You can’t always get what you want. Fans of CBS’s “Cold Case” (left) may have to heat up the phone lines and the Web if they want to save the seven-year-old show, which has seen ratings dip and costs rise. This Sunday’s episode could be the final show, with the Rolling Stones as the musical backdrop.
Fox is starting Thursday with a week-long set of shows which focus on music, from “Fringe” to “Bones.” (This shouldn’t be much of a stretch for “American Idol.”)
NBC’s “Trauma,” which ends its season Monday, is unlikely to come back next season, but its Friday reality show “Who Do You Think You Are?” will be.
Style’s biggest show (literally) “Ruby” set in Savannah gets two-hour treatment Sunday while MTV is finally ending “The Hills,” which returns for one more season Tuesday.
“Chuck” 8 p.m. NBC — Sarah and Chuck tangle with Spanish spies on a European train.
“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — Kate Gosselin is gone – finally. But we are sure going to miss the histrionics!
“House” 8 p.m. Fox — House and his team find an ill woman’s “open” relationship perplexing.
“24” 9 p.m. Fox — Jack goes rogue, as usual.
“Trauma” 9 p.m. NBC (first season finale) — Dispatch glitches cause medics to go to the wrong places.
“Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern” 10 p.m. Travel (fifth season debut) — Zimmern checks out cuisine in rural Thailand.
“Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives” 10 p.m. Food (ninth season debut) — Guy Fieri samples a diner in Reno that sells burgers by the pound. Obesity problem? What obesity problem?
“American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox – Shania Twain is the guest mentor. Will anyone dare sing “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”
“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC – The tabloid shows are sure going to miss Kate Gosselin, cut last week. Her dance partner? Not so much.
“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS – An NCIS polygraph specialist’s night job is tied to a murder.
“Glee” 9 p.m. Fox – Kristin Chenoweth is back as April to entice Will.
“The Hills” 10 p.m. MTV (sixth season debut) – The good news: this is this show’s final season. Bad news: it’s followed by second-season debut of “The City.”
“Justified” 10 p.m. FX – Raylan saves Ava from what looked like an attempt on her life.
“V” 10 p.m. ABC – Uh oh. The V’s have figured out who the Fifth Column members are.
“America’s Next Top Model” 8p.m. the CW – Marietta’s Alasia makes it to New Zealand as part of the final six; Dacula’s Anslee? Home bound.
“American Idol” 9 p.m. Fox – Lady Antebellum and Rascal Flatts perform.
“Great Performances: Hamlet” 9 p.m. GPB – Patrick Stewart plays uncle Claudius.
“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC – Fred Willard, playing Phil’s dad, visits. (The pair also played off each other on the short-lived Fox show “Back To You.”)
“Sunset Daze” 10 p.m. WE (new series) – Trolling for studs and babes isn’t just for the youth. Seniors in this retirement community need love, too!
“Happy Town” 10 p.m. ABC (new series) – Yes, the title is ironic. This is actually a town haunted with deep, dark mysteries.
“Law & Order: SVU” 10 p.m. NBC – Sharon Stone plays Stabler’s former partner and new ADA.
“Ugly Americans” 10:30 p.m. Comedy (first season finale) – Mark helps an obsessive compulsive ape find a job. This animated series has already been rewarded a second season.
“Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains” 8 p.m. CBS – So who’s in control now: Parvati or Russell? Sandra may try to make sure it’s neither.
“Bones,” 8 p.m. Fox – As part of a week-long “music”-themed week, Bones and Brennan investigate a death at a rock-and-roll fantasy camp.
“Fringe” 9 p.m. Fox – A musical episode with songs from Stevie Wonder and Traffic.
“CSI” 9 p.m. CBS – One half of a comedic duo is dead. The surviving member is played by legend Tim Conway.
“Bullrun” 10 p.m. Speed (third season finale) – Three teams battle for victory after traveling 4,000 miles.
“Sober House With Dr. Drew” 10 p.m. VH1 (second season finale) – Dennis Rodman leaves a day early to make a club appearance.
“L.A. Ink” 10 p.m. TLC (third season finale) – Kat isn’t thrilled when Liz lies.
“The Mentalist” 10 p.m. CBS – A media mogul may have been killed after criticizing a cult leader played by Malcolm McDowell.
“Ghost Whisperer” 8 p.m. CBS – A ghost thinks Melinda’s nanny is evil.
“Smallville” 8 p.m. the CW – A confrontation with Zod leaves Oliver near death.
“Who Do You Think You Are?” 8 p.m. NBC (first season finale) – Morehouse College grad Spike Lee checks out his past.
“Stargate Universe” 9 p.m. SyFy – Destiny strands a team trapped in an underground maze.
“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” 9 p.m. Cartoon Network (second season finale) – R2-D2 has to save Anakin and Mace.
“The Life and Times of Tim” 9:30 p.m. HBO (second season finale) – Tim’s job is in jeopardy but he meets his dream novelist (voiced by Philip Baker Hall).
“Bang For You Buck” 9:30 p.m. HGTV (third season finale) – Renovated basements in Kansas City are compared.
Kentucky Derby, 4 p.m. Saturday NBC – Favorite Eskendereya is out after a last-second injury.
“It’s Me or the Dog” 8 p.m. Saturday Animal – Victoria deals with battling bulldogs.
“Ruby” 8 p.m. Sunday Style (two-hour third season finale) – Ruby enrolls in an intensive six-day program to help with her weight issues.
“Family Guy” 9 p.m. Sunday Fox (150th episode) – Brian and Stewie get locked inside a bank vault in this hour-long special.
“Desperate Housewives” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC – Angie’s past catches up to her when she runs into her ex (John Barrowman.)
“Celebrity Apprentice” 9 p.m. Sunday NBC – Sure, Sharon Osborne deserved to be fired last week but Trump couldn’t let her go so she and six others produce three radio commercials for a home-services company.
“The Pacific” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO – Basilone moves to Camp Pendleton, where he romances a female marine.
“Army Wives” 10 p.m. Sunday Lifetime – Claudia Joy bumps into an old friend while visiting college with her daughter.
“Cold Case”10 p.m. CBS (seventh season finale) – This show is on the bubble. This possible series finale features Rolling Stones songs.