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'Breaking Bad' Creator Vince Gilligan on What Walt Did and the Future of the Drama

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 9th 2011 11:35PM
As a storyteller, Vince Gilligan can't be accused of playing it safe.

The season 4 finale of 'Breaking Bad' contained several shocking developments bound to keep fans talking all week.

The creator of the AMC show addresses those events in depth below, and he also talks about the upcoming final season of the drama and whether it will air over one year or two. (By the way, my interview with 'Breaking Bad' actor Giancarlo Esposito -- a.k.a. Gus Fring -- is here, and my review of the finale is here.)

Spoilers ahead for 'Face Off,' the season 4 finale of 'Breaking Bad.'

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'End Times' Arrive in an Intense Episode of 'Breaking Bad' (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 2nd 2011 11:00PM
'Breaking Bad' has done a spectacular job of making Walter White's journey from high school chemistry teacher to underworld player believable. Walt has done so very many bad things (though of course, in his mind, he's always had his reasons).

Redeeming or making up for the bad choices he's made isn't an option at this point, and hasn't been for a long time. But once in a while, Walt draws a line that makes you think he may not be truly evil. In doing his utmost to protect his family from the wrath of Gus Fring, Walt did the right thing.

Of course, it was really his only play, but when Walt said, "I alone should suffer the consequences of those choices," what could our reaction be but "Damn right you should!"

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Emmys Reveal Lots of New, But Familiar, Faces at 'The Office' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 19th 2011 1:21AM
Jason Momoa, 'The 2011 Emmy Awards'By now, everyone knows that Steve Carell has left the building, and James Spader has joined the cast of 'The Office,' but as we saw on 'The 2011 Emmy Awards' (Sun., 8PM ET on FOX), Spader isn't the only new person getting face time at Dunder-Mifflin.

In a very fun video, we got to see a who's who of television in that familiar office chair where the castmembers from the show do their confessionals.

They were all talking about what they hated about their jobs, like Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) hating rapists, sex trafficking and crimes against children -- this is a much darker take for 'The Office.'

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Aaron Paul Used to Crash Kimmel's Show Two to Three Times Per Week (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 19th 2011 6:02AM
Aaron Paul, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'If Aaron Paul looks really comfortable when he's on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (Weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC), it's because he's been there a few times before. Long before 'Breaking Bad' made him an Emmy-winning actor, he had a connection at the studio.

"I befriended a security guard," he explained. Kimmel was blown away when Paul admitted he was probably there two to three nights a week, until a producer finally asked him why he was there all the time.

"Have you seen that security guard who snuck you in here," Kimmel asked him, but Paul said he hadn't. This is either true, or he's protecting a friend who got him a great hook-up.

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'Breaking Bad' A to Z: Catch Up & Get Scoop Before Season 4 Premieres

by Kim Potts, posted Jul 15th 2011 1:45PM


What does "breaking bad" actually mean? It's a Southern phrase that means someone has taken a turn to the dark side. And, of course, it is the perfect title of AMC's Emmy-winning drama 'Breaking Bad,' which kicks off its fourth season this weekend (Sun., July 17, 10PM ET).

To celebrate the new season -- which promises to be darker, more intense and every bit as good as the first three -- here's our (warning: spoiler heavy) A to Z trip through 'Breaking Bad' history, with a generous sprinkling of hints about what to expect in the new season.

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Review: 'Breaking Bad' Returns at the Top of Its Game

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jul 14th 2011 4:00PM
[A quick pre-review note for 'Breaking Bad' fans: Ryan McGee and I talk about the AMC show for an hour in this week's Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcast. Find it here or here.]

I'll never claim to be one of those people who lavishly praised 'Breaking Bad' (10PM Sunday, AMC) from the start. As I chronicled in a few 2010 posts (here, here and here), it took me a long time to come to terms with the show's darkness and the characters' bleak journeys, and though there were always elements of the drama I appreciated, I'm of the opinion that 'Breaking Bad' didn't truly hit its creative stride until about a third of the way into its third season.

The evolution of my reaction to the show continues, mainly because the show itself has become more rigorous, more exciting and more fascinating over time. As it has grown increasingly confident, complex and aesthetically ambitious, it has also paid close attention to crucial building blocks like suspense and characterization.

The end result is a season 4 premiere that is not just flawless, but one of the most impressive season premieres I've ever seen.

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'Big Love' Finale: Amanda Seyfried, Aaron Paul Will Return

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 27th 2010 11:45AM
Amanda SeyfriedThere's still a little 'Love' in store for Amanda Seyfried. The starlet will return to 'Big Love' for the series finale. And she's not the only one -- 'Breaking Bad' star Aaron Paul is also returning to the HBO polygamy drama.

According to TV Guide, the young stars, whose married characters exited last season, will return for the March series finale. It was shot in December.

"Both Amanda and Paul really wanted to be a part of the last episode, even though they were both shooting movies," 'Big Love' co-creator Will Scheffer said.

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Two Reasons Why the Golden Globes Are Silly

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 14th 2010 11:30AM
Piper Perabo in 'Covert Affairs'Let's face it: For a television fan, the Golden Globes are a fun diversion, something to help you through your winter doldrums. But in the parlance of television awards, the Globes are a distant second to the Emmys in importance, for a couple of reasons. One is timing; while it's the high season for motion pictures and their awards, the Globes come a couple of months after TV's Emmy and premiere-laden peak period.

But the second reason is that the nomination list is often very silly.

