The mostly New Orleans area-shot TNT drama "Claws" closes it first season tonight, while "Food Network Star's" next winner, also announced tonight, could be a Louisiana native.
In "Claws'" 10th episode, titled "Avalanche," here's what's set to unfold: "Following a harrowing escape from Roller's grasp, Desna is on the run. Roller is close behind, running from the Russians. In the end, only Desna can save Jennifer, Roller, and her crew with a sacrifice greater than any she's ever had to make," the online plot synopsis says.
The sexy, gritty, often violent "Claws" is set in a South Florida nail salon. The five manicurists do more than polish "hooves"; they help gangster Uncle Daddy launder his drug money through the shop.
Niecy Nash ("The Soul Man," "Scream Queens") stars as shop owner Desna. Also featured is Lafayette native Evan Daigle, who plays Uncle Daddy's boyfriend.
"Claws" airs at 8 p.m. on TNT (cable Channel 28 in Baton Rouge and Lafayette, and cable Channel 25 in New Orleans).
Meanwhile, it's down to three chefs, two from Louisiana, on Season 13 of the FN reality cooking competition series "Food Network Star." The winner will get his own show on the network, be featured in Food Network Magazine, and appear at the New York City Wine & Food Festival.
Finalist Rusty Hamlin lives in Atlanta now, but grew up in Louisiana and attended the Louisiana Culinary Institute in Baton Rouge. Hamlin works as executive chef for the Zac Brown Band, and is executive chef and owner of the Atlanta restaurant Atkins Park.
Fellow finalist Cory Bahr, of Monroe, eliminated in an earlier episode, returned to the competition Aug. 6 thanks to "Star Salvation." This companion web series has the chefs who were sent home each week "cooking for their lives" with one being chosen to return to the main competition one week before the finale.
"Going through 'Star Salvation' helped me out a lot, to lighten up, and have fun so my confidence level is like at 1,000," Bahr, who owns Heritage Catering in Monroe, said on last week's episode.
The third finalist is 39-year-old Kentucky elementary school cafeteria manager Jason Smith.
"Food Network Star" airs at 8 p.m. on Food Network (cable Channel 53 in Baton Rouge and Lafayette, and cable Channel 67 in New Orleans).