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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.


'Breaking Bad' vs. 'Dexter' finales: Was THIS the key difference?


A dark serialized cable drama about a murderous criminal mastermind anti-hero who was hiding in plain sight aired its series finale this month — AMC’s Breaking Bad and Showtime’s Dexter. Fan reaction to the respective endings was, to say the least, extremely different.

Breaking Bad, as it has been all season, was greeted with effusive praise for its emotionally satisfying conclusion, even though the climax wasn’t quite as surprising as one might have expected. Dexter, as through most of its final season, was pilloried for a lack of realism and its characters making loopy choices, though the ending notably had some shocking moves.

The factors and variables that went into each episode, and the fan reactions, are too numerous to count. But if you were to cite one behind-the-scenes aspect … just one … there is something the producers of each show have said repeatedly about their creative methodology that is every bit as polarized as the fan reactions. READ FULL STORY

'Breaking Bad' stars reveal the scenes they always wanted to shoot

Anything could happen on Breaking Bad — and did. (See: Dead body dissolved incorrectly in bathtub filled with hydrofluoric acid; tortoise crawling around with severed human head on shell before exploding; 1,000 gallons of methylamine siphoned from freight train undetected; giant magnet frying out incriminating laptop in impenetrable evidence room; giant pizza flung perfectly onto roof.) For five seasons, the stars of AMC’s daring meth drama were fortunate enough to film all kinds of cool and unusual scenes — basically, whatever those ambitious writers could cook up. But the truth is, they didn’t get to do everything they wanted to. What was the one scene that they always wanted to shoot but it just never happened? Here, the actors reveal their unfulfilled Bad dreams. (Aaron Paul’s wish came pretty darn close to fruition in Sunday’s series finale; bullets and broads proved to be popular choices.)

'Breaking Bad': Creator Vince Gilligan explains series finale

[SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading if you have not watched the finale of Breaking Bad, titled “Felina.” This story contains discussion of major plot points.]

You’ve now had a few minutes to gather your breath, wipe away the tears and start to process that brutal and poignant series finale of Breaking Bad. Whether your predictions were on the money barrel or off-base, you will most certainly want to read what series creator Vince Gilligan had to say about this satiating last-ever episode, which saw the fall of meth kingpin Walter White (Bryan Cranston). “Ours is nothing if not a definitive ending to the series,” says the show’s mastermind, who also wrote and directed the episode. It’s a heady challenge to wrap up five seasons of one of TV’s most daring, beloved and obsessed-over dramas in a manner that’s provocative and satisfying, and Gilligan was keenly aware of it as he and his writers toiled away for endless hours in search of the perfect ending. “I think plenty of people out there will have had a different ending for this show in their mind’s eye and therefore we’re bound to disappoint a certain number of folks,” he says, “but I really think I can say with confidence that we made ourselves happy and that was not remotely a sure thing for the better part of a year. I feel that the ending satisfies me and that’s something that I’m happy about.” Gilligan spoke with EW about the fates for Walt and Jesse, the possible alternate endings, the classic Western movie that turned out to be a huge influence on the ending and the most structurally important scene of the finale.

'Breaking Bad' cast and Vince Gilligan drop hints about the finale: 'It's going to be emotionally exhausting'

Tent the house, zip up the hazmat suits, fire up the Thai-subtitlted karaoke machine, whip up some tableside guacamole — do whatever you have to do to ready yourself for “Felina,” the last-ever episode of Breaking Bad tonight at 9 p.m. on AMC. Gobs of questions hang in the air, which is already heavy with dread. What kind of revenge plan is meth lord Walt cooking up on his way back to Albuquerque? Should Gretchen and Elliott beef up security at Gray Matter? Is Jesse doomed to spend an eternity making 92 percent-pure blue meth for the Nazis between bowls of Ben and Jerry’s? How many body bags will be needed by the end of the finale? And did Skyler remember to send a taxi to 9800 Montgomery Blvd NE? READ FULL STORY

'Breaking Bad': Betsy Brandt says 'The ending is good, it's really good'

Betsy Brandt may be devastated Breaking Bad is ending on Sunday, but there are upsides to her new job as Michael J. Fox’s wife on The Michael J. Fox Show. “[The Michael] show doesn’t make me physically ill, whereas I really thought I might throw up on Breaking Bad,” she explained to EW this week. “I thought, ‘Oh my God, my chest hurts. I don’t feel well, I don’t feel well.’ On Breaking Bad we laugh a lot when the cameras aren’t rolling, and on this show we laugh a lot when the cameras aren’t rolling and then I get to laugh when they are rolling too.”

