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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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Jesse Continues to Spiral Downward on 'Breaking Bad' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 8th 2011 9:20AM
Could this be the beginning of the end for Jesse on 'Breaking Bad' (Sun., 10PM ET on AMC)?

He's living in squalor, surrounded by addicts and homeless hangers-on, and he seems to have lost his grip on reality.

Unfortunately for him, his bad behavior caught the attention of the hard-as-nails Mike who sees him as a liability and who thinks he should be taken down.

As a test, Mike confronted Jesse with a bloodied, trussed-up man lying on his basement floor, saying that the guy had stolen Jesse's money. Jesse didn't even blink. He just picked up the money and stumbled to the stairs. When Mike hinted that he was going to kill the guy, Jesse just shrugged.

He then taunted Mike, saying "Is the point where I'm supposed to beg you not to do it? ... I'm supposed to promise, cross my heart, and straighten up?"

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'Mad,' 'Bad' and 'Walking' Into the Headlines: An AMC Timeline

by Maureen Ryan, posted Aug 4th 2011 2:00PM
It feels as though AMC's scripted fare has been part of the TV landscape forever, but it's worth noting that Don Draper and 'Mad Men' only arrived on our TV screens four years ago.

As Don well knows, hitting the big time can create its own set of problems. As AMC has dealt with the challenges that success brings, it has endured a roller-coaster ride of conflict and controversy, especially in recent months.

Here's the short version of AMC's recent history, a companion piece to our interview with network President Charlie Collier.

June 25, 2006: The miniseries 'Broken Trail' debuts and garners a very impressive 9.7 million viewers for the channel.

July 19, 2007: 'Mad Men' debuts, goes on to win dozens of awards and reside at or near the top of most critics' yearly Top 10 lists.

Jan. 20, 2008: 'Breaking Bad' debuts, and after an uneven strike-shortened first season, eventually joins 'Mad Men' as one of the most critically acclaimed shows on TV.

Early 2009: In a ritual that would be repeated two years later, negotiations between 'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner and AMC become public and acrimonious, but he eventually signs on to do Seasons 3 and 4 of the show.

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'Breaking Bad' in Crisis as Talks Stall Between Producers and AMC

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 2nd 2011 5:45AM
'Breaking Bad' Season 4It's been a drama-filled summer off-screen at cable network AMC and now comes news that 'Breaking Bad' is the latest series to run into trouble.

According to 'The Los Angeles Times,' renewal talks for Season 5 of the critically acclaimed drama have reached an impasse after AMC wanted to cut the number of epsiodes from 13 to six or eight.

Last week Sony studios reportedly started shopping the series around, sending feelers out to at least three other cable networks about taking 'Breaking Bad' should an agreement with AMC fall through.

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Marie's Kleptomania Returns on 'Breaking Bad' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 1st 2011 3:45PM
Marie (Betsy Brandt) steals, and then scolds a real estate agent on 'Breaking Bad' Marie Schrader (Betsy Brandt) of 'Breaking Bad' (Sundays, 10PM on AMC) has had problems with stealing things before. Back in season one, she shoplifted a tiara for Skyler's daughter and underwent therapy for kleptomania. The habit returned on Sunday's episode, which found Marie making multiple appointments for open houses, lying about her identity, and helping herself to souvenirs.

As Marie was leaving one house, she was confronted by a real estate agent who accused her of stealing a spoon at a previous open house. The agent said she had called the police and called Marie a thief. "You'd better just back off, okay?" Marie said, and then dragged Hank into the conflict. "My husband is a DEA agent."

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Walter Tries to Pull Mike to His Side Against Gus on 'Breaking Bad' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 25th 2011 3:05AM
'Breaking Bad' - 'Thirty-Eight-Snub'Here's the deal on 'Breaking Bad' (Sun., 10PM ET on AMC). Mike is one scary dude. Gus is something even beyond that. Walter White? He's on his way to being a bad***, but he's just not there yet. He has the will. He even has a gun now. But he's just not intimidating enough yet. At least not to these people.

Not that we think he was going for intimidation when he approached Mike in a bar and essentially begged him to put him in a room with Gus. Instead, he tried to play on Mike's human, compassionate side, which is a side none of us have seen. He also tried to use what Gus did to Vince to equate his and Mike's situation.

But Mike is a loyal man, and apparently that loyalty does not know an end. We're sure there's more lurking under the surface, but we haven't been privy to it yet. We have a feeling, however, that Mr. White isn't going to "learn to take yes for an answer," as Mike suggested.

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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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Gus, Trust and Gale: Thoughts on the 'Breaking Bad' Season Premiere (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jul 18th 2011 11:15AM
I can't promise I'll be recapping 'Breaking Bad' every week -- with Comic-Con and other travel commitments looming, it would be foolhardy promise that -- but I wanted to share a few thoughts about 'Breaking Bad's' masterful season premiere.

I wrote in my season 4 review that 'Box Cutter' was one of the finest season premieres I'd ever seen, and the word that kept coming to mind as I watched it was 'trust.'

There isn't any between Gus and Walt, but trust was nevertheless evident in every frame shot in the Superlab.

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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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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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The Law Comes in Handy on 'Breaking Bad' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 26th 2010 9:31AM
Breaking Bad - Bryan CranstonOn a show about drugs, you wouldn't expect Walter (Bryan Cranston), the main character, to be saved by the law. However, that was the case on 'Breaking Bad' (Sun., 10PM on AMC), when Walter and Jesse (Aaron Paul) got trapped in their meth lab RV.

Jesse inadvertently leads the Drug Enforcement Administration to the RV, causing quite a bit of panic, but the owner of the lot saves the day.

"Got a warrant?" he asked the Hank (Dean Norris). Unfazed by the Hank's disregard, the lot owner persisted in his questioning. "I'm the owner of this lot, which means you're trespassing on private property. As far as the RV goes, it seems to me it's locked, which means you're trying to break and enter. This is a domicile, a residence and thus protected by the fourth amendment from unlawful search and seizure."

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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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