Breaking Bad Wins TCA’s Program of the Year Award; Sundance Spotlights Anna Gunn

breaking-bad-tca-awards-gilligan-cranston-325This week, Breaking Bad is all over the news with its second consecutive win at the Television Critics’ Awards, while Sundance looks back at Anna Gunn’s best TV roles. Plus, Times Higher Education spotlights Walter White in the anti-hero phenomenon. Read on for more:

• A.V. Club reports on the Television Critics’ Award winners and how Breaking Bad won the night’s highest honor, the “Program of the Year” award. Plus, Bustle has an excerpt from Bryan Cranston’s acceptance speech. The Celebrity Cafe, Contact Music, The Colorado Springs Gazette, E! Online, MySan Antonio, TV.com and TV Line also recount Breaking Bad‘s win.

• The Television Critics’ Association president writes about Breaking Bad’s win in The Salt Lake Tribune.

• Sundance revisits Anna Gunn’s “Top Five TV roles” in the wake of her most recent Emmy nomination.
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Breaking Bad Wins Its Second Consecutive TCA Award for Program of the Year

breaking-bad-tca-awards-gilligan-cranston-325On Saturday evening, the Television Critics Association announced the winners for the 30th Annual TCA Awards, and Breaking Bad was named Program of the Year for the second consecutive season. Breaking Bad  is the only show in the history of the TCA Awards to accomplish this feat. Series creator Vince Gilligan and stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and RJ Mitte were at the ceremony to accept the award (see backstage photo below).

Breaking Bad‘s competition for Program of the Year included HBO’s True Detective and Game of Thrones, CBS’s The Good Wife, and Netflix’s Orange is the New Black.

The 2014 TCA Awards are presented by the Television Critics Association, which consists of over 200 critics and journalists.

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Catch the entire award-winning series during AMC’s Breaking Bad Binge, starting Sunday, August 10.

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Breaking Bad Emmy Nods Make News; Bryan Cranston To Star in TV Version of All the Way

breaking-bad-s4-jesse-paul-lydia-325x200This week, Breaking Bad‘s Emmy nominations make lots of news, while Bryan Cranston is slated to star in a TV version of All the Way being produced by Steven Spielberg. Plus, Cranston leaves a farewell message in his dressing room for the next occupant. Read on for more:

The Los Angeles Times calls Breaking Bad‘s best drama Emmy nomination “virtually a foregone conclusion.”

Deadline reports that Bryan Cranston will star in an HBO Films version of All the Way — for which he won a Tony for playing President Lyndon Johnson — being produced by Steven Spielberg.

GoldDerby describes the best drama actor Emmy competition between Bryan Cranston and True Detective‘s Matthew McConaughey as the “ultimate Emmy heavyweight bout.” Indiewire thinks it will be “Bryan Cranston all the way, for the final season.”
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Breaking Bad Nominated for 16 Emmy Awards Including Best Drama, Actor and Supporting Actress

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Today the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced its nominees for the 66th Annual Emmy Awards, and Breaking Bad garnered the most Outstanding Drama Series nominations for Basic Cable and the most nominations in the series’ history with 16, including three-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston for Lead Actor, two-time Emmy winner Aaron Paul for Outstanding Supporting Actor and a second consecutive nomination for Emmy Award winner Anna Gunn for Outstanding Supporting Actress. Vince Gilligan was nominated for Outstanding Directing and Writing for the Season 5, Episode 16, “Felina” and Moira Walley-Beckett was nominated for Outstanding Writing for the Season 5, Episode 14, “Ozymandias.” The series also garnered nominations for Michael Slovis for Outstanding Cinematography as well as nominations for Casting, Single Camera Picture Editing, Sound Editing, Sound mixing, Makeup and Prosthetic Makeup.

The nominations are part of 26 total awards AMC received this year, with 8 nominations going to Mad Men and 2 to The Walking DeadClick here to read more about AMC’s nominations.

