CBS Announces Finale Dates for 'The Amazing Race', 'Criminal Minds', 'Survivor', 'The Good Wife', 'The Mentalist' 'Elementary' & More

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April 12th, 2013


via press release:


Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs. Favorites,” “The Amazing Race,” “Criminal Minds” and “Elementary” Boast Two-Hour Finales

Criminal Minds,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “The Good Wife,” “Hawaii Five-0” and “The Mentalist” Feature Dramatic Cliffhangers

Undercover Boss” Concludes the Season with Two

“Epic Employees and Bosses” Special Episodes


CBS announced today the storylines for its 2012-2013 series’ season finales, which include two-hour episodes of SURVIVOR: CARAMOAN - FANS VS. FAVORITES, THE Amazing Race, Criminal Minds and Elementary, as well as dramatic cliffhangers for Criminal Minds, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, THE Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0 and THE Mentalist.  Undercover Boss will conclude the season with two “epic employees and bosses” specials.



THE Good Wife (9:00-10:00 PM)

On the night of Peter’s gubernatorial election, Alicia, Will and Diane race to emergency court proceedings when Zach believes he’s witnessed vote tampering.  Meanwhile, Cary is approached by an unlikely source who offers to help him start his own firm, and Alicia’s conflicted personal and professional feelings come to a head.  Martha Plimpton, T.R. Knight, Denis O’Hare and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg guest star.



THE Amazing Race (8:00-10:00 PM)

After sprinting nearly 30,000 miles, over five continents and through nine countries, the final four Teams find themselves bog snorkeling in Belfast, Ireland where one Team’s Race will come to an end.  The final three Teams Race to our nation’s capital where they’ll scour some of Washington, D.C.’s most historic landmarks for the chance to be crowned this season’s $1 million winners.


THE Mentalist (10:00-11:00 PM)

Just as Jane narrows down the Red John suspect list to seven, Red John strikes again, and the victim has a link to Jane’s past. Laura San Giacomo guest stars.



Two and a Half Men (8:31-9:01 PM)

Walden dates a hot 22-year-old (Hilary Duff) but finds himself more interested in her grandmother (Marilu Henner).  Meanwhile, Alan and Jake Go On a father-son bonding trip.


Person Of Interest (9:01-10:01 PM)

When The Machine goes offline, Finch’s elusive original motivations for helping its irrelevant numbers begin to come to light as he and Reese join forces with surprising allies in the race to save it.




Undercover Boss: EPIC EMPLOYEES (8:00-9:00 PM)

The special will showcase some of the most intriguing employees from all four seasons, where they are now and how the experience impacted their lives.


VEGAS (9:00-10:00 PM)

All bets are off when Sheriff Lamb, determined to get revenge, teams up with Savino to take down Porter Gainsley (Michael Ironside), the man who killed Lamb’s wife and attempted to murder Katherine.  Meanwhile, Jack is devastated when he catches Mia in a compromising position.


Blue Bloods (10:00-11:00 PM)

When someone close to the Reagans is murdered, the family rallies together to take down the leader of the gang responsible. While Danny works on the gang leader’s girlfriend to lead them to him, Frank is left reeling from a second crisis.




The 26th Sole Survivor is crowned and awarded one million dollars.



The castaways talk about their experience.  Hosted by Jeff Probst.  Live from Los Angeles.



How I Met Your Mother (8:00-8:30 PM)

As the gang prepares to go to Robin and Barney’s wedding, Ted invites Lily to see the house he's finally finished fixing up. Meanwhile, Robin and Barney’s night of relaxation is ruined by an obnoxious couple (Casey Wilson and Keegan-Michael Key), and Marshall takes the baby on a last-minute trip to Minnesota to see his family.


2 Broke Girls (9:00-9:30 PM)

Hoping to raise enough money for an upcoming business seminar, Max and Caroline deep-clean part of the diner for Han prior to a health inspection and discover something that could help re-launch their cupcake business.



NCIS (8:00-9:00 PM)

The international manhunt for Eli David's killer turns into a federal witch hunt against Gibbs and the team, which questions their unconventional methods and threatens their future at the agency.


NCIS: LOS ANGELES (9:00-10:00 PM)

A nuclear explosion in the Pacific reignites the search for stolen nuclear weapons and prompts Hetty to shuffle the NCIS: LA partnerships, sending Callen and Kensi overseas and leaving Sam and Deeks teamed up state side.


Golden Boy (10:00-11:00 PM)

When Clark is relegated to desk duty, he delves into Owen’s cold case in which the murder investigation of a construction worker was compromised by the events of 9/11.  Meanwhile, Deputy Mayor Holbrook pulls a gun on Clark and Margot, Agnes drives away with her father, and Owen gets his long deserved promotion. Michael Madson guest stars as Clark’s estranged father.




Roles are reversed for Russell and his team as they are placed under the microscope when a feature journalist follows them as they investigate a series of murders.  One team member goes undercover and is jeopardized when the team discovers they are up against a highly sophisticated predator. Annabella Sciorra and Eric Roberts guest star. Rock legend Black Sabbath performs, debuting a new song from their latest album, 13.



The Big Bang Theory (8:00-8:31 PM)

Sheldon and Penny are thrown for a loop when Leonard is offered an exciting job opportunity overseas.


