Countdown to the end of TV as we know it

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With the writer's strike still trudging along like a drunk with a deathwish stumbling down the train tracks to Splatsville, all those scripted shows you watch week in and week out (and in some cases help you get through this occasional nutkick we call life) are about to come to meet their season finales before their time.

The folks over at Ain't It Cool have handy list of when your favorite shows bite the dust, at least until they are reborn again next year.

BY DATE:

Women’s Murder Club (ABC) Jan. 4

Desperate Housewives (ABC) Jan. 6

Gossip Girl (CW) Jan. 9

CSI (CBS) Jan. 10

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) Jan. 10

My Name Is Earl (NBC) Jan. 10

30 Rock (NBC) Jan. 10

Family Guy (Fox) Jan. 13

CSI Miami (CBS) Jan. 14

NCIS (CBS) Jan. 15

ER (NBC) Jan. 17

Without A Trace (CBS) Jan. 17

Moonlight (CBS) Jan. 18

Life Is Wild (CW) Jan. 20

Law & Order: SVU (NBC) Jan. 22

Ugly Betty (NBC) Jan. 24

Brothers & Sisters (ABC) Jan. 27

Boston Legal (ABC) Jan. 29

Friday Night Lights (NBC) Feb. 8

Cashmere Mafia (ABC) Feb. 13

Scrubs (NBC) Feb. 14

Psych (USA) Feb. 15

Prison Break (Fox) Feb. 18

Samantha Who? (ABC) Feb. 18

Nip/Tuck (FX) Feb. 19

Las Vegas (NBC) Feb. 22

Monk (USA) Feb. 22

Medium (NBC) March 3

Terminator (Fox) March 3

Stargate Atlantis (SciFi) March 7

The Wire (HBO) March 9

Breaking Bad (AMC) March 16

Kyle XY (ABC Family) March 17

Lost (ABC) March 20

L Word (Showtime) March 23

Quarterlife (NBC) March 24

Jericho (CBS) March 25

In Treatment (HBO) March 25

BY TITLE:

Boston Legal (ABC) Jan. 29

Breaking Bad (AMC) March 16

Brothers & Sisters (ABC) Jan. 27

Cashmere Mafia (ABC) Feb. 13

CSI (CBS) Jan. 10

CSI Miami (CBS) Jan. 14

Desperate Housewives (ABC) Jan. 6

ER (NBC) Jan. 17

Family Guy (Fox) Jan. 13

Friday Night Lights (NBC) Feb. 8

Gossip Girl (CW) Jan. 9

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) Jan. 10

In Treatment (HBO) March 25

Jericho (CBS) March 25

Kyle XY (ABC Family) March 17

L Word (Showtime) March 23

Las Vegas (NBC) Feb. 22

Law & Order: SVU (NBC) Jan. 22

Life Is Wild (CW) Jan. 20

Lost (ABC) March 20

Medium (NBC) March 3

Monk (USA) Feb. 22

Moonlight (CBS) Jan. 18

My Name Is Earl (NBC) Jan. 10

NCIS (CBS) Jan. 15

Nip/Tuck (FX) Feb. 19

Prison Break (Fox) Feb. 18

Psych (USA) Feb. 15

Quarterlife (NBC) March 24

Samantha Who? (ABC) Feb. 18

Scrubs (NBC) Feb. 14

Stargate Atlantis (SciFi) March 7

Terminator (Fox) March 3

30 Rock (NBC) Jan. 10

The Wire (HBO) March 9

Ugly Betty (NBC) Jan. 24

Without A Trace (CBS) Jan. 17

Women’s Murder Club (ABC) Jan. 4

Fortunately for the TV fiends out there, there's reality TV. I know, it's like the dirt weed of TV, but it fills a need, and boy do we need. That said, Entertainment Weekly has news on the latest season of Survivor, which will pit seasoned Probst pros with tribal council newbies. Jonny Fairplay anyone?

So who was lucky enough to make the cut? The Favorites tribe features contestants going all the way back to season 7, including two from the recently completed Survivor: China — gravedigger James Clement and the person who engineered his ouster, Amanda Kimmel. Survivor: Fiji sends its most popular player, 55-year-old Yau-Man Chan, while the Cook Islands season is responsible for three contestants: flirt-tastic Parvati Shallow, triple-crossing Jonathan Penner, and challenge dominator Ozzy Lusth. Rounding out the tribe is Survivor: Panama 's Cirie Fields, Vanuatu's Eliza Orlins and Ami Cusack, and Survivor's biggest villain ever: Pearl Islands ' Jon Dalton (a.k.a. Jonny Fairplay), who once famously faked his own grandmother's death to further himself in the game. ''You can't do the season and not invite your most notorious person,'' says Probst. ''And Fairplay delivered, I will say that.'' Does that mean he delivers a victory? Don't bet on it, laughs Probst. ''This guy is no threat to win this game — zero.''

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