Summer is coming to an end and that means the disappearance of the few remaining summer TV shows still hanging around on the schedule (LA Ink, we won't miss you). It also means the appears of a certain war movie that takes place in the stars on Blu-ray, and an opportunity for networks like NBC and CW to get some of their fall programming kicked off early. Of course, we're still all about football and Monday Night Football returns in earnest for the first time tonight with a doubleheader so while you know what we'll be watching then, check out our highlighted picks of the week here, followed after the break by our weekly listing of what to look out for in TV, Blu-ray and videogames.

Star Wars
While the rest of the world already got their taste, here in North America those looking to obtain legitimate HD copies of the series have to wait until Friday. Whether you're buying six or three movies, there will be plenty of extras to go along with them, although unfortunately word is there's been a few (more) changes made. You can have the movies of your childhood in 1080p and crisp surround sound, but you'll also have to take a quick NOOOO from Vader in Episode VI (clip after the break) -- is it worth it? Only you can decide.
($79.99 - Complete Saga, $39.99 - Original Trilogy / Prequel Trilogy on Amazon, September 16th)

Archer
The most hilarious animated series on television. The third season starts this week on FX and we'll be there to watch the exploits of drinking, womanizing, and not always clear on the details super spy Sterling Archer. Explaining the appeal is impossible and quite possibly illegal, so check season one out on Netflix streaming if you need any further convincing, but do it fast.
(Thursday, FX, 10:30PM)

63rd Emmy Awards
We prefer 40 Year Old Virgin and Party Down Jane Lynch to the current Glee-ified version, but we'll still tune in to see her host the Emmy Awards this weekend in an arena where big song and dance numbers should be right at home. Check the wiki to see which of your favorite shows are up for an award -- can we admit that we didn't watch HBO's Mildred Pierce, which leads all others in number of nominations with 21?
(Sunday, Fox, 8PM)



Blu-ray & Games
  • Star Wars (The Complete Saga, original trilogy, prequel trilogy)
  • Thor, Thor 3D
  • Spartacus: Gods of the Arena
  • Citizen Kane (Ultimate Collector's Edition)
  • Conan O'Brien Can't Stop
  • Trainspotting
  • Halloween II (30th Anniversary Edition)
  • Spartacus: Gods of the Arena
  • The Apartment
Monday
  • Patriots/Dolphins Monday Night Football, ESPN, 7PM
  • Raiders/Broncos Monday Night Football Game 2, ESPN, 10:30PM
  • 2011 Miss Universe Pageant, NBC, 9PM
  • The Closer (summer finale), TNT, 9PM
  • Rizzoli & Isles (summer finale), TNT, 10PM
  • Eureka, Syfy, 8PM
  • The Lying Game, ABC Family, 8PM
  • The Bachelor Pad, ABC, 8PM
  • Top Gear UK, BBC America, 9PM
  • Warehouse 13, Syfy, 9PM
  • American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior, 9PM
  • Alphas, Syfy, 10PM
  • Swamp Loggers, Discovery, 10PM
  • Death Valley, MTV, 10:30PM
  • Weeds, Showtime, 10PM
  • The Big C, Showtime, 10PM
Tuesday
  • 90210 (season premiere), CW, 8PM
  • Ringer (series premiere), CW, 9PM
  • It's Worth What? (season finale), NBC, 8 PM
  • Parenthood (season premiere), NBC, 10PM
  • America's Got Talent, NBC, 9 PM
  • Sons of Anarchy, FX, 10PM
  • Top Shot, History, 10 PM
  • Web Therapy, Showtime, 11 PM
  • Awkward, MTV, 11:30PM
  • LSU/Mississippi St. college football, ESPN & ESPN 3D, 8PM
Wednesday
  • Survivor (season premiere), CBS, 8PM
  • Up All Night (season premiere), NBC, 10PM
  • Free Agents (season premiere), NBC, 10:30PM
  • America's Got Talent (season finale), NBC, 8PM
  • Buried Treasure (season finale), Fox, 8 PM
  • Melissa & Joey (season finale), ABC Family, 8PM
  • Necessary Roughness (season finale), USA, 10 PM
  • Damages (season finale), DirecTV 101, 10 PM
  • Deadliest Warrior (season finale), Spike, 9PM & 10PM
  • Scammed, History, History 9PM
  • Inside The NFL, Showtime, 9PM
  • Law & Order: UK, BBC America, 9 PM
  • Inside NASCAR, Showtime, 10 PM
  • The Hour, BBC America, 10 PM
Thursday
  • The Vampire Diaries (season premiere), CW, 8PM
  • The Secret Circle (series premiere), CW, 9PM
  • It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia (season premiere), FX, 10PM
  • Archer (season premiere), FX, 10:30PM
  • LA Ink (series finale), TLC, 10PM
  • Extreme Drug Smuggling, Discovery, 9PM
Friday
  • 2011 NCLR ALMA Awards, NBC, 8PM
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars (season premiere), Cartoon Network, 8PM
  • 24/7: Mayweather/Ortiz (season finale), HBO, 9PM
  • Strike Back, Cinemax, 10PM
  • Haven, Syfy, 10PM
  • Iron Man Anime, G4, 11PM
  • Wolverine Anime, G4, 11:30PM
Saturday
  • Boxing: Mayweather/Ortiz, HBO PPV, 9PM
  • I Faked My Own Death (season finale), Discovery, 10PM
  • UFC Fight Night, Spike, 9PM
  • Blue Mountain State (season premiere), Spike, 10PM
  • Cops, Fox, 8PM
  • Doctor Who, BBC America, 9PM
  • Ohio State/Miami or Oklahoma/Florida State, ABC, 8PM
Sunday
  • 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards, Fox, 8PM
  • Eagles/Falcons football, NBC, 8:15PM
  • Curiosity, Discovery, 8PM
  • Breaking Bad, AMC, 10 PM
  • Bar Rescue, Spike, 10PM
  • Top Gear, History, 10PM

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