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Watch It!: Hello Unleashed, Goodbye Entourage, Marathons, U.S. Open, and 9/11

TV highlights of the week, September 3-11

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No Reservations: Anthony Bourdain considers the pork rib in Cajun Country

With Labor Day comes a load of marathons - from Jersey Shore to Jerseylicious, Star Wars to Star Trek movies, Buffy, RuPaul and Bourdain. So sit for hours catching up or set to record: A slew of summer show finales and even some premieres before the fall season kicks off are happening along with must-see stuff to catch.

In the lead up to next Sunday’s 10th anniversary of 9/11, every angle is explored. I’ll cover the worthwhile documentaries separately, from the recovery to the reconstruction, to commemorate the day, such as Steven Spielberg's "Rise," the tale of rebuilding the towers.


Highlights of the week of September 4th:

Monday, September 5

No Reservations: a 16-hour marathon from 9 am to 1 am on the Travel Channel

Squeeze the tail and suck the head. Anthony Bourdain’s deliciously snarky eating travels from Cajun Country to Cuba.

Other marathons include The Closer on TNT and How It’s Made on the Science Channel plus the above-mentioned.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills at 9 pm on Bravo

Bitch-a-thon at Adrienne’s dinner. All right—tune in to the season premiere of the real desperate faux housewives. The suicide of Taylor Armstrong’s estranged husband might’ve caused a good hard look at reality shows…or not.

Tuesday, September 6

2011 U.S. Open Tennis Championships at 8 pm on ESPN

Men's Rounds and Women's Quarterfinals. Watch Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick and others lob it on all week with the finals flipping to CBS this weekend.

Sons of Anarchy at 10 pm on FX

Premiere of season four. Hellboy Ron Perlman and Katey Sagal (Married With Children) costar in these acclaimed series about bikers in Charming, California confronting the law.


Wednesday, September 7

Rescue Me at 10 pm on FX

Finale of the final season. Denis Leary and the firefighters fiery drama comes to an end.

Cinema Verite at 9:30 pm on HBO2

Repeat of the story behind the original reality show, An American Family follows the 1970s PBS series with Diane Lane and Tim Robbins playing the Louds, and James Gandolfini, the ahead-of-his-time producer many may love to hate.


paranormal-witness.jpg Paranormal Witness at 10 pm on Syfy

Premiere of a new series recounting first-hand experiences with hauntings, sightings and a 5 year old's scary invisible friend. They say "Don't watch it alone."


Thursday, September 8

Fall Preview on 8:30 pm on CBS: Get a glimpse of new shows: Unforgettable How to Be a Gentleman with Entourage’s Kevin Dillon, Person of Interest with Lost’s Michael Emerson, and more.

More fave finales:

Burn Notice at 9 pm on USA. Set in Miami and starring Jeffrey Donovan and Bruce Campbell, the fifth season wraps it up.

Wilfred at 10 pm and Louie at 10:30 on FX. This quirky Australian show, starring Elijah Wood and his personal coach in a dog suit, draws to a close. Followed by Louie created by and starring comedian Louis C.K.


unleashed-by-garo.jpg Friday, September 9

Unleashed by Garo at 9 pm on Sundance

Premiere of new series, a twist on a theme: follow Garo Sparo, couture fashion designer, who taps into his client’s inner secret selves to make outfits that express their wildest dreams.


Saturday, September 10

Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 on Spike TV

Uma Thurman seeks revenge on her old assassination team in a Quentin Tarantino mini-fest.


Sunday, September 11

HBO Finales! True Blood at 9 pm, Curb Your Enthusiasm at 10 pm and Entourage concludes the series at 10:30 pm with “The End” - or maybe “Loose Ends” for the upcoming movie.

Many channels will be televising programs with commemorations to 9/11. See separate posting for details on CNN, History, Bio, National Geographic, and more. Here are broadcasters' presentations:

Remembrance and Renewal: 10 Years After the 9/11 Attacks at 10 pm on ABC

9/11 Ten Years Later at 8-10 pm on CBS: Robert De Niro marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

America Remembers 9/11 at 8 pm on PBS: The PBS News Hour team covers memorial events and personal testimonies.

A Concert for New York at 9 pm on PBS: The New York Philharmonic performs Mahler's Symphony No. 2 to honor of 9/11.

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Roberta Cruger has written for Salon, The Believer, the LA Times magazine, and more. She was the founding media editor of Creem magazine and a member of MTV’s original programming team. Based in LA, she covers the green carpet for Treehugger and entertainment as US correspondent for the AFP’s RelaxNews.

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