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Cranston: 'I was capable of doing very bad things'

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Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston revealed in a cover interview with Men’s Journal that once upon a time, he was “capable of doing very bad things”. He used to date an obsessive, drug-addled woman and had an out of body experience where he killed her. What a background to set him up for his role of a drug kingpin on the show!

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SWEET 16: BREAKING BAD WILL BE BACK

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The fate of science teacher-turned-methamphetamine manufacturer Walter White will be determined in a fifth – and final season – which will begin filming next year. Currently in its fourth season on AMC, Breaking Bad will return in 2012 with 16 episodes. “It’s a funny irony, I’d hate to know the date of my own last day on earth, but I’m delighted to know what Walter White’s will be – episodically speaking,” the show’s creator, Vince Gilligan, said in a press release. “This is a great gift to me and to my wonderful writers. It’s knowledge [that] will allow us to properly build our story to a satisfying conclusion. Now, if we don’t manage to pull that off,  we’ve got no one to blame but ourselves.” Unless it is extended to match the series, however, Gilligan’s contract expires at the end of the fourth season. Stay tuned!

HIGH EXPECTATIONS

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With the tension on Breaking Bad hitting a fevered pitch heading into its fourth season (which premieres July 17 on AMC), The New York Times praised the series in a July 6 article titled “The Dark Art of Breaking Bad” (and in print in the NYT Sunday magazine on July 10 in an article titled “Art of Darkness”) during which series creator Vince Gilligan commented on the role karma ultimately plays in the series:

“If there’s a larger lesson to ‘Breaking Bad,’ it’s that actions have consequences,” Gilligan told the publication… I feel some sort of need for biblical atonement, or justice, or something,” he said between chews. “I like to believe there is some comeuppance, that karma kicks in at some point, even if it takes years or decades to happen.” To read the entire article, click here.

BREAKING BAD’S X-FILES-INSPIRED COLOR SCHEME

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Taking a cue from his mentor, The X-Files creator Chris Carter – who would often work in the name of his production company (and birthday), “Ten Thirteen,” into episodes of the classic series – Breaking Bad executive producer revealed that Skyler’s sister, Marie, has a penchant for purple. In an interview with The Vulture at NYMag.com, Gilligan said: “We decided that Skyler’s sister Marie should love the color purple, and indeed everything she wears and everything she accents her home with is purple… Color is important on Breaking Bad; we always try to think in terms of it. We always try to think of the color that a character is dressed in, in the sense that it represents on some level their state of mind.” Gilligan also pointed out that, in a nod to his days as a writer for The X-Files, there will be a reference to “10-13” in the first episode of Breaking Bad’s upcoming fourth season.

AUDITION (WEDNESDAY!) FOR BREAKING BAD

Do you want to work with Walter White?

New Mexico is suddenly becoming New Hollywood. The home turf of series like Breaking Bad and In Plain Sight (and the upcoming superhero team film The Avengers), producers are looking for some local talent – including actors, stuntmen, costume designers and make-up professionals. If you live in (or can get to) the Santa Fe area, there will be an open casting call Wednesday, Feb. 16 beginning at 10 a.m. (ending at 3 p.m.) for anyone interested in the film industry. For more information, click here. Photographers will be on hand to take headshots (for free), and a representative from the Screen Actors Guild will also be there to answer questions about working as a professional actor in the local film industry.

BREAKING BAD STAR'S NEW WEB SERIES

Bryan Cranston as Jack Power

“Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston, who has won three consecutive Emmy awards for his role as science teacher/meth cook Walter White, is headlining in a new web series. In Atom.com’s “The Handlers,” Cranston stars as Jack Power, an inept state senate candidate whose staff (the handlers) keeps his incompetency under wraps. Check it out HERE.

BEST OF THE YEAR: MAD MEN

The best of 2010

Add The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer and St. Louis Post-Dispatch among the media outlets proclaiming “Mad Men” as the best show on television in 2010. The Plain Dealer TV critic Mark Dawidziak ranked “Mad Men” the best drama of 2010, noting “No other series digs quite so deeply or provocatively into the American psyche and culture.” Post-Dispatch critic Gail Pennington called “Mad Men” the hour of television that I find closest to perfection: intelligent, always involving and continually surprising.”

Among dramas, The Plain Dealer ranked “Dexter” fourth (“Topping last season’s serial killer showdown between Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) and Arthur Mitchell (former Akronite John Lithgow) was not an option. But producers came up with a fifth season that was every bit as engrossing and brilliant”) and “Breaking Bad” seventh ([“Bryan Cranston’s] portrayal of Walter White, the mild-mannered chemistry teacher turned drug dealer, is as disturbingly mesmerizing as ever). The Post-Dispatch called “Breaking Bad,” which it ranked second, “darkly comic and deeply tragic.”

Time for you to sound off – what are your picks for the best series of 2010?

THE BEST OF 2010: MAD MEN, GLEE, BREAKING BAD

Among TV's the 10 Best... Again

The American Film Institute (AFI) released it’s Top 10 list of the best television series and films of 2010. For the second consecutive year, both “Mad Men” and “Glee” made the list in the TV category. This year, AMC’s “Breaking Bad” also made the list following its third another stellar season.

Here is the AFI’s Top 10 TV series of 2010.

“The Big C”
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Breaking Bad”
“Glee”
“Mad Men”
“Modern Family”
“The Pacific”
“Temple Grandin”
“30 Rock”
“The Walking Dead”

So where is “Sons of Anarchy”? “Parks & Recreation”? “Judge Judy”? What shows would you add to the list – and which ones would you bump off to do it?

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