explaining that at work when people ask how you cut your face.
- Congrats to Jane Lynch on her marriage!
- Maybe the Glee writers could spend the summer actually writing “I’m a Winner and You’re Fat.” I’d totally buy it, especially if it came packaged with a copy of Sue’s journal!
- “I know you think I’m heartless, Will, and you may have a point. I spend large segments of each day picturing you choking on food, and I recently contacted an exotic animal dealer because I had a very satisfying dream that the two of us went to a zoo and I shoved your face into one of those pink inflamed monkey butts that weeps lymph.”
- “…Your hair looks like briar patch. I keep expecting racist animated Disney characters to pop up and start singing songs about livin’ on the bayou.”
- “It’s as barren as me in here, Will.”
- “Faithfully/Any Way You Want It/Touchin’ Lovin’ Squeezin’/Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey, performed by New Directions
- “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, performed by Vocal Adrenaline
- “To Sir, With Love” theme by Lulu, performed by New Directions
- “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from “The Wizard of Oz,” performed by Will and Puck
Glee – Shelly’s Report of the “Journey” Season Finale Taping
Includes: cast interviews, a look at the songs used in the season finale, a look at the program given out to the audience, a spoiler for the finale performance for Vocal Adrenaline and New Directions….
Ladies and gentle-Gleeks, Baby Drizzle has been born!
You superfans know “Drizzle” is the offspring of Puck (Mark Salling) and Quinn (Dianna Agron), and as boss Ryan Murphy promised, we will see the birth this season.
“I gave birth today, so I went with the braids,” Dianna told me last night at a Glee event I moderated at the TV Academy. “It was messy.” Here’s the scoop you fans need to know:
“I was giving birth to my baby today,” Dianna teased to the fans during our Q&A at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. “They put a real baby on me today and it was so sweet. And I didn’t want them to take it away.”
The long-awaited birth scene will go down in Glee’s season-one finale on June 8. And P.S., no one has been waiting longer than Dianna, who’s been rocking that bump while shooting for nearly two years now. “Our choreographer can’t wait for me to get rid of the bump,” Dianna admitted. “It’s the running joke throughout all the dance scenes. ‘Would a pregnant woman be doing this?’ And I’ll say, ‘Yes, she needs to stay fit!’ “
Executive producer Brad Falchuk insists the birth scene will blow you away. “Dianna was brilliant today. Truly. I’m surprised she’s awake and up right now. She was unbelievable today. Wait until you see the scene, because I was convinced I was going to see a baby come out of there.” Ew. And awwwww.
So what does this all mean for Quinn and baby daddy Puck? Mark Salling says Puck “wants to step up,” but we have to tune in to see whether he does or not. Fair enough.
Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) starts falling for Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison), and we see the inside of her house, which is wall to wall trophies. “It’s like hoarders with trophies,” Ryan Murphy jokes.
Despite recent reports, Murphy said he’s not sure yet if there will be a second Madonna episode. However, they’re hopeful. “She loved the first one, and her people called us and said, ‘You know we have other songs.’” Ya don’t say. Note to self: Gotta check out this hot up-and-coming artist!
Cory Monteith (Finn) thinks Rachel and Finn are the core relationship and that they “will go the distance.” He also admitted that so many of you fans are right: He will be singing Rick Springfield’s “Jesse’s Girl.” And that can only mean bad things for Jesse (Jonathan Groff) and Rachel (Lea Michele).
Kevin McHale on Artie and Tina: “I root for them because they’re awkward.”
According to Murphy, Coldplay said no in the beginning to their music being used on Glee, but in the past two weeks they called and said, “We were wrong…” Suckas!
The team’s chances at Regionals are threatened when Sue pulls a fast one; Quinn’s life is forever changed.
Pucksters, you might want to go ahead and cover your eyes for just a tick while we deliver some news that’s guaranteed to make you douse your own face in delectable blue slushie:
“The Finn-Rachel relationship is obviously a core of the show,” says executive producer Brad Falchuck—dun, dun, dun!
Now that that’s finished (well, sorta), we actually have some spoilery goodness from Brad himself on all fronts, including Puckleberry love, Finchel romance and everyone else who’s getting in the way…
Finchel: If you’re a fan of the goofy jock and diva gal love story, you’ll love this, because it looks like together or apart, these two are in it for the long haul.
“We always are going to explore that relationship in many different ways,” Brad tells us. “It’s going to be a push and pull in that sometimes it’s going to be him going after her and sometimes it’s going to be her going after him, and they’re always going to be watching each other from afar.”
As if the point that these two are total soul mates isn’t clear yet, Brad says: “No matter what’s going on in their lives, they’ll always have one eye on the other one. So we’ll see a bunch of that.”
If by “what’s going on in their lives” he means one new New Directioner, Jesse St. James (swoonworthy Jonathan Groff), and that V-card stealing Santana (was anyone else shocked last night?!), then yeah, there’s a lot going on. We’re not worried, though. Just temporary setbacks that actually gave us something—Glee’s blush-inducing “Like a Virgin” number, which was way sex-ay, no?
