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Bryan Cranston Advises Jon Hamm; TV.com Ranks Breaking Bad as No. 1 Show

breaking-bad-episode-512-walt-cranston-325This week, Bryan Cranston advises Jon Hamm on TV shows ending, while TV.com ranks Breaking Bad the best show of the past five years. Plus, The Hollywood Reporter traces the connections between Breaking Bad and The X-Files. Read on for more:

Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm shares with GQ the advice that Bryan Cranston gave him on ending a show: “It’s hard, man. It’s hard to let it go. It’ll hit you a couple of different ways at different times.”

TV.com ranks Breaking Bad — “the most skillfully written show of the half-decade, as smart and quick on its feet as its protagonist Walter White” — the best TV show of the past five years.

The Hollywood Reporter details how The X-Files “proved to be the gift that kept giving thanks to one of its greatest legacies: Breaking Bad,” citing Vince Gilligan’s work as a writer on the show, along with one-off roles for several Bad actors.
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Bryan Cranston’s Trumbo Gets Nov. 6 Release; EW Applauds “Baby Blue” in Finale

breaking-bad-episode-205-walt-cranston-325This week, Variety says that Bryan Cranston’s Trumbo will be released in November, while Entertainment Weekly applauds the use of “Baby Blue” in the series finale. Plus, RJ Mitte comes up with his own breakfast-themed Breaking Bad spinoff. Read on for more:

Variety reports that Trumbo, a movie about the blacklisted writer that stars Bryan Cranston, will hit U.S. theaters on Nov. 6.

Entertainment Weekly‘s list of the best TV music moments includes Badfinger’s “Baby Blue” in the series finale: “Was this song written especially for the finale of Breaking Bad? No, it wasn’t, but boy did it feel like it.”

Fansided spotlights RJ Mitte’s appearance on the U.K.’s Whatever, which had him “reprising his role as Walt Jr. and serving up heaps of sugar to Londoners with serious cereal cravings.”
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Bryan Cranston to Play LBJ on HBO; Yahoo TV Ranks Jesse One of TV’s Best Characters

breaking-bad-episode-208-walt-cranston-jesse-paul-325This week, Bryan Cranston is set to play President Johnson for an HBO production, while Yahoo TV ranks Jesse one of TV’s best characters. Plus, Aaron Paul tells Variety he’d like to reprise his role on Better Call Saul. Read on for more:

The Hollywood Reporter says Bryan Cranston will reprise his Tony-winning turn as President Lyndon Johnson in an HBO adaptation of All the Way that will be directed by Jay Roach.

• Jesse is No. 3 on Yahoo TV‘s list of the greatest TV characters since Tony Soprano, described as “the most tragic and heartbreaking character of the series, because he desperately wanted a less destructive life — and was nearly destroyed by the guilt of not being able to.”

• Aaron Paul tells Variety he’s open to guest-starring on Better Call Saul, saying, “We always have fun having that discussion — Vince [Gilligan], myself, Peter [Gould], the writers. We just have no idea how that would happen. But hopefully one day.”
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Bryan Cranston Produces Broadway Musical; A.V. Club Recommends “Ozymandias” Once

breaking-bad-episode-501-jesse-paul-walt-cranston-2-325This week, Bryan Cranston is producing a Broadway musical, while A.V. Club recommends watching “Ozymandias” because it’s great, but only once because it’s painful. Plus, Vince Gilligan’s Battle Creek garners positive reviews. Read on for more:

The Associated Press reports that Bryan Cranston has signed on as a producer of the upcoming Broadway musical Finding Neverland.

• “Ozymandias” is one of A.V. Club‘s choices for a great TV episode that’s too painful to watch twice because, in this episode, it’s “the totality of the loss that breaks the viewer, all the worst things possible happening over one hour.”

Bustle compares Breaking Bad and Battle Creek to see if they have anything in common, aside from Vince Gilligan.
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Aaron Paul Honored for Charity Work; Early Oscar Talk for Bryan Cranston

BB-Episode-512-Jesse-325This week, Aaron Paul and his wife are honored for their philanthropy, while Bryan Cranston is the subject of some very early Oscar talk for next year. Plus, Giancarlo Esposito talks Breaking Bad at a recent panel. Read on for more:

Variety reports that Aaron Paul and his wife, Lauren Parsekian, were honored at the annual unite4:humanity event with the Unite2gether Award for their philanthropic work.

• Oscar talk for 2016 is already starting — and The Huffington Post thinks Bryan Cranston could get a best actor nod for his role in Trumbo, which “could resonate with Oscar voters looking to make amends,” while The Hollywood Reporter thinks Trumbo is a best picture candidate. Vox also sees Trumbo making an impact since it’s “certainly an Oscar-friendly story, starring Bryan Cranston, the sort of actor it would be easy for the Oscars to embrace.”

