With the summer season nearing its end and most schools back in session, many of the most popular shows are also closing shop like the local pools and summer camps.
Two of the season’s biggest shows TNT’s “The Closer” (Monday) and USA’s “Royal Pains” (Thursday) conclude. Showtime’s hot new show with Edie Falco “Nurse Jackie,” ABC Family’s freshman series “Make It Or Break It” and TNT’s sophomore drama “Raising the Bar” also end their summers Monday. Odds are good all five shows will be back in 2010.
And yet another Atlanta-based reality show is launching. This Thursday, BET introduces a spinoff of its successful “Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is” with “Frankie & Neffe.” This show takes the focus off the R&B star in favor of the far more entertaining family members, her mom Frankie and her sister Neffe.
At the same time, low-key, low drama Atlanta-based BET series “Tiny & Toya” is quietly ending season one right before “Frankie & Neffe.” Ratings dropped off big time after a strong debut but showed signs of rebounding toward the end. So its future is uncertain.
“The Fresh Beat Band” noon Nickelodeon (new series) — This is a pop rock quartet for the Nick Jr. crowd.
“Great American Road Trip” 8 p.m. NBC (season finale) — The DiSalvatores and the Cootes battle for victory for the five of you who paid attention.
“Dating in the Dark” 9 p.m. ABC (season finale) — This show did so-so after “The Bachelorette” ended but nothing much new is getting viewers on the broadcast networks this summer anyway.
“Make It or Break It” 9 p.m. ABC Family (season finale) — The ladies hit Boston and a chance to be on the national gymnastics team.
“The Closer” 9 p.m. TNT (season finale) — Kevin Bacon directs his wife (Kyra Sedgwick) and his daughter (Sosie).
“Raising the Bar” 10 p.m. TNT (season finale) — Jerry and Michelle face off on opposite sides of the court.
“Nurse Jackie,” 10:30 p.m. Showtime (season finale) — Kevin and Jackie meet for a midnight rendezvous. And fans, don’t worry: the show returns next year.
“Hell’s Kitchen” 8 p.m. Fox — Mr. Obesity, Robert Hesse, hit the hospital again last week. Will he even be back?
“America’s Got Talent” 9 p.m. NBC — That kid Jeffrey Ou last week had to have gotten through via sympathy. The final fourth group of 12 perform tonight.
“Shaq Vs.” 9 p.m. ABC — Shaq tries volleyball with Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh.
“Warehouse 13” 9 p.m. SciFi— Myka gets trapped in a famous author’s mirror in Vegas. Is that worse than getting hitched to a prostitute in a drunken escapade?
“Tiny & Toya” 10 p.m. BET (first season finale) — Toya, post Lil Wayne, goes on a blind date with an NFL player.
“Frankie & Neffe” 10:30 p.m. BET (new series) — Back to back Atlanta reality shows! This is Keyshia Cole’s always dramatic mom and sister.
“America’s Got Talent” 9 p.m. NBC — The final five of the semifinal 20 get named.
“Leverage” 9 p.m. TNT — Think “Thomas Crowne Affair”: Nate and his crew try to recover art stolen by thieves.
“Monsterquest” 9 p.m. History (third season finale) — Tales of sperm whales like the one in “Moby Dick.”
“Crash Course” 9:02 p.m. ABC (new series) — Kind of like “Wipeout” — with cars.
“Top Chef” 10 p.m. Bravo — Kevin Gillespie from Woodfire Grill won last week, a promising start for future episodes. Tonight, it’s guys vs. gals.
“Michael & Michael Have Issues” 10:30 p.m. Comedy (first season finale) — The two Michaels ponder a chance to appear on a competitor’s show.
“Big Brother 11” 8 p.m. CBS — Does anybody miss Chima? And is Kevin or Natalie the next victim to be evicted?
“Penn & Teller: BS” 10 p.m. Showtime (seventh season finale) — The pair go after the Vatican. This could get ugly!
“Project Runway” 10 p.m. Lifetime — Qristyl’s mess of a dress should have gotten her gone last week but the more avant-garde Ari got nixed instead. Good to see Savannah’s Mitchell survive a snafu.
“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” 10 p.m. Bravo — Lisa continues to struggle with her brother’s untimely death.
“Royal Pains” 10 p.m. USA (first season finale) — Hanks treats a hallucinating woman.
“Pranked” 10:30 p.m. MTV (new series) — We watch Web pranks with snarky commentary.
“Eureka” 9 p.m. Syfy — The town loses memory as Tess tries to record a databank of the folks’ recollections.
“Jockeys” 9 p.m. Animal Planet — Iggy Puglisi tries to return to glory after an injury that kept him out of racing for two years.
“Monk” 9 p.m. USA — Monk poses as a hit man to prevent an assassination.
“Chefs vs. City” 10 p.m. Food — Chris hits his hometown San Francisco for five more food challenges.
“CMT Comedy Stage Presents” 10 p.m. CMT — “America’s Got Talent” winner, the incredible ventriloquist Terry Fator, gets his own special.
“Psych” 10 p.m. USA — Shawn and Gus meet up with a former teacher who is investigating a student’s suicide.
“Being Human” 9 p.m. Saturday BBCA (first season finale) — Mitchell, Annie and George face tough decisions as an epic battle gets underway.
“The Bill Engvall Show” 9 p.m. tonight TBS — Lauren is caught in a lie. Bill and Susan battle over how to deal with it
“The 25th Anniversary of Wrestlemania” 9 p.m. tonight NBC — Mickey O’Rourke (“The Wrestler” make an appearance in Houston.
“Daytime Emmy Awards” 8 p.m. Sunday the CW — Vanessa Williams hosts.
“Drop Dead Diva” 9 p.m. Sunday Lifetime — Deb struggles to remember anybody attending Jane’s high-school reunion.
“There Goes the Neighborood” 9 p.m. Sunday CBS — The five “trapped” Kennesaw families, with no A/C, get some ice cream.
“Mad Men” 10 p.m. Sunday AMC — The writers are forced into ovetime and try to stave off boredom.