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Ending an acclaimed television series is no easy task. Showrunners can be vilified (Damon Lindelof), deified (Vince Gilligan), or somewhere in between (Joss Whedon). A series finale can generate controversy for years -- like that ending of "The Sopranos."
So, Kurt Sutter has his work cut out for him as "Sons of Anarchy" winds down after seven seasons on FX. And he isn't totally sure what he plans to do. At the Television Critics Association press tour, he admitted that the end "could all change."
"I've always had a sense of where I wanted it to go, and I come in each season with a blueprint with the big arcs and mile markers. And I've learned over seven seasons the looser I grip that idea the better the seasons are," he told reporters.
"This season isn't any different. I came in with how I wanted the season to end ... but things change. »
- Kelly Woo
Saturday was an excellent night and a strange night to be a member of the Television Critics Association. On the one hand, we held our annual TCA Awards ceremony, filled with terrific winners giving terrific speeches. On the other, the power in the hotel (and the surrounding neighborhood) randomly went out late in the post-show reception, and then news broke that the great James Garner — who had won our Career Achievement award four years earlier — had died. Before the blackout and the sad news, though, the night featured many highlights, including: * "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" co-star Terry Crews was our host, and after first doing the expected — juggling his pecs, he said, "I'm contractually obligated to do that" — he did the wildly unexpected by introducing Miss Piggy from the Muppets to duet on a song about the challenges of being a TV critic. (Sample line: "I'm the 'Veep' of heartbreak, »
- Alan Sepinwall
AMC's “Breaking Bad” earned the Television Critics Association's Program of the Year award for the second consecutive year, while Netflix's “Orange is the New Black” won for Outstanding New Program. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Terry Crews hosted the awards Saturday, which marked the TCA's 30th anniversary. The votes were cast by TCA's 220 critics and reporters. Also read: How Much Will Vince Gilligan Do on ‘Battle Creek'? As Much as He Wants HBO's “True Detective” won Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials, and star Matthew McConaughey was honored with Individual Achievement in Drama for his portrayal of Detective Rust Cohle. »
- Tim Molloy
(Cbr) It’s all "Groundhog Day’s" fault. The 1993 comedy hit, which stars Bill Murray as a snarky weatherman forced to re-live the same day over and over again until he becomes a better person, made the idea of a time loop a very popular narrative device for movies and television — and for good reason. There isn’t one person who hasn’t had a day they wish they could take a mulligan on. It’s a very relatable idea, and it’s easy to see why Hollywood keeps going back to the time-loop well. With "Edge of Tomorrow" becoming the latest member of the “Groundhog Day-ing It Club,” Spinoff looks back at some of the most memorable TV and movie do-overs. “Cause and Effect” ("Star Trek: The Next Generation") Actually, maybe we should blame this fifth season episode of Tng, which aired in 1992 — a year before "Groundhog Day. »
- Phil Pirrello, Comic Book Resources
CBS is selling its new midseason drama Battle Creek as being the next project from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. And while it's not completely untrue, it certainly may give the wrong impression.
Gilligan wrote the script for Battle Creek — which tells the story of Detective Russ Agnew (Dean Winters) and his contentious relationship with FBI AgentMilton Chamberlin (Josh Duhamel) when the duo is forced to work together on a case — and pitched it to CBS 12 years ago. In fact, he admitted during a panel at the Television Critics' Association fall previews that it's been so long since he wrote it that he doesn't even remember how he settled on Battle Creek as the setting and title for the show.
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- Adam Bryant
Vince Gilligan may be many things: Spinner of a riveting yarn, creator of one of the best television shows in the medium's history … but apparently, he won't be adding clairvoyance to his list of accomplishments anytime soon. Also read: ‘Madam Secretary’ Producers Talk the Benghazi Effect and Hillary Clinton “Breaking Bad” creator Gilligan was on hand at the Television Critics Association summer tour at the Beverly Hilton hotel Thursday to discuss the upcoming CBS police drama “Battle Creek,” which will finally come to gestation in the 2014-2015 season, 12 years after he first conceived of it. During the panel for the. »
- Tim Kenneally
Josh Duhamel joins CBS later this year with the premiere of Vince Gilligan's new series (about an ill-fitting law enforcement team), "Battle Creek," and the actor admitted it was wife Fergie who got him into the executive producer's past work.
