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What to Expect on TV in May 2016

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The 2015-2016 TV season on the major networks is nearly at an end with a few season finales already airing in April, but with the bulk of them set to air in May. There are also a few returning dramas coming next month along with a made-for-TV movie and mini-series to look out for.

Here is what I am looking forward to seeing in May:

RETURNING DRAMAS:

The final season of Person of Interest starts on May 3 on CBS at 10 PM while the final season of Royal Pains will get underway starting on May 18 on the USA Network at 10 PM.

SEASON FINALES:

The following season finales will air during May:

May 1 – Grantchester on PBS at 9 PM

May 2 –NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS at 10 PM

May 11 – Underground on WGN America at 10 PM

May 15 – Once Upon a Time on ABC for two-hours at 7 and 8 PM followed by The Family and Quantico at 9 and 10 PM respectively

May 16 – Jane the Virgin on The CW at 9 PM

May 16 – Castle on ABC at 10 PM

May 17 –Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for two hours on ABC at 9 PM

May 17 –NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans on CBS at 8 and 9 PM respectively

May 19 – The Blacklist on NBC at 9 PM

May 19 – DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and The 100 on The CW at 8 and 9 PM respectively

May 20 – Grimm on NBC at 9 PM

May 23 – Blindspot on NBC at 10 PM

May 24 – The Night Manager on AMC at 10 PM

May 24 – Stitchers on FreeForm at 10 PM

May 24 – The Flash on The CW at 8 PM

May 25 – Nashville on ABC at 10 PM

May 25 – Arrow and Supernatural on The CW at 8 and 9 PM respectively

NEW DRAMA:

The new FOX drama Houdini & Doyle will debut on May 2 at 9 PM. The series is inspired by true events, following two real-life friends Harry Houdini (Michael Weston), master magician, escape artist and paranormal debunker; and Arthur Conan Doyle (Stephen Mangan), prolific writer, creator of Sherlock Holmes and paranormal aficionado. They grudgingly join forces with New Scotland Yard to investigate unsolved, inexplicable and possibly supernatural crimes, alongside the first female Constable of the London Metropolitan Police Force, Adelaide Stratton (Rebecca Liddiard).

MADE-FOR-TV MOVIES:

The following two made-for-TV movies will air throughout the month:

The Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original movie Karen Kingsbury’s A Time to Dance will air on May 15 at 9 PM. The film tells the story of Abby (Jennie Garth) and John (Dan Payne) Reynolds, a married couple who have been together since their days as high school sweethearts – when John was a football hero and Abby dreamed of becoming a writer. Now in their forties, Abby is a restaurant critic for a local newspaper and John is a football coach at their son’s high school. Though their seemingly perfect marriage is the envy of their peers, the truth is that they have fallen out of love, and plan to announce their impending divorce during their daughter Nicole’s upcoming college break. But John and Abby’s plan takes a turn when an elated Nicole surprises them with an announcement that she has gotten engaged. Not wanting to put a damper on Nicole’s cherished event, John and Abby agree to wait until after her wedding to tell her about their divorce. With the clock ticking and John and Abby helping Nicole prepare for her wedding day, they may have one last chance to again find their love. Corbin Bernsen also stars as Abby’s father.

And, a new adaptation of the legendary book Roots will debut simultaneously on A&E, Lifetime and the History Channel on May 30 at 9 PM. The four-night, eight-hour event series recounts the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship. The cast includes Anika Noni Rose, Anna Paquin, Derek Luke, Forest Whitaker, James Purefoy, Jonathan Rhys Myers, Lane Garrison, Matthew Goode, Mekhi Phifer, Erica Tazel, Emayatzy Corinealdi and introducing Malachi Kirby.

Make sure to check out our full May calendar that will be posted at the very end of April.

Using her favorite online handle, Rueben is an East Coast-bred gal who is now a permanent Californian and a lifelong tv-oholic. She watches at least 25 TV shows a week, goes to the movies as often as possible, listens to music every waking moment, reads every day and “plays” on the internet every chance she can. Some of her current favorite TV shows are Outlander, Arrow, Grimm, The Blacklist, Teen Wolf, Killjoys, Dark Matter, The Shannara Chronicles, Good Witch, When Calls the Heart, The 100, Switched at Birth, Jane the Virgin, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Flash and The Fosters (among others). Follow her at @ruebenrambling or contact her at rueben@nicegirlstv.com.