The lone new drama premiering this week is not only the only show premiering this week, it’s also the only new show premiering for the rest of the month (at least according to my sources). Also, many of the shows that had season or series premieres in June are starting to wind down, leaving a little bit of a void before the networks launch their fall fare.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though.
See, having more free TV time/space on your DVR means you’ve got no reason not to either get hooked on or re-live AMC’s outstanding “Breaking Bad” when the network debuts its “Breaking Bad Binge” on Sunday.
Kicking off at 5 p.m., the binge runs eight hours (5 p.m. to 1 a.m.) every Sunday through Oct. 5. It airs all 62 episodes of the 10-time (and counting) Emmy-winning series, as well as exclusives like behind-the-scenes footage and cast interviews. If you use the AMC Story Sync app on your computer or mobile device, there will be all new content for that, too.
With the extra bits, eight hours translates to seven episodes a week. Conveniently, that’s the number of episodes in season one, so you can see/record it in its entirety Sunday night, which I, of course, cannot recommend strongly enough that you do, especially if you’ve never seen the show.
I know I’ve got friends and family members who get sick of me talking about how amazing “Breaking Bad” is and telling them to watch it...but I also know that all my friends and family members who have watched it (whether through my recommendation or otherwise) have not been disappointed.
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The drama premiering this week is “Legends” at 9 p.m. Wednesday on TNT. The espionage thriller centers on an FBI agent working deep undercover, who has a gift for transforming himself into a new identity for each case. However, he starts questioning everything about his life — including his own identity — after a chance encounter with a mysterious stranger.
The show, loosely based on Robert Littlell’s novel of the same name, stars Sean Bean (“Lord of the Rings”), Ali Larter (“Heroes”), Tina Majorino (“Veronica Mars”), Morris Chestnut (“The Best Man” films), Steve Harris (“The Practice”) and Amber Valletta (“Hitch”).
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Reality series premieres: “Extreme Guide to Parenting,” 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Bravo (parents with unconventional child-rearing methods); “My Big Family Renovation,” 11 p.m. Thursday, HGTV (a family of seven renovates a 100-year-old farmhouse); “Gym Rescue,” 10 p.m. Sunday, Spike (former MMA champs help struggling gyms); “Candid Camera,” 8 p.m. Monday, TV Land (reboot of the hidden camera series with host Mayim Bialik); “Sisterhood of Hip Hop,” 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oxygen (five female rappers); “4th and Loud,” 9 p.m. Tuesday, AMC (the first season of a KISS-owned arena football team); “The Singles Project,” 10 p.m. Tuesday, Bravo (successful New Yorkers search for love); “Brandi and Jarrod: Married to the Job,” 10 p.m. Tuesday, A&E (“Storage Wars” spin-off); “Cement Heads,” 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, A&E (a family-run concrete company); “Heartbreakers,” 10 p.m. Wednesday, ID (true crime tales that include re-enactments by ‘80s and ‘90s Hollywood heartthrobs).
Season premieres: “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team,” 9 p.m. Friday, VH1; “House Hunters: Where Are They Now?” 10 p.m. Monday, HGTV; “Below Deck,” 9 p.m. Tuesday, Bravo; “Wahlburgers,” 10 p.m. Wednesday, A&E; “Franklin & Bash,” 10 p.m. Wednesday, TNT.
Returning: “Storage Wars,” 9 p.m. Tuesday, A&E.
Season finales: “Dominion,” 9 p.m. Thursday, Syfy; “L.A. Hair,” 9 p.m. Thursday, WE; “Snapped: Killer Couples,” 9 p.m. Sunday, Oxygen; “Food Network Star,” 9 p.m. Sunday, Food Network; “Hit the Floor,” 9 p.m. Monday, VH1; “Murder in the First,” 10 p.m. Monday, TNT; “Chopped” teen tournament, 10 p.m. Tuesday, Food Network; “Million Dollar Listing Miami,” 9 p.m. Wednesday, Bravo; “Jennifer Falls,” 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, TVLand.
Midseason finale: “Major Crimes,” 9 p.m. Monday, TNT.
Specials: “Life and Death Row,” 8 p.m. Sunday, national Geographic (three-part documentary profiling those directly affected by capital punishment); “Teen Choice Awards,” 8 p.m. Sunday, Fox (hosted by “Teen Wolf’s” Tyler Posey).
Of note: Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week runs Sunday through Aug. 16 and features new programming from 8 p.m. to midnight Sunday, 9 p.m. to midnight Monday through August 14, 8 to 11 p.m. Aug. 15 and 9 to 11 p.m. Aug. 16.
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