As we clear the table for Fall TV, no less than 13 season-enders are on tap this week (Torchwood and True Blood included), plus series finales for Rescue Me and Entourage. You’ve also got the Sons of Anarchy premiere to look forward to. As a supplement to the fresh features and reporting TVLine has coming your way, here are 31 programs to keep on your radar. (Our round-up of 9/11 commemorative programming is posted separately here.)
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
8/7c The Secret Life of the American Teenager (ABC Family) | The summer finale features graduation, Ricky’s valedictorian speech, a possible proposal, and two unannounced guests at the seniors’ after-party.
9 pm The Closer (TNT) | Capping a marathon of this season’s first eight episodes, this new hour finds Brenda receiving — surprise! — what may be some good news about the lawsuit.
9 pm The Lying Game (ABC Family) | After discovering that she and Sutton have been having the same terrifying dream for years, Emma realizes she has conspicuously few childhood memories of her birth mother.
9 pm The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Bravo) | I’m usually loath to give the Real Housewives any play here, but I’m curious to see the “prologue” they taped to address the suicide of Taylor Armstrong’s husband.
10 pm Rizzoli & Isles (TNT) | Whoa, is Maura dating Jane’s brother (guest star Colin Egglesfield)?!
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
9 pm Raising Hope (Fox) | This memorable repeat finds everyone getting their flirt on.
9 pm Flipping Out (Bravo) | Season finale: Jeff juggles his want to start flipping again with his desire to find a new home for him and Gage.
10 pm Sons of Anarchy (FX) | Season 4 is finally here, and it is a doozy, as Jax and Clay emerge from the clink with clashing plans for the future, a new sheriff swiftly lays down the law, and Tara keeps hold of the explosive letters.
10 pm The Rachel Zoe Project (Bravo) | Season premiere: Rodger worries that his expectant wife is taking on too much work.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
9 pm Criminal Minds (CBS) | I’ve got conflicting intel: This is either the one with Morgan’s aunt, or a repeat of the season finale featuring the luminous A.J. Cook.
9:30 pm Modern Family (ABC) | Phil and Claire learn the grass isn’t always greener, when they swap roles.
10 pm Rescue Me (FX) | The sure-to-be-emotional series finale features the tragic fallout of last week’s ruthless fire, as well as the arrival of new probies — but who will still be around to mentor them?
10 pm Necessary Roughness (USA Network) | The freshman series’ penultimate episode has Dani facing her first wedding anniversary since the divorce, and kicks off an arc revealing some of Nico’s secrets.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
8:30 pm CBS Fall Preview | The Big Bang Theory casts eyes the Eye’s new offerings.
8:30 pm NFL Football (NBC) | The new season “kicks off” (heh) with a match-up between the Saints and Packers aka the past two Super Bowl champs.
9 pm Rookie Blue (ABC) | Double header! The first episode finds Andy and Sam unable to stay away from each other, while the season finale promises shocking repercussions for Swarek’s disappearance.
9 pm Burn Notice (USA Network) | Summer finale: While Michael desperately tries to clear his name, Larry Sizemore (Tim Matheson) resurfaces with a job offer Michael cannot refuse.
10 pm Futurama (Comedy Central) | The Season 6 finale serves up three different types of animation, including anime and videogame-style.
10 pm Suits (USA Network) | Harvey’s efforts to free an innocent man hit a wall when he goes against a stubborn new district attorney (Chi McBride).
10 pm Wilfred (FX) | The first season finale finds Ryan ignoring Wilfred’s advice.
10:30 pm Louie (FX) | Per FX, “Louie has a pretty bad time” in this Season 2 finale.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
8 pm Friends With Benefits (NBC) | The summer burn-off series’ final two episodes. We hardly knew ye.
10 pm Haven (Syfy) | To contain an outbreak, the new Chief seals off the police station — with Audrey, Nathan, Duke and Evi trapped inside.
10 pm Torchwood: Miracle Day (Starz) | Season finale: The team realizes that the ultimate sacrifice may be needed to bring down the Three Families; watch a video sneak peek here.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
8 pm U.S. Open (CBS) | The women’s final!
9 pm Jabberwock (Syfy) | This TV-movie is about a sword-wielding hero who must clip a dragon-like creature’s wings to save a village — and a damsel in distress. [Crickets] OK, what if I told you it starred Battlestar‘s Tahmoh Penikett? There we go….
9 pm Doctor Who (BBC America) | The Doc must rescue Amy, who is being held under quarantine in an alien hospital.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
9 pm True Blood (HBO) | Season 4 finale: Sookie taps into a Wiccan festival to battle Marnie’s latest incarnation; Terry receives an unexpected visitor at Merlotte’s (and he’s played by Scott Foley!); the denizens of Bon Temps brace for a new crisis with a familiar face.
10 pm Breaking Bad (AMC) | Gus takes action against his rivals.
10 pm Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO ) | In the Season 8 finale, Larry clashes with neighbor Michael J. Fox.
10:30 pm Entourage (HBO) | Series finale: Vince makes a surprising move with Sophia, Ari and the Mrs. try to work things out, and the boys urge Sloan to give E. one more chance. Next stop: The Cineplex!
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.