What to Watch the Week of May 26: The Grey's Anatomy Finale Is a “Fiery” End to Season 20

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If you're staying in this Memorial Day weekend, there's a lot of TV to catch up on. But first, let's talk about the Grey's Anatomy finale, which airs this Thursday. Showrunner and executive producer Meg Marinis teased that things will come to a head when I spoke with her earlier this month. “We really pay off what we started in episode one," she says. "Interns being in trouble, Meredith doing this secret research.” (The “secret research” of course, refers to Meredith and Amelia teaming up behind Catherine's back to work on their controversial Alzheimer's research study.)

The finale is titled “Burn It Down," and I can only hope that refers to Meredith and Amelia's attempt to take control of the status quo and not a literal fire. But finales on Grey's Anatomy are never without major events, as we all know. When I spoke with Kevin McKidd (Owen), he said the episode was “fiery,” while Camilla Luddington (Jo) said things really “pay off” but the episode is not without cliffhangers. So, we'll just have to tune in (which of course we will) and take comfort in the fact that Grey's will be back in a matter of months.

Debbie Allen in the season 20 finale of Grey's Anatomy.

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Debbie Allen in the season 20 finale of Grey's Anatomy.
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Sadly, it's the end of the road for Station 19 tonight, much to the dismay of the show's passionate fan base. No new photos from the episode were made available in advance given the “spoiler-y” nature of the finale, but what we do know is that the episode is titled “One Last Time” and the Station 19 team will be changed forever. More on that below.

It's also the season finales of 9-1-1, Loot, and Hacks this week. Here are two suggestions: If you're new to Loot, please watch the fourth episode in which Benjamin Bratt makes an unforgettable cameo loosely playing himself. It's absolutely hilarious, and Bratt was so game to play into his heartthrob status. (You can check out what he said about that here). Also, the third season of Hacks has been outstanding, so that's worth a weekend binge. While you're at it, check out our Icons Only feature with Jean Smart, who opens up about pretty much everything and offers some damn good life advice while she's at it.

Hacks season finale
Hacks season finale
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Later in the week, Tony Goldwyn's new film Ezra premieres in theaters, and it's worth a watch for the cast (Bobby Canavale, Rose Byrne, Robert DeNiro, Goldwyn, Whoopi Goldberg, etc.) and important subject matter (raising a child with autism). Also, the documentary about Jim Henson premieres on Apple TV+. Who doesn't love the man behind the Muppets?

With that, have a good and meaningful Memorial Day. I'll see you next week.

Sunday, May 26

French Open (Tennis Channel): The early rounds of the annual tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris kicks off today. 5 a.m. ET/4 a.m. CT/2 a.m. PT

National Memorial Day Concert 2024 (PBS): The concert—now in its 35th year—will honor the men and women who gave their lives for our country's freedom and safety. 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT

Monday, May 27

Fallen Idols: Nick and Aaron Carter (ID/Max): The four-part docuseries, which will premiere on ID and Max across two nights starting Monday, delves into the lives of Nick and Aaron Carter. Per the press release, “The docuseries pulls back the curtain on the fraught dynamic of the Carter family and the dark side of such an abrupt rise to fame…including the accusations of sexual assault against Nick Carter by three women, while also diving into his brother, Aaron Carter’s, struggles with mental health and substance abuse–and the rift that occurred after Aaron decided to support his brother’s accusers.” 9 p.m.-11 p.m. ET/PT Monday and Tuesday, and streaming on Max

Tuesday, May 28

America's Got Talent (NBC): The talent competition series returns tonight with Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, and Sofía Vergara returning as judges. 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT

Wednesday, May 29

MasterChef: Generations (Fox): Different generations (i.e. Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millenials, Gen Z) will compete as the new season gets underway. 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT

Loot (Apple TV+): In the second season finale, titled “We Shouldn't Exist,” Molly and the Wells Foundation are on the precipice of their greatest success as the team faces big personal decisions. Streaming

Thursday, May 30

9-1-1 (ABC): In the season finale, titled “All Fall Down,” Bobby's fate remains uncertain following the devastating fire at the Nash home, while Athena embarks on a mission to uncover the truth. Meanwhile, Hen and Karin engage in a heated custody battle, and Christopher grapples with forgiving Eddie. 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT

Grey's Anatomy (ABC): In the season finale, wildfires threaten the Seattle region, leading to a flood of patients and emergency procedures. As a result, the doctors juggle overcapacity in the ER, complex surgeries, and personal stress. Meanwhile, Meredith makes a rash decision that can’t be undone. 9 p.m. ET/PT, 8 p.m. CT and streaming the next day on Hulu

Where's Cristina Yang for some comfort when you need her?

