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May 2014 TV premieres, finales, movies, specials

SHOW PATROL

April 29, 2014|By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol | RedEye

May brings the season finales of many shows, but plenty of new and returning series that are worth watching begin this month.

Top of my list is Showtime's "Penny Dreadful," a mashup of monsters from classic literature and new characters; the return of Jack Bauer in Fox's "24: Live Another Day;" more ex-zombies in BBC America's thoughtful "In the Flesh;" and finally, the long-awaited movie adaptation of the AIDS crisis play "The Normal Heart" on HBO.

By the way, you can watch the premiere of "Penny Dreadful" right now by clicking this link to the YouTube site.

Here's a look at the premieres, finales, movies and specials airing in May. Something missing? Let me know.

Thursday, May 1
7 | "iHeartRadio Music Awards," NBC (special)
9 | "Vikings," History (season finale)
9 | "Portlandia," IFC (season finale)
9 | "Sirens," USA (season finale)

Friday, May 2
8 | "Kitchen Nightmares," Fox (season finale)
11 | "The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall," Comedy Central (special)

Saturday, May 3
12:30 | "Transformers Rescue Bots," Hub (2-part special premiere)
7 | "A Daughter's Nightmare," Lifetime (movie premiere; daughter fights to find missing mom)
9 | "OMG EMT!" TLC (series premiere; lives of emergency medical techs)

Sunday, May 4
8 | "Resurrection," ABC (season finale)
8 | "Everest Avalanche Tragedy," Discovery (special; rescue and recovery efforts after avalanche struck Khumbu Icefall)
8 | "Larrymania," mun2 (season 2 premiere)
9 | "The Bletchley Circle," PBS (season finale)
9 | "David Spade: My Fake Problems," Comedy Central (stand-up special)

Monday, May 5
7 | "24: Live Another Day," Fox (miniseries 2-hour premiere; Jack Bauer is back for 12 episodes)
7 | "2 Broke Girls," CBS (season finale)
7 | "The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife," Smithsonian (special; text fragment’s discovery and expert analysis)
8 | "The Tomorrow People," CW (season finale)
9 | "Louie," FX (season premiere)
9 | "Bates Motel," A&E (seaosn 2 finale)
9 | "Muhammad Ali," PBS ("Independent Lens" premiere; doc about Ali’s fight to overturn sentence for refusing U.S. military service)

Tuesday, May 6
7 | "Acting Funny," PBS ("Pioneers of Television" season finale)
8 | "New Girl," Fox (season finale)
8 | "The Lost Gardens of Babylon," PBS ("Secrets of the Dead" premiere; check local listings)
8 | "Alien Files," Destination America (season premiere)
8:30 | "The Mindy Project," Fox (season finale)
9 | "Alaskan Bush People," Discovery (series premiere; family lives deep in frozen wilderness)
9 | "Freakshow," AMC (season premiere; also 9:30 p.m.)
9 | "Love and Salsa," NUVOtv (series premiere; match-making competition)
10 | "Small Town Security," AMC (season premiere)

Wednesday, May 7
7 | "Wild Burma," Smithsonian (series premiere)
7 | "The Face," Oxygen (season finale)
9 | "Catfish: The TV Show," MTV (season premiere)
9 | "CSI," CBS (season finale)

Thursday, May 8
3 | "Dance y Electro Powered by 7UP," mun2 (series premiere; electronic dance music)
8 | "American Comedy Awards," NBC (special)
8 | "St. George," FX (season finale)
8 | "Two and a Half Men," CBS (season finale)
8:30 | "Surviving Jack," Fox (season finale)
9 | "Maron," IFC (season 2 premiere)
9:30 | "Comedy Bang! Bang!" IFC (season 3 premiere)

Friday, May 9
7 | "Unforgettable," CBS (season finale)
8 | "Hawaii Five-0," CBS (season finale)
9 | "Blue Bloods," CBS (season finale)

Saturday, May 10
9 & 9:30 a.m. | "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic," HUB (season finale)
7 p.m. | "El Rey Network Presents: The Director's Chair," El Rey (series premiere; director's go behind-the-scenes of shows, movies)
7 | "Mom's Day Away," Hallmark (movie premiere; mom feels unappreciated)
8 | "Iyanla: Fix My Life," OWN (season premiere)
9 | "In the Flesh," BBC America (season 2 premiere)

Sunday, May 11
6 | "Guy's Grocery Games," Food (season 2 premiere)
7 | "Once Upon a Time," ABC (season finale)
8 | "Rosemary's Baby," NBC (miniseries premiere; young couple's happiness threatened)
9 | "Penny Dreadful," Showtime (series premiere; literature's scariest creatures gather in Victorian London)
9 | "Revenge," ABC (season finale)¿¿Sunday, May 11
9 | "Oprah's Master Class," OWN (season premiere)

Monday, May 12
7 | "Star-Crossed," CW (season finale)
8 | "24: Live Another Day," Fox (regular time period premiere)
8 | "The (Dead Mothers) Club," HBO (doc premiere; daughters coping with early loss of parent)
9 | "The Blacklist," NBC (season finale)
9 | "Castle," ABC (season finale)
9 | "Let the Fire Burn," PBS ("Independent Lens" premiere; check local listings)
9 | "#BikerLive," Discovery (series premiere; bike builder competition)

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