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Next Week in TV 5/7: Finales, More Finales, and The Writers’ Strike

By DRWHO42 & Scott C.

May is here! But this time of the year usually marks the wave of the season and series finales. 

This week fans will bid the gritty hero series, Titans, goodbye as it wraps up its fourth and final season. Other notable season finales include Call the Midwife, Fantasy Island, Night Court, Ghosts, Family Guy, and Walker.

Fans of procedural series will find Class of ’09 and City on Fire worth adding to the list. The FBI-set Class of ’09, starring Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta, Bullet Train) and Kate Mara (The Martian), is the standout recommendation due to its approach to storytelling, which follows the characters over three distinct periods and how their lives change since they graduate from training.

AMC+ subscribers will have early access to the eighth and final season of the premiere of Fear the Walking Dead. AMC+ also has a special from WonderCon to supplement the season premiere.

The entertainment industry, however, has come to a crossroads with the Writers’ Strike, and many productions are either halting or making strategic decisions to forge ahead (with no writers). All late-night shows, though, as well as Saturday Night Live have paused production, as well as several series, including Evil, Stranger Things, and more. Series such as Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power and The House of the Dragon are proceeding with production based on the latest reports. The MTV Movie Awards will shift from its previously planned live ceremony and will instead proceed with a pre-taped format.

In television news, there were quite a few notable cancellations this week, like SWAT, Call Me Kat, and 9-1-1. For fans of 9-1-1, the cancellation news was a shocker, since the series was highly rated and popular on Fox. Thankfully, there was instant relief because the series was picked up by ABC. 

Paramount+ confirmed what fans of Yellowstone long suspected that series will end after its fifth season; however, there are plans for a sequel series. Netflix’s Sweet Tooth has been renewed for a third and final season.

 In casting news, there was plenty of excitement for Whovians over the past few months with production in full swing, and the latest announcement from the BBC has (certainly) generated a lot of excitement. Jonathan Groff (Knock at the Cabin, Glee, Hamilton) will join a future episode of Doctor Who as a guest in what is dubbed a “mysterious” role. Amazon announced Jonathon Robert Patrick, fresh off his role in The Night Agent, is joining Reacher season two as a replacement for Rory Cochrane, who had to bow out due to a scheduling conflict.

On a final note, we at the blog understand the objectives of the Writers’ Strike and have friends and acquaintances who are on strike. We are hopeful an amicable solution is found very soon.

As always, don’t forget to see the week’s listing below, and to follow the blog on Facebook and Twitter. Have a lovely week ahead!

DRWHO42’s picks:

New: Class of ’09.
On-going: Silo, Rabbit Hole, Night Agent, Shadow and Bone, Class of ’07, Gotham Knights, Superman and Lois, Picard!!!!!, Carnival Row, The Ark, Accused, Poker Face, Alert: Missing Persons Unit, Hunters, Jack Ryan, Doom Patrol, Wednesday, 1899, Warrior Nun, The Crown, Titans, Manifest, FBI, 9-1-1 & 9-1-1: Lone Star, Law and Order: Organized Crime, The Mandalorian, The Blacklist, True Lies.
Binge / Re-watch: Jack Ryan, The Witcher, Lost in Space, Strike Back (Finished and Re-Watching the Greatness).

Mario Wario’s picks:

New: Class of ‘09.
On-going: The Flash, From.
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 07, 2023
8:00 pm
PBS Call The Midwife [12th Season Finale]
MTV 2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards
SHOWTIME Vice [4th Season Premiere]
9:00 pm
FOX Family Guy: Adult Education [21st Season Finale on Special Time]
AMC Lucky Hank: The Chopping Block [1st Season Finale]
10:00 pm
ABC The Company You Keep: The Truth Hurts [1st Season Finale]
PBS Marie Antoinette: Queen of Hearts [1st Season Finale]

