The Good Guys - Colin Hanks, Bradley Whitford
The Good Guys (Friday, 9/8c, Fox)
Not a great week for quirky crime-fighters. First FX gives the wonderful Terriers the boot, and now we come to the end of the line for Fox's genial but low-rated buddy-cop spoof. We will miss Bradley Whitford as gone-to-seed Dallas detective Don Stark, especially his bushy 'stache. The final episode brings back Gary Cole as Stark's legendary former partner, Frank Savage, and we also meet the ex-partner of Stark's sidekick Jack Bailey (Colin Hanks). Jack's former partner, played by American Pie's Chris Klein, has done well, now the assistant chief of the department, called in when a Mafia informant is murdered and a dirty cop is suspected. Surely not one of the "good guys."
Private Screenings: Liza Minnelli (Saturday, 10/9c, TCM)
And now, from the nostalgia corner: Robert Osbourne sits down with legendary EGOT (Emmy-Grammy-Oscar-Tony winner) Liza Minnelli, but she's not the subject. Instead, they talk at length about her iconic parents: Judy Garland and director Vincente Minnelli. This interview is flanked by several of the couple's best-known works: at 8/7c, the timeless MGM musical Meet Me in St. Louis, and at 11/10c, the romantic drama The Clock, followed by their final film together, The Pirate, co-starring Gene Kelly.
Dexter (Sunday, 9/8c, Showtime)
The suspenseful screws are tightening on Dexter and his partner in vigilantism, Lumen, as this blockbuster thriller wraps its fifth season. (Showtime just made it official, to no one's surprise, that a sixth season will air next year.) Where we left off: Lumen has been taken by the despicable Jordan Chase, with Dexter in hot pursuit. And how will they get justice for all those murdered, tortured women with the police on their bloody trail, including Dexter's sister Deb and the too-inquisitive Quinn?
Wishful Drinking (Sunday, 9/8c, HBO)
Carrie Fisher is more than Princess Leia. She's a Hollywood princess as well, the offspring of movie-musical darling Debbie Reynolds and crooner Eddie Fisher, whose "America's Sweethearts" romance hit the skids when Eddie left Debbie for their best friend Liz Taylor. In this adaptation of Carrie Fisher's bitingly hilarious stage show, the actress/writer/celebrated wit opens up with remarkable candor about her unusual upbringing and her tabloid-friendly adult detours into celebrity divorce, addiction and mental illness. That she survived is miracle enough. That she came through with sense of humor intact is something we can all take delight in.
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