2013 was the breakout year for Breaking Bad. The critically adored meth drama, which had enthralled a fervent yet modest-sized fanbase, went next level with its final eight episodes, rocketing to record ratings while dominating talk on Twitter and around watercoolers. Before the New Mexico dust had settled, the show also scored its first Outstanding Drama Series Emmy. For those reasons and more, Breaking Bad was named as one of EW’s Entertainers of the Year and EW critic Melissa Maerz’s No. 1 TV show of 2013, while season 5’s “Ozymandias” topped our Best Episodes of 2013 list. Series creator Vince Gilligan talked with EW about his year to remember, Breaking Bad‘s finale, the plans for spin-off prequel Better Call Saul, his upcoming guest spot on Community and the person he’s dying to work with.
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'Breaking Bad': Watch Bryan Cranston and Dean Norris film the 'tread lightly' scene -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
When Breaking Bad returned for the second half of its final season back in August, everyone seemed to have a pretty good idea of how the Walt-Hank story line would unfold. Still reeling from that bathroom-reading revelation in the midseason finale that Walt (Bryan Cranston) was actually the crystal meth kingpin that he’d been tracking, Hank (Dean Norris) would methodically plot to take down his brother-in-law over the next few episodes before some sort of showdown occurred toward the end of the season. READ FULL STORY
Breaking Bad is considered one of the finest and darkest dramas of the new century, but critics and fans have also long delighted in its sly-and-dry comedy. You can see in the clips below how the actors wind up keeping things light on the set of the brutal meth drama with this collection of bloopers from the final season. The full gag reel can be found on Breaking Bad: The Complete Series (Nov. 26, Blu-ray), which also includes a two-hour-plus documentary about the making of the last eight episodes. (Click here to watch Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul reading the finale script for the first time.)
Press play and enjoy Matt “Badger” Jones versus a bong, Paul versus a pack of cigarettes, and Cranston versus two faucets and an A-1 door.
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You know how you felt when you watched the series finale of Breaking Bad? Now imagine if you’d been one of the people actually living in the complicated skin of these characters since 2006, when that groundbreaking pilot was shot. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul decided to honor the last unforgiving leg of Walt and Jesse’s meth-making journey to hell by reading the finale script aloud together. (Fun fact: Paul actually had to delete a copy of the script from his email because he was so worried that he would sneak a peek.)
The pair convened in March at Cranston’s place in Albuquerque, ordered some Greek take-out, cracked open a few beers and tackled the “Felina” script for the first time, dividing up the roles between them. (Cranston, for example, played Todd and Marie while Paul assumed the roles of Skyler and Lydia.) As Paul told EW earlier this fall: “When we got to the final page, it was just… [He takes a deep breath.] Usually at the end of an episode, it says, ‘End of episode,’ but Bryan read, ‘End of series.’ And that was it. We sat there and just kind of looked at each other, not knowing what to say. But I could tell both of us were just so…so happy.” Recalled Cranston: “It was a moment of silence, like, wowww. We were just quiet for a while, realizing that was the last time we were ever going to read a Breaking Bad script. And then we looked at each other. There are people that you work with and you hope you would stay in touch with, and I know I’ll be a friend of Aaron’s forever.”
A camera crew that had been trailing the show for a two-hour-plus documentary on the making of the final season was on the scene for this moment, and their access is your gain. You can check it out on Breaking Bad: The Complete Series (Nov. 26), the barrel-shaped Blu-ray box set that contains all 62 episodes and 55 hours of special features. To preview their reading of “Felina” right now, watch the following video. And if you want a detailed report from the Breaking Bad set as Cranston & Co. filmed the last scene of the finale, click here. READ FULL STORY
UPDATE: The alternate ending has been pulled from YouTube on copyright grounds.
For months — years, even — fans of Breaking Bad speculated how the AMC drama would wrap up the story of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a harmless chemistry teacher who became a murderous meth maker. Asked earlier this year to name his favorite creative this-is-how-it-all-ends theory, Cranston told EW, “The one that gets around the most is he goes into the witness protection program and that’s the start of Malcolm in the Middle. He goes into the witness protection program, his family is splintered, remarries and then begins Malcolm in the Middle.”
Cranston & Co. did wind up shooting a playful alternate ending for the series finale with a special guest, and it is featured on the Breaking Bad complete box set, which is being released on Nov. 26. Would you like to wait until then to see it? Hal, no! Check it out below.
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The moment I finally became a fan of The Good Wife occurred just about three weeks ago. It came in the current season’s widely praised fifth episode, “Hitting The Fan.” This was the one where Will (Josh Charles) and Diane (Christine Baranski) fired Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and Cary (Matt Czuchry) for plotting to start their own firm. As Will progressed from betrayal (his reaction, a symphonically-performed shock-face culminating in a downbeat “what?!”, was priceless) to “commando mode” (rallying emergency quorums; hustling clients to keep them from bolting), and as Alicia progressed from resolute yet regretful to full-on “Oh, it’s so on!” (countering Will’s counter-attacks; wooing Chum Hum; an adrenaline rush quickie with Governor Hubby), it was thrilling to watch them find new energy and purpose in their lives amid the crisis, if slightly heartbreaking to watch the former lovers, now former colleagues, become enemies. It was impossible to take a side; I wanted both to win. In a story full of such grand drama and significant developments, it was a smaller, funnier exchange between Alicia and Will that grabbed me. As a contentious phone conversation came to a close (“Go to hell!” “No, you go to hell!”), Will remembered something very important. “Oh, your daughter called,” he said, suddenly civil. “She needs you to call her school to let her go on a field trip.” “Oh. When was this?” Alicia asked, equally pleasant. “About 40 minutes ago.” “Thank you.” “You’re welcome.” Click. And then war resumed.
Not a terribly ingenious scene, I grant you. It hewed to a familiar screwball comedic structure. The whiplash tonal shift; two rivals abruptly making nice or banal in a way that almost feels out of character. Except here, the moment felt true to the characters, at least as I understand them so far. It was an effective way to dramatize that their relationship was more complex than their current conflict, to show that neither of them should be defined by the crisis/concerns consuming them at present; and it was a moment that was representative of all of everything else in the show that was converting me to rabid Good Wife fandom. READ FULL STORY
Three reasons next Monday’s How I Met Your Mother promises to be a goodie: We see the bar again (!!), Barney shows off a hidden talent for dolphin talk, and, last but certainly not least, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston is BACK as Hammond Druthers. And he’s seemingly badder than ever.
As you’ll recall, it’s been awhile since we’ve seen Ted’s former (very angry) boss. In fact, the last time we saw him in something other than a flashback was season 2’s “Columns.” So what brings him back? We welcome your theories. Meanwhile, check out the exclusive promo below for the episode below:
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Vince Gilligan’s next project will take him in front of the camera: The Breaking Bad creator/executive producer will guest star in an episode of Community, EW has learned.
Need a Minnesota deputy? Better call Bob!
Comic-actor Bob Odenkirk has signed on to FX’s series version of the Coen Brothers film Fargo.
He’ll play Deputy Bill Olson, a Bemidji deputy with seniority over his younger, smarter and more ambitious fellow deputy, Molly Solverson, played by Allison Tolman.
FX also announced Friday that Oliver Platt, Kate Walsh and Glenn Howerton are also joining the cast. Platt (The Big C) will play “the Supermarket King of Minnesota,” Kate Walsh (Private Practice) will play a former stripper and mother of teenaged twin boys, and Howerton (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) will portray an ambitious personal trainer. READ FULL STORY
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