BREAKING BAD Nearly Doubles Ratings Record with 5.9 Million Viewers for Most-Watched Episode to Date

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Last night’s premiere of the final eight Breaking Bad episodes ever shattered the AMC series’ previous ratings record.  “Blood Money” netted a whopping 5.9 million viewers, eclipsing the drama series’ previous record of 3 million viewers for last year’s penultimate episode.  Clearly fans made it a point of catching up on the show in the months since last year’s finale, as having the twists and turns of the final episodes of this brilliant drama spoiled would be rather unfortunate.  It helps that the show has been available on Netflix’s Instant Watch for a few months, allowing subscribers to adequately prepare for the end.  If you missed Allison’s recap of last night’s excellent episode, click here.

Creator/Showrunner Vince Gilligan Talks BREAKING BAD, the Comprehensive Behind-the-Scenes Documentary, the Saul Goodman Spinoff, and More

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At the AMC portion of the TCA Press Tour, show creator Vince Gilligan was there to promote the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad, which premiere on August 11th, and reflect back on the five-season run of the critically acclaimed and passionately loved series.  During the interview, he talked about which actor most influenced their character, how he originally envisioned things ending for Walter White, the documentary for the last season that will be included on the Blu-ray, whether he read any of the massive amounts of coverage the show got during its run, and the status of the Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) spin-off series.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

AMC Orders 1980s Computing Boom Show HALT & CATCH FIRE and Revolutionary War-set TURN to Series; Starz Renews BLACK SAILS for Season 2

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Some developments regarding upcoming pay-cable series have been announced.  First up, AMC has given series orders to a pair of pilots: Halt & Catch Fire and Turn.  The former takes place during the 1980s computing boom and “is told through the eyes of a visionary and an engineer prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time.”  Halt & Catch Fire is set in Texas’ Silicon Prairie and appears to be loosely based on the rise of Apple and Microsoft.  The impressive cast is led by Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, and Kerry Bishe, with Jonathan Lisco acting as showrunner.  The series was created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers, with Breaking Bad’s Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein acting as executive producers.

Hit the jump for more on AMC’s new Revolutionary War show Turn and Starz’s very early renewal of Michael Bay’s pirate series Black Sails.

Watch BREAKING BAD Comic-Con Trailer; Revisit All 5 Seasons in 2.5 Minutes Before Final Episodes

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AMC premiered what they are calling a “Countdown Mashup” (read: trailer) at the Breaking Bad Comic-Con panel earlier today, and now released the clip online.  I don’t believe there is any new footage, but the trailer grabs all the big moments from the last five years and condenses the series arc into just two and a half minutes.  It’s a great refresher if you are preparing for the return of Breaking Bad on August 11 and effectively whets the appetite for the final eight episodes.

I will miss Breaking Bad, but as the new slogan says, “All bad things must come to an end.”  Watch the trailer after the jump.

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New Comic-Con Poster for THE WALKING DEAD Season 4; Panelists Announced [UPDATED]

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One of the best Hall H panels I saw at Comic-Con last year was for The Walking Dead.  While the show isn’t without its problems, the series’ Hall H panel was filled with intelligent, candid, and often humorous answers from the cast (it helps when Chris Hardwick is your moderator) and they also debuted the stellar first trailer for season three.  The AMC series is returning once again to SDCC this year, and the network has released a new Comic-Con banner for the upcoming fourth season of the show.  The new season will see yet another new showrunner take the reins, and I’m interested to see how the series will move forward given the events of last season’s finale.  For now, though, I’m hopeful that this year’s Comic-Con panel will prove to be just as entertaining as last year’s.

Hit the jump to take a look at the poster, and check back here for our full recap of the show’s panel during Comic-Con.  SDCC 2013 runs from July 18th – 21st.  The Walking Dead season four will premiere on AMC this October. [Update: AMC has revealed which castmembers will be taking part in the Comic-Con panel on Friday, July 19th. More after the jump.]

