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Prime choices: May 23-29

May 21, 2010 |  2:44 pm
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This week's TV Movies


Even as “Lost” concludes with a 21/2-hour series finale, one mystery may never be fully explained: How did this densely layered, allegorically rich fantasy-drama manage to stay on the air for six mind-bending seasons? (ABC, 9 p.m.)


After eight seasons and one TV movie — with no sleep, food or bathroom breaks — Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland, above) can finally hit that snooze button when the clock runs out for the last time, with the series finale of the action drama “24.” (Fox, 8 p.m.)


“24's” CTU may be closing its doors, but not so “NCIS.” In the military drama's seventh-season finale, Special Agent Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) has a score to settle, and heads south of the border to take on a Mexican drug cartel. (CBS, 8 p.m.)


Does it matter who wins on the season finale of “American Idol”? Perhaps. But what matters more is that this is likely the last time contestants and viewers will see the dearly departing Simon Cowell, below, seated at the judges' table. (Fox, 8 p.m.)


Single people navigating the dating world probably aren't staying home to watch sitcoms about single people navigating the dating world. But for the rest of us, there's the new “100 Questions.” Sophie Winkleman, above, stars. (NBC, 8:30 p.m.)


A certain entertainment-news channel sums up two decades-worth of dish, hype and snark with “E! Celebrates 20 Years of the Celebrity Revolution” and “The Soup Presents: 20 Years of Takin' Some E!,” hosted by Joel McHale. (9 and 10 p.m. E!)


“The Queen's” Michael Sheen, above, is back at 10 Downing St. for his third turn portraying British Prime Minister Tony Blair in the new docudrama “The Special Relationship.” With Dennis Quaid as President Bill Clinton. (HBO, 9 p.m.)


Ben Affleck, Jimmy Kimmel, Clint Eastwood and yes, Sarah Silverman, are on hand for “Hollywood Salutes Matt Damon: An American Cinematheque Tribute,” in which the durable young actor is feted by friends and costars. (ABC, 9 p.m. Thu.)


The effects of obsessive-compulsive disorder can range from mild to severely debilitating. “The OCD Project” tracks the progress of six worst-case patients in an immersive-therapy program led by Dr. David Tolin. (VH1, 10 p.m. Thu.)


A community of Vietnamese refugees in New Orleans survives Hurricane Katrina only to face a new struggle when a toxic landfill is proposed on their very doorstep, a tale of tragedy and triumph told on a new “Independent Lens.” (KCET, 10 p.m. Tue.)