Breaking Bad‘s challengers in the category for Outstanding Drama Series include HBO’s Game of Thrones, Netflix’s House of Cards, PBS’s Downton Abbey, HBO’s True Detective, and AMC’s very own Mad Men.

Bryan Cranston was recognized in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category. His competition includes Kevin Spacey (Netflix’s House of Cards), Jeff Daniels (HBO’s The Newsroom), Woody Harrelson (HBO’s True Detective), Matthew McConaughey (HBO’s True Detective) and Jon Hamm (AMC’s Mad Men).

Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn are also nominated for Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Drama Series, respectively. Aaron Paul is up against Jim Carter (PBS’s Downton Abbey), Peter Dinklage (HBO’s Game of Thrones), Josh Charles (CBS’s The Good Wife), Mandy Patinkin (Showtime’s Homeland) and Jon Voight (Showtime’s Ray Donovan) for the award.

Anna Gunn will contend against Maggie Smith (PBS’s Downton Abbey), Joanne Froggatt (PBS’s Downton Abbey), Lena Headey (HBO’s Game of Thrones), Christine Baranski (CBS’s The Good Wife) and Christina Hendricks (AMC’s Mad Men).

For a complete list of Breaking Bad’s Emmy nominations, check out the Television Academy’s press release here.

The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be broadcast live Sunday, August 25 at 8/7c on NBC.

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Anna Gunn Speaks With NY Times; Bryan Cranston Appears on Forbes List

Episode-3-Skyler-325.jpgThis week, Anna Gunn talks about her new play with The New York Times, while Bryan Cranston is on Forbes‘ list of the most powerful celebrities. Plus, The Telegraph calls Breaking Bad a “television masterpiece.” Read on for more:

Anna Gunn speaks with The New York Times about her new role this summer in an off-Broadway production of Sex With Strangers.

Bryan Cranston makes his debut on Forbes‘ list of the 100 Most Powerful Celebrities, at No. 88.

The Telegraph includes Breaking Bad (“a television masterpiece”) on its list of the best TV shows currently available for streaming on Netflix UK.
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BuzzFeed Lists 34 Breaking Bad Facts; NBC News Says Breaking Bad is Most Binged Show

BB-Episode-515-Walt-325This week, BuzzFeed created a list of “34 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Breaking Bad,” while NBC News and Gawker post the results of a study naming Breaking Bad the most binge-watched television show. Plus, Gold Derby analyzes the odds of Breaking Bad taking home Emmy Awards this year. Read on for more:

BuzzFeed lists the “34 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Breaking Bad”, which includes that Aaron Paul has never had any acting lessons and George R. R. Martin called Walter White “a bigger monster than anyone in Game of Thrones.”

• Breaking Bad is the most binge-watched show according to NBC News and Gawker, beating out House of Cards and Game of Thrones for the top spot in “overdosed” television.

Gold Derby says the odds are very good for Breaking Bad to sweep the Emmys this year and break the “final season curse”, listing the series as one of it’s top contenders.

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Yeah, Bitch! Relive Breaking Bad From the Beginning With Breaking Bad Binge Event

BBadBinge-560AMC announced today that a Breaking Bad Binge television event will begin on Sunday, August 10. Every episode from the Emmy Award-winning drama series will air in order on Sunday nights from 5PM to 1AM ET/PT beginning with the pilot and concluding on Sunday, October 5 with the series’ record-breaking finale, “Felina.” Each episode will kick-off with never-before-aired behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast and crew, including an inside look at the making of each episode, and commentary from those who helped make Breaking Bad “one of the greatest dramas in TV history” (The Hollywood Reporter).

