Best tube bets this weekend
The top draws on broadcast and cable and in sports
May 17, 2013
Best bet on broadcast: ABC, “Shark Tank,” 9 p.m. Season finale. Ideas tonight include a grilled-cheese franchise, a translation app and a natural dog treat.
Best bet on cable: TLC, “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta,” 9 p.m. Season finale. A bride-to-be’s biker dad influences her wedding dress choice.
Top sporting event: NBC Sports Network, “NHL Hockey,” 7:30 p.m. Game two of the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Penguins and Senators.
Best bet on broadcast: CBS, “48 Hours,” 10 p.m. A look at the troubling gang, gun and drug situation in Chicago.
Best bet on cable: HBO, “2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony,” 9 p.m. Hall of fame inductees Rush, Public Enemy, Randy Newman and Heart all perform, and Quincy Jones, Donna Summer, Albert King and Lou Adler are honored as well.
Top sporting event: NBC, “Horse Racing,” 4:30 p.m. Orb tries to keep the Triple Crown hopes alive at the Preakness Stakes.
Best bet on broadcast: ABC, “Billboard Music Awards,” 8 p.m. Prince, Bruno Mars, Pitbull and Taylor Swift all perform at the ceremony, hosted by Tracy Morgan.
Best bet on cable: Discovery Channel, “North America,” 9 p.m. Series premiere. New HD series looking at wildlife in North America. First up are lions, bears, whales and wolves.
Top sporting event: ABC, “NBA Basketball,” 3:30 p.m. Game one of the Western Conference finals between the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies.
A look at this week’s top TV draws
FRIDAY, MAY 17
|8 p.m.||CBS||“Undercover Boss” (R)||Season finale. Past bosses from the show’s four seasons discuss how the experience has affected them.|
|8 p.m.||CW||“Nikita” (D)||Season finale. Amanda creates a situation where Nikita must choose to save Michael or herself.|
|9 p.m.||ABC||“Shark Tank” (R)||Season finale. Among the pitches are an all-natural treat for dogs and a language translation app.|
|9 p.m.||TLC||“Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta” (R)||Season finale. Lori deals with a client who brings along her fiancé and four kids.|
|10 p.m.||IFX||“Maron” (C)||Marc’s father shows up equipped with an idea he thinks could make them both rich.|
|11:35 p.m.||ABC||“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (T)||“The Voice” coach Adam Levine and actress Alice Eve both guest.|
SATURDAY, MAY 18
|3 p.m.||CBS||“PGA Golf” (S)||Third round of the Byron Nelson Championship from Irving, Texas.|
|4:30 p.m.||NBC||“Horse Racing” (S)||The 137th running of the Preakness Stakes.|
|9 p.m.||HBO||“Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony” (A)||Those scheduled to perform in the 28th annual event include Heart, Public Enemy and Rush.|
|9 p.m.||Showtime||“All Access: Mayweather vs. Guerrero” (R)||A final look at the boxing match and the aftermath that followed.|
|9 p.m.||ABC||“20/20″ (N)||Special Barbara Walters music edition titled “Billboard’s All-Stars.”|
|11:30 p.m.||NBC||“Saturday Night Live” (C)||Season finale. Ben Affleck hosts and Kanye West performs.|
SUNDAY, MAY 19
|8 p.m.||Fox||“The Simpsons” (C)||Season finale. Carl runs away with lottery winnings he is supposed to share with Homer, Moe and Lenny.|
|8 p.m.||ABC||“Billboard Music Awards” (A)||Tracy Morgan hosts, with performances by Justin Bieber, Pitbull, Bruno Mars, Prince and others.|
|9 p.m.||NBC||“Celebrity Apprentice” (R)||Season finale. The winner of the show’s 13th season is selected.|
|9 p.m.||Discovery Channel||“Born to Be Wild” (N)||Series premiere. New looks at wildlife from various areas of North America.|
|10 p.m.||AMC||“Mad Men” (D)||Peggy looks for something that inspires her, and Don gets a surprise visit.|
|10 p.m.||Lifetime||“The Client List” (D)||Riley tries to get Lacey to go to their high school reunion.|
|A = awards show or special, C = comedy, D = drama, DD = daytime drama, G = game show, K = kids, M = movie, N = news/documentary, R = reality, S = sports, T = talk/variety show.|
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- Luis Martinez becomes design director at 2C Creative
- Matt Gamewell rises to VP of national sales at Learfield Sports
- Charlotte Greensit becomes managing editor at The Intercept
- Christine Buhagiar rises to European region director at Agence France-Presse
- Linda Little rises to market president at iHeartMedia
- Axie Navas rises to senior gear editor at Outside magazine
- Amer Yaqub and Rebecca Frankel rise at Foreign Policy
- Christine Cattano rises to executive producer at Framestore
- Craig T. Nelson joins Netflix's 'Grace and Frankie'
- Mitch Pileggi returning for Fox's 'X-Files' reboot
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