What to Watch This Weekend: Breaking Bad Is Back, Diva Takes a Break, Teen Choice and More

the-white-queen-300On TV this weekend: The White Queen takes the throne, Hell on Wheels is back for Season 3, Larry David gets a Clear History and Breaking Bad gets cooking. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 15 programs to keep on your radar. 


8 am – 10 pm Scandal (BET) | In the first of two catch-up marathons the cable network will air, revisit Season 1 and half of Season 2 of the ABC drama.

10 am – 11 pm Primeval: New World (Syfy) | Catch up with a 13-hour marathon, culminating at 5pm with six new episodes, including the series finale.

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8 pm The White Queen (Starz) | Series premiere: In England in 1464, three scheming women — Elizabeth Woodville (Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson), Margaret Beaufort (Amanda Hale, Ripper Street) and Anne Neville (newcomer Faye Marsay) — try to manipulate their way to the throne. Note: A sneak preview aired on Friday.

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9 pm Hell on Wheels (AMC) | Season 3 premiere: Cullen and Elam secure their railroad positions in New York; Durant fights for his legacy from prison. (Watch a sneak peek.)

9 pm Clear History (HBO) | Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Jon Hamm (Mad Men) star in this TV-movie about a marketing exec who starts a new life after public humiliation at his workplace. Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live), Philip Baker Hall, Kate Hudson (Glee), Michael Keaton, Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down) , Amy Ryan (The Office) and Curb alum J.B. Smoove co-star.

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11 am Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. (Disney XD) | Series premiere: Rick Jones begins making a web-series to show the world Hulk is a hero; Big Green gets his first chance to prove himself.

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7:30 pm Good Luck Charlie (Disney Channel) | Spencer surprises Teddy with a visit on her 18th birthday — where he bumps into her new beau Beau. Um, surprise! Cue one of the series’ more emotionally complex episodes (says Matt Mitovich).

8 pm Teen Choice Awards (FOX) | Darren Criss (Glee) and Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars) co-host, with One Direction and Paramore scheduled to perform.

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9 pm Breaking Bad (AMC) | Midseason premiere: As the final eight episodes get underway, Walt and Jesse adjust to a new kind of life as Hank struggles with a troubling lead. (Get scoop here and here, and relive the most shocking moments.)

9 pm Food Network Star (Food Network) | Season finale: Bobby, Alton and Giada share their favorite moments from the season before crowning the new champ. (I know I put my money on The Pie Guy during the season premiere, but can I switch to Damaris? Please?)

9 pm Law & Order: SVU (NBC) | Repeat to Revisit: Refresh your memory of the turbulent Season 14 finale, which ended in a Benson-related cliffhanger. (Speaking of…. Scoop!)

9 pm Dexter (Showtime) | Dexter takes on a protégé and starts teaching him the Code.

9 pm Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime) | Summer finale: Jane must defend a soon-to-be groom whose bachelor party took him south of the United States-Mexico border. (Read full preview.)

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10 pm Low Winter Sun (AMC) | Series premiere: Based on a 2006 British miniseries of the same name, the drama follows Frank Agnew (Mark Strong, Zero Dark Thirty), a Detroit detective who is involved in the murder of a fellow cop. (Watch the first five minutes.)

10 pm The Newsroom (HBO) | Will is distracted during his telecast by a phone call and an unflattering Twitter post; Charlie gets a visit from a longtime friend with knowledge of Operation Genoa.

Hit the comments with your must-see picks from tonight’s lineup!

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  1. Ben says:

    1. Hell on Wheels
    2. Low Winter Sun

  2. Amanda says:

    Phew! Thanks for that note on The White Queen. My DVR was attempting to skip it because it wasn’t the first airing.

  3. Patchi says:

    I want to watch the White Queen but don’t have Starz anymore hopefully I’ll find it online

  4. Mia says:

    Hell on Wheels … Breaking Bad … The Newsroom …

    The White Queen too ??

    meh… I’m not going to waste my time on another Starz show…

    i hate starz … f*k them !

    • Laura Aliaga says:

      I’ve been watching The White Queen since the UK premiere, it’s actually pretty good. Keep in mind Starz bought the rights, but it’s a BBC production, not Starz. And FYI to everybody, I’ve heard that the American-cut will be slightly different from the BBC version. Supposedly the American-cut has more sexually explicit content. So if that’s not your thing, try watching the BBC-cut instead.

  5. Eric7740 says:

    True Blood
    The Real Housewives of New Jersey

  6. joey says:

    Primeval: New World, Breaking Bad, will check out Low Winter Sun and Talking Bad.

  7. Breaking Bad (the final eight episodes) and the Teen Choice Awards.

  8. Superhero says:

    Breaking Bad. Everything else is irrelevant.

  9. Sara says:

    BREAKING BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So excited, I think TVline would crash if I put in the number of exclamation points in my head

  10. Jamie says:

    No True Blood? It’s been a great season.

  11. Teresa says:

    1. Dexter. Gotta have me some Dexter.
    2. True Blood. Gotta have me some True Blood. Is Sookie pregnant, too?
    3. Broadchurch being shown in Canada tonight on Bravo. Exceptional acting. Writing emphasizes how the murder of the child affects the town so definitely not your usual police drama.
    4. Ray Donovan. Hooked on this series after Episode 2.
    5. Taping Breaking Bad episodes till I catch up. Have never watched it, but have read so much about how amazing it is that I will begin a BB marathon weekend.
    6. Unforgettable – show’s even better — welcome back.
    7. Crossing Lines – nothing unusual about this police drama – but I love the European locations and actors – a very refreshing change from the norm so I don’t miss this.
    **The White Queen – excellent historical drama. Fascinating to see how these three women influenced who became king and his decisions as monarch, including the grandmother of Henry VIII. Nobody does historical drama like the English. Gotta wait till Sept 6 to see it on Superchannel. Sucks.

  12. Andy says:

    Dexter and will be giving Low Winter Sun a chance

  13. Axel says:

    I currently reside in the UK, and having watched the White Queen by chance, would fully recommend it !

  14. bobbie says:

    Elizabeth Woodville and Edward IV, a lovely story and yet heartbreaking for Elizabeth (the princes in the tower). We can’t get the writers to write a different ending! It’s history. The politics in those days were brutal, yes? Just imagine if that’s how politics were now, no elections, just armies fighting each other. Now we have clowns entertaining us with tweets and such. I only wish they were out there in their armor waving swords at each other.
    Dexter, True Blood, Ray Donovan, The Newsroom, Breaking Bad. Probably unforgettable, later, if I get a round tuit.

  15. ninalouise says:

    Clear History was great, love Larry David’s humor

  16. dude says:

    Breaking Bad Talking Bad Dexter True Blood
    Sunday is THE night!!!!!!!! Bow down to the man who knocks

  17. Hans says:

    Why is hell on wheels on saturday night?

  18. andy says:


  19. smoke423 says:

    Big Brother, Dexter, and Ray Donovan.

  20. TV Gord says:

    I’m looking forward to watching Breaking Bad, and then coming back here to read all of the comments from people who had unrealistic expectations! ;-)

  21. Dr.Comic says:

    Breaking Bad and Drop Dead Diva (for Trevor Donovan’s hottness). Tonight is a great TV night for amazingness

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