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Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Sunday, August 25. All times are Eastern.


Breaking Bad (AMC, 9 p.m.): The latest episode of Breaking Bad is called “Confessions.” What secret will be spilled on the streets of Albuquerque? Donna Bowman can guess it won’t be, “That chick on Part 1 I told ya’ll I was creepin’ with, creepin’ with/Said she’s three months pregnant and she’s keepin’ it.” No, no. It’ll probably have something to do with meth.



Dexter (Showtime, 9 p.m.): In Miami, Dexter investigates a murder and Dr. Vogel gets surprised by someone from her past. Are neurophysicist psychopath profilers generally pro or con when it comes to surprises? Joshua Alston puts on his most authoritative doctor coat and reports.

Low Winter Sun (AMC, 10 p.m.): 1300 miles north, corrupt Detroit detectives Frank and Geddes cover up a murder. Reluctant reader of Low Winter Sun reviews, Dennis Perkins wants to shake your hand. What’s that in his hand? Why is he winking? Don’t worry about it.

The Newsroom (HBO, 10 p.m.): Todd VanDerWerff would swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help him Aaron Sorkin—but he’s not the one on trial here. The Newsroom staff depositions help Rebecca determine how the Operation Genoa scandal unfolded in this episode of the series.


Ray Donovan (Showtime, 10 p.m.): Ari is taking a road trip with Sully from Boston to Los Angeles to meet with Ray. Like the best road trip companions, Sonia Saraiya will sit shotgun, play a mean would-you-rather, and share her chocolate-covered potato chips generously.


Farscape (11 a.m.): Alasdair Wilkins thumbs a different type of ride in the last Farscape review before a hiatus. In this season two finale, the crew space trips to an ice planet so that Moya and Crichton can be treated by a Diagnosan, an alien race known for their diagnostic abilities and plot-heightening skills.


Saturday Night Live (1 p.m.): Peter Boyle of Everybody Loves Raymond hosts and Al Jarreau is the musical guest in a classic SNL. Phil Dyess-Nugent can’t carry a tune or bake a serviceable layer cake, but sit down for awhile and he'll give a pretty neat history of Boyle’s short-lived ’70s movie stardom.

The Simpsons (3 p.m.): The Simpsons reveals Homer as The Chosen One of an ancient secret society called The Stone Cutters. Erik Adams is part of a secret society of writers; he won't show you its secret hand sign, but he will say it looks a lot like furiously wiping coffee off a laptop keyboard.



Silk (PBS, 9 p.m.): PBS imports this British legal drama. Included in the import is the word “barrister,” a lot references to the Queen, and some dodgy wigs that should have been checked at customs.


Dog With A Blog (Disney, 8 p.m.): A show that rings admirably true to its title reaches its first season finale. Your WOT? correspondent must remark: The dogs of this generation. Not caring about anything but themselves. Tip-tapping away on their social media. Typical.

Family Dance Off (ABC, 8 p.m.): This one-hour ABC special, and possibly abandoned pilot, pits five dancing families against one another for $100,000. Take that money and two-step out of here, little brother.


MTV Video Music Awards (MTV, 9 p.m.): For the first time ever, the V.M.A.s are being hosted in Brooklyn. Must-watch indie acts include Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, and alt-folk-singer-songwriter Bruno Mars.

Last Call At The Oasis (Pivot, 9 p.m.): Last call! Laaaassst caaaallll! Last call for…the proper hydration of humanity. This sober documentary counts the real Erin Brockovitch among its stars and takes a look at the world water crisis.


It Happened One Night (TCM, 8 p.m.): In a classic romantic comedy, newspaperman Clark Gable chases runaway heiress Claudette Colbert, and her traffic-stopping gams, cross-country. Cross-country to all five major Academy Awards, ya see.

NFL Football: Vikings at 49ers (NBC, 7 p.m.): If you're not ready for some football, would you say you're pre-ready? Yes? Then the preseason has you covered. The San Francisco 49ers host the Minnesota Vikings for sushi, a trip to the Golden Gate Bridge, and FOOOOOTBALLLL.



The Twilight Zone: Todd VanDerWerff lit a (metaphorical—careful!) candle and shed some light on a group friendly neighborhood wax museum figures seemingly wax-bent on murder.


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