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So Long 'Mad Men,' Hello 'Luther'

I'll be previewing the weekend early since I won't be able to post something Friday.



Sunday night marks the end of the season for "Rubicon" and "Mad Men" on AMC. "Rubicon" had a great pilot, then got a little dense and confusing toward the middle. But the last couple of weeks have picked up considerably, culminating in last week's killer ending.



"Mad Men," as always, has been consistently excellent throughout its run, especially the bits with Don's daughter Sally. It'll be interesting to see in what state the producers leave the firm after last season's coup.



Meanwhile, BBC America kicks off the six-part mystery series "Luther" at 10 p.m. on Sunday. "Luther" stars "The Wire's" Idris Elba as an edgy cop. It looks like it should be pretty good, as are most British mystery shows.



THURSDAY'S BEST BETS: ABC has a new "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" from 9-11 p.m., while Fox has a new "Bones" and "Fringe" from 8-10 p.m.



CBS has its two sitcoms, "Big Bang Theory" (guest starring Katee Sackhoff and George Takei as their famous sci-fi alter egos, Starbuck and Sulu) and (Bleep), with another sci-fi icon, Bill Shatner. It's followed by "CSI" and "The Mentalist."



NBC's sitcoms are also new, and followed by "The Apprentice" at 10 p.m.



On cable, FX has new episodes of "It's Always Sunny" and "The League" from 10-11 p.m.



WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: Clark attends his high school reunion on the 200th episode of "Smallville" (CW, 8 p.m.), where Brainiac shows him his past and future. It's followed by "Supernatural," featuring Crowley, the demon you love to love.



NBC debuts the new reality show "School Pride" at 8 p.m. Created by actress Cheryl Hines, it's sort of an extreme makeover show, but for community schools.



CBS has an all-new night of "Medium," "CSI: NY" and "Blue Bloods." Fox airs "The Good Guys" at 9 p.m.



On cable, the SyFy series "Sanctuary" returns for its third season at 10 p.m.



On the always busy Sunday, the baseball playoffs replace the Fox animated block, beginning at 8 p.m.



CBS has "The Amazing Race," "Undercover Boss" and "CSI: Miami," while ABC has new episodes of "Desperate Housewives" and "Brothers & Sisters."



"Wallander" (PBS, 9 p.m.) continues on "Masterpiece: Mystery."



On cable, you should really be checking out "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO, 9 p.m.), followed by "Bored To Death" and "Eastbound & Down." Showtime has a new episode of "Dexter" at 9 p.m.



See you guys Monday.

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