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lettermanAfter decades of late-night fun and guests, it is time to say goodbye to TV’s late-night curmudgeon. These last few weeks have featured so many great guests (Nathan Lane, Martin Short, Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks), and tonight’s finale is sure to be memorable. Goodbye Dave, we’ll miss you. Series finale, 11:35 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, on CBS.

‘Mad Men’

January Jones as Betty Francis, Jon Hamm as Don Draper, Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson, Vincent Kartheiser as Pete Campbell, Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris and John Slattery as Roger Sterling (FRANK OCKENFELS)

kiernan-shipkaWithout a doubt, this is the end of a television era. After seven seasons, how will creator Matthew Weiner  wrap things up for Don Draper (Jon Hamm), his family and co-workers? I’ve especially enjoyed the mood and tone of this show over the years (which could vary week-to-week). Also, kudos to the fine acting work by Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks and standout Kiernan Shipka,  whose work this season has been emotionally devastating. Series finale, 10 p.m. Sunday, May 17, on AMC.

#TBT

workme_31609Today marks my 30th anniversary at the Seattle Times. My first job was answering customer complaint calls in the circulation phone room (fun!?), then came my time as a news aide (delivering papers and mail in the newsroom), and then my job as news assistant which has morphed and changed into what I do now…wait, what is it that I do now? Thanks to all my co-workers (o.k. and the readers, too), who make each day an adventure. Here’s me 6 years ago, working (?) at my desk. #TBT

‘Scandal’

rs_634x1024-131002110745-634_Kerry-Washington-Scandal-Wardrobe4_jl_100213_copyYour television should be in full season-finale mode this week with multiple final episodes airing almost every night. And what does creator Shonda Rhimes — who does this sort of thing so very well — have in store for the fourth-season ender of this twisty, political soap opera? Surely nothing as devastating as the loss of a major character on “Grey’s Anatomy” a couple weeks back, but you never know what Rhimes has up her sleeve for Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and her gladiators. You’ll just have to watch to find out. Season finale, 9 p.m. Thursday, May 14, on ABC.

gns-1704-hp-1024x576This week on Graham’s couch we have Kit Harington, Matt LeBlanc, Rebel Wilson and Mumford and Sons.

106348_D0145bThe season finales continue with the conclusion of the eighth season of this great geek-com. Tonight there are “dramatic” changes ahead for Sheldon and Amy (Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik), and the possibility of wedding bells ringing for Penny and Leonard (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting and Johnny Galecki). Season finale, 8 p.m. Thursday, May 7, on CBS.

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