During the summer of 2013, LA TV Insider Examiner will be looking at the week ahead for our primetime programming recommendations, rather than day-by-day. The summer season is notoriously lighter with originals, especially scripted originals. But we will work tirelessly to find worthy options!
For the last week of May, the 26th through 31st 2013, LA TV Insider Examiner recommends:
- Sunday, May 26th:
Smash (NBC, 9 p.m.) – “The Nominations” / “The Tonys” – It’s a crucial moment for both shows as Tony nominations loom, but keeping your eye on the prize can be hard. As Tom (Christian Borle) crosses an influential Tony voter, and Ivy (Megan Hilty) copes with some very distracting news, Derek’s (Jack Davenport) past has repercussions for the entire “Hit List” team. On Tony night, the awards might not provide the answers everyone is looking for. As Jimmy (Jeremy Jordan) faces a final reckoning, Tom, Julia (Debra Messing), Derek (Jack Davenport), Karen (Katharine McPhee), Ivy, and most of all, Eileen (Anjelica Huston) wait to see if the ceremony will confirm their place in the Broadway pantheon once and for all.
Behind the Candelabra (HBO, 9 p.m.) – The cabler adapts Scott Thorston’s book about his love affair with Liberace. Michael Douglas and Matt Damon star as the tumultuous but famed couple.
Nurse Jackie (SHO, 9 p.m.) – “Teachable Moments” – Frank (Adam Ferrara) cancels his and Jackie’s (Edie Falco) lunch date because he picks up an extra shift at South Street Seaport. Akalitus (Anna Deavere Smith) forgets to hire an escort for a psych patient who ends up laying waste to the pharmacy. Eddie (Paul Schulze) and Jackie, who have reached their limits with Akalitus’s forgetfulness, use this as an opportunity to run her blood. Thor (Stephen Wallam) is nervous because the night before he got high but they promise to lose his blood sample. Zoey (Merritt Wever) points out Prentiss’s (Morris Chestnut) terrible bedside manner, both with patients and other hospital staff. While transcribing dictation, Zoey hears Coop (Peter Facinelli) and Carrie (Betty Gilpin) having sex, unaware the machine was recording. Jackie lectures Coop yet again about his relationship with Carrie, and after Carrie botches an appendicitis diagnosis, Coop finally resolves to mentor her. The hospital shuts down when a call comes in. Cop shot at South Street Seaport. Jackie’s whole world stops until she sees the cop isn’t Frank. Prentiss saves the cop and is bear hugged by the entire NYPD. This scare brings Jackie and Frank closer together.
- Monday, May 27th:
The Goodwin Games (FOX, 8:30 p.m.) – “Welcome Home, Goodwins” – Chloe (Becki Newton) tries to mend fences by throwing a party, while Jimmy (T.J. Miller) quickly realizes that Granby is too small a town to engage in the criminal activity to which he is used. Later, Henry (Scott Foley) is disappointed to learn his long lost love has a boyfriend.
Revolution (NBC, 10 p.m.) – “Children of Men” – Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) and Monroe (David Lyons) battle with more than wits. Meanwhile, Miles (Billy Burke), Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos), Nora (Daniella Alonso) and Aaron (Zak Orth) get inside the Tower but Tom Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) and son Jason (JD Pardo) get shut out. Miles and Monroe once again face-off, this time even more lethally.
- Tuesday, May 28th:
Body of Proof (ABC, 10 p.m.) – “Daddy’s Issues” – On the series finale, Tommy (Mark Valley) goes along with Megan (Dana Delany) to her father’s exhumation, which only yields more mysteries to what she has always been told was his suicide. Megan’s mother suggests Megan look into her late husband’s patient files, which may be connected to his death– and that of one of his patients, too.
Awkward (MTV, 10 p.m.) – “Rubbed Raw and Reeling” – Jenna (Ashley Rickards) has a stunning revelation about herself.
- Wednesday, May 29th:
Masterchef (FOX, 8 p.m.) – “Top 19 Revealed” / “Top 19 Compete” – The contestants are officially revealed and embark upon their competition, participating in their first Mystery Box competition and elimination challenge.
How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) (ABC, 9:30 p.m.) – “How to Get Involved” – When Polly (Sarah Chalke) is apprehensive about putting herself up for a promotion (wine and cheese manager) and Natalie (Rachel Eggleston) announces that she’s playing a “hillside” in the school play, Elaine (Elizabeth Perkins) and Max (Brad Garrett) decide to get involved in order to make sure that Natalie and Polly are living up to their full potential.
- Thursday, May 30th:
Save Me (NBC, 8 p.m.) – “WWJD” – When Beth (Anne Heche) receives a message to be a Good Samaritan, she decides to help an elderly but extremely irascible neighbor. She finds that her friends and family are resistant because they were hoping to oust the woman from the neighborhood once and for all. Beth continues in her quest, however, and makes a new friend in the process.
Rookie Blue (ABC, 10 p.m.) – “Homecoming” – Andy (Missy Peregrym) must make peace with her past when she’s forced to work a bank robbery case with the newly promoted Swarek (Ben Bass) on her first day back at 15 Division. The investigation leads them to a violent ex-convict determined to get his old life back at any cost. Meanwhile, Nick (Peter Mooney) and Gail (Charlotte Sullivan) help a distraught woman who offers Nick some perspective on his life with Gail, and Frank (Lyric Bent) drops a bombshell on Noelle (Melanie Nicholls-King).
Hannibal (NBC, 10 p.m.) – “Buffet Froid” – BAU investigates a murder in which two victims’ faces are similarly mutilated; given a “Glasgow Smile.” For the first time, Will (Hugh Dancy) contaminates a crime scene thinking he committed the first murder and an MRI shows he suffers from Advanced Encephalitis. But Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) intimidates the attending physician, Dr. Sutcliffe, (John Benjamin Hickey) into telling Will he’s okay. Meanwhile, the team doubts Will who says, while revisiting the crime scene alone, he saw a mysterious, “dead-looking” woman (Ellen Muth) who may be involved. With his fears fed by Hannibal, Will returns to Dr. Sutcliffe for more mental health tests, when the doctor is murdered.
- Friday, May 31st:
Merlin (Syfy, 10 p.m.) – “The Diamond of the Day, Part 2” – On the series finale, Merlin (Colin Morgan) faces his greatest challenge as Morgana (Katie McGrath) threatens King Arthur (Bradley James) and Camelot.
Which will you watch??
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