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TV Junkie: Baldwin on TCM; 'Breaking Bad' Returns! 'Ashes to Ashes' Debuts

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Bryan Cranston as 'Walt White' in AMC's "Breaking Bad"

Bryan Cranston as 'Walt White' in AMC's "Breaking Bad"
Sunday @ 10pm features the return of AMC's incredible series, "Breaking Bad", with Bryan Cranston (pictured, right) as Walt White, the terminally-ill high school science teacher-turned meth cooker. We've been eagerly waiting for this show to resume and AMC has done a great job whetting our appetite with their sneak webisodes and other promos. Since the other stuff we like to watch on Sunday's @ 10pm are available on-demand, this is one of our prime picks of the weekend.US fans of "Life on Mars", who should always have been fans of the original UK version, will have the chance to catch up with the UK sequel to the series, called "Ashes to Ashes", which starts this Saturday @ 9pm on BBC America. This time we time travel to The Big '80s, when shoulder pads and hair were really big and everyone was on coke.

We are thrilled that, starting this Saturday @ 5pm with the Marx Brothers' A Night at the Opera, Alec Baldwin will be joining Robert Osborne to co-host "The Essentials" on Turner Classic Movies. Replacing the the vapid Rose McGowan as co-host was the best thing TCM could have done for this series (how did that ever happen in the first place??).

TCM will also feature director John Landis as guest programmer on Monday, March 16th, from 5:00pm throughout the night. The films Landis has chosen include Buster Keaton's The Navigator (1924), Mabel and Fatty’s Wash Day (1915) with “Fatty” Arbuckle, and The Brain that Wouldn’t Die (1963), should be fun.

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The TV Junkie Plan: Tonight - Bill Maher, "Terminator: Sarah Connor", Bill Moyers, "The Soup", Leno, Fallon. Saturday - "A Night at the Opera", "Ashes to Ashes", SNL. Sunday - "Big Love", "Breaking Bad"

[Get the full weekend listings after the jump]


7:00pm Real Time With Bill Maher HBO - Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Erin Burnett, T. Boone Pickens, Peter Singer

7:00pm BBC World News America BBC America - The BBC follows Shakira to Colombia to document an initiative of her Barefoot Foundation.

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8:00pm Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles FOX - Cameron's glitch resurfaces, resulting in unfortunate consequences for everyone.

9:00pm Bill Moyers Journal PBS/KCET - Actor John Lithgow discusses poetry, acting and the power of art.

9:00pm Mistresses BBC America - As Alex's wedding approaches his relationship with Jessica grows more intense; Katie struggles with her feelings for Sam.

10:00pm Trick My Truck CMT - Season Premiere

10:00pm The Soup
E! - Ashley Greene from Twilight guests

10:00pm Say Yes to the Dress TLC - Season Premiere

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10:00pm NUMB3RS CBS - The team's investigation into the death of an innovative scientist takes an unusual turn; Charlie considers an enticing job offer.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor David Spade; actress Christina Ricci; Papa Roach performs.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Drew Barrymore; actor Chace Crawford; chef Mario Batali.


1:00pm MTV Cribs Awards MTV - Hosted by Kim Kardashian - followed by five new episodes of "MTV Cribs"

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5:00pm A Night at the Opera TCM - (1935) The Marx Brothers in their opera gambit.

9:00pm Ashes to Ashes BBC America - Detective Alex Drake is shot and lands in 1981, coming face to face with Gene Hunt, relic of old-fashioned policing.

11:29pm Saturday Night Live NBC - Dwayne Johnson; Ray LaMontagne performs.


9:00pm Celebrity Apprentice NBC -Each team must create and costume a comic book character, and present it to the executive. Here's a clip of the personalities clashing on the men's team.

9:00pm Big Love HBO - Bill urges the District Attorney's office to bring murder charges against Roman; Margene decides to launch a business

9:00pm The L Word Showtime - The friends find themselves being held for questioning in regards to Jenny's death.

9:00pm Sunday Best BET - Season Premiere

10:00pm Breaking Bad Bravo - Season Premiere

10:00pm Russell Brand in New York City Comedy Central - Special

10:00pm Keeping Up With the Kardashians E! - Season Premiere

10:00pm United States of Tara Showtime - Max embraces his time with Alice when Tara is nowhere to be found; Marshall and Jason grow closer.

10:00pm Flight of the Conchords HBO - While trying to look cool for a gig, the Conchords become hooked on hair gel.

10:30pm Candy Girls E! - Series Premiere

10:30pm Secret Diary of a Call Girl Showtime - Hannah struggles with the realities of the job and considers a suggestion from Ben.

10:30pm Eastbound & Down HBO - Kenny tries to rekindle an old flame at a barbecue hosted by April and Cutler; Stevie hopes to get Kenny a big-league tryout.