Next Week in TV 5/21, Ninjas, Peaks, and a War Machine

By Alyssa and DRWHO42

The finale train continues to gather speed this week the big stop will be at The CW with a number of finales on the channel. The stories across the board for the episodes leading up the finales as well as the finales themselves have been exceptional. There were a number of departures this past week and a lot more on the plate for this week including 12 Monkeys, Into the Badlands, Madam Secretary, Elementary, Supergirl, The Flash, Empire, Bull, Arrow, The 100, and Archer – all of which will be returning to our TV screens next season.

There are a few new entries this week to highlight which include Netflix’s War Machine (starring Brad Pitt), a celebrity edition of American Ninja Warrior, which will feature Stephen Amell as a competitor (check out the preview video), as well as the return of Twin Peaks on Showtime. 

The network Upfront Presentations took place last week and we got an early glimpse at what the Fall television season will look like. We’ve put together a list of the one’s we’ll be watching – click here. The blog team and members of the FoCC forum are speculating which shows will have a presence at San Diego Comic Con – click here to join the conversation.

DRWHO42’s picks:
New: Doctor Who (yes I am repeating this – too much of a fan not to)
On-going: Prison Break, iZombie, Class, Supergirl, Flash, Arrow, The 100, Fresh of the Boat, Into the Badlands, American Gods, Better Call Saul
Binge / Stack: Hawaii 5-0, Westworld, Glitch, Elementary, Voltron, The Magicians, Supernatural, The Expanse

Alyssa’s picks:
New & Highlights: 12 MONKEYS! War Machine, Survivor
Binging: Magicians,
Still stacked up: 24 Legacy, Better Call Saul, Marvel’s Agent of Shield, DC’s Legends, Doctor Who, Into The Badlands, iZombie.

Sunday – May 21, 2017
7:30 pm
FOX Bob’s Burgers: Paraders Of The Lost Float [7th Season Finale]
8:00 pm
ABC  Special: 2017 Billboard Music Awards [3-hour Special Presentation]
PBS Call The Midwife: Episode 8 [6th Season Finale]
FOX The Simpsons: Dogtown [28th Season Finale]
8:30 pm
FOX Making History: Body Trouble [1st Season Finale]
9:00 pm
FOX Family Guy: Dearly Deported/a House Full Of Peters [1-hour 14th Season Finale]
CBS Madam Secretary: Article 5 [3rd Season Finale]
NBC Shades Of Blue: Behind The Mask [New Episode – Special Time]
SHOWTIME Twin Peaks: The Return, Parts 1 & 2 [2-hour Series Premiere]

Directed entirely by David Lynch, the new SHOWTIME 18-part limited event series picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town were stunned when their homecoming queen Laura Palmer was shockingly murdered. TWIN PEAKS is written and executive produced by series creators David Lynch and Mark Frost, and is executive produced by Sabrina S. Sutherland. Click for more info

10:00 pm
SYFY 12 Monkeys: Witness [3rd Season Finale]
CBS Elementary: Hurt Me, Hurt You [5th Season Finale]
AMC Into The Badlands: Wolf’s Breath, Dragon Fire [2nd Season Finale]
NBC Shades Of Blue: Broken Dolls [2nd Season Finale]

Monday – May 22, 2017
8:00 pm
THE CW Supergirl: Nevertheless, She Persisted [2nd Season Finale]
9:00 pm
THE CW Jane The Virgin: Chapter Sixty-four [3rd Season Finale]
10:00 pm
CBS Special: The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2017 [1-hour Special Presentation]
NBC Running Wild With Bear Grylls: Sterling K. Brown (#309) [1-hour Special Presentation]

