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Seven Days of Television: April 28 to May 4

A select viewing guide to the next seven days of television

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MONDAY APRIL 28 The Following (Fox, CTV, 9 p.m.) Last call for damaged cops chasing deranged serial killers. Improbably following the MasterChef Canada finale, the second-season of Fox’s uber-violent crime drama comes to a head tonight - but don’t expect the story to wrap up since the show has already been renewed for a third campaign. In the closer, troubled FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) is forced to ally himself with the twisted serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) in order to save the life of Claire (Natalie Zea), the woman they both love. As with the entire past season of The Following, expect a whole lot of stabbing and a cliffhanger ending.

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TUESDAY APRIL 29 Glee (Fox, Citytv, 8 p.m.) Welcome to Glee’s newest face: Shirley MacLaine! The venerable Oscar-winner, who turned 80 last week, joins the series tonight in the guest role of socialiate June Holloway, a dotty dowager who inexplicably takes a vested interest in events unfolding at McKinley High School. In other news, Mercedes (Amber Riley) makes the mistake of trying to cut her pal Santana (Naya Rivera) a slice of her record deal, while Rachel (Lea Michele) jeopardizes her changes at the lead in a production of Funny Girl by auditioning for a TV pilot.

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WEDNESDAY APRIL 30 CSI (CBS, CTV, 10 p.m.) While the spinoff entries set in Miami and New York have faded into the sunset, the original flavour in the CSI franchise just keeps rolling along. Currently commanding healthy ratings in its 14 th season, CSI still plays it safe by presenting stories that are neatly tied up and solved within an hourlong timeframe. Tonight, Las Vegas forensics hotshot D.B. Russell (Ted Danson) steers his lab rats through the investigation of a cyber-related murder of a casino owner’s wife, which includes the assistance of the local FBI detachment. All of which neatly facilitates the arrival of former Medium star Patricia Arquette in the role of shrewd FBI agent Avery Ryan (which itself is the pilot for yet another CSI spinoff series).

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THURSDAY MAY 1 Elementary (CBS, Global, 10 p.m.) He’s back. The engaging Welsh actor Rhys Ifans returns to his role of Mycroft Holmes, the older and somehow even quirkier brother of crime-solving genius Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller). The bickering siblings are forced to bond together briefly to solve a case that has life-or-death consequences. And for those viewers who care about such details, tonight’s episode was directed by Lucy Liu, who also plays the role of Watson on the series.

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FRIDAY MAY 2 Shark Tank: Swimming with Sharks (ABC, CTV Two, 9 p.m.) What really goes on behind the scenes on ABC’s second-highest rated (after The Bachelor) reality series? Hosted by Good Morning America’s Lara Spender, this special updates viewers on more than one dozen of the show’s most memorable entrepreneurs. Hence, we have the return of the makers of the Lollacup, Bubba’s Boneless Ribs and the Tree-T-Pee. More importantly for Canadian viewers, we finally get the chance to see Kevin O’Leary without a suit, tie and scowl. A new episode of Shark Tank follows.

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SATURDAY MAY 3 In The Heat of the Night (TCM, 8 p.m.) Winner of five Academy Awards – including Best Picture – this snapshot of sixties racial intolerance has lost little of its impact over the years. Directed by Canada’s own Norman Jewison, the 1967 movie casts Sidney Poitier as Virgil Tibbs, a smooth Philadelphia detective with the bad luck of getting stuck in a small Mississippi town right after a prominent citizen is murdered. The late Rod Steiger earned a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the redneck sheriff who begrudgingly enlists Virgil’s help in tracking down the killer.

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SUNDAY MAY 4 The Simpsons (Fox, Global, 8 p.m.) If you went to see The Lego Movie in theatres more than once, set the PVR for tonight’s new outing of TV’s best animated series. In the episode titled Brick Like Me, Homer wakes up to a world in which his entire family and everyone else in Springfield is made of Lego blocks. Obviously, our hero is more than a little confused, and has to figure out how to get back to his own reality before he turns into a blockhead himself.

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