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Gus Threatens Walt's Family on 'Breaking Bad' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 26th 2011 8:30AM
'Breaking Bad' S04/E11High school chemistry teacher Walt got into the drugs business in the first place because he wanted to take care of his wife and kids. Last night on 'Breaking Bad' (Sun., 10PM ET on AMC), however, his illegal activities put their lives in danger.

Gus has finally had enough of Walt and his brother in law Hank. He drags Walt out into the desert with a bag over his head and fires him. He also says he'll take care of the errant Hank: "You have failed. Now it's left to me to deal with him."

When Walt protests, Gus delivers this chilling threat: "If you try to interfere, this becomes a much simpler matter. I will kill your wife. I will kill your son. I will kill your infant daughter."

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'The Walking Dead' Live Talk Show is a Go!

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 23rd 2011 6:20AM
'The Walking Dead'AMC has announced that it's launching 'Talking Dead,' a live talk show that will air after new episodes of 'The Walking Dead.'

We know, at first the concept seems a little weird. What to expect from a zombie apocalypse spin-off show? 'Watch What Happens Live With the Undead?' Victim of the week? Tips on getting the most out of a human-only diet? How to nail that head shot?

Joel Stillerman, AMC's SVP original programming, production and digital content said that 'Talking Dead' will be "a kind of live water cooler" for 'Walking Dead' fans. "[They] are incredibly engaged with every aspect of the show," he added.

"They tweet, blog, and post comments in very large numbers, and we wanted to give them an opportunity to interact with the show in a way that they don't currently have."

'Talking Dead' will be hosted by 'Walking Dead' über-fan Chris Hardwick, who said "I pretty much begged for this job."

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Gus Meets With the Cartel to Avoid War on 'Breaking Bad' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 19th 2011 4:45AM
'Breaking Bad'With the cartel breathing down his neck and interfering with his operation, Gus coordinated a meet and greet with them so he can try and reach an amicable peace on 'Breaking Bad' (Sun., 10PM ET on AMC), bringing Jesse and Mike along.

After some hesitation and posturing, the cartel warmed up to Gus and even agreed to share in a drink with him. Appropriately cautious, though, they waited until he drank first before partaking themselves.

But when Gus disappeared to purge the contents of his stomach, the various members of the cartel started dropping like flies. It may not have been a peaceful settlement of differences in the traditional sense, but it was certainly one way to address the impasse.

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'Mad Men' Emmy Winning Streak Continues

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 18th 2011 11:35PM
'Mad Men' had to watch other dramas take home the acting, directing and writing awards Sunday night, but it still won big at the Emmys.

For the fourth year in a row, the AMC drama took home the Best Drama Emmy, and winning didn't appear to have gotten old for the show's ecstatic cast and producers.

Mad Men cast

Surrounded by dozens of producers, writers and cast members from the show, creator Matthew Weiner said, "Oh my goodness. I did not think that was going to happen."

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The Cartel Sends a Strong Message to Gus on 'Breaking Bad' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 12th 2011 6:22AM
'Breaking Bad' - 'Bug'Last week, it was curious that the writers were suddenly peeling back some of the layers to Gus' character on 'Breaking Bad' (Sun., 10PM ET on AMC). An extended flashback scene showed what happened when he tried to get into business with the drug cartel in Mexico.

This week, it became clear as that background information made the current situation not only more clear, but more intense for us as well. Gus is still a very gutsy and bold player, as evidenced by his walking out into a storm of gunfire when the cartel tried to send a message to his distribution center by shooting one of his men.

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'The Walking Dead' Season 2 Preview: More Action, More Emotion & More Zombies!

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 8th 2011 7:45PM
I was lucky enough to screen the premiere episode of 'The Walking Dead' Season 2 today, and the first words out of my mouth when it ended pretty much say it all: holy sh*t.

Now I was one of the ones on the fence about this show after its way too short first season, and I know a lot of fans are worried about the series being in new hands since Frank Darabont passed the showrunning torch off to Glen Mazzara.



But after seeing the 90-minute premiere (Sun., Oct. 16, 9PM ET on AMC), I can safely say that we can all stop worrying. This is non-stop, edge-of-your-seat, pulse-pounding zombie action and suspense at its best. Now they just have to keep that up for the second season's full 13-episode order ... no biggie.