Oh, and by the season’s end, Finchel might just be back in each other’s arms. “By episode 22 of the back 9, we’ll reach a really temporary conclusion to Finn and Rachel…They both secretly, and not so secretly, sometimes love each other.”
And anti-Puck peeps of the world shout, “Booyah!”
Puckleberry: Still, the Powers That Be over at Glee are fully aware they struck gold when hooking Rachel up with bad boy Puck. And trust us, these two will be together again.
“Every good girl likes a bad boy, and there’s nobody more good than Rachel and nobody no more bad than Puck,” Brad says with a laugh. “We’ll continue to explore it. It’s high school! Everybody is always bouncing around to everybody.” Whoo-hoo! But does this mean Kurt will finally get his dream date with Finn?! Ummm, we think not.
We do know that Puck will venture a bit on the skanky side—hookups with say, every chick on Glee including Mercedes, say the big bosses!—so don’t expect anything too serious headed his way.
Still, Puck has plenty going on to occupy his time including that supersad storyline we hinted at a few weeks back and a to-die-for musical number up ahead.
“Mark [Salling] has a lot of very focused stories in the back nine, and so yes, he’ll have plenty of moments,” Brad teases, including a Rat-Pack-tastic number. “If you haven’t fallen in love with him yet, after that one, good Lord.” Fan-freaking-tastic!
Any new Finchel or Puckleberry converts in the hizouse? Who’s on Team Santana? Get your Gleek on in the comments below and let us know how you feel about this coupley news, then tune into Glee Tuesdays on Fox.
MR. SCHUESTER FACES AN OLD NEMESIS ON AN ALL-NEW “GLEE”
TUESDAY, MAY 18, ON FOX
Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother”), Molly Shannon (“SNL”)
and Idina Menzel (“Wicked”) Guest-Star
Episode Directed by Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Dollhouse”)
In an episode directed by Emmy Award winner Joss Whedon, Mr. Schuester’s former high school nemesis, Bryan Ryan (guest star Harris), causes trouble for the glee club. Meanwhile, Rachel struggles with a life-long personal issue, and Artie’s dreams take him on an adventure in the all-new “Dream On” episode of GLEE airing Tuesday, May 18 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (GLE-119) (TV-14 D, L)
Cast: Matthew Morrison as Will Schuester; Jessalyn Gilsig as Terri Schuester; Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester; Lea Michele as Rachel Berry; Cory Monteith as Finn Hudson; Jayma Mays as Emma Pillsbury; Dianna Agron as Quinn; Chris Colfer as Kurt; Kevin McHale as Artie; Amber Riley as Mercedes; Mark Salling as Puck; Jenna Ushkowitz as Tina
Guest Cast: Naya Rivera as Santana Lopez; Heather Morris as Brittany; Dijon Talton as Matt Rutherford; Harry Shum as Mike Chang; Neil Patrick Harris as Bryan Ryan; Molly Shannon as Brenda Castle; Jonathan Groff as Jesse St. James; Idina Menzel as Shelby; Stephen Tobolowski as Sandy Ryerson
THE GLEE CLUB WARMS UP THEIR PIPES ON AN ALL-NEW “GLEE” TUESDAY, MAY 11, ON FOX
When a sore throat affects Rachel’s singing voice, she goes into panic mode. Meanwhile, Kurt tries to change his persona to impress his father, and Puck makes a strategic move to elevate his social status in the all-new “Laryngitis” episode of GLEE airing Tuesday, May 11 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (GLE-118) (TV-14 D, L)
Cast: Matthew Morrison as Will Schuester; Jessalyn Gilsig as Terri Schuester; Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester; Lea Michele as Rachel Berry; Cory Monteith as Finn Hudson; Jayma Mays as Emma Pillsbury; Dianna Agron as Quinn; Chris Colfer as Kurt; Kevin McHale as Artie; Amber Riley as Mercedes; Mark Salling as Puck; Jenna Ushkowitz as Tina
Guest Cast: Mike O’Malley as Burt Hummel; Naya Rivera as Santana Lopez; Heather Morris as Brittany; Dijon Talton as Matt Rutherford; Harry Shum as Mike Chang; Ashley Fink as Lauren Zizes; Josh Sussman as Jacob Ben Israel; Rizwan Manji as Dr.Gidwani
How did you hear?
[Creator] Ryan [Murphy] said, ‘I really want to try and make you a cast regular. I know it might be a stretch but we’ll see what Fox says. And so I got a call from my agent. But we haven’t signed our contracts yet.
As the two of you were getting even more screen time than some of the regulars, it was getting confusing why you and Naya weren’t on the posters or on the main stage with the rest of your cast on Oprah.
Yeah. It was kind of weird for us too, but I figured that might happen since we weren’t main cast yet. But it didn’t hurt my feelings. Whatever. I can’t complain about one thing and my time will come.
How will you and Naya celebrate?
We’re probably going to have a weekend to ourselves in Santa Barbara.
More and more it seems like the show is implying that there’s something sexy going on between Santana and Brit. What’s the deal?
