TV This Week, May 17 - 23: 'I Love Lucy Superstar Special' on CBS

TV This Week, May 17 - 23: 'I Love Lucy Superstar Special' on CBS
Look! Up in the sky! It's Lucille Ball in the "I Love Lucy Superstar Special" on CBS. (CBS / CBS)

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Be very afraid as Animal Planet's "Monster Week" kicks off with three special episodes of "River Monsters." 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Animal Planet

Hilarity ensues when two classic and cameo-filled episodes of the mother of all sitcoms are colorized for your viewing pleasure in the "I Love Lucy Superstar Special." 8 p.m. CBS

Recent Grammy winner Sam Smith is among the performers on the bill for the "2015 Billboard Music Awards." 8 p.m. ABC

The period drama "Call the Midwife" delivers its season finale. 8 p.m. KOCE

Who wears the pants in these families? The titles tell the tale in the specials "Submissive Wives' Guide to Marriage" and "Retro Wives." 9 and 10 p.m. TLC

Don Draper, we hardly knew ye: Jon Hamm and company say farewell on the series finale of the multi-Emmy-winning drama "Mad Men." 10 p.m. AMC


They'll be singing for their supper one last time on the two-night season finale of "The Voice." 8 p.m. NBC; also Tue., 8 and 9 p.m.

They'll be dancing for their supper on the two-night season finale of "Dancing With the Stars." 8 p.m. ABC; also Tue., 9 p.m.

The creepiness stops here with the series finales of the recently canceled crimes dramas "The Following" and "Stalker." 8 p.m. Fox; 9 p.m. CBS

Double your pleasure as not one but two single ladies show up looking for love on a new season of "The Bachelorette." 9 p.m. ABC; also Tue., 8 p.m.


The new documentary "Southern Rites" visits a Georgia community rocked by the murder of a young black man not long after holding its first-ever integrated prom. 9 p.m. HBO

Citizen-activists who burglarized an FBI office in Pennsylvania back in "1971" tell their side of the story in this new documentary airing on "Independent Lens." 10 p.m. KOCE


Blink and you'll miss it: The hit superhero drama "The Flash" offers its freshman-season finale. Grant Gustin stars. 8 p.m. KTLA

"Frontline" explores the controversy surrounding the CIA's use of enhanced-interrogation techniques in the war on terrorism in the exposé "Secrets, Politics and Torture." 10 p.m. KOCE

Bryan Cranston and Carol Leifer are David Steinberg's next guests on a new edition of "Inside Comedy." 11 p.m. Showtime


Who outwitted, outplayed and outlasted whom? Find out when "Survivor" ends its latest season, followed by the usual reunion special. 8 and 10 p.m. CBS

CNN's Richard Quest has a few questions for you — make that "500 Questions" — in this new prime-time quiz show. 8 p.m. ABC; also Thu.-Fri.

Sharpen those knives. The culinary competition "MasterChef" is back for another go-round. With Gordon Ramsay. 8 p.m. Fox

Where the buffalo once roamed, where the deer and the antelope still play and where the greater sage-grouse still grouses is where "Nature" is headed in the new episode "The Sagebrush Sea." 8 p.m. KOCE

"Supernatural" concludes its 10th season. Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki star. 9 p.m. KTLA

The sitcom "Modern Family" wraps its sixth season. 9 p.m. ABC

Sean "Diddy" Combs and Mary J. Blige guest star as "Blackish" flashes back to the 1920s Harlem Renaissance in the sitcom's first-season finale. 9:30 p.m. ABC

We've been fans since his short-lived 1980 morning show. And now, the man who has kept us laughing for the last 35 years signs off for good on the finale of "Late Show With David Letterman." 11:35 p.m. CBS


Only the young'uns survive a plague that kills all the grown-ups in their small town in the new science fiction drama "Between." Jennette McCurdy ("iCarly") stars. Anytime, Netflix

Celebrities assemble for a worthy cause — raising awareness of children living in poverty around the world — in the comedy and music-filled fundraiser "Red Nose Day." With Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Jack Black, Will Ferrell and many others. 8 p.m. NBC

Spoiler alert! "Jamie Marks Is Dead" in this 2014 indie thriller about a high-schooler befriended by the ghost of a bullied former classmate. 9:30 p.m. TMC


Rock music's Bruce Springsteen is among the honorees at "The Lincoln Awards: A Concert for Veterans & the Military Family." 9 p.m. KOCE

Greasy spoons get much-needed makeovers courtesy of Ty Pennington and Amanda Freitag in the new series "American Diner Revival." 10:30 p.m. Food Network


Hide the kids, hide the bananas, it's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." Andy Serkis reprises his motion-capture role as top-chimp Caesar in this 2014 entry in the rebooted sci-fi franchise. With Keri Russell, Jason Clarke and Gary Oldman. 8 p.m. HBO

The new TV movie "Kidnapped: The Hannah Anderson Story" dramatizes the shocking 2013 saga that began in San Diego County and ended a week later with a shootout in the Idaho wilderness. 8 p.m. Lifetime