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It is that time of the year when prime-time TV shows air their season finales and two of my favorites left me wanting more. 

James Purefoy, Valorie Curry, Natalie Zea and Kevin Bacon of Fox's The Following
James Purefoy, Valorie Curry, Natalie Zea and Kevin Bacon of Fox’s The Following (Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

The Following” is back next year on Fox with the first-season ending in suspense and more questions than answers.  The drama stars Kevin Bacon as an FBI agent trying to catch an escaped serial killer and cult leader.

SPOILER ALERT: Highlight the missing text  in the next paragraph if you want to read about the finale. To highlight the text take your cursor, left click and drag across the area below.

)  In the season finale Joe appears to die…or is he somehow still alive? 

If you want gritty suspense then use the summer to watch the 15 episodes you missed.

For my money the most consistently well done drama is “The Good Wife” which finished its fourth season on CBS with an ending that caught me totally off guard.  Juliana Margulies is brilliant in the starring role as a lawyer and somewhat estranged wife of a man running for Governor of Illinois.  The show has it all: power, greed, corruption, cheating.  Really good TV.

While those are among the shows that ended two of my other favorites have returned on Showtime.    “Nurse Jackie” starring Eddie Falco is back and the fourth and final season of “The Big C” with Laura Linney premiered this week.

Actually it’s only four hour-long episodes subtitled “Hereafter” as the main character fights and lives with cancer.

Switching gears to some local sports notes:

Jackson Memorial’s dominance of the highly-competitive Class A South baseball division has resulted in the Jaguars winning their fourth championship in five years.   Jackson clinched outright ownership of the division title on Tuesday with a win over Toms River East coupled with Toms River South’s loss to Brick.  Joe DeMaio knocked in the game-winner for the Jags in the bottom of the 7th as Frank Malta’s squad improved to 12-1 overall and 11-0 in the division.

Belated congratulations to Manchester coach John Musolf who collected career win #200 earlier this week when the Hawks knocked off TR South.

Monmouth University quarterback Kyle Frazier has been invited to next week’s Cleveland Browns mini-camp.  Frazier, who set more than a dozen records during his Hawks career, called the opportunity a dream come true.

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