'Bates Motel,' 'Modern Family' & more can't-miss season finales
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Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was
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IT'S ONLY ROCK AND ROLL But TV loves it this weekend. Roosevelt rap sensation Public Enemy is honored at the 28th "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony" (Saturday night 9-11:50, HBO), along with Randy Newman, Rush, Heart, Albert King and Donna Summer. Then it's this year's "Billboard Music Awards" (Sunday 8-11 p.m., ABC/7), hosted by Tracy Morgan, honoring Prince and featuring Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Miguel, Bruno Mars and many more. Up against it: "Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night" (Sunday 9-11 p.m., CBS/2), with veterans like John Fogerty and newcomers like Florida Georgia Line, plus Jason Aldean, Pitbull, Ne-Yo and, of course, Faith Hill.
SEASON FINALES: DRAMA Cable kicks things off with the season 7 end of "Doctor Who" (Saturday night at 8, BBC America) and the first-season finale of the already renewed "Bates Motel" (Monday 10 p.m., A&E). Over on the networks: "Hawaii Five-O" (Monday 10 p.m., CBS/2), "Grimm" (Tuesday 10 p.m., NBC/4), "Criminal Minds" (Wednesday 9-11 p.m., CBS/2), "Law & Order: SVU" (Wednesday 9 p.m., NBC/4), "Chicago Fire" (Wednesday 10 p.m., NBC/4), "Nashville" (Wednesday 10 p.m., ABC/7) and "Cult" (Friday 9 p.m., CW/11).
SEASON FINALES: COMEDY Animation dominates Sunday night with extended season-enders of "The Cleveland Show" (7-8 p.m.), "The Simpsons" (8-9 p.m.) and "Family Guy" (9-10 p.m., all on Fox/5). Also wrapping the laughs: "Rules of Engagement" (Monday 8:30 p.m., CBS/2), "Mike & Molly" (Monday 9:30 p.m., CBS/2), "The Middle" (Wednesday 8 p.m., ABC/7) and "Modern Family" (Wednesday 9 p.m., ABC/7).
AND THE WINNER IS Competitions conclude for "America's Funniest Home Videos" (Sunday 7 p.m., ABC/7), "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice" (Sunday 9-11 p.m., NBC/4) and "Dancing With the Stars" (Monday 8-10 p.m., Tuesday 9-11 p.m., ABC/7).
WEEK OF THE WEEK It's Monster Week on Animal Planet, spotlighting 24 fresh hours of hideous fish, snakes and, yes, even mermaids (but that's next weekend). Kicking things off -- three new hours of "River Monsters" (Monday 8-11 p.m.). Details at animalplanet.com/monsterweek.
WHO NEEDS MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL? We've got "Battle of the Network Stars" (Monday at 8 p.m., ESPN Classic)! It's never too late to watch "sporting competition" featuring '70s-'80s stars like William Shatner, Heather Locklear, Scott Baio, Joan Collins, Joe Piscopo, Melissa Gilbert, Mr. T and Michael J. Fox. Why are all the good ideas over already? Watch online at youtube.com.
ALIVE AND LOVING IT That's the wild writer-director-actor who's profiled in the new "American Masters" salute "Mel Brooks: Make a Noise" (Monday 9-10:30 p.m., WNET/13). Need more boisterous Brooks comedy? Try some of his film lampoons "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" (Sunday at 5:30 p.m., BBC America), "Spaceballs" (Thursday at 10:40 a.m. and 8:20 p.m., Encore Action) and "Blazing Saddles" (Thursday at 4:30 p.m., Friday at noon, AMC). Profile preview at pbs.org/americanmasters.
GOTTA GET 'ARRESTED' Only one more week till Mitch Hurwitz's wacko familycom returns from its seven-year hiatus! Before season 4 starts May 26 on Netflix, check out the original Fox run of "Arrested Development" (Friday 8 p.m.-1 a.m., next Saturday 6 a.m.-May 26 at 6 a.m. and May 26 noon-2:30 p.m., IFC). Netflix revival trailer at net flix.com/arresteddevelopment.