Today’s Top 5 TV Picks – Sunday May 19

Today’s Top 5 Picks


American Idol

8 p.m. ET on ABC – Season Finale

For the first time ever, a live coast-to-coast vote by the American viewing audience will determine the winner of Season 17 (the second on ABC) of this reality competition series, with all of that voting taking place during the course of tonight’s three-hour live finale. Expect some musical performances by A-list musical guests, as well as final comments from judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, before this season’s Idol is crowned. Ryan Seacrest is host.



9 p.m. ET on CW – Season Finale

Maggie, Mel and Harry (Sarah Jeffery, Melonie Diaz, Rupert Evans) all grow increasingly concerned about Macy’s (Madeleine Mantock) newfound power in the Season 1 finale, “The Source Awakens.” Meanwhile, Macy continues creating alternate realities, growing frustrated that they often are very imperfect versions of what she was hoping for. Maggie and Mel continue to struggle with what seems to be in store for their personal lives. Ser’Darius Blain, Nick Hargrove and Ellen Tamaki also star.


Game of Thrones

9 p.m. ET on HBO – Series Finale

HBO’s Emmy-winning mega-blockbuster adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy concludes tonight as the battle for the Iron Throne of Westeros reaches its climax. Season 8 has proven to be perhaps the most polarizing in the history of this series, as one long-held fan theory after another crumbles and a mid-season combat-heavy episode left viewers open-mouthed with shock, not entirely for good reasons. Still, “Game of Thrones” has earned a permanent place in television history, and we probably won’t see its like again anytime soon. Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams star.


NCIS: Los Angeles

10 p.m. ET on CBS – Season Finale

Amid escalating reports that a reboot of “JAG” — the 1995-2005 CBS military drama that effectively spawned the “NCIS” franchise — is currently in discussion, that show’s stars, David James Elliott and Catherine Bell, reprise their old roles as guest stars in the Season 10 finale “False Flag.” The story finds Navy Capt. Harmon “Harm” Rabb Jr. (Elliott) teaming with Callen and Sam (Chris O’Donnell, LL Cool J) to track down ISIS sympathizers aboard the USS Allegiance. Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Sarah “Mac” Mackenzie (Bell) helps Hetty (Linda Hunt) with another assignment.



10:22 p.m. ET on HBO – Season Finale

Completely beside himself, a seething Barry (Bill Hader) is obsessed with seeking vengeance, while Noho Hank (Anthony Carrigan) feels mounting dread over the looming threat that he might be sent home in the Season 2 finale, “berkman/block.” Elsewhere, Sally (Sarah Goldberg) impetuously makes a split-second decision on the night of the acting class’s big performance, while Fuches (Stephen Root) turns to an unexpected source for help. Henry Winkler also stars.

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