Finales make way for summer series

Wednesday night’s twist on “Lost” is the reason May is the most exciting month for television. Did anyone see that coming?

The surprise “killing offs” of characters is also an example of why May bums me out. It’s just when they got me insanely hooked, the season is over.

May sweeps mean the finales of all our favorite shows, with big, jaw-dropping, heart-stopping episodes that leave us all hanging until the season starts back up again in the fall.

We just got a new episode of “Lost” this week!

When the shows go into summer reruns, what are we going to watch?

So far, we’ve already seen the finale of Bravo TV’s “Real Housewives of Orange County” and “Blow Out.”

Later this month, we’ll see the season finales for just about all our favorite shows: “Lost,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”

A new show “What About Brian,” which started as a mid-season pick-up, airs its finale on Monday.

(Word on the street says “Brian” hasn’t been picked up for a second season yet, so if you like the show, watch it now while you still can.)

Then mid-month, we’ll see the series finales for “Alias,” “Malcolm in the Middle” and “Will & Grace.”

But not to worry. May also brings us the wonderful, summer-season series.

“Lost” actor Jorge Garcia, whose character on the show, Hurley, has the worst luck ever, will see how lucky he is on the premiere of Bravo TV’s all-new “Celebrity Poker Showdown” on May 31.

In this, the eighth season taking place in New Orleans, the celebrities will compete for the jackpot, the winner donating it to his or her favorite charity.

Poker is super popular, so it’s fun to watch these guys play and joke around.

The first episode will have Garcia play up against actors Michael Ian Black (“Ed”), Kim Coles (“Living Single”) and comedian Greg Behrendt (“Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd”).

For a reality-TV fix, Julie Chen returns to host the seventh installment of CBS’s “Big Brother.”

This summer’s series will be an all-star “Big Brother” reunion of 20 of the previous house-guests from all six seasons.

Fox’s 12-week dance competition “So You Think You Can Dance?” premieres May 25.

The season premiere for the FX network’s drama about New York City firefighters, “Rescue Me,” starring Denis Leary, starts May 30.

Don’t rule out other cable shows from the Discovery Channel or the National Geographic channel.

I’m currently hooked on “Deadliest Catch,” the series that follows fishermen during the dangerous king-crab and snow-crab seasons.

This show airs on Tuesdays, and is so good that I’ve ditched watching “Real Housewives of Orange County” and the hour of “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report.”

I’ll wait to catch the replays of the other shows and watch the replays of “Deadliest Catch” on the weekends.

National Geographic’s “Totally Wild” is just that.

So, after this month, there may be a while till we see new episodes of our favorite shows, but take this as an opportunity to try new shows.

You may find something better.

• Lanaly Cabalo, lifestyle writer, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 237) or


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