Sunday night confirms the view of "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan that we are in a golden age of TV drama.
"Breaking Bad" will reveal how it all ends for teacher-turned-kingpin Walter White (Bryan Cranston) in an episode that runs from 9 to 10:15 p.m. Sunday on AMC. "Talking Bad," the live discussion show about "Bad," follows immediately. Gilligan will discuss the finale, which should answer many viewer questions. Imagine if David Chase had fielded questions after "The Sopranos" finale. Gilligan may be setting a standard with this chat.
"Homeland" starts its third season at 9 p.m. Sunday on Showtime. The espionage drama has to address the catastrophe that ended last season. You'll be disappointed if you're looking for nonstop thrills, because the first two episodes focus on the devastated Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) and Dana Brody (Morgan Saylor). Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) shows a new side in running in the CIA. The first-rate guest stars include playwright Tracy Letts as a determined U.S. senator and Oscar-winner F. Murray Abraham as Saul's cryptic confidant.
"The Simpsons" pays tribute to "Homeland" as the animated comedy starts its 25th season at 8 p.m. Sunday on Fox. Marge turns to an FBI agent (Kristen Wiig) to help unravel a change in Homer. Then Fox offers the season premieres of "Bob's Burgers," "Family Guy" and "American Dad."
CBS prime time should start on time Sunday because WKMG-Channel 6 is carrying only one early afternoon football game. The lineup offers the season premieres of "60 Minutes" at 7 p.m., "The Amazing Race" at 8, "The Good Wife" at 9 and "The Mentalist" at 10.
"The Good Wife" doesn't get the buzz of the cable competition, but broadcasting's best drama offers smart, adult stories and sharp acting. The fifth season picks up from that surprising cliffhanger and balances office politics with the fast-paced legal fight to save a man from execution. Jeffrey Tambor plays a judge. Julianna Margulies is wonderful at conveying Alicia's worry over professional choices.
ABC will start Sunday with a series recap on "Once Up on a Time" at 7 p.m., then offer a new episode that goes to Neverland at 8. The season premiere of "Revenge" follows at 9, and the series premiere of "Betrayal" begins at 10.
NBC is likely to dominate the ratings with "Sunday Night Football," which features New England playing at Atlanta.
For fans of scripted drama, there's more good news: "Masters of Sex" debuts at 10 p.m. Sunday on Showtime. This look at sex researchers William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virgina Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) is compelling, original and, of course, adult. It is also the most striking new series to arrive this fall.
The season premieres Friday include the entire CBS lineup: Emmy-winner "Undercover Boss" at 8 p.m., "Hawaii Five-O" at 9 and "Blue Bloods" at 10. Fox will unveil "MasterChef Junior," a cooking contest, at 8 p.m. Friday. Gordon Ramsay works with children this time around. If that's not horrifying enough for you, Fox will repeat "Sleepy Hollow" at 9.
On Saturday, Tina Fey hosts the 39th season premiere of "Saturday Night Live" at 11:30 p.m. on NBC. Arcade Fire is the musical guest. It will be the chance to see six new featured players: Beck Bennett, John Milhiser, Kyle Mooney, Mike O'Brien, Noel Wells and Brooks Wheelan.