Brief SURF today as the extreme heat is sapping my will to live.

RESCUE ME FINALE: I can’t say I was surprised by the turn of events from the huge fire we saw in last week’s episode. The finale managed to combine the show’s usual penchant for dark humor and pathos. I became a huge fan of John Scurti during the run of RESCUE ME so I’m fervently hoping he’ll land another series regular gig very soon. I think the scene between Lou and Tommy at the end was my very favorite because of the true friendship, camaraderie and love you felt emanating from the two guys. I also loved Franco with the new probies. It was a dignified, intelligent end to a show that was always packed with extreme emotions and actions. The show got away from its center the last couple of seasons but this final season set most everything right. It makes me want to thank the next firefighter I see for doing their job: running into a burning building when everyone else is running out. If you watched, tell me what you thought of the final installment.

THE HOUR: I’m stone in love with Ben Whishaw, the actor who plays ever-curious, investigative journalist Freddie Lyon. Dominic West as Hector Madden remains as attractive as ever but Freddie is more intriguing as he’s like a dog with a bone with the Ruth Elmes suicide/murder (?). Also very very good: Freddie and Bel’s commitment to each other and the fact that he clearly adores her even though he knows she’s deep into an affair with Hector. Though it hurt him to find out about the affair, Freddie manages to still adore Bel and support her at the show. Is boss man Clarence the spy? The promo for next week’s episode has a scene where Hector’s wife seems to be confronting Bel – uh oh. And I think I missed something because there was a remark about “Poor Adam Le Ray” – did they say what happened to him? I’m already dying for next Wednesday to get here.

LATENIGHT HIGHLIGHT: Cameron Crowe (swoon) guests on LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON to talk about the PEARL JAM 20 documentary he made AND Pearl Jam is the musical guest tonight.

EARLY HEADS UP FOR TOMORROW, FRIDAY 9/9: MEL BROOKS & DICK CAVETT: TOGETHER AGAIN on HBO at 9pm. I went to the Saban Theatre in LA to see this program and I guarantee you it’s full of laughs and great Hollywood stories from both Cavett and Brooks. Just tune in and laugh.

JUST FOR THE SEXY OF IT: Enjoy this new promo for VAMPIRE DIARIES, which has its season premiere September 15 (next Thursday):

TODAY’S REQUIRED READING: Mo Ryan’s terrific but dispiriting article about the decline in the number of female writers on TV shows:
Let’s hope network and studio executives, as well as showrunners, read this carefully and see the importance of hiring more women for the writers rooms!

TODAY’S SURF WRITTEN WHILE LISTENING TO: President Obama’s jobs speech. It’s always a pleasure to listen to smart people speak eloquently.

Tonight’s rundown: I’m really looking forward to WILFRED, LOUIE and SUITS tonight. I’ve loved all three shows this summer.
Note: The President’s speech airs at 7pmET so the football game won’t be delayed.
ABC: 8:00 p.m. Wipeout 9:00 p.m. Rookie Blue 10:00 p.m. Rookie Blue (season finale)

CBS: 8:00 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (R) 8:30 p.m. CBS Fall Preview 9:00 p.m. Big Brother 10:00 p.m. The Mentalist (R)

NBC: 8:00 p.m. Sunday Night Football Pre-Game 8:30 p.m. Sunday Night Football: New Orleans at Green Bay (season finale)

Fox: 8:00 p.m. Bones (R) 9:00 p.m. Bones (R)

CW: 8:00 p.m. The Vampire Diaries (R) 9:00 p.m. Plain Jane (R)

FX: 10PM: Wilfred season finale, 1030pm: Louie season finale

USA: 9pm: Burn Notice season finale, 10pm: Suits season finale

MTV: 10pm: Jersey Shore

That’s a wrap for now.

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