Next Week in TV 5/23: The Finale Countdown, and Cruella!

By DRWHO42 & Scott C.

The TV finales are here. The TV finales are here.

We are in the time of the season where we either say adieu to our favorite shows for the season or say goodbye on a more permanent basis. For instance, a few series finales are dropping this week, and the most notable is Black Lightning from The CW, which comes to a close after four seasons. This series, which was created during The CW’s Arrowverse regime and did not connect to the Arrowverse itself at first until after the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths, was a standout from the very beginning with a black hero in the lead role. Jefferson Pierce (played by Cress Williams) appealed to a broader demographic by weaving social justice issues into the storytelling. The cast for this series was a well-rounded one from the start with the Pierce family (Christine Adams, Nafessa Williams, and China Anne McClain), his mentor Peter Gambi (James Remar), to the wonderfully intriguing villain Tobias Whale (Marvin ‘Krondon’ Jones III). Black Lightning was a fun series to watch, so it is a shame to see it end with only four seasons getting made.

Also concluding this week is CBS’ All Rise and NCIS: New Orleans and The Kominsky Method over on Netflix that houses a reunion of Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas for its final season.

The season finales this week also include many fan favorites. We have The SimpsonsThe Equalizer9-1-19-1-1: Lone StarFBIFBI: Most WantedNCISDebris, Chicago MedChicago FireChicago PDS.W.A.T., and The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers all hitting the finale party. 

Changing things up a bit from the onslaught of television finales will be one particular movie premiering this week (Friday, May 28th) on Disney+ and its extra Premier Access service of $30, as well as in theaters, the film we are talking about is Cruella. It stars Emma Stone as the title character and is set in 1970s London, during the punk rock revolution. The movie focuses on a young Cruella trying to make a name for herself with her fashion ideas. Along the way, she “Befriends a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they are able to build a life for themselves on the London streets.” Cruella’s fashion designs also catch the eye of Baroness von Hellman, a fashion legend played by Emma Thompson. Overall, fans of Cruella get to see how the character becomes the “wicked” and “raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella,” we all know from One Hundred and One Dalmatians.

Now for the times, networks, streaming services, and dates for the shows or movie mentioned above or that were not, the listing below will be your guide to all things television for the week.

In television news, the fall schedules are now taking shape. However, there are a few announcements we are waiting for, including the fates of Manifest and Debris. We also learned last week that CBS is negotiating to move Clarice to Paramount+ with SEAL Team this fall.

The CW this past week released the first image of Jordan Fisher as Bart Allen, or rather Impulse for The Flash

Netflix announced a new untitled spy series starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Monica Barbaro. The series will center on a father and daughter who secretly work for the CIA, yet unaware of each other’s clandestine roles. They are forced to team up, but that creates a change in the dynamic of their family dynamic. Netflix also announced this week the casting of Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams in the upcoming series Wednesday. The series, executive produced and directed by Tim Burton, centers on Wednesday during her time as a student at Nevermore Academy. We are excited about this news and have them on our target list to watch when out.

As always, please let us know what you will be watching when visiting the FoCC forum. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Our watch picks for the week are below.

DRWHO42’s picks:

New: Finale time

On-going: Handmaid Tale, Jupiter’s Legacy, Legends of Tomorrow, Shadow and Bone, Jupiter’s Legacy, Legends of Tomorrow, Manifest, Kung Fu, Supergirl, Law and Order: Organized Crime, Falcon and Winter Soldier, Superman and Lois, Debris, The Flash, Pacific Rim: The Black, Pennyworth, Black Lightning, The Equalizer, Clarice, Batwoman, 9-1-1, 9-1-1: Lone Star, The Blacklist, FBI, FBI: Most Wanted, The Crown, Young Sheldon.

Binge / Re-watch: Lost in Space, Doctor Who, Jack Ryan, Strike Back!, The Witcher (finished and re-watching the greatness)

Mario Wario’s picks:

New: Black Lightning (Series Finale), Cruella, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers (1st Season Finale).

On-going: The Flash, Batwoman, Superman & Lois, Star Wars: The Bad Batch, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

Binge / Stack: [Nothing at the Moment]

Editor’s note: All times listed below are Eastern and nerd/geek interest are highlighted in AMBER.

Sunday, May 23, 2021
8:00 pm
CBS The Equalizer: Reckoning [1st Season Finale]
NBC 2021Billboard Music Awards
FOX The Simpsons: The Last Barfighter [32nd Season Finale]
8:30 pm
FOX Duncanville: Das Banana Boot [2nd Season Premiere on Special Night and Time]
9:00 pm
FOX Bob’s Burgers: Vampire Disco Death Dance [11th Season Finale]
SHOWTIME The Chi: Soul Food [4th Season Premiere]
EPIX Godfather of Harlem: The Ballot or the Bullet [2nd Season Spring Finale]
HBO In Treatment: Eladio – Week 1 [4th Season Premiere]
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles: A Tale of Two Igors [12th Season Finale]
9:30 Pm
FOX Duncanville: Duncan’s New Word [New Episode on Special Night]
10:00 Pm
SHOWTIME Black Monday: Ten! [3rd Season Premiere]
CBS NCIS: New Orleans: Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler [Series Finale]
10:30 Pm
SHOWTIME Flatbush Misdemeanors: Leanin’ [Series Premiere]

A raw comedy of city life following Dan and Kevin, who play characters struggling to thrive in their new surroundings in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Click Here for More Information.

