Season finale alert! When to expect goodbye episodes from 'Survivor,' 'Chuck,' and 'Saturday Night Live'


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Where did the time ago? It seems like just yesterday that we were anxiously awaiting the start of Lone Star; now we can barely remember that two-timing cad. That’s because it’s season finale time – that heartbreaking period when we bid adieu to nine months of scripted heaven to make way for three months of unscripted hell on the broadcast networks. (Don’t worry, Big Brother: We still adore thee).

Fire up your DVR playlists, kids … here are all the broadcast net finales.

May 8
The Amazing Race (CBS, two hours)
CSI: Miami (CBS)
Brothers & Sisters

May 11
Better With You

May 12
Community (NBC)
Outsourced (NBC)
Vampire Diaries

May 13

Blue Bloods (CBS)
(CW, two hours)

May 15
Survivor: Redemption Island (CBS)
Survivor: Redemption Island Live Reunion Show
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Desperate Housewives (ABC, two hours)
The Cleveland Show (Fox)

May 16
How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
Mad Love (CBS)
Mike & Molly (CBS)
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)
90210 (
Gossip Girl

May 17
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
The Good Wife
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution
Raising Hope
Traffic Light
One Tree Hill

May 18

Criminal Minds (CBS)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Breaking In
America’s Next Top Model

May 19

The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Rules of Engagement (CBS)
The Mentalist (CBS, two hours)
The Office (NBC, one hour)
Parks and Recreation (NBC, one hour)
Wipeout (ABC)
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
Private Practice (ABC)

May 20
Shark Tank
Kitchen Nightmares
(CW, two hours)

May 21
Saturday Night Live (NBC)

May 22
The Celebrity Apprentice
America’s Funniest Home Videos
American Dad
The Simpsons
Bob’s Burgers
Family Guy
(Fox, one hour)

May 23
The Event
The Chicago Code

May 24

The Biggest Loser (NBC, two hours)
Dancing with the Stars The Results Show (ABC)

May 25
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (CBS)
The Middle
Modern Family (ABC)
Cougar Town (ABC, one hour)
American Idol (Fox, two hours)

TV talk has no end date here @EWLynette

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  • Jenn

    Where is Bones on the list?


    • MsDaisy

      May 19th.

      You fail.

      • tom

        I hope SNL cleans house, and starts out a new year with new people. Because SNL is the pits!

    • CBloss

      It’s on there. Look at the 19th.

      • Jessica

        CBloss = F.uK-TARD

        We don’t need you and a bunch of other shrews with inferiority complexes repeating what Ms. Daisy has already expressed.
        “Jenn” is clearly a moron, but she’s still Einstein compared to filth like you, “Justin”, “Laundry”, and the rest of the idiots who troll this site just to act like sheep.

      • Allie

        Jessica clearly has some anger issues that are being misdirected right now. calm down.

      • Matt

        Oh, Allie, don’t sugar coat it.

        Jessica is a c.u.n.t in need of a banging.

    • Justin

      Bones is on the list. May 19.

    • Laundry

      Yeah, where is Bones? Oh, there it is, on the 19th. Why didn’t anybody tell me?

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    • gag

      wow. This is an entertainment website. This group really could use some. maybe you should all go to a group therapy website.

  • JC

    Ugh, Fringe ends so early! why?!

    And i’m out of town that weekend! will have to wait until Sunday to watch.

    • Ruby

      I’m going to be so miserable all summer waiting for Fringe to start up again :/

      • Mary


      • Jessica

        Poor Ruby. Living such an empty and meanningless existence.
        But at least she isn’t a pathetic sheep like “Mary”.

    • PRBabe

      Better to have Fringe end early than have it compete with the season finales of Supernatural and CSI NY.

  • Kaiulani

    You forgot Being Erica. It’s season finale is April 20th.

    • Laundry

      Yes, but is it April 20 of this year?

  • EC

    The event is still on? I thought that was canceled already….

    • Jaded

      LOL, I thought the same thing!

    • ks

      so did I hmm

  • Ben

    Perfect Couples? That finale won’t be May 5 seeing as it’s already been pulled

    • a

      Pulled is not the same as being cancelled. There remains two unaired episodes, so it’s not impossible that NBC still plans to show them. It’s official status as cancelled or not has not yet been announced.

