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Salon's guide to what to watch on Wednesday: What could be more exciting than "Rescue Me's" fourth season finale?

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Booze! Sex! Fire! Fisticuffs! What could be more thrilling than Wednesday night’s fourth season finale of Rescue Me” (10 p.m. EDT on FX)? Will the boys figure out that Tommy’s been playing hero-ghost on the sneak? Will Tommy be able to stay away from the bottle for a second longer? And are we really supposed to believe that any fireman, even one as self-destructive as Tommy, would risk life and limb for a quickie while the flames licked ever closer? But believability has always been beside the point on this tragicomic merry-go-round, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Also…

“Brown Is the New Green: George Lopez and the American Dream,” a documentary that uses comedian Lopez as a lens through which to examine corporate interest in the “Latino Market,” premieres at 8 p.m. EDT on PBS. And at 9 p.m. EDT, PBS airs “American Masters: Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends,” which surveys the life and career of the man Frank Sinatra called “the best singer in the business.”

On the talk shows



Regis and Kelly

ABC, 9 a.m. EDT

Billy Bob Thornton

The View

ABC, 11 a.m. EDT

David Hyde Pierce, the Broadway cast of “Xanadu”

Ellen DeGeneres

Syndicated, check local listings

Pamela Anderson and magician Hans Klok

Oprah Winfrey

Syndicated, check local listings

Mary Winkler

Charlie Rose

PBS, check local listings

Jodie Foster, Tom Purdum

Larry King

CNN, 9 p.m. EDT

Rachael Ray, Suze Orman

Jon Stewart

Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EDT

Robert Draper

Stephen Colbert

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EDT

Joel Klein

David Letterman

CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT

Viggo Mortensen, Kat Von D, Daughtry, a Top Ten List presented by 10 NASCAR stars

Jay Leno

NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT

Kelsey Grammer, Dan Fogler, the Bravery

Tavis Smiley

PBS, check local listings

S. Epatha Merkerson, Wynton Marsalis (repeat)

Jimmy Kimmel

ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT

Denis Leary, Charlie Day, Modest Mouse

Conan O’Brien

NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT

Mary-Kate Olsen, Wayne Brady, Lyle Lovett

Craig Ferguson

CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT

Julie Chen, Dario Franchitti, Spoon

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