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Slash does American Idol

American Idol receives the most unusual of mentors in former Guns n’ Roses guitarist Slash. The show is celebrating Rock Week as it winds down to the final four with Adam, Allison, Kris and Danny singing the tunes.

It’s season finale time! Many shows have only two final episodes. Get ready for the big ending! I hate this time of year. I love my TV shows and I do not want to see them end, even if it’s only a temporary hiatus. This September-to-May system was designed back in the early days of TV when there were only a few channels and no one watched in the summer because they spent their evenings outdoors. Well, those days are gone, clearly, since networks now program brand-new summer shows to fill the gap. Here’s an idea: Make more episodes of my favorite shows instead of replacing them with something else.

Let’s take Castle for example. I’ve really got the hang of this show now. The characters have settled in nicely, I know not to expect realism, I’m enjoying the ride, and next week is the finale. What was that, 10 episodes? And when Supernatural goes into reruns in two weeks, I’m officially going into a period of mourning.

Nathan Fillion is Castle and it's ending too soon

One bright spot’s on that gloomy, summer-hiatus horizon — the return of So You Think You Can Dance. That one show alone might be enough to sustain me.

Tonight has only one finale among a bunch of new episodes. Check this out:

Simon Baker goes mental for The MentalistTonight on TV — Tuesday, May 5

Fox has their two Tuesday-night juggernauts in the mix, American Idol and Fringe. Tomorrow night’s results show of American Idol stars Chris Daughtry!

ABC begins with Scrubs and the season finale of Better Off Ted. That’s followed by the Dancing with the Stars results show and a new Cupid.

CBS starts with the second half of that two-part NCIS with the spin-off characters. The Mentalist looks into the murder of a CEO, and there’s a video to help the team track a teen who disappeared on Without a Trace.

The CW has Nina moving back in with the boys on Reaper, then you’re invited to Adrianna’s bridal shower on 90210.

NBC has a slow night. Biggest Loser: Couples followed by a rerun of Law & Order: SVU.

Over on cable

If you love The Apprentice, check out the UK version premiering tonight on BBCAmerica.

It’s the season finale of Real Housewives of New Yorkon Bravo.

MTV is keeping it real with a new episode of The Phone.

Style has Whose Wedding Is This?, and TLC has a new 18 Kids.

Mad Men is set to return this summer on AMCNews and notable

Fox picked up a second season of Fringe and the animated series Cleveland.

AMC began production on a new season of Mad Men, which will premiere this summer.

A&E will debut Obsessedon May 25. The series looks at people suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorders.

Photo credit:
Castle — Pictured: Stana Katic, Nathan Fillion. Credit: ABC/Karen Neal
The Mentalist: Miss Red — Jane (Simon Baker) investigates the disappearance of a software company CEO who vanished from his yacht. Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS
Mad Men— Pictured: Jon Hamm. Credit: AMC

More TV tonight

Simon Baker dishes The Mentalist
Portia de Rossi on Ellen and Better off Ted
American Idol exit interview: Matt Giraud

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