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Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 9:04PM EST
The 2007 TV writers strike ended 10 years ago this week: Here's how it changed TV forever
The three-month strike that lasted from November 5, 2007 through February 12, 2008 resulted in David Letterman and Conan O'Brien growing strike beards and the cancelation of the Golden Globes. The strike also unintentionally benefitted shows like Breaking Bad, The Big Bang Theory, Friday Night Lights and 30 Rock.
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 8:22PM EST
How to make Breaking Bad meth candy
YouTube show Binging with Babish offers a brief lesson on making the blue-colored, Walter White-inspired candy.
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 3:08PM EST
Aaron Paul becomes a dad
The Breaking Bad alum and star of The Path welcomed his first child, a girl, with wife Lauren Paul.
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 11:32PM EST
Vince Gilligan reunites with his Breaking Bad writers, admits he’s been watching the marathons on AMC
“I get asked a lot what would I change about it,” Gilligan says of the series finale. “It sounds like a joke answer, but I wish Jesse’s teeth weren’t so perfect. I’m not kidding. The kid smokes meth and gets the living sh*t beat out of him.” ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel gives Aaron Paul a baby meth suit for his upcoming baby girl.
Posted Sunday 1/21/18 at 3:26AM EST
Breaking Bad stars celebrate the show's 10th anniversary on Twitter
“10 years ago today Mr. White and Jesse Pinkman decided to start cooking crystal meth,” tweeted Aaron Paul. “Thank you Vince (Gilligan) for coming up with this crazy concept.” Bryan Cranston responded hours later to his former co-star: “Yo Bitch! I stole your line, Aaron. But you can ‘Say my name!’ Just thinking about the 6 magical years on BB with our great cast and crew. I miss you all, even those Heisenberg had to kill. Vince, you're a genius and a wonderful human being. Thank you for the ride of our lives!” Meanwhile, Dean Norris thanked TV wife Betsy Brandt and tweeted he was celebrating the anniversary with a “Shraderbrau and a new mineral. Brandt responded: “I was just about to text you “meet me in the kitchen with a box of wine…I love the story that we told, and I love you.” ALSO: Breaking Bad fans in Albuquerque celebrated the 10th anniversary by flocking to “Los Pollos Hermanos.”
Posted Friday 1/19/18 at 10:48PM EST
Breaking Bad still has a hold on Albuquerque 10 years after its premiere
Saturday marks the 10th anniversary of the groundbreaking AMC drama, which ran five seasons through 2013. “Albuquerque is a diverse metropolis of more than 550,000 people spread over 190 square miles—yet a full 10 years after the show’s premiere, Breaking Bad still has a hold on the city,” reports Erin Vanderhoff. "In Old Town, you can still buy the rock candy 'meth' made by the woman who supplied the crew for the first two seasons; curio stores still sell T-shirts with Walter White’s face on them alongside their ristras and kachina. ‘Bathing Bad’ bath salts can still be found for sale, and for $75, you can take a tour of Breaking Bad filming locations in an R.V. designed to look like Walt and Jesse’s first lab. On Albuquerque’s Craigslist, you can occasionally find copies of the local newspaper published the day after the finale—which includes a fan-placed obituary for Heisenberg himself.
It’s an impressive feat of staying power—especially in a Peak TV era that tends to send viewers lurching wildly from buzzy show to buzzy show.”
Posted Friday 1/19/18 at 4:41PM EST
Breaking Bad gets an official YouTube channel for its 10th anniversary
The Sony Pictures Television Breaking Bad YouTube channel will feature footage of the acclaimed series, as well as user-generated content and specially created “theme pieces.” Breaking Bad celebrates its 10th anniversary on Saturday.
