TV Worth Watching
"Mad Men" (Sunday on AMC at 10 p.m.)
It's the end of an era. Pour yourself an Old Fashioned and toast the end of "Mad Men," 'cause Don Draper leaves us on May 17. Farewell, Don/Dick, Peggy, Joan, Roger, and -- wherever she is -- Lois the foot-crushing secretary. #TeamLois4Life
"Scandal" (Thursday on ABC at 9 p.m.)
"Scandal" is so devoted to its own name that every episode feels like a season finale. But the real end of Season 4 happens May 14 with "You Can't Take Command." ABC promises it will be "shocking" and since it's "Scandal," we believe it.
"Saturday Night Live" (Saturday on NBC at 11:29 p.m.)
Louis C.K. will host the Season 40 finale with Rihanna as musical guest. We have high expectations for both stars, who definitely have the chops to put on a great show. Do not fail us, SNL.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Julianne Moore just won the Academy Award for Best Actress as Dr. Alice Howard, a linguistics professor who faces the terrifying diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's. Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth and Alec Baldwin co-star. It's out just about everywhere (DVD, iTunes, Redbox, Netflix) on May 12.
Chris Hemsworth and Viola Davis star in Michael Mann's international cyberspace thriller. It was out on Digital HD and On Demand on May 5, but it's arriving on DVD May 12. That's still ahead of its Netflix and Redbox debut on June 9. Both DVD and Blu-ray include the bonus feature "The Cyber Threat," and Blu-ray also includes "On Location Around the World" and "Creating Reality."
This is an Adam Sandler movie, which may tell you everything you need to know, but it's about a NYC shoe repairman who quietly envies the people around him. He discovers a family heirloom has the magical power to change his appearance and make him look like one of his customers, but transforming into other people comes with its own problems. It has a great cast, including Method Man, Ellen Barkin, Melonie Diaz, Dan "Downton Abbey" Stevens, and Steve Buscemi.
Michael B. Jordan stars in this critically acclaimed docudrama, which Netflix will release on May 12. We see the last day in Oscar Grant's (Jordan) life, when he's caught up in a tragic altercation with police. It's based on a true story and co-stars Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durand and Chad Michael Murray. Thought-provoking and another triumph for Jordan. Remember when he was Wallace on "The Wire"? Seems so long ago.
A ton of new TV series collections are being made available on May 14, including "The Universe," "American Restoration," "Counting Cars," "Dance Moms," "Duck Dynasty," "Hoarders," and "Modern Marvels."
"Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast"
If you have a little princess in your life, "Tinker Bell" (Mae Whitman) is kind of a big deal. The sixth full-length movie in the series was released direct to video on March 3, but it's available on Netflix on May 17. Ginnifer Goodwin joins the usual cast as the new voice of Fawn.
New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital Only
"Kingsman: The Secret Service"(iTunes)
The British action comedy, starring the always watchable Colin Firth, will be available on all major Digital HD platforms n May 15. However, if you get it on iTunes, you also get access to bonus features available on the upcoming Blu-ray, including a gallery of behind-the-scenes photos and a 90-minute documentary entitled "Kingsman: The Secret Service Revealed." So iTunes may just win this round.
New names are always arriving on the streaming scene, which is good for consumers, and one relative newbie is M-GO, a a digital VOD and joint venture between Technicolor and DreamWorks Animation. They have a few new titles arriving in the week of 5/11-5/17, including "Focus," "Seventh Son," and "Kingsman: The Secret Service." Will Smith and Margot Robbie, who will re-team in "Suicide Squad," star in "Focus," which has a Digital HD release on May 12, well before its Blu-ray debut on June 2.
iTunes is releasing "Slow West" on May 15, the same day it comes out in theaters. So far, the movie -- which stars two "X-Men: Apocalypse" actors, just FYI -- is getting good reviews. Kodi Smit-McPhee plays 16-year-old Jay Cavendish, who journeys across the American frontier at the end of the 19th century in search of the woman he loves. He's joined by a mysterious traveler named Silas, played by Michael Fassbender.