Netflix debuts a new original comedy Friday, and they’re shooting for a slightly older demographic than usual. “Grace and Frankie” stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as women who become close friends after their husbands, played by Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, come out as gay and announce their plans to marry each other. If the material is good, a cast that fine should appeal to all generations.
Another interesting new show is “Wayward Pines” from M. Night Shyamalan, which debuts Thursday (May 14) at 9 p.m. on Fox. It stars Matt Dillon as a Secret Service agent who after a car accident, wakes up trapped in the mysterious town of Wayward Pines. Terrence Howard plays the creepy, ice cream-loving sheriff of the town and Melissa Leo is an equally terrifying hospital nurse. The only person Agent Burke can trust, it seems, is a friendly waitress played by Juliette Lewis. Think “Twin Peaks” meets “The X-Files,” but with more ice cream.
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More finales coming over the next week – some shows end for the season, some end for good. Here are a few to watch for.
▪ “Hawaii Five-0” has a two-hour Season 5 finale on Friday. Experts predict no renewal.
▪ On Sunday: “The Good Wife” ends its sixth season over on CBS, while “Once Upon a Time” (a two-hour finale starting at 8) and “Revenge” both end on ABC. “Wife” and “Once” should return, but “Revenge” is over. Season 1 of PBS’ “Wolf Hall” concludes. Expect a second season.
▪ Monday, The CW has season finales for “The Originals” and “Jane the Virgin” on CW – both renewed. ABC’s “Castle” will also be back.
▪ “NCIS” (8 p.m.) and “NCIS: New Orleans” will both return after Tuesday night’s finales on CBS. Same for NBC’s “Undateable” and “Chicago Fire,” as well as ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
▪ Wednesday, Season 4 of “Arrow” ends on CW, but it’ll be back for a fourth.“CSI: Cyber” ends on the CBS bubble, but it’ll probably be back. On ABC, “The Middle,” “The Goldbergs” and “Nashville” are all expected to return. That same night, “American Idol” crowns a winner in its 14th season finale. No word on that renewal yet.
▪ Thursday has finales for “The Vampire Diaries,” “Reign” on CW; “The Odd Couple” and “Elementary” on CBS; “The Blacklist” on NBC; and “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “American Crime” on ABC. All are expected back except for “American Crime.”