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Emmys, penultimate Breaking Bad, and Dexter finale finally justify invention of the DVR

Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Sunday, September 15. All times are Eastern.


The 65th Primetime Emmys/Breaking Bad/Dexter (CBS, 8 p.m./AMC, 9 p.m./Showtime, 9 p.m.): Three major TV events enter, one of them leaves… if this were the 1990s, in which case Walter White’s sojourn to New Hampshire would be a Remember WENN rerun, the last Dexter would be an installment of the Outer Limits remake (maybe the one where Joshua Jackson and Kirsten Dunst initiate the next phase of human evolution THROUGH THE POWER OF RAVE!), and Jason Alexander and Sybil Shepherd would be handing out Emmys. But it’s not the ’90s, it’s the 2010s, and the proliferation of the DVR means Donna Bowman, Joshua Alston, and the tweeting masses don’t have to compete for your attention. You can keep up with all of it thanks to the wonders of technology—and then watch some Remember WENN reruns later.



Boardwalk Empire (HBO, 9 p.m.): “Acres Of Diamonds,” declares the title of this week’s episode. “Where?” Genevieve Valentine asks, powerless against the ancient adage about diamonds being a TV critic’s best friend.

Low Winter Sun (AMC, 10:15 p.m.): Remember: Due to an extended Breaking Bad, Low Winter Sun will begin 15 minutes later than usual. Dennis Perks knows all you Low Winter Sun fanatics can show a little patience (since so many of you seem to have waited several weeks to start watching the show).

Ray Donovan (Showtime, 10 p.m.): At the end of its first 12 episodes, it would appear that all of Ray Donovan’s problems with be solved by John Walsh and the crew behind America’s Most Wanted. If a TV show could relive Sonia Saraiya of all her problems, she’d pick the short-lived Miller-Boyett sitcom Going Places. (Just look at how carefree Alan Ruck, Heather Locklear, and friends look in the intro!)



Saturday Night Live (Classic) (1 p.m.): White House Press Secretary Ron Nessen stops by to help staunch the bleeding caused by Chevy Chase’s impression of Gerald Ford. But first, he has to introduce Patti Smith, a collision of worlds that made Phil Dyess-Nugent’s month.


The Simpsons (Classic) (3 p.m.): David Sims will post his review of “Bart Vs. Australia” once he gets off the phone with this representative of the International Drainage Commission. The guy sounds very serious, and not at all like a puckish preteen/future owner of a factory downtown.


Modern Family (USA, 8 p.m.): Since an endless parade of Pritchett-Delgado-Dunphy-Tuckers is bound to march across the stage at the Emmys tonight, why not spend some quality time with the episodes of the show that deserved such accolades? The beginning of the show’s syndicated run on USA affords such an opportunity.



Will & Grace(WE, 2 p.m.): When TV Club Classic finally runs out of shows to cover in 2016, won’t you look smart for having recorded all of this past Emmy magnet when it started airing on the network that’s spelled “WE,” but which Karen Walker would pronounce “WHEEE!”


Countdown To The Red Carpet/Live From The Red Carpet/E! After Party (E!, 5-8 p.m., 11 p.m.): Deathly afraid that you’ll miss a second of the hullaballoo that’s arranged around the Emmys, E! makes sure that each and every part of the ceremony that doesn’t involve the ceremony goes unaired.

Copper (BBC America, 10 p.m.): Unceremoniously kicked into the gutter by the network that once so proudly touted it, Copper turns in its old-timey badge and rickety, difficult-to-load gun. Les Chappell tries to convince us that this is just BBC America trying to act like it’s cool cousin from overseas, which never lets a show overstay its welcome.


China, IL (Adult Swim, 11:30 p.m.): Class is back in session at the worst school in America. And this year, Frank and Steve Smith and their colleagues have an extra 15 minutes a week to illustrate how they shouldn’t ever be allowed to teach any students, ever. (They should continue doing so for our entertainment, however.)

The Incredibles (ABC Family, 6:30 p.m.): Tear yourself away from the news that there won’t be a new Pixar movie next year and fill that computer-generated void with the studio’s excellent melding of family comedy, superheroics, and spy-movie tropes.


Sabotage(TCM, 9:30 p.m.): Watch it all a y’all, it’s a Sabotage / Watch it all a y’all, it’s a Sabotage / WATCH IT ALL A Y’ALL, IT’S A SABOTAGE / Can’t stand it / Hitchcock planned it / Nothin’ to set straight / Because this is a Hitchcock movie about spies, so that would kind of ruin it.

MLB Baseball: Cardinals at Brewers (ESPN, 8 p.m.): The race for the National League Central crown remains tight, with Cincinnati only a few games behind first-place St. Louis. Can the struggling Brewers upset the delicate balance? Probably not, but this might beBernie Brewer’s last chance to slide into a giant beer stein on national TV until next spring.



The Neighbors: The Neighbors? Yes, we’re covering The Neighbors again, but mostly because Kenny Herzog just can’t stop laughing at the thought of a twerpy guy with an English accent calling himself “Larry Bird.”


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