(Laughs) I get asked this over and over again, so I asked Ryan what really happened. He said, ‘It’s just a joke we like to tease, but our show isn’t like that really.’ We decided Brittany just loves everything and is exploring.
Now that you are a regular, what do you might hope for Brittany in season two?
You’re going to see her hang out with Kurt a little bit. And I’m a dancer, so I would love to showcase my dancing abilities and sing more. I told them I think it would be funny if she ruins Glee club somehow by maybe dancing with Vocal Adrenaline because they’re such great dancers.
When the cast and producers gathered for a panel discussion at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, I picked up these other Glee scoops:
Though she won’t be touring with the young cast, Jane Lynch is making sure Sue Sylvester’s dark presence will be felt at the four-city Glee Live In Concert tour, kicking off May 18 in Phoenix. Jane tells me a video-taped “welcome” message will find the nasty Cheerios coach telling the sold-out auditoriums: “Why did you waste your money and time coming here to watch these little snot faucets?”
The first season wrapped production on April 26 with Dianna Agron shooting the emotional delivery of Quinn’s baby. Producer Brad Falchuk said he was so impressed by Dianna’s performance that he expected an actual baby to come out!
Jessalyn Gilsig tells me that despite what some might wish, her nasty character, Terri Schuester, will indeed be back to cause more trouble in season two. “Ryan’s told me a little bit about next season, and I’m very excited about it,” says Jessalyn. Unfortunately, upcoming scenes she shot revealing Terri in the arms of a new lover, have ended up on the cutting room floor due to time constraints. “The storyline got pushed to next year.”
An upcoming episode will reveal the inside of Sue Sylvester’s home, which is wall-to-wall trophies. Producer Ryan Murphy calls the set “sad” and indicative that Sue really has no life outside her career.
Source: TV Guide Magazine
Glee takes a serious turn following this week’s Madge-tastic episode, in “Home.” Look for some major body-image issues from Mercedes, the revelation of why Sue Sylvester is such a raging be-yotch (she hasn’t eaten in decades!) and an intervention from an unlikely friend. Guesses? Also, that parental hookup we’ve been hearing so much about finally happens. And we have to say that we’re loving Mike O’Malley even more as Kurt’s dad. “It’s like a diabolical Parent Trap if you will,” Chris Colfer tells us of Finn’s mom and Kurt’s pops. “It’s more clever than Parent Trap actually because we are creating love that was never there.”
Mondays this May, hearts will be racing as lives hang in the balance in three all-new episodes of HOUSE and five final all-new hours of 24, including the momentous, adrenaline-charged two-hour series finale.
Monday, May 3
HOUSE (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “The Choice” – “FOX Rocks” Programming
The team takes on the case of an ailing groom-to-be (guest star Adam Garcia) with secrets from a previous relationship and a fiance (guest star Eva Amurri) with many questions. Meanwhile, during a raucous boys’ night out, House (Hugh Laurie), Chase (Jesse Spencer) and Foreman (Omar Epps) visit a karaoke bar and perform a Gladys Knight & The Pips classic.
24 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “11:00 AM-12:00 PM”
In its eighth and final season, the clock on the Emmy Award-winning series ticks toward its final five hours as Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) sets out to avenge the unthinkable events of this tragic day.
Monday, May 10
HOUSE (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Baggage”
A woman (guest star Zoe McLellan) arrives at the Princeton Plainsboro emergency room with an unexplained illness and no recollection of who she is. While trying to solve the mystery of the woman’s illness, House must also help her piece together her identity.
24 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “12:00 PM-1:00 PM”
With only four hours left, Jack stops at nothing to determine who is behind the day’s most devastating event and uncovers an unexpected lead.
Monday, May 17
HOUSE (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Help Me” – Season Finale
The sixth season finale takes the Princeton Plainsboro team outside the hospital as they join forces with a search-and-rescue team to provide medical attention at the scene of an emergency.
24 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “1:00 PM-2:00 PM”
As Jack’s final day nears a close, he endures intense international forces at play. Meanwhile, former President Logan (guest star Gregory Itzin) becomes increasingly involved.
Monday, May 24
24 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “2:00 PM-4:00 PM” – Series Finale
It’s the end of an era when the groundbreaking and iconic action-packed series comes full circle with the climactic two-hour series finale of “Day Eight.” Emotions run high as the harrowing day climaxes with resolute President Taylor (Cherry Jones) closing in on a world-changing objective and Jack forced to take matters into his own hands for one last and unforgettable job. Additionally, Eriq La Salle guest-stars.
Audiences will be on their feet on music-filled Tuesday nights this May. America continues to vote for its next AMERICAN IDOL after four not-to-be-missed episodes, including Part 1 of the highly anticipated two-night season finale; plus, smash musical comedy hit GLEE serves up four all-new installments.
Tuesday, May 4
AMERICAN IDOL (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “5 Finalists Compete” – “FOX Rocks” Programming
The Top 5 finalists perform LIVE for the nation, singing their hearts out in hopes of winning America’s vote and surviving another week in the competition.
