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Bryan Cranston Game For Walter White Cameo In Better Call Saul

30 June 2016 7:18 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Ever since AMC issued the go-ahead on Better Call Saul, speculation ran amok over the possibility of Walter White popping up in Slippin’ Jimmy’s origins story; perhaps not as the marauding alter-ego we know and fear, but a pre-Heisenberg Walter White that was more concerned about cooking breakfast and teaching chemistry than climbing to the tip-top of Albuquerque’s drug ring.

Much like Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman, key creatives behind the spinoff series – namely Vince Gilligan – have stated before that it’s it’s really a question of when, rather than if Walter White will appear, and during a recent interview with The Rich Eisen Show (via ScreenRant), Bryan Cranston himself has declared he is “all in” for a cameo.

“I owe Vince Gilligan so much. He was my champion to get [the Walter White] role. I was the guy coming off Malcolm in the Middle. If they were to call me and say, »

- Michael Briers

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Bryan Cranston on returning as Walter White: He’s ‘all in’

30 June 2016 2:28 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Say what you want, Better Call Saul is slowly turning into greatness. Just two seasons in and we’re already hooked. With the likes of Breaking Bad characters like Mike Ehrmentraut (Jonathan Banks) and Tuco Salmanca (Raymond Cruz) already popping up fans are getting hopeful of a return of the ultimate – Bryan Cranston‘s Walter White, probably one of the greatest TV characters of the last 10 years.

Well, Cranston has been on the road on the interview circuit and the subject of Bb and a potential return to the prequel series Better Call Saul has popped up.

Speaking on The Rich Eisen Show Cranston said, “I owe Vince Gilligan so much. He was my champion to get [the Walter White] role. I was the guy coming off Malcolm in the Middle. If they were to call me and say, ‘We have this idea, we’d like … ,’ I would say, ‘Yes, you don’t have to finish the pitch. »

- Paul Heath

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Bryan Cranston is “all in” for a Walter White cameo in Better Call Saul

29 June 2016 3:53 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Over the course of its first two seasons, Better Call Saul has featured a number of familiar faces from the world of Breaking Bad, and whether we’re talking about Mike Ehrmentraut (Jonathan Banks) or Tuco Salmanca (Raymond Cruz), it’s to the show’s credit that these have all worked. After all, it would be easy to shove a […]

The post Bryan Cranston is “all in” for a Walter White cameo in Better Call Saul appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- Josh Wilding

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Bryan Cranston Is “All In” for a ‘Better Call Saul’ Cameo

29 June 2016 3:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Over its first two seasons, Better Call Saul has pulled in more than a few familiar faces from Breaking Bad. There’s Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) and Mike Ehrmentraut (Jonathan Banks), of course, but also criminal power players like Tuco Salmanca (Raymond Cruz) and even random minor characters like Ken (Kyle Bornheimer). One that’s yet to show up, […]

The post Bryan Cranston Is “All In” for a ‘Better Call Saul’ Cameo appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Skylanders Academy Series Lands on Netflix This Fall

16 June 2016 4:26 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Activision's Skylanders Academy TV show has found a home on none other than Netflix, it was announced earlier today. The new animated series starring the same characters featured the multi-billion dollar Skylanders toys-to-life video game franchise will debut as a Netflix original series this fall with a second season ordered as well.

The premise behind Skylanders Academy follows a team of veteran Skylanders characters charged with helping train a new crop of cadets at the show's namesake. Expect trouble to arise and Kaos, the wannabe foil of tranquility in Skylands, leading the evil charge.

Headlining Skylanders Academy are Justin Long as Spyro, Ashley Tisdale as Stealth Elf, Jonathan Banks as Eruptor and Norm MacDonald as Glumshanks. Spyro, Eruptor, and the lower half of Stealth Elf are pictured in a screen grab from the series above. Also lending their vocal talents are YouTuber? The Diamond Minecart, Susan Sarandon, Daniel Wu, Parker Posey, »

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Netflix Plans "Skylanders," "Spy Kids" Series

16 June 2016 10:07 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Netflix has given a two-season order for "Skylanders Academy," the first project from video game giant Activision Blizzard's in-house production outfit Activision Blizzard Studios.

The series itself was first announced as being in the works with the creation of the studio late last year. The show, based on the multi-billion dollar toy brand, charts a team of heroes as they train the next wave of Skylanders Academy cadets.

