Remote Patrol: Finales to Watch

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

It's finale season! Here are a few not-to-be-missed season-enders coming up soon.

"Saturday Night Live"

"SNL" wraps the season with Alec Baldwin, who returns for his 15th hosting gig - which means he'll tie Steve Martin for the show's record. Hot off May 8's wildly popular Betty White-hosted show, SNL is bringing in a fan-favorite with the "30 Rock" star.

Baldwin's oddball comedic persona is perfect for late-night sketch comedy. Remember Canteen Boy and "Wii Shake"? I'm holding out hope that last week's return of the Delicious Dish NPR spoof means some more Schweddy Balls are on the horizon.

"The Pacific"

Sunday night's conclusion of HBO's WWII miniseries looks particularly intriguing because it doesn't focus on the battlefield. It's the first time the epic - from producers Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, who also brought us 2001's "Band of Brothers" - will show the after-effects of a gruesome war.

Back on U.S. soil, watching how Sledge (Joseph Mazzello) and Leckie (an outstanding James Badge Dale) face the unsatisfying lives they left behind is a fine bit of closure. If you've missed any of this brilliant miniseries, I highly recommend catching up via OnDemand before the 9 p.m. finale.

"Modern Family"

Everybody's new favorite TV family will wrap their stellar first season at 9 p.m. Wednesday. Expected highlights: Claire (Julie Bowne) attempts to get everyone together for a Kodak moment. Good luck. Meanwhile, Gloria (Sophia Vergara) and Phil (Ty Burrell) take the kids to a Lakers game, where Phil's imprudent attraction to his father-in-law's (Ed O'Neill) wife comes to a head thanks to an awkward moment on the Kiss Cam.