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Pajiba After Dark: Jerk.

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | July 20, 2011 |

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | July 20, 2011 |

I don’t think I’ve mentioned that this is the last season of “Rescue Me” yet so I’m going to now, because it gives me something to talk about tonight that’s actually sort of interesting. Now in it’s seventh season, the show has been variously praised for its portrayal of PTSD and alcoholism in Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary) and derided for romanticizing a man who is a consummate asshole. I’m more of the opinion that it’s a combination of both. I mean, those two characterizations aren’t really at odds with each other. Damaged people aren’t always saints and assholes can have terrible things happen to them and genuine problems to deal with. Doesn’t make them the most sympathetic of characters, but sometimes it can make for more interesting stories and interactions. Also, it’s one of those rare shows that really got to plan out their ending, since the announcement that this was the last season came all the way back in 2009. Any fans out there? What do you think of it? And here’s your Wednesday night TV:

8:00pm: “Big Brother” on CBS

“Famous Food” on VH1

“Melissa and Joey” on ABC Family

“So You Think You Can Dance” on Fox

8:30pm: “State of Georgia” on ABC Family

9:00pm: “America’s Got Talent” on NBC

“Franklin and Bash” on TNT

“Ghost Hunters International” on SyFy

“Operation Repo” on TruTV

“Roseanne’s Nuts” on Lifetime

10:00pm: “Bert the Conquerer” on Travel

“Clean House” on Style

“Damages” on DirecTV

“Dance Moms” on Lifetime

“Deadliest Warrior” on Spike TV. Third season premiere. This episode is George Washington vs. Napoleon Bonaparte. I’m leaning Washington on this just based on size advantage alone. Longer reach, more power, etc. Anyway, I mostly find it funny that SpikeTV has so many shows based around those bullshit conversations you have with your friends at 2am after too much of whatever your preferred intoxicating substance is.

“Hot in Cleveland” on TV Land

“Legend Quest” on SyFy

“Love in the Wild” on NBC

“Necessary Roughness” on USA

“Nightline Prime” on ABC

“One Man Army” on Discovery

“The Real World/Road Rules Challenge” on MTV

“Rescue Me” on FX

“Restaurant Impossible” on Food Network

“Rocco’s Dinner Party” on Bravo

“South Beach Tow” on TruTV. Series premiere. I will tell you from personal experience that those guys do not play around but I’m pretty certain most of the footage can’t be played on TV because people tend not to speak… um, prime time appropriate when talking to the tow truck drivers.

“Storage Wars” on A&E. Second season premiere.

“Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman” on Science

“Toddlers and Tiaras” on TLC

“The World According to Seattle” on Oxygen. First season finale.

10:30pm: “Jon Benjamin Has a Van” on Comedy Central

Late Night Listings

“The Late Show with David Letterman” on CBS featuring Jeremy Piven, Capt. Luis Carlos Montalvan, and Cee-Lo Green

“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on NBC featuring Daniel Craig, Anthony Robles, and Gavin DeGraw

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” on ABC featuring John Stamos, Ashley Benson, and Owl City

“The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” on CBS featuring Jenna Elfman, Breckin Meyer, and Omid Djalili

“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on NBC featuring Ryan Gosling, Andy Cohen, and Joseph Arthur

“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” on Comedy Central featuring Steve Carell

“The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central featuring Michael Sandel

“Chelsea Lately” on E featuring Bill & Giuliana Rancic, Dov Davidoff, Heather McDonald, and Ross Mathews

“Conan” on TBS featuring Justin Timberlake and Jon Ronson

Intern Rusty has a Masters degree in Music Business and Entertainment Industry which makes her sound more successful than she really is. You can read more about her at Rusty’s Ventures.

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Genevieve Burgess is a Features Contributor for Pajiba. You can follow Genevieve Burgess on Twitter.