Attention Breaking Bad fans. Looking for an excuse to rewatch Walter White’s entire saga to date before the final eight episodes premiere on AMC this summer? Starting next Mon., Mar. 4 at 11/10c, AMC’s sister network Sundance Channel will air the first four seasons of Breaking Bad in order, beginning with the Pilot and Episode 2, “The Cat’s in the Bag…” Sundance will continue to air two episodes every Monday night at 11/10c following all-new episodes of its original scripted dramas The Staircase: Last Chance (from Mar. 4 – 11) Top of the Lake (from Mar. 18 – Apr. 15) and Rectify — a new original series from Breaking Bad producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein — (from Apr. 22 to May 27).
Breaking Bad returns this summer with all-new episodes on AMC.
You know him first and foremost as Walt’s boisterous DEA brother-in-law. Over the seasons, you’ve laughed at Hank’s hijinks, cheered his victories and gasped at his tragedies. Sure, you know Hank Schrader. But what do you know about the man who brings Hank to life, Dean Norris? Do you know what his first role was? Or what film credit he shares with his Breaking Bad co-star Bryan Cranston? Play the Dean Norris Ultimate Fan Game and find out.
This week, the Guild of Music Supervisors held its third annual awards, and Breaking Bad‘s Music Supervisor Thomas Golubic won the trophy for Best Music Supervision – Scripted Drama (Television).
Golubic faced a host of formidable opponents for the honor: American Horror Story‘s PJ Bloom, Boardwalk Empire‘s Randall Poster, Dallas‘ Janet Lopez & Jennifer Reeve, Emily Owens MD‘s Kevin Edelman, Luck‘s Gabe Hilfer, Parenthood‘s Liza Richardson, Revenge‘s Season Kent, Scandal‘s Alexandra Patsavas, Shameless‘ Ann Kline, Teen Wolf‘s Laura Webb, The Vampire Diaries‘ Chris Mollere, Treme‘s Blake Leyh, True Blood‘s Gary Calamar and Vegas‘ John Houlihan were also nominated.
In addition to Golubic’s award-winning work on Breaking Bad, he is also the Music Supervisor on AMC’s The Walking Dead. You can now pre-order The Walking Dead Soundtrack Vol. 1 — featuring songs and artists hand-selected by Golubic — on iTunes.
This week, Pedestrian spends five minutes with Bryan Cranston, while Giancarlo Esposito talks to TV Guide about playing the anti-Gus Fring. Plus, it’s time to play Methopoly, a fan’s Breaking Bad-based creation. Read on for more:
• Pedestrian spends five minutes with Bryan Cranston, talking about Argo and the importance of creating a backstory for the characters he plays.
• TV Guide speaks with Giancarlo Esposito about his latest turn on NBC’s Community. He says, “It was a breath of fresh air to do something like this after playing Gustavo Fring for so long.”
Today the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror announced its nominees for the 39th annual Saturn Awards, and Breaking Bad was honored with a total of four nominations for Best Television Presentation, Best Actor (Bryan Cranston), Best Supporting Actor (Jonathan Banks) and Best Supporting Actress (Anna Gunn).
In the Best Television Presentation category, Breaking Bad will square off against HBO’s Game of Thrones, TNT’s Falling Skies, NBC’s Mockingbird Lane, SyFy’s Continuum, Starz’ Spartacus: War of the Damned and Reelz’ World Without End.
Bryan Cranston’s competition is no less formidable: He’ll face The Following‘s Kevin Bacon, Revolution‘s Billy Burke, Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall, Fringe‘s Joshua Jackson, Leverage‘s Timothy Hutton and The Walking Dead‘s Andrew Lincoln for the Best Actor trophy.
In the Best Supporting Actor category, Jonathan Banks faces off against Revolution‘s Giancarlo Esposito (Gustavo Fring on Breaking Bad), Spartacus‘ Todd Lasance, Fringe‘s John Noble, Hell on Wheels‘ Colm Meaney and The Walking Dead‘s David Morrissey.
Anna Gunn will join fellow actresses Jennifer Carpenter of Dexter, Sarah Carter of Falling Skies, Jessica Lange of American Horror Story, Beth Riesgraf of Leverage and Laurie Holden of The Walking Dead in the Best Supporting Actress category.
The 39th annual Saturn awards will be presented at a ceremony that’s slated to take place this June.
On Sun., Feb. 17, the Writers Guild of America honored Breaking Bad with a Writers Guild Award for Best Dramatic Series. Along with series creator Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad writers Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Sam Catlin and Moira Walley-Beckett bested competition that included AMC’s Mad Men, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, HBO’s Game of Thrones, and Showtime’s Homeland.
