As you may have noticed, after appearing almost every day since this site started as HD Beat we've ended our daily HDTV listings post. In 2005 pointing out the few selections available in high definition each day made sense, but with 100+ channels and dozens of new shows each night it's become a bit redundant.

Still, we like pointing out some programming highlights and many of you have noted you like seeing them so we're trying something new old (this is actually how the post got started way back when) with this roundup of what we'll actually be watching on our HDTVs this week -- no Ice Princess Cowboys Lumberjack Antiquing for the Dress -- including TV shows, new Blu-ray releases and more. Check out our favorites and why we chose them right here, along with a few more worthwhile options for the week listed after the break. Think there's something we missed or should know about? Drop it in the comments so we can put it on our DVR schedule.

Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
The long-awaited release The Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition on Blu-ray finally arrives this week, but we're going a different direction. Cowboy Bebop: The Movie has had a long wait to be released on Blu-ray in the US and despite reportedly lacking the 5.1 soundtrack it featured on DVD, we'll be picking this one up for another bounty hunting trip through space with Spike, Jetblack, Faye Valentine and Ed. ($12.99 on Amazon, June 28th)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent
The writing was on the wall when this series shifted from NBC to USA, and tonight is the series finale which brings an end to the long partnership of Goren and Eames. Det. Goren's continuing use of odd trivia to solve crimes may have worn on the nerves of some, but this one jumped to the top of the list by promising a guest spot from the one and only James Van Der Beek -- you never know where he'll show up. (Sunday, USA, 9 p.m.)

Necessary Roughness
We're not really enthused by the concept (from the press release "tough, sexy Long Island divorcee, etc. etc. becomes a sports psychologist") but USA has been cranking out quality summer programming for several years now and on the strength of Burn Notice, Psych and Royal Pains we'll give this one a shot. (Wednesday, USA, 10 p.m.)

Blu-ray
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy Extended Edition
  • Sucker Punch
  • Uncle Buck
Sunday
  • Leverage (season premiere), TNT, 9 p.m.
  • True Blood (season premiere), HBO, 9 p.m.
  • Falling Skies, TNT, 10 p.m.
Monday
  • Weeds (season premiere), Showtime, 9 p.m.
  • The Big C (season premiere), Showtime, 10 p.m.
  • Memphis Beat, TNT, 9 p.m.
Tuesday
  • Wipeout, ABC, 8 p.m.
  • White Collar, USA, 9 p.m.
  • Tosh.0, Comedy Central, 10 p.m.
Wednesday
  • Melissa & Joey (summer premiere), ABC Family, 10 p.m.
  • The Voice (season finale), NBC, 8 p.m.
  • Mythbusters (season finale), Discovery, 9 p.m.
  • Royal Pains (season premiere), USA, 9 p.m.
Thursday
  • Ugly Americans (season premiere), Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m.
  • Burn Notice, USA, 9 p.m.
  • Suits, USA, 10 p.m.
  • Wilfred, FX, 10 p.m.
  • Louie, FX, 10 p.m.
  • Futurama, Comedy Central, 10 p.m.
Friday
  • My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding (season finale) TLC, 10 p.m.

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