Wednesday TV Highlights: ‘Late Show With David Letterman’ Finale

Stephen Colbert, left, and David Letterman on CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman.”

Changing of the guard for “Late Show” begins with David Letterman’s final show. Stephen Colbert, left, takes over in September.

(Jeffrey R. Staab / CBS)

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Survivor Each of the castaways receives a visit from loved ones before the winner is announced in the season finale. 8 p.m. CBS. “Survivor: Reunion” follows at 10.

The Mysteries of Laura Jake (Josh Lucas) is seriously wounded, and as doctors tend to him, Laura (Debra Messing) and her team seek the shooter in the season finale. 8 p.m. NBC

500 Questions To win in this new game show, contestants must never give three incorrect answers in a row. 8 p.m. ABC


MasterChef The cooking competition returns with 40 chefs (all grown-ups this time) in a two-hour season premiere. Christina Tosi joins Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot as a judge. 8 p.m. Fox

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit A case takes a surprising and personal turn for Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and the baby she’s trying to adopt in the season finale. 9 p.m. NBC

Supernatural The show wraps up its season with a new episode that reflects on what the Winchesters have been for each other since the start of the series. Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki and Misha Collins star. 9 p.m. KTLA

Modern Family Phil (Ty Burrell) can’t make Alex’s (Ariel Winter) graduation party, but modern technology comes to the rescue, giving him a virtual presence. 9 p.m. ABC

black-ish Jack and Diane (Miles Brown, Marsai Martin) have a hard time finding anything about their family’s past for a class project, but Pops (Laurence Fishburne) steps in with the tale (in flashback) of an ancestor (Anthony Anderson) who ran up against a gangster (Sean “Diddy” Combs) in 1920s Harlem. Mary J. Blige, also guest stars. 9:30 p.m. ABC

Chicago PD A retired officer (Robert Ray Wisdom) seeks help in getting his nephew out of a band of corrupt cops in the season finale. 10 p.m. NBC

Celebrity Wife Swap Jackée Harry trades lives with pop icon Traci Lords in the season premiere. 10 p.m. ABC

Ripper Street Drake (Jerome Flynn) turns to his old friend (Matthew Macfadyen) for help in the case of a missing child left to wander the dangerous streets of the East End in this new episode. John Heffernan also stars. 10 p.m. BBC America



CBS This Morning Anderson Cooper. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS

Today Dwayne Johnson; Jamie Foxx performs; Kellan Lutz; Darren Criss. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC

Good Morning America “Dancing With the Stars” after-party; NBA player Dwyane Wade; NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson. (N) 7 a.m. KABC

Good Day L.A. Rex Lee (“Entourage”); Terri Seymour Lupus Awareness Month; a performance from “Motown: The Musical.” (N) 7 a.m. KTTV

Live With Kelly and Michael Patricia Heaton (“The Middle”); James Van Der Beek (“CSI: Cyber”); Ne-Yo performs. (N) 9 a.m. KABC

The View Raven-Symoné and Michelle Collins; Jeff Foxworthy. (N) 10 a.m. KABC

The Doctors Honey Boo Boo’s health; a high-tech anxiety treatment. (N) 11 a.m. KCAL


The Wendy Williams Show Movie critic Ben Lyons; chef George Duran. (N) 11 a.m. KTTV

The Talk Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie Dewitt; Carnie Wilson; Jessica Radloff; Mark Tarbell. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS

The Meredith Vieira Show Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld and Anna Camp; Robert Herjavec; Vivica A. Fox; Joy Bauer. (N) 2 p.m. KNBC

The Dr. Oz Show A daughter of “the Happy Face Killer”; Daisy Lewellyn (“Blood Sweat and Heels”). (N) 2 p.m. KTTV

Dr. Phil A woman’s family fears that her husband killed her, while he blames her ex. (N) 3 p.m. KCBS

Steve Harvey Jamie Foxx. (N) 3 p.m. KNBC

The Real Rapper Wale. (N) 3 p.m. KTTV

The Ellen DeGeneres Show Melissa McCarthy; Tove Lo performs. (N) 4 p.m. KNBC

Tavis Smiley Kristin Davis; pianist Vijay Iyer performs. (N) 11 p.m. KOCE

Charlie Rose (N) 11 p.m. KVCR; 11:30 p.m. KOCE

Conan Patton Oswalt; Bill Kreutzmann; the Tallest Man on Earth performs. (N) 11 p.m. TBS

The Tonight Show David Duchovny; Jeff Foxworthy; Pitbull performs. (N) 11:34 p.m. KNBC

Late Show With David Letterman (series finale) (N) 11:35 p.m. KCBS

Late Night With Seth Meyers Dwyane Wade; Kellan Lutz; Allen Stone performs; Elle King performs. (N) 12:36 a.m. KNBC

The Late Late Show With James Corden (N) 12:37 a.m. KCBS

Last Call Dermot Mulroney; Hundred Waters performs; Beth Stelling. (N) 1:37 a.m. KNBC

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