Posted Tuesday 1/16/18 at 6:10PM EST
Vince Gilligan recalls the “F*CK YEAH!” in Breaking Bad oral history in honor of its 10th anniversary
The groundbreaking AMC series premiered on Jan. 20, 2008 amid the writers’ strike and up against the overtime portion of the NFC championship game between the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers. Few watched Season 1’s first seven episodes, yet they were good enough to garner four Emmy nominations, including a surprise victory for Bryan Cranston for best actor in a drama series. “I’ll never forget that moment they read out Bryan’s name,” says Gilligan in Esquire’s oral history. “I launched out of my seat like some drunken sports fan, and screamed “F*CK YEAH!" so loud I actually hurt my vocal chords, and I was slamming my hands together. It wasn’t even clapping, just beating them together. I’d never clapped so hard in my life, it was almost scary. Bryan is the whole package; he’s such a fine actor that even if he were the world’s biggest a**hole, he’d be worth working with. But he’s also the greatest guy, and so beloved by his peers. So in hindsight, I think, of course he won! But at the time, it was a shock.” ALSO: Watch a Better Call Saul gag reel.
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 9:05PM EST
A video reveals every Black Mirror Easter egg from Seasons 1 through 4
Screen Crush says it found more than 60 Easter eggs from all four seasons. ALSO: A Netflix promo mashes up Breaking Bad and Black Mirror.
Posted Thursday 12/14/17 at 5:10PM EST
AMC will mark the 10th anniversary of Breaking Bad by re-airing every episode
From Dec. 31 through Jan. 29, AMC will show all 62 episodes of the critically acclaimed drama every weekend. Breaking Bad premiered on Jan. 20, 2008.
Posted Friday 10/13/17 at 11:28PM EDT
Fatal Attraction isn’t the only sex thriller that inspired Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season 3
This season’s “Funny Fatal Attraction” storyline also took cues from Basic Instinct, Cruel Intentions, Dangerous Liaisons and Swimfan. This season also found inspiration in Breaking Bad, which is why Rachel Bloom was dressed as Walter White. “Breaking Bad is probably Rachel and my number-one inspiration,” says co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna. “The yoke of likability is something that I really labored under for years writing romantic comedies.” ALSO: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is the perfect corrective for one of the most draining weeks in entertainment history.
Posted Wednesday 10/11/17 at 2:10PM EDT
A six-foot fence is being put up around the Breaking Bad house in response to unruly fans
“We feel like we can’t leave because when we do, something happens and that’s ridiculous,” says Joanne Quintana, whose mother owns the Albuquerque home featured on the AMC series.
Posted Wednesday 10/04/17 at 10:47PM EDT
In the “writer’s medium” of television, directors are slowly getting their due
Sure, filmmakers like David Lynch and Martin Scorsese have tried their hand at television. But, says Tim Goodman, “the bigger movement has been the burgeoning creative reputations of a phalanx of outstanding TV directors who were making names for themselves previously on The Sopranos, The Wire, Mad Men and Breaking Bad and any number of outlets. They are a big part of the reason the medium has toned down its ‘the writer is god’ sensibilities. In the subsequent years, there's been no end to the beautiful incarnations we've seen across the board, but particularly on cable and streaming services. The number of outstanding directors — calling them ‘film’ or ‘TV’ directors seems like a ridiculous clarification these days — has increased exponentially.”
Posted Thursday 9/28/17 at 4:23PM EDT
Scandal casts Dean Norris
The Breaking Bad alum will recur in the final season of the ABC drama in a role that is being kept under wraps.
Posted Tuesday 9/26/17 at 2:26AM EDT
Francis Ford Coppola: "Television and movies are now pretty much the same thing"
In his new book Live Cinema and Its Techniques, the legendary filmmaker weighs in on TV’s latest golden age. “The days when television represented a console in the home and film was seen in a movie theater seem to be over,” he writes. “Television and movies are now pretty much the same thing, as The Sopranos and Breaking Bad have shown. Cinema can now be from one minute long to one hundred hours, seen anywhere, in the home, the theater, the church or community center, and anywhere around the world, thanks to satellites and digital electronics.”