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Casting Roundup: Stephen Collins Tackles Gay Role, Anna Gunn Heads to 'Lie to Me' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 19th 2010 5:30PM
Stephen CollinsWhat would Rev. Camden think? Stephen Collins of '7th Heaven' fame will guest star on 'Brothers & Sisters' as a gay pal of Saul.

According to TV Guide, Collins will play Charlie, a man who helps Saul deal with his HIV status.

"I don't want this to be like a TV Movie of the Week," 'Brothers & Sisters' showrunner David Marshall Grant told TV Guide. "Even though he didn't know his diagnosis until recently, I have a feeling Saul has been dealing with this for years. He hasn't been frequenting gay bars."

Collins will only stick around for one episode, but he could pop up again. He stars on 'Brothers & Sisters' producer Greg Berlanti's new series 'No Ordinary Family.'

In other TV news ...

'Breaking Bad' star Anna Gunn will appear on Fox's 'Lie to Me.' Gunn will play an ambitious internal affairs detective who tries to bring down Detective Wallowski. Look for Gunn to make her appearance in late November. [Ausiello Files]

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Marriage and Lies on 'Breaking Bad' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 31st 2010 11:20PM
Marriage and Lies on 'Breaking Bad'Marriage can have its ups and downs. And that's never been more true than on 'Breaking Bad' (Sun., 10PM ET on AMC).

[Spoiler alert.]

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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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'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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Walter Gives Skyler Drug Money on 'Breaking Bad' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 5th 2010 4:27AM
Walter Justifies Drug Money on 'Breaking Bad'On last night's 'Breaking Bad' (Sun., 10PM ET on AMC), Walter (Bryan Cranston) handed over to his wife (Anna Gunn) the fruits of his (criminal) labor -- an enormous bag of money.

As he explained, "In this bag is the college tuition for Walter Jr., and Holly, it is health insurance for you and the kids ... this roof over your head." She's less than enthused by the gesture. But he feels justified: "I've done a terrible thing, but I did it for a good reason ... All the sacrifices I have made for this family will be for nothing if you don't accept what I've earned."

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Breaking Bad' - 'I.F.T.' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 5th 2010 12:01AM
'Breaking Bad' - 'I.F.T.'
(S03E03)
One of the aspects of 'Breaking Bad' that amazes me week after week, and one of the things that makes it one of the most compelling shows on television, is this:

Intellectually, as you watch Walter White lie his way through his family's lives and the lives of everyone he comes in contact with, you know he's one of the biggest bastards on TV. And, also intellectually, you watch Skyler have to suffer through all of Walt's lies -- at least the ones she knows about -- and you know she's trying her best to protect herself and her children from someone who's become a monster she no longer recognizes.

But, here's the compelling part: No matter how rationally I think about the situation, I still don't know who to root for.

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'Breaking Bad' - 'Caballo Sin Nombre' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 29th 2010 1:00AM
Bryan Cranston, 'Breaking Bad'(S03E02) Last season, we had to wait until the end to see what the cold open was all about each week. This time around, the scary pair of bald Mexicans worked their way into the main story almost immediately, even if it's still unclear what their objective is. In fact, the climax at the White house that wrapped this episode had so much going on, it was almost overwhelming.

Vince Gilligan and company continue to take things slow, after the bombshell revelation that Walter laid on Skyler last week. Walter's clearly in a state of crisis, and he's becoming unraveled completely because of it. He's without direction and focus. Everything he did for the past two seasons he did for his family; albeit misguided and taking things way, way too far.

He at least had a purpose and there was always a goal behind the production of meth: making enough money to keep his family going after he died ... then to pay for his treatment and surgery ... then to pay for Holly, the new and unexpected baby. Now, he's lost everything and he's lost in response.

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Anna Gunn on the 'Breaking Bad' Bombshell

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 22nd 2010 2:02PM
Anna Gunn of 'Breaking Bad'In season two of 'Breaking Bad,' viewers saw Anna Gunn's character of Skyler White go from long-suffering wife of cancer-patient-slash-meth-maker Walter White to a person who is starting to have her own moral dilemmas.

But right at the start of the third season, Skyler's world gets turned upside down. I can't say more without spoiling things, which is why I postponed posting the interview I did with Anna Gunn in January until after the season three premiere aired. Gunn and I talk about the first episode bombshell and how her character reacted. We also talk about what might be in store for Skyler and son Walt Jr. (RJ MItte) in season three.

Our friends at AOL TV also spoke to Gunn recently, if you want to find out more about what's in store for Skyler.

(WARNING: Spoilers of the season three premiere are ahead!)

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'Breaking Bad' Tidbits from Cranston, Paul and Odenkirk

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 19th 2010 3:05PM
Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul of 'Breaking Bad'
After speaking to Vince Gilligan at the press tour, the folks at AMC were eager to get online writers a chance to talk to the entire 'Breaking Bad' cast. So, later on that day, about a half-dozen reporters sat with Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Bob Odenkirk and Anna Gunn to talk about the show's intense second season and what's coming up in season three, which debuts Sunday at 10PM ET.

The most interesting tidbits came from Cranston, which makes sense; not only is he the show's Emmy-winning star, but he has also directed a number of episodes, including the season three premiere. When I asked him about the next-to-last episode of season two, a moment that I've dubbed the show's "holy crap" moment, he had an interesting response.

