“Breaking Bad” Ends on a Ratings High and Adam Pally Makes His “Mindy Project” Debut


Whew. Both NBC and CNN have given up on their Hillary Clinton-focused projects. Both projects looked fairly likely to be awful, so I’m relieved.

Sigourney Weaver, James Wolk and Sebastian Stan in "Political Animals"USA couldn’t get people to watch Hillary Clinton fanfic so good move NBC.

IFC has ordered a series centered on comedy singing duo Garfunkel and Oates. IFC likens the concept to HBO’s  Flight of the Conchords.

Vulture interviews the prop master of Showtimes Masters of Sex who had to go about creating retro sex toys, finding vintage condoms and generally trying to recreate sexual tools from a time when people tried not to talk about sex.

CNN has ordered a third season of Anthony Bourdain: Places Unknown. Now if only they would start promoting it so that I know a new season has begun before I start seeing articles about how ratings are down.

Anthony Bourdain PLaces Unknown

No, the internet isn’t done talking about Breaking Bad, and it shouldn’t until every Breaking Bad fan has had the chance to ponder the AV Club’s analysis of the series, and how it ended the anti-hero drama by telling this kind of dark tale in a world that wasn’t morally ambiguous but had a clear sense of right and wrong, even while understanding Walter White as a complicated man.

Meanwhile, the Breaking Bad finale shattered more records, as 10.3 million viewers watched Walter White’s final chapter. Not only was that huge growth from the 1.4 million who watched the series’ debut, it beat everything but TV’s biggest hits (like The Big Bang Theory and The Walking Dead). Elsewhere on cable, despite the tough competition, Homeland’s third season added 10% more viewers, but Masters of Sex had an okay debut.

Breaking Bad
Was Walter White’s last victim the anti-hero? Fingers crossed.

Just because things went well for scripted cable dramas, the broadcast networks probably felt like they got on Walter White’s bad side. (As snicks told you, ABC does not have reason to be happy.) Pretty much everything lost viewers, which isn’t too surprising since most returning shows saw their ratings sink throughout last season.


Live! with Kelly and Michael (syndicated) Check local listings
It’s a fine morning if it starts with Cher discussing… well, anything.

The Talk (CBS) Check local listings
It’s always great to see Margaret Cho and Aisha Tyler at the same table. Today’s show is doing its part to make it a great afternoon.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
There’s a mysterious object to investigate in Peru, but will we get to see the big giant plane take off or will those effects be left off-screen?

Brett Dalton in "Agents of Shield"

Minute to Win It (GSN) 8:00 PM ET
Tonight’s episode features a married female couple as two women named Michelle — going by the nickname “Team Michelle Squared — face the physical challenges in hopes of winning enough money to make having children easier.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox) 8:30 PM ET
Now that Jake is going through a bit of a crimebusting slump, he’s the precinct pariah (the Precinct Pariah will return as the catalyst on the upcoming The Office/Parks & Recreation/Brooklyn Nine-Nine crossover, Crisis on Infinite Mockumentary Shows) as his fellow police officers don’t want Jake’s bad luck to rub off on them.

Terry Crews in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"Insert your joke about Terry Crews’ gun permit.

Face Off (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
It’s time for the “performers challenge” as they have to make circus performers into aliens whose make up will need to survive a variety of gravity-defying maneuvers.

New Girl (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
One of the interesting qualities of New Girl is its ability to take sitcom tropes that have become positively obnoxious and use these characters to make them work. The will-they-or-won’t-they of Nick and Jess never had the cynical calculation of so many romantic comedies that have come before. This week, Schmidt continues to juggle Cece and Elizabeth, facing an additional challenge when Jess and Nick suggest a double date.

The Mindy Project (Fox0 9:30 PM ET
Not only is Casey (Anders Holm) back, this week sees Adam Pally show up as the new doctor at the practice. Unsurprisingly, Mindy immediately feels territorial.

Adam Pally in "The Mindy Proect"

Chopped (Food Network) 10:00 PM ET
Oh. Yes. In the dessert basket this week there’s some hot sauce, which should make for an interesting challenge. I’m currently geeking out on the different kinds of hot sauce and how each might work in a dessert.

The Arsenio Hall Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Yay, it turns out we’ve got Margaret Cho in the day and in late night.

Chelsea Lately (E!) 11:00 PM ET
Not only will Chelsea be talking with her pal Mary McCormack (which is always good for lively chat), Ross Mathews is on tonight’s panel.

What will you be watching tonight? Please share in the comments!


Tomorrow’s Preview

The View (ABC) Check local listings
Dan Savage is on tomorrow’s show to make The View kinda sorta tolerable for a moment.

Lyle Masaki is a fan of obscure superheroes, video games, adorkable guys and that show you loved that got cancelled way too soon.