Top Chef (Bravo) — Season finale. It’s down to loudmouth jackass Mike and the neurotic but deserving Richard. Since every reality show from “The Bachelor” to “American Idol” seems to screw up the champion, Mike will probably win. But the real winner in my heart will be the memory of Padma Lakshmi in a bikini.
Coal (Spike) — Series premiere. The producers of “Deadliest Catch” and “Ice Road Truckers” turn their blue-collar focus to West Virginia coal mining (a real growth industry, I’m sure). Frankly, if you want to watch some coal mining on TV, I recommend…
Justified (FX) — Tonight’s episode is generating a huge buzz among critics who’ve caught screenings of it. Raylan comes to the rescue of a coal executive who gets tangled up with the Bennett clan. Watch a preview below, and read an interview with Margo Martindale (Mags Bennett) here.
Web Soup (G4) — Season premiere. Man, it’s gotta suck to be Chris Hardwick. He came along and started doing “Web Soup,” then Daniel Tosh started doing his job better on a channel that people actually watch.
The Ultimate Fighter (Spike) — Season premiere. Welterweights with an eye on a UFC contract get guidance from heavyweight coaches Brock Lesnar and Junior Dos Santos. Lesnar’s advice to his disciples: “Try being more gigantic.”
Real Sports (HBO) — Surprise! NCAA football is completely corrupt. Try not to have a heart attack from this revelatory report.