Monday, May 08, 2023
3:01 am
ACORN TV Dalgliesh: The Murder Room, Part 1& 2 [2nd Season Finale]
AMC+ Fear The Walking Dead: Live From Wondercon [Special]
NETFLIX Spirit Rangers [2nd Season Premiere / Animated]
8:00 pm
ABC Jeopardy! Masters: Games 1 & 2 [Series Premiere]
9:01 pm
FOX Fantasy Island: Mj Akuda & The 1st, 2nd, And 3rd Wives Club [2nd Season Finale]

Tuesday, May 09, 2023
8:00 pm
NBC Night Court: The Honorable Dan Fielding [1st Season Finale]
8:30 pm
NBC Lopez vs. Lopez: Lopez vs Last Call [1st Season Finale]
9:01 pm
FOX Accused: Billy’s Story [1st Season Finale]

Wednesday, May 10, 2023
12:01 am
HULU Algiers, America: Forever 48 [1st Season Finale]
FX On HULU Class of ’09: Part of Something / The Fitness Test [Series Premiere]

Featuring Brian Tyree Henry and Kate Mara, FX’s Class of ’09 follows a class of FBI agents set in three distinct points in time who grapple with immense changes as the U.S. criminal justice system is altered by artificial intelligence. Spanning multiple decades, the series examines the nature of justice, humanity and the choices we make that ultimately define our lives and legacy. Click here for more information.

3:01 am
NETFLIX Dance Brothers [Series Premiere]

Two brothers trying to make it as dancers open their own club, but their artistic drive soon clashes with the business, threatening their relationship. Click here for more information.

DISNEY+ The Muppets Mayhem [Series Premiere]

Follow The Muppets’ band as they try to record their first ever album. Click here for more information.

3:30 am
AMC Fear The Walking Dead: Season 8 Trailer [Special]
9:00 pm
AXS TV Live From The Artists Den: Jason Mraz [1st Season Finale]

Thursday, May 11, 2023
3:01 am
AMC+ Fear The Walking Dead [8th Season Premiere]
Peacock Intelligence: A Special Agent Special
NETFLIX Royalteen: Princess Margrethe [Movie]

In the wake of her prom scandal, Princess Margrethe longs for normalcy as she struggles to maintain her perfect facade while dealing with family drama. Click here for more information.

SHUDDER Slasher: Ripper [5th Season Finale]
HBO MAX Titans [Series Finale]
NETFLIX Ultraman [Series Finale / Anime]
8:00 pm
AMAZON 58th Academy of Country Music Awards
THE CW Walker: It’s A Nice Day For A Ranger Wedding [3rd Season Finale]
8:31 pm
CBS Ghosts: The Heir [2nd Season Finale]
10:00 pm
SHOWTIME Best of All The Smoke With Matt Barnes And Stephen Jackson: Ernie Johnson [New Episode on Special Time]

Friday, May 12, 2023
12:01 am
APPLE TV+ Still: A Michael J. FOX Movie [Documentary]
APPLE TV+ City On Fire [Series Premiere]

A college student is shot in Central Park. The investigation connects a series of mysterious citywide fires, the downtown music scene, and a wealthy uptown real estate family fraying under the strain of the many secrets they keep. Click here for more information.

HULU The Great [3rd Season Premiere]
AMAZON The Power [1st Season Finale]
3:01 am
NETFLIX Black Knight [Series Premiere]

In a dystopian future devastated by air pollution, the survival of humanity depends on the Black Knights — and they’re far from your average deliverymen. Click here for more information.

DISNEY+ Crater [Movie]

After the death of his father, a boy growing up on a lunar mining colony takes a trip to explore a legendary crater, along with his four best friends, prior to being permanently relocated to another planet. Click here for more information.

NETFLIX Mulligan [Series Premiere / Animated]

In this satirical comedy, when most of Earth is destroyed by aliens, can a few survivors rebuild what’s left of America and form a more perfect union? Click here for more information.

NETFLIX The Mother [Movie]

A military-trained assassin comes out of hiding to protect the daughter she’s never met from ruthless criminals gunning for revenge. Click here for more information.

10:00 pm
FX Dear Mama: Until The End of Time [1st Season Finale]

Saturday, May 13, 2023
8:00 pm
ABC XFL Championship Game – Arlington Renegades vs. D.C. Defenders

DRWHO42

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