GLEE (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Bad Reputation” – “FOX Rocks” Programming
When a salacious list about members of the glee club circulates the halls of McKinley High, Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) begins an investigation. Meanwhile, Sue (Jane Lynch) is mortified when a video of her rendition of Olivia Newton-John’s classic “Physical” is unearthed. Special guest stars include Olivia Newton-John, Molly Shannon and Jonathan Groff.
Tuesday, May 11
AMERICAN IDOL (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “4 Finalists Compete”
The Top 4 finalists perform LIVE as they vie for the title.
GLEE (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Laryngitis”
Rachel (Lea Michele) panics when a sore throat affects her singing; Kurt (Chris Colfer) tries to change his persona to impress his father (guest star Mike O’Malley); and Puck (Mark Salling) makes a strategic move to elevate his social status.
Tuesday, May 18
AMERICAN IDOL (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “3 Finalists Compete”
The Top 3 finalists take to the stage on another all-new LIVE performance show.
GLEE (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Dream On”
In an episode directed by Emmy Award winner Joss Whedon (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Dollhouse”), Mr. Schuester’s former high school nemesis (guest star Neil Patrick Harris) causes trouble for the glee club. Rachel struggles with a life-long personal issue, and Artie’s (Kevin McHale) dreams take him on an adventure. Additional guest stars include Molly Shannon, Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff.
Tuesday, May 25
AMERICAN IDOL (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “2 Finalists Compete” – Season Finale, Part 1
On the first night of the two-night season finale, the remaining two finalists battle it out for the AMERICAN IDOL crown at NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in front of a live audience and millions of viewers watching at home. After the finalists perform, viewers will vote to decide who will be the next AMERICAN IDOL.
GLEE (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Funk”
Mr. Schuester thinks he’s scored the upper hand over Sue, but learns hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Quinn (Dianna Agron) connects with her “funky” side.
On Wednesday nights this May, FOX presents two encore installments of the hit series LIE TO ME; four live AMERICAN IDOL results shows, including the second night of the season finale that promises to be the biggest night of television this spring; and a special series preview of new action-comedy THE GOOD GUYS.
Wednesday, May 5
LIE TO ME (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Control Factor”
Marc Blucas guest-stars in an encore episode. While on vacation in Mexico, Lightman (Tim Roth) and Emily (Hayley McFarland) become involved in the case of a missing American woman. Back home, Foster (Kelli Williams) investigates tainted blood in D.C.-area hospitals with Lightman’s rival, Jack Rader (guest star Blucas).
AMERICAN IDOL (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “1 of 5 Voted Off” – “FOX Rocks” Programming
This May, the AMERICAN IDOL live results shows counts down to the final two contestants. Each week, the finalist who receives the fewest votes will be eliminated from the race for the title. Tonight, the competition goes from the Top 5 to the Top 4.
Wednesday, May 12
LIE TO ME (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Tractor Man”
During a political protest in Washington, D.C., a disgruntled farmer (guest star Sean Bridgers) parks his explosives-packed tractor near the Treasury Department building, forcing Lightman and his team to make some crucial life-or-death decisions in an encore episode. Meanwhile, a third-grade field trip gets stuck in the Lightman Group offices, and Loker (Brendan Hines) has to play babysitter.
AMERICAN IDOL (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “1 of 4 Voted Off”
In another all-new LIVE results show, the finalist who receives the fewest votes will be eliminated from the race for the title, narrowing the competition from four to three contestants.
Wednesday, May 19
THE GOOD GUYS (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – Series Preview
In the special series preview of Matt Nix’s new action-comedy, THE GOOD GUYS, old-school cop Dan Stark (Bradley Whitford) and modern-day detective Jack Bailey (Colin Hanks) expose the big picture of small crime. Pursuing a routine investigation of a stolen humidifier, Jack and Dan are inadvertently thrust into a much larger case involving drug smugglers, hired assassins and a stolen green golf bag. Reminded of the way he busted punks back in the good old days, Dan convinces Jack to go along for the ride, and in their reckless pursuit of justice, the two wind up risking their lives, breaking a flurry of department regulations and reminding their boss, Lieutenant Ana Ruiz (Diana Maria Riva), and Jack’s ex-girlfriend, Assistant District Attorney Liz Traynor (Jenny Wade), why these good guys will be spending many more days investigating seemingly minor crimes.
AMERICAN IDOL (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “1 of 3 Voted Off”
The Top 2 finalists are revealed in another all-new LIVE results show.
Wednesday, May 26
AMERICAN IDOL (8:00-10:07 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “Winner” – Season Finale, Part 2
On the second part of the two-night AMERICAN IDOL season finale, the Top 12 reunites on stage one last time. At the end of a two-hour music celebration, host Ryan Seacrest will reveal the next AMERICAN IDOL.
This May, FOX Thursdays are more thrilling than ever with four all-new installments of BONES and four all-new episodes of FRINGE, including the game-changing season finales of each.
Thursday, April 29
BONES (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “The Rocker in the Rinse Cycle” – “FOX Rocks” Programming
When the body of a rich adventure-seeker is found in a hotel washing machine, Booth (David Boreanaz) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) are led to the last place he was seen – a rock-n-roll fantasy camp. The special “FOX Rocks” episode also features Booth rocking out on guitar and performing a duet with Brennan. Additionally, Josh Todd from Buckcherry guest stars in the episode.
