July 15: Friday Night Lights closes the book on five seasons of incredible drama with a sad, yet uplifting, series finale that has several familiar faces returning to Dillon, Texas. Embrace it with clear eyes and a full heart, and you can't lose. 8 p.m., NBC.
July 16: More cheesy thrills come our way in Super Eruption. It's a made-for-TV movie about a super volcano in Yellowstone National Park that goes kablooey and puts millions at risk. 9 p.m., Syfy.
July 17: One of the best shows on television, Breaking Bad, returns for its fourth season. Bryan Cranston has won three Emmys as best actor for his portrayal of a chemistry teacher with terminal cancer who is now a crystal meth producer. Entertainment Weekly describes Sunday's premiere as "almost unbearably suspenseful." 10 p.m., AMC.
July 18: We're extending the weekend to tell you about a local connection: Natalie Blake, above, a 23-year-old sous chef from Harrodsburg, will be a contestant on chef Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen. 8 p.m., Fox.
Herald-Leader staff, Contra Costa Times