The ABC Television Network announces highlights of its upcoming May sweeps programming, including the two-hour series finale of "Desperate Housewives," the Live Broadcast of "The 2012 Billboard Music Awards," and the Season Premiere of "The Bachelorette."
Editors please note: What follows is a chronological listing of programming highlights (all times Eastern); this is not a complete list of all programs airing during the February sweep. As airdates are subject to change, please monitor ABC's daily press bundle or www.abcmedianet.com.
Jimmy Kimmel LIVE - Currently celebrating its 10th season, "Jimmy Kimmel Live" welcomes an all-star lineup of guests throughout May sweeps, including Johnny Depp, Scarlett Johansson, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Manny Pacquiao, Dr. Phil McGraw, Vanessa Williams, Johnny Lee Miller, Chloe Moretz and the new "Bachelorette," Emily Maynard. On May 22nd, Kimmel will also have the very first interview with the "Dancing with the Stars" champion and his/her partner. May also brings musical performances from Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert, Roger Daltrey, Lisa Marie Presley, Glenn Frey, The Cult, Kimbra, Civil Twilight, Silversun Pickups, Andrew Bird and Delta Spirit. "Jimmy Kimmel Live" airs MONDAY-FRIDAY (12:00 - 1:06 a.m., ET).
MISSING - "Measure of a Man" - Becca is forced to recall details of a traumatic former case in order to prove her innocence now. Meanwhile, Michael goes to new lengths to protect himself and Oksana, on "Missing," THURSDAY, APRIL 26 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET). Location setting for this episode is Vienna, Austria.
GREY'S ANATOMY - "Moment of Truth" - After eight years of practice, the residents head to San Francisco for their oral boards; sparks fly between Catherine and Richard when they bump into each other at the hotel; Bailey intervenes after Owen and Teddy get into a heated argument about their young car crash patient; and Mark tries to recruit Lexie for one of his cases. Meanwhile, Alex feels guilty for being away from the hospital when Tommy's health begins to fail, on "Grey's Anatomy," THURSDAY, APRIL 26 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET). Guest Starring Debbie Allen ("Fame") as Catherine Avery.
SCANDAL - "Enemy of the State" -- After the Amanda Tanner case takes a shocking turn, one-time friends Olivia and Cyrus take heated, opposing viewpoints, and Cyrus tries to help in investigating the personal lives of Olivia and her associates. Meanwhile Olivia and her team help a dictator locate his wife and children who have been allegedly kidnapped, and Quinn goes out with a reporter seeking information, on "Scandal," THURSDAY, APRIL 26 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET).
SHARK TANK -- "314" -- Tempers flare and insults fly when the Sharks fight over an innovative three-in-one nail polish invented by a mother of six girls from West Hartford, CT, who had to sell her engagement ring to start her business. A husband and wife team of feisty New Yorkers believe they have the next big thing in women's accessories; two Pittsburgh hockey moms pitch their home-grown tank top business with interchangeable straps; and a couple from Pasadena, CA insist that their unique sippy cups be manufactured in the USA to maintain quality. In a follow up story, the entrepreneurs behind Talbott Teas from Chicago, IL have big news about a deal with Jamba Juice after their TV appearance, on "Shark Tank," FRIDAY, APRIL 27 (8:00-9:01 p.m., ET). Lori Greiner Returns to the Tank as Guest Shark in This Episode.
AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS - "Episode 2219" -- This week's highlights include "31 Baby Farts in 27 Seconds"; a package of kids saying hilarious things, including a boy who's upset because he misses George Washington; a kid with a very funny reaction during a slingshot amusement park ride; and Tom playing "Too Far, Too Short, Just Right" and "Name that Sound," on "America's Funniest Home Videos," SUNDAY, APRIL 29 (7:00-8:00 p.m., ET).
ONCE UPON A TIME - "The Stranger" -- August promises to enlighten Emma and take her on a journey that will show her how she can beat Regina, and possibly take custody of Henry; and with Mary Margaret returning to work, Regina puts a plan in motion to seduce David. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, with the Evil Queen's curse about to strike, Geppetto agrees to a plan that will save Snow White and Prince Charming's daughter, but with a proviso that could also save his own son, on "Once Upon a Time," SUNDAY, APRIL 29 (8:00-9:01 p.m., ET).