Justin Long, Ashley Tisdale, Jonathan Banks and Norm MacDonald play regulars while the likes of Susan Sarandon, Parker Posey, Catherine O'Hara, Bobcat Goldthwait and Chris Diamantopoulos will lend their voices to the series.

"Futurama" writer Eric Rogers serves as showrunner with Sander Schwartz, Stacey Sher and Nick van Dyk executive producing. The first episodes will debut on the streaming service in the Fall.

The confirmation comes as Netflix unveiled a new slate of kids' properties set to debut shortly including adaptations of the kids book series "Llama Llama," the graphic novels "Hilda," the Dreamworks animated feature "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron," and the live-action "Spy Kids" film franchise.

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- Garth Franklin

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Jason Sudeikis Disqualified From Emmy Consideration for Fox’s ‘Last Man On Earth’ (Exclusive)

16 June 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When the 2016 Primetime Emmy ballots went online Monday, Jason Sudeikis was included among the list of guest actors in a comedy series for his critically acclaimed turn on Fox’s “The Last Man On Earth.”

There’s just one problem: Under Emmy rules, Sudeikis isn’t a guest star.

Because he appeared in 11 of the second season’s 18 episodes as Mike Miller, astronaut brother of the titular character Phil Miller (played by Will Forte), he far exceeds the current threshold for guest consideration.

Per Academy rules: “It is the decision of the entrant whether to enter as a lead, supporting or guest performer. However, only performers appearing in less than 50% of the eligible episodes are able to submit in the Guest Performer categories.”

Although Sudeikis would be properly categorized in the supporting actor race, it’s too late to make the switch now that voting has commenced, and he will therefore be disqualified from consideration. (Again, per Academy rules: “If an entry is made in the wrong category and the error is not discovered until it goes to the voters on the nomination ballot, it will be disqualified.”)

Since the category’s inception in 1986, the rules and regulations defining guest performers have varied wildly throughout the years. In 1992, a movement to recognize guest performers on the primetime telecast resulted in guests competing against full-time leads (Christopher Lloyd won outstanding actor in a drama series for a single episode of “Road to Avonlea” and the experiment ended). And in recent years, winners in the guest categories have included performers booked for season long arcs (like John Lithgow’s 2010 win for season four of “Dexter”).

The current rule was instituted in 2015, the year after Uzo Aduba won outstanding guest actress in a comedy for the first season of Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” despite appearing in 11 out of 13 episodes and essentially functioning as a series regular. Aduba went on to win outstanding supporting actress in a drama at last year’s Emmys.

There is still some confusion about the shift in what constitutes a guest performance even among industry insiders. Pundits considered Diana Rigg a shoo-in for a fourth consecutive guest actress nomination as Lady Olenna Tyrell on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” this year, but the actress will appear in five of the season’s 10 episodes, pushing her into the supporting field. Only a handful of actors from the massive “Thrones” ensemble are submitted by HBO each year (the rest can submit on their own). Rigg is not on this year’s ballot.

Under the current rules, Rigg would also not have been eligible as a guest star in the show’s third season, when she received her first nomination.

Meanwhile, “Breaking Bad” veteran Mark Margolis is entered in the supporting race for reprising his Emmy-nominated guest role as the villainous Hector Salamanca on “Better Call Saul.” The actor appeared in exactly half of “Saul’s” second season (five out of 10 episodes), with minimal screen time in several of those. It’s difficult to argue he’s a supporting player to the same degree as “Saul” co-stars Jonathan Banks or Michael McKean, but the rules are the rules.

Over at AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” series regulars Ross Marquand and Tovah Feldshuh have been entered in guest categories this year because they each appeared in six episodes of the 16-episode season. But guest star Merritt Wever vies in supporting actress because she appeared in nine.

What happened with Sudeikis was apparently a case of the studio, 20th Century Fox Television, evaluating the role under the Academy’s old guidelines, and judging it a guest turn. He was billed as a “special guest star” for every episode, and in three of the 11 episodes he appeared onscreen for less than a minute. But his role grew in importance as the season progressed, his character had a bottle episode essentially all to himself, and he was a crucial participant in the season-ending arc.

The TV Academy does not vet submissions for accuracy; they simply go by the information submitted on entry forms, which would have noted that Sudeikis appeared in less than 50% of the episodes. No performers were disqualified from the ballot last year.