Walt Stands Tall in New Poster for the Final 8 Episodes of BREAKING BAD

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While AMC only just wrapped a truly great penultimate season of Mad Men, I’m already counting down the days until new episodes of Breaking Bad return to the airwaves.  The network has released a new poster for the final eight episodes of Vince Gilligan’s stellar drama, and Bryan Cranston’s Walter White is seen carrying a very stern warning.  There’s no telling what Gilligan and Co. have in store for viewers as they wind down Walter White’s story, but if the previous five years are any indication, we’re in for another round of intense, emotional, and surprising storytelling from one of the best shows on TV.  August can’t get here fast enough.

Hit the jump to check out the poster.  The final eight episodes of Breaking Bad will kick off on AMC Sunday, August 11th at 9/8c.

MAD MEN Finale Breaks Ratings Record; Ties Season 5 Finale with 2.7 Million Viewers

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Mad Men wrapped up its sixth season last night with a stellar finale (read Allison’s recap here) that sets the AMC drama up for some fascinating developments in the show’s seventh and final season next year, and the superb hour also hit a ratings record for the series.  Bringing in 2.7 million viewers and a 2.1 HH rating, “In Care Of” marked the show’s highest rated finale in history and was on par with season five’s record-setting 2.7 million viewers.  Though the total viewership was down sharply from the season six premiere’s 3.4 million viewers, the series still averaged 2.5 million viewers for its penultimate season.

Vince Gilligan Still Deciding Whether Saul Goodman BREAKING BAD Spin-off Is Sequel Series or Origin Story; Plus Featurette for DVD-Only Scene

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AMC is considering a Breaking Bad spin-off that centers on slick lawyer Saul Goodman (played by Bob Odenkirk), but the nature of the series is still up in the air.  Is it a half-hour sitcom?  An hourlong drama?  TBD.  Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan says he is currently hashing out the details with Peter Gould (the writer who came up with Saul) “every chance we get.”  Gilligan went on the record to explain a bit more about the thought process:

“[We're] trying to figure out, for instance, whether it’s a prequel or a sequel. … Any story that at some point or another showed Saul at his peak, his abilities and his networking skills, would, I think, show the criminal underbelly of a fictional Albuquerque that really had Saul Goodman wired into pretty much the heart of it.”

Hit the jump for more from Gilligan, plus a featurette for the new eight-minute scene created specifically for the Season 5 Blu-ray/DVD.

First Image from THE WALKING DEAD Season 4

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AMC has released the first image from the upcoming fourth season of its incredibly popular drama series The Walking Dead.  Production began earlier this week in Atlanta on season four, and this image doesn’t tease much other than the fact that Andrew Lincoln’s Rick may or may not have a stalker.  Little is known about the upcoming season, but the show is now under the creative supervision of new showrunner Scott Gimple after Glen Mazzara was “let go” in the middle of season three.  After much buildup and promise, the third season finale was about as anticlimactic as you can get, so hopefully The Walking Dead is taken in a bit of a new direction this year.  David Morrissey is confirmed to return as The Governor, and Chad Coleman (Tyreese), Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha), and Emily Kinney (Beth) have all been upped to series regular status.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  A firm date has yet to be announced, but expect the fourth season of The Walking Dead to begin sometime this fall—likely in October.

Featurette for THE KILLING Season 3 Teases a New Case and Direction for the AMC Series

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A new extended featurette for the upcoming third season of the resurrected AMC drama series The Killing has been released online, offering up a bounty of footage and info about the crime show’s return.  Season three picks up a year and a half after the events of the season two finale, as Mireille Enos’ Linden is now working in an isolated job outside the police force and Joel Kinnaman’s Holder has a new partner.  Linden gets roped back in when bodies start piling up and Holder realizes that his serial killer case may be connected to one of Linden’s past cases.  New cast member Peter Sarsgaard—who plays a death row inmate—notes that the season has three different narratives that are connected, so it’ll be interesting to see if showrunner Veena Sud can successfully weave the storylines while maintaining momentum or if the show will get bogged down with melancholy and minimal development like season two.

