Here are sweeps' biggest finales |


Here are sweeps' biggest finales

Here are sweeps' biggest finales. ''X-Files,'' ''Ally,'' and ''Felicity'' take their final bows

David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, ...

(X Files: Mark Seliger/FOX)

Doesn’t it seem as if there’ve been reruns for some of our favorite shows–whether you like ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer” or ”ER”–for quite a while now? Well, guess what? The next few weeks will feature a few new episodes of your faves, followed immediately by season finales. That’s right: The end of the 2001-2002 TV season is just about over. Here are some of the highlights as the season winds down:

Saturday, April 27
CBS is trying to drum up some interest by using its hit Saturday show ”The District” in a crossover plot that will conclude on the season-ender of its faltering new CIA series ”The Agency,” on May 2. If affably bumptious Craig T. Nelson can bring some spark to the usually moribund ”Agency,” more power to him.

Wednesday, May 15
CBS airs the finale of its second edition of ”The Amazing Race,” but I wouldn’t be surprised if, the same night, the season conclusion of freshman ”The Bernie Mac Show,” on Fox, draws bigger numbers.

Sunday, May 19
Here’s the Armageddon of simultaneous finales. The freshly bathed, deodorized jury of ”Survivor: Marquesas” determines a million-dollar winner on CBS, with an after-show hour live from New York’s Central Park (why don’t they hold the next ”Survivor” THERE?).

On Fox, ”The X-Files” wraps up nine seasons of paranormal wit with the reunion of David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson and, presumably, a final explanation of just what the so-called conspiracy ”mythology” has been all about.

NBC is counterprogramming with a big ”Cosby Show” reunion, while ABC is offering a season-concluding edition of ”The Practice” that promises a cliffhanger or two. If I was handicapping this one, I’d say ”Survivor” will win, but all those disaffected ”Files” fans who’ve ignored the series this season will flock back to see Mulder and Scully together again.