When it comes to my TV viewing, there Breaking Bad, and then there’s everything else. Television’s best drama is coming to a close, and all the fans are hoping that creator Vince Gilligan is going to stick the landing. Looking at everything that’s come before, I have full confidence that the show will finish strong. I’ve started re-watching the series, and I’m absolutely amazed at how much the characters have changed over the last five seasons, which is even more incredible when you consider that in the world of the show, we’ve only seen as far as two years ahead (the show starts on Walt’s 50th birthday). Sadly, as a new teaser trailer and poster tell us, the show can’t go on forever, or it can’t go on and maintain the level of quality fans have come to expect.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster. Breaking Bad returns for its final episodes on August 11th.
Here’s a look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases:
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.
Nominations for the 2013 Critics’ Choice Television Awards have been announced, and along with plenty of welcome surprises there are a couple of snubs that are likely to have people talking. Here’s a brief rundown of some of the highlights:
- Best Drama Series nominees include Game of Thrones, Homeland, Breaking Bad, and FX’s excellent new series The Americans. Conspicuously absent is Mad Men, which only scored one nomination overall for Elisabeth Moss as Lead Actress.
- Best Comedy Series nominees include Louie, New Girl, Parks and Recreation, and Veep, with Emmy favorite Modern Family failing to land a nomination along with last year’s winner Community. Instead, ABC sitcom The Middle made the cut.
- Netflix’s House of Cards scored two nominations for Best Actor (Kevin Spacey) and a very deserved Best Supporting Actor nod for Corey Stoll.
- David Lynch landed a Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series nom for his excellent work in Louie, and Happy Endings alums Casey Wilson and Adam Pally were recognized in the supporting categories.
- The love it/loathe it HBO comedy Girls didn’t get a Best Comedy Series nod, but received acting nominations for Lena Dunham, Alex Karpovsky, and Patrick Wilson.
- FX’s American Horror Story and CBS’ The Big Bang Theory scored the most nominations with six each, topping all other programs.
Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominees, and sound off in the comments with your thoughts on the lineup. The awards will be handed out on June 10th.
The first visual evidence from the second half of Breaking Bad’s fifth and final season has found its way to the interweb. And like Walter White’s impossibly pure stimulant, it’s quite blue (y’know, tonally) and will only make you yearn for more of its sweet embrace until your friends and family are all like, “Just shut the hell up about Breaking Bad already. We get it, it’s awesome; everybody knows now.” But anyway, back to the picture. The scene takes place in the casa de Pinkman, where young master Jesse (Aaron Paul) is visibly shaken. On the couch beside him is his former meth-making partner/life-ruiner Walter White (plus what appears to be that giant sac of money he gave to Jesse in the last episode). It seems as though Walter is trying to talk Jesse down and/or convince him to do something horrible for the greater good of Walter White — an increasingly common occurrence in a relationship that, in the first half of Season 5 (which aired last summer), lost virtually all of its lighter, Laurel-and-Hardy aspects as Walt’s baser impulses ate away those last little bits of his soul. Hit the jump to check out the pic.
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 Dead, Comic Book Men and Freakshow, as well as the premiere dates for Small Town Security, Showville, The 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.
With just a handful of episodes left of the highly acclaimed AMC drama series Breaking Bad, premiering this summer, the Academy of Television hosted an evening to celebrate the show while giving a glimpse into what fans can expect as the story about everyone’s favorite meth dealer continues. Collider was there to cover and attend the event, and we’ve compiled the highlights of what was said during the Q&A.
During the discussion, actor Bryan Cranston talked about how he didn’t quite grasp the extent of the darkness of his character’s journey when he signed on, how much he’s enjoyed the ride, that he got the “Br Ba” elemental chart tattooed on the inside of the ring finger of his right hand to commemorate the end of the series, which scene has resonated the most for him, how much the show has changed his life and career, and just how satisfying the finale will be for fans. Show creator Vince Gilligan talked about how they decided 62 episodes was enough to tell their story, the temptation of wanting to do another season, how the show ended up on AMC, that the show was originally set in the Inland Empire, their strive for authenticity, how they do the time lapse shots, that he never looks online to see what people are saying, and whether the spin-off featuring Saul (Bob Odenkirk) might actually happen. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
This week on The Collision, we are joined by Allison Keene and Charles Judson. Our conversation is sparked by a Mad Men spec script from actress Erika Anderson, which brings African-American characters into Matthew Weiner‘s critically acclaimed show. From there, our conversation expands to explore diversity in popular TV series, if showrunners should feel obligated to diversify their casts, the difficulty in writing minority characters, and much more. As always, we finish up with our recommendations.
