Sunday, May 18th
Coldplay: Ghost Stories, music special at 7pm on NBC
– Chris Martin & Co. will perform their biggest hits and debut songs from their new album, and viewers at home will keep an eye on Gwenyth Paltrow’s twitter.
2014 Billboard Music Awards, live awards show from 8 to 11pm on ABC
– The annual Las Vegas shindig tends to double as a showcase for the industry’s summer tour offerings. This year, performers include Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, and OneRepublic, all of whom will be coming to a stadium near you soon. Of course, there are awards as well, with Lorde, Katy Perry, and Justin Timberlake among the artists with the most nods.
Saturday Night Live: The Women of SNL, 2-hour special at 9pm on NBC
– A showcase highlighting the funniest women in the show’s 35-year history.
Monday, May 19th
The Bachelorette, season premiere at 9:30pm on ABC
– Roses! Mansions! Men! And… guns? (Both kinds!) The Bachelorette is back, but with Andi Dorfman at the center of it all, it’s oddly tame — despite Dorfman’s penchant for shooting firearms. The season premiere has all the dating show staples you’ve come to expect, but what it lacks is an edge. Dorfman is a little too good at keeping the guys at ease, and without a drunken idiot jumping in the pool or a suitor trying to sneak a smooch, the night is hardly worth the hangover. Being fair and genuine can work in reality, but reality TV needs a little more.
The Maya Rudolph Show, series premiere at 10pm on NBC
– No, Maya Rudolph isn’t returning to Saturday Night Live, but this may be the next best thing for fans of the actress/comedian/ Beyoncé impersonator. (Well, besides an 90-city ”Night of Nuni and Nuni” tour with Fred Armisen.) She has reteamed with SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels to headline her own variety special, one that returns us to the feel-good days of The Carol Burnett Show and Rudolph to a comedy playground full of song, dance, and sketch. ”I [was] a little embarrassed when I heard myself repeating the same thing over and over again, which is: I wanted a show where I could laugh with my friends,” she says. ”What is this — like, my sixth-grade yearbook?” Her classmates include SNL alums Andy Samberg, Chris Parnell, and Armisen, as well as Sean Hayes, Kristen Bell, and Craig Robinson, plus musical guest Janelle Monae. Also: Suggestive foods and keytars may be involved.
Tuesday, May 20th
I Wanna Marry “Harry”, series premiere at 9pm on FOX
– Reality meets romance, with a little twist, in the surprising dating show I Wanna Marry “Harry”. Summer love is in the air, as an average English “bloke” is given the royal treatment and an upper crust makeover before meeting 12 single American women searching for Prince Charming. Will he be able to convince them he’s regal? And if he does, will they fall for the crown, or fall in love with the real him? Join “Harry” as he courts each of the ladies, taking them on romantic dates worthy of a princess and trying to make some version of their fairytales come true.
Wednesday, May 21st
Motive, season premiere at 10pm on ABC
– Summer crime procedural drama Motive returns for an exciting second season with gripping new cases featuring more complicated killers and intricate crime scenes. Homicide detective Angie Flynn (Kristin Lehman) is as determined as ever, and her pursuit for justice never falters. Her partner, Detective Oscar Vega, continues to be her rock with his no-nonsense attitude and methodical approach. Detective Brian Lucas is no longer the rookie at the station, a role he’s happy to hand over to the very keen and ambitious Officer Wendy Sung. And confident and charismatic new Team Commander Sergeant Mark Cross shakes up the station when he joins the team. He and Angie share a mysterious and strained connection, one she would prefer to leave in the past.
Thursday, May 22nd
Gang Related, series premiere at 9pm on FOX
– Every villain has a noble cause, and every hero has a dark side. In the gritty new action-drama, Detective Ryan Lopez (Ramon Rodriguez, “Battle Los Angeles,” The Wire) is a rising star in Los Angeles’ elite Gang Task Force. What the world doesn’t know is that long before Ryan became a cop, he pledged allegiance to a different band of brothers – a powerful Latino gang called Los Angelicos. When Ryan’s best friend and police partner is senselessly killed by a notorious gang member, Ryan teams up with longtime Task Force member Cassius Green (RZA, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” Californication), who has been at the forefront of the city’s war on organized crime. In this war between law enforcement and gangs, the series explores how only people who really know the streets can win the battle on the streets. Despite his profession, Ryan is still beholden to the gang’s leader, Javier Acosta (Cliff Curtis, “Live Free or Die Hard,” “Training Day”), the father figure Ryan has tried to make proud his entire life and the man who masterminded his entry into the police force. But Ryan is starting to realize that he is even more dedicated to being a cop than he is to Los Angelicos. While balancing two allegiances, two father figures and two families, Ryan’s increasing sense of loyalty to one will help him finally determine which side of the law he is really on.
Friday, May 23rd
Chrome Underground, series premiere at 10pm on Discovery
– Chrome Underground follows Motoreum’s founder Antonio Brunet and Yusuf Johnson hunting classic cars around the world with the help of Andrew McLaren. Yusuf and Antonio are professional car hunters, but they aren’t your usual car pickers, as they put their lives on the line in their day jobs. Travelling outside the US to lawless countries no other dealer would dare to, they search for ‘diamond in the rough’ vehicles they can flip for a fortune. Mexico, Columbia, Venezuela – no country is off limits, even those where people are killed for their vehicles every day. From classic cars, to vintage bikes and even army tanks- they’ll cut a deal on anything if they think it’ll make them a profit.