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TV best bets with season finales of ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Single Ladies’

breaking badThis is the lull week before the broadcast networks start carting out their fall lineups.

The only notable season finales are VH1’s Atlanta-based drama ‘Single Ladies,” which airs Monday and has been given the green light for a third season, and AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” which ends its eight-episode summer run Sunday. The final eight episodes air next year.

MONDAY

“Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” 8 p.m. VH1 — This seems to be some sort of leftover episode added on to milk ratings.

“Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern” 9 p.m. Travel (seventh season finale) — Andrew explores central Florida.

“Major Crimes” 9 p.m. TNT — Clues and facts become hazy when the crew investigates a deadly car accident at a nightclub.

“Single Ladies” 9 p.m. VH1 (second season finale) — VH1 has renewed this for a third season.

“Grimm” 10 p.m. NBC — Hank helps an old friend whose daughter is missing.

“Perception” 10 p.m. TNT — Pierce investigates a case revolving around a schizophrenic.

“R&B Divas” 10 p.m. TV One — The debut last week pulled in nearly 1 million viewers, the biggest debut in the network’s history.

“Verses & Flow” 11 p.m. TV One — This show featuring spoken word and R&B songs is hosted by former Atlantan Omari Hardwick.

TUESDAY

“19 Kids and Counting” 9 p.m. TLC (sixth season summer debut) —  The Duggars go to Florida for Anna’s sister’s wedding.

“Property Virgins” 9 p.m. HGTV (12th season debut) — V-103 mid-day host Egypt Sherrod hosts.

“Top Gear” 9 p.m. History — The hosts attempt to reestablish the reputation of cars they believe are undervalued.

“White Collar” 9 p.m. USA — A cunning political fixer tries to sabotage a trial of a criminal Peter put in jail.

“Abby & Brittany” 10 p.m. TLC (new series) — The lives of conjoined twins Abby and Brittany.

“The Republican National Convention” 10 p.m. ABC, NBC, CBS — The three broadcast networks are choosing to air one hour of the convention. Get far more over at CNN, MSNBC and Fox.

“Collection Intervention” 10 p.m. Syfy — A couple share a one-bedroom apartment with 30,000 comic books.

“Covert Affairs” 10:01 p.m. USA — Annie goes to Cuba with Simon.

WEDNESDAY

“Melissa & Joey” 8:30 p.m. ABC Family (second season finale) — Joe asks Elena to marry him so she can stay in the U.S.

“Haunted Collector” 9 p.m. Syfy (second season finale) — The team investigates claims of paranormal occurrences in Hawaii.

“Hollywood Exes” 9 p.m. Vh1 (first season finale) — A serious accident upends one of the ladies during rehearsal.

“Royal Pains” 9 p.m. USA — Divya falls for a worldly polo player.

“American Hoggers” 10 p.m. A&E — Jerry hopes a road trip to Louisiana will help restore harmony for his family.

“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” 10 p.m. TLC — The show title references wedgies, which sure beats neck crust.

“Restaurant Stakeout” 10 p.m. Food (second season debut) — A chef-owner needs help with his out-of-control staff.

“Necessary Roughness” 10:01 p.m. USA — Disaster looms as the Hawks season opener approaches.

THURSDAY

“American Bible Challenge” 8 p.m. GSN — Jeff Foxworthy’s show last week drew the biggest audience in GSN’s history: 1.7 million viewers.

“Braxton Family Values” 9 p.m. WE — Tamar gets her eggs harvested, fertilized and frozen.

“Project Runway” 9 p.m. Lifetime — Designers compete to have their looks selected as part of a 10-piece capsule collection.

“Rookie Blue” 9 p.m. ABC — A prisoner pulls a gun on Chris in the station.

“Saving Hope” 9 p.m. NBC — A sick airline passenger is rushed to the hospital.

“Sullivan & Son” 10 p.m. TBS — Carol gets bummed when she finds out she’s going through menopause.

