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Sunday TV Picks: Sigourney Weaver in 'Political Animals'

TV picks for Sunday, July 22, 2012, include "Political Animals" with Sigourney Weaver and a strong supporting cast (USA); the 2012 Tour de France rides into Paris on the final stage (live on NBC Sports); and Teen Choice awards (Fox).

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'Political Animals'

This new "limited series event" has a lot going for it. It was created by Greg Berlanti ("Everwood," "Brothers & Sisters"), is very topical politically (a hostage crisis and presidential campaign were featured in the premiere) and has an outstanding supporting cast (Ellen Burstyn, Carla Gugino, James Wolk and Ciarán Hinds). However, it would be nothing without the rock solid lead performance by Sigourney Weaver as former first lady turned secretary of state, Elaine Barrish Hammond. 10 p.m. Sunday on USA (

Doug Knoop, Seattle Times staff or on Twitter @dougknoop

Also on Sunday

"2012 Tour de France," 5 a.m. (Live on NBC Sports) or 10 a.m. (NBC): "Stage 20," from Rambouillet to Paris.

"The Bachelorette," 8 p.m. (ABC): Joined by her family in Curacao, Emily makes her decision.

"Teen Choice 2012," 8 p.m. (Fox): Honoring the year's teen icons; performers include No Doubt, Flo Rida, Carly Rae Jepsen and Justin Bieber; Demi Lovato and Kevin McHale host.

"Masterpiece Mystery!," 9 p.m. (KCTS): "Inspector Lewis, Series V: Fearful Symmetry" has Lewis and Hathaway investigating the murder of a baby-sitter in a suburb.

"Breaking Bad," 10 p.m. (AMC): Walt and Jesse pursue an unlikely business partner; the DEA follows new leads.

"The Newsroom," 10 p.m. (HBO): The team learns about a protest in Wisconsin; Maggie, Jim and Don work hard to feature simultaneous uprisings; Neal tracks down an Egyptian insider.

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