Elementary (9:01-11:00 PM)

As Sherlock reels at the reappearance of his former lover, Irene Adler (Natalie Dormer), a series of flashbacks unravel the tumultuous events that led to his downfall into addiction.  Meanwhile, he and Joan once again find themselves in the crosshairs of the enigmatic Moriarty.



Undercover Boss: EPIC BOSSES (8:00-9:00 PM)

The special will showcase some of the most intriguing bosses from all four seasons, where they are now and how the experience impacted their lives.



Rules of Engagement (8:30-9:00 PM)

Brenda (Sara Rue) goes into labor on Jennifer and Adam’s wedding day, Russell and Timmy attempt a reconciliation and Audrey has a huge surprise for Jeff.


MIKE & MOLLY (9:30-10:00 PM)

When Peggy breaks up with Patrick (Gerald McRaney), Mike attempts to reunite them in order to improve his work life. Later, as a tornado descends on Chicago, Mike and Molly confess important news to each other.


Hawaii Five-0 (10:00-11:00 PM)

When a plane lands on Oahu with four bodies on board and a missing terrorist detainee, the CIA tasks Five-0 with finding him before he carries out an attack on U.S. soil.  Meanwhile, Kono is on the run from the police for a murder she did not commit, and McGarrett’s prison visit to Wo Fat ends with a shocking discovery. Christine Lahti, Ian Anthony Dale, Daniel Henney and Autumn Reeser guest star.



CRIMINAL MINDS (9:00-11:00 PM)

The BAU’s pursuit of “The Replicator,” the UnSub that has been stalking the team all season, comes to a head when one of their own becomes a victim. Mark Hamill (“Star Wars”) guest stars.


  • Rebecca

    Looking forward to RoE, HIMYM and TBBT. Nice to see Casey Wilson of HE will be on HIMYM even if just for one episode. That would have been funny if SHE were to be the Mother, lol.

  • Percy

    OMG i cant wait for the Hawaii Five-0 finale!!!! Best show on primetime!!!!

  • martha

    Too bad. There’s just not enough POI. Why only 22 episodes for by far one of the best show on earth? :(

  • Ben

    Hawaii Five-O has some upcoming episodes set in North Korea (where Wo Fat is from). That’s very timely for the series.

  • Elijah

    2 hour Elementary finale!!!!!!!! So excited!

  • RJ

    Glad to see that Rules of Engagement will be wrapped up! :)

  • Bobby

    Yess Criminal Minds 2 hour finale!! But it will be pure torture to wait the entire summer to see the episodes after this ‘dramatic cliffhanger’!!

  • The End


    Although I agree with you, why pad out this seasons story arc needlessly? If the creators think they can resolve the virus thing by Episode 22, then I’m all for it being 22 episodes. Quality over quantity.

  • CBSviewer

    NCIS and CSI Finale seem so good ! Can’t wait !!!

  • The End


    You’l find they’re not in North Korea in real life. But are actually still in the United States. For example Prison Break, at the end of Season 2, and during Season 3 claimed to be in Panama, but were actually in a certain American city the whole time.

  • TVDude

    It seems silly to end HIYM and TBG a week earlier than ROE and M&M. I wonder why they didn’t just order another episode and have all the finales on the same night. RoE and M&M even had repeats, which makes me wonder. Interesting scheduling.

  • Dan S

    So May 10th will be the finale for Vegas. Fun show, too bad it didn’t catch on with the 18-49 demo. With a cliffhanger planned for Criminal Minds it’ll obviously return despite no renewal yet.

  • Jeff

    Go On and Missing woohoo!

  • Ben

    @The End

    NO KIDDING!!!!!!

    I clearly wrote “that some upcoming episodes Hawaii Five-O will be Set in North Korea”. At no place in my posting did I ever say the episodes were actually filmed there.

    Everybody knows that No American fictional TV show is allowed to film in North Korea. Especially an American TV show that has a negative view about the Communist government.

    You are either a Moron or you think I am.

    In any case-Keep your snot-nosed comments to yourself.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    I swear that CBS released this same press release before, but without the descriptions. I think the HIMYM is wrong. Barney and Robin’s wedding is a two parters (two seperate weeks). I think they have the plot for part one not two. Since in part two he’ll FINALLY meet the freakin’ mother.
    Also, I think they should have added one more episode to Two and a Half Men’s episode order and had it be the series finale. I’m still watching season 10 because its a bit better than season 9, but I don’t think it has an 11th season in it. I think only M*A*S*H, Cheers, and Frasier lasted 11 years of comedy. All of them were very so-so by the end, but had great finales

  • PurpleDrazi

    I’m going to go out on a (very strong) limb here and say that criminal Minds “one of their own” does not mean one of the core team members. They pulled that crap with us last year and it turned out to be Will. My guess, it will be Strauss.

    On the plus side…Mark Hamill!

  • CBSviewer

    @ PurpleDrazi

    You’re maybe right about Strauss but I think it will be Kevin.

  • MichaelChickless

    Cinco de Mentalist


    Hawaii Five-0 and Criminal Minds sound awesome —– Can’t wait !!

    So we’ll find out who Michael killed when he took Kono’s gun……..

  • PurpleDrazi

    Isn’t the description for Elementary kind of a spoilery?

    I know it’s an official press release from CBS so I guess they don’t care but seeing as up until now we all thought she was dead that could have been a really shocking surprise.

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