Without question, the hour of TV I have been most anticipating — and dreading — this week is the season, and for all we know, series finale of TNT's remarkable, brutal, bleak yet gripping cop drama Southland (Wednesday, 10/9c). Anticipating because each week, this series somehow raises the dramatic stakes for its characters, in a grueling but rewarding tour of duty through the socio-ethnic sprawl of Los Angeles. Dreading because Southland has almost always lived on the verge of ratings extinction, from the time TNT rescued the show after NBC dumped it before its second season could even premiere, and I fear (as do many) that this fifth season could very likely be its last hurrah. (Several of its stars have signed up for new work during this pilot season, perhaps seeing the writing on the wall.)
So You Think You Can Dance
Referees at the World Cup may be incapable of admitting mistakes, but they could learn something from the SYTYCD judges, who basically came right out and said last Wednesday that they goofed by eliminating Cristina and keeping Melinda. Ouch! But Lauren's near-wardrobe malfunction and Alex's same-sex couch-dancing with Twitch really raised the bar for the performance shows, so it will be interesting to see if the Top 8 can clear it tonight.
Read on for previews of Ghost Hunters Academy, Dinner: Impossible, Real World, Locked Up Abroad, Chris & John Go to Camp and Sports Crash.
In Plain Sight
Season 3 ends with a disturbing episode in which Mary has to protect a priest who witnessed a stripper's murder. And her job is made even more difficult when she realizes that the priest is obsessed with saving another woman from a similar fate. Meanwhile, Brandi moves in with Peter, and Stan tells a dead witness's daughter the real facts about her father's absence. The episode also features the presence of Steven Weber, who reprises his role as FBI agent Mike Faber.
Read on for previews of Wimbledon, Bridal Bootcamp, Cougar Town, Real World, Man Shops Globe and Locked Up Abroad.
New releases announced today, December 3:
National Geographic's Locked Up Abroad will be coming out March 24
The BBC's Cranford on Blu-ray Disc will be coming out April 14
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