Sunday TV: Emmys and a New ‘Breaking Bad’

Jane Lynch tries to cut down the Sue Sylvester smarm sufficient to host The 63rd Annual Primetime Emmys (Fox, 8 p.m.), an event which will shake us out of our “Big Brother” and “Wipeout” induce summer doldrums to draw our attention to TV quality and not incidentally, the start of the fall TV season which begins a moment after the show is over

Some pretty good shows are up for awards – HBO’s remakeof “Mildred Pierce” is up for the most nominations – 21. “Mad Men” is up for 19 – up two from the 17 nominations it had last year.

Already leading in Emmy wins (thanks to seven it received at the Creative Arts Emmys) is “Boardwalk Empire” with 18 overall nominations. There’s not a lot of terrible shows nominated overall but the artfulness of the shows will be eclipsed by the usual celebrity hubbub, fashion and such, which will all be covered for three hours on “Live on the Red Carpet” (E!, 5 p.m.) or a one hour version: “Countdown to the Emmys” (Fox, 7 p.m.).

It’s not good form to program against the Emmys, but the fact is that most people will be watching Philadelphia at Atlanta on Sunday Night Football (NBC, 8:30 p.m.).

Or maybe dabble in “Hillbilly Handfishin’” (Animal Planet, 10 p.m.).

On a rare Sunday without new episodes of anything, HBO runs a slew of episodes of “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO, 8, 9 and 10 p.m.) in advance of next week’s next season premiere and anticipating further Emmy wins tonight.

“Breaking Bad” (AMC, 10 p.m.) is alone is forging ahead with a new episode.

There is a great movie up against all this, though, maybe the best: “Citizen Kane” (AMC, 8 p.m.), followed by a film some say was a precursor to it, “The Power and the Glory” (TCM, 10:15 p.m.). At midnight, the silent classic “Metropolis” (TCM, midnight), followed b a documentary about its restoration and found footage, “Metropolis Refound” (2:45 a.m.).

“Masterpiece Mystery!” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) comes up with something new: an episode of “Inspector Lewis” investigating the poisoning of a progressive American female bishop at a religious college.

“Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation” (VH1, 10 p.m.) looks at how a cocaine epidemic fractured the culture. Snoop Dogg, B-Breal and Raekwon participate. Ice T narrates.

“20/20: Sixth Sense” (ABC, 9 p.m.) concerns a family who get stranded in an Oregon snowstorm.

“Curiosity” (Discovery, 8 p.m.) seems a downer: How will the world end?

What’s worse than a Bridezilla? “Momster of the Bride” (Style, 10 p.m.).

A single mom may lose her 10 year old daughter in all her stuff on a new “Hoarding: Buried Alive” (TLC, 9 p.m.).

The Real Housewives of New Jersey” (Bravo, 10 p.m.) go to the Dominican Republic, and not for charitable work.

Sunday Talk

ABC: Bill Clinton, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. CBS: Clinton, Dick Cheney. NBC: Clinton, Sen. Mitch McConnell. CNN: Isreli ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, Palestinian Liberation Organization chief representative to the U.S. Maen Areikat, Sens. Dick Durbin, Lindsey Graham. Fox News: Rep. Paul Ryan, Herman Cain.

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