 

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- Geoff Berkshire

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Netflix Picks Up Justin Long, Ashley Tisdale Animated Series ‘Skylanders Academy’

16 June 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Video game giant Activision Blizzard is bringing its popular “Skylanders” series to the small screen with the animated “Skylanders Academy” on Netflix, the companies announced on Thursday. The game publisher announced in late 2015 its plans to spearhead its own ventures into Hollywood with an in-house production studio, and those plans will come to fruition later this year, with a two-season commitment from the streaming service. The series, which was initially announced alongside the formation of Activision Blizzard Studios last year, will star Justin Long in the lead as the dragon Spyro, along with Ashley Tisdale,  Norm McDonald and Jonathan Banks. »

- Phil Owen

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These shows would make great Emmy nominees

14 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Yesterday, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences opened voting for this year's Emmy nominations, including the public release of ballots showing who submitted themselves and in what categories. That means it's time for my annual thought exercise, where I pretend that I'm an Academy member and try to figure out how I would fill out my ballot in the major categories. The whole thing becomes trickier with each passing year, just because there are so many shows and performances worthy of at least consideration: when I made my first run through the ballot, jotting down contenders in each big category, I wound up with 26 potential Outstanding Comedy Series nominees, for instance. It does give me a sense of how challenging this must be for the actual Emmy voters, especially since most of them have much less time to actually watch TV than I do. I'm using the same rules as usual: 1)I only consider shows and performances that were submitted. So even if I wanted to put, say, Hugh Dancy on my ballot for his work in the final season of Hannibal, I couldn't, because he only submitted his work on Hulu's The Path. 2)I can't move things into other categories to suit my preference. I can't treat Horace and Pete like a limited series, even though that's clearly what it was, because the Academy let Louis C.K. submit it in the drama categories, and I can't take a largely dramatic half-hour like Transparent or Togetherness out of the comedy categories. 3)I don't consider shows and performances that I didn't watch much, if at all, this season. Based on the last time I was a regular viewer of Penny Dreadful and Orphan Black, for instance, I suspect Eva Green and Tatiana Maslany would both be incredibly strong contenders for the drama lead actress category, but I haven't seen a second of either show's eligible season. Back in the days before Peak TV, it would make me crazy when actors were obviously nominated based on their work from previous seasons, rather than anything they had done in the current year, so I'm not going to make any nominations based on similar assumptions. Also, because so much of the biggest action this year is in the limited series categories (even sans Horace and Pete), I'm going to make picks there, when usually I've stuck with the comedy and drama fields. So here we go... Outstanding Comedy Series black-ish (ABC) Master of None (Netflix) Review (Comedy Central) Transparent (Amazon) Veep (HBO) You're the Worst (FX) As I alluded to above, this was a tough one, especially since there are so many different kinds of "comedy" up for consideration. I could have surrounded Transparent and You're the Worst with a bunch of other half-hours that trended more towards the dramatic this year (say, Casual, Baskets, Togetherness, and Girls), or put on both of the CW's delightful Monday hour-long comedies in Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, or loaded up on the resurgent broadcast network comedy scene and paired black-ish with the likes of The Grinder, The Carmichael Show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Fresh Off the Boat. And I haven't even mentioned Broad City or Lady Dynamite or Catastrophe or Silicon Valley or Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt or a bunch of others that I'm not happy to not have on my final list. But these six were ultimately the ones that stuck with me the most, in some cases very long after they first aired. Outstanding Drama Series The Americans (FX) Better Call Saul (AMC) Happy Valley (Netflix) Horace and Pete (LouisCK.net) The Leftovers (HBO) UnREAL (Lifetime) Because so many great shows like Fargo and American Crime and The People v. O.J. Simpson have gotten themselves categorized as limited series, this wasn't quite as impossible a category to cull down to six choices, even if I changed my mind five different times between including UnREAL, Mr. Robot, or Halt and Catch Fire for that last spot. The Leftovers was my favorite show of last year, and assuming its final season gets bumped to 2017, Horace and Pete and The Americans are the two front-runners to finish atop my best of list for this year. With Mad Men gone, and limited series more competitive, I'm holding out the faintest of hope that Americans can follow the Friday Night Lights pattern and start getting nominated late in its run after being largely ignored early on. Outstanding Limited Series American Crime (ABC) Fargo (FX) The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX) Roots (History) Show Me a Hero (HBO) What an amazing resurgence for a format the rest of the TV business had all but ceded to HBO for the last decade. All six of these projects were extraordinary in different ways, and any one of them would be a more than deserving winner, though I'm assuming People v. O.J. is going to sweep its way through most of the limited series categories. Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series Anthony Anderson, black-ish Andrew Daly, Review Chris Geere, You're the Worst Rob Lowe, The Grinder Fred Savage, The Grinder Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent Some years, I set a rule that I will only nominate one actor per show, but I couldn't choose between the two Grinder leads, who were as perfect a crazy man/straight man pairing as TV has had in quite some time. Anderson and Geere did great work flipping back and forth between silliness and pathos this year (I still choke up thinking about Dre's Obama speech from the black-ish episode about how to talk to your kids about black people being shot by cops), Tambor was once again stunning in a largely dramatic performance (that is, again, eligible here, in a category that isn't Funniest Actor in a Comedy Series), and Daly's absolute commitment to the awfulness of Forrest MacNeil's life made the second Review season even funnier, and darker, than the first. Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series Steve Buscemi, Horace and Pete Louis C.K., Horace and Pete Rami Malek, Mr. Robot Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul Matthew Rhys, The Americans Justin Theroux, The Leftovers Horace and Pete was another case of my inability to choose between two actors from the same show, as by the end, C.K.'s work was just as nuanced and devastating as the more experienced Buscemi's. Malek was so riveting that he made a lot of pieces of Mr. Robot work that would have failed utterly in the hands of an even slightly less gifted performer, Theroux's work in the last few Leftovers season 2 episodes left me a wreck, Odenkirk continues to demonstrate surprising depths as a dramatic actor, and it's absurd that Matthew Rhys has yet to be nominated for all he does on Americans. Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie Bryan Cranston, All the Way James Franco, 11.22.63 Oscar Isaac, Show Me a Hero Regé-Jean Page, Roots Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Patrick Wilson, Fargo Cranston and Franco both gave tremendous performances in ultimately flawed projects. Isaac somehow made all the exposition and policy wonkery of Show Me a Hero entertaining and tragic, Page and Vance were enormously charismatic as men who were flashy on the outside and deeply pained on the inside, and Patrick Wilson basically turned into Gary Cooper and became the powerful, still center around which all the craziness of Fargo season 2 could orbit. Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Aya Cash, You're the Worst Gillian Jacobs, Love Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep Michaela Watkins, Casual Louis-Drefyus will — deservedly — keep winning this category until either Veep ends or she pulls a Candice Bergen and withdraws herself from consideration. So it almost doesn't matter who gets nominated alongside her. But the other performances I chose were all wonderfully nuanced and complicated as they painted very different portraits of women who are all damaged in some way, and any of them would make an incredibly deserving winner if Louis-Dreyfus were to pull a Larry David and somehow offend everyone in Los Angeles at the same time. Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series Shiri Appleby, UnREAL Kerry Bishé, Halt and Catch Fire Carrie Coon, The Leftovers Sarah Lancashire, Happy Valley Krysten Ritter, Jessica Jones Keri Russell, The Americans The Pov structure of Leftovers season 2 rendered everyone but Theroux a supporting player, but since Coon submitted herself here, I'm picking her, because when she was on screen, she was spectacular. Bishé was the highlight of the much-improved second season of Halt, Lancashire remains indelible on Happy Valley, Ritter lived up to all of my hopes for Jessica Jones, and refer to my Matthew Rhys comment when it comes to his TV spouse. The real surprise of the group is Appleby, who had never suggested the kind of depth and force that her role on UnREAL has allowed her to play. Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie Kirsten Dunst, Fargo Felicity Huffman, American Crime Riley Keough, The Girlfriend Experience Rachel McAdams, True Detective Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Lili Taylor, American Crime As with the corresponding male category, we've got a couple of performances here (Keough and McAdams) that transcended iffy shows. You could argue that any or all of Dunst, Huffman, and Taylor belong in the supporting field, but they were all wonderful, even if they all understandably seem destined to lose to Paulson. Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series Louie Anderson, Baskets Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine Jaime Camil, Jane the Virgin Christopher Meloni, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp T.J. Miller, Silicon Valley Timothy Simons, Veep Honestly, I could make this an all-Veep category — say, with Simons, Tony Hale, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole, Sam Richardson, and Matt Walsh (or swap any two of them out for Hugh Laurie and Reid Scott) — and it would be a completely respectable list. Instead, I decided to limit myself to one guy, and the New Hampshire election story has given Simons a chance to shine like never before. As for the others, Braugher is a national treasure, Camil may be playing the most reliable joke machine on television, Meloni stole First Day of Camp the same way he stole the original movie, and Miller got to add some surprising emotion to Erlich Bachman's usual hilarious buffoonery. And Anderson is, like Tambor, giving an almost entirely dramatic performance (and also playing a woman), but in a way that never feels like a gimmick. Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series Alan Alda, Horace and Pete Dylan Baker, The Americans Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul Kevin Carroll, The Leftovers Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones Lance Reddick, Bosch Even if the Academy at large didn't watch Horace and Pete, I expect Alda will be nominated on name recognition alone, and when they see him give the performance of his career, he'll hopefully win. Baker sketched out a complicated and tragic character in the space of 13 episodes, Banks continued finding new gravitas inside Mike Ehrmantraut, Carroll knocked me out as much as his more well-known co-stars, Dinklage remains so much fun that he can even carry a long scene where he's acting against thin air disguised as CGI dragons, and Reddick also did the best work of his career on the largely unheralded Bosch. Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Ted Danson, Fargo Connor Jessup, American Crime Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager Zahn McClarnon, Fargo Bokeem Woodbine, Fargo Unfortunately, I assume John Travolta has one of these spots in the bag. And the only reason Jessup is here and not in the lead category is because he's young and relatively unknown. But this is still one of the most competitive groups in the whole field, and I'd love to see one of the more unheralded actors eligible win it, even though Danson and Laurie were both superb in the kinds of roles they don't usually play. Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series Loretta Devine, The Carmichael Show Kether Donohue, You're the Worst Allison Janney, Mom Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live Amanda Peet, Togetherness Kristen Schaal, Last Man on Earth Janney, like Louis-Dreyfus, may have a stranglehold on her category for a while, and she's terrific enough — at both the light and dark parts of Mom — that I can't get too annoyed with it. This is another extremely deep category, which I tried to cover with a variety of different kinds of performances from different kinds of shows. There's Devine playing extremely big — and yet still human enough to be at the center of an episode about clinical depression — on Carmichael (where David Alan Grier would also be a fine nominee on the male side), McKinnon carrying SNL, Donohue and Peet doing a mix of utter silliness and something much messier, and Schaal turning out in time to be the very best part of Last Man. I'd have liked to find room for some of the Transparent actresses or Zosia Mamet or a bunch of others, but you've gotta make choices when you play this game. Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series Amy Brenneman, The Leftovers Ann Dowd, The Leftovers Regina King, The Leftovers Rhea Seehorn, Better Call Saul Alison Wright, The Americans Constance Zimmer, UnREAL Nope. Not gonna leave out one of the three Leftovers ladies here. (As a past winner, King is the most likely to get an actual nomination.) Seehorn, meanwhile, essentially became co-lead for much of Saul season 2, and was so likable and vulnerable and interesting that it felt like she was adding to Jimmy's story rather than taking away from it. Wright was stronger than ever on Americans, even though Martha was in crisis throughout, and Zimmer was every bit Shiri Appleby's dramatic equal as part of the UnREAL two-hander. Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie Olivia Colman, The Night Manager Rachel Keller, Fargo Regina King, American Crime Cristin Milioti, Fargo Anika Noni Rose, Roots Jean Smart, Fargo Another category where I went with three from one show, reflecting both the great work of Keller, Milioti, and Smart, but also the relative shallowness of this particular field. King is one of several actors this year who, thanks to the proliferation of limited series and shows with shorter seasons, has a realistic shot at being nominated for two different performances. Colman had a bunch of great moments during The Night Manager (particularly the monologue about why her character was so interested in taking down Hugh Laurie), and Rose was one of the best parts of the outstanding Roots ensemble. What does everybody else think? What nominations are you most hoping to see? Alan Sepinwall may be reached at sepinwall@hitfix.com »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Sony Casting’s Dawn Steinberg Talks ‘Better Call Saul’

