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Wednesday’s Top TV Picks

The season ends tonight with what has become one of TV's highest-rated entertainment events: the finale of "American Idol" (Fox, 8 p.m. ET/PT). The show is scheduled to run seven minutes beyond its two-hour slot, so be sure to pad any recording device you set, as you can't count on the producers ending the show on time, even when they're given extra time. And no, I can't explain why it should take more than two hours (or, for that matter, more than one hour) to announce the winner of a singing contest. But this is TV, and it will take more than two hours because you'll watch.

Don't feel like "Idol"-ing? You're best alternative in the first hour is CBS's "The New Adventures of Old Christine" (8 p.m. ET/PT), which is departing for the season but will, thankfully, return next season for another run. Scott Bakula is back as New Christine's dad, and Old Christine's love interest, as the show prepares for the wedding of Richard and New C.

Feel free to stick with CBS at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT for the season finale of "Gary Unmarried." Just make sure you exit at 9 p.m.

Even though the fall season is officially ending, some network series will linger on into the summer. Like, for example, NBC's "Law & Order" (10 p.m. ET/PT), which spends tonight investigating a string of murders that appear to be committed by a serial killer.

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