FRINGE (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Brown Betty” – “FOX Rocks” Programming
While Walter (John Noble) deals with some upsetting news, he tells Olivia’s niece, Ella (guest star Lily Pilblad), a fairy tale that includes musical performances by Olivia (Anna Torv) and Agent Broyles (Lance Reddick).
Thursday, May 6
BONES (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “The Witch in the Wardrobe”
In an episode written by author Kathy Reichs, a cabin burns down in the woods revealing two bodies – one of a modern-day witch and one from the days of the Salem witch trials – leading Booth and Brennan into the world of Wicca to find a killer.
FRINGE (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Northwest Passage”
Peter teams up with Sheriff Mathis (guest star Martha Plimpton) on a serial murder investigation with ties to Newton (guest star Sebastian Roch). Meanwhile, Walter copes with the possibility of being sent back to St. Claire’s, and someone from the “other side” pays a visit.
Thursday, May 13
BONES (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “The Boy with the Answer”
The trial of The Gravedigger hits close to home for members of the team, and everyone at the Jeffersonian must work overtime to uncover the forensic evidence to elicit a conviction.
FRINGE (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Over There, Part 1″ – Season Finale, Part 1
In part one of the two-part, two-night second season finale, Walter and Olivia travel to the parallel universe, and the anticipated face-off between Walter Bishop and William Bell occurs when special guest star Leonard Nimoy returns.
Thursday, May 20
BONES (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “The Beginning in the End” – Season Finale
In the season finale, the team investigates a set of remains belonging to a hoarder. Meanwhile, Angela’s (Michaela Conlin) father (guest star Billy Gibbons) has a unique purpose for his most recent visit, and Brennan and Booth are confronted with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.
FRINGE (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Over There, Part 2″ – Season Finale, Part 2
Sacrifices will be made and both universes may never be the same again after Walter and Olivia visit the “other side” in Part 2 of the climactic season finale.
Duck and cover! FOX antiheroes Dr. Gregory House and Chef Gordon Ramsay are men to be reckoned with this May on FOX Fridays with encore installments of HOUSE and all-new episodes of KITCHEN NIGHTMARES. Plus, HOUSE viewers can get a second opinion with exclusive never-before-seen episode commentary from Hugh Laurie (April 30 and May 7), Olivia Wilde (May 14) and Peter Jacobson (May 21) incorporated into each encore.
Friday, April 30
HOUSE (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Broken” – “FOX Rocks” Programming
In a special encore presentation of this season’s emotional two-hour premiere, directed by HOUSE executive producer Katie Jacobs and featuring guest stars Andre Braugher, Franka Potente and Lin-Manuel Miranda, House begins a detox program to get the vicodin out of his system to stop his powerful hallucinations once and for all. Strong-armed into staying at the facility by his attending physician, Dr. Darryl Nolan (guest star Braugher), House develops a close relationship with his new roommate, Alvie (guest star Miranda), and Lydia (guest star Potente), a frequent visitor who helps House bend the rules. House resorts to his old tricks of blackmail and manipulation, but when devastating events ensue, he is humbled into reluctantly accepting help. As part of “FOX Rocks,” House plays piano and raps alongside Alvie in the Mayfield Psychiatric Hospital’s talent show. Plus, incorporated into the encore installment is new behind-the-scenes commentary from series star Laurie.
Friday, May 7
HOUSE (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Lockdown”
Hugh Laurie directs and Oscar nominee David Strathairn guest-stars in an encore episode that features new exclusive episode commentary from Laurie. When a newborn disappears from the nursery, Princeton Plainsboro goes on lockdown, preventing anyone from entering, leaving or moving within the hospital. While House and hospital staff are trapped in various parts of the building, new insights about the team’s personal histories, relationships and regrets surface.
KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Fleming”
Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Fleming in Miami, FL, where a husband-and-wife team is in desperate need of help. Once a popular Danish restaurant, Fleming has been resistant to change and is now barely surviving. And after Chef Ramsay sees what’s lurking in the cooler, he is forced to shut down the restaurant in the middle of the dinner service. With a stubborn owner in denial, Ramsay is going to have to make some major changes, or Fleming will be forced to close their doors forever.
Friday, May 14
HOUSE (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Knight Fall”
In an encore episode, in which never-before-seen Olivia Wilde commentary is incorporated, House and the team take on the case of Sir William (guest star Noah Segan), a “knight” living in a closed-off community that lives according to the ideals of the High Renaissance. Meanwhile, Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) starts over with an ex (guest star Cynthia Watros).
KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “PJ’s Steakhouse”
Chef Ramsay heads to PJ’s Steakhouse in Forest Hills, NJ, where husband-and-wife team Joe and Madalyn are in need of a mentor. Reeling from the loss of his brother PJ and with zero restaurant experience, Joe purchased the namesake restaurant in hopes of turning it into a high-end steakhouse. Can Chef Ramsay teach Joe and Madalyn enough Restaurant 101 so that they can honor PJ’s name and ensure the restaurant’s survival?