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES -- "Lost My Power" -- With Mike gone, Susan attempts to build a car for MJ's father-and-son school soapbox derby; Bree's attorney, Trip (Scott Bakula), learns of her previous drunken sexual spree and needs her to come clean about it in order to help strengthen her case; Lynette tries to cause some negative friction between Tom and his girlfriend, Jane, by flirting with his boss and getting him to pile more work on her estranged husband; Gaby is furious with Carlos when he tries to poach one of her rich, personal shopper clients (Doris Roberts) and talk her into helping with his newly formed charity organization; and Renee discovers that Ben is keeping a secret from her about his involvement with Bree -- and the body found at his work site -- on "Desperate Housewives," SUNDAY, APRIL 29 (9:01-10:01 p.m., ET). Scott Bakula Guest Stars as Bree's Attorney, Trip. Doris Roberts Guest Stars as Gaby's Rich Client.
GCB -- "Adam & Eve's Rib" -- When Amanda tries to put together an all female barbeque team to prove a point to her daughter, she recruits the helps of the GCBs for the cook-off of the year. Meanwhile Heather meets an attractive butcher (Kevin Alejandro), Cricket purchases stud services from businessman Mason Massey (Grant Bowler), Carlene becomes frustrated with Ripp, and Sharon tries to help Zack with his dealership problems, on "GCB," SUNDAY, APRIL 29 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET).
DANCING WITH THE STARS -- "Episode 1407" (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET)
CASTLE - "Undead Again" - When Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of a man with human bite marks on his body, Castle's wild theories start flying. But none are as wild as what their only witness insists happened - a Zombie attack. As the evidence pointing towards an undead assailant piles up, the team plunges into New York's Zombie subculture to find the killer and bring him in dead or alive...or undead, on "Castle," MONDAY, APRIL 30 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET).
LAST MAN STANDING - "The Spotlight" -- When Mike realizes he unintentionally upstaged Vanessa's announcement about being nominated as the top volunteer school parent, his efforts to make it up to her might cause more harm than good. Meanwhile, Eve is afraid she won't fit in at high school; and Ed wants to release an Outdoor Man action figure inspired by Mike, on "Last Man Standing," TUESDAY, MAY 1 (8:00-8:31 p.m., ET).
COUGAR TOWN - "Southern Accents" - Jules has a hard time accepting that Holly (guest star Briga Heelan) is part of her life, a situation that does not improve after she finds out that Holly and Travis made out; Andy wants to run for mayor so he can change the town rules against weddings on the beach (something Jules has her heart set on), but Ellie won't let him; and Laurie tries to convince Bobby he's just socially inept, not prejudiced, after he blurts out some awkward comments at the cake shop, on "Cougar Town," TUESDAY, MAY 1 (8:31-9:00 p.m., ET). Carolyn Hennesy reprises the role of Barb and Barry Bostwick guest stars as Roger.
DANCING WITH THE STARS THE RESULTS SHOW -- "Episode 1407A" (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET)
PRIVATE PRACTICE -- "True Colors" -- Addison, Pete and the team treat an illegal immigrant facing deportation who self-induces her pregnancy so that her child will be a U.S. citizen; Cooper and Violet work with a young girl who has gender identity disorder - and with her parents -- and Violet wants to continue therapy with Pete before they begin dating again, on "Private Practice," TUESDAY, MAY 1 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET).
THE MIDDLE - "The Guidance Counselor" - Sue finds a kindred spirit in her awkward school guidance counselor, Jane Marsh (Whoopi Goldberg), who inspires her to reinvent herself. Meanwhile, Frankie is ecstatic when she and Mike buy a much needed new bed but is gobsmacked when her stubborn husband insists on assembling it himself; and Brick attempts to call the President to outlaw the Presidential Fitness Challenge, which would force him to accomplish some strenuous physical exercises at school, on "The Middle," WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET).
