May sweeps onto your TV; say good-bye to old favorites


Published: Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, April 30, 2007 at 10:39 p.m.

Say hey, here comes May. The May ratings sweeps bring eye candy treats, meaning a channel surfing month filled with first-run fun. That includes hot, highly anticipated season finales, cool prime-time duels, guest stars galore, a sprinkling of nifty specials and sentimental series finales for a pair of long-running favorites, "The King of Queens" and "7th Heaven." So pass the remote, and let's get clicking on the prime time highlights headed our way.

TOP SHOWDOWNS:

"Heroes" vs. "24" (9 p.m. May 21). Jack Bauer squares off against the everyday superheroes in a suspense thriller war to settle the series finale score while trying to save their respective worlds from varying degrees of chaos. Prediction: Split cliffhanger decision.

"Grey's Anatomy" vs. "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (9 p.m. May 17). It's the hot soap opera doctors of Seattle Grace dueling with the Las Vegas crime procedural crew. Prediction: the sexy sawbones in a target demographic TKO.

"Lost" vs. "American Idol" (9 p.m. May 23). The opening 60 minutes of the island castaways' two-hour cliffhanger season finale tangles with the closing hour of the "American Idol" singing juggernaut finale. Prediction: "Idol" by a knockout.

SENTIMENTAL FAREWELLS:

"7th Heaven" (8 p.m. May 13, CW). Goodbye again. It's a second series finale for the longest running family drama in TV history - which said adios a year ago before being brought back from the dead. This time Eric and Annie Camden decide to pack it all up and hit the road to see America in a spiffy RV.

"The King of Queens" (9 p.m. May 14, CBS). After nine seasons and 200 episodes, Doug and Carrie Heffernan's genially goofy blue-collar sitcom rolls to a close. Will the king and his queen finally move into the parenthood? But more importantly, will crotchety cool Arthur find true love and move out of the basement at last?

10 SEASON FINALES:

"American Idol" (8 p.m. May 23, Fox). Why is Simon Cowell smiling? Because someone named ABS is definitely going to win. Huh? Anyone But Sanjaya.

"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (9 p.m. May 17, CBS). Welcome to Tiny Town. The "miniature killer's" identity is finally revealed. And Gil and Sara's relationship is suddenly forced into the open. Hanky panky hallelujah!

"Grey's Anatomy" (9 p.m. May 17, ABC). So far mum's the word at ABC on story details. But we're guessing Meredith will mope, some hot hospital sex will happen and ...? Well, the episode title is "Didn't We Almost Have It All." Not in this so-so, up-and-down season.

"Heroes" (9 p.m. May 21, NBC). It's time to save the world. That's all you need to know. Stop the apocalypse, of course. But don't forget to kill Sylar soon, puh-leeze!

"Dancing with the Stars" (8 p.m. May 22, ABC). After a showdown, the results of the cheesily enjoyable B-list ballroom competition are announced.

"Two and a Half Men" (special time, 8:30 p.m. May 14, CBS). Oh, dear, Charlie and Alan are forced to confront their daddy issues when they meet meddling mother Evelyn's filthy rich new boyfriend, played by forever debonair guest star Robert Wagner.

"Desperate Housewives" (9 p.m. May 20, ABC). She's baaaack! Marcia Cross returns from maternity leave when Bree and Orson resurface on Wisteria Lane for Gaby and Victor Lang's fairy tale wedding.

"The Office" (8 p.m. May 17, NBC). What's this, job search demolition derby? An opening at corporate headquarters has Michael, Jim and Karen all interviewing for the gig. Meanwhile, control-freaking Dwight is driving everyone crazy back in Scranton.

"24" (8 p.m. May 21, Fox). After jumping the shark two- thirds of the way through topsy-turvy season, Jack Bauer tries to salvage the cliffhanger express by simultaneously preventing an international incident and saving his girlfriend. Holy CTU, Jack man.

"Lost" (9 p.m. Wed., May 23, ABC). The producers are promising major revelations after increased viewer grumbling and defections this season. Hope it's not just a serial thriller edition of "Punk'd."

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