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TV This Week: August 12 - 18: 'The Closer' on TNT

August 10, 2012|By Matthew Cooper
  • Kyra Sedgwick stars as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson on the series finale of "The Closer"
Kyra Sedgwick stars as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson on the series finale… (Karen Neal / TNT )

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This week's TV Movies


  SUNDAY

Jolly good show! The "2012 Summer Olympics" will say "cheerio" to London with a closing ceremony rumored to include such British rock royalty as the Who as well as singer George Michael, the cast of "Stomp" and the Spice Girls. (NBC, 8 p.m.)

Discovery Channel dives into its 25th annual "Shark Week" with the special "Ultimate Air Jaws: Reloaded." And be sure to catch "How 'Jaws' Changed the World," a look back at Steven Spielberg's fin-tastic 1975 blockbuster. (Discovery, 8 p.m.; 9 p.m. Tue.)
"The Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne" puts the sitcom star and "domestic goddess" in the hot seat to suffer the slings and arrows of roasters including Seth Green, Carrie Fisher, Katey Sagal … and former hubby Tom Arnold. (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.)

MONDAY

Brenda, we hardly knew ye: After seven seasons, Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick, above, clocks out for the last time on the series finale of the police drama "The Closer," followed by the debut of the spinoff series "Major Crimes." (TNT, 9 and 10:05 p.m.)

TUESDAY

Hey, where you goin'? One South Carolina town will suffer a severe, seven-day shortage of womenfolk when they leave the menfolk and kidfolk behind in the new social experiment/reality series "The Week the Women Went." (Lifetime, 10 p.m.)

WEDNESDAY

"Climbed a tree. Ate some fruit. Rolled around in the grass, then took a nap. Met some nice humans who are deeply concerned with the survival of us forest apes." Such might be the entries in an "Orangutan Diary" in this new special. (KOCE, 8 p.m.)

THURSDAY

Ouch! From the creator of "Sledge Hammer!" — remember "Sledge Hammer!"? — it's "Bullet in the Face." Eddie Izzard and Eric Roberts star in this darkly comic, hyper-violent crime saga, airing over two nights. (IFC, 10, 10:30 and 11 p.m.; also Fri.)

FRIDAY

If unrepentant apple-polishers such as ourselves know one thing, we know this: "Teachers Rock." Dierks Bentley, Josh Groban and Carrie Underwood take part in this musical salute to America's underappreciated education professionals. (CBS, 8 p.m.)

SATURDAY

One part "Rocky" forged with one part Rock'em Sock'em Robots – that's the formula for "Real Steel." Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo and "Lost's" Evangeline Lilly star in this 2011 tale from "Night at the Museum" director Shawn Levy. (Showtime, 8 p.m.)

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