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Bryan Cranston Talks New Season of Darker, More Intense 'Breaking Bad'

by Kim Potts, posted Jul 14th 2011 7:00PM
Bryan CranstonSeason 4 of 'Breaking Bad' premieres this weekend (Sun., July 17 at 10PM ET on AMC), and without spoiling a bit of jaw-dropping action in the season opener, we'll just tell you that the episode is called 'Box Cutter.' It picks up right where Season 3 left off and the jaw-dropping part isn't even the resolution of what happened when Jesse pulled that trigger ...

Yep, stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul -- and of course, series creator Vince Gilligan and the rest of the show's fantastic cast -- continue to turn out one of the best, most intense series on TV.

AOL TV talked to three-time Emmy winner Cranston about what lies ahead for meth-cookin' Walt, his partner Jesse, Walt's wife Skyler and Walt's new nemesis, Gus, as well as the 'Malcolm in the Middle' star's equally-thriving big-screen career.

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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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What to Watch: TV Picks for July 11-17

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 10th 2011 1:30PM
Finn and JakeMONDAY, JULY 11

'Adventure Time with Finn and Jake' (8PM ET, Cartoon Network)
season premiere
The colorful kids' animation returns for its third season on Cartoon Network, continuing the adventures of Finn and his four-legged friend Jake as they traverse the mystical land of Ooo. In the season premiere, Finn and Jake find their tree house invaded by King Snuggadoodle and the Huggaboopies (yes, really).

'Eureka' (8PM ET, Syfy) summer season premiere
After a six month break, 'Eureka's' fourth season resumes with an unscheduled launch that causes havoc for the gang, while Carter finds himself in an awkward situation after S.A.R.A.H. and Andy's nuptials hit a speed-bump.

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Bryan Cranston Talks About Going from 'Breaking Bad' to 'Larry Crowne' on 'The View' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 8th 2011 5:10PM
Bryan Cranston talks about 'Breaking Bad' and 'Larry Crowne' on 'The View'Every actor has to recreate themselves, in a sense, when they are playing a character. Bryan Cranston has a bit more experience at that then most. On 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC), Cranston talked about his character arc on 'Breaking Bad,' and transitioning from that character, a meth dealer/cancer patient, to playing Julia Roberts' husband in 'Larry Crowne.'

Playing Walter White is the big challenge, according to Cranston -- going from "Mr. Chips to Scarface," as his showrunner likes to say. "This is a show that's attempting to do something that's never been done in the history of television," he said. "And that's starting a character out as one type of person and over the course of the series, he's completely changed."

And if you're wondering, Cranston said there will be no going back. "There's no redemption for him," he said.

When Cranston got the call for 'Larry Crowne,' he was still in full Walter White mode, and thought he looked more like Roberts' father than her husband. He was afraid the audience wouldn't think they belonged together, so he plunged himself into a massive makeover and exercise program, which he found surprisingly enjoyable. "I had a mani-pedi," he said. "It was fantastic."

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Who the (Bleep) Did They Marry? TV Husbands With Double Lives

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jul 6th 2011 1:00PM
If you've ever wondered about your significant other's side dealings, well, you're not alone. There are plenty of examples of lying, cheating, law-breaking husbands in the news, and there are even more secretive spouses on TV.

'Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?' (Season 2 premieres Wed., July 13, 10PM ET on Investigation Discovery) looks at the very worst kind of misrepresentation: those husbands who do double-duty as thieves, spies and even serial killers.

Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?

We decided to round up some fictional better halves that turn out to be worse -- much worse -- than anyone could've ever imagined. From a meth dealer to a very dirty cop and even a real-life reporter tasked with exposing wrong-doings caught in his own expose, here are just a few TV husbands leading double lives.

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'Breaking Bad' Exclusive Season 3 DVD/Blu-ray Bonus Clip (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 6th 2011 3:45PM
Saul Goodman, 'Breaking Bad'Anyone who watches 'Breaking Bad' knows that if you need legal help, you Better Call Saul.

Saul Goodman -- played by funnyman Bob Odenkirk -- is one of the shadier lawyers in TV history, laundering money for his drug-dealing clients Walt (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul). And they're probably not even the worst of his clients ... by a long shot.

But there's somethig so endearing about Saul, isn't there? Guess that's what you should expect from a show that made us fall in love with a meth dealer.

Sadly, we won't get more 'Breaking Bad' until Season 4 premieres Sun., July 17 on AMC, but you can relive Season 3 now on DVD and Blu-ray. In our exclusive DVD bonus clip, Saul shows off his impressive late-night commercial-making skills.

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'Breaking Bad' Season 4: July 17 Premiere Date, New Teaser Trailer

by Chris Harnick, posted May 31st 2011 2:30PM
Breaking BadMark those calendars! 'Breaking Bad' season 4 will premiere on Sun., July 17 at 10PM.

Emmy-winner Bryan Cranston is back as Walter. He's on the verge of being caught and has lost his family; things aren't exactly going his way.

Along with the 13 new episodes, AMCTV.com will feature new content in support of the hit series. The network's site will be home to an "interactive graphic novel" featuring Aaron Paul's character Jesse Pinkman. Visitors will also be privy to Hank's (Dean Norris) DEA case file.

Watch AMC's new trailer (featuring a lot of season 3 footage) below.

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AMC Not Ordering Any Pilots, Likely to Renew 'The Killing'

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 18th 2011 8:00AM
AMC LogoCable network AMC seems set to continue its successful and conservative approach to ordering pilot episodes: Sources report that it's not proceeding with any of the six dramas it currently has in development. At least, not right now.

AMC recently held its annual pilot script "bake-off," during which writers pitched their creative vision to network execs and outlined where their stories would go over a season-long arc.

