By Ariana Bacle
Updated May 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM EDT
Credit: Jojo Whilden/HBO
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TV finales take over once again this week, with competition shows like The Amazing Race: All-Stars and The Voice saying goodbye to another season and drama Mad Men ending until the current season picks back up in 2015. If you’re tired of TV though, not to fear: X-Men: Days of Future Past comes out in theaters this week, and we’ve also got some recommendations for albums and books to digest when you have some downtime.

So without further ado, here are some suggestions for your pop culture schedule this week:


The Amazing Race: All-Stars season finale, 8 p.m., CBS OR The Good Wife season finale,9 p.m., CBS

Even if you haven’t been watching this season of the competition reality show, this is an episode you’ll want to see: Illusionist David Copperfield designed the final challenge for the teams and told EW it’s “death-defying.” As if that’s not enough suspense for you, tune in to The Good Wife, a finale that we could get a big-time shocker fromanyone remember Will Gardner? (R.I.P.)


The Maya Rudolph Show, 10 p.m., NBC

Maya Rudolph crept her way into our hearts when she was on Saturday Night Live, and now she’s bringing us a different kind of comedy show: A full-on variety hour. Expect singing, dancing, joking, and appearances from other SNL alums like Andy Samberg and Fred Armisen. Bonus: Q.U.E.E.N. Janelle Monae is this week’s musical guest.


Dancing with the Stars season finale, 9 p.m., ABC OR The Voice season finale, 9 p.m., NBC OR Supernatural season finale, 9 p.m., The CW

Tonight’s the night for competition reality shows with Dancing with the Stars and The Voice both ending. Song or dance not your thing? Check out Supernatural and stick around for the final minute — star Jensen Ackles told EW those last seconds will be ones you don’t want to miss.


Modern Family season finale, 9 p.m., ABC OR The Americans season finale,10 p.m., FX

The Americans should answer the many questions you have by the end of its season finale — as well as introduce new ones that will make saying goodbye to the FX drama until next season even harder. For lighter fare, tune in to Modern Family beforehand for Cam and Mitchell’s wedding, sure to be full of sweet (and stressful) moments.


The Roots’ …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin and Conor Oberst’s Upside Down Mountain

These two albums hit shelves Tuesday in the thick of season finales, but by Thursday, your TV schedule should be a little more open with time to jam out to these two albums. The Roots’ ….And Then You Shoot Your Cousin (note: don’t shoot your cousin) marks their first records since 2011’s Undun, and Conor Oberst’s Upside Down Mountain is his first solo record since 2009 after spending the last few years touring with Bright Eyes and Desaparecidos.

For a taste, here’s The Roots’ “When the People Cheer” from their new album:

And Conor Oberst’s “Hundreds of Ways” from Upside Down Mountain:


X-Men: Days of Future Past in theaters OR Hannibal season finale, 10 p.m., NBC

Head to the theater to see what the X-Men hype is all about or watch the Hannibal finale for a relaxing night in. Okay, maybe relaxing isn’t the right word for a show about a hungry cannibal…


The Shelf by Phyllis Rose OR David Barrie’s Sextant

Make today a reading day and pick up Phyllis Rose’s The Shelf about her adventure reading all the books from a library shelf she chose at random or David Barrie’s Sextant about the role the sextant has played in marine voyages over the years — we promise, it’s a lot more exciting than that sounds, covering the author’s own voyage by boat across the Atlantic Ocean when he was 19 as well as other mariners’ journeys.


The Normal Heart premiere, 9 p.m., HBO OR Mad Men half-season finale,10 p.m., AMC

Mark Ruffalo, Jim Parsons, Julia Roberts, Taylor Kitsch, and Matt Bomer start in The Normal Heart, a Ryan Murphy film about the true-life story of an AIDS activist set in the ’80s. Between its star-studded cast and heartbreaking story, it will probably tug at a few — if not all — heartstrings. Mad Men probably won’t warrant quite as many tears, but it will be the last time we’ll see the men and women of Sterling Cooper & Partners until the second half of the season (and the final part of the series) premieres in 2015.

The Roots

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