- Last Updated: 12:15 AM, August 9, 2012
- Posted: 11:06 PM, August 8, 2012
Your weekly guide to TV’s best and worst one-hour shows
As the Olympics draw to a close, we return to the waning days of summer TV. Here’s a refresher for the best of this season’s scripted dramas:
“Longmire” (Sunday, 10 p.m., A&E)
Even if you haven’t checked out this throwback to the old Western, you can still enjoy the season finale — in fact, you may like it more than the rest of us who endured the first season’s growing pains.
All you need to know is Longmire’s wife was murdered, he’s battling an up-and-comer for his sheriff’s job, and there’s a brewing competition for the old lawman’s affections. That, and the murder rate in this backwater county must be astronomical, considering there’s a new case each week. Charles S. Dutton brings his gravitas to the finale as tensions crest between Longmire’s (Robert Taylor) community and their Cheyenne neighbors, led by the outstanding Lou Diamond Phillips’ Henry Standing Bear.
“Falling Skies” (Sunday, 9 p.m., TNT)
There are only two episodes left of TV’s best summer escape, but not before they introduce Terry O’Quinn as Tom’s (Noah Wyle) former mentor. But considering O’Quinn is slated for another series this fall (“666 Park Avenue” on ABC), let’s not place any bets on his character being the salvation for the 2nd Mass.
“Breaking Bad” (Sunday, 10 p.m., AMC)
Every week, the pit in Mama’s stomach grows a little larger as this twisting series draws to an end. She won’t even begin to predict who will survive the first half of the final season (the second half airs next summer), but the increasingly delusional Walt (Bryan Cranston), with visions of invincibility, has seemingly placed a bright red target on the back of his Achilles’ heel, aka Walt Jr. (RJ Mitte), especially considering his family’s history with cars.
“Boss” (Friday, Aug. 17, 9 p.m., Starz)
Time to up the budget for the cable bill: You need to re-subscribe to Starz. Starting Monday, you can catch up with Season 1 of the Kelsey Grammer vehicle until the second season launches next Friday (although with a 7 p.m. start time each night, you’re going to have to find a way to distract the kids).
You might need the refresher to reacquaint yourself with the complex political machinations delivered via Shakespearean dialogue. If the blood-and-boobs quotient — which the show seemed to revel in as a pay-cable series during its freshman season — was a bit high for you, the second season premiere will be a welcome respite, as it tones down the gratuitous add-ons.
Martin Donovan’s Ezra, offed at the end of the season, is sorely missed by more than just Mama, apparently.