There are a few elements to be worried about regarding the future of Glee: its tendency to run through a lot of plot in a short period of time; teenage characters whose portrayers are old enough to remember the 1980s; its love affair with name guest stars. But as it approaches its season finale on Tuesday (Fox, 9 p.m.), there's little disputing that Glee was the most successful new series of 2009-10, when you combine both buzz and ratings. The show has been more confident than ever since returning from its winter break.
The finale brings a climax to two storylines: the kids have finally reached regionals; and Quinn (Dianna Agron) is ready to have her baby. There's still some doubt about who will be receiving the wee one once Quinn officially decides to place the baby up for adoption, but it's more predictable that Sue (Jane Lynch) will find one last way to make trouble for the club as it heads into combat with Vocal Adrenaline. Can our heroes win, and will they have any place to go next season if they do? Don't stop believin'!
Also this week:
Monday: United States of Tara (Showtime, 10:30 p.m.): The second season concludes as the Gregson family comes together for Charmaine's wedding. However, the focus quickly turns to Tara, who questions her parents regarding the secrets of her childhood that may have triggered the multiple personalities. We definitely saw fewer of the alters this year, but I don't know that the show was better for it.
Wednesday: Work of Art: The Next Great Artist (Bravo, 11 p.m.): Yep, a new competition show designed to discover a hot new artist (the prizes are cash and a gallery show). And you thought American Idol was subjective! The first task for the fourteen contestants: create a piece that suggests something about a fellow competitor. Let's hope there are lots of artistic temperaments to keep us entertained.
Thursday: So You Think You Can Dance (Fox, 9 p.m.): The decision to reduce the number of finalists is already adding new urgency to the proceedings, and things should become even more urgent as the lucky ten are announced. A twist this season: the judges visit the dancers at home to give them the good (or bad) news.
Friday: Flashpoint (CBS, 9 p.m.): This Canadian series has been a nice little performer for CBS the last couple of summers, no doubt because it fits in so well with the network's usual fare. This week, the unit works to free a hostage taken by a distraught man who insists she is his missing daughter.
Saturday: World Cup Soccer: USA/England (ABC, 2 p.m.): The world, or at least 32 of its countries, will be focused on South Africa during the next month as soccer throws its big party. The red, white, and blue face the English in group play, but even though many of you don't know a soccer player other than David Beckham, and he isn't here, trust me: it's a big deal. Just don't be too surprised when the good guys lose.
Sunday: Breaking Bad (AMC, 10 p.m.): The AMC promos call it the best show on television, and episodes like last week's make it impossible to argue. The third season ends with Jesse hiding out following the bloody end to his rivals' lives, private eye Mike looking to eliminate him, and Walt trying to cut a deal with Gus that will keep both him and Jesse alive.