By Hal Boedeker
8:44 AM EDT, May 9, 2013
Because next Thursday is the final Thursday of the 2012-13 TV season, some series are calling it quits a week early.
"Person of Interest" wraps up a highly successful season at 9 p.m. on CBS. Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Finch (Michael Emerson) gain news allies to save the Machine, which has gone offline. In a call last week, producers hinted at a season cliffhanger about who's left controlling the Machine. (They compared the Machine to the Count of Monte Cristo.) They said the problems for Detective Carter (Taraji P. Henson) won't end any time soon, and they suggested we'll see more of Sarah Shahi's lethal character next season.
Shahi is in the season finale, and so are Carrie Preston, Amy Acker, Brett Cullen, Jay O. Sanders and Enrico Colantoni -- an exceptional guest cast. Executive producer Jonathan Nolan was definite in saying that the show had a road map for next season, and he knows where the whole shebang will end. His confidence should mean good things for viewers.
Marilu Henner plays a sexy grandmother who wows Walden (Ashton Kutcher) on "Two and a Half Men" at 8:30 on CBS. The problem is that Walden is dating her 22-year-old granddaughter (Hilary Duff). Will producers keep fans guessing until next season?
It's been a rocky season for "Glee," but the Fox series offers TV veterans Patty Duke and Meredith Baxter. "American Idol" runner-up Jessica Sanchez takes part in the season finale at 9. Oh, and Rachel frets over her "Funny Girl" audition.
Tonight is probably the end for "Community," which offers its season finale at 8 on NBC. Aren't you surprised the show lasted this long?
"American Idol" reduces the field to the final two at 8 on Fox. Wednesday's show suggested that Kree Harrison is probably going, leaving Angie Miller and Candice Glover to sing for the title. Alicia Keys and Lauren Alaina perform before Ryan Seacrest reveals the results.
On "The Big Bang Theory," at 8, Sheldon and Amy’s relationship takes what CBS calls "an unexpected turn." Look for the sitcom to draw the most viewers Thursday night.
"The Office" expands to one hour at 9 on NBC in preparation for next week's series finale.
In drama, a storm threatens the hospital on "Grey's Anatomy" at 9 on ABC. Natalie Dormer ("Game of Thrones") starts her role as Sherlock's former lover on "Elementary" at 10 on CBS. She will be in the two-hour season finale next week.
There are new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" at 8 on The CW and "Scandal" at 10 on ABC.
But not everything is winding down. "Wipeout" starts a new season at 8 on ABC.
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