Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was the founding editor of Newsday's trend-spotting magazine TV
Off the Wall finds fun, funk and finales.
Saturday's "Billboard Music Awards: An Insiders Guide" (9 p.m., ABC/7) previews Sunday's big event. This year's "Billboard Music Awards" (8-11 p.m., Ch. 7) are hosted live in Las Vegas by Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen. Scheduled performers include Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Sam Smith and many more. Nominees at billboardmusicawards.com
What they're up to
Former Met/Yankee Darryl Strawberry provides an update on "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" (Saturday at 10 p.m., OWN). But it takes two very special new hours of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" (Sunday and Monday at 9 p.m., E!) to keep up with Bruce Jenner's gender situation. More at eonline.com/kardashians
Weekends of the week
When one day just isn't enough! NatGeo Wild's first BarkFest Weekend continues through Sunday with thrills including a Barktacular outing of "Unlikely Animal Friends" (Saturday night at 9) and a doggy-talk hour of "Is Your Dog a Genius?" (Sunday at 10 p.m.). Animal Planet's Monster Week starts Sunday with an "Africa's Deadliest" peek at piranha-like predators on "River Monsters" (9 p.m.). The Weather Channel swirls up another Tornado Week with back-to-back fresh outings of "Tornado Alley" (Monday at 9 and 10 p.m.), plus nightly encores. Finally, Friday kicks off Memorial Day weekend with military salutes from American Heroes Channel and other outlets; see highlights in next week's column.
Among those wrapping this year's runs are Sunday's comedy slate of "Bob's Burgers" (7:30 and 9:30 p.m.), "TheSimpsons" (8 p.m.), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (8:30 p.m.) and "Family Guy" (9 p.m., all Sunday on Fox/5). On Monday, it's "2 Broke Girls" (8 p.m., CBS/2), "Mike & Molly" (8:30 p.m., Ch. 2), and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (10 p.m., Ch. 2). Tuesday wraps "The Flash" (8 p.m., CW/11). Wednesday has "The Mysteries of Laura" and "Law & Order: SVU" (8 and 9 p.m., NBC/4), plus "Modern Family" and "black-ish" (9 and 9:30 p.m., ABC/7), along with a double dose of "Supernatural" (8 and 9 p.m., CW/11). Not to mention the grand goodbye of "The Late Show With David Letterman" (Wednesday at 11:35 p.m., CBS/2), with scheduled guests Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Howard Stern and Oprah.
Gone for good
After the myriad Emmys, affairs and ad campaigns, "Mad Men" comes to its much-awaited end (Sunday 10-11:15 p.m., AMC). But "The Following" (Monday 8-10 p.m., Fox/5) and "Stalker" (Monday at 9 p.m., CBS/2) are simply canceled. Psych up for Don Draper's denouement with AMC's "Mad Men" series binge, which started Wednesday and continues nonstop through Sunday's farewell. Also see the cast and crew of "Mad Men" chat at a Paley Center panel on "Behind the Story" (Saturday at 9 a.m., Sundance). More "Mad" at amctv.com
And the winner is
We'll find out this week on "Dancing With the Stars" (Monday 8-9 p.m., Tuesday 9-11 p.m., ABC/7), "The Voice" (Tuesday 8 p.m. recap, 9-11 p.m. finale, NBC/4), and "Survivor" (Wednesday 8-10 p.m. finale, 10 p.m. reunion, CBS/2).