Critic’s corner

By Matthew Gilbert
Globe Staff / August 31, 2010

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Rescue Me 10 p.m., FX

This show is ruthless when it comes to death. Characters die pretty regularly, including Tommy’s brother, Tommy’s son, and, of course, Tommy’s cousin (on 9/11). So it’s likely that last week’s cliffhanger, which left Lou and Damien in serious danger, will result in a tragedy in tonight’s season finale. Hard to believe the season is over already, but that may be because last season was almost twice as long as usual. Pictured: Denis Leary as Tommy.

Bachelor Pad 8 p.m., Channel 5

How do you push reality audiences back to more reality? On tonight’s episode of “Bachelor Pad,’’ which includes a “fantasy date,’’ ABC will officially announce the contestant lineup for the fall edition of “Dancing With the Stars.’’ That lineup has already been leaked, though, and the unofficial list includes Mike “The Situation’’ Sorrentino, Michael Bolton, David Hasselhoff, and Brandy. Oh yeah, and Bristol Palin.

The Rachel Zoe Project 10 p.m., Bravo

Styling is stressful. You wouldn’t understand.

It’s Effin’ Science 9 p.m., G4

Nothing more noble than the study of effins.

Shaq Vs. 9 p.m., Channel 5

He dances with Bieber. A visual oxymoron.

Teen Mom 10 p.m., MTV

Farrah tries speed dating. If that fails, text dating.