The Good Guys

FOX, May 19, 8 p.m. ET/PT |

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CRIME

West Wing politico Bradley Whitford reinvents himself for this entertaining free-for-all, a loose blend of buddy comedy and police action that's also an affectionate nod to series like Starsky & Hutch (Guys is even shot with the yellowed ugliness of '70s cop shows). Lumpy and mustachioed-he seems to be hiding behind Mr. Potato Head-Whitford is Dan Stark, a boozy cop who years ago made a heroic rescue that resulted in a made-for-TV movie. He's teamed with Colin Hanks, a detective who's as primly bloodless as a Pilgrim. In the premiere-the show begins a regular run in June-an investigation into a stolen humidifier uncovers a drug ring gone bloodily loco. One crook, eager to escape with the loot, orders a plastic surgeon to remake him like Erik Estrada. This is a show with a CHiPs on its shoulder.

Secret Life of Elephants

Animal Planet, May 16, 8 p.m. ET/PT |

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NATURE

The title sounds scandalous, as if we were going to meet a pachyderm Jesse James. But elephants are a wonderful species, and this two-hour special allows us to be their companions in Kenya's Samburu National Reserve. The largest mammals on land, they're extremely sensitive-one of the few animals that seem to share with people an acknowledgement of death. In another oddly human moment, a baby is sedated so its injured leg can be examined. When it comes to, it mistakes a car for Mama. All I could think of was the viral video of that loopy kid who'd been under anesthesia at the dentist.

>1 HOUSE

MON. 5/17 8 P.M. FOX

Season 6 wraps up on a traumatic note as Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) assists on a transit disaster.

2 I GET THAT A LOT

WED. 5/19 8 P.M. CBS

In a comedy special, stars pose as regular folk-Martha Stewart works in a crafts store!

3 MODERN FAMILY

WED. 5/19 9 P.M. ABC

Claire (Julie Bowen, with Ty Burrell) wants to take a family portrait. Season 1 finale.

4 GREY'S ANATOMY

THURS. 5/20 9 P.M. ABC

In the two-hour season finale, Cristina (Sandra Oh) faces a supreme OR ordeal.

5 CSI

THURS. 5/20 9 P.M. CBS

Things are sticky for Dr. Langston (Laurence Fishburne) in the conclusion of his first full season.

>• As their ABC drama comes to an end May 23 after six seasons of surprises, the executive producers recall the other jaw-dropping TV moments they'll never forget.

BOBBY EWING GOES FROM THE GRAVE TO THE SHOWER ON DALLAS

When Patrick Duffy returned to Dallas a year after being killed off, "they pushed the do-over button and revealed the entire season had been a dream. I remember feeling betrayed," says Lindelof, who jokes, "This is what we did for Lost."

DICK SARGENT REPLACES DICK YORK AS DARRIN ON BEWITCHED

"As a kid, I loved that show," says Cuse. "Suddenly there's this new guy playing Darrin, and there was no explanation given. I was like, 'Can they really do that?' Doesn't it violate some sacrosanct rule of television?"

ROSALIND SHAYS' ELEVATOR SHAFT DEATH ON L.A. LAW

"She's walking along having a normal conversation, then she steps into an empty elevator shaft," says Cuse of Diana Muldaur's sudden demise. "Did that just happen? The sheer ordinariness of everything leading up to it was just brilliant."

CHRIS DAUGHTRY'S EARLY EXIT FROM AMERICAN IDOL

"I was absolutely convinced Daughtry was going to win," says Lindelof. "He was knocked out so prematurely. It was a sense of, your vote really does count. That moment, I'm sure, led to the (judges') save rule."

>DARIA: THE COMPLETE ANIMATED SERIES

The Beavis & Butt-Head spinoff, which ran from 1997-2001 on MTV, created an iconic American teen: smart, cynically deadpan Daria Morgendorffer. Dated? Not yet. You glimpse a less alienated Daria in Alex (Ariel Winter), the younger daughter on Modern Family. But give her time....

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>• Hired as an accompanist and singing coach on the hit show, Ellis, 49, plays piano onscreen each week.

WERE YOU A "GLEEK"?

Yes. At Lexington High School in Massachusetts, we had a great choir teacher who ran five glee clubs, and I was in all of them.

HOW DID YOU GET ON-CAMERA?

During the rehearsal process, (co-creator) Ryan Murphy said, "Get used to wearing black." I thought, "That's a little controlling!" I was thick as a brick, then (executive producer) Dante (Di Loreto) said, "He doesn't mean here, he means when you're on the show!"

YOUR CHARACTER SEEMS GRUMPY

Ryan's first note to me was, "By the way, Brad, you hate them all!" It's acting without doing much work. But I'm usually supportive!

WILL YOU EVER SPEAK ON GLEE?

I wouldn't insist on it. If it ever becomes an issue that I speak, it will be a little moment by itself, and that sounds fun. The fact that I don't also serves me well.

>• As the TV season concludes in May, these three wrap-ups already have me on the edge of my seat.

