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Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 8:19AM EDT
Better Call Saul was originally envisioned as a half-hour sitcom
“We sold it to Sony and AMC without knowing what it was,” Vince Gilligan said at the ATX Television Festival. “We thought it might be a half-hour sitcom. We thought about ripping off Dr. Katz. Week in and week out famous comics would come in with their legal problems. But we knew nothing about writing straight-up comedy.”
Posted Tuesday 5/01/18 at 6:32PM EDT
Carol Burnett: "I'm crazy about anything Vince Gilligan writes"
The comedy legend is a big fan of binge-watching Gilligan's two shows, Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, on Netflix, home to her new show A Little Help with Carol Burnett. She also tells Jimmy Kimmel she watches Homeland and Schitt's Creek.
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 10:17PM EDT
Vince Gilligan wanted to end Breaking Bad after five seasons because he thought The X-Files went on too long
"I was very anxious about the idea of folks suddenly moving on, and saying, 'Is that show still on the air? I used to watch it. It used to be good,'" Gilligan said recently while promoting Better Call Saul. "I'd wanted folks rather to say, 'Don't end it now!' That's what I wanted, and that's what we got, thank goodness. So it was me as much as anybody who said, 'I want to leave the stage at a high point, and not go past the high point.'"
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 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 Tuesday 11/21/17 at 9:19PM EST
Why are there so many cults on TV all of a sudden?
It’s not just Charles Manson and American Horror Story: Cult. Paramount Network will soon come out with Waco based on David Koresh, Jake Gyllenhaal and A&E are working on an anthology series on cults for A&E, and Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan is developing a Jonestown miniseries for HBO. “What specifically about cults is making them such a huge part of American entertainment right this second?” asks Adam Epstein. The recent American Horror Story: Cult season may hold a clue, he says, noting that “the prevalence of cults on TV simply reflects an America, and much of the world, that’s devolving further and further into tribalism.”
Posted Monday 9/11/17 at 3:14PM EDT
Fear the Walking Dead pays homage to Breaking Bad
Showrunner Dave Erickson says of last night’s midseason premiere: “It’s a gentle nod of admiration and adoration to Vince Gilligan.”