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'Breaking Bad' Creator Vince Gilligan on What Walt Did and the Future of the Drama

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 9th 2011 11:35PM
As a storyteller, Vince Gilligan can't be accused of playing it safe.

The season 4 finale of 'Breaking Bad' contained several shocking developments bound to keep fans talking all week.

The creator of the AMC show addresses those events in depth below, and he also talks about the upcoming final season of the drama and whether it will air over one year or two. (By the way, my interview with 'Breaking Bad' actor Giancarlo Esposito -- a.k.a. Gus Fring -- is here, and my review of the finale is here.)

Spoilers ahead for 'Face Off,' the season 4 finale of 'Breaking Bad.'

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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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'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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Vince Gilligan is Rethinking 'Breaking Bad' Season 3 Cliffhanger - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 5th 2010 8:02PM
Vince Gilligan accepts the TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Drama for 'Breaking Bad'On Tuesday evening, Sony Pictures held a party for its slate of TV shows at the loud but trendy bar210 at the Beverly Hilton (it occupies the space of the first version of Trader Vic's, which a few years ago moved next to the hotel's pool). There, I caught up with 'Breaking Bad' creator Vince Gilligan and talked to him about the decisions he made during the show's incredible third season, how the reaction to the last scene in the finale has made him rethink how next year might open, and how the delay of the season 4 premiere until summer is helping his writing staff.

I've read other interviews where you said that season 3 wasn't as planned out as some of the other ones because there was no season-long arc.
In season 2 it was a hell of a time trying to figure out the end at the beginning but we enjoyed it, we had a good time doing that.

After we did that in season 2 we had two thoughts: One of them was we had already done that, and another was 'God that was hard to do.' so we figured in season 3 that we would -- one way to put it was make it up as we went along and we kind of did in a certain fashion, but also to see where the flow took us just as a way to differentiate season 3 from season 2.

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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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'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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Big Opening for 'Breaking Bad'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 23rd 2010 12:02PM
breaking_bad_amc_season_threeThis is really, really good news. This is the kind of news that has to make every television fan cheer ... and breathe a sigh of relief. The season three premiere of 'Breaking Bad' was seen by two million viewers. For a network show, that would be cause for alarm. For AMC, it's a reason to celebrate. Those two million viewers were the most to ever tune in to an episode of 'Breaking Bad.' Did you hear that, world? 'Breaking Bad's' most-watched episode ever.

The numbers were spun, naturally, and they got even better. There were two repeats of 'No Mas' that night, and the total number of viewers climbed to 3.3 million.

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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' - 'No Mas' Recap (Season Premiere)

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 22nd 2010 12:09AM
breaking_bad_amc_season_3_premiere(S03E01) The return of 'Breaking Bad' is a reason to celebrate. No, it's not that Walter White is the kind of character you cheer for and enjoy watching. Rather, it's that the ongoing story of Walt, the very act of his breaking bad, is the most compelling television currently on the air.

There are elements of 'Breaking Bad' that are simply unmatched on any other drama series. This return picks up precisely where the last season ended, albeit a few days later, but the tone, the time and the emotional dynamite is firmly intact. Be prepared for the ride of your life in the weeks 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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Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad: The TV Squad Interview

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 19th 2009 11:01AM
Aaron_Paul_Breaking_Bad

On July 16th when the Primetime Emmy nominations are announced, one name that is likely to appear in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series is Aaron Paul. As Jesse Pinkman on AMC's Breaking Bad, Aaron has done amazing work, revealing a character as fascinating as he is flawed.

His performance this past season on Breaking Bad has generated lots of talk about an Emmy nomination, but not to be overlooked is the fact that Paul is also doing great work on HBO's Big Love. On that drama, his character, Scott, is the antithesis of Jesse. It's a testament to Aaron's skill as an actor that I didn't recognize him at first from Big Love when I watched Breaking Bad. A search of his IMDB listing was one of those 'ah-ha' moments. Recently, I had to chance to speak with Aaron, and we started with the jaw-dropping season finale of Breaking Bad.

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Breaking Bad: ABQ (season finale)

by Allison Waldman, posted May 31st 2009 11:22PM
Walter and Mike, the cleaner
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Cause and effect, random selection, grief, life and death... "My father is my hero, he's just decent." Breaking Bad covered all that and more in the season finale, setting up Walter White's life after successful surgery that bought him more time. The question was this when the end credits rolled, what will that life be for the New Mexico science teacher after all that's come before?

Anyone out there who thinks they know is lying because only creator Vince Gilligan has a handle on what's been going on and what's to come. What we do know after watching the season finale is this: Breaking Bad is as good as any other drama currently on television, and that includes Lost, Mad Men, House, 24 and the other potential Emmy nominees for Outstanding Drama Series.

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Will Walter kill Jesse on Breaking Bad?

by Allison Waldman, posted May 20th 2009 2:06PM
Jesse in bed Breaking Bad

A few weeks ago, I got to speak with Bryan Cranston about Breaking Bad winning a Peabody Award. In the course of that conversation, Bryan told me that writer/creator Vince Gilligan had considered killing the character of Jesse Pinkman at the end of last season. This was a bit of shock to me, but according to Bryan, what saved Jesse was Aaron Paul's performance. "He has this puppy dog quality even when he's doing the most despicable things," Bryan told me.

Well, as I watched Breaking Bad the other night, it occurred to me that Jesse's days might be numbered. In fact, Jason alluded to the possibility in his review; those two dead bodies lying under blankets that have been beside the White pool in the season-long foreshadowed crime scene could be Jane and Jesse.

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