Friday, May 21
HOUSE (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Open & Shut”
While the team treats a patient (guest star Sarah Wayne Callies) in an open marriage, House tests Wilson’s relationship with Sam (guest star Cynthia Watros) and Taub (Peter Jacobson) attempts to move to the next level in his relationship with his wife, Rachel (guest star Jennifer Crystal). Also featured is new commentary from Jacobson as he offers his unique insider’s perspective on the pivotal encore installment.
KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Revisited #1″ – Season Finale
Chef Ramsay visits restaurants from kitchens past to see if they’ve been able to implement his changes and help their businesses thrive. He’s in for a real surprise when he drops in on Handlebar, Casa Roma and the most memorable eatery yet, Black Pearl.
This May, FOX Saturday serves up two NASCAR ON FOX races, one MLB ON FOX game, two all-new episodes of COPS, an all-new special-edition episode of AMERICA’S MOST WANTED and encore episodes of THE WANDA SYKES SHOW and BROTHERS.
Saturday, May 1
NASCAR ON FOX: RICHMOND 500 (7:00-11:00 PM ET live/4:00-8:00 PM PT live) – “FOX Rocks” Programming
FOX Sports presents NASCAR Sprint Cup racing’s RICHMOND 500. Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds and Darrell Waltrip call the action live from Richmond International Raceway. As part of “FOX Rocks,” the primetime NASCAR ON FOX race boasts a special music video show open.
THE WANDA SYKES SHOW (Midnight-1:00 AM ET/11:00 PM-Midnight PT) – “FOX Rocks” Programming
Wanda’s greatest wish comes true when she meets musical superstar Sade in an encore installment of late-night’s newest entry that also features a lively panel discussion with rapper MC Lyte, actor Brandon T. Jackson and comedian Greg Fitzsimmons. In addition to Sade and MC Lyte, the special “FOX Rocks” episode features the Angel City Chorale helping Wanda deliver a message to the week’s newsmakers.
BROTHERS (1:00-1:30 AM ET/Midnight-12:30 AM PT) – “Snoop-Fat Kid”
Snoop Dogg guest-stars in an encore episode. Mike (Michael Strahan) and Chill (Daryl Chill Mitchell) hire their cousin Kenny (guest star Snoop Dogg), a shady lawyer who specializes in debt and fraud, to recover Mike’s laundered assets. But when Kenny is only able to locate funds donated to a children’s charity, Mike wrestles with a tough decision. Meanwhile, Coach (Carl Weathers) and Adele (CCH Pounder) work together to help a heavy kid pass gym class.
Saturday, May 8
NASCAR ON FOX: DARLINGTON 500 (7:00-11:30 PM ET live/4:00-8:30 PM PT live)
FOX Sports presents NASCAR Sprint Cup racing’s DARLINGTON 500. Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds and Darrell Waltrip call the action live from Darlington Raceway.
THE WANDA SYKES SHOW (1:00-2:00 AM ET/11:00 PM-Midnight PT)
In an encore outing, Wanda keeps the party going with her irreverent new spin on the late-night talk show. Joining Wanda for a lively panel discussion examining the week’s events are actors Aisha Tyler (“Archer”), Hamish Linklater (“The New Adventures of Old Christine”) and Kunal Nayyar (“The Big Bang Theory”).
BROTHERS (2:00-2:30 AM ET/Midnight-12:30 AM PT) – “Snoop Returns”
In an encore episode, with the help of Cousin Kenny’s (guest star Snoop Dogg) legal aid, Coach’s brother Maurice (guest star Fred Williamson) is released from jail and arrives at the Trainors’ home to spend some time with the family. Meanwhile, Mike makes a play for Kathleen (guest star Ryan Michelle Bathe), a new waitress at Trainor’s, and Jimmy Johnson (guest-starring as himself) stops by the restaurant to talk football.
Saturday, May 15
COPS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “Police Pullovers #6″
Officers from the Portland Police Bureau in Oregon track down a restraining-order violator after he kicks in the door of the car belonging to his ex’s new boyfriend, while officers from the Houston Police Department inform a man that his new online girlfriend is wanted for a misdemeanor.
COPS (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Resisting Arrest #5″
When officers from the Amarillo Police Department in Texas are called to investigate a domestic disturbance, they arrive just in time to witness the aggressor drunkenly trying to tackle his opponent. Meanwhile, officers from the Boynton Beach Police Department in Florida arrest a man for disorderly intoxication after he offends passengers with his cell phone ringtones.
AMERICA’S MOST WANTED (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Windy City Fights Back Special Edition”
John Walsh brings AMERICA’S MOST WANTED to Chicago to see how the city and its citizens are battling an epidemic of violence by fighting back and to find out how AMW viewers can help. The Windy City has responded to its growing crime problem by installing the most extensive surveillance-camera system in the nation – more than 10,000 public and private cameras. The special episode will also include Walsh’s emotional meeting with a group called “Purpose Over Pain,” whose members, like Walsh, have lost children to senseless crimes and will ask viewers to help find them justice.