I caught up with Mazzara and fellow executive producers Gayle Anne Hurd, Robert Kirkman and Dave Alpert to find out more about Season 2's drama, the introduction of new characters Herschel and Maggie, Andrea's eventual evolution and giving back to the fans. Keep reading for more ...

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With Hank Closing In, 'Breaking Bad' Reveals a Bit of Gus' Past (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 6th 2011 4:46AM
'Breaking Bad' - 'Hermanos'Gustavo Fring is one of the most enigmatic and fascinating characters on television. Now that he's on Hank's radar on 'Breaking Bad' (Sun., 10PM ET on AMC), the writers have begun to slowly peel back the onion, revealing a few of the layers of his complex and stoic personality.

Hank's investigations into Gus' past take him clearly to Mexico and then back to Chile, but there he hits a roadblock, as there are no records of Gus in Chile. Neither do we get any knowledge of who he was in Chile, but we do get a hint that it was something notorious based on a flashback to Mexico.

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'The Walking Dead' Gets 90-Minute Premiere, Split Season 2

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 1st 2011 2:45PM
The Walking Dead'The Walking Dead' Season 2 will premiere with an extra helping of zombies -- and footage. Yep, starting Oct. 16 at 9PM, audiences will get 90 minutes of zombie apocalypse goodness on AMC.

AMC will air six one-hour episodes each week before putting the show on hiatus. It'll return Sun., Feb. 12 in its regular 9PM timeslot. Kevin Smith's new reality show about his comic book store will also debut on Feb. 12.

The 90-minute premiere will also launch globally on all Fox International Channels during the week of Oct. 17-23. 'The Walking Dead' Season 2 will be seen in 122 countries and translated into 35 different languages.

'The Walking Dead' follows a group of survivors including small town police officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) and Carl (Chandler Riggs), Shane (Jon Bernthal), Andrea (Laurie Holden), Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn) and Glenn (Steve Yeun). This season the group find a working farm and are joined by guest stars Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson and Pruitt Taylor Vince.

Watch a trailer for Season 2 below.

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AMC Orders Kevin Smith's Comic Book Store Reality Show & 'JJK Security' to Series

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 1st 2011 2:15PM
Kevin SmithWhat do you do when you have one mega-successful TV series based on a comic series? Launch a reality show about a comic shop and fanboy culture!

AMC announced 'Secret Stash,' an unscripted six-episode series set in Kevin Smith's New Jersey comic shop, Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash.

"Draper. Meth. Zombies. This show couldn't be on a better network. AMC is to television what Miramax was to cinema back when I first got in the game: they're the premier destination for any story-teller looking to spin an offbeat yarn that no other outlet has the stones to touch," Smith said in a statement. "And as if I didn't love them enough, now they're putting my friends on TV! I'm ecstatic, proud, and extremely lucky to be in bed with a network I watch religiously anyway. And if they'd pushed just a little harder in the negotiations, I'd have done this show for no payment beyond early access to every episode of 'Mad Men,' 'Breaking Bad' and 'Walking Dead.'"

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ABC Buys Western From Ron Moore, ABC Family Eyes Musical Series & More Development News

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 30th 2011 7:30PM
Ron MooreCan Ron Moore revive the TV western?

Moore, who has become a cult figure thanks to his work re-imagining 'Battlestar Galactica,' has sold a western pitch to ABC.

According Deadline, 'Hangtown' is described as a western procedural. The show is set in the early 1900s and centers on three characters: a marshal who solves crimes by instinct, a doctor who explores forensics to solve mysteries and a young female writer who is trying to sell dime novels about crime.

The pitch for 'Hangtown' sees the three characters coming together each week to solve a crime. The marshal's detective skills, the doctor's science and the young woman's desire to write good crime story all come into play.

Last year, Moore was said to be working on a 'Wild Wild West' reboot for CBS. NBC produced Moore's '17th Precinct' pilot that featured many 'BSG' actors, but never ordered it to series.

In other development news ...

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'The Walking Dead' Season 2: Four Creepy Teasers (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 24th 2011 4:00PM
The Walking DeadThe air is beginning to cool and the leaves are getting ready to change. Do you know what that means? The return of 'The Walking Dead.'