“Wilfred” 10 p.m. FX — Ryan attempts to discover the truth about Wilfred.

“Louie” 10:30 p.m. FX — Louie hopes to catch a break.

FRIDAY

“Bering Sea Gold” 9 p.m. Discovery — An electrical fire forces an emergency ascent.

“Boss” 9 p.m. Starz — Kane’s increasing infatuation with his new aide Mona leads him to get swept up in her enthusiasm for a housing-development project.

“Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta” 9 p.m. TLC — A mother shares her opinions -loudly and often – about her daughter’s dress selections.

“Battle for the Border” 10 p.m. Animal Planet — Smugglers use air cannons to launch drugs over the border

“I Found the Gown” 10 p.m. TLC — A bride finds her dream dress, but a seamstress will have to work wonders to make it fit.

“Lost Girl” 10 p.m. Syfy — The Ash reacts to the threat facing him.

WEEKEND

“Saving Hope” 9 p.m. Saturday NBC — Alex and Shahir bring Charlie to the O.R. for a last resort procedure.

“TV’s Most Dynamic Duos” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Among those featured: Sam and Diane (”Cheers”), Lucy and Ethel (”I Love Lucy”) and Archie Bunker and Meathead (”All in the Family.”)

“Hell on Wheels” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — A tragedy leads Cullen to defuse an internal threat to the railroad.

“Leverage” 9 p.m. Sunday TNT — Nate and his crew go after a Wall Street crook.

“Breaking Bad” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC (fifth season summer finale) — Loose ends are tied up while Walt contemplates a dangerous move.

“Web Therapy” 10:30 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Newell is still bent out of shape over an experience he and Fiona had 20 years earlier.

“Small Town Security” 11:04 p.m. Sunday AMC (first season finale) — The Chief offers the Lieutenant advice on sex and romance.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

8 comments Add your comment

Pamela

August 27th, 2012
2:24 pm

I’m still really confused about the fact that Single Ladies has not been cancelled! Since Stacy Dash left the show, it has been boring as all out doors is wide! Lisa Raye can’t act her way out of a wet paper bag. The rest of the cast is also sorry. So why has it NOT been cancelled?

BB

August 27th, 2012
2:30 pm

I think ” Single Ladies” is great. Nobody said these were supposed to be oscar winning actors and i am sure their pay reflects that. Be glad there is some minority programming on TV besides that reality show crap and people in the ATL have jobs because it is filmed in the city. Also, if you don’t like turn the damn channel.

Ashley

August 27th, 2012
3:19 pm

BB – But should we really settle and just “be glad that black people are on tv”? Is that really how u feel? That as long as some black people got jobs we should just grin and bare it? You admit the acting is subpar, but u call the show “great”…… i guess that just helps me understand your standards.

Have a great day

Thinkb4Speaking

August 27th, 2012
4:27 pm

Ash- I understand BB’s comment of great. Great to see black folks on tv, not a commentary on quality which is her or anyone perception.. like tastes good and beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Lets not hate and wish for “better” quality. Want better? Write and produce it!

MzTaurus

August 27th, 2012
4:41 pm

The acting on Single Ladies isn’t that great, but the storylines are enjoyable enough to watch & not be embarrassed or ashamed (i.e. Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, BBW of Miami, Atlanta Housewives). At least the female characters are not constantly fighting, cursing, & being loud in public.

MzTaurus

August 27th, 2012
4:43 pm

LOL…Are you serious Pamela?!?! Getting rid of Stacy Dash saved the show. She was the absolute worst of them all. She needs to stick to whatever she’s been doing since her days in “Clueless”.

Mojo

August 27th, 2012
5:36 pm

Why is the finale of Breaking Bad on an hour earlier?

CherryWwine

August 31st, 2012
1:41 pm

Stacey who? I found her tedious with her pretend bougie ways. SHE cannot act to save her life. Glad she left. The show is enjoyable enough and the storyline at least keeps you coming back for more. I’m glad there’s a 3rd Season and I can’t wait