A select viewing guide for Monday, May 7
DESIGN Great Minds of Design Documentary, 8 p.m. ET; 11 p.m. PT It's still not too late to broaden your artistic horizons with this smart new series. Launched two weeks ago, the program profiles designers whose specialty is turning sustainable materials into stunning objets d'art. Tonight's third episode follows the renowned Canadian designer Patty Johnson on her recent trip to the devastated country of Haiti. A visit to a temple shows her the historical connection between art and the long-standing practice of voodoo. After several months of living and working among the locals, Johnson develops her own product line inspired by the Haitian culture, which she unveils with grand flourish for the design market back in Canada.
COMEDY 2 Broke Girls CBS, CITY-TV, 8 p.m. ET/PT The spirit of Laverne and Shirley lives on in this rookie sitcom, which wraps tonight. One of the few breakout hits of the past TV season, the show has held its audience all season and is already renewed for next season. Supersized to an hour for the occasion, the season finale finds the adorable best-friend waitresses Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs) talking their way into a lavish fashion gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The objective: Corner the design maven Martha Stewart, who plays herself, of course, in hopes of getting her approval of their cupcake business. Former Wings regular Steven Weber guest-stars as Caroline's ne'er-do-well father.
DRAMA House Fox, Global, 9 p.m. ET/PT Where’s House? With only three episodes remaining in this popular drama, the titular bad-tempered medical genius, played by Hugh Laurie, has abandoned his hospital duties and headed off on a road trip with his cancer-stricken colleague Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard). With the mad medic in absentia, his staff is forced to treat the ailing and equally testy pathologist Dr. Peter Treiber (Jamie Elman), while making him believe that House is calling the shots. The episode was directed by veteran actor Peter Weller (RoboCop), who also plays a support role as a surgeon.
DRAMA Castle ABC, CTV, 10 p.m. ET/PT Canadian content on American prime time will dip slightly following tonight's fourth-season finale of this popular crime-drama. Those paying attention will know the show's entire appeal wrests on the sustained sexual tension between the handsome author-sleuth Richard Castle, played by Edmonton-born Nathan Fillion, and the tough but sexy NYPD detective Kate Beckett, played by Stana Katic, a native of Hamilton, Ont., but does their forbidden love have a future? In tonight's season ender, Beckett redoubles her efforts to find the man who shot her, particularly after he's the lead suspect in the murder of an army veteran. Castle has vital information on the case, but telling Beckett will compromise his author integrity. So what's more important? The babe or the book?
MOVIE One True Thing Vision, midnight ET; 9 p.m. PT Based on a novel by New York Times columnist Anna Quindlen, this 1998 drama boasts yet another remarkable acting turn by Meryl Streep. To the surprise of absolutely no one, she earned an Oscar nomination for her moving portrayal of Kate, a fifty-something housewife handed a terminal cancer diagnosis. Kate's bookish husband George (William Hurt) convinces his journalist daughter Ellen to return home for care-giving duty, which naturally leads to a rapprochement between mother and daughter in the former's final hours. It's schmaltzy, but Ms. Streep brings the story to a higher ground.