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Stephen Root Joins THE NEWSROOM!! Aaryn’s Latest Nominations On BIG BROTHER!! TRUE BLOOD, CROSSING LINES & WHODUNNIT Finales!! New TALKING BAD, HULK, AQUA, SQUIDBILLIES, AVENGERS, NINJA, COPPER, DONOVAN, DEXTER And DEVIOUS!! Herc’s Sunday TV Talkback!!

Published at: Aug. 18, 2013, 12:01 a.m. CST

Spoilers for upcoming “Big Brother” installments lurk in invisotext:

* Aaryn, aligned with Andy, Amanda and McCrae in the “3AM” alliance, nominated house moms Helen and Elissa for eviction.

* Elissa won the OTEV Power of Veto and will take herself off the block.

* I’m guessing Aaryn will replace Elissa with Spencer.

* Helen now seems certain to hug Julie Chen this Thursday. This saddens me; she's my favorite player and perhaps the biggest BB fan in the house this season.

Last week’s “Newsroom” was emblematic of how dramatically Aaron Sorkin’s first HBO series is improving. All the stuff with Sloan and Don. Charlie’s chat with the secret government guy. The sad details of Maggie’s rootless personal life. McKenzie’s chats with the gay kid. “Baba Booey, Motherfucker!”

This is the Sorkin we love, the guy who wrote “The Social Network” and “Moneyball.”

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How much has “Breaking Bad” improved its viewership? The scores for last summer’s eight “Bad” episodes (the 1.5 was its season premiere):
(1.3) (1.4) (1.3) (1.3) (1.2) (1.1) (1.2) (1.5)

And here’s how the final five episodes of season four scored (the final 2011 episode hit the 1.0):
(1.0) (0.8) (0.7) (0.7) (0.9)

With all the excitement over “Breaking Bad,” “Dexter” plummeted to a season low.

Fox’s “Teen Choice Awards” didn’t pull even the same numbers repeats of “Bob’s Burgers” usually pull in the same slot.

And “Big Brother” again scored a rare (but increasingly frequent) victory over “True Blood.”

Sundays June 30-Aug. 11, 2013
(Adults 18-49; repeats in gray; older weeks in parentheses)
2.9 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Breaking Bad
2.4 (2.3) (2.3) (2.5) (2.1) (2.1) (1.9) Big Brother
2.2 (2.2) (2.4) (2.4) (2.5) (2.3) (2.2) True Blood
1.5 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Duck Dynasty Sneak
1.4 (1.4) (1.4) (1.4) (1.3) (1.3) (1.1) Keeping/Kardashians
1.4 (1.3) (1.3) (0.6) (---) (---) (---) NASCAR
1.2 (0.9) (1.0) (0.8) (1.0) (1.0) (0.8) 60 Minutes
1.1 (1.2) (1.2) (1.3) (1.2) (0.6) (1.0) Real Housewives NJ
1.1 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Low Winter Sun
1.1 (1.2) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Secret Millionaire
1.1 (1.2) (1.3) (---) (---) (---) (---) Unforgettable
1.1 (1.0) (1.1) (1.0) (1.1) (1.0) (1.0) Whodunnit
0.9 (0.7) (0.7) (0.7) (0.8) (0.9) (0.8) Breaking Amish
0.9 (1.0) (1.1) (1.0) (0.8) (0.9) (0.6) Devious Maids
0.9 (1.1) (1.2) (1.2) (1.1) (1.2) (1.2) Dexter
0.9 (1.7) (1.6) (1.5) (1.5) (1.7) (1.5) Family Guy
0.9 (0.8) (0.7) (0.6) (0.7) (0.7) (0.7) The Mentalist
0.9 (0.7) (0.7) (---) (---) (---) (---) Total Divas
0.8 (0.9) (0.8) (1.0) (0.9) (0.9) (0.9) AFH Videos
0.8 (0.7) (0.7) (0.7) (0.7) (0.7) (0.6) Drop Dead Diva
0.8 (0.7) (0.8) (0.8) (0.9) (---) (---) The Newsroom
0.8 (0.7) (0.8) (1.0) (---) (---) (---) Sister Wives
0.8 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Teen Choice Awards
0.7 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Aqua TV Show Show
0.7 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Bad Ink
0.7 (0.7) (0.8) (0.9) (0.8) (0.9) (---) Bar Rescue
0.7 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Cutthroat Kitchen
0.7 (0.7) (0.9) (0.8) (0.7) (0.8) (0.8) Food Network Star
0.7 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Jungle Gold
0.7 (---) (0.7) (0.9) (0.6) (0.8) (0.9) Law & Order SVU
0.6 (0.4) (0.6) (0.6) (0.7) (0.6) (0.6) Castle
0.6 (0.5) (---) (---) (0.7) (0.7) (0.7) Ice Road Truckers
0.5 (1.0) (0.7) (0.8) (0.9) (1.0) (0.8) America’s Got Talent
0.5 (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (---) (---) (---) Brother Vs. Brother
0.5 (---) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (0.6) (0.6) Crossing Lines
0.5 (0.4) (0.6) (0.7) (0.5) (0.5) (---) MLBaseball
0.5 (0.7) (1.0) (0.8) (0.9) (0.9) (0.9) Mountain Men
0.5 (0.6) (0.5) (0.6) (0.5) (0.6) (0.5) Ray Donovan
0.5 (0.4) (0.5) (0.6) (0.6) (0.7) (---) Sunday Best
0.5 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Talking Bad
0.4 (---) (---) (0.4) (0.4) (0.5) (0.3) Call of the Wildman
0.4 (0.5) (0.4) (0.6) (0.5) (0.5) (---) Watch What Happens

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