As much as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has tried to buckle down over the last few years and give nominations to people that actually deserved them, there is one or two head-scratchers on the nomination list every year, and this year is no different. A couple of reasons why the Globe nominations always seem to look silly:

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First-Timers and Newcomers Were the Big Emmy Winners

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 30th 2010 11:35AM
Eric Stonestreet of 'Modern Family' after winning a 2010 Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a ComedyIf I had actually put down bets on my Emmy predictions, I would have lost my shirt, and maybe even my pants. And I still would have been pretty happy about it.

Why? Because when I made those predictions, I did them with the jaundiced eye of a guy who's seen the Academy go with the safe and sane too many times. For instance, in any world that made sense, Jon Cryer wouldn't have been my supporting comedy actor pick over Neil Patrick Harris, Chris Colfer and the 'Modern Family' trio. But the Academy loves repeat winners, so I was resigned to the fact that Cryer was going to win again.

So I was pleasantly surprised when Eric Stonestreet's name was called at the Emmy Awards last night. And I continued to be surprised as the the names of newcomers and first-timers were called for many of the major categories. Yes, new names abounded at the Emmys, and hopefully, it's a harbinger of what we might see in the years to come.

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Emmy Picks: Best Supporting Actor in a Drama

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 21st 2010 4:00PM

For the next few days, I'll be listing the Emmy nominees in the major categories and giving you picks and possible dark horses. Feel free to agree, disagree, and make your own picks in the comments.

Yesterday, I made my pick in the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama category. Today, I look at their male counterparts in the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama category.

Nominees:
Andre Braugher, 'Men of a Certain Age'
Michael Emerson, 'Lost'
Terry O'Quinn, 'Lost'
Aaron Paul, 'Breaking Bad'
Martin Short, 'Damages'
John Slattery, 'Mad Men'



Who will win: As good a year as Aaron Paul had (more on that in a second), I can't see the Academy denying 'Lost' a statue in this category. Both Emerson and O'Quinn did excellent jobs in the series' last season, with its sideways time flashes and seeming parallel universes. And both have won in the past. So this is pretty much a toss-up; I'll give the nod to Emerson because of Dr. Linus' inherent creepiness.

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Aaron Paul on the Finale to 'Breaking Bad's' Intense Season

by Joel Keller, posted Jun 11th 2010 1:02PM

One of the things you may not have known about Aaron Paul is that he's a spoiler-phobe.

The 'Breaking Bad' star, who plays Jesse Pinkman, the impetuous partner in meth of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), doesn't even like being spoiled when he's reading the scripts from his own show.

"When I'm reading a script, sometimes I'll hear what happens at the end of the script before I get to it," he told me earlier this week. "For example, (with) the finale, I heard about that before (I finished the script). And I was like, 'ah, no!' I wish I didn't know so it could be a shock, just like everyone else was going to be shocked."

The AMC show's super-intense third season, which concludes Sunday, June 13 at 10PM ET, has taken viewers on an incredible ride that has included high action, deep character introspection, and palpable claustrophobia. And Paul has been a large part of that, leading to speculation that he's in strong lead actor Emmy contention, despite yet another remarkable performance by Cranston, who's won the last two years in a row (UPDATE: I was just told by Aaron's reps that he submitted himself in the supporting actor category this year. My mistake).

I spoke to Paul -- who's such a big 'Lost' fan that he's watched the first five seasons twice already -- about the last week's game-changing episode, 'Half Measures,' and about tonight's finale. I also talked to him about how Jesse and Walt have switched moral roles over the last season and where he thinks the show is going. (Warning: Spoilers ahead!)

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Jesse Finds New Target Market on 'Breaking Bad' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted May 17th 2010 5:10AM
Jesse's New Market on 'Breaking Bad'On 'Breaking Bad' (Sun., 10PM ET on AMC), Jesse has a new strategy for selling meth: He's discovered a more captive clientele, and buddies Brandon and Skinny Pete are more than happy to help.

[Spoiler alert.]


In the middle of a rehab meeting, Brandon (feigning guilt) says, "I kicked it a couple times, ... but this new version of it hit the streets and, wow."

Skinny Pete replies, "Not that blue stuff? ... I wish I'd never even heard of it." The two have essentially done a sales pitch to meth addicts. Nasty.

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'Breaking Bad' - 'Sunset' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 26th 2010 12:03AM
(S03E06) The word "pivotal" doesn't even begin to describe this episode. When it was over, I let out a "Jimmy H. Carter!" so loud that it freaked out my fiancee -- imagine another name with the initials "J.C." instead of "Jimmy Carter" and you'll get the idea.

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Walter Is Back in Business on 'Breaking Bad' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 19th 2010 4:10AM
Walter Is Back on 'Breaking Bad'Walter's back, "cooking" and being a bad-ass on 'Breaking Bad' (Sun., 10PM ET on AMC). He gives Jesse his earnings, but he's not playing nice. "Spend it in good health... That is the last money you'll ever earn in this business."

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Breaking Bad' - 'Green Light' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 12th 2010 12:01AM
Bryan Cranston in 'Breaking Bad' - 'Green Light'(S03E04) Even on cable shows that are tightly plotted because of their short seasons, there are sometimes episodes that feel more like they're setting things up for the episodes to come rather than pushing the story arc forward. This week felt like one of those episodes.

I wouldn't classify it as a "throat-clearing" kind of episode, because, even when treading water, 'Breaking Bad' still retains its intensity and sense of drama. But after the first three rollicking episodes, it was interesting to see the show take an hour to collect its thoughts and linger for a little while.

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