According to Variety, two projects, space drama 'Voyage,' and an untitled racing project from exec producer Billy Gerber, are likely to have a second chance after being overhauled, while the other four are most likely dead in the water.

However, it's not all gloom over at AMC: The network is said to be close to renewing murder mystery 'The Killing,' which launched in April to a favorable reception from critics and viewers.

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11 Great '[TV Show] in 60 Seconds' Videos

by Ryan McKee, posted Jan 29th 2011 2:00PM
Watching Landline TV's 'Dexter' in 60 Seconds' video reminded us how much we enjoy the 'In 60 Seconds' format.

The phenomenon really took off on YouTube with a number of movie plots edited down to one minute. Full television series aren't as simple to cut down with so many characters and story arcs each season. However, there are some excellent ones out there and we unearthed 11 of the best.

The tone of the videos vary greatly -- some are meant to be informative, others humorous. They are created from actual clips, or re-enactments, or animation, or even feline theatre. A few focus on a specific character, or season, and some portray the show's broader themes. You'll enjoy all of them, and leave a little more educated.

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'Mad Men' Gets Fifth Season, Networks Announce Spring Premiere Dates and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 7th 2011 6:00PM
Mad Men, Don Draper, Jon HammRest easy, AMC fans -- your favorite quality cable programming is definitely coming back in 2011.

The network announced today that 'Mad Men' has been renewed for a fifth season, though there's no official premiere date. Same with 'Breaking Bad,' according to The Hollywood Reporter -- no official premiere date other than "summer 2011," but the show will begin filming season TK next week.

AMC also set a date for its new series 'The Killing,' about the investigation surrounding a teenager's murder. The show will debut on Sun., April 3 at 10PM.

In other TV news ...

A&E's 'Breakout Kings' has a premiere date too. The new series, about a group of convicts who partner with a U.S. Marshal office, will bow on March 13 at 10PM. [Deadline]

'Spartacus' fans, you might have a new lead actor soon. Sources say Aussie actor Liam McIntyre is the frontronner for the role, and will be made official soon. Meanwhile, the show is definitely getting a second season. [TVLine]

Emeril Lagasse is returning to the TV kitchen. The chef just signed a new deal with the Hallmark Channel to star in a daily cooking show. It is scheduled to premiere in late 2011. [Hallmark]

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The Best and Worst of TV in 2010: 'Breaking Bad,' 'Modern Family,' 'Glee' and More

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 22nd 2010 5:30PM
Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston of 'Breaking Bad'During every Festivus season, we here at TV Squad reflect on what's happened during the past year in the world of the boob tube (I'll keep calling it that because "boob flat screen" doesn't flow as well).

We're in the midst of giving you our "12 Days of Festivus," my fellow Squadders have given their best and worst picks, and Mo Ryan has given what she liked and disliked this year.

So, how much more can we talk about? Plenty. 2010 was an active year in the television universe and there is plenty to talk about. As I've done in the past, I'll dispense with the usual "best show/worst show" mishegas and just make up the categories as I go along.


The best season of television that almost no one saw:
The heart-attack inducing third season of 'Breaking Bad.' I've already said that the season, which ended over the summer, was the best season of dramatic television in the past decade, and it seems even better than that in retrospect.

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Four Swell Shows from AMC

by Maureen Ryan, posted Dec 20th 2010 2:30PM
Countdown to Festivus on Dec. 23: On the fifth day of Festivus, TV gave to us ... four dramas from one ambitious network.

Step into the wayback machine, TV fans. Remember those dark times when AMC had no original dramas on the air?

It seems as though the channel's offerings have (deservedly) occupied the media spotlight forever, but only a few years ago, AMC was best known as the place to watch old movies.

The movies are still there, but so many other things have changed. As the end of the year approaches, it's time to give thanks for AMC's offerings, which were among the year's finest.

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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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The Best TV of 2010: The Top 10 Roster

by Maureen Ryan, posted Dec 2nd 2010 2:30PM
Narrowing down my yearly Top 10 list to only ten individual TV shows proved very difficult this year. There was just too much good TV, and thank goodness for that. None of the new shows that the broadcast networks debuted this fall made the cut, but no matter, there was still plenty of good drama and comedy to choose from.

So much, in fact, that I decided expand my list a bit. There are, as you can see below, ten entries in my Best of 2010 list, but a couple of entries mention multiple shows. I've got a new job and new editors, so why not try a new way of approaching the Top 10 list, right? All I can say is, it would have melted my brain and hurt my heart to leave any of the shows below off my list.

By the way, in the next week or so, I'll post a long list of runners up -- more than two dozen scripted shows that didn't quite make the cut here but which were nevertheless pleasing, compelling or noteworthy during the past year.

Without further ado, here's my list of the best television shows of 2010:

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Emmy Picks: Best Drama Series

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 26th 2010 1:00PM
Nominees for Best Drama at the 2010 Emmys
With the Emmy awards just days away, I'm continuing to pick who I think should and who I think will win the major awards.

Yesterday, I discussed the Best Lead Actor in a Comedy category. Today we start looking at the big two awards, beginning with Best Drama.

'Breaking Bad'
'Mad Men'
'The Good Wife'
'True Blood'

Who will win:
I don't think that the Academy voters would put 'Lost' in this category, especially since they stopped nominating it giving them the prize after its first season, unless they intended on giving it the award. This has happened before when a well-regarded, long-running series ends; 'Hill Street Blues' took home a U-Haul full of awards after its last season in 1987, for instance. And 'Lost' has been such a part of the cultural conversation since its debut that the Academy would be hard pressed to give it to another show. Think of this as more of a Lifetime Achievement award than an award for anything in 'Lost''s final season.

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