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What to watch on TV for the week of May 20 - May 26: The ‘Survivor’ finale, a forgettable evening with Steve Martin and Martin Short, and much more

May 20, 2018 Updated: May 20, 2018 at 8:36 am
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Steve Martin and Martin Short have a new standup special available for streaming this Friday. Photo courtesy of Netflix.

Sunday 
“2018 Billboard Music Awards” (6 p.m., NBC, Awards Show) - Kelly Clarkson, Camila Cabello, and Ariana Grande are scheduled to perform. 

“Iron Chef America” (8 p.m., Food Network, Season Premiere) - Chef Brittany Anderson battles chef Alex Guarnaschelli; and Antonia Lafaso and Simon Majumdar serve as judges in the season 13 premiere. 

Monday 
“2018 Miss USA Competition” (7 p.m., Fox, Competition Special) - Vanessa and Nick Lachey host the 67th annual event from the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, Louisiana. 

“Who Do You Think You Are?” (7 p.m., TLC, Season Premiere) - In the season 10 premiere, Jon Cryer’s journey takes him from America to Scotland as he uncovers the dramatic tale of an ancestor who survived the catastrophic battle, endured horrific conditions as a prisoner of war, and was forced to come to America as an indentured servant. 

“Dancing With the Stars: Athletes” (7 p.m., ABC, Season Finale) - A winner is crowned after the fourth and final week of competition, which features two dances from each finalist, including a freestyle dance. 

“American Idol” (8 p.m., ABC, Season Finale) - The winner if crowned in the season one finale. 

Tuesday
“The Great American Read” (7 p.m., PBS, Series Premiere) - The premiere of the series, which celebrates the power, passion, and joy of reading through the lens of America’s 100 best loved books as chosen by the public. 

“The Flash” (7 p.m., The CW, Season Finale) - In the season four finale, Team Flash gets help from a surprising ally in their battle against DeVoe. 

“The Middle” (7:30 p.m., ABC, Series Finale) - A Heck leaves the nest as the family takes a road trip to Denver, where Axl will start his new job and new life away from home. 

“Our Wild Life” (8 p.m., TLC, Series Premiere) - The pilot episode introduces the Abrams family of Pinetops, North Carolina. With 80 animals and counting, their home is bursting with life, so much so that the rest of the town can’t help but take notice. 

Wednesday 
“Survivor” (7 p.m., CBS, Season Finale) - The season 36 finale airs tonight, with the reunion show airing right after. My money is on Wendell. 

“Empire” (7 p.m., Fox, Season Finale) - As the Empire ownership bid presentation nears, Lucious must make a difficult decision to save the future of the company and his family, while Eddie shows no signs of backing down. 

“Brother vs Brother” (7 p.m., HGTV, Season Premiere) - Season six beings with Jonathan and Drew taking on San Francisco’s hot real estate market. 

Thursday 
“Terrence Howard’s Fright Club” (7 p.m., Fox, Series Premiere) - Terrence Howard’s super-fans are invited to New Orleans to meet the star at his remote estate. What they don’t know is they are about to be pranked by Howard, and that everyone they meet is an actor who’s in on the joke. 

“Red Nose Day” (9 p.m., NBC, Variety Special) - A star studded cast of Hollywood favorites comes together to change the lives of kids in need. Chris Hardwick hosts the one hour special, which features Kelly Clarkson visiting a local elementary school to celebrate students who are raising money for Red Nose Day. 

Friday 
“Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life” (Netflix, Stand-up Special) - Comedy icons Steve Martin and Martin Short team up for musical sketches and conversations about their legendary lives in show business and stand-up. 

“Trollhunters” (Netflix, Season Premiere) - Tatiana Maslany, Diego Luna and Emile Hirsch have joined the third and final season of Netflix’s critically acclaimed, Emmy-winning original series from Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro. 

Saturday 
“The Tale” (8 p.m., HBO) - A journalist re-examines her childhood memories after her mother discovers a story she wrote four decades earlier. Laura Dern and Ellen Burstyn star. 

“Ghost in the Shell” (8 p.m., Showtime) - In this sci-fi action thriller, a cybernetically enhanced policewoman hunts a mysterious terrorist who can hack into his victims minds. Scarlett Johansson stars.

Gazette media columnist Terry Terrones is a member of the Television Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. You can follow him on Twitter at @terryterrones.

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