The win is one of three garnered by AMC as Mad Men picked up the award for Best Episodic Drama and The Walking Dead: Cold Storage webisodes won for Outstanding Achievement in Writing Derivative New Media.
On Sat., Feb. 16, the American Cinema Editors society announced the winners of the 63rd Annual ACE Eddie awards honoring excellence in film and television editing, and Breaking Bad editor Skip MacDonald was honored with the award for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial Television for his work on Season 5, Episode 5 “Dead Freight”.
MacDonald faced formidable competition for the trophy, including Breaking Bad‘s own Kelley Dixon (nominated for her work on Season 5′s “Gliding Over All”), Andrew Weisblum (Smash, “Pilot,” NBC), Keith Henderson (Nashville, “Pilot,” ABC) and AMC’s Tom Wilson (Mad Men, “The Other Woman”).
This week, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Vince Gilligan will direct the series finale, while Anna Gunn and Bryan Cranston preview Breaking Bad‘s end. Plus, Dean Norris and Jonathan Banks are cast in post-Breaking Bad projects. Read on for more:
• The Hollywood Reporter breaks the news that Vince Gilligan will direct, as well as write, the series finale. “I love directing, I just don’t get to do it often,” he says.
• In a chat with TV Guide, Anna Gunn reveals that one series regular already knows that he or she will die before the series finale.
Veteran actor Larry Hankin, who plays Old Joe in AMC’s Breaking Bad, explains what makes him such a good junkyard owner and describes what went into creating the infamous magnet scene in Season 5.
Q: You’ve been on some of the more iconic television series of the last twenty years: Seinfeld, Friends, Home Improvement, now Breaking Bad. Are you the secret to a show’s success?
A: Here’s the yin to that yang; yes I’ve been on these really great iconic shows, but I haven’t been on more than two or three times! I’ve always wondered about that. I get invited to the party once and then, what happens? So maybe I’m not lucky. I’m just tripping out; I don’t know how that happened that I’m on all these big shows — to me it’s amazing.
Q: What’s the secret to pulling these gigs?
A: A long time ago when I wasn’t getting any jobs at all I had a very thick New York accent. I asked an agent, “What’s going on, why aren’t I getting any jobs?” He said there’s only two ways to get a job: One, you walk in the door and they’re looking for you — the job is yours to lose. Or two, they’re not looking for you at all and you have to convince them to go a whole different direction. He said, “They’re not looking for you, Hankin. You gotta convince them!” So that kind of calmed me down. It wasn’t my fault, it’s just that I’m a unique character. And then finally when they got used to me — now I’m a type. There’s nothing I do differently now. I just walk in and get the job.
Q: Did the experience from your long career prepare you for everything on the set of Breaking Bad?
A: I have an ADD type of thing, ever since I was a kid. So learning lines for me is like climbing a mountain. I started out in Second City as an improviser, where I didn’t have to learn lines, so it never came up. After the audition for Breaking Bad, the worst thing in the world happened, which would be the best thing for other actors: On set, they handed me the script and it was a page-long speech, all legalese — I was telling Hank why he couldn’t get into the Winnebago and I was quoting law. I was thinking I would get fired from my favorite show in the whole world! You know about the script supervisor? She marks down all the mistakes you made each take. After we do one, I see her walking towards me, pencil poised. Every other word is circled on the script. We did it again and through some miracle, the director said, “Ok, moving on!”
Q: You had an integral part in one of the now more infamous of Breaking Bad sequences: the magnet. What was that like to shoot?
This week, Vince Gilligan chats with The Hollywood Reporter about Breaking Bad‘s final bow, while Bob Odenkirk appears in a Super Bowl ad for Samsung. Plus, Bryan Cranston and Anna Gunn make some post-Breaking Bad plans. Read on for more:
• The Hollywood Reporter speaks with Vince Gilligan, who talks about Breaking Bad‘s end, as well as Bryan Cranston’s brilliance: “We have pretty much everything right now, we just need some connective tissue, we have to connect a few dots in the final episode but we pretty much have all of the major moments.”
• Bleacher Report highlights Bob Odenkirk’s appearance with Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd in a Super Bowl ad. Macgasm concedes the ad is “actually pretty funny.” Forbes thinks the ad would have been better with the entire Breaking Bad cast.
• Deadline reports that Bryan Cranston has signed a deal with Sony Pictures Television to develop and produce new series projects.