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TV Picks: Bryan Cranston as LBJ is enough to make you order HBO

Bryan Cranston stars in the HBO movie “All the Way,” debuting Saturday night at 8.
Bryan Cranston stars in the HBO movie “All the Way,” debuting Saturday night at 8. HBO

Bryan Cranston as LBJ is enough to make you order HBO

“Breaking Bad” fans will not be the least bit surprised to learn that Bryan Cranston is just stunning in the HBO movie “All the Way.” Debuting Saturday at 8 p.m., the Jay Roach-directed piece has Cranston reprising his Tony Award-winning stage role as President Lyndon Baines Johnson, starting moments after the assassination of John F. Kennedy and then focusing on the passage of civil rights legislation and through the mess of Vietnam. It’s a great cast – you’ll hear a lot more of these names around Emmy time – with Melissa Leo as Lady Bird Johnson, Bradley Whitford as Hubert Humphrey, Stephen Root as J. Edgar Hoover and Anthony Mackie as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Other highlights

  • AMC debuts its new series “Preacher” on Sunday (10 p.m.), a dark comedy-drama based on the ’90s comic book franchise of the same name. Dominic Cooper plays Jesse Custer, a troubled man who returns to his West Texas hometown to take up his father’s line of work as a minister. But Jesse is struck by some strange force that gives him special powers (don’t worry, this is not a superhero story), prompting him and some friends (which include an Irish vampire) to go off in search of God.
  • Fox brings back another season of “Wayward Pines” on Wednesday (9 p.m.), this time without star Matt Dillon. It’s still executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, but Jason Patric steps into the starring role as a doctor, newly awakened in the town. And now, the town is being run by the First Generation. Terrence Howard, Carla Gugino, Toby Jones and Melissa Leo are among the returning cast.
  • Also Wednesday, say goodbye to “Nashville” (10 p.m.). ABC has canceled the series, making this episode a series finale.
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