Sunday, May 19th
The 2013 Billboard Music Awards, special awards show from 8 to 11pm on ABC
– Consider the Billboard Music Awards as an opportunity to scout for your summer music plans: Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Pitbull, and the Band Perry will put their performance wares on display before embarking on their own giant national tours, while Selena Gomez will use her time on stage to jump-start her new album. Taylor Swift, Rihanna, fun., Maroon 5, and Carly Rae Jepsen will all compete for the statues but as always, the real main event of the evening is Prince and the inherent questions that come with his appearance: which songs will His Purpleness trot out? What inappropriate joke will host Tracy Morgan make about him? And how high will his heels be?
North America, 2-hour series premiere at 9pm on Discovery
– For many of us, North America is our home. We live in this extraordinary continent each and every day, but have we ever truly experienced first-hand the wide scope of incredible dangers challenging our diverse and tenacious continent? If you think you know North America, you can think again. In this unforgettable television event narrated by Tom Selleck, Discovery Channel turns the lens toward its homeland and captures a land where life collides with hostile, untamed wilderness in the most diverse, deadly environment on Earth. Traveling the continent for more than three years from the sub-zero Canadian tundra to the tropical rainforests of Panama, Discovery’s first, independently-produced natural history landmark series, North America, reveals that “survival of the fittest” is truly the law here amid threatening terrain and ferocious weather.
Monday, May 20th
The Goodwin Games, series premiere at 8:30pm on FOX
– Where there’s a will, there’s a way. And when that will’s worth more than 20 million dollars, you can bet someone’s going to find a way to get the cash. From the executive producers of How I Met Your Mother, this new comedy tells the story of three grown siblings who return home after their father’s death, and unexpectedly find themselves poised to inherit a vast fortune – if they adhere to their late father’s wishes. If any of the Goodwin kids feel like they deserve the money, then it’s Henry (Scott Foley, Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, Felicity), the eldest child and an overachieving surgeon. He sees himself as a role model for his less successful siblings – and reminds them every chance he gets. Returning home will force Henry to question the choices he’s made, especially as he reconnects with his first love and true soulmate, Lucinda (Felisha Terrell, Days of Our Lives). Middle sibling Chloe (Becki Newton, Ugly Betty) was a child prodigy in math, and her unofficial role as “the smart one” of the family still sends Henry into fits of jealousy. But long ago, Chloe gave up academics in favor of being the popular girl. Now, through a series of hidden messages, her late father will lead Chloe back to her old love of numbers – and back to the person she’s meant to be. Of the three siblings, the youngest, Jimmy, could use the inheritance the most. A small-time ex-con and dull-witted guitarist who’s deep in debt to a loan shark, Jimmy may be the family screw-up, but he has more heart than anyone. Like his siblings, Jimmy’s also returning to something in this town: his eight-year-old daughter.
Tuesday, May 21st
The Bachelor’s Funniest Moments, special at 8pm on ABC
– This one-hour special edition of The Bachelor features a collection of some of the most hilarious moments taken from the last 25 seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. It’s a wild trip down memory lane as viewers will see people freaking out, flaming out and, occasionally, even passing out – all while searching for love. Join host Chris Harrison for your favorite gaffes, slip-ups, faux pas – and “oh, no he/she didn’t” moments – all packed into one hour
Wednesday, May 22nd
MasterChef, season premiere at 8pm on FOX
– Award winning chef Gorden Ramsay, restaurateur Joe Bastianich and acclaimed chef Grahma Elliot return for Season Four of the culinary smash hit MasterChef. The three celebrated food experts will put the latest groups of contestants through a series of exciting elimination rounds and turn one amateur cook into a culinary master. After conducting a nationwide search, the best home cooks in America will be flown to Los Angeles to present their signature dishes to the judges in hopes of earning a coveted MasterChef apron. In the next round, the talented hopefuls who earned a white apron will be put to the ultimate test in an intense lamb challenge. Those who impress the judges with their dishes will earn spots in the kitchen and compete for the title of America’s next MasterChef.
Thursday, May 23rd
Save Me, series premiere at 8pm on NBC
– Emmy nominee Anne Heche (Hung) stars as Beth Harper in NBC’s new comedy about a not-so-ordinary Midwestern family. After choking on a hero sandwich in her kitchen and suffering a dramatic near-death experience, Beth – an absentee wife and mother – is revived and claims she can now talk to God. Her teenage daughter, Emily (Madison Davenport, Shameless), is horrified and her husband, Tom (Michael Landes, “Final Destination 2”), is skeptical. To make matters worse, Tom’s ex-mistress, Carly McKenna (Alexandra Breckenridge, American Horror Story), is in a coma after a close encounter with lightning in the Harper’s front yard. As Beth warms up to her new life, she strives to make amends to the people she has alienated over the years, including friends and neighbors Jenna Dennings (Heather Burns, Bored to Death) and Maggie Tompkins (Joy Osmanski, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia). Despite everyone’s initial hesitancy, Beth begins to win people over with her new positive attitude, cheerful optimism and unbridled love.
