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Guide to May 2012 TV premieres, finales, specials

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  • Here are some of the stars and personalities you'll see on TV in May.
Here are some of the stars and personalities you'll see on TV in May.
April 30, 2012|By Curt Wagner | RedEye

May can be a difficult month for the serious couch potato, what with regular season finales happening at the same time new series are launching. So to help you out, here's a guide to the season and series finales, plus season, series, original movie and specials premieres happening in May. I'll continue to add to this list whenever I find something new.

Tuesday, May 1
Noon | "Jamie's Meals in Minutes," BBC America (series premiere)
7 | "The Biggest Loser," NBC (season finale)
7 | "Last Man Standing," ABC (season finale)
9 | "The Treasure of Osama bin Laden," Discovery (special)
9 | "Top Shot," History (season finale)

Thursday, May 3
5:30 | "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Alpha," G4 (special)

Friday, May 4
7 | "My Momma Throws Down," TV One (series premeire)
8 | "My Mom is Obsessed," OWN (series premiere)
9 | "In Plain Sight," USA (series finale)

Saturday, May 5
6 | "Treasure Island," Syfy (movie premiere)
8 | "The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," HBO (special)
9 | "Rambug," A&E (series premiere)

Sunday, May 6
7 | "Lake Effects," Hallmark (movie premiere)
7 | "The Amazing Race," CBS (season finale)
8 | "Masterpiece Mystery--Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia," PBS (season 2 premiere)
8 | "The Comedy Awards," Comedy Central (special)
9 | "GCB," ABC (season finale)

Monday, May 7
7 | "Good Luck Charlie," Disney XD (season 3 premiere)
7 | "2 Broke Girls," CBS (season finale)
7 | "World's Wildest Police Videos," Spike TV (season 5 premiere)
8 | "Planet Food: Mexico," Cooking Channel (special)
9 | "Castle," ABC (season finale)

Tuesday, May 8
7 | "The Voice," NBC (season finale)
8 | "New Girl," Fox (season finale)
9 | "Unforgettable," CBS (season finale)
9 | "United Stats of America," History (series premiere)
9 | "AFI Master Class: The Art of Collaboration with David O. Russell and Mark Wahlberg," TCM (special)
9 | "The Devil's Ride," Discovery (series premiere)
9:30 | "Undercover Stings," Spike TV (series premiere)

Wednesday, May 9
7:30 | "Best Friends Forever," NBC (season finale)
9 | "White Heat," BBC America (series premiere)
9 | "CSI," CBS (season finale)
9 | "Around the World in 80 Plates," Bravo (series premiere)

Thursday, May 10
7 | "The Vampire Diaries," CW (season finale)
7 | "The Big Bang Theory," CBS (season finale)
8 | "The Secret Circle," CW (season finale)
8 | "The Office," NBC (season finale)
8:30 | "Parks and Recreation," NBC (season finale)

Friday, May 11
7 | "Undercover Boss," CBS  (season finale)
8 | "Fringe," Fox (season finale)
8 | "The Finder," Fox (season finale)
8 | "CSI: NY," CBS (season finale)
9 | "Common Law," USA (series premiere)
9 | "Blue Bloods," CBS (season finale)
10 | "The Half Hour," Comedy Central (series premiere)

Saturday, May 12
6:30 | "Dark Shadows: Beyond the Grave," Reelz (special)
7 | "Notes from the Heart Healer," Hallmark (movie premiere)
8 | "The Grammar of Happiness," Smithsonian (special)

Sunday, May 13
7 | "Cupcake Champions," Food (series premiere)
7 | "Chefography: Roger Mooking," Cooking Channel (special)
7 | "Notes from the Heart Healer," Hallmark (movie premiere)
7 | "Survivor: One World," CBS (season finale)
7 | "Once Upon a Time," ABC (season finale)
8 | "Sherlock: The Hounds of Baskerville," PBS ("Masterpiece Mystery" premiere)
8 | "Food Network Star," Food (season 8 premiere)
8 | "Desperate Housewives," ABC (series finale)
8:30 | "American Dad," Fox (season finale)

Monday, May 14
5:30 | "X-Play's Summer Games Preview Week," (daily specials through May 16)
7 | "America's Got Talent," NBC (season 7 premiere)
7 | "The Weight of the Nation," HBO (doc premiere; parts 1 & 2)
7 | "Bones," Fox (season finale)
7 | "How I Met Your Mother," CBS (season finale)
7 | "Gossip Girl," CW (season finale)
8 | "American Masters Johnny Carson: King of Late Night," PBS (special; check local listings)
8 | "Count it Down: Most Memorable Celebrity Weddings," TV Guide Channel (special premiere)
8 | "Invention Hunters," Food (series premiere)
8 | "Hart of Dixie," CW (season finale)
8 | "Two and Half Men," CBS (season finale)
8:30 | "The Bachelorette," ABC (season 15 premiere)
8:30 | "Mike & Molly," CBS (season finale)
9 | "Hawaii Five-0," CBS (season finale)
9 | "Smash," NBC (season finale)

Tuesday, May 15
7 | "The Weight of the Nation," HBO (doc premiere; parts 3 & 4)
7 | "NCIS," CBS (season finale)
7 | "90210," CW (season finale)
8 | "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS (season finale)
9 | "Private Practice," ABC (season finale)
9 | "Fashion Star," NBC (season finale)

Wednesday, May 16
7:30 | "Suburgatory," ABC (season finale)
8 | "Criminal Minds," CBS (seaon finale)

Thursday, May 17
7 | "Missing," ABC (season finale)
7:30 | "30 Rock," NBC (season finale)
7:30 | "Rules of Engagement," CBS (season finale)
8 | "Obese & Expecting," TLC (special)
8 | "Grey's Anatomy," ABC (season finale)
8 | "Person of Interest," CBS (season finale)
8:30 | "Community," NBC (season finael; new eps air at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. as well)
9 | "Birth Moms," TLC (special)
9 | "Scandal," ABC (season finale)
9 | "Awake," NBC (season finale)
9 | "The Mentalist," CBS (season finale)

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