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Busy Weekend

There's plenty of options for your viewing pleasure this weekend, highlighted by the final couple of days of the Olympics competitions before Sunday's closing ceremony, beginning at 7 p.m. on NBC.

It's been a pretty good Olympics so far. Yes, there are always little things and even some moderate things that people will find fault with, but thus far London has done about as good a job as anyone in presenting the games.

If the Olympics aren't your cup of tea, though, there are still plenty of viewing options this weekend.

--FRIDAY: Of course, here in Middle Georgia, the main event going on is the Southeast Regional championship in Warner Robins, where the hometown kids can earn a ticket to Williamsport, Pa. tonight with a win (ESPN, 7 p.m.)

Tonight also marks the first season finale of the fairly entertaining "Common Law" (USA, 10 p.m.), in which we learn how Wes and Travis first met and why their friendship fell apart.

--SATURDAY: CBS burns off the final "NYC 22" at 8 p.m. A better option, however, is the special "The Women of Doctor Who" (BBC America, 9 p.m.), which looks at the Doctor's companions. I hope they include the original series in the special. It's followed by "The Nerdist" at 10 p.m., which features a tribute to "Nerd Girls."

--SUNDAY: AMC brings back the Western revenge series "Hell On Wheels" at 9 p.m. before a new "Breaking Bad" at 10 p.m. I didn't particularly care for "Hell On Wheels" during the first season -- I found the pacing a tad slow and the characters not having a lot of depth. But the series underwent a dynamic change in the final episode last year, so hopefully, it will give the show some life.

TNT has a new night of "Leverage," "Falling Skies" (with guest star Terry O'Quinn) and "The Great Escape," while USA continues with the "Political Animals" miniseries at 10 p.m. A&E continues with "The Glades" and "Longmire" from 9-11 p.m.

On the premium channels, HBO airs "True Blood" at 9 p.m. and "The Newsroom" at 10 p.m., just so I can be tortured for another week -- can we have a few more melodramatic moments, please? I don't think last week's episode had quite enough -- I think there were two scenes that had no melodramatic element, and we can't have that. Showtime has a new "Weeds" at 10 p.m., followed by "Episodes" at 10:30 p.m.

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