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TV best bets with season finales of ‘Royal Pains,’ ‘Hot in Cleveland,’ ‘Sunday Best’

hot_in_cleveland_castSeveral 9/11-themed programs are set this week, most notably TLC’s Sunday evening “Heroes of the 88th Floor.” Two unheralded heroes get deserved airtime and if you don’t get teary, you’re not human.

And you know it’s the end of the summer is near with “Royal Pains” on USA Wednesday ending its seasonal run, along with “Hot In Cleveland” on TV Land finishing season two an hour later. Meanwhile, on Sunday, Atlanta-shot “Sunday Best” on BET crowns its winner.

MONDAY

“Basketball Wives L.A.” 8 p.m. VH1 (new series) — VH1 is hoping to turn “Basketball Wives” into its own little “Real Housewives” franchise.
Eureka” 8 p.m. Syfy — Sen. Wen conducts final evaluations of the Astraeus candidate.
The Closer” 9 p.m. TNT — Squad members are deposed in regard to the lawsuit.
“HGTV Design Star” 9 p.m. HGTV — Nate Berkus guests.
Hoarders” 9 p.m. A&E (fourth season finale) — A look at how five hoarders have done since season three.
Warehouse 13” 9 p.m. Syfy — Warehouse agents interrogate Stukowski for using artifacts to kill regents.
“Carfellas” 10 p.m. Discovery (new series)— A reformed convict becomes a used car dealer.
“Rizzoli & Isles” 10 p.m. TNT — A mysterious ex from Maura’s past shows up.
Ridiculousness” 10 p.m. MTV (new series) — Rob Drydek hosts a clip show of viral videos of people doing stupid things.
Weeds” 10 p.m. Showtime — Nancy, Andy and Silas plot revenge against Emma.
Death Valley” 10:30 p.m. MTV (new series) — A mockumentary team follows cops who deal with the undead.

TUESDAY
Cocaine: A History Between the Lines” 8 p.m. History — Cocaine goes back to 3000 B.C.
Pretty Little Liars” 8 p.m. ABC Family (second season summer finale) — A vengeful “A” punishes the girls for talking to Dr. Sullivan.
“America’s Got Talent” 9 p.m. NBC — Twelve more acts battle for the finals.
Flipping Out” 9 p.m. Bravo — Jeff is flipping out over a contractor seeking legal action and Jenni’s future with the company.
Big Sexy” 10 p.m. TLC (new series) — Five plus-sized women seek modeling and fashion careers.
Born to Dance” 10 p.m. BET — The remaining dancers shoot a commercial for a vacuum cleaner.
Combat Hospital” 10 p.m. ABC — Rebecca takes over triage when Col. Marks is injured in an explosion.
“Teen Mom” 10 p.m. MTV — Catelynn reunites with her dad.

WEDNESDAY
“Big Brother” 8 p.m. CBS — Six houseguests left!
“America’s Got Talent” 9 p.m. NBC — After tonight, the top 10 is now set.
Roseanne’s Nuts” 9 p.m. Lifetime — Roseanne goes back to Salt Lake City where she grew up.
“Royal Pains” 9 p.m. USA (third season summer finale) — An art collector (Wilmer Valderrama) loses consciousness.
The Franchise” 10 p.m. Showtime (first season finale) — A behind-the-scenes look at the Giants, who have been struggling lately.
Hot in Cleveland” 10 p.m. TV Land (second season finale) — It’s like “The Hangover” and Elka is gone!
Necessary Roughness” 10 p.m. USA — Dani tackles a playoff curse that’s cursed the Hawks.
Rescue Me” 10 p.m. FX — Colleen and Black Shawn wed.