  • Michael

    Goodbye Smallville my childhood is dead now

    • Cassie

      I feel your pain

      • Inday

        Mon dieu,The Blue Bloods balloon coitnnues to lose hot air. Not a surprise considering it is the television equivalent of the heated-air craft launched by the Montgolfier brothers in the 1750 s. Outdated, slow, able to remain aloft for only a few intermittent moments of moderate excitement decorated by quaint old designs. The producers should have no fear. It won’t be cancelled. They can keep heaving bags of sand over the side and it will keep barely scraping the treetops. But, malheureusment, perhaps not so long that anyone sees any back end. One can, if one listens closely, hear the guillotine being hoisted.

  • Richard

    i really don’t care much about most of these shoes since they have been primarily reruns since january.

    • nitegram

      Dear Richard: I’m am truly sorry to hear about your shoes but none of these shows have been reruns since the final shows of the season start April 19th.

      • thin

        The shoes comment was funny, but none of these shows has been running back-to-back new episodes since January. Quite a few of them ran reruns for a while.

    • Sandee

      Where do your shoes run over and over again?

      • Richard

        one bad thing about posting on here, you can’t go back and correct or delete it…shoes? geesh. but kinda funny.

      • Zakry

        You are still wrong though. NONE of these shows have been in continuous reruns since January.

    • MARIE

      Your shoes were made for walking.

  • mark

    what’s smallville ends, i won’t have any reason to watch the CW. oh well, back to watching more deadly women or wicked attraction on ID.

  • darrin

    If Entertainment Weekly does not put Smallville on its cover (they had the entire tenth and final season to do so) I will be very disappointed. If they put Oprah on the cover I will cancel my subscription.

    • Jesse


      I agree. Smallville needs to be on the cover

      • deedeedragons

        Unfortunately a LOT more people (Women to be blunt) care about Oprah’s final.

      • Nothing Can Keep Us Together

        OPRAH IS QUEEN 25 years. no one else could do talk shows like she did. at least we still have own network

    • PN

      I agree with you that Smallville should get its respect and get on the cover. Maybe have Smallville get the cover this week and Oprah Winfrey’s the next. Let’s make it even for both parties that loved these shows for years.

  • Luddite

    I’m less concerned with when Parenthood ends this season than with if it will be coming back next season. I really, really hope that this coming episode is a season finale, not a series finale.

  • Cathy

    This is a question not a coment. Is this the final season for Bones and Brothers and Sisters. I would really like to know. Thank You.

    • Laundry

      Maybe, maybe not. Hard to say. I’m not sure. Could be. It’s either the final season for both or either one (or both) could go on for another year, or for more than another year. Could be one year, could be two, could be none. I’m not 100% sure.

      • Laura

        Bones was officially renewed for next season a few days ago.

  • Peg Bundy

    Maybe EW could get some fresh scoop on the remaining shows that haven’t been renewed yet. Put some pressure on those networks for us!
    P.S. Chuck!!

    • Laundry

      And bring back L.A. Law!

  • Susan

    Greys never started properly this season. It was so damn boring, I can’t believe it. For all the promises they made about Mer and Der love story, not a thing happened for them! The audience was totally mislead and betrayed. The Callie story is just disgusting

    • a

      I know, right?! Two hot chicks being in love. I mean who wants to see that?! Oh wait, I do.

  • Smash Tit-house

    shouldn’t the idol finale be on a thursday? i thought the final two perform one day, and then the big finale night is the next day. or are they moving up the performance that week to a tuesday?

    • PN

      But Idol wants to get its season finale right in the sweeps period (Wednesday May 25th is the final day of the sweeps) rather than air it on Thursday. I thought it was going to air on Thursday too so it wouldn’t have to compete against Dancing With the Stars’ season finale that same night. There may be some people refusing to watch Idol’s performance show that night just to watch Dancing’s big two-hour season finale. That’s going to be a logistical mess right there with those rival shows. Fox never even mentioned when the season finale was during February and March, but did so in April. Dancing took a chunk of Idol’s audience last year and they might do the same on the 24th. I hope Idol has a better 2-hour finale than last year’s show. They like to think big with their shows.

      • wakeforce

        I just hope they pick a better winner on Idol than the last two. who hsven’t exactly lit up the charts. Even Scotty would have more success on the chart than the last two guys did, even though I’m hoping for a Haley win!

  • jimmy2u

    Thank you very much for this list of season finale dates. It really is appreciated. It will be much easier to make plans now.

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