Hit the jump to watch the full featurette.  The two-hour season three premiere of The Killing airs on AMC on June 2nd.

MAD MEN Recap: “The Flood”

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I was a little more than fed up with Mad Men last week, and as a few others have pointed out, what makes this season so difficult is not only Don’s refusal to grow (more on that later) but also the fact that the party is winding down (smoking and drinking is now bad for you!), and let’s not even get into some of those godawful fashions.  But “The Flood” was a very interesting episode, and actually a really great one, that spent another hour focusing on the reactions of the characters to a huge historical tragedy.  Though Don stays in stasis, the rest of the characters seem to have really gone somewhere, for good or ill.  Hit the jump for why “it’s a shameful, shameful day!”

MAD MEN Recap: “To Have and to Hold”

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As many have pointed out, a great deal of Mad Men revolves around assholes doing mean things.  That does create drama, so who can fault in that formula?  The problem is that we’re six seasons in to this series now, and there are ways in which character development has paid off tremendously, even if it’s sad (i.e. almost everything) and some extraordinarily frustrating ways it hasn’t (um, Don).  I know it’s Matthew Weiner‘s “thing” to not have people grow or change because people really don’t grow and change significantly in the real world, but what value is this to us viewers, six years into things?  Look, “To Have And To Hold” was pretty great, possibly even the best episode this season so far … save for Don.  It revolved around a pretty centrally important theme of “what’s missing?” (besides my interest any more in Don).  Love, career, peace … maybe the answer to all things is at the bottom of a ketchup bottle.  Hit the jump to find out.

Jessica Pare Talks MAD MEN, Working with Jon Hamm, Research, Why Megan Won Over Don, Going from Guest Star to Series Regular, and More

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With AMC’s award-winning series Mad Men airing new episodes Sunday nights, I recently had the chance to participate in a roundtable interview with Jessica Pare.  Since the cast is always guarded when talking about upcoming episodes, most of the interview covered the twists and turns of last season, how much she finds out about upcoming storylines, Megan and Don’s (Jon Hamm) relationship, going from guest star to series regular, the wardrobe, and more.  Hit the jump to either read or listen to what Pare had to say.

BREAKING BAD to Return in August; Plus, AMC Has Seven News Series In Development

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Despite speculation of a July return date, AMC’s spectacular Breaking Bad will not return until almost mid-August (August 11th at 9 p.m., to be exact).  The series will conclude its run with eight episodes, the back half of its fifth season, and serve as a lead-in to new drama series Low Winter Sun.  Also, AMC will be adding Talking Bad (like Talking Dead), a half-hour live after-show that will discuss and dissect the events of the Breaking Bad episode earlier that night.

AMC also announced the renewals of its unscripted programs Talking DeadComic Book Men and Freakshow, as well as the premiere dates for Small Town SecurityShowvilleThe Pitch and Owner’s Manual.  Hit the jump for all of the details, plus a rundown of the cable network’s new original programming (heaps of it!) that’s currently in development, including the recently announced sci-fi series Ballistic City from director Joseph Kosinski and screenwriter Travis Beacham.

OBLIVION Director Joseph Kosinski and PACIFIC RIM Writer Travis Beacham Teaming Up for Sci-Fi AMC Series BALLISTIC CITY

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While AMC is set to lose two of its flagship series fairly soon (Breaking Bad ends its run this summer while Mad Men is poised to conclude with next year’s season seven), the network is making arrangements to ensure that it remains at the forefront of cable programming.  This summer will see the debut of the Mark Strong-fronted crime drama series Low Winter Sun, and now AMC is making moves on a sci-fi series with a pedigreed team behind the scenes: Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski and Pacific Rim screenwriter Travis Beacham.  Hit the jump for much more.

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