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TV highlights for May 25-26, 2013: It’s the end for ‘Smash’


Saturday morning, actors Maulik Pancholy and Chris Hardwick lend their voices to “Sanjay and Craig” (Nickelodeon at 10:30), a new animated series about an excitable 12-year-old (Pancholy) and his best friend, a smooth-talking snake (Hardwick).

Sunday talk shows: “Platts Energy Week” (WUSA at 7:30 a.m.) interviews PG&E’s Chris Johns, Steptoe & Johnson’s Marc Spitzer and BSA’s Ben Schlesinger; “This Week in Defense News” (WUSA at 8 a.m.) has the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Steve L. Muro and ABC’s Mike Boettcher; “BioCentury This Week” (WUSA at 8:30 a.m.) features the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority’s Robin Robinson and the Food and Drug Administration’s Luciana Borio; “Fox News Sunday” (Fox at 9 a.m.) hosts Sens. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) and former senator Bob Dole (R-Kan.).

“White House Chronicle” (WETA at 9 a.m.) has Johns Hopkins University’s Vali Nasr and George Washington University’s Amitai Etzioni; “State of the Union” (CNN at 9 a.m.) features Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R), Joplin, Mo., Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean and Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R-N.Y.); “The Chris Matthews Show” (NBC at 10 a.m.) hosts The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward, the New York Times’s Elisabeth Bumiller, Time magazine’s Michael Duffy and CNN’s Gloria Borger; “This Week” (ABC at 10 a.m.) features Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Gen. John Allen; “Newsmakers” (C-SPAN at 10 a.m.) talks to Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.), Politico’s Juana Summers and The Post’s Steve Vogel; “This Is America & The World” (WETA at 10 a.m. and WHUT at 6 p.m.) talks to American University’s Akbar S. Ahmed; “Face the Nation” (CBS at 10:30 a.m.) talks to Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) and Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.); Bloomberg Government’s “Capitol Gains” (WUSA at 11:30 a.m.) has Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Bloomberg’s Afzal Bari, 1776’s Donna Harris and Army Col. Gregory Gadson.

Sunday night, PBS airs the annual salute to the military, the “National Memorial Day Concert 2013” (at 8), hosted by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, with performances by Katherine Jenkins and Chris Mann, among others.

The original movie “Behind the Candelabra” (HBO at 9) stars Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Scott Thorson, his younger live-in lover, and chronicles their tempestuous relationship.

Before Tyler Perry’s shows launch on OWN, Oprah Winfrey makes the night all about the actor-producer starting with “Oprah’s Next Chapter” (at 9), as he sits down for an interview, followed by “Tyler Perry Comes to OWN” (at 10), a behind-the-scenes look at his shows.

“Smash” (NBC at 9) officially ends for good with a two-hour finale on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, probably not what NBC had in mind at the start of this highly hyped series.

— Emily Yahr



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