The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Week

Coming to your TV screen this week: Janeway’s arrival at Warehouse 13, tense Rookie Blue moments, four finales and one (Captain) Awesome TV-movie. As but a supplement to the fresh features and original reporting TVLine has coming your way, here are 34 programs to keep on your radar.

1 pm U.S. Open Tennis (ESPN2) |
Coverage of the grand slam tourney based out of New York City begins, with minimal delays/changes caused by Hurricane Irene; visit for details.
9 pm Warehouse 13 (Syfy) | Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek: Voyager) begins a four-episode arc as a Warehouse 13 Regent who shares a complex past with one of the agents.
9 pm The Lying Game (ABC Family) | Sutton learns dark realities about her birth mom and Emma.
9 pm The Closer (TNT) | Whose loose lips may sink Brenda’s legal ship? Stay tuned for a preview….
9 pm RuPaul’s Drag U (Logo) | The 1980s-themed season finale promises to be Wonder-ous with Lynda Carter among the guests.
10 pm Castle (ABC) | The murder of Kate’s former partner leads her and Rick to Los Angeles – including a stop at the set of the Nikki Heat movie.
10 pm Rizzoli & Isles (TNT) | Tensions between the gals rise when Maura tries to conceal the reappearance of an old flame (Desperate Housewives‘ Jonathan Cake).
10:30 The Big C (Showtime) | While Cathy helps Lee (Hugh Dancy) check a few items off his “bucket list,” Adam takes Poppy (Parker Posey) to her high school reunion.

8 pm NCIS (CBS) |
Re-reflect with Tony on his Bal’more beginnings.
8 pm Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) | “A” is not happy that the girls looped in Dr. Sullivan. Lets see what price she makes each of them pay in the midseason finale….
9 pm NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) | Vincent “Dr. David Lujack Hayward” Irizarry guested on this show last season? Did we know this?
10 pm Quirky (Sundance) | Series premiere: Remember back in 1990 when I had that idea to embed Walkman headphones into earmuffs, then sell them at the Syracuse U. bookstore? This new show, in which viewer inventions come to life, coulda made that a reality.

9 pm Royal Pains (USA Network) |
The midseason finale features visits by that ’70s guy, Wilmer Valderrama (as a fainting art collector), and Entourage‘s Constance Zimmer (beginning an arc as a love interest for Hank).
10 pm Rescue Me (FX) | Will a fire interrupt the wedding of Tommy’s daughter to Black Shawn? If so, what are the odds he himself set it?
10 pm Necessary Roughness (USA Network) | Dani’s relationship with J.D. heats up. But first, she must help out the Hawks’ suicidal team mascot. (It does get hot in those costumes….)
10 pm Damages (DirecTV) | Patty and Ellen depose Erickson… or at least try to get some scoop on his Community character.
10 pm Hot in Cleveland (TVLand) | This season finale channels The Hangover, as the women try to piece together the wild events of Elka’s bachelorette party from the night before. Buck Henry, Dick Van Patten, Carl Reiner and Don Rickles guest star.

9 pm Burn Notice (USA Network) |
Because of this. But also to see Mike and Fi play husband and wife.
10 pm Rookie Blue (ABC) | When Andy and Traci run into Swarek on his own undercover operation, they risk blowing his cover; Dov faces a choice that could threaten his career.
10 pm Suits (USA Network) | Gary Cole guest stars as Harvey’s former mentor, thus shedding some light on why Harvey quit the D.A.’s office. (Hint: It had to do with TPS reports.)
10 pm Wilfred (FX) | An exotic beauty (Gabriella Pession, of Italy’s Rossella) is drawn to Ryan, but his chores on behalf of Jenna and Kristen – plus Wilfred – threaten to block his… game.
11 pm The Green Room With Paul Provenza (Showtime) | Will you be watching the season finale with series superfan Lindsay Lohan?
Midnight Childrens Hospital (Adult Swim) | The season finale asks: If each character got a spin-off, what would those shows look like?

8 pm Friends With Benefits (NBC) |
Episode 1: Sara (Danneel Ackles) has trouble dating a blind guy, if only because the compliments don’t flow as usual. Episode 2: Sara succumbs to old habits when an ex (Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz) resurfaces.
10 pm Haven (Syfy) | Audrey & Co. step into a trap while investigating a banker’s deadly doppelganger.
10 pm Torchwood: Miracle Day (Starz) | As the world plunges into a recession, the Torchwood team is forced to make a deal with the devil.