Monday, May 24, 2021
12:00 am
ADULT SWIM Robot Chicken: The Bleepin’ Robot Chicken Archie Comics Special
8:00 pm
FOX 9-1-1: Survivors [4th Season Finale]
9:00 pm
CBS All Rise: Yeet [Series Finale]
THE CW Black Lightning: The Book of Resurrection: Chapter Two: Closure [Series Finale]
HBO In Treatment: Laila – Week 1 [Time Slot Premiere]
9:01 pm
FOX 9-1-1: Lone Star: Dust To Dust [2nd Season Finale]
10:01 pm
NBC Debris: Celestial Body [1st Season Finale]

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
8:00 pm
ABC Mike Tyson: The Knockout: Part 1 [Series Premiere About Mike Tyson]
CBS NCIS: Rule 91 [18th Season Finale]
9:00 pm
CBS FBI: Straight Flush [3rd Season Finale]
10:00 pm
CBS FBI: Most Wanted: Chattaboogie [2nd Season Finale]
FX Mr. Inbetween: Coulda Shoulda / Champ [One-Hour 3rd Season Premiere]
NBC This is Us: The Adirondacks [5th Season Finale on Special Time]
10:30 pm
TBS Chad: Finale [1st Season Finale]

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
8:00 pm
NBC Chicago Med: I Will Come to Save You [6th Season Finale]
9:00 pm
NBC Chicago Fire: No Survivors [9th Season Finale]
CBS Seal Team: One Life to Live [4th Season Finale]
10:00 pm
FREEFORM The Bold Type: Trust Fall [5th Season Premiere]
NBC Chicago PD: The Other Side [8th Season Finale]
CBC S.W.A.T.: Veritas Vincint [4th Season Finale]

Thursday, May 27, 2021
12:01 am
HULU/PEACOCK Madagascar: A Little Wild [3rd Season Premiere / Animated]
3:01 am
NETFLIX Black Space [Series Premiere]

A rogue detective with unorthodox means leads an investigation into a massacre committed by unicorn mask-wearing assassins at an Israeli high school. Click Here for More Information.

DISCOVERY+ Apocalypse 45 [Special]

Apocalypse ‘45 spotlights the sacrifices of the greatest generation as America and the world grapples with the meaning and consequences of World War II — on this most significant of anniversaries. Click Here for More Information.

NETFLIX Eden [Series Premiere / Anime]

A human girl secretly raised by robots starts to uncover the dark secrets behind her lush, utopian world where humanity has all but vanished. Click Here for More Information.

HBO MAX Friends: The Reunion [Special]

NETFLIX Blue Miracle [Movie]

To save their cash-strapped orphanage, a guardian and his kids partner with a washed-up boat captain for a chance to win a lucrative fishing competition. Click Here for More Information.

NETFLIX Ragnarok [2nd Season Premiere]
PARAMOUNT+ Rugrats: Part 1 [Series Premiere / Animated]

A reimagining of the classic ’90s hit, the brand-new series features rich and colorful CG-animation and follows Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Susie and Angelica as they explore the world and beyond from their pint-sized and wildly imaginative point-of-view. Click Here for More Information.

8:00 pm
FOX 2021 iHeartradio Music Awards [Two-Hour Special]

Friday, May 28, 2021
12:01 am
AMAZON Panic [Series Premiere]

No one knows who invented Panic or when it first began. But in the forgotten rural town of Carp, Texas, the game is the only way out. Every summer the graduating seniors risk their lives competing in a series of challenges that force them to confront their deepest fears for the chance to win life-changing money. Anyone can play. Only one will win. Let the games begin. Click Here for More Information.

3:01 am
DISNEY+ Cruella [Movie / Premier Access; Also in Theaters]

“Cruella,” which is set in 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution, follows a young grifter named Estella, a clever and creative girl determined to make a name for herself with her designs. She befriends a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they are able to build a life for themselves on the London streets. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman, a fashion legend who is devastatingly chic and terrifyingly haute, played by two-time Oscar® winner Emma Thompson (“Howards End,” “Sense & Sensibility”). But their relationship sets in motion a course of events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella. Click Here for More Information.

NETFLIX The Kominsky Method [Series Finale]
NETFLIX Lucifer [5th Season Finale]
DISNEY The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers: State of Play [1st Season Finale]
NETFLIX Dog Gone Trouble [Animated Movie]

The privileged life of a pampered dog named Trouble is turned upside-down when he gets lost and must learn to survive on the big-city streets. Click Here for More Information.

Saturday, May 29, 2021
10:30 am
CARTOON NETWORK Victor and Valentino: Through the Realms of Mictlan [2nd Season Finale]
8:00 pm
BBCA China: Nature’s Ancient Kingdom [1st Season Finale]
HBO Oslo [Movie]

Adapted from the Tony Award-winning play of the same name, Oslo is based on a true story of negotiations between implacable enemies that led to the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords. Starring Golden Globe-winner Ruth Wilson (HBO’s His Dark Materials, Mrs. Wilson) as Mona Juul, a Norwegian foreign minister, and Emmy-nominee Andrew Scott (Fleabag, Black Mirror) as Terje Rød-Larsen, a Norwegian sociologist and Mona’s husband, the film details the secret back-channel talks, unlikely friendships and quiet heroics of a small but committed group of Israelis, Palestinians and one Norwegian couple. Click Here for More Information.

Mario Wario

Scott is a Spidey/Funko/video game fanatic, yet going to a pop culture convention is always his goal. Yes, he is also a fan of Mario and Wario. You can follow him on Twitter @ScottyTheWise.

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