Justified (FX) — Season 2 finale. After a surprisingly deft Season 1, Season 2 raised the bar even higher, with a more carefully plotted narrative arc and terrific performances from Margo Martindale and Jeremy Davies that both compliment and challenge the show’s brightest stars, Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins. Olyphant has assured us that in tonight’s finale, titled “Bloody Harlan,” “Someone’s going to need a Band-Aid.”
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) — John Stamos guest stars as a sleazy, two-timing boyfriend… WHO MAY ALSO BE THE KILLER! (But probably not, that would be too obvious.)
Modern Family (ABC) — It’s a Mother’s Day episode, which I appreciate. Themed episodes like these serve as nice reminders for when I need to buy gifts.
Workaholics (Comedy Central) — Comedy Central just renewed this show for a second season, which is good to hear. It’s been a disappointing year for freshman sitcoms, but “Workaholics” has been a surprising standout.
Happy Endings (ABC) — Speaking of freshman sitcoms, this is another one of the few bright spots. What other new comedies from 2011-12 besides “Bob’s Burgers” deserve a second season? Don’t say “Outsourced.”
LATE NIGHT GUESTS: Eva Mendes on Conan; Ellen Pompeo (ugh) on Kimmel; Paul Walker on George Lopez; Brian Williams on Letterman; Kate Hudson (ugh again) and Chris Hemsworth on Leno; Alec Baldwin and Maggie Q on Fallon; and Patton Oswalt and Pauley Perrette of “NCIS” on Ferguson. Carson Daly, if his show existed, would have author Sarah Vowell. Full listings at TV Squad.