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'Damages' Wraps Up

"Damages" (FX, 10 p.m.) wraps up its third season tonight with a 90-minute finale.



Whether that's for the season or the series remains to be seen, however.



Despite capturing several acting Emmys and nominations over the previous two years (and likely more this year), "Damages" isn't doing well enough in the ratings -- even for cable -- to justify its costs, reports say.



However, producers haven't given up just yet. Reportedly, they are trying to strike a deal with DirecTV, much in the way "Friday Night Lights" has, to share the broadcast rights with the satellite giant and split the costs. We'll have to wait to see if that works.



Meanwhile, one of the criticisms of "Damages" is the fact that the storyline takes place over two distinct time periods, sometimes making it confusing to the viewer who sees one action or character, then sees that same thing three months later. But I think the beauty of the show is how the writers have these two distinct threads slowly intertwining, then wrapped up in a bow in the finale.



I'm hoping that's the case again tonight.



MONDAY'S BEST BETS: ABC debuts the new sitcom "Romantically Challenged" (ABC, 9:30 p.m.) tonight, between a new "Dancing With The Stars" and "Castle." It stars Alyssa Milano as a single mom navigating the troubled waters of the dating world after her divorce. Because women who look like Alyssa Milano often have trouble finding a date. ABC has had a pretty good success rate with its new sitcoms this year, so hopefully this will continue the magic, but I kind of doubt it.



CBS has new episodes of "HIMYM" and "Rules of Engagement," then some repeats, then a new "CSI: Miami" at 10 p.m.



"House" (Fox, 8 p.m.) deals with a patient who works as a Renaissance Faire knight, while "24" deals with ex Pres. Charles Logan (Gregory Itzin) at 9 p.m. NBC has a new "Trauma" at 9 p.m.



On cable, there's a new "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime, 10 p.m.), followed by "United States of Tara" at 10:30 p.m.

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