If the 2011 viral mashup “Breaking Bart” left you jonesing for another fusion of The Simpsons and Breaking Bad, you’re in luck, bitch! The opening credits of the animated Fox comedy this Sunday pay tribute to the AMC drug drama and one of its memorable sequences from season 5, which featured the 1969 song “Crystal Blue Persuasion.” READ FULL STORY »
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A man accused of breaking into Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston’s car late last year and stealing a script for the popular television show set in New Mexico has been arrested, authorities said Monday.
Bernalillo County Sheriff’s officials said Xavier Macafee, 29, was being held on suspicion of burglary.
Macafee, of Albuquerque, was booked into jail last Friday and made his initial court appearance Monday, according to authorities who didn’t immediately know if he had a lawyer. READ FULL STORY »
Original programs like Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and The Walking Dead are among AMC Networks’ success stories on its namesake channel — and now the company is beginning to branch out, bringing scripted originals to its Sundance Channel as well. The two-part miniseries Restless, starring Downton Abbey‘s Michelle Dockery, premiered on the Sundance Channel last December; Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake will bow in March.
Next on the list: Rectify, a six-episode series created by Oscar-winning filmmaker Ray McKinnon and produced by Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein — the celebrated team behind Breaking Bad. The story follows Daniel Holden (Aden Young), an alleged murderer who finds himself exonerated and released from prison after 19 years on death row.
“You’ll often see somebody who gets out of prison, exonerated or not, and somebody will say, ‘What do you want to do now?’ And he’ll say, ‘I want a steak dinner and to go see my mother. What Ray said [to me] is, ‘I want to know what happens the next day,’” Johnson said in a phone interview, explaining what drew him to the series. READ FULL STORY »
Today, the Directors Guild of America announced its nominees for TV and commercials. Some of the shows involved are predictable (Homeland, Mad Men, Louie, Girls), while others aren’t (check out that Reality category!). The list:
Michael Cuesta, Showtime’s Homeland, “The Choice”
Jennifer Getzinger, AMC’s Mad Men, “A Little Kiss”
Lesli Linka Glatter, Showtime’s Homeland, “Q&A”
Rian Johnson, AMC’s Breaking Bad, “Fifty-One”
Greg Mottola, HBO’s The Newsroom, “We Just Decided To”
Louis C.K., FX’s Louie, “New Year’s Eve”
Mark Cendrowski, CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, “The Date Night Variable”
Bryan Cranston, ABC’s Modern Family, “Election Day”
Lena Dunham, HBO’s Girls, “Pilot”
Beth McCarthy-Miller, NBC’s 30 Rock, “Live from Studio 8H” READ FULL STORY »
What do Walter White and Phil Dunphy have in common? They’re both at the center of the TV shows most honored by the Writers Guild of America today. The group just announced the nominees for its annual awards, which will be handed out Feb. 17 at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. Breaking Bad garnered five nods; Modern Family drew four. Here’s a list of all the primetime and late night series in contention for the event’s biggest prizes:
Critics praise Breaking Bad for its authentic characters and storytelling, but is it scientifically accurate? Mythbusters is breaking out the Hazmat suits to find out.
EW has learned that the Discovery reality series — in which everything from urban legends to Hollywood scenes are scrutinized in the name of science — will put AMC drug drama Breaking Bad under the microscope with an episode that includes appearances by star Aaron Paul and creator Vince Gilligan. “We’ve been wanting to do a Breaking Bad episode for awhile,” says Mythbusters host Adam Savage. “Obviously there’s a lot of fertile material to play with, so things that happen on the show have been ending up on our list of stories to tackle for a couple years now. And when Vince said in an interview that he’d love to see a Mythbusters/Breaking Bad crossover, we reached out to him directly and the response was overwhelming positive.” READ FULL STORY »
Our long national nightmare is finally over: AMC has settled its legal battle with Dish Networks, thus ensuring that Dish subscribers will once again be able to spend their Sunday nights watching the cast of The Walking Dead concoct exciting new ways to stab zombies in the face.