SUBURGATORY - "Hear No Evil" - As George and Eden's (Alicia Silverstone) relationship gets serious, he decides to introduce her to Tessa, who is preoccupied with her job at Crystal Cup of Crystals. Meanwhile, George and Noah make a deal regarding George's relationship boundaries with Eden, and Eden is overwhelmed by Sheila's meddling and the Werners' overprotective behavior, on "Suburgatory," WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 (8:30-9:00 p.m., ET). Alicia Silverstone Makes a Special Guest Appearance.
MODERN FAMILY - "Planes, Train and Cars" - The Dunphys are in the market for a new car and Phil makes a spontaneous purchase without Claire. Will he have buyer's remorse? Meanwhile, Jay is determined to get to his high school reunion with Gloria and Manny in tow, and Lily loses her favorite stuffed animal on a public metro train, leaving Mitch and Cam with an inconsolable toddler, on "Modern Family," WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET). Comedian Kevin Hart returns as a guest star.
DON'T TRUST THE B---- IN APT. 23 - "The Wedding" -- June is devastated when she receives a wedding invitation addressed to her and her ex-fiancŽ, so in an attempt make her feel better, Chloe gives June a crash course in confidence and fierceness -- but does too good a job -- on "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23," WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 (9:31-10:00 p.m., ET). Kevin Sorbo ("Hercules: The Legendary Journeys") Makes a Cameo Appearance.
REVENGE - "Absolution" - The impending release of Daniel has everyone on edge as the press grows more and more hostile; the SEC begin their investigation on Grayson Global; and Emily discovers a new photo taken of her father on the day of his death, leading her to more clues about how he died -- and also to a mystery woman and an ominous new target -- on "Revenge," WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET). Oscar-Nominated Tess Harper ("Silkwood," "No Country for Old Men") guest stars, and ABC News Anchor Cynthia McFadden ("Nightline") plays herself.
MISSING - "Answers" - Giancarlo helps Becca as they race to find Azimoff (guest star Karel Roden, "RocknRolla"), while Dax and Violet (guest star Laura Donnelly, "Merlin," "Dread") try to capture Becca. Meanwhile Becca learns more about who her real enemy ultimately is, on "Missing," THURSDAY, MAY 3 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET). Location setting for this episode is Vienna, Austria.
GREY'S ANATOMY - "Let the Bad Times Roll" -- The residents agonize over their oral boards, reliving every answer they gave during their exams; Arizona's close childhood friend comes to Seattle Grace for medical help; the doctors work on a patient who is missing one third of his skull; and Julia asks Mark to start a family with her. Meanwhile Catherine tells Richard that one of his residents has failed, on "Grey's Anatomy," THURSDAY, MAY 3 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET). Guest Starring Debbie Allen ("Fame") as Dr. Catherine Avery, William Daniels ("St. Elsewhere") As Cristina's Examiner and Jordan Belfi ("Entourage") as Nick.
SCANDAL -- "Crash and Burn" - After a commercial plane crashes, taking the lives of all onboard, Olivia Pope and her "gladiators-in-suits" must defend the pilot from media and airline accusations; meanwhile, when Amanda Tanner goes missing, Huck calls upon his dark past to find her whereabouts, and Fitz seeks the help of the Vice President in order to pass key legislation despite their icy relationship, on "Scandal," THURSDAY, MAY 3 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET).
SHARK TANK - "313" -- The inventor of Rollerblades hopes to get investment money to put toward his newest invention, an elevated mono-rail bike system. An amazing story from a Rochester, NY businesswoman who hopes her dream comes true and strikes a deal for her innovative shoe accessories that can turn any shoe into a boot. A man from Buena Park, CA must convince the Sharks that there is a market for a custom made air mattress that fits in the back of a pickup truck; and a fashion designer from Dallas, TX has over a billion reasons the Sharks should see the value in his customized cruiser bikes that can be designed on an interactive website. There is a follow-up on Ladera Ranch, California's Shelly Ehler and her ShowNo, a unique towel design that provides coverage when changing out of a swimsuit in public places, which Lori Greiner invested in during Season 3, on "Shark Tank," FRIDAY, MAY 4 (8:00-9:01 p.m., ET).
AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS -- "Episode 2220" - In this $100,000 award show, clips include "The Kumquat Kid," featuring an adventurous 4-year-old who tries sour kumquats for the first time; "Sleeping Sandal Slapper," in which a friend uses aggressive methods to wake his friend -- including slapping him with a slipper and pouring pancake mix on his face; "Sit-Up Pup," featuring a talented and athletic English Bulldog that can do multiple sit-ups; "Who's Foolin' Hula?," in which a little girl showcases her adorable and unique hula-hooping style; and "Potato Chip Panic," featuring a family terrified that a suspicious bag of potato chips might contain a mouse. "America's Funniest Home Videos" airs SUNDAY, MAY 6 (7:00-8:00 p.m., ET).
ONCE UPON A TIME - "An Apple Red as Blood" - Henry pleads with Emma to stay in Storybrooke and continue her quest as the savior of the fairytale dwellers, and Regina concocts a plan that could rid her of Emma forever. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale land that was, Snow White enlists the aid of her fellow fairytale cohorts to attack the Evil Queen and save Prince Charming's life, on "Once Upon a Time," SUNDAY, MAY 6 (8:00-9:01 p.m., ET).
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES - "The People Will Hear" - In the penultimate episode leading into the two-hour finale of this landmark series, as her trial nears, Bree begins to fall for her attorney, Trip (Scott Bakula); Susan becomes concerned when Julie doubts Porter's commitment to be a hands-on father to their unborn baby; as Tom gets closer to being transferred to India for his job - thanks to Lynette - she begins to have second thoughts and tries to convince his boss to rescind the move; and the ladies are shocked about Gaby's nonchalant attitude as Bree continues to stand trial and take the fall for Carlos in the murder of Alejandro, on "Desperate Housewives," SUNDAY, MAY 6 (9:01-10:01 p.m., ET).
GCB -- SEASON FINALE -- "Revelation" -- When Carlene takes the GCBs down to unincorporated Juarez for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Condos for Christian Living, the GCBs find themselves in danger. Meanwhile Amanda's suspicions regarding Luke lead to a surprising discovery about Ripp, on the Season Finale of "GCB," SUNDAY, MAY 6 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET). Sandra Bernhard and Grant Bowler Make a Special Guest Appearance.
DANCING WITH THE STARS -- "Episode 1408" (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET)
CASTLE - SEASON FINALE -- "Always" - When the murder of an Army veteran puts Beckett on the trail of the man who shot her, Castle must decide how much he's willing to sacrifice to keep her safe. As secrets are revealed and feelings are put on the table, the lives of the detectives at the 12th Precinct may never be the same, on the season finale of "Castle," MONDAY, MAY 7 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET).
LAST MAN STANDING - SEASON FINALE -- "Found Money" - When Vanessa's sweet but flighty sister, April (Christina Moore), comes to visit, Mike knows she's only coming to ask for yet another loan. Mike would rather use any extra money they have to buy a tank so that he and Ed can take it to a junkyard to run over old cars and boats. Meanwhile, when Kristen and Kyle decide to break up, Kyle is more concerned with what Mike will think, on the Season Finale of "Last Man Standing," TUESDAY, MAY 8 (8:00-8:31 p.m., ET). Christina Moore ("90210," "True Blood," "Hawthorne) Guest Stars as April.
COUGAR TOWN - "Down South"- A hurricane blows into town, so that means it's time for a hurricane party at Jules' house. But there's more than one storm brewing, as Travis wants to make a play for Laurie, now that she's broken up her Skype romance with soldier Wade (guest star Edwin Hodge), and Jules is determined to keep them apart, on "Cougar Town," TUESDAY, MAY 8 (8:31-9:00 p.m., ET).
DANCING WITH THE STARS THE RESULTS SHOW -- "Episode 1408A" (8:00-9:01 p.m., ET)