With millions of Breaking Bad viewers still engaged each week on social media, AMC will also give fans an even deeper dive into the Breaking Bad world with custom social graphics and content, including episode and season badges, character quote cards and iconic moments. Through a partnership with Facebook, the network will deliver a never-before-seen glimpse into the evolution of the Breaking Bad Facebook community, which consists of almost 10 million fans and still continues to grow each week. Together, AMC and Facebook will analyze over six years of posts, likes, shares and comments to bring the social stats to life and demonstrate how trends, such as the Walter White’s (Bryan Cranston) alter ego “Heisenberg,” took off on social media.

In addition, the Breaking Bad Binge will be complemented with new content on AMC.com. Using the Story Sync platform, the Breaking Bad Binge Companion will deliver an all-new interactive experience to fans of the show that tracks the story being told in each batch of episodes during the Binge marathon. Every Sunday night, AMC.com will release a new Companion with 40-50 pieces of content to accompany that Sunday’s episodes. Content will include trivia questions, polls on fan-favorite through-lines throughout the series, graphics on the science of the show, freeze frames of key moments in each episode, memorable one-liners from the characters, video replays and webisodes.

AMC’s Breaking Bad capped its historic run in September 2013, delivering a series-record 10.3 million viewers, including 6.7 million adults 18-49. Ratings for the final episode were up 300% over the previous season’s finale, demonstrating the remarkable growth of the iconic series.

From acclaimed writer, producer, director Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad is produced by Sony Pictures Television with Mark Johnson (Gran Via) and Michelle MacLaren as executive producers. Breaking Bad, which first premiered on AMC in January 2008, follows the story of a desperate man who turns to a life of crime to secure his family’s financial future.  The series has garnered ten Emmy Award wins – including the 2013 Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series – two Peabodys, and been named to the American Film Institute’s (AFI) list of the “Top 10 Programs of the Year” (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013). Breaking Bad stars three-time Emmy® Award-winner Bryan Cranston; two-time Emmy® winner Aaron Paul; Emmy Award-winner Anna Gunn; Dean Norris; Betsy Brandt; RJ Mitte and Bob Odenkirk.

The Breaking Bad Binge airs on Sundays starting Sunday, August 10 at 5PM/4c.

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Vince Gilligan Talks to TheWrap About Show Finales; Aaron Paul Chats With Reuters

breaking-bad-S5-Ep9-jesse-paul-325This week, TheWrap speaks with both Vince Gilligan and Aaron Paul, while Paul also has a chat with Reuters. Plus, Gilligan has been named a co-showrunner for Better Call Saul. Read on for more:

TheWrap interviews Mad Men‘s Matthew Weiner and Vince Gilligan, who says to Weiner, “Man, the last year and a half before the end of Breaking Bad, I couldn’t sleep at night. Hopefully you’re not having it as bad as I had it.”

Aaron Paul tells Reuters he’d like to try directing and that he would have liked to helm a Breaking Bad episode, but “it deserves someone who really knew what they were doing.” Talking to TheWrap, Paul says of the series finale that “killing Todd was awesome. I’m so happy that I had to kill Todd and that Todd didn’t shoot Jesse in the back of the head to something.”

HitFix reports that AMC has renewed Better Call Saul for a Season 2 and that the spin-off will now air in early 2015 and will get Vince Gilligan as a co-showrunner.

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Breaking Bad and Aaron Paul Win Critics’ Choice Awards

breaking-bad-jesse-aaron-paul-325x200AMC’s Breaking Bad received its second consecutive win for Best Drama at last night’s fourth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards. The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) also honored Breaking Bad co-star Aaron Paul with the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Breaking Bad‘s challengers in this year’s Best Drama category included HBO’s Game of Thrones and True Detectives,  FX’s The Americans, CBS’ The Good Wife and Showtime’s Masters of Sex.
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AMC Releases Details and First-Look Photo for Better Call Saul

better-call-saul-first-look-copyright-560AMC today provided the first of several planned updates on the Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul, including the release of a first-look photo from the Albuquerque, New Mexico set where the widely-anticipated drama began production on its first 10-episode season earlier this month.

This update includes:
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