Next Week in TV 5/12: A Big Sendoff for the Big Bang

By DRWHO42, Mario Wario, & Alyssa

It is May and finale season is starting to pick up steam. By the end of this week, many of us will definitely feel a void in our viewing schedules as a number of our favorite series wrap their seasons. The most notable of the finales will be The Big Bang Theory on Thursday night (May 16th; 8 p.m. ET on CBS). For the past 12 seasons, this series has delivered laughs and fun, while also showing wider audiences that science, fandom and comic cons are cool. CBS is also planning a nice send-off for the series which includes a special that will air that evening (9:31 p.m. ET).

Other series wrapping up this week include The Simpsons, Family Guy, Arrow, The Flash, 9-1-1, Riverdale, Knightfall, NCIS: New Orleans, FBI, Grey’s Anatomy, Young Sheldon, S.W.A.T., The Blacklist, Hawaii Five-0, and Saturday Night Live.

There is a glimmer of excitement this week with George Clooney’s return to television in Hulu’s Catch-22.

There is also good news on the horizon with the Network Upfronts starting this week in New York City. This is where the networks announce their new series for the upcoming fall season along with their renewals. This will also trigger what we may see at Comic-Con and potentially New York Comic Con. We are already aware of Batwoman, Katy Keene (a Riverdale spin-off), and Nancy Drew series orders from The CW. Fox also renewed The Orville as expected, but plugged the plug on The Gifted. Lauren Cohan’s return (or how much may see her character) in the upcoming season of The Walking Dead will depend heavily on the renewal of ABC’s Whiskey Cavalier.

That is all for now, however, the conversation does not end here. Click here to join the conversation on the FoCC Forum, and happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing moms out there!

DRWHO42’s picks:
New: Game of Thrones!!!
On-going: The 100, iZombie, Killing Eve, A Discovery of Witches, Cloak & Dagger, Sabrina, Ultraman, Blindspot, 9-1-1, The Flash, FBI, The Big Bang Theory, Supergirl, Arrow, Hanna
Binge / Stack: Hawaii 5-0, Elementary, Voltron, Luke Cage, The Magicians, Supernatural, iZombie, Lost in Space & Strike Back (finished and re-watching the greatness)

Mario Wario’s picks:
New: (Nothing this week.)
On-going: iZombie, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Cloak & Dagger, Game of Thrones, DCCW Shows, and Dragon Ball Super (Dub).
Binge / Stack: The Umbrella Academy, The Tick.

Alyssa’s picks for Over-The-Air (OTA), HBO and Amazon Prime:
OTA New:  Survivor, NCIS NO,
Stream: Game of Thrones, Sneaky Pete, Chernobyl.
Binging/Stacked: The Expanse, Silicon Valley, Good Ohman

Editor’s note: all times listed below are Eastern and Nerd/Geek interest are highlighted in PINK.

Sunday, May 12, 2019
8:00 pm
FOX The Simpsons: Crystal Blue-Haired Persuasion [30th Season Finale]
8:30 pm
FOX Bob’s Burgers: Yes Without My Zeke [9th Season Finale]
9:00 pm
FOX Family Guy: Adam West High [17th Season Finale]
STARZ Now Apocalypse: Everything is Gone Forever [1st Season Finale]
10:00 pm
PBS Unforgotten: Episode Six [3rd Season Finale]
10:50 pm
HBO Veep: Veep [Series Finale]

Monday, May 13, 2019
3:01 am
NETFLIX Malibu Rescue: The Movie
8:00 pm
FOX 9-1-1: This Life We Choose [2nd Season Finale – Special Time]
9:00 pm
THE CW Arrow: You Have Saved This City [7th Season Finale]
FOX Paradise Hotel: Episode 102 [Time Slot Premiere]
10:00 pm
CBS Bull: Pillar of Salt [3rd Season Finale]
HISTORY Knightfall: While I Breathe, I Trust The Cross [2nd Season Finale]

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
3:01 am
NETFLIX Revisions [Complete First Season / Series Premiere]

When Shibuya time-warps to 2388, high schooler Daisuke and his friends are conscripted by AHRV agent Milo to fight the hostile cyborg race, revisions. Click here for more information.

