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‘Breaking Bad’ Kicks Off  Final 8 Episodes

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Breaking Bad — It’s the beginning of the end for one of television’s most exalted dramas as it airs the first of eight final episodes.

Can Walter White (Bryan Cranston) really leave his criminal life behind and lead a normal life? Or will there be hell to pay? When we last saw Breaking Bad, DEA agent Hank Schrader (Dean Norris) had just discovered his brother-in-law’s drug-dealing secret.

The edgy series hits the ground running with a tension-filled hour that is spellbinding from start to finish. 9 p.m. Sunday, AMC.

Other Bets

Sunday: Teen Choice 2013 celebrates young fans’ favorites in entertainment, sports and fashions. Among the scheduled performers are Paramore and One Direction. 8 p.m., Fox.

Sunday: Low Winter Sun is a gritty new drama series that follows the path taken by two Detroit police officers who murder a fellow member of the force. Mark Strong and Lennie James star. 10:04 p.m., AMC.

Monday: CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock is back with highlights from this year’s star-studded shindig. Performers include Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson and many more. 8 p.m., ABC.

Monday: Americans in Bed is a decidedly offbeat documentary that interviews 10 couples about love, marriage and intimacy, all while lying in bed. Producers say it’s like having a conversation with your closest friends and actually asking all those questions you would never have the nerve to ask. 9 p.m., HBO.

Tuesday: The latest installment in the Nine for IX film series is Runner. It recalls the story of American track star Mary Decker and her infamous run-in with Zola Budd at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. 8 p.m., ESPN.

Tuesday: It’s never very pretty when special-effects makeup artists throw down, which makes Face Off all the more appealing. Season 5 pits newcomers against returning hopefuls. 9 p.m., Syfy.

Wednesday: The quack pack is back! Yes, Duck Dynasty returns for more down-home fun in Louisiana, where Season 4 starts off with a wedding anniversary surprise for Phil and Kay. 10 p.m., A&E.

Thursday: On Pawn Stars, the guys get excited when a glittery 2004 Boston Red Sox World Series ring comes into the shop. Oh man, would we like to get our hands on that. 9 p.m., History Channel.

Friday: Just how much convincing does it take to make you say Yes to the Dress? The reality show returns for its 10th season with an episode that has actress Kristin Chenoweth lending wedding-day fashion advice to her assistant. 9 p.m., TLC.

Saturday: Now seems a good time to jump on the crazy train that is Scandal. The political thriller starring Kerry Washington gets the marathon treatment with a 14-hour run. That’s a lot of gladiators in suits. 8 a.m.-10 p.m., BET.

Chuck Barney: cbarneybayareanewsgroup.com.