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'The Good Wife' and the problem of too much good TV

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

'How I Met Your Mother' promo: Bryan Cranston returns! -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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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Anna Gunn to guest star on 'The Mindy Project'

Doctor L’s about to face off with Skyler White.

Anna Gunn is heading back to the small screen with a guest stint on The Mindy Project, EW has confirmed. Gunn will appear on the comedy as Sheila Hamilton, a high-profile New York doctor with A-list clientele — “the Tory Burch of Manhattan OB/GYNs,” according to Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling). In the episode, Sheila intends to poach Mindy from her current office. Though Mindy’s pleased to have a fan at first, she grows wary of Sheila’s attention.

And Gunn’s no stranger to comedy — she once guested on Seinfeld long before she starred as Walter White’s tormented wife. Plus, the actress said she’d be up for tackling a comedic role after years of playing a woman under the thumb of a drug kingpin.

“It would be a lot of fun to play some comedy,” Gunn recently told EW. “I’m looking at just some really interesting different character roles that would be a complete 180 from Skyler that would allow me to really stretch and show my range and show colors and things that I haven’t been able to in the past few years.”

Looks like she got her wish. The Mindy Project airs Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET on Fox.

'Breaking Bad' creator Vince Gilligan to guest on 'Community' -- EXCLUSIVE

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.

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'Breaking Bad': Read the final pages of the series finale script

By now, you’ve seen and analyzed last month’s Breaking Bad finale. Probably many times. (If you haven’t, spoilers ahead.) But what you haven’t yet feasted your eyes on are the last two pages of the script, written by series creator Vince Gilligan. At an Austin Film Festival event that honored Gilligan, the screenplay to the series finale (“Felina”) was displayed. Better yet, an enterprising fan posted photos of those pages on Reddit. READ FULL STORY

Vince Gilligan talks 'Breaking Bad' spin-off 'Better Call Saul'

It’s been more than two weeks since Breaking Bad signed off the air, which means that now is as good as any time to turn attention to AMC’s Breaking Bad spin-off featuring unscrupulous lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk). In a meaty profile of Vince Gilligan in The Hollywood Reporter, the Breaking Bad creator dropped a few notable hints about the architecture of Better Caul Saul.
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Bob Odenkirk joins FX's 'Fargo'

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

'Breaking Bad': Anna Gunn talks saying goodbye to Skyler, her last scene, and what's next

It’s been more than a week since the Breaking Bad series finale, and we still can’t shake the grief. And now that some of our favorite actors are moving on to their next projects, we realized that we had no idea what was next for Emmy-winning actress Anna Gunn, who’s finally had to let go of the much-debated character of Skyler White. So what does she have to say about leaving Breaking Bad as one of the few survivors? Was she happy with the goodbye? And what’s next on her agenda?

We caught up with Gunn to discuss just that and more: READ FULL STORY

Oliver Stone slams 'Breaking Bad' finale for THAT scene

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Oliver Stone still knows how to get people rankled. The Platoon, Savages and Natural Born Killers director reportedly slammed the finale of AMC’s Breaking Bad while promoting his documentary series The Untold History of the United States.

Stone took issue with Breaking Bad as part of a larger critique of cinema violence having become less realistic and more cartoonish over the years. “There’s too much violence in our movies – and it’s all unreal to me,” he said. “I don’t know if you saw the denouement [of Breaking Bad], I happen to not watch the series very much, but I happened to tune in and I saw the most ridiculous 15 minutes of a movie – it would be laughed off the screen.”

In the climactic scene — spoilers, obviously — Walter White parks his car right in front of the clubhouse of a gang of white supremacists. He goes inside, uses a key-chain remote to pop his trunk and drops to the ground. Hiding inside the trunk is a remote-activated machine gun that starts firing away, sweeping back and forth, killing the bad guys inside. READ FULL STORY

'Breaking Bad' remake: See Colombian Walt & Jesse's mobile meth lab

On an elemental level, Metástasis — Sony and Teleset‘s Spanish-language remake of Breaking Bad — is fairly similar to its source material. Its protagonist is a chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-cook; his accomplice is a young, scruffy dude who favors hoodies; his brother-in-law happens to be in law enforcement. Several of the characters’ names are even translations of their American counterparts: Walter White has become Walter Blanco. Jesse Pinkman is Jose Miguel Rosas. Skylar White now goes by Cielo Blanco.

In other ways, though, Metástasis necessarily strays from Breaking Bad‘s blueprint. Take, for instance, Walt and Jesse’s iconic rolling meth lab — “Motor homes are not popular in Colombia,” a Sony exec explained to The Hollywood Reporter this week. Instead of an RV, then, Walt and Jose will cook up “their first several batches of methamphetamine in an old, barely drivable school bus.”

Get your first glimpse of that bus — as well as Jose himself — in the photo above. Wouldn’t it be fitting if in honor of the duo’s lab, Metástasis featured an episode called “Blanco y Azul“?

Meet Walter Blanco, star of Colombia's 'Breaking Bad' remake -- PHOTO

He is el que tocar. Or at least, after a few seasons, he will be.

Diego Trujillo stars as Walter White’s Colombian counterpart in Metástasis, an upcoming Spanish-language remake of Breaking Bad. The character’s name? Walter Blanco, naturally.

And that’s not the only literal translation the new show has in store: Instead of Jesse Pinkman, this Walter’s meth-cooking accomplice is named Jose Miguel Rosas (played by Robert Urbina). His wife’s name is Cielo (Sandra Reyes) — the Spanish word for “sky.” The cast is rounded out by Julian Arango as Henry Navarro, Walter’s narcotics agent brother-in-law.
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'Breaking Bad': On the set for the final scene -- EXCLUSIVE

[SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading if you have not watched Sunday night's series finale of Breaking Bad, titled "Felina."]
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See an episode of Bob Odenkirk's new sketch series -- VIDEO

Yes, Breaking Bad is gone for good, and Better Call Saul is still just a glimmer in Vince Gilligan’s eye. But if there’s a Bob Odenkirk-shaped hole in your heart, fear not: The scene stealer will return to TV later this month with The Birthday Boys, a new IFC series. It’s the first sketch show Odenkirk has headlined since his Mr. Show days — and that fact, plus the presence of co-executive producer Ben Stiller, should be enough to excite any fan of ’90s cult comedy.

Though The Birthday Boys doesn’t premiere on TV until Oct. 18, IFC has already posted an episode online. Check it out here — then discuss whether you think it’ll be an effective Saul stopgap.

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