8:00 pm
THE CW The Flash: Legacy [5th Season Finale]
HBO What’s My Name | Muhammad Ali [Special Presentation]
9:00 pm
CBS FBI: Closure [1st Season Finale]
10:00 pm
CBS NCIS: New Orleans: The River Styx, Part II [5th Season Finale]
NBC New Amsterdam: Luna [1st Season Finale]

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
3:01 am
AMAZON Yardie [Special Presentation]
8:00 pm
THE CW Riverdale: Chapter Fifty-Seven: Apocalypto [3rd Season Finale]

Thursday, May 16, 2019
3:01 am
CBSAA The Good Fight [3rd Season Finale]
8:00 pm
CBS The Big Bang Theory: Episode 23/24 [One-Hour Series Finale]
ABC Grey’s Anatomy: Jump into the Fog [15th Season Finale]
8:30 pm
NBC Superstore: Employee Appreciation Day [4th Season Finale – Special Time]
9:01 pm
ABC Station 19: Into the Wildfire [2nd Season Finale]
CBS Young Sheldon: A Swedish Science Thing and the Equation for Toast [2nd Season Finale – Special Time]
9:31 pm
CBS The Big Bang Theory: Unraveling the Mystery: A Big Bang Farewell [Special Presentation]
10:00 pm
FX Better Things: Shake the Cocktail [3rd Season Finale]
ABC For The People: A Choice Between Two Things [2nd Season Finale]
NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: End Game [20th Season Finale]
CBS S.W.A.T.: Kangaroo [2nd Season Finale]

Friday, May 17, 2019
3:01 am
HULU Catch-22 [Complete First Season / Series Premiere]

Based on the acclaimed Joseph Heller novel, Catch-22 follows the adventures and misadventures of a US air squadron in Italy in World War II. Yossarian, a bombardier, whose frantic obsession every time he goes up on a mission is “to come down alive”. His odds of success at such a simple aim keep getting worse because Colonel Cathcart keeps raising the number of missions the men have to fly. Click here for more information.

NETFLIX Chip & Potato [Complete First Season / Series Premiere]

Lovable pug Chip starts kindergarten, makes new friends and tries new things — with a little help from Potato, her secret mouse pal. Click here for more information.

AMAZON Fleabag [Complete Second Season Premiere]
NETFLIX It’s Bruno! [Complete First Season / Series Premiere]

An old-school Brooklyn native devotes his days to caring for his adorable dog, Bruno — and making sure the neighbors show his pooch the proper respect. Click here for more information.

NETFLIX Maria [Feature Film Special Presentation]

An ex-assassin tries to leave her dark past behind until a power-hungry gang targets her and her family, forcing her to summon her killer instincts. Click here for more information.

NETFLIX See You Yesterday [Feature Film Special Presentation]

As two teen prodigies try to master the art of time travel, a tragic police shooting sends them on a series of dangerous trips to the past. Click here for more information.

NETFLIX The Rain [Complete Second Season Premiere]
NETFLIX White Gold [Complete Second Season Premiere]
8:00 pm
NBC The Blacklist: Robert Diaz [6th Season Finale]
10:00 pm
CBS Hawaii Five-0: Hana Mao ‘ole Ka Ua O Waianae (Endlessly Pours The Rain of Waianae) [9th Season Finale – Special Time]

Saturday, May 18, 2019
7:00 am
DISNEY Milo Murphy’s Law: Sphere And Loathing in Outer Space [2nd Season Finale]
11:29 pm
NBC Saturday Night Live: Paul Rudd / Dj Khaled [44th Season Finale]


Kevin aka "DRWHO42" watches a lot of TV and avoids spoilers like the plague. He is an avid Whovian, Trekker, fanboy, gamer, traveler, planner, self-professed gym rat, and Starbucks espresso loyalist. When not plotting out his schedule for the next tent-pole movie or watching his favorite shows he is on the hunt for pop-culture TV & Movie media news. More importantly he is a frequent attendee of San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) and New York Comic Con (NYCC). Follow him on Twitter @kevinDW42 @FoCCBlog

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