WASHINGTON, August 11, 2013 —Remember back in the winter when Sunday nights were a TV viewer’s delight with new episodes of “The Bible,” “The Walking Dead,” “Vikings” and “Downton Abbey” to choose from?
With the addition of the final season of “Breaking Bad,” Sunday nights are looking golden again. “True Blood,” “Dexter” and “Ray Donovan” already make Sunday nights better than most, so adding what a lot of people refer to as the best TV series of all time is just icing on the cake.
But is “Breaking Bad” worthy of all the hype? You bet it is. Consider the following; overall, the show has won 46 industry awards and has been nominated for 150. In 2013, it was named No. 13 in a list of the 101 Best-Written TV Series of All Time by the Writers Guild of America.
In comparison “NCIS,” last season’s Nielsen ratings champion, has won 13 industry awards in its ten seasons. Over 200 episodes of “NCIS” have aired compared to five seasons and 54 episodes of “Breaking Bad,” yet it has won more than triple the awards of “NCIS.”
It’s not that “NCIS” isn’t a great TV drama, because it is. It’s just that “Breaking Bad” is so much better than everything else on TV. Each season has dipped deeper into the well of human depravity, yet each season we find a reason to embrace the darkness.
In five seasons, everyone Walter White, (played flawlessly by Byran Cranston) has touched has walked away either a little dirtier or a lot dead. With only eight episodes left, we can’t help but wonder if Walter will finally get what’s coming to him.
There’s also a part of us that wants to see the bad guy win. But that would be like Tony Montana walking off into the sunset at the end of “Scarface,” so don’t be surprised if Walter will be held accountable for the many sins of his past.
Vince Gilligan and his talented writing staff have stayed true to the darkness from the beginning, so ending “Breaking Bad” on their own terms should be one heck of a ride.
The ride begins Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AMC.
All times are EDT;
ABC: Secret Millionaire: (New) Anne Beiler, the founder of Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, travels to Baltimore to find people worthy of donations.
CBS: Big Brother: (New) Nominations for eviction are revealed.
FOX: Teen Choice 2013: (Live) The 15th annual gala honoring achievement in entertainment, sports and fashion features performances by One Direction and Paramore. Celebrities scheduled to appear include Demi Lovato, Bridgit Mendler, Liam Hemsworth, Erin Andrews and Max Greenfield.
NBC: America’s Got Talent: (Repeat) Twelve acts perform at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
ABC: Whodunnit: (New) When the lights go out and a chandelier falls from the ceiling, the guests must investigate the latest murder in the dark.
CBS: Unforgettable: (New) Carrie and Al are unable to discern why a businessman was murdered in his hotel room until it’s discovered that his death was collateral damage in a larger plot to assassinate a diplomat.
NBC: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: (Repeat) n the 14th-season finale, a man exposes himself in the park and is arrested, but it turns out to be more than a routine arrest. The mysterious criminal hides his true identity and outwits the detectives, eventually putting Benson’s life in jeopardy.
HBO: True Blood: (New) Sookie intervenes when Bill desperately tries to remove Warlow from the faerie plain; Eric plans to wreak havoc at the vampire camp; Bon Temps citizens remember a fallen friend.
Showtime: Dexter: (New) Dexter tries to find Hannah and takes on a new protégé.
ABC: Castle: (Repeat) The young rising star of “The Wives of Wall Street” is murdered; Castle tries to give Beckett a Valentine’s Day gift, but his plans go awry.
CBS: The Mentalist: (Repeat) A young actor in a local theater company dies the night before taking the stage in a starring role, and the CBI investigates the case. Meanwhile, a determined Jane seeks info about Red John from a man in a coma.
NBC: Crossing Lines: (New) The ICC team investigate shootings in Italy and Slovenia; Eva’s past family connections to an Italian drug lord may help save his kidnapped daughter.
Showtime: Ray Donovan: (New) Ray flies to Boston to search for Sully, and Mickey manipulates Sean into working with him on a movie project.
HBO: The Newsroom: (New) Will gets distracted by a phone call and a Twitter post during a telecast; Charlie is visited by an old friend in naval intelligence with news about Operation Genoa; Sloan’s emotions run the gamut from humiliation to rage following an act of revenge on social media.
New episodes of:
Chopped at 8 p.m. on Food Channel
The Real Housewives of New Jersey at 8 p.m. on BRAVO
Mythbusters at 8, 9 and 10 p.m. on SCI
Drugs Inc. at 9 p.m. on NGC
Breaking Bad at 9 p.m. on AMC
Keeping Up With the Kardashians at 9 p.m. on E!
Food Network Star at 9 p.m. on Food Channel
Sister Wives at 9 p.m. on TLC
Drop Dead Diva at 9 p.m. on LIFE
Mountain Men at 9 p.m. on History Channel
Jungle Gold: Reclaimed at 9 p.m. on DSC
Call of the Wildman at 9 p.m. on Animal Planet
Call of the Wildman: More Live Action at 9:30 p.m. on Animal Planet
Low Winter Sun at 10 p.m. on AMC
Jungle Gold at 10 p.m. on DSC
Ice Road Truckers 10 p.m. on History Channel
Brother vs. Brother at 10 p.m. on HGTV
Inside the American Mob at 10 p.m. on NGC
Breaking Amish: LA at 10 p.m. on TLC
For movie lovers:
Brokeback Mountain on FLIX
Something Borrowed on FX
Dead Man Walking on SUND
The Hangover on TBS
The Grapes of Wrath on TCM
Fast and Furious on TNT
American Reunion on CINEMAX
Boomerang on ENC
Trouble with the Curve on HBO
Savages on HBO
American History X on MOMAX
People Like Us on SHO
Gangs of New York on TMC
District 9 at 10 p.m. on SUND
Into the Sun at 10 p.m. on REELZ
October Sky at 10:15 p.m. on FLIX