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With Breaking Bad coming to a close this summer, AMC is apparently desperately looking for a way to keep cashing in on its success. While many would say Mad Men is currently the best show on television, I’ve always given the edge to Breaking Bad, which is just as cinematic and full of visual metaphor, yet also has the fantastic ability to make viewers want to reach for anti-anxiety medication.
The considered spin off would star Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), and series creator Vince Gilligan would be on board to create this new Saul-centered world, which could be a half-hour comedy. Hit the jump for more possibilities.
One of the best television shows in history will sadly come to an end this summer as Breaking Bad wraps up its final season on AMC. The network has released a new featurette for the last batch of 8 episodes that takes fans behind-the-scenes of the show, and it’s a total tease. The video doesn’t reveal anything at all about the final run of episodes (which is a good thing), but we do see the castmembers talking quite cryptically about what’s to come. The fifth season was split up into two batches of eight episodes, so I assume this upcoming run plays like the final half of one season rather than an entire new season.
Though we don’t know much plot-wise about the final episodes, we do know that Bryan Cranston directs the first episode back, Looper director Rian Johnson thankfully returns to helm another installment, and creator/showrunner Vince Gilligan wrote and directs the series finale. Hit the jump to watch the featurette. Breaking Bad is expected to return sometime in July, so hold on to your butts, folks.
The Writers Guild of America Awards were held tonight, and Ben Affleck‘s Argo continued its sweep through awards season by netting Best Adapted Screenplay for writer Chris Terrio. Mark Boal won Best Original Screenplay for the film that will actually continue to resonate for years to come, Zero Dark Thirty. Meanwhile, Malik Bendejelloul‘s won Best Documentary Screenplay for the wonderful Searching for Sugar Man. Over on the TV side, Breaking Bad won Best Drama Series, Louie won Best Comedy Series, and Girls won Best New Series. Hatfields & McCoys and Game Change continued their awards winning streaks by picking up Best Long Form (Original) and Long Form (Adapted), respectively. Finally, Portlandia beat out some stiff competition (such as The Daily Show and The Colbert Report) to pick up Best Comedy/Variety.
The 63rd annual American Cinema Editors Eddie awards were held last night, honoring editorial achievements from the world of film and television. The list of nominees included familiar titles from the awards circuit, such as Argo, Life of Pi, Brave, Frankenweenie, Homeland and Breaking Bad, along with some less-talked-about documentary fare and non-scripted television series. Hit the jump to check out a list of the winners from the 63rd annual American Cinema Editors Eddie awards.
As you’ve probably noticed, over the past 48 hours, we’ve posted a ton of toy articles. The reason is every February in New York City, the toy industry holds its yearly convention (Toy Fair) and it’s where every toy manufacturer shows off their upcoming products. If you’re a fan of movie related toys, Lego, or just cool stuff, Toy Fair is basically a huge preview of what you’ll be spending your money on this year.
Anyway, while walking around the show yesterday, Samantha Cheirif took a number of pictures and this batch covers Mezco Toyz Breaking Bad and NECA’s Carrie, Kick-Ass 2, Pacific Rim, Prometheus, Aliens, Rambo, The Lone Ranger, The Hobbit, Gremlins and more. Hit the jump to check out the images.
Yesterday, Mezco Toyz invited 50 reporters to their international world headquarters for an exclusive preview of the items set to be revealed at Toy Fair next week. We’ve got a bunch of preview images that are sure to please collectors. On display were new models from such properties as Man of Steel, Breaking Bad, Axe Cop, Thundercats, The Dark Knight and more. Hit the jump to check out the images.
The freight train that is Argo kept on trucking last night. Though the film’s Best Picture Oscar chances were all but dashed when Ben Affleck was snubbed for Best Director (it’s incredibly rare for a movie to win Best Picture without a Best Director nomination), the film picked up the top awards at two major guilds—the Screen Actors Guild and the Producers Guild. Now two becomes three, as the Directors Guild Awards were held last night and Argo pulled off the hat trick by landing Affleck the Best Director DGA trophy.
There is one major precedent that everyone keeps pointing towards with regards to Argo: 1995’s Apollo 13. That film won the PGA, DGA, and SAG awards, only to find Ron Howard left out of the Best Director Oscar nominations and it ultimately lost Best Picture to Braveheart. Is Argo in the same boat as Apollo 13 or can it pull off the win? Furthermore, who wins Best Director at the Oscars? Hit the jump for more, along with the full list of DGA winners that includes Looper’s Rian Johnson for his work on Breaking Bad and Girls’ Lena Dunham.