8 pm Game Time: Tackling the Past (NBC) |
This TV-movie stars Chuck‘s Ryan McPartlin as a football star who returns to the North Carolina hometown where he left many bridges burned.
9 pm Doctor Who (BBC America) | The Doctor helps out a boy terrorized by the monsters in his bedroom.
10 pm I Faked My Own Death (Discovery) | This new series looks at people who have gone to great lengths to stage their seeming demise. Me, I learned everything I need to know about the topic from watching soap operas.

9 pm True Blood (HBO) |
Will Sookie’s faerie powers be enough to save Eric, Bill and Pam from Marnie’s latest spell?
9 pm Survivor: South Pacific Preview (TV Guide Network) | Get a glimpse at the 23rd season and its contestants.
9:30 pm The Good Wife: A New Beginning (CBS) | Not up to speed on this acclaimed drama? 1. Tsk. 2. Let this half-hour special catch you up.
10 pm Breaking Bad (AMC) | Walt grows increasingly impatient with Jesse. Where is this leading…?
10 pm Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO) | The theme is haunted pasts: Larry’s love life is affected by an incident from his childhood, and guest star Bill Buckner still has issues with a certain ground ball.

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.

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  1. Renee says:

    You had me at US Open Tennis.

  2. slipperyslope says:

    Thank you for the reference to TPS reports in Suits. I love Gary Cole, but every time I see him, all I can think is, “Um, yeah…”

  3. Jon88 says:

    ““A” is not happy that the girls lopped in Dr. Sullivan” Looped? Or is the show turning into a “Saw” sequel?

  4. B says:

    The Glades you listed is a re-run. The new episode is the summer finale taking place on Monday 9/5

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      Huh, interesting – no good deed goes unpunished. I shall endeavor to remember THE GLADES next week.

  5. Charnice says:

    Didn’t know you were a SU alum too!

  6. Jamie says:

    10 pm I Faked My Own Death (Discovery) | This new series looks at people who have gone to great lengths to stage their seeming demise. Me, I learned everything I need to know about the topic from watching soap operas……..


  7. D says:

    You don’t list “THE GLADES” on A&E which is normally on on Sunday night at 10:00pm. The next episode will be the finale which will air on Labor Day Monday, 9/5. This show isn’t getting the recognition it deserves.

  8. Iason says:

    What about Eureka?!?!

  9. NickC says:

    Thanks for mentioning Wilfred….it is such a strange dark funny show…with great guest stars every week…as for TrueBlood i want old Eric back.I’m over the witch spells..oh and can someone kill Tera…thanks

  10. Richard says:

    Others on my list:

    Design Star – he four finalists have to redecorate studio apartments. Nate Berkus is guest judge.
    Alphas – Garret Dillahunt (“Raising Hope”) guest stars as a cult leader.

    Flipping Out – Randy threatens legal action against Jeff.
    Chopped Champions – Four winners return. The first round includes stinging nettles and antelope.

    Melissa & Joey (2 episodes)- Joey Lawrence’s brothers Matthew and Andrew guest star. Matthew will play Joey’s brother in the first episode and Andrew will play one of Ryder’s teachers in the second episode.
    Top Chef: Just Desserts – The chefs have a musical challenge.
    The Challenge: Rivals – The reunion show.

    Project Runway – The designers work with young art students for inspiration.

    Drop Dead Diva – Jane tells Stacy to tell Fred the truth; and Stacy suggests Jane do the same with Grayson.

    • heather_kaye says:

      SUPER excited for Garret Dillahunt on Alphas this week. The show’s been really good anyway, but Garret Dillahunt makes everything better. And he has a fun name to say.

      Garret Dillahunt.

  11. Tamara says:

    No Drop Dead Diva or Against the Wall? Are they off due to the holiday? I am loving Against the Wall.

  12. V says:

    I can’t wait for this weeks Rookie Blue!!! Hopefully Sam and Andy will hook up finally!!

  13. CJ says:

    AHH thank you for the Office Space reference! Made my day! Can’t wait to see Bil Lumbergh…. I mean Gary Cole….on Suits!

  14. Sg. Grant says:

    You really should include Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero on Discovery Thursday night.

  15. Danielle H. says:

    OOoo didn’t know that the shrink was going to be a love interest for Hank! Wonder what Jill will do. I’m sad it’s already the midseason finale though.

  16. the good wife looks great and i cannot wait to see it

  17. bhm1304 says:

    If anyone wants to see Kate Mulgrew in her best television role — ever — they need to check her out in Paul Scheer’s hilarious new cop show spoof on Adult Swim, “NTSF:SD:SVU” where she plays the leader of the group. She has been the breakout star of that show as “Kove” (Paul Scheer, with hair, is pretty awesome as well) and had the greatest line uttered on television this season, “I’m gonna go out tonight and get wasted, and get laid…twice.”