It’s the last “Brand X with Russell Brand” (FX, 11 p.m.) in front of a brick wall. Following tonight’s season finale, the showcase for Brand’s rants will be retooled for its second season in the fall, the manic comic told reporters at press tour last week.
“The show will look a little more conventional, more like a conventional late night show. I think we’ll probably we will have guests every week.” Brand said.
And rather than going on so much about radical and spiritual matters that are of interest to him, he’ll introduce such subjects more surreptitiously.
With more esoteric games played during the daytime, from field hockey and beach volleyball to water polo, the primetime broadcast of the 2012 London Olympics (NBC, 8 p.m.) determines the all-around women’s gymnastics champ. And there’s another chance to see Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochete compete in the 200-meter individual medley.
There will be some famous American athletes when a men’s basketball qualifier features U.S. vs. Nigeria (NBC Sports, 5:15 p.m.).
Here’s a hint of how long ago “Project Runway” (Lifetime, 9 p.m.) was shot as its contestants design outfits for the Emmy Awards, which were held last September. The designs they create will be worn by past contestants of the show, strutting their stuff on the red carpet.
A father-son darts tournament is organized on a new episode of “Sullivan & Son” (TBS, 10 p.m.).
“Snooki and Jwoww” (MTV, 10 p.m.) drag their boyfriends to a drag show.
An inmate he’d been counseling in prison stops by to visit Charlie upon release on a new “Anger Management” (FX, 9:30 p.m.), whose ratings have been high enough – with a remarkable 13 million viewers weekly – to trigger a provision in Charlie Sheen’s to order 90 more episodes.
Harvey turns to a former colleague beat some fraud allegations on a new “Suits” (USA, 10 p.m.).
Jennifer Taylor of “Two and a Half Men” guest stars as Sam’s girlfriend Elsa on a new “Burn Notice” (USA, 9 p.m.).
“Brand X with Russell Brand” (FX, 11 p.m.) presents its final show of the season. The showcase for Brand’s rants will be retooled for its second season in the fall.
Soon to star in his own sitcom on the rival TV One, there’s a standup special from the radio host “Rickey Smiley: Live from Atlanta” (BET, 9 p.m.).
Myrna Loy, the No. 1 box office star of 1936, gets the showcase all day on Turner Classic Movies. Its prime time offerings are “The Best Years of Our Lives” (8 p.m.), “The Thin Man” (11 p.m.), “Cheaper by the Dozen” (12:45 a.m.), “Penthouse” (2:15 a.m.) and “Test Pilot” (4 a.m.).
Wasn’t aware that the 2000 film “The Skulls” (TMC, 8 p.m.) spawned both “The Skulls II” (TMC10 p.m.) and “The Skulls III” (TMC, 11:30 p.m.).
Stanley Kubrick’s Vietnam film “Full Metal Jacket” (IFC, 8 and 10:30 p.m>) plays opposite the next chapter in Ken Burns “The War” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings).
Kelly Ripa: Caroline Rhea, Joey Fatone, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Nick Lachey. The View: Kyra Sedgwick, Mario Cantone. The Talk: Jeanne Cooper, Margaret Cho, Shaun T. Ellen DeGeneres: Christian Slater, Lenny Kravitz (rerun).
David Letterman: LeBron James, Andrew Garfield, Maroon 5 (rerun). Jimmy Kimmel: Wanda Sykes, Joel Kinnaman, Serj Tankian (rerun). Craig Ferguson: Rashida Jones, Julie Delpy. Tavis Smiley: Alan & Marilyn Bergman. Jon Stewart: Jessica Biel. Stephen Colbert: Chris Hayes. Conan O’Brien: Will Ferrell, Tenacious D. Chelsea Handler: Jeff daniels, Chris Franjola, Jen Kirkman, Ross Mathews, Dax Shepard.