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It's not quite time to say goodbye for good to TNT's signature hit The Closer, which will return in November with new episodes, then finish out its run with a batch of episodes next summer. Tonight's "summer finale" (9/8c) is a potentially pivotal one, as Brenda awaits a judge's decision about whether to drop the charges in the civil suit that has been hanging over her and the department all season. The shooting death of a deputy sheriff provides some distraction. ... The popular, but by comparison often inane, companion piece Rizzoli & Isles (10/9c) ends its summer run with the return of arch-fiend Charles Hoyt (the slithery Michael Massee), who says he has info on a jailhouse murder. Both will be back Nov. 28.

Lots of other summer finales on tap, mostly in the reality realm, including ABC's insipid Bachelor Pad (8/7c), which somehow takes three entire hours to announce its winners, while also officially introducing recent dump-ee Ben Flajnik as the next Bachelor (due in January). ...  As HGTV Design Star wraps (9/8c), either Meg or Karl will win their own show, depending on whose concept and pilot comes off best. Either would be a good fit.

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