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After tonight’s Nashville, Connie Britton is a free agent again, y’all

Illustration for article titled After tonight’s Nashville, Connie Britton is a free agent again, y’all

Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Wednesday, May 25. All times are Eastern.


Top picks

Heartbeat (NBC, 8 p.m.): “In the arms of the angel / Fly away from here”

Nashville (ABC, 10 p.m.): Nashville is here for its “fourth season finale,” which, as we all know by now, is actually its series finale. But the episode synopsis really doesn’t get that, now does it: “Rayna resorts to drastic measures when she learns that Maddie has crossed paths with a duplicitous figure from her past.” Just wash your hands of Maddie, Rayna. She’s who we’re blaming for the show’s cancellation, after all. Also, “Scarlett and Gunnar consider parting ways as bandmates,” because Nashville didn’t know this would be a series finale and figured they could get away with this same storyline again. Now for the appropriate episode title: “Maybe You’ll Appreciate Me Someday.” Maybe. Gwen Ihnat will stop by for one final Nashville review, crying in her beer the whole time.

Wayward Pines (Fox, 9 p.m.): The synopsis for Wayward Pines really is a lot, so we’re just going to put it all out here right now. (Good luck, Alex McCown.) “The 10-episode psychological thriller picks up after the shocking events of the Season One finale, with the residents of Wayward Pines battling against the iron-fisted rule of the First Generation. Dr. Theo Yedlin (Jason Patric)—a new resident of Wayward Pine—awakens from suspended animation and finds himself in the middle of this rebellion, as he tries to understand what Wayward Pines really is and help preserve the endangered human race. CJ Mitchum (Djimon Hounsou), an original resident of Wayward Pines and a historian for the town with extensive knowledge of its complex origins, is the one person who can provide a unique bridge between the current world of Wayward Pines and the previous world that humans inhabited. Megan Fisher (Hope Davis), is in charge of the scientific research being conducted on the Abbies, and remains deeply involved in the development of the hearts and minds of the future of humanity—Wayward Pines’ ‘First Generation.’”

Premieres and finales

The Path (Hulu, midnight): The Path ends its first season with “The Miracle.” “Eddie faces exile after his crisis of faith is discovered by The Movement. Cal delivers the final three rungs of The Ladder to the congregation, while Sarah learns a dark secret about The Movement. Eddie, seeking answers.” Wait—“Eddie, seeking answers,” what? That’s got to be the cliffhanger, right, Kate Kulzick?

The Price Is Right Primetime Special: Amazing Race Edition (CBS, 8 p.m.): You get it.

Arrow (The CW, 8 p.m.): Arrow ends its fourth season with a “Schism,” in which “Oliver teams up with a surprising force in an attempt to stop Damien Darhk (guest star Neal McDonough) and his magic once and for all.” Our guess on the “surprising force?” Supergirl. Way to keep that secret under lock and key, Team Berlanti. Sorry we spoiled it for everyone and Alasdair Wilkins with our spot-on guesswork.


Rosewood (Fox, 8 p.m.): Rosewood’s first season finale, “Badges & Bombshells,” asks one simple question: “WILL THEY OR WON’T THEY?” Guess we’ll find out tonight. Unless the show stretches it out for way too many seasons, you know?

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (CBS, 9/10 p.m.): First, “the IRT heads to Pamplona, Spain during the running of the bulls,” because you’ve got to check that cliché off the list sooner or later. Then, in the season finale, “the International Response Team rushes to Haiti when the young daughter of an American family visiting the island nation is kidnapped.” The moral of both stories: Americans need to stop traveling out of the country. For everyone’s sake.


Supernatural (The CW, 9 p.m.): “God (guest star Rob Benedict) comes to a decision about Amara (guest star Emily Swallow) that has direct repercussions for Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles).” You don’t say, huh, Supernatural season finale?

Rogue (DirecTV, 9 p.m.): In Rogue’s third season finale, “A Piece Of Wood,” “Harper learns Mia’s true identity; Ethan has to decide whether he trusts Mia or Marty while the three pull a heist together; and Marlon turns his back on gang life.” But where does the piece of wood come in?


Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 9 p.m.): Looks like Mariska Hargitay gets the “also starring” treatment in the synopsis for SVU’s 17th (17th!) season finale, as it’s all. About. Barba. “When the investigation of Corrections Officer Gary Munson (guest star Brad Garrett) deepens, he and his union take drastic actions that threaten the lives of ADA Barba and the SVU squad.” Law & Order: Special Barba Unit sounds better anyway.

Chicago P.D. (NBC, 10 p.m.): Chicago Platt (Chicago P.D. Season Finale Edition) update: Oliver Platt doesn’t guest star in the third season of Chicago P.D. Please don’t clap.


Atlanta Plastic (Lifetime, 11 p.m.): Whatever this show is, the title of this episode—which airs in a new time slot—is “Butt Gut.”

Regular coverage

The Americans (FX, 10 p.m.)

Streaming pick

Friday Night Lights, “Always” (Netflix/Amazon Video): After everything we just said about the Nashville series finale, you had to have known we were going to bust out the Friday Night Lights series finale.