Today, the Producers Guild of America announced their nominees for the 25th annual Producers Guild Awards, and Breaking Bad was honored with a nomination for the prestigious Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama.
Breaking Bad‘s producers — Melissa Bernstein, Sam Catlin, Bryan Cranston, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Mark Johnson, Stewart Lyons, Michelle MacLaren, George Mastras, Diane Mercer, Andrew Ortner, Thomas Schnauz and Moira Walley-Beckett — will face formidable competition for the award: The creative teams behind PBS’s Downton Abbey, Showtime’s Homeland, HBO’s Game of Thrones and Netflix’s House of Cards are also in the running.
The winners will be announced during a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sun., Jan. 19.
Siobhan Williams, who plays Naomi Hatch on AMC’s Hell on Wheels, talks about her unique audition process and an eerie surprise on set.
Q: You’ve said that you received a “fake script and character breakdown” during your audition. What exactly does that mean?
A: When I went in for my audition, I was given a scene where I was playing a character who I didn’t know too much about. In the scene, she had fallen off of her horse and [Cullen] Bohannon was there. She was being abrasive with him and not necessarily taking his advances very well, but by the end of the scene, she was really flirting with him. I think what they wanted to see was basically the chemistry between them.
Q: When did you find out which character you’d actually auditioned for?
A: I found out about a week later that I was in contention for the role of Naomi. Around that time, they mentioned that it was possible that my character would end up pregnant later in the series. They didn’t say whose baby it was. I still didn’t know that I was going to be getting together with Bohannon, so it wasn’t until after I actually booked the role that I found out.
Q: Were you surprised at how Naomi’s story eventually played out?
A: I was very surprised. I didn’t know until the finale that I was going to be married. That was a shocker to me. I had gone over, in my head, all of the possible directions that I thought the character could go by the end of the season and getting married was definitely not in the cards when I was thinking through. I was surprised in a very pleasant way.
Q: What was it like wearing the pregnancy prosthetic?
James Shanklin, who plays Aaron Hatch on AMC’s Hell on Wheels talks about trending on Twitter and the realities of life in the 1860s.
Q: You’ve had a number of soap opera roles. How does shooting a Western compare?
A: Soap opera is actually one of the hardest things I’ve had to do because – and I’m not going to be popular for saying this – but the writing is not very good. [Laughs] A lot of people probably know that. The fact that it’s not very good makes it extremely difficult to memorize.
When you have good writing – and on Hell on Wheels, it’s some of the best writing I’ve ever worked with – it’s such a joy to work on and learn the lines. When you do something that is period, from the past, from our history, there’s so much more at stake. It was life or death just to wake up and start your day with these people. The characters are just so rich, and what kid would not want to be in a gun fight in the Old West?
Q: You also have several “doctor” credits. How much do you know about medicine from the Old West?
A: Just that about everything was pretty painful. When you got injured, it was a major life-changing event back then. Life expectancy wasn’t very long.
Q: How much were you told about your character’s storyline this season?
A: They had told me that I would be reoccurring later on in the season, but I had no idea how I would come back or what the story was going to be. When I received the script, I had no idea what Aaron Hatch was going to be doing, so when I read about the rough riders and the shootout, I was like, “This is going to be so fun!”
Q: You originated a hashtag on Twitter, #WorldsWorstTVDad. How did that come about?
The fans have spoken and Breaking Bad has earned two nominations for the 2014 People’s Choice Awards including Favorite Series We Miss Most and Favorite TV Anti-Hero.
Breaking Bad must beat out formidable competition for the awards. Also competing for Series We Miss Most is NBC’s 30 Rock and The Office, Showtime’s Dexter and Fox’s Fringe. Walter White will compete against Dexter Morgan (Dexter), Jaime Lannister (Game of Thrones), Norman Bates (Bates Motel) and AMC’s own Rick Grimes (The Walking Dead) for the Anti-Hero award.
If you love Breaking Bad, make sure the series takes home the wins. Cast your vote between now and Thu., Dec. 5 at 11:59 PM | 10:59c in the following ways:
Winners will be announced live from the Nokia Theater Wed., Jan. 8 on CBS.
The fans have spoken and The Walking Dead has earned three nominations for the 2014 People’s Choice Awards. The series is up for Favorite Cable TV drama, Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show and Favorite TV Anti-Hero.
AMC’s hit series faces formidable competition for the awards. Also competing for Favorite Drama is PBS’ Downton Abbey, ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars, FX’s Sons of Anarchy and USA’s White Collar. Also nominated in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category are The CW’s Beauty and the Beast, Vampire Diaries and Supernatural, and ABC’s Once Upon a Time. Rick Grimes will square off against Dexter Morgan (Dexter), Jaime Lannister (Game of Thrones), Norman Bates (Bates Motel) and AMC’s own Walter White (Breaking Bad) for the Anti-Hero award.
Ultimately, it’s up to you to make sure your favorite series walks home the winner. Cast your vote before Thu., Dec. 5 at 11:59 PM | 10:59c:
Winners will be announced live from the Nokia Theater Wed., Jan. 8 on CBS.
Brian Markinson, who plays Arnold Rosen on AMC’s Mad Men, talks about infidelity and keeping his role on the show a secret.
Q: You were a cop on The Killing and a doctor on Mad Men. Is there a role you haven’t played yet but have always dreamt of?
A: I haven’t played Richard III. I’m a big theater baby. I didn’t get in front of the camera until I was 30. I’ve played everything from serial killers to dads who love their kids to cops and lawyers. I’ve been really fortunate. Richard III is a role that I would love to play.
