A select viewing guide for Wednesday, May 23
REALITY American Idol Fox, CTV, 8 p.m. ET/PT The American viewing public will have to find some new way to fill the void following tonight's finale of TV's most-watched program. The 11th season of Fox's karaoke contest upheld the ratings level of seasons past with an average of 17 million U.S. viewers watching each episode. Some unknown warbler will be named the great next singing sensation (where are you now, Ruben Studdard?) but more people will be watching tonight for the scheduled performance by red-hot pop star Rihanna. Idol judge Jennifer Lopez is also booked to perform on the finale, but don't expect a duet with Rihanna.
COMEDY Modern Family ABC, CITY-TV, 9 p.m. ET/PT The kids grow up so fast these days, don't they? Wrapping tonight, the third season of Modern Family has touched repeatedly on the efforts of the adorable gay couple Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) to adopt another child. They move closer to their dream tonight, but only if they can enlist Gloria (Sofia Vergara) to act as their translator with a Spanish-speaking adoption agent. That leaves Jay (Ed O'Neill) and Manny (Rico Rodriguez) to take Mitch and Cam's daughter Lily to her dance recital. Elsewhere, doting parents Phil (Ty Burrell) and Claire (Julie Bowen) get misty-eyed when youngest daughter Alex (Ariel Winter) goes off to her first prom, then shocked when their other daughter Haley (Sarah Hyland) announces her post-graduation plans. See you next fall.
COMEDY Don't Trust the B--- in Apt. 23 ABC, CITY-TV, 9:30 p.m. ET/PT Strange but true: In less than one month of existence, this offbeat sitcom has found a loyal viewing audience and has already been renewed for next season. The premise, in case you missed it, follows the nerdy waif June (Dreama Walker), whose wedding plans crumble and New York dream job never materializes, which somehow results in her sharing an apartment with a manipulative party girl named Chloe (Krysten Ritter). In tonight's first mini-season finale, June is finally feeling like one of the cool kids and foolishly tries to keep pace with Chloe on the Big Apple social scene. While that disaster unfolds, their neighbour James Van Der Beek, playing himself, loses his own cool when he learns that former Superman star Dean Cain has a bigger dressing room than him for Dancing With the Stars.