AMC has released four new 11-second trailers just in time to satiate our hunger for all things zombies. The new teasers feature Glenn, Rick, Andrea and a boatload of zombies.

The clips don't reveal much about the Season 2 plot, but we do know our favorite zombie apocalypse survivors will stumble on a working farm and meet its inhabitants played by Lauren Cohan and Scott Wilson.

Check out the new previews below.

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'Breaking Bad' and TV's Latest Trend: The Incredible Shrinking Television Season

by Maureen Ryan, posted Aug 23rd 2011 1:00PM
'Breaking Bad's' renewal is old news, of course, but I've been on vacation and haven't had a chance to weigh in.

In any event, the most noteworthy thing about the renewal isn't the fact that the show is going away. Vince Gilligan, 'Breaking Bad's' creator, has said for some time that he doesn't want the taut, terrific drama to overstay its welcome, and that's a laudable idea.

No, the most noteworthy thing about 'Breaking Bad's' exit plan is that it fits into a pattern I like to call the Incredible Shrinking Television Season. AMC hasn't confirmed this, but credible news reports have said that the final season of 'Breaking Bad' is likely to be shown over the course of two years, in chunks of around eight episodes or so.

If that happens, we'll be getting two semi-shrunken seasons, which fits in with what's been happening to a lot of scripted shows, mostly on cable but also on the broadcast networks. The standard episode order for a new or returning cable show used to be 13 episodes, but now it almost seems as though that's the exception, not the rule.

This concerns me.

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Jesse Helps Mike Track Some Missing Meth on 'Breaking Bad' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 22nd 2011 6:14AM
'Breaking Bad' - 'Cornered'Walt keeps pushing and he keeps finding out that he can only get away with so much. Gus has his own agenda on 'Breaking Bad' (Sun., 10PM ET on AMC), and as important as Walt is to the drug empire he's built, he's not going to allow Walt any more leverage over him than he must.

Gus is cold in a way that Walt can't comprehend, though he tried to put on a show of how tough he could be for Skyler. All that did was drive her away, and when she came back, she put him right back in his place ... beneath her heel.

Meanwhile, Jesse is apparently genuinely impressing Gus now, which will only further drive the wedge between Jesse and Walt. Of course, this was Gus' only intention in the beginning, but now it looks like he may be coming to see Jesse as someone who could genuinely be of value to his organization on his own.

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'Breaking Bad': Jesse the ... Hero? (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 15th 2011 7:37AM
'Breaking Bad' - 'Shotgun'Gus' silent approach to dealing with his drug empire seems to permeate down the ranks on 'Breaking Bad' (Sun., 10PM ET on AMC). No one questions him, no one talks to him if he doesn't want to talk, and apparently his henchmen don't talk either. The tactic does a great job of leaving the viewer just as in the dark as Walter and Jesse most of the time.

We feel that same sense of helplessness and frustrated confusion at every turn. Mike drove Jesse around for hours with no explanation. When Walter refused to cook without his partner, Gus sent in a new partner who couldn't even tell Walter that's why he was there. He had to let Walt figure it out.

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AMC Reaches Renewal Deal to Extend 'Breaking Bad' for Final 16 Episodes

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 15th 2011 12:30AM
Walter White may still have to live in a state of perpetual paranoia, but fans of 'Breaking Bad' can rest easy.

AMC has reached a deal to extend its critically-acclaimed meth-drama 'Breaking Bad' for a final 16 episode season, the network announced Sunday. The agreement comes several weeks after renewal talks stalled between AMC and the show's producer, Sony TV, when AMC floated the idea of cutting the 'Bad''s fifth and final season down to six or eight episodes.

The deal ensures that 'Breaking Bad' creator Vince Gilligan will have enough time to fully chronicle Walter White's descent from chemistry teacher into a Meth-cooking drug kingpin.

"It's a funny irony -- I'd hate to know the date of my own last day on earth, but I'm delighted to know what Walter White's will be (episodically speaking). This is a great gift to me and to my wonderful writers," Gilligan said in a statement from AMC. "It's knowledge which will allow us to properly build our story to a satisfying conclusion. Now, if we don't manage to pull that off, we've got no one to blame but ourselves."

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