9 June 2016 9:44 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Sure, “Better Call Saul” is a spinoff of “Breaking Bad,” but anyone who’s seen the AMC drama knows it’s so much more. As a supporting player on the Bryan Cranston-starring show, Bob Odenkirk’s Saul Goodman was a mystery to audiences. Now, thanks to the veteran actor’s award-worthy performance, the conniving lawyer is a thoroughly fleshed out, three-dimensional human being.  “He adds a tiny bit of humor to the most heartbreaking scenes that his character is going through and you’re on the journey with him,” says Head of Talent and Casting for Sony Television Dawn Steinberg in this exclusive video.  It’s his ability to relate to an audience on a truly human level that makes his performance so magnetic and award-worthy. And he’s not the only one. In addition, Jonathan Banks brings truth to the show as Mike Ehrmantraut. There are two sides to him: the tender, »

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Supporting Actors Roundtable: Stars on Scene-Stealing Roles, Auditions, and Why TV Takes Big Risks

7 June 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The amount of talent gathered around the table was impressive indeed. Each of the actors at the Variety Studio — Miranda Otto (“Homeland”), Anthony Mackie (“All the Way”), Christian Slater (“Mr. Robot”), Regina King (a double threat for “American Crime” and “The Leftovers”), Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul”), and Maggie Siff (“Billions”) — all delivered killer performances this season (yes, Miranda, we’re looking at you). But once the joking stopped (Mr. Banks, for the record, never really did), the thespians got down to serious talk about their experiences in the business.

What drew you to your current roles?

Miranda Otto: I went into an audition. I met with [showrunner] Alex Gansa, and he told me a bit about the character and it sounded really juicy. He told me I was going to be having an affair with Saul Berenson and that I was actually a double agent, and I just trusted it and went with it. »

- Debra Birnbaum

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2016 Emmy Contenders: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama

7 June 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Last year, Peter Dinklage took home his second Emmy Award for his role as Tyrion Lannister on “Game of Thrones.” Despite the impressive ensemble of the show, Dinklage could stand out again this year; he already has the best line of the season: “That’s what I do. I drink and I know things.” He could face competition from co-stars Kit Harington and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, neither of whom has been nominated yet.

Jonathan Banks is a likely repeat nominee for “Better Call Saul,” but his co-star Michael McKean was a scene stealer as well, and also the biggest villain of the season as he looked to usurp his own brother. McKean is a beloved vet who has never received an Emmy nomination and is long overdue.

We could see repeat nominations for Jon Voight (“Ray Donovan”) and Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”), as well as two actors whose shows left the air this year, »

- Jenelle Riley

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‘Mudbound’ Cast Set; XLrator-IndustryWorks Pact For Action Thrillers; Melissa McCarthy To Star In ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ – Film Briefs

31 May 2016 10:31 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Breaking Bad alum Jonathan Banks and Rob Morgan have rounded out the cast of Mudbound, joining Garrett Hedlund, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell and Mary J. Blige in the Dee Rees-directed period drama based on the Hillary Jordan novel. Virgil Williams penned the adaptation, Macro and Zeal Media are producing and shooting is underway in New Orleans. The story is set in the wake of World War II, where the fates of two very different families collide while… »

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2016 Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

15 May 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Quick Hits• Last Year's Winner: Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones" • Was It an Upset? Not really, though some thought Jonathan Banks and Ben Mendelsohn had a shot. • Still Eligible? Yes• Hot Streak: Jim Carter has been nominated every year (he's been eligible) for "Downton Abbey," but he's yet to win.• Fun Fact: The actor tied with the most wins in this category — Aaron Paul — will be competing in the Lead Actor race (in "The Path") for the first time in his career.  In 2015, it was virtually impossible to pick the winner of the Supporting Actor race because each dramatic contender had at least one good reason to believe they could win. Looking back it makes sense that Peter Dinklage would take home the trophy considering the groundswell of support for "Game of Thrones," but that's something that can't really be predicted until the awards start rolling in. So we're back to square one for. »

- Ben Travers

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2016 Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

15 May 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Quick Hits• Last Year's Winner: Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones" • Was It an Upset? Not really, though some thought Jonathan Banks and Ben Mendelsohn had a shot. • Still Eligible? Yes• Hot Streak: Jim Carter has been nominated every year (he's been eligible) for "Downton Abbey," but he's yet to win.• Fun Fact: The actor tied with the most wins in this category — Aaron Paul — will be competing in the Lead Actor race (in "The Path") for the first time in his career.  In 2015, it was virtually impossible to pick the winner of the Supporting Actor race because each dramatic contender had at least one good reason to believe they could win. Looking back it makes sense that Peter Dinklage would take home the trophy considering the groundswell of support for "Game of Thrones," but that's something that can't really be predicted until the awards start rolling in. So we're back to square one for. »

- Ben Travers

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Better Call Saul and the rise of the binge watch

4 May 2016 12:59 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

There’s no doubting it, binge-watching is the latest craze to sweep the planet, with many consumers choosing to watch their television all in one sitting, cracking out an entire series in less than 24 hours. Of course, there are lots of shows, like The Walking Dead, Game Of Thrones and the new HBO show Vinyl, choosing to drip feed episodes every week, but many avid watchers are choosing to ‘save up’ a bunch of episodes, and consume them all at once.