Tuesday – May 23, 2017
12:00 am
ADULT SWIM Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter: Loose Lips Drink Sips [2nd Season Premiere]
3:01 am
HULU Casual [3rd Season Premiere]
8:00 pm
FOX Brooklyn Nine-nine: The Bank Job/crime & Punishment [1-hour 4th Season Finale]
ABC Downward Dog: Boundaries [Time Slot Premiere]
THE CW The Flash: Finish Line [3rd Season Finale]
NBC Great News: Carol Has A Bully [New Episode – Special Time]
8:30 pm
ABC Dancing With The Stars [150-minute 24th Season Finale – Special Night & Time]
NBC Great News: Carol’s Eleven [1st Season Finale – Special Time]
9:00 pm
CBS Bull: Benevolent Deception [1st Season Finale]
10:00 pm
CBS 48 Hours: 48 Hours: NCIS [1-hour Special Presentation]

Wednesday – May 24, 2017
8:00 pm
THE CW Arrow: Lian Yu (#523) [5th Season Finale]
ABC Dirty Dancing [Original Telefilm]
FOX Shots Fired: Hour 10 – Last Dance [1st Season Finale]
CBS Survivor [2-hour 34th Season Finale]
9:00 pm
THE CW The 100: Praimfaya [4th Season Finale]
FOX Empire: Toil And Trouble, Part 2 [3rd Season Finale]
10:00 pm
FXX Archer: Archer Dreamland: Auflösung [8th Season Finale]
NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Sanctuary [18th Season Finale – Special Time]
CBS Survivor: Reunion Special [1-hour Special Presentation]

Thursday – May 25, 2017
8:00 pm
NBC American Ninja Warrior: Celebrity Ninja Warrior [1-hour Special Presentation]
FOX Beat Shazam: Episode One [Series Premiere]

Jamie Foxx (“Ray,” “Django Unchained”) is set to host BEAT SHAZAM, a unique and interactive game show in which teams of two race against the clock and each other as they attempt to identify the biggest hit songs of all time.

9:00 pm
FOX Love Connection: Episode One [Series Premiere]

Andy Cohen (“Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen”) will host LOVE CONNECTION, a new one-hour series that amps up the original hit dating show for today’s audiences. FOX has ordered 15 episodes of the new unscripted series.

NBC Running Wild With Bear Grylls: Rnd With Julia Roberts [1-hour Special Presentation]
10:00 pm
SHOWTIME Dark Net: My Relationship [2nd Season Finale]
NBC Special: Red Nose Day [1-hour Special Presentation]

Friday – May 26, 2017
3:01 am
NETFLIX Bloodline: Complete Third Season [3rd Season Premiere]
AMAZON Long Strange Trip: Complete First Season [Series Premiere]

The tale of the Grateful Dead is inspiring, complicated, and downright messy. A tribe of contrarians, they made art out of open-ended chaos and inadvertently achieved success on their own terms. Never-before-seen footage and interviews offer this unprecedented and unvarnished look at the life of the Dead.

NETFLIX  Special: Joshua: Teenager Vs. Superpower [Special Presentation]

“‘Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower’ is a filmmaking triumph,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix’s VP of original documentaries. “Piscatella has woven together the complex and inspirational story of an unlikely activist, whose acts of bravery and conviction need to be seen around the world. In an era where we are witnessing heightened civic participation and freedom of expression, we are pleased to offer a global platform for audiences to engage on these issues.”

NETFLIX  Special: War Machine [Special Presentation]

When a proud general is tasked with winning an unpopular war, he takes the challenge head-on, not knowing that hubris may be his own worst enemy.  They brought him in to clean up the mess of a war that can’t be won. But Gen. McMahon doesn’t know how to lose. Brad Pitt and Anthony Michael Hall hit the battlefield in this dark comedy from the director of “Animal Kingdom.” Click for trailer & more info

8:00 pm
NBC First Dates: Never Been Kissed [1st Season Finale]

Saturday – May 27, 2017
12:00 am
ADULT SWIM Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter [2nd Season Finale]


Alyssa bought her first comic at age 7 & was hooked. She has collected comics most of her life. Recently she has branched out to comic art and books and the occasional Lego. She goes to as many con's as she can & enjoys the 'long form' story telling of TV. She also enjoys new kinds of food- yes, she is a foodie.