Several cable series are wrapping up for the summer this week as the Emmy Awards hit NBC Sunday to celebrate the best of the past year’s programming.
Among those shuttering down until next year include Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” Monday, TNT’s “Hawthorne” Tuesday, “Burn Notice” and “Royal Pains’ on USA Thursday, “Whale Wars” on Animal Planet Friday and “Drop Dead Diva” on Lifetime Sunday.
“Bond of Silence” 9 p.m. Lifetime — Kim Raver plays a widow trying to solve the mystery of her husband’s death.
“The Closer” 9 p.m. TNT — Pope is still trying to get the police-chief post.
“Invitation Only: Miranda Lambert” 9 p.m. CMT — The best female country singer today this side of Carrie Underwood.
“If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise” 9 p.m. HBO — Spike Lee’s follow-up to “When the Levees Broke” from 2006. Part one. Part two is on Tuesday.
“2010 Miss Universe Pageant” 9 p.m. NBC — Bret Michaels and Natalie Morales host.
“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” 10 p.m. Bravo (second season finale) — Say bye bye to annoying Danielle.
“The Hard Times of RJ Berger” 10 p.m. MTV (first season finale) — RJ is torn between keeping his hospitalized friend company or going to a dance with the girl of his dreams.
“Jefferson” 8 p.m. History – A profile of the former president.
“Hawthorne” 9 p.m. TNT (second season finale) – A construction accident causes an explosion and chaos at the hospital.
“Gene Simmons Family Jewels” 9:30 p.m. A&E (fifth season finale) – Simmons is asked to be a mentor for the Ludacris Foundation.
“Growing Up Twisted” 10 p.m. A&E (first season finale) – Suzette plays matchmakers for Shane.
“Made: The Movie” 10 p.m. MTV – A scripted version of the popular reality show.
“Memphis Beat” 10 p.m. TNT (first season finale) – Dwight explores a man with amnesia while Lt. Rice, mired in financial woes, ponders a career change.
“MasterChef” 8 p.m. Fox – Tracy Nailor from Atlanta is doing well and as a dessert expert, should do well on tonight’s cupcake challenge.
“Confessions: Animal Hoarding” 9 p.m. Animal Planet (first season finale) – A young couple hoards 80 cats, which on this show is hardly a record.
“Ghost Hunters” 9 p.m. SyFy (sixth season summer debut) – The team checks out a haunted hotel in Cooperstown, N.Y.
“Income Property” 9 p.m. HGTV (third season finale) – A couple upgrades a main-floor apartment to attract a renter.
“Monsters Inside Me” 10 p.m. Animal (second season finale) – A deadly parasite turns a man blind.
“Top Chef” 10 p.m. Bravo – The six remaining chefs commandeer concession stands at Nationals Park. Amanda is probably the next to go.
“Burn Notice” 9 p.m. USA (fourth season summer finale) – Michael tries to find a kidnapped girl.
“Project Runway” 9 p.m. Lifetime – The 90-minute versions of this show feature far more nitpicking between contestants, which is not a bad thing.
“The Real Housewives of D.C.” 9 p.m. Bravo – Cat grows suspicious of Michelle, who invites the ladies to a grape stomp.
“Rookie Blue” 9 p.m. ABC – The tension between Andy and Swarek is exacerbated when a prisoner escapes during a routine prison transport. (Prisoners do that often on TV, don’t they?)
“Jersey Shore” 10 p.m. MTV – The house decides to write Sammi an”anonymous” letter so she really knows what a rogue Ronnie is.
“Royal Pains” 10 p.m. USA (second season summer finale) – Hank tries to diagnose an ill socialite but she cuts out early.
“The Gulf is Back” 8 p.m. the CW – David Hasselhoff hosts a tribute concert for Gulf Coast residents affected by the oil spill. Performers include Taylor Hicks, Lonestar and Brian McKnight.
“Eureka” 9 p.m. SyFy – People from their pasts haunt Carter and the gang while unknown forces attack Eureka.
“Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta” 9 p.m. TLC – A fiance insists a bride buy a dress four times over her budget.
“Whale Wars” 9 p.m. Animal Planet (two-hour third season finale) – Bethune attempts a citizen’s arrest of a Japanese ship’s captain while the Bob Barker’s engine breaks down.
“Modern Marvels” 9:30 p.m. History (season finale) – Studying the topic of salt.
“Beyond Survival With Les Stroud” 10 p.m. Discovery (series debut) – Stroud, the “Survivorman,” visits Sri Lanka to participate in a ritual with men who were once believed to be half human, half demon.
“Chefs vs. City” 10 p.m. Food (second season finale) – Chefs try to replicate elaborate sugar structures in D.C.
“Pillars of the Earth” 10 p.m. Starz (mini-series finale) – Jack’s journeys lead to a discovery of how to make Tom Builder’s vision of a light-filled cathedral a reality.
“Blood Dolphins” 11 p.m. Animal Planet (new series) – A documentary following father-son activists trying to end dolphin slaughtering.
“Persons Unknown” 8 p.m. Saturday NBC (series finale) – The abductees escape and try to restore normalcy to their lives.
“The Wish List” 9 p.m. Saturday Hallmark – A perfectionist meets a guy who might just fit her “wish list” but a kooky barista gets in the way.
“Emmy Awards‘ 8 p.m. Sunday NBC – Jimmy Fallon hosts.
“Leverage” 9 p.m. Sunday TNT – In London, Sophie is haunted by her past.
“True Blood” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO – Bill’s attempt to win back Sookie’s trust backfires.
“Mad Men” 10 p.m. Sunday AMC – Peggy and her new creative partner do not see eye to eye.
“Drop Dead Diva” 9 p.m. Sunday Lifetime (second season two-hour finale) – Jane still wants Grayson, but he’s still dating Vanessa. Paula Abdul shows up again in a dream sequence.
“Entourage” 10:30 p.m. Sunday HBO – Turtle reaches out to NBA owner Mark Cuban for financial help.