DRAMA. Everyone's had it pretty rough in Season 5, but nothing compared to the excruciating wait fans will have to endure after Sunday's midseason finale — the series' last eight episodes won't air until 2013.
Midseason finale, Sunday, 10 p.m., AMC
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REALITY. Heads will roll — or at least look like mounted, stuffed trophies in Friday's taxidermy-inspired challenge. Yes, you read that correctly.
Friday, 8 p.m., The CW
REALITY. Anthony Bourdain kicks off the series' final season by exploring Austin through the lens of the "hipster apocalypse" known as SXSW, where the traveling chef hangs out with bands like Sleigh Bells, gets an impromptu tattoo, and eats some mean barbecue.
Season premiere, Monday, 9 p.m., Travel Channel