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We've said it before, but FX's “Sons of Anarchy” is one of the best dramas on cable–and perhaps one of the most neglected by its peers. The fact that after 4 seasons of incredible characters, stories and performances this show hasn't been nominated for an Emmy is so ridiculous that it just makes you wonder whether the screeners got lost in the mail ( Kelsey Grammer, whose acclaimed dramatic turn on Starz's “Boss” also has failed to garner Emmy recognition, knows the feeling). In terms of acting, Sons has been a tour de force, with appropriately gritty performances by veterans like Ron Perlman, relative newcomers like Charlie Hunnam and even character actors like Wayne Unser, whose range defies belief at times. But Katey Sagal's dramatic mastery as Gemma has been perhaps the most surprising to audiences, who knew her best for her comedic chops in shows like “Married with Children” and later “Futurama.” But make no mistake: This biker chick can act. And her mix of dark menace and paternal love has wowed critics and audiences everywhere. That's why it was so intriguing on Thurs to hear that Sagal will executive produce a new half-hour comedy called “Diva. Clown. Killer” in development at FX–and that she might even star in it if she's available. Consider that her husband Kurt Sutter –a genius in his own right who paid his dues as a writer at “The Shield” before creating and showrunning Sons–is also the guy behind Diva. He's the one who controls Gemma's fate on Sons, so if he wants to make Sagal available for his new comedy, which centers on an '80s washed-up rock diva, he can make that happen with the stroke of a pen. While Sons fans would likely mourn any untimely demise for Gemma (and Kurt might have to sleep on the couch a while), the upside would be a chance to see Sagal flex those comedic muscles again. It's rare to find an actress who can do it all. But it happens. And Sagal is living proof. MG

“Bomb Girls,” miniseries premiere, Tues, 10p, Reelz. Plucky Reelz deserves credit for recent originals, including spy series “XIII” and this interesting period piece about spirited women (and a few men) employed in a WWII munitions factory. Where “Girls” thrives is in its ability to mix drama with history, never relegating WWII to mere backdrop. It reaches beyond its grasp, and several characters are stereotypes, but it entertains and educates, no easy feat. It's also a good warm-up for PBS's “Call the Midwife” (premieres Sept 30), an excellent mix of drama and post-WWII history. — “Breaking Amish,” premiere, Sun, 10p, TLC. Ep 1 of this reality series provides a rare look at Amish and Mennonite culture as young adults struggle with leaving their lives for 'decadent' NYC. Seeing how these people react to the Big Apple, the antithesis of their former culture, should be interesting viewing. — “The Crimson Petal and the White,” M, T, 8p, Encore. A Victorian epic in the best sense, this excellently filmed story of exclusive prostitution, seduction and class struggle earned two '12 BAFTA noms, for best miniseries and best actress ( Romola Garai). Yanks might recognize “X-Files” co-star Gillian Anderson. — “Deadly Affairs,” premiere, Sat, 10p, ID. What a hoot! Susan Lucci narrates tales of love and murder with hilarious sarcasm and innuendo.

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