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TV best bets with series finales of ‘Gossip Girl,’ ‘Jersey Shore’

Say goodbye to the Situation, Snooki and the gang. Will they fade into obscurity or will a few actually make a real career out of this? We'll see. CREDIT: MTV

Say goodbye to the Situation, Snooki and the gang. Will they fade into obscurity or will a few actually make a real career out of this? We'll see. CREDIT: MTV

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Gym. Tan. Leave.

That’s it for “The Jersey Shore” with its finale Thursday. MTV managed to stretch six seasons out of this show, including a side trip to Italy. It brought us plenty of catchphrases (I can’t tell you what “DTF” means but you can figure it out), drunken arrests, protests from Italian-Americans, fistfights and catfights, six pack abs and Snooki. Isn’t that great? Okay, maybe not for everybody but at one point, this show was drawing 9 million viewers a week.

Nowadays, it’s more like two or three million (including my wife). But it gave MTV a shot of steroids and now the channel is going to do a “Jersey Shore”-type show  in West Virginia called “Buckwild” next month. Can lightning strike twice at the same network?

And over at the CW (remember that network?), “Gossip Girl” ends its six-year run tonight and we finally find out who the “Gossip Girl” is. Now will CBS ever tell us who the mother is on “How I Met Your Mother”?


“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” 8 p.m. ABC — A couple with 30 foster children need a bigger home.

“Gossip Girl” 8 p.m. the CW (series finale) — The lives of the rich and spoiled youth of New York City is com
ing to an end. And who was the secret blogger. XOXOX

“How I Met Your Mother” 8 p.m. CBS — Robin takes steps to get Patrice fired. And Seth Green (Alyson Hannigan’s old “Buffy” buddy)  pops up as Lily and Marshall’s creepy college acquaintance.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC — The final three perform. Cassadee Pope is the favorite to win.

“Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown” 9 p.m. Fox — Can Linus give up his security blanket?

“2 Broke Girls” 9 p.m. CBS — Max and Caroline can’t pay their rent and work wtih some sketchy people to cover it.

“American Chopper” 9 p.m. Discovery (series finale) — Ten years and 233 episodes later, this early template for the family business reality show is ending.

“T.I. & Tiny” 9 p.m. VH1 (second season finale) — The kids anticipate a big Christmas

“1600 Penn” 9:31 m. NBC (new series) — Bill Pullman plays a president far goofier than the one he did on “Independence Day.”

“Hawaii Five-O” 10 p.m. CBS — McGarrett and Catherine help a boy whose father disappeared. George Takei guests.


“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — Tony can’t decide if he will be naughty or nice when his father visits.

“Charlie Brown Christmas” 8 p.m. ABC — Angst and a happy ending. Thanks, Charlie Brown!

“Little People Big World: Wedding Farm” 9 p.m. TLC (first season finale) — Matt and Amy celebrate their 25th anniversary.

“NCIS: Los Angeles” 9 p.m. CBS — Several team members spend Christmas on an aircraft carrier investigating a death of a special agent.

“Mankind: The Story of All Of Us” 9 p.m. History (first season finale) — Mankind enters the Atomic Age.

“The Voice” 9 p.m. NBC (third season finale) — Will Cassadee Pope be the first female winner?

“Rizzoli & Isles” 9 p.m. TNT — Jane and Maura tackle the case of a former college football player stabbed to death during a fundraiser.

“Storage Wars” 9 p.m. A&E (third season finale) — This could be the last new episode featuring Dave Hester, who is suing the show for fraud.

“Leverage” 10 p.m. TNT — The do-gooders target an unethical CEO planning to sell a dangerous toy to the public.

“Vegas” 10 p.m. CBS —  Sheriff Lamb assigns Dixon an undercover job at the Savoy.

“Private Practice” 10 p.m. ABC — Charlotte attempts to run the hospital while on bed rest.


“Miss Universe Pageant” 8 p.m. NBC — Andy Cohen and Giuliana Rancic host.

“A Home For the Holidays” 8 p.m. CBS — Rascal Flatts host. Phillip Phillips, ‘Idol’ winner, appears on TV again, this time with Matchbox Twenty and Melissa Etheridge.

“Full Throttle Saloon” 9 p.m. TruTV — Michael won’t allow Flaunt to perform this year, angering Angie and the girls.

“WWE Tribute to the Troops” 9 p.m. USA —Kid Rock, Flo Rida and the Muppets join pro wrestlers.

“40 Greatest Hip Hop Songs of the 90s” 9 p.m. VH1 — Hip hop hooray? Expect Snoop Dogg, Eminem and Sir Mix A Lot in the mix.

“The Year With Katie Couric” 9:31 p.m. ABC — A look at the Patraeus scandal, Hurricane Sandy and other big stories.

