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End Of The Golden Age? 12 Shows Hoping To Be The Next 'Breaking Bad'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 1, 2013 1:31 PM
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12 Show Hoping To Be The Next 'Breaking Bad'
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone. The one who knocks knocks no more. We won't give away what went down in Sunday's series finale of "Breaking Bad," partly because we don't want to ruin it for anyone who hasn't yet seen it and partly because we wrote this before it aired, but we know that we're not spoiling anything to say that there's no more of Vince Gilligan's praised-to-the-skies cult hit coming down the pipeline. The show's two-part fifth season has long been planned to be the last, and Walter White's story is well and truly all wrapped up.

'Breaking Bad' Alternatives: Vince Gilligan Considered Killing 3 Main Characters; Says One Makes It To Freedom

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 1, 2013 12:09 PM
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“Breaking Bad,” “Breaking Bad,” “Breaking Bad.” The saga and conclusion of Walter White’s transformation into Heisenberg and then his minor redemption in the last episode is all anyone can talk about (here’s our review of the final episode and look for a podcast later in the day). Was the episode too neat and clean? Did Walter White get what he “deserved”? Does deserve have anything to do with a moral universe that’s so complex and chaotic, and where sins don’t always go punished? Without question, the finale and the whole arc of the show is one that’s going to be pored over, and over. But what about the alternative endings and other things we learned in the wake of the show?

Watch: 1-Hour Conan O'Brien Interview With 'Breaking Bad' Cast Plus Full Comic-Con Panel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2013 2:52 PM
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Yep, it seems folks simply can't stop talking about "Breaking Bad" and the finale that you had to believe was best ever or you're simply not a true fan of the show. While we're sure Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and more will address the end of the show in the days and weeks to come, let's take a quick trip back in time to the run-up of the final eight episodes

Vince Gilligan Says There Was A Much Harsher Version Of The 'Breaking Bad' Finale They Didn't Use & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2013 11:26 AM
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As work around the nation is still on hold this morning as everyone gathers around the water cooler/coffee machine/printer/Dan's office to talk about the uneven sendoff to "Breaking Bad" (though we seem to be in the minority on that opinion), creator/producer/writer/director Vince Gilligan has already carved out some time to talk to press about the finale, and has made some fascinating revelations. Needless to say, if you haven't watch "Felina" yet, spoilers are ahead, but if you want to know the paths not chosen, then this should be a fascinating read.

Recap: 'Breaking Bad' Bids A Wobbly Farewell In Finale Season 5, Episode 16 'Felina'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2013 9:02 AM
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And so "Breaking Bad" ends roughly where the season five began, with Walt celebrating his 52nd birthday and seemingly having all of his wishes come true. To say that excitement has been feverish coming into "Felina" would be an understatement, and expectations have been sky high for creator Vince Gilligan—who wrote and directed the finale—to the give the show a fitting sendoff. But the result is an effort that feels compromised to some degree, leaning a bit too hard toward fan service and winding up feeling thematically empty by time the credits roll. For all the hardship Walter White (Bryan Cranston) has faced in reaching his destiny, he ultimately gets it pretty easy here, with almost every part of his plan coming off perfectly, with the show nearly forgiving the monstrousness he's shown over the last two seasons.

What Do You Think Will Happen? Market Research Says Fans Believe Walter White Will Survive ‘Breaking Bad’ Finale

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2013 10:19 AM
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He poisoned a child, murdered Mike, watched Jane die and done shortage of horrible, awful things, and yet Walter White remains one of the most complex characters we've seen on television in quite some time. With "Breaking Bad" set to say goodbye in just over 48 hours, excitement and speculation is running rampant about how it will all end. We've stuck with Walter through five seasons, and while he remains the protagonist of the show, the man trying to fight cancer and provide for his family has morphed into an ego-fuelled, hubris-driven monster, with our sympathies draining along with it. Or have they? According to some timely market research, it seems there are a good chunk of fans who'd like to him live.

'Mr. Magorium' Director Zach Helm Agrees His "Technicolor Train-Wreck" Would Be Hell For Walter White

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 25, 2013 5:08 PM
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At one point, screenwriter and director Zach Helm was sort of a big deal. With two projects landing big names—"Stranger Than Fiction" starring Will Ferrell and "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" with Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman marking his feature debut—things seeemed to be going pretty well. With a little profile in Vanity Fair, he seemed poised for the next level. And then both those movies came out to rather lackluster response. But leave it to one of pop culture's biggest hits of the moment to spur the memory of one pop culture's forgotten projects.

Recap: Table Is Set For The Finale In 'Breaking Bad' Season 5, Episode 15 'Granite State'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 23, 2013 10:32 AM
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What happens to a king when he no longer has a kingdom to rule? That's the central question in "Granite State," the penultimate episode to "Breaking Bad" that after some truly heart racing episodes from the rest of the season, is intriguingly subdued. It puts in the center a dying Walter White (Bryan Cranston), literally isolated, lonely and seemingly without options, left with a barrel of money and his destiny, which is presumably death from cancer, incarceration or if he somehow survives his disease and lays low, a chance to start over. But without Skyler (Anna Gunn), Walter Jr. (RJ Mitte) and Holly, everything he's done is worthless, and as we know, Walter is not a man known to travel down the easy road or give up without a fight. Though he comes very close it to it this time around.

'Breaking Bad,' 'House Of Cards' & 'Behind The Candelabra' Among Big Emmy Winners

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 23, 2013 8:56 AM
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Last night TV's finest -- which these days tends to include some of movie's finest too -- gathered for the Emmy Awards, while the the rest of us stayed glued to "Breaking Bad" and to some extent, the series finale of "Dexter." Either way, both options were better than that dubstep dance routine to "Breaking Bad" on the awards show. And once the jokes were over, and tributes were finished, some statues were handed out honoring some fine folks.

George R.R. Martin Calls Walter White “A Bigger Monster” Than Anyone in 'Game Of Thrones'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 19, 2013 10:18 AM
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This week has seen “Breaking Bad” fans leading a scattered, troubled existence, after last Sunday's episode “Ozymandias” blew us away in its unflinching, Rian Johnson-helmed march toward the series' finale. In one hour of television, Walt (Bryan Cranston) and his personal desires turned a corner for the even worse, and while the show's producer now claims that the final two episodes will cram in a little more content, another one of television's cruelest creators has weighed in with his own comments.

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