On the Idiot Box: "Breaking Bad," "Basketball Wives" and "Clear History"

By Craig D. Lindsey
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Bryan Cranston (left) and Aaron Paul in "Breaking Bad."

Breaking Bad
Sundays, 9pm, AMC
Captive audience: People who should know by now that TV gets no better than this!
Moment of truth: So, has everyone recovered from last Sunday? The best show on TV period returned with a season opener that lets everyone know these next seven weeks are going to be intense as hell. Walter White (Bryan “Gimme My Emmy Now!” Cranston) tries to leave his Heisenberg past behind him (which, we all know, won’t end well), while Jesse (Aaron Paul, quietly devastating) becomes a distraught, guilty mess and Hank (Dean Norris, master of ownage) finally comes face-to-face with the man he’s been hunting for years. As this saga comes to an end soon, there’s only one thing to say: Tread lightly.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Do you even have to ask?!
Basketball Wives
Mondays, 8pm, VH1
Captive audience: Black women; gold diggers; anybody with a weave.
Moment of truth: These weavalicious, drama-stirring exes, side chicks and jumpoffs of b-ball players return for a fifth season, and you know what I realized after watching the season premiere: these broads are boring! You’d think some riveting stuff might arise now that longtime regular Evelyn Lozada has notoriously split from husband Chad Ochocinco. But the show continues to have her and others talk it out through dull brunch dates and empty heart-to-hearts. No wonder these gals occasionally ratchet things up by acting ratchet themselves, throwing down and pulling out tracks. That’s exciting TV!
Emmy or phlegmmy: Phlegmmy.
Clear History
Currently playing on HBO
Captive audience: People who can’t wait for another season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, so they’ll settle for anything with Larry David in it.
Moment of truth: Curmudgeon comic Larry David rounded up an A-list cast (including Jon Hamm, Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton, Eva Mendes and Danny McBride) for this loosely-scripted comedy, which also premiered over the weekend. There are some mercilessly funny moments, as David gets the cast to join him in ad-libbing most of the movie. Unfortunately, the story is so weak and lazily plotted, with David playing a bald, bitter prick (basically Larry David) who seeks revenge against an ex-business partner, it was sadly disappointing. At least J.B. Smoove is always around, ready to go off on David’s ass.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Phlegmmy.

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