Inspector Lynley crumbles on his way out the door

    Mystery! just ended Foyle’s War with a yawn. The Inspector Lynley series also ends this summer, but what a difference. This week’s episode, the second-to-last (Sunday, 9 p.m., PBS), is almost unbearably tense and tragic.
    When Inspector Lynley began in 2001, Detective Thomas Lynley (Nathaniel Parker) was a cool customer. Handsome, reserved, upper-crust — he was born on top of the world and seemed destined to stay there. But cracks slowly appeared in his façade, and by now it has completely crumbled. Lynley’s wife was murdered right in front of him, and he starts this season a wreck. He’s on leave from the force, drinking himself to death and seeing a psychologist. “She asked me to draw my grief,” he tells his loyal partner, Detective Havers (Sharon Small).
    Clearly, it will take more than drawing to pull Lynley out of his pit. It will take the discovery of a corpse — that of a little boy who disappeared 12 years ago. Lynley is a friend of the boy’s parents, and he throws himself into this cold case. It soon heats up again, spectacularly so, and Lynley himself gets burned. Before he knows it, a woman mysteriously dies and he’s accused of her murder.
    No, our hero will not be allowed to make a graceful exit. Fasten your seatbelts; the series finale is Aug. 17.

CRISS ANGEL MINDFREAK{mosimage}
Wednesday, 10 p.m. (A&E)
    Magician Criss Angel places an ad seeking people who are skeptical of his supposed supernatural abilities. He invites the skeptics to lead him to four elevator doors. Behind three of them are regular elevators, while the other one hides an empty shaft. Blindfolded, Criss must decide which of the three elevators are safe to enter.
    If he chooses wrong, he dies. If he chooses right, the skeptics must admit that he has magical powers. And that Santa Claus is real, too.

OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY
Friday, 8 p.m. (NBC)
    Once again, the Olympics sets up shop in a repressive country. The choice of China for the summer games has sparked worldwide outrage, and the touchy Chinese authorities may not be able to keep a lid on dissent as the international community floods into Beijing. Some of the fastest times all week may be clocked by protesters fleeing government goons.

TRUE CONFESSIONS OF A HOLLYWOOD MADAM
Saturday, 9 p.m. (Lifetime)
    Joanne “JoJo” Levesque walks, talks and acts like Lindsay Lohan in a TV movie about a teen actress who parties till she drops — literally, face first on the red carpet. Morgan is rushed to rehab, then to Indiana to live incognito with her regular-gal aunt (Valerie Bertinelli). You can connect the dots from there. Morgan begins her Midwestern adventure snobby and cynical, but slowly warms to normal life. The Indiana dreamboat arrives right on cue.
   

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