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TV THIS WEEK: May 20 - 26: 'House'; 'American Idol'; 'Beginners'

May 18, 2012 | 12:04 pm

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Tweet this! Teen heartthrob Justin Bieber is among the scheduled performers at “The 2012 Billboard Music Awards,” where another onetime teenage phenom, R&B legend Stevie Wonder, will receive a lifetime achievement award. (ABC, 8 p.m.)

The stand-up special “Aziz Ansari: Dangerously Delicious” finds the “Parks and Recreation” scene-stealer waxing comedic on such topics as college essays, gangsta rappers and fresh fruit, and of course … the ladies. (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.)


The doctor is out: After eight seasons of daring diagnoses and curmudgeonly commentaries, Hugh Laurie (above left, with Robert Sean Leonard) hangs up his stethoscope and cane on the series finale of the medical drama “House.” (Fox, 8 p.m.)


In “Civilization: The West and the Rest With Niall Ferguson,” the British historian enumerates — eruditely, presumably — the attributes that elevated the Western world to five centuries of economic dominance and cultural hegemony. (KOCE, 8 p.m.)


We can’t tell you which of the final two contestants will be the next “American Idol.” We can’t even say who we think should win. But we do know that Rihanna is slated to perform when the vocal competition wraps its 11th season. (Fox, 8 p.m.)


Where in the world is, well, anywhere in the world? Ten smarty-pants student-types hope they’ll have the answers at “Geo Bee 2012,” the 24th edition of annual geography challenge. “Jeopardy’s” Alex Trebek hosts. (National Geographic, 8 p.m.)


Get an earful: “Goat Rodeo Live: Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile” spotlights the string-band super-group’s musical mash-up of classical and bluegrass. And Paul Simon recalls the creation of his landmark 1986 album “Graceland” in the 2012 doc “Under African Skies.” (KOCE, 10 p.m.; A&E, 10 p.m.)

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll see why Christopher Plummer, below, won an Oscar for supporting actor when you watch director Mike Mills’ poignant 2011 dramedy “Beginners.” Ewan McGregor and Mélanie Laurent also star. (Cinemax, 10 p.m.)

Photos: “House” Credit: Byron Cohen /  Fox. “Beginners” Credit: Focus Features