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Watch: The 'Malcolm In The Middle' Alternate Ending To 'Breaking Bad'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 17, 2013 11:29 AM
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Malcolm In The Middle Breaking Bad
While Jeffrey Katzenberg's dream of just three more episodes remains just that and while we've debated at length the merits of the finale of one of the finest dramatic shows in recent memory, the creators of "Breaking Bad" have one more treat for you on the upcoming DVD box set: an official alternate ending.

‘Better Call Saul’ Might Be A Sequel Too, But Don't Call It 'Breaking Bad 2.0'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 7, 2013 12:21 PM
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Saul Goodman Spin-off
If you’re still mourning the loss of “Breaking Bad,” cheer up, because Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould are gearing up to bring you back to the ABQ through the Saul Goodman spin-off “Better Call Saul.” While the show was originally announced as a prequel, it appears that some discussions have been had about possibly being a bit more fluid with the show’s timeline, which certainly meshes with reports that doors will be left open for Walter White and Jesse Pinkman to cameo.

Good Or Bad Idea? Vince Gilligan Says Walt And Jesse Cameos Likely For 'Better Call Saul'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 17, 2013 9:39 AM
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Now that “Breaking Bad” has reached its end with less vitriol than normal for a series finale, the focus naturally shifts to its creator Vince Gilligan's next move, and also how well the show's legacy can be protected. As it turns out his next project will address both, as Gilligan has hopped onboard the Saul Goodman prequel “Better Call Saul” for AMC, and aside from bringing back Bob Odenkirk in the lead role, a new article suggest that we haven't seen the last of Walt and Jesse either.

How Much Would You Pay? Jeffrey Katzenberg Offered $75 Million For 3 More 'Breaking Bad' Episodes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2013 2:02 PM
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Last Sunday, a strange thing happened. Between 9 and 10 PM in living rooms all over the nation, people didn't know what to do. For the last eight weeks, folks had been hitting AMC for their weekly fix of "Breaking Bad" as it wound down its last season, right up to the finale and now....people are looking for the next show to get hooked on. But until the eventual Saul Goodman spinoff, fans of the world created by Vince Gilligan will have to fill the void in some other way, but not for lack of trying on the part of Jeffrey Katzenberg.

Oliver Stone Says 'Breaking Bad' Finale Was Too Violent & "Ridiculous"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2013 9:04 AM
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Oliver Stone has been no stranger to scenes of explicit violence. To call "Natural Born Killers" controversial would be an understatement, while Brian De Palma's "Scarface" (which he wrote) basks in its own gratuitous glory. And Stone's last feature, "Savages," featured attractive young people having sex and killing people. So it's safe to say the director has a wide measure of tolerance for onscreen violence, but it seems "Breaking Bad" (of all things) pushed his buttons too far.

Watch: Say Goodbye To 'Breaking Bad' With The Heisenberg Legacy, A 7-Minute Tribute To The Show

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2013 12:27 PM
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As "Breaking Bad" continues to fade into the sunset, the finale still has people talking. Our less than glowing recap has earned more than its fair share of comments, while our most recent podcast dove a bit deeper, with five Playlist members talking about what worked, what didn't and what the landscape of television is looking like from here on out. Others have had a bit more fun, with a "Breaking Bad"/"Need For Speed" mashup landing online, while many have pondered the alternate endings and avenues creator Vince Gilligan had toyed with. And to cap off a busy week of saying goodbye, here's one more look back.

Watch: Trailer For Spanish Remake Of 'Breaking Bad' Introduces Walter Blanco

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 3, 2013 12:08 PM
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Feeling a void in your life now that "Breaking Bad" is over? Do you have a serviceable knowledge of Spanish? Well, you can get set to down the meth drama road all over again as "Breaking Bad" is back, kind of, with a Spanish language remake, though it may prove that copies are never as good as the original.

Watch: The Inevitable 'Breaking Bad'/'Need For Speed' Mash-Up Plus 1-Hour Vince Gilligan Masterclass

  • By Ben Brock
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  • October 2, 2013 11:58 AM
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Reader, I haven't seen the final episode of “Breaking Bad.” I haven't even seen the final season of “Breaking Bad”, or even the final episode of the first season of “Breaking Bad.” And though I have just willfully thrown away whatever Playlist cred I might ever have gained, I promise you this—I am working on it. I have seen most of the first season now, and I don't know why I wasn't watching it before..

Podcast: The Playlist Talks 'Breaking Bad' Finale & Where The Medium Of Television Is Heading

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • October 1, 2013 4:08 PM
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On this latest episode, host Erik McClanahan is joined by Editor-In-Chief Rodrigo Perez, Managing Editor Kevin Jagernauth, our British correspondent Oliver Lyttelton, and later in the show by writer Cory Everett to talk about the recent "Breaking Bad" finale. But since we've already written about the episode, we try to dig deeper and do more than just recap the finale. Throughout the chat we spin off into other, grander topics involving television as well. How is the medium changing with streaming, binge watching and recaps on every site? Even though most people agree this is a golden age of television, there's still plenty of formulaic material and tired tropes found in even the best shows, "Breaking Bad" included. Warning, SPOILERS abound in this podcast so don't listen unless you've already seen the finale or don't care.

The 16 Best And Worst TV Series Finales

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 1, 2013 2:49 PM
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The Best And Worst Series Finale
The world is still debating the relative merits and detractions of the final episode of Vince Gilligan's meth-world saga "Breaking Bad," with some quarters feeling that the finale was a little too cleanly told while others were filled with the sense of contentment from knowing that the final hour was a satisfying conclusion to a five-season arc that turned a meek chemistry teacher (Bryan Cranston) into a ruthless criminal kingpin. There are few, probably, who would take the stance that the last hour of "Breaking Bad" was one of the best series finales ever (or one of the worst). It simply was what it was. An efficiently told, occasionally silly hour of television that tied up a number of loose ends (maybe too many), while still leaving room for small areas of speculation and mystery. But as divisive as the episode might have been, it is nothing compared to the series finales of yore.

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