The lawsuit — an arcane dispute rooted in the defunct Voom service — ended this weekend when AMC and Cablevision agreed to a settlement with Dish. According to a press release, Dish agreed to pay AMC and Cablevision $700 million, and also entered into a new multi-year agreement to air the channels comprising AMC Networks — which includes AMC, IFC, the Sundance Channel, and WE tv.
The Dish settlement comes at an auspicious time: Last week’s Dead season premiere earned monstrous, better-than-broadcast ratings, confirming AMC’s status as one of the pre-eminent basic cable networks. The show might add some viewers this week: EW has confirmed that AMC (and its sister networks) will begin airing on Dish in time for subscribers to watch tonight’s Dead.
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Ding-ding! An Emmy-nominated villain from Breaking Bad is coming to American Horror Story. Veteran character actor Mark Margolis, who played the stroke-addled wheelchair-bound drug lord Hector “Tio” Salamanca on the AMC drama, has been cast in a recurring role in AHS: Asylum.
In addition to Breaking Bad, Margolis has played memorable characters on projects such as Scarface, HBO’s Oz and The Wrestler. We don’t have many details about his new character on the FX horror drama. Okay, we don’t have any details about his character. He plays a recurring character named Sam Goodwin, that’s all we got. But we do have two other actors who we can also exclusively report are coming on board in guest-star roles: Amy Farrington (Hung, The New Adventures of Old Christine) has been cast as a worried mother on the show and David Chisum (One Life to Live) will play a loving husband.
American Horror Story returns to FX on Oct. 17. And if you didn’t already see it, one of the show’s ads received top marks in our annual Fall TV ads graded gallery.
Ben Wyatt’s dad is… Mike Ehrmentraut?!
It’s true: EW has confirmed that Jonathan Banks, better known to Breaking Bad fans as stoic fixer Mike, has booked a guest role on Parks and Recreation‘s fifth season. (HitFix first reported the news.) Banks will play the yet-unnamed father of Adam Scott’s character, Ben Wyatt. He’ll likely appear in the season’s sixth episode.
“We were working [on] the character description of Ben’s dad,” Parks co-creator Mike Schur told HitFix, “and I said aloud, ‘He should act like Mike Ehrmentraut. So somebody said, ‘Well, why can’t we just get Jonathan Banks?’” Schur and his team are all huge fans of both Banks’s work and AMC’s Emmy-winning series: “To me, at this exactly moment in time, he’s everyone I know’s favorite actor,” Schur explained. “After that arc, he’s the actor about which we’ve spent the most time talking in the room over the last year.”
Banks joins a list of Parks season 5 guest stars that already includes Lucy Lawless and Senators John McCain, Barbara Boxer, and Olympia Snowe. The sitcom returns Thursday, Sept. 20 on NBC.
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Somehow, someway, Clay survived season 4 of Sons of Anarchy. But does that mean the former SAMCRO prez is now in the clear, or are his days still numbered? Mandi Bierly and I discuss that and more as we preview Sons of Anarchy’s upcoming season 5 on the latest edition of the InsideTV Podcast.
What can we expect from the new additions of Jimmy Smits and Harold Perrineau? What is Gemma’s next move? And how will Jax react to being at the head of the table? We’ve seen the first two episodes and will provide our thoughts and teases as for what to expect. Just click on the audio player icon below to hear Mandi and me break it down. (The Sons of Anarchy discussion begins at 14 minutes in.)
But first, Dan Snierson and Melissa Maerz stop by to discuss and debate the Breaking Bad 2012 finale. Is Walt’s cancer back? Is Jesse really out? And should we be rooting for Heisenberg at this point, or against him? We answer all that and present theories as to how the whole thing may end. Plus, Annie Barrett calls in preview the new (and hopefully improved) X Factor. Will the addition of Britney Spears and Demi Lovato make the show watchable? Is it worth giving The X Factor another shot? (The X Factor chat starts at 26:00.) READ FULL STORY »
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