Global sweeps through May with the hottest programming in primetime

    
                                     24
     Highly-Anticipated, Two-Hour Series Finale, Monday, May 24 - 8pm ET/PT

                             Friday Night Lights
       Critically-Acclaimed Series Returns, Friday, May 7 - 8pm ET/PT

                                 Family Guy
      Milestone 150th Episode, Sunday, May 2 - 7pm ET/PT *Special Time*

                 Season Finales of Fan Favourites Including:
    House, Bones, Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains, The Office, The Simpsons,
                             Celebrity Apprentice

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TORONTO, April 22 /CNW/ - Keeping its momentum heading into May, Global Television's slate of red-hot programming features some of the most highly-anticipated premieres, finales and specials of the year. From the return of fan favourite Friday Night Lights to the gripping conclusion of 24, in the coming weeks, Global continues to bring viewers TV worth talking about.

Yes, it's back! Friday Night Lights returns with its fourth season on Friday, May 7 - 8pm ET/PT. In the premiere episode, a redistricting plan leaves Dillon a town divided. After being ousted from his role as head coach at Dillon High School, Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) finds himself faced with the daunting task of building a football team from scratch. Tensions follow Coach Taylor off the field as he and Tami (Connie Britton) find themselves increasingly at odds with one another. The new year will also focus on the fate of last season's graduates Tim Riggins (Taylor Kitsch), Lyla Garrity (Minka Kelly) and Matt Saracen (Zach Gilford), as well as Julie Taylor (Aimee Teegarden) and Landry Clark (Jesse Plemons).

From football scrum to tribal council, the highly-anticipated conclusion of Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains culminates in the final showdown between good and evil on Sunday, May 16 - 8pm ET/PT. In the two-hour season finale, the five remaining castaways compete for the million-dollar prize. Will a season full of blindsides, scheming and strategizing come back to haunt them on their quest to be the ultimate survivor? A one-hour, live reunion special will air after the finale.

Following Survivor's dramatic last vote, TV's favourite cranky MD, Gregory House (Golden Globe(R) winner Hugh Laurie), brings another riveting season of the critically-acclaimed House to an end on Monday, May 17 - 8pm ET/PT. In this episode, the Princeton Plainsboro team joins forces with a search-and-rescue crew to provide medical attention at the scene of an emergency.

Then, after weeks of throwing each other under the bus, the remaining Celebrity Apprentice competitors complete their last task. In the final board meeting, two celebrities make their case to be crowned Donald Trump's new "Celebrity Apprentice" in the two-hour season finale, Sunday, May 23 - 9pm ET/PT.

Also next month, the countdown is on to the two-hour, high-octane conclusion of 24 on Monday, May 24 - 8pm ET/PT. Emotions run high as the harrowing day climaxes with resolute President Taylor (Cherry Jones) closing in on a world-changing objective. Then, Jack Bauer (Golden Globe(R) winner Kiefer Sutherland) is forced to take matters into his own hands for one last and unforgettable job.

Immediately following 24 is the NCIS: LA season finale on Monday, May 24 - 10pm ET/PT. Callen (Chris O'Donnell) is in a race with a ruthless adversary to locate a woman who knows the whereabouts of a forgotten fortune earmarked to fund a new war in the Middle East. But for Callen, the woman also holds the tantalizing key to his past and the answer to the haunting question of who he really is.

Global's Tuesday night lineup rounds out a month-long slate of season enders with NCIS and The Good Wife on Tuesday, May 25 beginning at 8pm ET/PT. In the second episode of a two-part finale of NCIS, Gibbs (Mark Harmon) heads to Mexico for a showdown with a drug cartel intent on revenge. Gibbs has to reassess the rules by which he lives when he is forced to make a devastating choice to save the lives of his team.

And on The Good Wife, Alicia (Golden Globe(R) winner Julianna Margulies) must decide if she'll stand by her man during Peter's (Chris Noth) new political campaign or if she'll pursue a relationship with Will (Josh Charles) instead.

    
    Other season finales include:
    -  Brothers & Sisters, Friday, May 14 - 10pm ET/PT
    -  Saturday Night Live, Saturday, May 15 - 11:30pm ET/PT
    -  Kitchen Nightmares, Wednesday, May 19 - 9pm ET/PT
    -  Bones, The Office and 90210, Thursday, May 20 beginning at 8pm ET/PT
    -  The Simpsons, The Cleveland Show and Family Guy, Sunday, May 23
       beginning at 7pm ET/PT
    

In addition to a jam-packed schedule of new episodes and finales, Global's animation lineup hits a milestone as Family Guy marks its 150th episode, titled "Brian and Stewie," on Sunday, May 2 - 7pm ET/PT (special time). In this landmark episode, Brian and Stewie (both voiced by Seth MacFarlane) get locked in a bank vault and are forced to survive without any baby food or martinis while they hatch an escape plan.

Plus, comedic icon and multiple Emmy(R) Award winner Betty White hosts Saturday Night Live on Saturday, May 8 - 11:30pm ET/PT. In what promises to be a special Mother's Day television event, the veteran actress will be joined by former female SNL cast members - most of whom happen to be moms - including Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer and Rachel Dratch. Multiple Grammy(R) Award winner Jay-Z will join White as the musical guest that night.

Viewers can also log onto www.GlobalTV.com to catch up on their favourite series at any time.

Global Television is a Canwest Broadcasting network.

About Canwest Broadcasting

Canwest Broadcasting operates Global Television and 18 of the country's most popular specialty channels, including HGTV, Mystery TV, National Geographic Channel, Showcase, History Television, Food Network and TVtropolis. Canwest Broadcasting is a division of Canwest Media Inc.

About Canwest Media Inc.

Canwest Media Inc. is a subsidiary of Canwest Global Communications Corp. (www.canwest.com), Canada's largest media company. In addition to owning the Global Television Network, operating 18 industry-leading specialty channels and having ownership in 5 specialty channels, Canwest is Canada's largest publisher of English language paid daily newspapers and owns and operates more than 80 online properties.

SOURCE Global Television

For further information: For further information: For media inquiries, please contact Sónia Brum, Publicist, Global Television, (416) 934-7071, sbrum@globaltv.com; Grace Park, Publicity Manager, Global Television, (416) 967-2484, gpark@globaltv.com


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