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Michael C. Hall as Dexter, in "Dexter" on Showtime. Photo by Peter Iovino/Showtime (press Web site)

DON'T MISS: "Dexter" -- Prime time's favorite serial killer (Michael C. Hall) enters his eighth and final season, and something's got to give. Will he finally get caught? Will he confess? Will he die? Oh, so many questions. The opener picks up six months after Dexter's sister, Deb (Jennifer Carpenter), killed LaGuerta to protect her brother's murderous secret. Now, she's an emotional wreck, and he's feeling responsible. 9 p.m. Sunday, Showtime.

OTHER BETS

SUNDAY: Chris Tucker is our host for the BET Awards 2013, which celebrate achievements in music, acting and sports. Performers include Chris Brown, Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Nicki Minaj and Justin Timberlake. 8 p.m., BET.

SUNDAY: "Masterpiece Mystery!" continues with the further exploits of "Inspector Lewis." The latest episode has Lewis and Hathaway (Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox) investigating the brutal murder of a chemistry professor who had just been released from prison. 9 p.m., PBS.

SUNDAY: In the riveting new drama "Ray Donovan," Liev Schreiber delivers an Emmy-worthy performance as a cool Hollywood "fixer" who cleans up the messy scandals of his celebrity clients. The stellar cast also includes Jon Voight and Elliott Gould. 10 p.m., Showtime.

MONDAY: We get the chills just thinking about "Siberia." It's a drama about reality show contestants fighting to stay alive in a remote Russian territory, where things go terribly awry. 10 p.m., NBC.

TUESDAY: "Nine for IX" is a new documentary series that celebrates 40 years of Title IX, which made more opportunities available to female athletes. The opener, "Venus vs.," looks at how Venus Williams fought for equality in prize money on the pro tennis circuit. 8 p.m., ESPN.

WEDNESDAY: Enjoy these new "Futurama" episodes while you can in this, its final season. Tonight, Bender strives to be just like his idol -- a folk singer who has been to jail 30 times. 10 p.m., Comedy Central.

THURSDAY: Here's our big-bang theory: Fireworks are pretty cool on TV. The "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" allows you to enjoy Independence Day festivities from the comfort of your couch, along with performances by Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw. 8 p.m., NBC.

THURSDAY: More pyrotechnics are on display during "A Capitol Fourth." Tom Bergeron hosts a celebration featuring, among others, Barry Manilow, Megan Hilty and Scotty McCreery. 8 p.m., PBS.

FRIDAY: On "Jessie," Luke (Cameron Boyce) tries to quit -- cold koala -- by spending a night without his prized stuffed animal. We sense a personal crisis in the making. 8 p.m., Disney Channel.

SATURDAY: The few of us still mourning the premature cancellation of "666 Park Avenue" can still tap into its creepy vibe as the show burns off its final episodes. Tonight brings Jane and Henry's engagement party -- and more spooky stuff. 9 p.m., ABC.

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