It’s no surprise Brandt’s final moments as Marie Schrader weren’t upbeat. While she’s of course mum on the details of her final scene in Sunday’s finale, “I wasn’t thinking ‘Oh this is the end,'” she said of the filming. “I was thinking about the moment. But then after it was over I just thought, ‘Oh my God. That’s it.’ [And then] Bryan Cranston was there and he was standing out of my sight line off to the side just staring at me and holding his AK-47 [laughs] with like his Heisenberg killer look. It was very, very funny.” READ FULL STORY

'Breaking Bad' creator Vince Gilligan signs deal for CBS detective drama

Just two weeks after plans were announced for a Breaking Bad spin-off, series creator Vince Gilligan has inked a deal to create another TV show. He will join forces with House creator David Shore on the police drama Battle Creek, which will debut during the 2014-2015 season on CBS. READ FULL STORY

'Breaking Bad' stars reveal which props they kept (or stole)

The blue meth. The pork pie hat. The Pontiac Aztec. Bacon in the shape of numbers. Not one, but two copies of Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium. These are just a small sampling of the iconic items that will forever be linked to Breaking Bad. (Some of them you can even bid on here.) When filming on AMC’s acclaimed drug drama wrapped earlier this year, the show’s stars walked away with tears in their eyes and five seasons of memories in their brains. But they also wanted something tangible to remind them of their journey into darkness. Here, they tell EW which famous props they took from the set — with or without permission.

Bryan Cranston set to return to 'How I Met Your Mother'

Breaking Bad might be sailing into the sunset on Sunday but fans of the show will get a chance to see Bryan Cranston on TV again very soon.

CBS announced today that the Breaking Bad star is set to reprise his role as Hammond Druthers, Ted’s former jerk boss/co-worker, who last appeared in the show’s second season. Cranston, who right now is booked for one episode (to air this fall), is the latest star to schedule a return to HIMYM as it moves along in its final season and he will probably not be the last.

In case you missed it, here’s our review of this week’s season premiere. 

'Breaking Bad': What's the No. 1 question that fans ask the cast?

Breaking Bad is an unorthodox and nuanced character study of a dispirited chemistry teacher-turned-killer meth maker that generates innumerable questions: How far would you go to provide for your family?  Can Walter White find some shred of redemption or meaning in his ghastly, shattered life before it all ends? Who is the intended ricin victim? By the way, how did Gus manage to walk out of the room and straighten his tie after having half of his face blown off? Oh, and how good would that tableside guacamole have been?

You get the point. There’s a lot to wonder about. And the stars of AMC’s provocative drug drama have been asked just about every question under the Albuquerque sun. But which one did they hear the most? Read on to find out. READ FULL STORY

'Breaking Bad' scores best-ever ratings with penultimate episode

Another week of Breaking Bad, another ratings record.

The AMC crime drama, which should no longer be considered simply a “cult” hit, nabbed a series-best 6.6 million viewers with Sunday night’s penultimate episode, “Granite State.” It achieved this feat against strong competition from the Emmy Awards, at which it claimed the Outstanding Drama Series trophy, NFL action, and the series finale of Dexter. Bad also set a new series-high among adults 18-to-49 with this 75-minute episode, drawing 4.3 million viewers in that demo. READ FULL STORY

'Breaking Bad' writer talks last night's episode, 'Granite State', and what it is that Walt has become

SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading if you haven’t seen “Granite State” yet.

If you’ve somehow managed to recover from last night’s penultimate episode of Breaking Bad, well, we might have some bad news. Now comes the time when you have to wipe your eyes, get up off the floor, and start reanalyzing everything you felt about last night’s events — down to Walter White wearing long johns.

Now that Walt seems to have found his own personal hell, and Jesse is stuck in the firm (and very evil) grasp of the Nazis, the world we once knew — where blue meth flooded the streets run by Gus Fring, and Walt Jr. didn’t tell his father to “just die” — is gone. We’re left with a dying and very broken Walt, and a Jesse who probably wishes he was dying. So let’s talk about it! With only one episode left to end the beloved series, what is happening with Walt? Is Saul really gone? And just who is Todd? We talked with Peter Gould, co-executive producer and writer of last night’s episode, “Granite State,” about all things Heisenberg, New Hampshire, and more:


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