TV This Week Aug. 24 - 20: ‘True Blood’ on HBO

Anna Paquin in “True Blood” on HBO.
Anna Paquin stars in the finale of the supernatural series “True Blood” on HBO.
(John P. Johnson / HBO)

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They’ll be singing for their supper and the title of “Rising Star” on the vocal competition’s first-season finale. 9 p.m. ABC

Ernie “Turtleman” Brown, Jr. and his critter-catchin’ crew are back in business on the return of “Call of the Wildman.” 9 p.m. Animal Planet

So long, Sookie. Bye-bye, Bill. Bon Temps, adieu. After seven supernatural seasons, “True Blood” offers its series finale. Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer star. 9 p.m. HBO


What do you get for the woman who has everything? Beyoncé will be honored with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the “2014 MTV Video Music Awards.” 9 p.m. Logo, MTV


“Breaking Bad’s” bitter end came almost a year ago, but the drama could still rack up some extra hardware at “The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards,” hosted by Seth Meyers. 5 and 8 p.m. NBC

Dream-machine maven James May goes tooling around in conveyances more quotidian in nature in the new special “Top Gear: Cars of the People.” 9 p.m. BBC America

“Eating America With Anthony Anderson” sends your host to Chicago for some grub that will stick to his ribs — specifically, ribs. 10:30 p.m. Food Network


“The iHeartradio Album Release Party With Maroon 5" features Adam Levine and the boys in the band banging out new tunes. 8 p.m. KTLA

The archaeologists from PBS’ Time Team America go in search of a “Lost Civil War Prison” and “The Lost Pueblo Village” in two new specials. 8 and 9 p.m. KOCE


“Fashion Police” dish on who wore who, what and how at the Emmys in a new 90-minute special. 8 p.m. E!

The new nature series “Superhuman Animals” explores the superior senses of dogs, birds and other creatures great and small. 9 p.m. BBC America

Get in the game! “Game of Thrones’” Jason Momoa is Jim Thorpe and “Bones’?” Emily Deschanel is Babe Didrikson on a sports-themed “Drunk History.” 10:30 p.m. Comedy Central

Chelsea, we hardly knew ye: Ms. Handler’s late-night snark-fest “Chelsea Lately” signs off after seven seasons with a live (make that tape-delayed) series finale. 11 p.m. E!


The sitcoms “Young & Hungry” and “Mystery Girls” end their freshman seasons. 8 and 8:30 p.m. ABC Family

“Good Will Hunting’s” Minnie Driver goes hunting for some family history on a new “Who Do You Think You Are?” 9 p.m. TLC

The Canadian police procedural drama “Motive” wraps its second. Kristin Lehman and Lous Ferreira star. 10 p.m. ABC


An intrepid veterinarian gets up close and personal with some of the animal kingdom’s most ferocious predators — sharks, polar bears, etc. — in the new nature series “Operation Maneater.” 10 p.m. KOCE

The new reality series “Girlfriend Intervention” deploys a team of African American fairy godmothers, including a stylist and a life coach, to teach plain Janes how to unleash their inner divas.10 p.m. Lifetime


The futuristic drama “Defiance” concludes its second season with back-to-back new episodes. 8 and 9 p.m. Syfy

“Parks and Rec” costars Amy Poehler and Aubrey Plaza guest star as themselves on a new “Welcome to Sweden.” 9 p.m. NBC

Of mensches and mitzvahs: Itzhak Perlman and cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot celebrate Jewish music both secular and sacred on a new “Great Performances.” 9 p.m. KOCE

“Kill Bill’s” Zoë Bell and “Continuum’s” Rachel Nichols are forced to duke it out in the 2013 exploitation flick “Raze.” Sherilyn Fenn (“Twin Peaks”) also stars. 9:25 p.m. Showtime

And now, a word from Chris Parnell: The former “SNL” cast member is your guide to “The World’s Wildest Commercials” in this new special. 10 p.m. ABC


“American Masters” salutes Dorothea Lange, the photographer whose intimate images helped put a human face on poverty, desolation and hunger during the Great Depression. 9 p.m. KOCE

Intrigue and zither music are in the air in the Vienna-set 1949 thriller “The Third Man.” Orson Welles and Joseph Cotton star. 9:15 p.m. Turner Classic Movies

Not all nuptials go off without a hitch, as you’ll see when the reality series “Four Weddings” trots out its “Bests and Blunders.” 10 p.m. TLC


“College Football” is back, rah rah sis boom bah, etc. The Bruins visit Virginia and the Trojans play host to Fresno State at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum for their respective season openers. 9 a.m. ESPN; 4:30 p.m. Fox

Martin Freeman is Tolkien’s halfling hero and his “Sherlock” costar Benedict Cumberbatch supplies the voice of the fearsome dragon in Peter Jackson’s 2013 sequel “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” 8 p.m. HBO

How about a sharknami? A tsunami interrupts a grocery-store robbery and then adds some sharks to the mix in the Australian-made 2012 thriller “Bait.” 9 p.m. Syfy

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