May ratings sweeps start earlier than ever. Some show renewals are still in the air, but many freshman series have already been green-lit for season two. Here's a sneak peak at what the networks have planned for their season finales.
The Walking Dead (AMC) Sunday, March 30
The season four finale of this cult hit is going to ask some very big questions that will be answered in very big ways. Show creator Robert Kirkman promises that whatever your expectations are about the cliffhanger ending, it will be an intense journey! In fact, he hints that fans will be talking and sobbing about it for months!
How I Met Your Mother (CBS) Monday, March 31
The ninth and final season wraps up with Ted finally meeting "your mother" and Neil Patrick Harris' Barney saying his vows to Robin. All loose ends will be tied up neatly. However, HIMYM director Pam Fryman assures fans it won't all be giggles and grins. "The last minute or so will really sit with you," she hints.
Once Upon A Time In Wonderland (ABC) Thursday, April 3
The Once Upon A Time spinoff ends its first season with the all-powerful Jafar imprisoning the Jabberwocky and calling upon an army of dead soldiers to do his bidding. Meanwhile, Alice and the White Rabbit raise their own army to fight Jafar for the realm and a final confrontation between Alice and Jafar takes place at the Well of Wonders. And no one lives happily ever after.
The Crazy Ones (CBS) Thursday, April 17
It took Robin Williams 30 years to return to weekly episodic television and now he has to wait to find out if the network wants him back. After a single season in CBS office sitcom The Crazy Ones, the show ends its first (and possibly last) season with a one-hour finale. That in itself might be the handwriting on the wall.
Scandal (ABC) Thursday, April 17
The real life pregnancy of the show's star Kerry Washington had the show's series order reduced from 22 to 18 episodes to accommodate her baby bump, which was not written into Olivia Pope's storyline. In true Scandal form, there will be a dramatic ending to season three. Let's just say that someone takes multiple gunshots to the chest!
Community (NBC) Thursday, April 17
The series finale of Community will feature a special cameo appearance by The Office alum, B.J. Novak, whose book of short stories, "One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories," was released last month. How Novak fits into the finale is top secret, but his character is being described as "a TV star in a sexy new series."
Parenthood (NBC) Thursday, April 17
Parenthood has survived cancellation rumor before and has gone on to film five semi-successful seasons. But this year, it's not looking good for a renewal. As spoilers go, Haddie returns from Cornell with a new BFF, which doesn't sit well with some.
Parks and Recreation (NBC) Thursday, April 24
If you want to talk about the pure gold stunt casting for a comedy about small town politics, it doesn't get any better than Michelle Obama! Yes, the first lady will be appearing in the one-hour season finale, which many assumed would be its last. "I dont even want to think about the ending but its coming," series star Amy Poehler has said. What else does she have to say? "The stuff that happens in that last episode is bonkers!"
Resurrection (ABC) Sunday, May 4
The series is based on the book "The Returned" by Jason Mott and was placed on the 2013-2014 television season schedule as a limited run. That said, the show about, well, resurrection, probably won't be shooting more than the eight episodes seen through May 4. But you never know. It, too, might rise from the dead.
The Tomorrow People (The CW) Monday, May 5
The CW show revolving around people with special powers has been hit-and-miss in the ratings game. Its season finale, however, does have it all -- flying bullets, paranormal activity, sexual tension you can cut with a knife, etc. Now if people would just tune in.
Once Upon A Time (ABC) Sunday, May 11
Back-to-back one-hour episodes called "Snow Drifts" and "There's No Place Like Home" end season three of Once Upon A Time. Regina's big sis, the Wicked Witch, has proven that she is both wicked and, yes, a witch. But the big question is which series regulars will be bumped off and who will be returning for season four? Stay tuned!
Revenge (ABC) Sunday, May 11
If the title of the finale episode means anything, Revenge fans are in for quite a bumpy ride! The title: "Execution." The shocking end of season three has a fan fave locked up in prison and not having a grand time with it! There's also a trial in the works and another dead body!
The Blacklist (NBC) Monday, May 12
If there's one new show that has received nothing but consistent, positive buzz in its opening season, it's NBC's The Blacklist. In fact, the network was so pleased with its reception that it was renewed for a 22-episode second season just two months after its premiere. You can bet James Spader's "Red" Reddington will leave you just a tiny bit creeped out by the end of its May 12th finale.
Castle (ABC) Monday, May 12
The charm and all-around adorableness of Nathan Fillion goes a long way with Castle fans! The show has a steady and loyal following that has stuck by it through six seasons, even though it is, essentially, Murder She Wrote with a cute guy instead of an English elder. And that lasted 12 seasons!
NCIS (CBS) Tuesday, May 13
Twelve seasons and still counting. The Mark Harmon-starring vehicle has one major hurdle to get over in its May 13 finale, and that is addressing the passing of Ralph Waite, who played Harmon's father. A CBS spokesperson said the episode will "honor both the memory of Ralph, as well as the character of Jackson Gibbs."
Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) Tuesday, May 13
How could you have Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. without a tie-in to a Marvel superhero or two? Well, you can't. That's why you can expect to see a Captain America crossover in a seven-episode arc starting on April 8 and culminating in the season one finale. Whether the "agents" will be returning for a second season remains to be seen.
Chicago Fire (NBC) Tuesday, May 13
What creator Dick Wolf did for the Law & Order franchise, he apparently is doing for first responders in Chicago. His Chicago Fire ends its second season on a ratings high and its spin-off Chicago P.D., which launched in January, has already been ordered additional episodes of its debut season.
Revolution (NBC) Wednesday, May 14
Although the "romantic swashbuckling sci-fi adventure" has been on thin ice for its two seasons and is in danger of cancellation, they're moving full steam ahead with a knock out season finale. In fact, they're casting a major role of great importance, a blue-collar dad to two teenage kids who "wants to do the right thing for his family at all costs." Hormonal teens can push a man to the edge!
Nashville (ABC) Wednesday, May 14
If you remember back to the season one cliffhanger of Nashville, screeching tires and mangled metal were involved. The season two finale with be significantly more understated. "We're not going to have an explosion. Nothing like that," teases series creator Callie Khouri. "Whatever fireworks we go out on this season will be all emotional."
Vampire Diaries (The CW) Thursday, May 15
What's a show about vampires without a few corpses walking around? Fan favorites who also happen to not be breathing return for the season five finale. "The Travelers" have an agenda and it's not pleasant!
Grey's Anatomy (ABC) Thursday, May 15
Ten seasons later, Grey's Anatomy is still a viable, talked-about show. Unfortunately, its season finale will be the last for Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh). Greys executive producer Tony Phelan assures viewers that like finales of the past, it will pack a mean emotional punch that will leave you shaken!
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) Thursday, May 15
The Big Bang Theory may be seven years old, but it is still the most watched comedy and the top-rated broadcast entertainment show among adults 18-49. That's big news in the TV industry. What's even bigger is that this oldie but goodie was renewed for not one, but for three additional years, extending it through the 2016-2017 season. That kind of blind commitment is unheard of in "the biz."
Hart Of Dixie (The CW) Friday, May 16
The season three finale of Hart Of Dixie will have a bride and a groom and a whole lot of drama surrounding them! E! News reports, "We can't tell you who will be tying the knot, but we can tell you that this is one ceremony that you absolutely cannot miss." Gift optional.
Grimm (NBC) Friday, May 16
With two "Ms," Grimm is the surname of the early 19th century brothers who wrote fairy tales. With one "M," grim is an adjective meaning ghastly, grisly and gruesome. Together, they perfectly describe what you can expect in the season three finale of Grimm. The episode titled "Blood Ambition" pretty much says it all!
The Good Wife (CBS) Sunday, May 18
Season finales usually have game-changing plot twists that send the show off in a new direction. The Good Wife has already done that this season. Twice! The May 18 episode marking the end of season five continues to surprise viewers in shocking ways. Expect the unexpected.
The Amazing Race (CBS) Sunday, May 18
If you can even believe it, May 18 will be the end of The Amazing Race's 24th season. Twenty-four! That's 264 teams, more than 800,000 miles traveled, and countless bugs eaten for the sake of walking away with a million dollars. Where do you sign up?
Dancing With The Stars (ABC) Tuesday, May 20
It was 18 seasons ago that Dancing With The Stars crowned General Hospital's Kelly Monaco queen of the ballroom. This season, will it be the Paralympic snowboarder, the reality star, one of the two child stars or an Olympic ice dancer? It's amazing the pain and agony one will go through for a mirror ball trophy.
The Voice (NBC) Tuesday, May 20
The right singer performing the right song. Like the title of the show says, it's all about "the voice." No drama amongst the judges or auditioning of people who clearly have no talent just for "good television." The two-hour finale of season six will once again crown the best performer in the bunch. The Voice is that reliable.
Supernatural (The CW) Tuesday, May 20
This show about two brothers hunting monsters, ghosts and demons was originally supposed to run only three seasons. That was nine seasons ago. Plus, it spawned a spin-off to be titled Supernatural: Bloodlines, fan conventions dedicated to it and a huge international following. You can bet the season finale will be a doozy!
The Middle (ABC) Wednesday, May 21
If you're looking for a show that has flown under the radar for five years but has remained consistently funny and, thanks to Eden Sher's portrayal as awkward duckling, Sue, equally poignant, The Middle is a must-see. The one-hour season finale should be a hoot when the entire Heck family heads to Walt Disney World Resort for a "normal" vacation. As if anything they do is "normal"!
Hannibal (NBC) Friday, May 23
Psychological thriller/horror television doesn't get any more macabre than Hannibal. If you're not familiar with the character, he's the serial killer from Silence Of The Lambs who prepares gourmet meals from the flesh of his victims. Go ahead. Say it. "Ew." NBC is remaining tight-lipped about their second season finale, but we're pretty sure unicorns or miniature golf won't be involved.