“Chicago Fire” 10 p.m. NBC — Firefighters are accused of stealing an expensive diamond necklace.

“Cheer Perfection” 10 p.m. TLC (new series) — Young cheerleaders train for elite competition.


“A White House Christmas” 8 p.m. NBC — Lady Michelle Obama and former first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Bush and Rosalynn Carter talk about White House Christmas memories.

“CMA Country Christmas” 9 p.m. CBS — Local Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles emcees with performances by Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and Keith Urban.

“Project Nim” 9 p.m. HBO — Nim, a chimp who learned sign language and was raised like a human.

“2012 The End is Now” 9 p.m. History — Examining doomsday prophecies.

“Project Runway All Stars” 9 p.m. Lifetime — The clothiers are inspired by 1920s events.

“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” 10 p.m. FX (eighth season finale) — Frank and Dennis hold court at Paddy’s Pub.

“Jersey Shore” 10 p.m. MTV (series finale) — The grenade has finally gone off on these fine men and women after three long years on the boardwalk.

“The League” 11 p.m. FX (fourth season finale) — Ruxin receives a gift from his dad (Jeff Goldblum).


“Christmas in Washington 2012 ” 8 p.m. TNT — Neil Patrick Harris, Psy and Phillip Phillips are among the performers.

“Back to the Beginning With Christiane Amanpour” 9 p.m. ABC — Amanpour explores biblical stories to investigate origins of many of the world’s religions.

“Ghost Adventures” 9 p.m. Travel — The team visits bars and nightclubs that might be haunted.

“Fringe” 9 p.m. Fox — The team call on Nina Sharp to help devise a plan to defeat the Observers.

“Say Yes to the Dress; Bridesmaids” 9:30 p.m. TLC (third season finale) — This spinoff does as well as the original. Presumably, a season four is forthcoming.

“Brides of Beverly Hills” 10 p.m. TLC (second season finale) — Celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Rey helps his wife find a sexy gown for a vow renewal.


“Monday Night Football” 8:30 tonight ESPN — The usual Monday Night Football game is moved to Saturday because of Christmas Eve. The Atlanta Falcons try to go to 13 and 2 against the Detroit Lions.

“The Sound of Music” 7 p.m. Sunday ABC — Forty seven years later, the hills are still alive with Julie Andrews’ soaring voice.

“Ax Men” 9 p.m. Sunday History — Shelby asks for help from his niece.

“The Next Iron Chef” 9 p.m. Sunday Food (fifth season finale) — Three final chefs battle for victory.

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” 9 p.m. Sunday Bravo — Will Walter pop the question? Don’t count on it.

“Finding Bigfoot” 9 p.m. Sunday Animal Planet — An alleged Bigfoot is found on camera in New Mexico.

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10 comments Add your comment


December 17th, 2012
11:06 am

Proud to say I never watched a single second of JS.


December 17th, 2012
11:14 am

“X-Factor doesn’t rate a mention?

Branch Loveless

December 17th, 2012
11:20 am

It’s JUST “The X-Factor” finale shows that are on this week. No biggie! :D


December 17th, 2012
12:48 pm

Hiya Branch!!


December 17th, 2012
12:54 pm

So… if the Mayans are right… Simon gets the last laugh. He gets his season finale’ – plus the big ratings – and doesn’t have to pay out the $5 million first prize!

(Plus, there will be no new season of Idol for people to watch and say how much better it is than X-F.)


December 17th, 2012
1:52 pm

Snooki was on Anderson Cooper as a guest host and she actually was decent! I think she could have a career in kid’s clothing, working on the whole guido-type messaging. The other that may do okay is Paulie D since he already had a career as a DJ. He had a show on MTV which I think was canceled, but I bet he could still pull down over $100k a year as a DJ going forward. The others will go the way of Jon Gosselin, making calls himself to TMZ begging to be followed.


December 17th, 2012
2:13 pm

Meanwhile, over at BAH!98.5, the complaints continue…. (and none of those are me, btw)

The response? *crickets*

C’mon Rodney…..put on some big boy pants and ask the question.


December 17th, 2012
3:30 pm

You can’t list them all but the mid season finale of Burn Notice is on Thursday!


December 18th, 2012
5:46 pm

Gossip Girl has been going on for a little too long, so I won’t be sorry to see the series end, but I’m still looking forward to the finale. I wasn’t able to watch it last night because I was working late at DISH, but it’s saved on my DVR. Gossip Girl’s entire season is saved, actually, since my DISH Hopper has enough memory to store 2000 hours of movies and shows. It’s nice that I have plenty of room to save the last season of one of my favorite shows along with all my other regular programs (I like The Voice and Hawaii Five-0, too).

Rodney Ho

December 18th, 2012
8:01 pm

Hey, Dish Hopper name dropper, I’m going to have to block you if you keep doing it. I’m going to place you in moderation for now.