The end is near: On Wednesday Michael J. Fox makes his final ”Spin City” appearance (ABC, 9 p.m.) and says goodbye to a career on series TV that began 18 years ago with ”Family Ties.” In the hour-long finale, Fox’s deputy mayor character Michael Flaherty must make a personal sacrifice to save the jobs of his coworkers. This parallels the star’s own decision to see ”Spin” through its 100th episode – a crucial number for lucrative syndication sales – despite suffering from the progressive Parkinson’s disease. ”As the episode goes along, you see the metaphor between Michael Flaherty’s decision and Michael J. Fox’s move,” says executive producer Andy Cadiff, who also directed the finale.
Expect tears, laughs, and some juicy costar sex. But don’t plan on a setup for Charlie Sheen’s entrance next season. ”We just wanted this show to be about Michael,” Cadiff tells EW Online. Nevertheless, he’s understandably optimistic about continuing the show with Sheen, who he says has ”a much drier sense of humor” than Fox: ”If you told me five years ago that someone was going to do a political comedy with Charlie Sheen and Heather Locklear – and I never even knew that Michael J. Fox had been in the picture – I’d say you’ve got yourself a hit.” Now, that’s great spin.
Here are some other specials, story lines, and star studded guest spots for these last days of sweeps (ending Weds. 24):
”Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood” (8 p.m., CBS)
Just in case you haven’t reached your ”guilty pleasure” quotient for the month.
”27th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards” (8 p.m., ABC)
That’s what ya get for breaking a good (and loads o’ fun) losing streak: Host Susan Lucci isn’t even nominated this year.
”EM-TV” (8 p.m., MTV) Christina Aguilera, start disconnecting the cable – MTV kicks off four straight hours of Eminem-related programming.
”Saturday Night Live” (11:30 p.m., NBC) Let the badass-ing begin: Jackie Chan hosts, with Kid Rock as the musical guest.
”King of the Hill” (7:30 p.m., Fox) This animated season finale features the most country guest stars (Wynonna, Clint Black, Randy Travis) since Farm Aid.
”Malcolm in the Middle” (8:30 p.m., Fox) Malcolm’s flatulent brother Dewey is missing. Can’t they just sniff him out?
”Who Is Hip Hop’s Biggest Fan?” (7 p.m., BET) 27 playas compete.
”Ally McBeal” (9 p.m., Fox) First Bo Peep, now TV’s Lawyer Barbie: ”Toy Story” tunesmith Randy Newman has written 12 tunes for this season finale.
”Will and Grace” (9 p.m., NBC) A one-hour season wrap-up – let’s hope it’s at least 44 minutes of Karen and Jack.
”The Tom Green Cancer Special” (10 p.m., MTV) Proof that no show is immune from having ”a very special episode.”
”Felicity” (9 p.m., WB) Another finale, another big choice: Should Felicity take an internship or spend the summer with Ben? Who cares, as long as she steers clear of the Hair Cuttery.
”Law & Order” (9 p.m., NBC) Back to back episodes end the season. Cliff-hanger spoiler: This show will be back for the next five years. Hooray!