Does Someone Have to Go?, series premiere at 9pm on FOX
– On the new unscripted workplace experiment Does Someone Have to Go?, the boardroom doors get blown wide open when employees are given the power to make some tough decisions. Frustrated bosses will hand over the reins of their companies to the employees, offering their respective staffs a chance to make changes in the workplace – even if it means letting co-workers go. Almost every office across the country has some level of dysfunction, which often can be attributed to just a few select individuals – those co-workers who might be viewed as anything from lazy to incompetent to quite simply having a toxic personality that poisons the entire workplace. The difficult part for the employees is that, most of the time, the boss isn’t even aware of how bad the problem is, and the only person who can do anything about it IS the boss. That is, until now!
Showville, series premiere at 9pm on AMC
– Fame meets Main on AMC’s new unscripted competition series, Showville. Created and executive produced by Laurie Girion (Cheerleader Nation, Welcome to Sweetie Pies) and distributed internationally by Sony Pictures Television, the eight-episode series centers around a small town talent show featuring local acts, who get the chance of a lifetime to be in the spotlight. Showville is a celebration of performing, and a fond, funny look at the lives, workplaces, and families of these acts and what happens to them when Hollywood comes to town. Each week, a one-hour episode of Showville touches down in a quintessentially American small town and puts together a talent show in a mere four days. On Day One, the series’ talent coaches, actor/director Alec Mapa and choreographer Lisette Bustamante, host open auditions. Any and every kind of performer is welcome to show their stuff and tell their story; at the end of the day, Mapa and Bustamante select the four acts they feel will put on the best show for the town. The coaches have the next 48 hours to mentor each finalist in preparation for the “big show” and the performers must also juggle their real jobs, their families and their nerves. Day Four brings the final competition, presented at a well-known town venue for a live, local audience. Then it’s up to the performers’ fellow citizens – including friends, family, co-workers and neighbors – to choose the victor, who is awarded $10,000 and a loving cup that signifying their achievement as their town’s favorite act.
Motive, series premiere at 9pm on ABC
– When murder is committed, Angie Flynn, a loving, single mother and a damned good homicide detective, along with her partner, Detective Oscar Vega, are on the case, looking for clues that will lead them to the killer. But “Motive” turns the tried-and-true crime drama formula on its head by identifying the Killer and Victim at the beginning of each episode. As the mystery unfolds, winding between revealing flashbacks and present time, viewers will navigate the twisted and complicated maze of each murder, solving the puzzle alongside Detective Flynn and her team, piecing together more of the mysterious connections that drove the Killer to commit murder. Rounding out the homicide team are Dr. Betty Rogers, a medical examiner with a quirky sense of humor that belies the grimness of her daily job; Staff Sergeant Boyd Bloom, the Squad Room Supervisor, who was sidelined from the streets a few years earlier by a bullet; and Detective Brian Lucas, a young detective who is eager to learn from the best and is fascinated about the often grisly procedures. Angie doesn’t suffer fools or authority figures lightly; her disarming, street-smart attitude often leads criminals and co-workers alike down the garden path, only to realize later that they’ve made a major mistake by taking this sexy, sassy force-of-nature at face value. At home Angie only wants the best for her teenage son, Manny, who is one of the few things in life that she feels she did right. But as far as Manny’s concerned, being the son of a cop is not the easiest gig in the world.
Rookie Blue, season premiere at 10pm on ABC
– Season four begins six months after Andy and Nick leave for their undercover operation. We return to 15 Division with them—and quickly realize that everything seems to have changed. But that’s what being a cop is, right? Adapting to new situations, rolling with the punches…. Change is constant, and if you don’t adapt, you’re left behind. So when Andy McNally returns to find that Sam Swarek is now a Detective and that he’s moved on, both professionally and personally, she’s going to have to figure out how to adapt. Meanwhile, Dov’s life gets awkward when a one-night stand with Frank’s goddaughter becomes more complicated. Chris is torn between staying at 15 Division and moving his new family back to his smaller, safer hometown. Traci is learning to work with new detective, Sam Swarek, while trying to move on from the loss of her fiancé, Jerry Barber. And, although Nick and Gail are reunited at the beginning of the season, Nick can’t seem to shed the feeling that all is not right between them—a feeling that Gail soon picks up on. Last season, our officers got what they wanted and had to deal with the repercussions. This year, they will have to look change right in the eye and learn to adapt—leaving them with some big, bold choices to make.
Saturday, May 25th
Sanjay and Craig, series premiere at 10:30am on Nickelodeon
– Sanjay and Craig (who happens to be a talking snake) are best friends. Together they wander the suburbs doing the impossible, walking tightropes, shredding video game world records, posing as doctors, befriending gorillas and basically doing whatever they want to do. They’re unstoppable… as long as nobody finds out that Craig can talk!