10 TV Show Finales to Watch in September
In addition to seeing the premiere of several new shows, September will bring some notable TV finales to the small screen. Over the next few weeks, new and returning series, from CBS’s long-running CSI to freshman sitcoms like The Carmichael Show, will wrap up, either for the season or for good. Here are 10 finales to tune into over the next month:
1. Mistresses, September 3
The ABC mystery drama, based on the U.K. series of the same name, chronicles the lives of four female friends and their involvement in an array of illicit and complex relationships. The show closes out its third season this month. Season three, which kicked off in mid-June, saw a switch in lead characters, with one of the original stars, Alyssa Milano, leaving the series and Jennifer Esposito joining the show as the new co-lead.
2. Playing House, September 8
The second season of the USA network comedy once again followed the friendship between Maggie Caruso and Emma Crawford (played by real-life friends Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair). Like the first season, season two earned high critical praise, largely due to the amazing chemistry between co-stars and creators Parham and St. Clair. As Yahoo! TV wrote of season two, “The entire enterprise looks like a spontaneous lark they just threw together — an effect that requires hard work and smart creativity to pull off.
3. The Carmichael Show, September 9
The first season of NBC’s freshman sitcom consisted of only six episodes, aired over the course of three weeks. The show centers on comedy Jerrod Carmichael and a fictional version of his family. It follows as Jerrod and his therapist-in-training girlfriend Maxine attempt to take things to the next level and move in together, only to be held back by his lovable but outspoken family – including his brother Bobby, stubborn father Joe, and religious mother, Cynthia. Loretta Devine, David Alan Grier, Tiffany Hadish, and Amber Stevens West co-star.
4. Under the Dome, September 10
The CBS sci-fi drama, based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, will wrap up its third season this fall. The show tells the story of the fictional small town of Chester’s Mill, Maine where a massive, transparent dome suddenly cuts them off from the rest of the world. The third season finale was reportedly written as a potential series finale, but that doesn’t mean that the show is done yet. CBS isn’t ruling out a season four. “The dome is coming down at the end of this season, but that opens up a host of other storytelling opportunities,” CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler said in early August.
5. Zoo, September 15
CBS’s new drama, based on the novel of the same name by James Patterson, kicked off its 13-episode freshman season in late June. The show focuses on Jackson Oz, an American zoologist who begins to notice the animals’ violent attacks on humans and takes it upon himself to solve the reason why. Despite a compelling performance from star James Polk, the first season of the new show has earned a mixed reception, with critics claiming it lacks “real scares.” The network has yet to announce whether there will be a second season.
6. The Exes, September 16
The fourth season finale of TV Land’s comedy, starring Donald Faison, Wayne Knight, Kristen Johnson, David Alan Basche, and Kelly Stables, will double as a series finale. The show centers on three divorced men who live in a New York City apartment owned by their divorce lawyer. TV Land officially canceled the comedy in August, although the network still aired all of the remaining episodes of season four.
7. Graceland, September 17
The USA Network drama follows a group of undercover agents from various law enforcement agencies in the US, who live together in a confiscated Southern California beach house known as “Graceland.” The show, starring Daniel Sunjata, Aaron Tvlet, Brandon Jay MacLaren, Vanessa Ferlito, and Manny Montana, kicked off its 13-episode third season in mid-June. Season three has seen a decline in ratings and it’s unclear whether the network will renew the series for a fourth season.
8. Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, September 17
FX’s freshman comedy premiered in July, focusing on “Johnny Rock,” lead singer of The Heathens, an early 1990’s fictional New York band. 25 years later, Johnny is out of work and out of money. Then, Gigi, Johnny’s talented daughter, decides to bring The Heathens back together – only now, she will be the lead singer, instead of Johnny. Denis Leary, John Corbett and Elizabeth Gilliest star in the series, which has earned mixed reviews so far. The network has yet to confirm or deny a second season.
9. Arthur & George, September 20
The three-part British TV drama, based on the book of the same name by Julian Barnes, airs its series finale this month. Based on the real-life Great Wyrley Outrages, the show stars Martin Clunes as Arthur Conan Doyle and Arsher Ali as George Edalji. It follows Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as he recaptures his zest for life by pursuing and challenging a notorious miscarriage of justice. The miniseries airs on PBS.
10. CSI, September 27
The long-running crime show that’s spawned several spin-offs will finally come to a close after its fifteenth season this month. Speculation that the show was coming to an end first started after CBS cut the show’s episode order back in the fall. In May, the network finally confirmed that the show would not return for a sixteenth season. The show will conclude with a two-hour finale, billed as a TV movie, that will feature the return of original cast members William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger.
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