Q: You’re a veteran of scifi. Was it different acting in a real-world drama like Mad Men?
A: Because I now live in Vancouver, there’s a lot of science fiction that is represented up here. What I love to do the most is exactly what we were doing on Mad Men. I have a fairly boring life in a great way. I’ve got two kids and a wife and I live away from Los Angeles. There’s fantasy involved with playing heightened reality. Dramatic television – they go a lot further than most of us mere mortals get to play in our everyday lives. The emotions are deeper, the stakes are higher. It gives you an opportunity to flex your muscles.
Q: Were you jealous that Sylvia got to have an affair but Arnold didn’t?
A: No, I have to stand up and represent all the people who’ve been cheated on. But anybody who has a chance to have an affair with Jon Hamm – you can’t be too upset, it’s understandable. I get it. [Laughs]
Q: Do you think attitudes towards infidelity have changed since the 1960s?
Damian O’Hare, who plays Declan Toole on AMC’s Hell on Wheels, compares the show’s themes to Shakespeare and talks about bonding with fellow Irishmen Phil Burke and Colm Meaney.
Q: You’re a big Western fan. What’s your favorite thing about the genre?
A: Most of the universal themes in Westerns are actually very Shakespearean, like revenge and love. Also, the settings and the new land — it’s so epic and vast. It’s beautiful territory where everyone is finding themselves in this brave new world. It lands itself in such great storytelling — and of course, with Hell on Wheels, it’s a true story as well.
Q: You appeared in Hatfields & McCoys, another Western period drama. Did that help with your work on Hell on Wheels?
A: It did, and it was great in terms of research. It was the same time period, when the war had just finished, so it’s the same people trying to live their lives amidst this newfound democracy.
Q: Did you know about the history of the Irish on the Transcontinental railroad before Hell on Wheels?
A: I was familiar with it, but not to the encyclopedic level. It was great to delve into that more and get to know the conditions these men worked with. The framework is so meticulously researched [by the production], so you can just do your job and not worry about historical inaccuracies.
Q: Were you aware of the Irish custom of marrying your brother’s widow? Continue reading “Q&A – Damian O’Hare (Declan Toole)” »
On Sat., Oct. 12, the cast and crew of The Walking Dead took to the stage at New York Comic Con 2013 to discuss Season 4 and provide fans with a sneak peek of the upcoming premiere.
Yvette Nicole Brown of Community moderated the panel, where Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd introduced a never before seen clip from Episode 1 featuring a helicopter surrounded by a herd of walkers. With the 10th anniversary of the comic book this month and the Season 4 Premiere on Oct. 13, Executive Producer David Alpert called this “the greatest week ever to be a Walking Dead fan.”
As the cast joined the producers on-stage, Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) threw stuffed squirrels into the audience. The panel kicked off with Brown asking about this season’s biggest threat on the show. Hurd warned, “A lot of bad s— is going to happen.” Lauren Cohan (Maggie) agreed, saying, “Beware within.”
This past Friday, the Comic Book Men cast appeared at the 2013 New York Comic Con to provide fans with a look at what’s to come during Season 3.
Executive Producer Kevin Smith kicked off the panel with praise for Comic Book Men‘s lead-in, The Walking Dead, and shared his excitement for the show’s return. Regarding Comic Book Men‘s new Midnight/11c time slot, Kevin guaranteed, “Our people don’t go to sleep until about 2AM.” Before bringing out the guys from the Stash, Kevin shared a reel of clips and bloopers from Season 3, highlighted by a fly that invaded the podcast studio, an appearance by Jason Mewes, and a workout session with Bryan and Lou Ferrigno.
Kevin then introduced Walt Flanagan, Michael Zapcic, Bryan Johnson, and Ming Chen, calling them “some of my best friends in the world.” Moments after taking his seat, Bryan was complimented on his Breaking Bad Heisenberg T-shirt by a fan in the audience.
The panel kicked off with a fan question about digital comic books and their effect on comic book stores. Walt responded, “You can’t discount how important the collectability factor is for people who collect comics. If you have a Hulk #181 on your iPad, you really don’t own Hulk #181.” Michael agreed, noting, “It’s always been about the hunt.”
When a fan asked about Ming Chen always being the butt of the the other guys’ jokes, the audience broke out in a unanimous “Aww,” prompting Bryan to yell, “Spend a day with him!” Ming chuckled and gushed about how much fun it is to work at The Stash.
Kevin discussed his original pitch for the show — “It’ll be like Pawn Stars in a comic book store” — and how happy he is that the show actually turned out to be “more like Clerks the reality show,” comparing Ming to Elias in Clerks II.
The boys were also asked to pick which female comic character they would be if they had to be one. Kevin Smith chose Invisible Woman, while Michael chose Mystique. Bryan, reluctant to choose at all at first, ultimately went with Gwen Stacy. Ming picked Wonder Woman, while Walt was confident he had made the best decision of all: the new Batwoman.
Comic Book Men returns this Sun., Oct. 13 at Midnight/11c on AMC.
Missing Breaking Bad? Of course you are! And there’s still one thing left to do. Prove you’re the ultimate Breaking Bad expert. Know what gift Jesse gives Walt for his 51st birthday? Or how Lydia likes her tea? Well, that’s not enough. You’ll need to answer nine other questions in the Season 5 Ultimate Fan Game to show you’re the champ. Afterwards, challenge your Facebook friends and see if any can beat your score.