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May 20, 2013

Top TV picks for this week

New summer programming — including sitcoms, procedurals and reality competitions — arrives as fall and mid-season schedules continue to wind down. Most of the finales are seasonal only — these shows will return at some point (unless they’re labeled as series finales, in which case they’re gone for good).

Here’s what to watch and what to avoid on television this week:


“Dancing With The Stars,” 7 p.m., ABC: The season’s final hoofing is hoofed tonight.

“The Goodwin Games,” 7:30 p.m., Fox: A trio of estranged siblings must face getting along (and survive other challenges) in order to claim a huge inheritance in this sitcom’s premiere.

“American Masters,” 8 p.m., PBS: Friends, including Carl Reiner, share thoughts about comedy legend Mel Brooks in this profile.

“Motive,” 9 p.m., ABC: This Canadian crime procedural inspired by “Columbo” snuck across the border just in time for summer. Oh, just one more thing … the main detective is a single mom, which is about as far away from Peter Falk as you can get.

“The Big C,” 9 p.m., Showtime: Laura Linney was nominated for an Emmy and won a Golden Globe as cancer patient Cathy Jamison in this poignant comedy-drama, ending its fourth and final season tonight.

Other Monday finales: “Rules of Engagement” 7:30 p.m., CBS; “Mike & Molly” 8:30 p.m., CBS; “Hawaii Five-0” 9 p.m., CBS; “Rectify” 9 p.m., Sundance.


“The Bachelor’s Funniest Moments,” 7 p.m., ABC: This special features embarrassing moments from the reality program’s 25 seasons. Wait — embarrassing “Bachelor” moments? Are there other kinds? Shouldn’t this be a series?

“Dancing With The Stars,” 8 p.m., ABC: The curtain drops on Season 16, and the winners head home to soak their feet.

Tuesday finale: “Grimm” 9 p.m., NBC.


“MasterChef,” 7 p.m., Fox: 2 hours of auditions kick off Season 4 of Gordon Ramsay’s home cook competition.

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