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Where's Cristina Yang for some comfort when you need her?
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Station 19 (ABC): It's the end of the road for the Grey's spin-off, as the series signs off in an episode appropriately titled, “One Last Time.” In the episode, the Station 19 team continues to battle an existential wildfire, while grappling with the possibility of a future that will be changed forever. 10:01 p.m. ET/PT, 9:01 p.m. CT and streaming the next day on Hulu

Hacks (Max): In the third season finale, Deborah works to perfect her second run at Late Night, Ava receives a dream offer, and Jimmy and Kayla seek to grow their company. Streaming

Pyramid Game (Paramount+): In this 10-episode South Korean psychological thriller series, Seong Su-ji is a new student at the Baekyeon Girls’ High School; between the bullies, her studies, and the fight for popularity, high school already feels like a game of survival. However, when she’s introduced to a ranking system that chooses class outcasts via secret vote, Su-ji must decide whether to accept her status and its violent fallout or lead an uprising against the Pyramid Game. Streaming

We Are Lady Parts (Peacock): Season two arrives today and sees the band return with a renewed artistic mission after the high of their first UK tour. However, it's not quite smooth sailing as the band discovers a rival band is threatening their delicate status quo. When the reality of chasing success sets in, Lady Parts embark on recording their first album, juggling personal ambitions, and deciding whether “making it big” is really what they wanted. Streaming

Friday, May 31

Summer Camp (Roadside Attractions): Diane Keaton, Kathy Bates, Alfre Woodard, Dennis Haysbert, Eugene Levy, Josh Peck, Nicole Richie, Betsy Sodaro, and Beverly D’ Angelo team up for some summer fun. In the film, life-long friends Nora (Keaton), Ginny (Bates), and Mary (Woodard) get a chance to come together for a summer camp reunion. They all decide to go, but some are less enthusiastic than others. Each of their lives might not be where they’d imagined, but the reunion proves that Nora, Ginny, and Mary need each other. Summer camp reminds them why. In theaters

Jim Henson Idea Man (Disney+): Oscar winner Ron Howard directs this documentary about Jim Henson, known for creating some of the world’s most beloved characters, from the Muppets to Sesame Street’s iconic residents. Produced with the full participation and cooperation of the Henson family, Jim Henson Idea Man showcases never-before-seen personal archival home movies, photographs, sketches, and Henson’s personal diaries as well as interviews with those who knew him best. Streaming

The Great Lillian Hall (HBO/Max): Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Lily Rabe, Jesse Williams, and Pierce Brosnan star in this film about a beloved Broadway star Lillian Hall (Lange) who pours her heart, soul, and time into preparing for her next big role. Sadly, she finds herself blindsided by confusion and forgetfulness. Battling against all odds to make it to opening night, Lilliain must navigate a tumultuous emotional journey–balancing her desire for the spotlight and the stark demands of the real world. 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, and streaming on Max

Ezra (Bleecker Street): Tony Goldwyn directs Bobby Cannavale, Rose Byrne, Vera Farmiga, Whoopi Goldberg, Rainn Wilson, William A. Fitzgerald, and Robert De Niro in this film about Max Bernal (Cannavale), a stand-up comedian living with his father (De Niro), while struggling to co-parent his autistic son Ezra ( Fitzgerald) with his ex-wife (Byrne). When forced to confront difficult decisions about their son’s future, Max and Ezra embark on a cross-country road trip that has a transcendent impact on both their lives. Goldwyn also stars in the film. In theaters

Saturday, June 1

The Life and Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson (Lifetime): In this two-night event, timed to the 30th anniversary of Nicole Brown Simpsons's untimely death, the documentary provides an opportunity for Nicole’s own narrative and voice to be heard in one of the most notorious crimes and trials in history. According to Lifetime, the project features 50 participants, including Nicole's friends and family, to shed new light on her life and tragic death. Given rare access to exclusive home videos and interviews, the documentary will reveal new details in the tragic story. “What happened to our sister Nicole should never have happened to her or to any other woman,” the Brown sisters (Denise, Dominique, and Tanya) said in a statement. “We hope that by sharing Nicole’s story, it will help others recognize the signs and get the help they need and her legacy will continue to live on.” 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT, and available for purchase the day after broadcast

Jessica Radloff is the Glamour senior West Coast editor and author of the NYT best-selling book The Big Bang Theory: The Definitive, Inside Story of the Epic Hit Series.

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