(WARNING: Spoilers of season two are ahead!)

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Vince Gilligan on 'Breaking Bad' Season Three

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 17th 2010 11:02AM
Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul of 'Breaking Bad'
'Breaking Bad' comes back for its third season this Sunday on AMC (10PM ET / 9PM CT), and after watching the last few episodes of season two, the new season can't come soon enough. The dramatic ante was upped for meth-making science teacher Walter White (a role for which Bryan Cranston won another Emmy) and his partner Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), and the season ended with the fallout of Walter's actions spreading from his family to the greater Albuquerque area.

Creator and executive producer Vince Gilligan is the man behind the dark but wryly amusing world of 'Breaking Bad.' After watching the first two season three episodes while I was at the TCA tour in January, I got a chance to sit with Gilligan poolside at the Langham Huntington for a few minutes.

We talked about the "holy crap" moment of season two, on how he and Cranston see Walter differently, how many seasons he envisions the show running, how Walter might transform over the season's run, and what it's like to be on the same network as 'Mad Men.'

Stay tuned for interviews with the cast later in the week.

(SPOILERS AHEAD! Stop here if you haven't seen season two yet...)

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Anna Gunn Talks 'Breaking Bad' Season 3

by Andrew Scott, posted Mar 12th 2010 12:00PM
Anna GunnIn the season 2 finale of AMC's Emmy-winning drama 'Breaking Bad,' Skyler White (played by Anna Gunn) finally stood up to her husband, Walt (Bryan Cranston), after being lied to for months. It was a game-changing moment for the critically acclaimed series, and set the tone for what is sure to be yet another explosive season.

AOL TV recently chatted with Gunn to get the scoop on 'Breaking Bad' season 3 (premiering Sun., Mar. 21 at 10PM), including what's in store for Walt and Skyler, Skyler's new baby and her complicated relationship with Ted Beneke (Christopher Cousins).

Read the full interview after the jump.

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Emmy Wish List: Supporting Categories - Drama

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 15th 2009 3:26PM
Emmy_statueTalk about a wealth of choices! When it comes to the Primetime Emmys in the supporting actor and actress categories for drama, there are a plethora of worthy candidates. Some shows, like Mad Men or Lost, for instance, have multiple choices in the supporting ranks, especially since these ensembles seem to have a hard time determining who's really the lead.

Earlier, I shared my wish list for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama nominations, and I mentioned that Chloe Sevigny from Big Love would be a deserving selection. A TV Squad reader let me know that Chloe has actually been submitted in the supporting category. Good to know, and with that in mind, I'll start my wish list by talking about that category. (Remember, there are six nominees per category.)

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Breaking Bad: Mandala

by Jason Hughes, posted May 18th 2009 11:01AM
Breaking Bad - Mandala
(S02E11)
After last week's episode, I thought we might have a moment where Walt came back to Jesse and said that it was back on. He'd got the passion for cooking in his soul and he couldn't shake it out. It's really starting to make me worry more about those foreshadowing opening sequences we've seen with body bags and destruction. Explosion at the White house? Is his family going to be collateral damage?

We didn't get any further on the foreshadowing sequence in the opening segment, instead we got something equally devastating in the here and now. If you're going to get into drug distribution, you have to learn to expect collateral damage. When that damage came it was perfect that Walter didn't even recognize him by name.

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Breaking Bad: Negro y Azul

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 20th 2009 4:15AM
Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad(S02E07) The episode opened with a video by Mexican cousins Los Cuates de Sinaloa; the song is our episode title. It looks like the boys were hired to pen a tune that explains exactly what is going on in the drug community now that White and Pinkman are peddling their blue meth. The video is produced like something you'd see on Latin MTV (sort of) in Spanish with English subtitles. It also goes on to tell us that White, as "Heisenberg," has gained notoriety of the not-so-great sort in the drug cartel world further south. It was a unique if strange way to open the episode, as well as provide exposition on White's growing infamy.

As for Walt, one of the benefits of his newfound career in drugs is that he's a much more aggressive taskmaster in the classroom. No more timid Mr. White; Walt's apparently becoming a badass in all walks of his life. Or at least much bolder than he was. Meanwhile. Jesse is finding out that it's a lot tougher to be the badass everyone thinks he is when he doesn't have the self-confidence to be as hardcore as his image.

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Breaking Bad: Seven Thirty-Seven (season premiere)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 9th 2009 12:26PM
Breaking Bad Cast
(S02E01)
Three hundred and sixty-four days after the first season finale, the second season of Breaking Bad finally began last night (Damn you, writers strike!). While we only got seven episodes last year, the show still made a huge impact on the television landscape, primarily by being just amazingly produced and acted. The action and tone pick up here as if we've never been away, and despite a year since new episodes, it feels like only last week that we first saw Tuco go ballistic and viciously beat his own man.

Of course, if it had been last week then I doubt we'd have rewound the scene and replayed it in its entirety. Still, it was a nice reminder of just how crazy and unpredictable Tuco is. And it was the problem of Tuco that pretty much drove the entirety of the main plot tonight. It says something as to how perfectly disturbed Raymond Cruz portrays Tuco that despite being in the episode only during two sequences, his presence hovered over every moment.

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