THURSDAY
“NFL Football” 7:30 p.m. WGCL — A pre-season game between Atlanta and Baltimore. If you want to see “Big Brother,” it will air at 2:37 a.m.
Burn Notice” 9 p.m. USA— Michael and Fiona pose as a wealthy couple at a resort in order to extract a bioweapons specialist.
Project Runway” 9 p.m. Lifetime — Bert, the oldest contestant, manages to be arrogant and puerile at the same time.
Sweet Home Alabama” 9 p.m. CMT (first season finale) — Devin chooses the final two suitors, Adam or Tribble.
“Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero” 10 p.m. Discovery (first season finale) — This gung-ho short series wraps up.
Rookie Blue” 10 p.m. ABC — Dov faces a career-changing choice on a ride-along with a drug dealer.
“Suits” 10 p.m. USA — Harvey’s former mentor (Gary Cole) turns to his protege when his office comes under investigation.
“Wilfred” 10 p.m. FX — Wilfred urges Ryan to sacrifice his newfound happiness for a larger purpose.
Louie” 10:30 p.m. FX — Louie’s niece visits.
FRIDAY
Friends With Benefits” 8 p.m. NBC — Sara dates a blind man and finds she misses receiving compliments for her looks.
Karaoke Battle USA” 9 p.m. ABC — Another regional champ earns a spot for the semifinals.
Man, Woman, Wild: Lost At Sea” 9 p.m. Discovery (second season debut) — The couple’s boat breaks down off of the Bahamas. Mykel fights dehydration.
Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta” 9 p.m. TLC — There’s a mix-up on a bride’s dress order and the mom thinks this is a sign the wedding should be called off.
American Restoration” 10 p.m. History — Time to fix up a 1940s penny-arcade strength tester.
“Rat Busters NYC” 10 p.m. Animal Planet— The team battles a giant cannibal rat.
“Torchwood” 10 p.m. Starz — The world plunges into a recession.

WEEKEND
“Game Time” 8 tonight NBC — A football star returns to his small North Carolina hometown and reconnects with family and friends.
“I Faked My Own Death” 10 tonight Discovery (new series) — A plane crash is staged.
Sunday Best” 8 p.m. Sunday BET (two-hour fourth-season finale) — The winner is named.
“All American Handyman” 8 p.m. Sunday HGTV (second season debut) — Handymen and women face off in a variety of skill challenges.
“Dinosaur Revolution” 9 p.m. Sunday Discovery (new series) — Examining the evolution of dinosaurs.
Drop Dead Diva” 9 p.m. Sunday Lifetime — Kim falls for a controversial pastor who lands in jail while helping the poor.
Heroes of the 88th Floor” 9 p.m. TLC — This incredibly moving story of Frank DeMartini and Pablo Ortiz, who saved more than 70 people from the World Trade Center’s North Tower on 9/11.
True Blood” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Sookie uses her faerie powers to save Eric, Pam and Bill.
The Good Wife” 9:30 p.m. Sunday CBS — A review of the first two seasons.
Breaking Bad” 10 p.m. Sunday AMC — Skyler devises a plan to cure her money woes.
Curb Your Enthusiasm” 10 p.m. HBO — A traumatic childhood experience scars Larry’s current day life.
Entourage” 10:30 p.m. HBO — Vince woos Sophia.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

5 comments Add your comment

tvBoy

August 28th, 2011
11:15 pm

if there is a God in heaven, please, please make Rosanne Barr go away. And have her take her nuts with her. I’m lovin’ Bachelor Pad on Monday’s. And ‘Wilfred’ is the best new TV show on right now. and, oh i almost forgot, FIRST, baby!

GUGG DIN

August 29th, 2011
4:35 am

Valerie Bertinelli (Hot in Cleveland) is still one red hot mama!!!

Barbara,Abby,& Waco

August 29th, 2011
10:42 am

I dont know what show this is —-but last night our phone kept ringing & people said they
saw it on TV (my number)_ I think who ever puts this on might want to check
the number —– as my toll free number was ringing off the hook –& we had to
unplug it so we could SLEEP
PLEASE WHOEVER TAKES CARE OF THIS—-TAKE CARE OF IT !!!!

Gunsmoke

August 29th, 2011
11:49 am

Oh, my Lord, “best bets”???

Mike K.

August 29th, 2011
12:20 pm

Wouldn’t it make more sense to show the 9/11 shows during the week of 9/11?