May Brings TV Finales And Farewells

A TOAST TO THE CAST OF "WILL & GRACE" ON ITS FINAL EPISODE -- "The Finale" -- Pictured: (l-r) Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Debra Messing as Grace Adler -- NBC Photo: George Lange
NBC Photo/George Lange
A slew of long-running shows are saying goodbye in the coming weeks, while others are saying farewell.

"Will & Grace" will take its final bow May 18, eight years after it premiered on NBC's schedule. Harry Connick Jr., Kevin Bacon, and Bobby Cannavale will make appearances.

NBC's long-running political drama "The West Wing" is signing off on May 14, after seven seasons. An hour-long retrospective was also scheduled to air that night, but it was subsequently cancelled by the network. Former cast member Rob Lowe will appear in the finale.

Fox comedies "Malcolm in the Middle" and "That 70s Show," which made stars of Ashton Kutcher, Wilmer Valderrama and Frankie Muniz, are wrapping up May 14 and May 18, respectively.

New mom Jennifer Garner is saying au revoir to her action-packed ABC crime drama "Alias," which lagged in the ratings this year. The series finale will air May 22.

There are many season finales also worth tuning into this month. Libby (Cynthia Watros) died in the May 11 episode of ABC's "Lost," but executive producer Damon Lindelof tells TV Guide Online that her backstory will be explained in flashbacks, starting with the finale on May 24.

Press materials for CBS' "How I Met Your Mother" finale of May 15 promise to answer the 'will they or won't they' question for characters Ted (Josh Radnor) and Robin (Cobie Smulders). On May 16's "NCIS" finale a major player leaves the team. The mole of the "CSI: Miami" lab is revealed on the season finale May 22.

The first season finale of Fox's hit drama "Prison Break" on May 15 should be a nail biter, with an escape plan already in motion and the inmates running for a chance at freedom. And the fourth season finale of "24" on May 22 will bring another jam-packed day to a close for Jack Bauer (Keifer Sutherland).

"The Office" star Steve Carell wrote his season finale, airing May 11, in which the paper employees have a 'Casino Night' for charity. "Scrubs" two-part finale on May 16 has Carell's "The 40 Year Old Virgin" costar, Elizabeth Banks, guest starring as an urologist.