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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"
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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.

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"

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[Get the full weekend listings after the jump]