THE WANDA SYKES SHOW (11:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT)
In an encore episode, Wanda unleashes her signature brand of topical humor with field pieces, comedy segments and a wry and lively panel discussion with her biggest panel ever: Chris Rock, Ray Romano, Cheryl Hines and Colin Quinn. Plus, Wanda sits down for a one-on-one with Eddie Izzard.
BROTHERS (Midnight-12:30 AM ET/PT) – “Lenny”
Mike Tyson, Lenny Clark and Tichina Arnold guest-star in an encore episode. When Adele’s sister, Cynthia (guest star Arnold), and her offensive husband, Lenny (guest star Clark), come to town, Adele pleads with Coach to be on his best behavior. Meanwhile, Mike Tyson (guest-starring as himself) pays a surprise visit to Trainor’s, and Mike and Chill compete for the affection of Mike’s high-school sweetheart (guest star Danielle Nicolet).
Saturday, May 22
MLB ON FOX (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/4:00-7:00 PM PT live)
FOX Sports presents coverage of the 2010 baseball season as the exclusive network home of Major League Baseball. Coverage kicks off with host Chris Rose from Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, and featured in primetime are: New York Yankees at New York Mets, Boston Red Sox at Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs at Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers at Los Angeles Dodgers.
THE WANDA SYKES SHOW (11:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT)
Actress Regina King (“Southland”), comedian Paul Rodriguez and basketball legend and TV personality John Salley join Wanda for more late-night fun in an encore installment.
BROTHERS (Midnight-12:30 AM ET/PT) – “Week in Chair”
In an encore episode, Chill wagers that his brother can’t spend one week in a wheelchair. Mike takes what he considers an easy bet and makes some surprising discoveries over the course of seven days.
FOX Sundays in May offer up all-new episodes of ‘TIL DEATH, THE SIMPSONS, THE CLEVELAND SHOW, FAMILY GUY and AMERICAN DAD; and season finales of ANIMATION DOMINATION.
Sunday, May 2
‘TIL DEATH (7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT) – “Work Wife”
Series star Joely Fisher directs an all-new episode that features guest stars Martin Mull, Kevin Nealon and Susan Yeagley. When Joy (Fisher) loses her job at Eddie’s (Brad Garrett) school, she accepts a position as Stephen’s (guest star Nealon) executive assistant. The new gig leaves her miserable, leading Eddie and Mr. White (guest star Mull) to scheme a way to get Joy her old job back.
THE SIMPSONS (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) – “Once Upon a Time in Springfield” – “FOX Rocks” Programming
In an encore of the landmark 450th episode, Krusty (Dan Castellaneta) gets a new female co-star with the voice of an angel, Princess Penelope (guest voice Anne Hathaway), who softens his heart. Meanwhile, when Mr. Burns (Harry Shearer) puts a stop to the free donuts at the plant to cut costs, Homer (Castellaneta), Lenny (Shearer) and Carl (Hank Azaria) decide to meet with a headhunter who opens their eyes to new opportunities. Jackie Mason and the late Eartha Kitt also guest-voice.
THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “To Surveil, With Love” – “FOX Rocks” Programming
When a bomb squad mistakenly blows up Homer’s unattended gym bag, Springfield reacts by equipping itself with surveillance cameras to deter terrorism. Meanwhile, Lisa (Yeardley Smith) loses a debate because of her blonde hair. For “FOX Rocks,” the SIMPSONS characters sing along to pop sensation Ke$ha’s smash hit “TiK ToK” during a special musical couch gag.
THE CLEVELAND SHOW (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Brotherly Love” – “FOX Rocks” Programming
Acting as his brother’s wingman, Rallo (Mike Henry) gives Cleveland Jr. (Kevin Michael Richardson) a few pointers on how to win over the girl of his dreams, Chanel (guest voice Taraji P. Henson). When Cleveland Jr. finds out her boyfriend is local rap star Kenny West (guest voice Kanye West), it’s a rap battle for Chanel’s heart.
FAMILY GUY (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Brian & Stewie” – Milestone 150th Episode, “FOX Rocks” Programming
In the special one-hour 150th episode, Brian (Seth MacFarlane) and Stewie (MacFarlane) get locked in a bank vault and are forced to survive without baby food and martinis while they hatch an escape plan. Immediately following the episode, the celebration will continue with fan-favorite and never-before-seen musical numbers.
Sunday, May 9
‘TIL DEATH (7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT) – “Baby Steps”
Joy goes overboard planning for Ally’s (guest star Kate Micucci) baby shower and becomes obsessed with baby gifts. Meanwhile, Mr. White (guest star Martin Mull) has difficulty giving Ally and Doug (Timm Sharp) their shower gift, and Dr. Bialik (guest star Mayim Bialik) invites her “Blossom” cast mates, including Michael Stoyanov and Jenna Von Oy, guest-starring as themselves, to participate in a therapy session for Doug.
THE SIMPSONS (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) – “Postcards from the Wedge”
In an encore episode, Bart (Nancy Cartwright) gets in trouble at school for not turning in his homework, and Homer and Marge (Julie Kavner) disagree about his punishment. When Bart realizes he can pit his parents against each other to his benefit, his scheming reaches new heights.
THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “Moe Letter Blues”
As Mother’s Day approaches, Homer, Apu (Hank Azaria) and Reverend Lovejoy (Harry Shearer) receive a letter from Moe (Azaria) warning them that he’s going to run away with one of their wives.
THE CLEVELAND SHOW (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Brown History Month”
Cleveland (Mike Henry) and Cleveland Jr. teach Donna (Sanaa Lathan) and the kids their tradition of celebrating Black History Month. However, when Rallo learns about his heritage at school, he provokes Cleveland into a battle royale with neighbor, Lester (Kevin Michael Richardson).
FAMILY GUY (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) – “Quagmire’s Dad”
Quagmire (Seth MacFarlane) gets the surprise of his life on Mother’s Day, when his father (MacFarlane) starts to go through the change of his life.
AMERICAN DAD (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “An Incident at Owl Creek”
In preparation for a neighborhood pool party, Stan (Seth MacFarlane) tells his family to get in tip-top shape, but an accident ruins the Smith family name. A humiliated Stan fakes his family’s deaths and moves everyone out of Langley Falls to escape his shame.
Sunday, May 16
‘TIL DEATH (7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT) – “Let’s Go”
Whitey (guest star Martin Mull) throws a surprise party for his 93-year-old grumpy uncle (guest star M. Emmet Walsh), and his party guests are surprised to discover his house is overflowing with junk. Meanwhile, Eddie, anxious to get to the party, tries to rush Joy, Doug and Ally who are taking their sweet time getting ready to go.
THE SIMPSONS (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) – “Pranks & Greens”
Jonah Hill guest-voices in an encore episode. Fed up with Bart’s constant pranks, Principal Skinner (Harry Shearer) reveals that there is a former Springfield Elementary student who is hailed as the best prankster ever – even better than Bart. When Bart finally tracks down Andy Hamilton (guest voice Hill), a 19-year-old who hasn’t grown out of his pranking days, they become fast friends.
THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “The Bob Next Door”
Bart becomes convinced that his new neighbor is his arch enemy, Sideshow Bob (guest voice Kelsey Grammer), and Marge tries to convince him otherwise by taking him to visit the state penitentiary.
THE CLEVELAND SHOW (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Cleveland’s Angels”
After Cleveland gambles away Roberta’s (Reagan Gomez) college fund, Kendra (guest voice Aseem Batra) discovers that Cleveland was actually cheated out of his money and recruits Donna and Arianna (guest voice Arianna Huffington) for a “Cleveland’s Angels” mission.
FAMILY GUY (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) – “The Splendid Source”
Peter (Seth MacFarlane) and the gang’s search for the historical source of all dirty jokes leads them to Virginia where they reunite with Cleveland (guest voice Mike Henry) and meet his new family.
AMERICAN DAD (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Great Space Roaster” – Season Finale
It’s Roger’s birthday, and he begs to be roasted. But when he ends up devastated by the jokes, he vows to pull his life together. Things take a turn for the worse when Roger takes it one step too far, and the Smith family goes on the run.
Sunday, May 23
‘TIL DEATH (7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT) – “The Baby”
Eddie’s book finally gets published, but on the day of his book signing Ally goes into labor. The new addition to the family sparks Eddie to give Doug fatherhood tips and Ally to apologize to Joy for being a terrible daughter.
THE SIMPSONS (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) – “Treehouse of Horrors XX”
In an encore of this season’s “Treehouse of Horror” trilogy, the annual SIMPSONS Halloween tradition serves up three frightful vignettes: “Dial ‘M’ for Murder or Press ‘#’” is an homage to classic Alfred Hitchcock films featuring an outraged Lisa and a scheming Bart; Springfieldians are transformed into zombies in a parody of the horror film “28 Days Later”; and a nod to the Broadway musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” sees an impaled Homer lamenting his fate in song.
THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “Judge Me Tender” – Season Finale
In THE SIMPSONS 21st season finale, Moe discovers a talent for judging contests and is invited to appear on AMERICAN IDOL with host Ryan Seacrest and fellow judges Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson, all guest-voicing as themselves. Meanwhile, Homer drives Marge crazy when he starts hanging around the house too much.
THE CLEVELAND SHOW (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “You’re the Best Man, Cleveland Brown” – Season Finale
Much to his dismay, Cleveland finds out that Cleveland Jr. will inherit all of his ex-wife’s belongings and that his parents, Cookie (guest voice Francis Callier) and Freight Train (guest voice Craig Robinson), plan to remarry. To add insult to injury, Freight Train dumps Cleveland as his best man in favor of Donna’s ex-husband, Robert (guest voice Corey Holcomb). In the end, though, Cleveland steps in to save the day in the season finale, which also features a special musical number by Earth, Wind & Fire.
FAMILY GUY (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Something, Something, Something Dark Side, Parts 1 and 2″ – Season Finale
In the one-hour season finale, the FAMILY GUY’s “Star Wars” saga continues with a retelling of “The Empire Strikes Back.”