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Weekend TV: 'Breaking Bad' launches series' final eight episodes Sunday

August 8, 2013


Aug. 08--network TV may be a little underwhelming this weekend, but cable has plenty of new shows to sample.

Teens, an evictee and a winner

On Thursday, Disney will rerun "Teen Beach Movie" at 7 p.m. on cable 32, someone gets evicted from the "Big Brother" house (8 p.m. on CBS, channel 6) and NBC's "The Winner Is" names a winner in the million-dollar finale (8 p.m. on channel 2, cable 9).

Aliens return

Syfy marks the anniversary of the July 1947 incident that allegedly involved some kind of government conspiracy and an alien spacecraft crash with the film "Invasion Roswell," airing at 8 p.m. Thursday on cable 45.

The fictional film centers on what happened after the Army shot down the craft and then secretly trained commandos to deal with the aliens if they should return. With no reappearance, the force was disbanded. But, 66 years later, the extraterrestrials are invading Earth and it's up to the retired commandos to stop them. Greg Evigan and Denise Crosby star.

Remember my name

We're down to the last eight episodes of "Breaking Bad," which launches the beginning of the end at 8 p.m. Sunday on cable 48. At the end of the first half of season five, Jesse (Aaron Paul) has abandoned the meth business and parted ways with Walt (Bryan Cranston), who claims to Skyler (Anna Gunn) that he, too, is finished. Yet, in one of the series' most pivotal moments, Hank (Dean Norris) discovers his unassuming brother-in-law is in fact the elusive Heisenberg he has been tracking forever. Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy ride to the end.

No more 'Magic'

"Magic City" quickly wraps up its series run on Starz at 8 p.m. Friday on cable 390. The pay cable network declined to order a third season of the 1950s period drama starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan as a hotel owner fighting off the mob in Miami, Fla.

More football

It's the Kansas City Chiefs vs. the New Orleans Saints in a preseason NFL game airing at 7 p.m. Friday on CBS, channel 6. At 9 p.m. on KQCW, channel 19, cable 12, the Dallas Cowboys battle the Oakland Raiders.

Striking back

"Strike Back" returns for its third season at 10 p.m. Friday on Cinemax, cable 320. In this season, stealth counterterrorism unit Section 20 pursues the elusive terrorist al-Zuhari and his well-financed drug cartel partners as they target European and American interests at home and abroad, including Section 20.

Women wage war

The great war of England in the 1400s provides the setting for "The White Queen," premiering at 7 p.m. Saturday on Starz, cable 390.

The tale of these times, betrayals, seductions and deception are told through the perspective of three women -- Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville. In their quest for power, they will scheme, manipulate and seduce their way onto the English throne. As the story begins, war rages on in a bitter dispute between The House of York and The House of Lancaster, two sides of the same family, over who is to be the rightful king. But when a king is crowned and he falls in love with a commoner from the other side of the family, a violent struggle ensues.

A good man goes bad

Filmed on location in Detroit, AMC's new series "Low Winter Sun," based on the 2006 British miniseries of the same name, debuts at 9 p.m. Sunday on cable 48. Mark Strong ("Zero Dark Thirty") stars as a Detroit detective who murders a dirty cop in retribution and sets in motion a course of events that will forever alter the life of the detective and place him in the middle of the city's underworld.

Teen fan favorites

The winners of the "2013 Teen Choice Awards" will be named Sunday. Darren Criss and Lucy Hale will co-host the event airing live at 7 p.m. Sunday on Fox, channel 23, cable 5. Fans can vote online until 10:59 p.m. Saturday at


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