With the new fall season set to launch next week, the various cable shows that have served to bridge the gap over the summer wrap up this week.
Four of the most interesting shows of the summer finish their runs, as USA airs the summer finale of "Burn Notice" at 9 p.m., followed by the finale for freshman drama "Suits" at 10 p.m. Over at FX, new comedy "Wilfred" and returning comedy "Louie" end their season runs from 10-11 p.m.
It's been fun to watch Michael work for the CIA rather than against them this season, even if he tries to derail their investigation into the death of his handler for which he has been framed. His new handler now has evidence that Michael is somehow involved in the murder, which could spell trouble for the rest of his team. It's been a very solid season for the show, and even Jesse is less annoying than he was last year.
"Suits" has been my second-favorite new summer series, just after "Falling Skies" on TNT. The interplay between a top Manhattan lawyer and his con man/fake lawyer sidekick has been terrific, and the show has been much more than a typical, case-of-the-week series. Tonight's finale has Harvey (Gabriel Macht) trying to free a wrongfully convicted man he sent to prison a decade earlier while facing off with a new DA (Chi McBride.) Meanwhile, Mike (Patrick J. Adams) tries to keep a secret when his drug-dealing friend returns to town. Don't miss the game-changer in the final minute of this one.
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"Wilfred" has been one of the most bizarre shows to come along in recent memory, but at times, it's downright hilarious as a depressed young man (Elijah Wood) tries to come to grips with the world, aided by a humanlike dog (Jason Gann) that only he can see, and who turns out to be man's worst friend. Meanwhile, "Louie" has turned a lot of heads, and Louie CK has earned an Emmy nomination for playing a (very slightly) warped version of himself.
On the networks, "Rookie Blue" (ABC, 9 p.m.) is new, while the NFL season kicks off on NBC at 8:30 p.m. between the last two Super Bowl champs, the Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints.
Finally, the schedule may be off since President Obama is set to address the nation at 8 p.m. (check local listings).