On TV this Sunday: Breaking Bad’s final season premiere is oh-so-good, D.C. is a zoo full of Political Animals, Nate & Co. gain Leverage in a new town and Episodes puts the “fun” in funeral. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Leverage (TNT) | The Princess Bride’s Cary Elwes guest-stars (and a Serenity crew member makes a cameo) in the Season 5 premiere, which finds the gang working from a new home base: Portland, Oregon. (Read our preview Q&A with Aldis Hodge.)
9 pm True Blood (HBO) | Pam breaks up a vamp-girl fight at Fangtasia and has some nice words for tenacious little Tara. Aww. (Get caught up on our absurd amount of True Blood scoop from Comic-Con!)
9 pm Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime) | Jane’s devastated by something Teri and Stacy discover about Owen. Twin Peaks beauty Madchen Amick guest-stars.
10 pm Breaking Bad (AMC) | In the Season 5 premiere, anti-hero Walt has to deal with the aftermath of the Casa not-so-Tranquila explosion. Meanwhile, Hank works to wrap up his investigation of the deceased Gus Fring’s empire.
10 pm Political Animals (USA Network) | The premiere of this “limited series” from Brothers & Sisters’ Greg Berlanti introduces us to a Secretary of State (Sigourney Weaver) whose philandering ex-husband/ex-president and kids with issues are a serious threat to her political career. And don’t even get us started on the reporter tailing her! Get acquainted with all of the key players here.
10 pm Longmire (A&E) | Vic’s husband is home for a rare visit, and he’s not pleased about her relationship with Walt. Elsewhere, Branch’s dad learns something that could jeopardize Walt’s campaign. Soap vet Stacy Haiduk (The Young and the Restless, All My Children) guest-stars.
10 pm The Newsroom (HBO) | Maggie fixes Jim up with her roommate, Lisa. It’s Don’s idea. Are you surprised?
10 pm Army Wives (Lifetime) | Sophie’s home from boarding school, and things are a little icy between her and mom Jackie. Elsewhere, Tanya fears for her career when an arrogant M.D. blames her for almost causing a patient’s death.
10 pm Weeds (Showtime) | When she realizes that Shane is going after Tim for trying to kill her, Nancy tries to stop her son from doing something he’ll regret.
10:30 pm Episodes (Showtime) | Matt and the gang attend Merc’s father’s funeral — where a secret that Sean has been keeping threatens to spring to life.
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