Guide to May 2012 TV premieres, finales, specials

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)

Friday, May 18
7 | "Nikita," CW (season finale)
7 | "Who Do You Think You Are?" NBC (season finale)
7 | "Shark Tank," ABC (season finale)
8 | "Supernatural," CW (season finale)
8 | "Grimm," NBC (season finale)
8:30 | "TRON: Uprising, Beck's Beginning," Disney (special; airs again at 6 p.m. May 21 on Disney XD prior to June 7 series premiere of "TRON: Uprising" on Disney XD)

Saturday, May 19
7 | "Kiss at Pine Lake," Hallmark (movie premiere)

Sunday, May 20
9 a.m. | "Movie Talk with Peter Bart," Encore (season 1 premiere)
6 | "America's Funniest Home Videos," ABC (season finale)
6:30 | "The Cleveland Show," Fox (season finale)
7 | "2012 Billboard Music Awards," ABC (special)
7 | "Harry's Law," NBC (season finale)
7 | "The Simpsons," Fox (season finale)
7:30 | "Bob's Burgers," Fox (season finale)
8 | "Sherlock: The Reichenbach Fall," PBS ("Masterpiece Mystery" premiere)
8 | "Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt," CBS (movie premiere)
8 | "American Ninja Warrior," G4 (season 4 premiere)
8 | "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," E! (season premiere)
8 | "Family Guy," Fox (season finale)
8 | "Celebrity Apprentice," NBC (season finale)
9 | "Mrs. Eastwood & Company," E! (series premiere)
10 | "Hannibal Buress: Animal Furnace," Comedy Central (special)
11:30 | "The Eric Andre Show," Adult Swim (series premiere)

Monday, May 21
7 | "House: Swan Song," Fox (series retrospective)
8 | "American Ninja Warrior," NBC (series premiere)
8 | "House: Everybody Dies," Fox (series finale)
8 | "Build a Better Burger," Cooking Channel (special)

Tuesday, May 22
7 | "Glee," Fox (season finale)
8 | "Dancing with the Stars," ABC (season finale)
9 | "Hollywood Treasure," SyFy (season 3 summer premiere)
10 | "Hip-Hop Squares," MTV2 (series premiere)

Wednesday, May 23
7 | "The Middle," ABC (season finale)
7 | "American Idol," Fox (season finale)
8 | "Modern Family," ABC (season finale)
8:30 | "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23," ABC (season finale)
9 | "Revenge," ABC (season finale)
9 | "Law & Order: SVU," NBC (season finale)

Thursday, May 24
7 | "Duets," ABC (series premiere)
7 | "So You Think You Can Dance," Fox (season 9 premiere; moves to 7 p.m. Wednesday May 30)
8 | "On the Fly," TLC (series premiere)
9 | "Rookie Blue," ABC (season 2 premiere)
9 | "Men At Work," TBS (series premiere; 2 episodes)

Friday, May 25
8 | "Mystery Diners," Food (series premiere)
9 | "Insane or Inspired?" Syfy (series premiere)
10 | "Femme Fatales," Cinemax (season 2 premiere)

Sunday, May 27
7 | "Today's Special: NY Indian," Cooking Channel (special)
8 | "Mermaids: The Body Found," Animal Planet (special)

Monday, May 28
8 | "Hatfields and McCoys," History (3-part mini-series premiere)
8 | "Coma," A&E (miniseries premiere)
8 | "Hell and Back Again," PBS (Independent Lens premiere)
8 | "Gene Simmons Family Jewels," A&E (season 7 premiere)
9 | "Extreme Couponing," TLC (season 3 premiere)
9 | "Monster In-Laws," A&E (season 2 premiere; 2 episodes)

Tuesday, May 29
7 | "The Catalina," CW (series premiere)
7 | "Hell's Kitchen," Fox (season 10 premiere; moves to 7 p.m. Mondays June 4)
7 | "Cougar Town," ABC (season finale)
8 | "Masterchef," Fox (season 3 premiere)
8 | "Roadtrip with G. Garvin," Cooking Channel (series premiere)
9 | "Workaholics," Comedy Central (season 3 premiere)
9:30 | "Tosh.0," Comedy Central (season 4 premiere)

Wednesday, May 30
7 | "Melissa & Joey," ABC Family (season 2 premiere; 2 episodes)
7 | "Dogs in the City," CBS (series premiere)
8 | "Coming Home," Lifetime (season 2 premiere)
8 | "America's Next Top Model," CW (season finale)

Thursday, May 31
7 | "Breaking Pointe," CW (series premiere)
9 | "Mountain Men," History (series premiere)
9 | "L.A. Hair," We tv (series premiere)

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