The binge-watch can probably be credited to the huge success of the massive TV show Breaking Bad. The Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul-led show spanned five seasons from 2008-2013, and a huge 62 episodes. It was ground-breaking television, both in terms of quality (its screenwriting, acting and direction were near flawless), and how we watch TV in general. Most people came to the TV series late, and with multiple »

- The Hollywood News

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‘Better Call Saul’ Season 2 Finale: Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould Tease Gus Fring’s Return

19 April 2016 11:53 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Spoiler alert: The following interview includes plot details from “Better Call Saul” season two, episode ten, titled “Klick.”

The cat’s out of the bag on “Better Call Saul.” Or is it?

Last night’s second season finale appeared to tease something that fans of “Breaking Bad” have been anticipating ever since the prequel series was announced: the reintroduction of Emmy-nominated favorite Giancarlo Esposito as drug lord Gus Fring.

Of course, we didn’t actually see Esposito or Fring in the episode. There is simply an ominous note left for Mike (Jonathan Banks) warning him off of taking any extreme measures against Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis) — who was also a crucial character on “Breaking Bad.”

Theories that the note was written by Fring, or at the very least one of his associates, were exacerbated by the discovery that the first letter of each of the ten-episode titles in “Saul’s »

- Geoff Berkshire

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'Better Call Saul' creators: Don't automatically expect to see Gus next year

19 April 2016 11:35 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In my review of the Better Call Saul season 2 finale, I noted that Saul has essentially become two shows in one: the legal and romantic adventures of Jimmy McGill, which occasionally offer reminders of the show where we first met him; and the rising criminal career of Mike Ehrmantraut, which at the moment is hip-deep in Breaking Bad villains — but not necessarily the one everybody's waiting for. Earlier today, I spoke with Saul creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould about the finale, the character who was implied (in a puzzle that fans online solved before the producers were expecting them to) but not shown, juggling the two shows in one, the great supporting performances by Rhea Seehorn and Michael McKean, and more. Their answers (with full spoilers, of course) are coming up just as soon as I want coffee but I do not want cream... You guys did an interview »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Better Call Saul: it's not Breaking Bad – but it might be even better

19 April 2016 8:10 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

It’s got murder, mystery, Mike Ehrmantraut – and the most profound depiction of brothers ever seen on TV. Not bad for a show where nothing ever happens

Warning: this article contains spoilers about the season two finale of Better Call Saul. Don’t read on unless you’ve watched it.

It’s never going to be Breaking Bad 2 – surely everyone must accept that by now. But Better Call Saul is a divisive show that continues to dictate its own terms, disappointing those who willed it to be the sketchy adventures of lawyer Saul Goodman, and delighting those who stick with the slowburn tale of the gradual moral erosion of Jimmy McGill. As it’s on Netflix, we have no idea of the numbers who fall into either camp – but after seeing the season two finale, there’s little credibility to the argument that this is a show in which nothing happens. »

- Phelim O'Neill

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Review: ‘Better Call Saul’ Coasts Across Finish Line in Low-Key Season Finale (Spoilers)

18 April 2016 8:06 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

At first, “Better Call Saul” was a very good series, if a rather pallid, slow-moving prequel to its sire, “Breaking Bad.” In season two, the AMC program has developed into two very good series in one, existing in the same, barely overlapping space — the saga of Jimmy McGill, Bob Odenkirk’s ethically challenged lawyer; and Mike, Jonathan Banks’ grizzled former cop turned part-time enforcer.

As usual, anyone looking for a lot of pyrotechnics out of the season finale (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched), co-written (with Heather Marion) and directed by Vince Gilligan, has misjudged “Saul’s” understated rhythms. But the show ended both of its parallel plots in rather tantalizing fashion, setting up another slow burn until the series returns — likely with another fleeting flash-forward of Saul, post-“Bad,” looking over his shoulder, before easing into its next phase.

Perhaps foremost, this season took two characters who »

- Brian Lowry

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