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'Breaking Bad' Off the Air Until July 2011: Online Mini-Episodes Planned

by Ryan McKee, posted Aug 5th 2010 9:40AM
'Breaking Bad's' Bryan Cranston could pull a three-peat with an Emmy win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama on Aug. 29, but there won't be a four-peat: The show will not premiere its fourth season until July 2011, more than a full year after June's conclusion of season 3. That means the show will not be eligible for next year's Emmy Awards.

"I think what AMC is thinking here is there will be less competition for us -- particularly from the broadcast networks -- if we launch our season during the summer than if we come back again like we did this time in March," Cranston told Deadline.

To appease the rabid Cranston-heads, the network will produce three- to four-minute mini-episodes early next year after the show goes back in production in January, which will eventually air on AMC's website.

"I, for one, am eager to make these little interstitials important," Cranston says. "I don't want them to be simply filler or recap, but something that actually moves the storyline forward. If we're going to do it, it ought to be a real part of the larger show."

It's hard to say whether or not he'll get his wish. Shows from 'The Office' to 'The Wire' have produced exclusive webisodes and most seem inconsequential. The viewer may get a little character insight, but producers have been afraid of losing viewers by inserting vital storyline information. Maybe it will take a show as daring as 'Breaking Bad' to change all that.

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Val

This might be terrible news for people that are caught up. But this is great news for me Went to the library and got season one and I'm HOOKED! I have plenty of time now to watch all the seasons before the season premier in 2011.

August 05 2010 at 3:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Andrew

If your experience was anything like mine, you'll be caught up by next week.

August 08 2010 at 7:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris

In my own Brian Cranston voice, "Dammit Jesse!" Is all I can think about when hearing this news.

Summer season>Fall season.

August 05 2010 at 3:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony DIMeo

Oh that'd be awesome if they had Mad Men and BREAKING BAD back to back the 2 best shows on the same would be genius

August 05 2010 at 11:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe Blow

This is terrible news.

I suspect this is actually so they can do Breaking Bad and Mad Men right after the other, getting a viewership boost from whichever goes in the earlier timeslot.

August 05 2010 at 10:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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