AMERICAN IDOL

The May 26 conclusion of FOX's show-that-still-pretty-much-rules-the-universe won't be remembered for its winner-this group has been the Lullabye League-but for judge Simon Cowell's swan song. After nine seasons he's leaving to host a new show. An Idol without his blunt, rock-solid integrity seems inconceivable. Who to replace him? Oh, I know-Spencer Pratt!

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES

The ABC hit is winded after six seasons-how stupid was that plane crash?-but somehow the breathless melodrama always wins out. The May 16 finale brings closure to on-the-lam Angie (Drea de Matteo).

THE GOOD WIFE

Will lawyer Julianna Margulies, married to a charismatic political creep (Chris Noth), embark on a fling with colleague Josh Charles? I'm betting the May 25 ender of CBS' freshman hit, a terrific exploration of how sex and politics collude and collide, will deliver the goods.

>1 HOUSE

MON. 5/17 8 P.M. FOX

Season 6 wraps up on a traumatic note as Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) assists on a transit disaster.

2 I GET THAT A LOT

WED. 5/19 8 P.M. CBS

In a comedy special, stars pose as regular folk—Martha Stewart works in a crafts store!

3 MODERN FAMILY

WED. 5/19 9 P.M. ABC

Claire (Julie Bowen, with Ty Burrell) wants to take a family portrait. Season 1 finale.

4 GREY'S ANATOMY

THURS. 5/20 9 P.M. ABC

In the two-hour season finale, Cristina (Sandra Oh) faces a supreme OR ordeal.

5 CSI

THURS. 5/20 9 P.M. CBS

Things are sticky for Dr. Langston (Laurence Fishburne) in the conclusion of his first full season.

>• As their ABC drama comes to an end May 23 after six seasons of surprises, the executive producers recall the other jaw-dropping TV moments they'll never forget.

BOBBY EWING GOES FROM THE GRAVE TO THE SHOWER ON DALLAS

When Patrick Duffy returned to Dallas a year after being killed off, "they pushed the do-over button and revealed the entire season had been a dream. I remember feeling betrayed," says Lindelof, who jokes, "This is what we did for Lost."

DICK SARGENT REPLACES DICK YORK AS DARRIN ON BEWITCHED

"As a kid, I loved that show," says Cuse. "Suddenly there's this new guy playing Darrin, and there was no explanation given. I was like, 'Can they really do that?' Doesn't it violate some sacrosanct rule of television?"

ROSALIND SHAYS' ELEVATOR SHAFT DEATH ON L.A. LAW

"She's walking along having a normal conversation, then she steps into an empty elevator shaft," says Cuse of Diana Muldaur's sudden demise. "Did that just happen? The sheer ordinariness of everything leading up to it was just brilliant."

CHRIS DAUGHTRY'S EARLY EXIT FROM AMERICAN IDOL

"I was absolutely convinced Daughtry was going to win," says Lindelof. "He was knocked out so prematurely. It was a sense of, your vote really does count. That moment, I'm sure, led to the [judges'] save rule."

>DARIA: THE COMPLETE ANIMATED SERIES

The Beavis & Butt-Head spinoff, which ran from 1997-2001 on MTV, created an iconic American teen: smart, cynically deadpan Daria Morgendorffer. Dated? Not yet. You glimpse a less alienated Daria in Alex (Ariel Winter), the younger daughter on Modern Family. But give her time....

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>• Hired as an accompanist and singing coach on the hit show, Ellis, 49, plays piano onscreen each week.

WERE YOU A "GLEEK"?

Yes. At Lexington High School in Massachusetts, we had a great choir teacher who ran five glee clubs, and I was in all of them.

HOW DID YOU GET ON-CAMERA?

During the rehearsal process, [co-creator] Ryan Murphy said, "Get used to wearing black." I thought, "That's a little controlling!" I was thick as a brick, then [executive producer] Dante [Di Loreto] said, "He doesn't mean here, he means when you're on the show!"

YOUR CHARACTER SEEMS GRUMPY

Ryan's first note to me was, "By the way, Brad, you hate them all!" It's acting without doing much work. But I'm usually supportive!

WILL YOU EVER SPEAK ON GLEE?

I wouldn't insist on it. If it ever becomes an issue that I speak, it will be a little moment by itself, and that sounds fun. The fact that I don't also serves me well.

>• As the TV season concludes in May, these three wrap-ups already have me on the edge of my seat.

AMERICAN IDOL

The May 26 conclusion of FOX's show-that-still-pretty-much-rules-the-universe won't be remembered for its winner—this group has been the Lullabye League—but for judge Simon Cowell's swan song. After nine seasons he's leaving to host a new show. An Idol without his blunt, rock-solid integrity seems inconceivable. Who to replace him? Oh, I know—Spencer Pratt!

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES

The ABC hit is winded after six seasons—how stupid was that plane crash?—but somehow the breathless melodrama always wins out. The May 16 finale brings closure to on-the-lam Angie (Drea de Matteo).

THE GOOD WIFE

Will lawyer Julianna Margulies, married to a charismatic political creep (Chris Noth), embark on a fling with colleague Josh Charles? I'm betting the May 25 ender of CBS' freshman hit, a terrific exploration of how sex and politics collude and collide, will deliver the goods.