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This weekend on TV: It's "Chuck versus the Goodbye"

Published January 27, 2012 11:54 am

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This time, it really is the end for Chuck (7 and 8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5). The 91st and 92nd episodes will be the last.

And the show's creators/executive producers, Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak, are grateful for the show's five-year run.

"Not many shows get to have four series finales," they wrote in a letter to critics, referencing the show's constantly iffy renewal status. But if they didn't make it to five seasons, "Chuck may never have learned Kung-fu, taken down both Superman and James Bond, or married the girl of his dreams."

If you haven't been watching, you'll have to look it up to get those references.

However, if you haven't watched the show in a while, you can pop in, catch the final two episodes and not be completely lost. The two episodes operate as a single story, however, so don't wait until 8 p.m.

As for the finale, it won't make all the fans happy. No finale ever does. But "Chuck" wraps up in a good place that strikes a balance between closure and leaving things open for interpretation.

Elsewhere on Friday ...

NBA (6:30 p.m., ROOT): Utah Jazz at Dallas Mavericks

Great Performances (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): Tony Bennett sings duets with Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, Norah Jones, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood and Willie Nelson.

Fringe (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): There's an ominous warning from the Observers.

Elsewhere on Saturday ...

Men's college basketball: San Jose State at Utah State (7 p.m., KCSG); Saint Mary's at BYU (7 p.m., ESPNU)

NBA (7 p.m., ROOT and NBATV): Sacramento Kings at Utah Jazz

Namath (10 p.m., HBO): Documentary about the life and football career of Joe Namath.

Elsewhere on Sunday ...

Pro Bowl (5 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): It's a meaningless exhibition game with players who didn't make it to the Super Bowl.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (6 p.m., TNT): It's actors congratulating actors for what great actors they are.

Undercover Boss (7 p.m,. CBS/Ch. 2): The president of Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates goes under cover.

Once Upon a Time (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): King Leopold is granted three wishes.

The Simpsons (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Milhouse has had it with Bart.

Napoleon Dynamite (7:30 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Napoleon gets a job at a liger farm.

The Good Wife (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Wendie Scott-Carr takes Will and Alicia before a grand jury.

A Smile as Big as the Moon (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Uplifting Hallmark Hall of Fame movie about a teacher determined to take his special-needs students to NASA's Space Camp.

Downton Abbey (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): Daisy faces a huge challenge; Vera toys with Bates and Anna.

CSI: Miami (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A skydiver is murdered.

Luck (10 and 11 p.m., HBO): This new series features an astonishing cast (including Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte). It's written by David Milch ("Deadwood," "NYPD Blue"). It's directed by Michael Mann ("Miami Vice," "Public Enemies"). And critics are, for the most part, going to be falling all over themselves praising it to the skies.

But this tale of criminals and revenge at the racetrack is not for everyone. Milch creates a very realistic world, but it's one that's also very unpleasant. And a lot of people - including yours truly - aren't going to be interested in spending time there.

Shameless (10 p.m., Showtime): Fiona has to deal with the consequences of sleeping with Craig.

Kourtney & Kim Take New York (11 p.m,. E!): In the finale, Kim makes a decision about her marriage to Kris Humphries. I wonder what that decision will be? There wasn't anything about it in the newspapers, in magazines, on TV, on the radio or on the Internet, was there?

House of Lies (11 p.m., Showtime): Marty brings Roscoe to his next job in San Francisco.

Californication (11:30 p.m., Showtime): Hank is forced to invite an ex-girlfriend/arsonist to a dinner party.