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Bryan Cranston On What He's Learned From Playing Walter White on 'Breaking Bad' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 6th 2011 1:00PM
As 'Breaking Bad' nears its intense and climactic Season 4 finale, Bryan Cranston went on 'Today' (weekdays, 9AM ET on NBC) to talk about his character Walter White's descent into meth-dealing gangsterism.

White's de-evolution from a cancer-stricken high school chemistry teacher to a ruthless meth-dealer is rapidly accelerating, and Cranston spoke about what he's learned from playing such a morally ambiguous character. "It really isn't about glorifying drug use or drug making ... it's about a man's poor decision-making. What I've learned from this experience is that anyone, even the meekest person among us, could become a horrible, dangerous person," he told Matt Lauer.

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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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Jon Cryer, Claire Danes Among Six New Presenters Named for the Emmys

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 14th 2011 7:20AM
Emmys logoThis year's Emmys are just a few days away, and to whet our appetite ahead of Sunday night's ceremony, organizers have announced the names of six new presenters.

'Two and a Half Men' star Jon Cryer, who is up for a Best Supporting Actor award this year, will be joined on the presenting roster by actors from both established shows and upcoming new ones.

The other five presenters announced Wednesday are: Bryan Cranston ('Breaking Bad'), Scott Caan ('Hawaii Five-0'), Claire Danes ('Homeland'), Kerry Washington ('Scandal') and Jason O'Mara ('Terra Nova').

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Molly Shannon Moves to 'The Middle' and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 20th 2011 1:45PM
Molly ShannonWhen 'The Middle' returns for its third season, it'll have one very funny addition: 'Saturday Night Live' veteran Molly Shannon!

According to TVLine, Shannon will play Janet, Frankie's (Patricia Heaton) sister. Shannon is set to recur on the series.

'The Middle' returns on Sept. 21 at 8PM with Heaton's former 'Everybody Loves Raymond' husband, Ray Romano as a guest star. Romano will play a man from Frankie's past.

In other casting news ...

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DEA Chemists Taught Bryan Cranston to Make Meth for 'Breaking Bad' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 22nd 2011 6:39AM
Bryan Cranston, 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'When it came to his role on 'Breaking Bad,' Bryan Cranston did not sample the product involved in the show to help him understand his character, though that may be more of a question for Aaron Paul.

Mr. White would never sample his wares. But he did tell 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS) that he did learn how to make crystal meth.

We suppose authenticity is important, though we're not so sure meth heads are in love with 'Breaking Bad,' or even if that is a desirable demographic, so does it really matter if the meth cooking is 100 percent accurate on the show?

It is, though. In fact, Cranston said DEA chemists were consultants on the show and they took them through the process step-by-step.

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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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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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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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'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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Bryan Cranston Gyrates in 'Saturday Night Live' "What Up With That?" Sketch (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Oct 4th 2010 4:45AM
Bryan Cranston Gyrates on 'Saturday Night Live'Oscar winners Morgan Freeman and Ernest Borgnine joined DeAndre Cole (aka Kenan Thompson) as "guests" on Thompson's mock talk-show "What Up With That?"

This time in the recurring 'Saturday Night Live' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC) sketch, Freeman was questioned on education. "I think what our schools lack today is empowerment -- it's the first thing we need," he said, as some drum-kit cymbals started up. "Where it really starts is with a solid family foundation."

"Family foun-da-tion!" Thompson belted out. "It begins in the home, yeah!" The fake host was then joined by his customary backup singers, '80s b-boy dancer Jason Sudeikis and the Kenny G-esque Fred Armisen. Funkadelic duo Doo-Doo Man (host Bryan Cranston) and Squiggy (Jay Pharoah) had a literacy lesson to add to the ditty. Cranston sang, "Put a book in your mouth. Put a book in your pants..." while gyrating in undies and a feather-boa coat. Surely a lesson not soon forgotten.

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'Saturday Night Live' Bryan Cranston/Kanye West Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Oct 3rd 2010 11:30AM
'Saturday Night Live'['SNL' - 'S36 E02']

Last week's 'Saturday Night Live' was good, but it had a few built-in tricks to ensure its quality: it was the season premiere, a former cast member was the host, and the musical guest had large breasts.

The second episode of the season would need to stand on its own with only the wiles of its multi-faceted host and enigmatic musical guest. When you played Tim Whatley on 'Seinfeld,' hosting 'SNL' is about the only thing left to do in your career, outside of getting into a feud with Kanye West. Bryan Cranston's bucket list might now be two items shorter.

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Bryan Cranston Compares Winning 3 Emmys to Having Kids (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Oct 1st 2010 8:00AM
Bryan Cranston Talks Emmys on 'Late Night'When Bryan Cranston visited 'Late Night' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC), Jimmy Fallon -- host of the Primetime Emmy Awards last August -- was sure to congratulate him on winning his third consecutive acting Emmy. The host noted only Bill Cosby had also achieved the three-peat.

Cranston spontaneously launched into a Cosby impression, and Fallon followed suit. The 'Breaking Bad' actor then compared the statues to kids. "These Emmys are just like having children because you love them, you're proud of them ... You're very grateful. And then when the newness wears off, you stick 'em in a back room and forget about it," he joked.

Cranston also explained why he's most grateful for his third Emmy, which has its own name.

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Bryan Cranston to Host 'Saturday Night Live'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 2nd 2010 6:15AM
Bryan Cranston at the 2010 EmmysIt's been a really good week for Bryan Cranston. First, he won his third consecutive Best Actor Emmy for 'Breaking Bad.' And now it looks like the 'SNL' producers were listening when he said in an interview earlier this year: "Would I like to host 'Saturday Night Live?' Hell, yes, I'd love to," as he's been booked to host the Oct. 2 episode.

As reported in the Los Angeles Times, Cranston announced the guest-hosting gig on ESPN Radio's Mason & Ireland show, and said he was "so thrilled and excited" about making his debut on the show. Vince Gilligan, the creator of 'Breaking Bad' has previously said he was mystified as to why Cranston hadn't been asked to host the show before: "[If Bryan] hosted 'Saturday Night Live,' he would hit it out of the park."

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Emmy Picks: Best Lead Actor in a Drama

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 23rd 2010 1:02PM

With the Emmy awards less than a week away, I'm continuing to pick who I think should and who I think will win the major awards.

On Friday, I discussed the Best Lead Actress in a Drama category. Today we look at their male counterparts in the Best Lead Actor in a Drama category.

Kyle Chandler, 'Friday Night Lights'
Bryan Cranston, 'Breaking Bad'
Matthew Fox, 'Lost'
Michael C. Hall, 'Dexter'
Jon Hamm, 'Mad Men'
Hugh Laurie, 'House'

Who will win:
Wow. You could make a case for everyone in this category, given the strong episodes they each submitted. That being said, Bryan Cranston didn't give the Academy any reason to avoid giving him the award for the third year in a row. 'Breaking Bad' had an exceptionally strong season, and it says a lot that I don't even think Cranston was the best actor on his show this year -- Aaron Paul did that good of a job, but he's nominated in the supporting category -- but I still think he will take the prize.

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