What to Watch: 05/15/2018

More shows we shall never see again dominate our recommendations: one long-running, one which (as of now and by no choice of its own) became a mini-series. This is the third day in a row we’ve featured a Fox show not returning to Fox’s newly released 2018-19 line-up.

New Girl [Fox, 9p]
Who was that girl? It was Jess. However, the show thrived by letting Zooey Deschanel’s Jess Day step back from the center of the portrait to become part of one of television’s best ensembles, a fact highlighted by the fact the finale’s climactic wedding is that of Winston & Aly and not Jess & Nick, although that is still somewhat of the main will-they-or-won’t-they and surprise nuptials could be in the works in the course of tonight’s two episodes. Of course, it’s 2018, so do they really HAVE to?

Rise [NBC, 9p]
Tonight is the big night! It’s opening night for the Stanton Drama department. Last week they made some big compromises to placate the PTA, will that be enough? Will they go rogue and do the show as scripted at the last minute (I hope!). Tonight is also the series finale for Rise, as NBC decided earlier this week not to renew for a second season. I can’t say I’m surprised, but it was fun while it lasted.

First Civilizations [PBS, 9p]
Tonight’s finale travels to the Indus Valley, where people relied on the “free flow of trade” for success, rather than war or religion.



  • The adventures in the Arrowverse carry on as Barry invites help to stop DeVoe’s quest for the Enlightenment Machine on The CW’s The Flash.
  • The penultimate episode of ABC’s The Middle features Hecks trying to stop people from leaving–whether it’s Axl for Denver or Sue’s on-again-off-again Sean to Ghana, but the highlight is surely Brick buying new lawnchairs, because … Brick!
  • Tray’s scheming to please Shay takes on a charitable hue as he applies get-rich-quick logic to the homeless shelter where she volunteers on TBS’ The Last O.G.
  • HGTV’s newest home makeover program, Hidden Potential, has Jasmine Roth aiding couples in their renovation on a budget … well, relative budget–tonight’s is 65k, so, you know, universally relatable.

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