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updated 06/18/2007 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 06/18/2007 AT 01:00 AM EDT
SUNDAY, JUNE 10
9 P.M. | HBO
In the end, what sort of happiness is possible for Tony Soprano? What sort of life? Or should we ask, what sort of death? HBO's landmark series about a New Jersey mobster finally reaches its conclusion tonight as viewers wonder who will, or should, get whacked. There might be a kind of brutal ironic justice—a Freudian vendetta—if Tony felt compelled to murder Dr. Melfi, his therapist. But the show, for all its blood, was never that blunt. See ya, Ton'.
MONDAY, JUNE 11
8 P.M. | ABC FAMILY
Season 2 for the mystery drama about a strange boy (the intriguing Matt Dallas) with no belly button. ABC will also be broadcasting the series on Fridays, 8 p.m. ET.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13
10 P.M. | BRAVO
The entertaining cookoff heads to Miami Beach for Season 3. Ooh, do they cook with sand? New judge: Ted Allen (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy).
LAST COMIC STANDING
9 P.M. | NBC
A new season, with the search for jokers expanded abroad to London, Montreal and all the way down to Sydney.
THURSDAY, JUNE 14
STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP
10 P.M. | NBC
Last chance to catch episodes of Aaron Sorkin's high-class drama about TV comedy. It won't be here come fall.
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE
9 P.M. | FOX
After Wednesday's two-hour special showcasing the final 20, the first two losers are handed their shoes and dismissed.
FRIDAY, JUNE 15
DAYTIME ENTERTAINMENT EMMYS
9 P.M. | CBS
Presenter-nominees include Rachael Ray. Will The View's hosts, coming off a wild year, finally win?
HBO, Mondays, 9 p.m. ET | [3.5 stars]
In its second season, HBO's series about prosperous Utah polygamist Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton) remains a nervily ambiguous concept: A satiric drama about a dark fringe of fundamentalist culture, it also plays like a faith-based Stepford Wives. Bill, still waging business war with a filthy rich and just plain filthy old polygamist named Roman (Harry Dean Stanton), starts hankering for pie—and the waitress who routinely serves it to him at the diner. Is Bill just another middle-aged man toying with adultery, or is he seeking out a fourth wife to add to the others (Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin)? Either scenario makes for powerfully unhappy prospects.
FX, Wednesdays, 10 p.m. ET | [3.5 stars]
It's not as if you thought Denis Leary wouldn't be back, even if last season ended with his character, firefighter Tommy Gavin, drugged and unconscious in an exploding house. Tommy survived—carried out, to his embarrassment, by a woman volunteer (Jennifer Esposito) who now wants to date. The firehouse-set show's strength continues to be its ensemble cast. All of them, like Leary, know how to mine rueful comedy from the dramatic rubble, leaving really big moments to come in with a jolt. There are some doozies in the third episode involving the Chief (Jack McGee) and innocent dum-dum Mike (Michael Lombardi).