Coming to your screen this week: No less than 13 premieres, three finales, and a bunch of happy actors hearing their names announced as Emmy nominees. As but a supplement to the awesome features and original reporting TVLine has coming your way, here are 37 programs to keep on your radar.
MONDAY, JULY 11
8/7c Eureka (Syfy) | Season 4.5 arrives with Jack, Allison et al dealing with the current-day consequences of their their trip to 1947.
8 pm MLB Home Run Derby (ESPN) | For those who don’t get to watch Orioles pitchers take the mound on a regular basis.
9 pm The Closer (TNT) | The seventh and final season is here, with Brenda poised to “get her comeuppance.” But take heart, fans: The final, final episodes won’t air until next summer.
9 pm Warehouse 13 (Syfy) | Look! Up at that guy! It’s… Smallville alum Aaron Ashmore joining the series for Season 3.
9 pm Switched at Birth (ABC Family) | Bay and Emmett grow close while digging up clues about her bio-dad. Have they checked the Brothers & Sisters Season 4 DVD set?
9 pm Man vs. Wild (Discovery) | Jake Gyllenhaal pays a visit… because Tobey Maguire was busy?
10 pm Alphas (Syfy) | Series premiere: Academy Award nominee David Strathairn is the Professor X to a team of good-doing (and good-looking, bonus!) people with special abilities.
10 pm Rizzoli & Isles (TNT) | Season 2 opens with a creaky Jane recovering from the shooting. Luckily, Prison Break‘s Chris Vance shows up as an old flame, to perhaps help with hot baths?
10 pm Law & Order: LA (NBC) | Doink-doink! Series finale.
TUESDAY, JULY 12
8 pm Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) | Aria and Ezra deal with going public with their romance — like, Facebook relationship status updates and everything.
9 pm MLB All-Star Game (Fox) | Speaking of baseball: Is it true the guy who caught Jeter’s 3,000th hit/home run traded it for a date with Minka Kelly?
9 pm White Collar (USA Network) | Neal is torn when he meets a teen version of his crafty self — tutor, or be a traitor?
10 pm HawthoRNe (TNT) | Christina and Tom hang with Miles’ visiting kids. Hmm. Is this going where I think it’s going?
WEDNESDAY, JULY 13
8 pm So You Think You Can Dance (Fox) | The Top 12 take to their toes, with the latest castoffs announced Thursday at 8.
9 pm Modern Family (ABC) | “Whatever it was, it looked like Dad was winning.”
9 pm Roseanne’s Nuts (Lifetime) | Two reactions to this new series’ title: “Didn’t Tom Arnold tell us this years ago?” And: “Egads!”
9 pm Franklin & Bash (TNT) | F&B represent two pole-dancing instructors who are charged with
excessive writhing stealing from their clients.
9:30 pm Happy Endings (ABC) | Penny’s new beau has a not-so-funny last name.
10 pm Damages (DirecTV) | Season 4, airing exclusively on the dish service, features John Goodman as the bossman of a Blackwater-type military contractor and Dylan Baker as his sort-of henchman, while Chris Messina plays a PTSDing pal of Ellen’s who used to do their dirty work.
10 pm Rescue Me (FX) | The final season kicks off with Tommy and Janet having it out — in epic fashion — over her bun in the oven. Seriously, I yelled “No!” at my TV at least three times during the wild first hour. The finale will air four days before 9/11, fittingly.
10 pm The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants (Showtime) | This docuseries tags the team as they attempt to defend their World Series title.
THURSDAY, JULY 14
7am Primetime Emmy Award Nominations | OK, now’s it’s getting official. You can check out our in-depth preview of each major race, including your picks and our Dream Nominees, plus some fab actor Q&As, at TVLine.com/Emmy.
8:30 pm Parks and Recreation (NBC) | Time (again) for the Harvest Festival! Has anyone seen Li’l Sebastian?
9 pm Burn Notice (USA Network) | Forget the plot; this ep guest-stars Grant Show and The Big Show, which can’t be a coincidence.
10 pm Rookie Blue (ABC) | As the cops investigate a series of arsons, Andy gets trapped inside a very wobbly, burned-out building.
11 pm The Green Room with Paul Provenza (Showtime) | The Season 2 opener features guests Ray Romano, Garry Shandling and Judd Apatow.
FRIDAY, JULY 15
8 pm Friday Night Lights (NBC) | Series finale: For one last time, “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.”
8 pm Smallville (The CW) | In this encore of the series finale, Part 2, Clark… you know.
9 pm Whale Wars (Animal Planet) | The Steve Irwin searches for a missing Norwegian boat crew.
10 pm Haven (Syfy) | The premiere of Season 2 features not one but two Audrey Parkers. (I believe I asked for this for Christmas.)
10 pm Torchwood: Miracle Day (Starz) | Hey, Mekhi Phifer: You do not fiddle with Jack’s health monitor. Now go eat some saltines.
SATURDAY, JULY 16
8 pm CHAOS (CBS) | The series finale at least has this going for it: Justified‘s Margo Martindale reprises her role of a CIA bigwig. “This show has such incredible potential,” she told us at a recent event. “And the boys are delicious.” (LIke, apple-pie delicious?)
10 pm Pit Boss (Animal Planet) | Season 3 premiere. I imagine that TVLIne’s rescue dog champion extraordinaire, Meg Masters, would like this show?
SUNDAY, JULY 17
9 pm Castle (ABC) | Adrian Pasdar is back!… in a repeat of Part 1 of his springtime arc, playing a gruff Homeland Security honcho.
9 pm True Blood (HBO) | Alcide helps Sookie search for Eric, while Bill forms a bond with the Bellefleurs.
9 pm Leverage (TNT) | It’s the episode everyone’s been hailing, presented partly in circa-WWII flashbacks narrated by guest star Danny Glover and featuring the regular cast in retro roles.
10 pm Falling Skies (TNT) | Another resistance leader arrives on the scene, and he’s got a retreat plan that rubs Tom the wrong way.
10 pm Breaking Bad (AMC) | After far, far too long a wait (thus robbing the show and its stars of 2011 Emmy eligibility), Walter White is back and badder than ever.
Which of the above is must-see TV for you? And by all means, hit the comments to politely share tune-in recommendations of your own.