BGR reports that Giancarlo Esposito’s favorite Breaking Bad scene is the one where he utters, “I will kill your wife. I will kill your son. I will kill your infant daughter.”
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Vulture Lists Breaking Bad On Netflix’s “Best Shows”; Aaron Paul Talks Loves of His Life

breaking-bad-episode-304-jesse-paul-325This week, Vulture spotlights Breaking Bad‘s presence on Netflix, while Aaron Paul reveals the loves of his life to Independent.ie. Plus, Steven Michael Quezada discusses playing Gomez with Kansas City Live. Read on for more:

Vulture‘s list of the best TV shows on Netflix right now includes Breaking Bad, saying, ”Bryan Cranston’s virtuosic performance as teacher turned meth-dealer Walter White shape-shifts through each season of this sprawling, superlative drama until he (and it) becomes pretty much the greatest thing ever to have happened in front of your eyeballs.”

• Aaron Paul shares the loves of his life with Independent.ie, from his wife to Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree.

• Interviewed on Kansas City Live, Steven Michael Quezada talks about playing Gomez and how it was “good to play a Latino part where I was a good guy all the way to the end.”
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Betsy Brandt Books CBS Pilot; Breaking Bad Parody Tribute Video to Heisenberg

breaking-bad-512-marie-brandt-325This week, Deadline reports that Betsy Brandt will star in a CBS pilot, while USA Today has a Breaking Bad parody video that’s a tribute to Heisenberg. Plus, an exhibit of Breaking Bad character portraits will be on display at a London gallery this weekend. Read on for more:

• According to Deadline, Betsy Brandt has joined the cast of a CBS pilot called Life in Pieces that also stars Colin Hanks.

USA Today spotlights a Breaking Bad tribute video set to a song called “Heisenberg” that’s inspired by Toto’s “Africa.”

Digital Spy has the details of a Breaking Bad-themed art exhibit in London that features character portraits from cartoonist Ralph Steadman.
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Super Bowl Ads Feature Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul; Anna Gunn Cast in Criminal Minds

breaking-bad-episode-304-walt-cranston-325This week, Super Bowl ads feature Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, while Anna Gunn is cast in the Criminal Minds spinoff. Plus, the New York Post checks in on Breaking Bad‘s alums. Read on for more:

The Huffington Post showcases Bryan Cranston “and the return of Walter White, albeit temporarily,” in a Super Bowl ad for Esurance. The Orlando Sentinel considered it the best of the game’s celebrity ads, while NJ.com adds that “Cranston’s meth dealer is pop culture personified and probably the biggest celebrity snag of the year.” Entertainment Tonight says, “Bryan Cranston reprises his role as Walter White from Breaking Bad, and he hasn’t lost his menacing touch.”

• Aaron Paul narrates a Super Bowl ad for Weight Watchers and was “the perfect choice for this gig, sounding an awful lot like his meth-dealing alter ego Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad,” according to Co.Create.

Variety reports that Anna Gunn will co-star opposite Gary Sinise in the proposed spinoff of CBS’ Criminal Minds.
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Breaking Bad Wins Producing, Casting Awards; Bill Gates Talks Up Bad in Vox Q&A

breaking-bad-episode-208-jesse-paul-walt-cranston-325x200 This week, Breaking Bad wins awards from the Producers Guild of America and the Casting Society of America, while Bill Gates talks up the show in a Vox interview. Plus, Dean Norris shows up on Conan. Read on for more:

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Breaking Bad won the Producers Guild of America’s Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama. In its live blog of the event, Deadline has some snippets of Bryan Cranston’s acceptance speech.

Breaking Bad won a Casting Society of America Artios Award in the Television Series Drama category, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

• Bill Gates, interviewed by Vox, invokes Breaking Bad and its complexity in his explanation of how the world is improving.
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Aaron Paul Names Favorite Bad Episode; Dean Norris Talks Being Known as Hank

breaking-bad-episode-206-jesse-paul-325x200This week, Aaron Paul reveals his favorite Breaking Bad episode to The Irish Times, while Dean Norris talks to Fox News about being known as Hank. Plus, Bustle does a comparison of two of Bryan Cranston’s most well-known characters: Walt and Malcolm in the Middle‘s Hal. Read on for more:

• Asked by The Irish Times to name his favorite Breaking Bad episode, Aaron Paul replies, “My favourite is probably ’4 Days Out’.”

• Dean Norris, speaking with FoxNews.com, says it’s OK if he’s forever known as Hank because Breaking Bad was “such a fantastic show to be a part of, and I love Hank Schrader and I loved playing him so if that ends up being the case I have no problem with it.”

• To mark the 15th anniversary of Malcolm in the Middle‘s premiere, Bustle does a “who wore it best” comparison for two iconic Bryan Cranston characters: Hal and Walt.
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