"I'm a bit of a geek about that show," Josh told AccessHollywood.com referring to Vince's last series, "Breaking Bad," as he took questions following the session for "Battle Creek" at the Television Critics Association Summer Tour in Beverly Hills on Thursday. "My wife, actually, is the one who introduced me to that show. She watched it from the very ...
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It’s been 12 years since CBS bought Vince Gilligan’s script for an odd-couple cop drama. Now, with the help of “House” creator David Shore and others, “Battle Creek” will finally make its way to TV this winter as part of the Eye’s midseason lineup.
While this is a lesson on hope for all struggling screenwriters with scripts in turnaround, it’s also one on partnership. Both men — creators in their own right of immensely popular dramas with distinct tones of voice — are exec producing the Sony TV and CBS TV series along with Melissa Bernstein, Erin Gunn, Mark Johnson and pilot director Bryan Singer, but Gilligan is ceding day-to-day showrunning activities to Shore so he can concentrate on AMC’s “Better Call Saul.” At “Battle Creek’s” TCA press panel, the two talked about how that partnership has played out.
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- Whitney Friedlander
Breaking Bad is long over by now, but creator Vince Gilligan is hard at work during Summer TCA promoting his new shows, Better Call Saul and Battle Creek. During the panel for the latter, Gilligan admitted that he really didn't see the massive success of Breaking Bad coming. "Not even remotely did I see the success of Breaking Bad," he said. "Twelve years ago, I thought I'd be lucky not to be living in half of a double-wide with the plastic taped up. I did not see it coming. It was a wonderful lottery win on my part." Wonderful indeed! Though Gilligan will be spending most of his time on Better Call Saul, he did write the original script for Battle Creek and will be overseeing the cop comedy, starring Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters as new partners, as an executive producer. The show doesn't yet have a trailer or a premiere date, »
- Maggie Pehanick
Vince Gilligan originally write the script for his upcoming CBS drama "Battle Creek" a dozen years ago. So when asked at press tour about the selection of the Michigan town as the setting, Gilligan admitted that he couldn't remember what he did last week, let alone a script he wrote that long ago. In this case, "Battle Creek" co-star Josh Duhamel stepped in to refresh Gilligan's memory, explaining that the "Breaking Bad" creator had been fascinated with the name of the city (which he has never visited) just from seeing it on Kellogg's cereal boxes since childhood. CBS had "Battle Creek" — which stars Dean Winters as a cynical Battle Creek cop and Duhamel as the perfect FBI agent who sets up a field office across the hall from the detective squad — in development a dozen years ago, didn't make it at the time because the right actors couldn't be found. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Making his second appearance during the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Vince Gilligan returned to the stage Thursday afternoon for a show he probably never thought would see the light of day. Battle Creek, the Breaking Bad creator's 12-year-old pilot script, landed a series order at CBS last year with House's David Shore on board to take the reins. And while Gilligan was effusive about the revived project, he was adamant about playing a small role moving forward. "I'm sorry I'm not a bigger part of this show as I'd like to be as my duties on
- Michael O'Connell
“Battle Creek,” a show that Vince Gilligan first brought to CBS 12 years ago, suddenly got new life at the network when Gilligan's “Breaking Bad” became an Emmy magnet and cultural phenomenon. But how much Gilligan will be involved in “Battle Creek” is up to Gilligan. Also read: Bryan Cranston, Steven Spielberg Bringing Lbj Play to HBO “Whatever way, shape and form he wants to be involved, we're very happy with that,” CBS entertainment chief Nina Tassler said at the Television Critics Association summer press tour Thursday. Tassler made a lucrative deal with Sony, the studio behind “Battle Creek,” in part because it. »
- Tim Molloy
Though the cast of “The Big Bang Theory” is still negotiating their contracts for the new season, “We’re feeling very confident that these deals will be able to be worked out,” chairman of CBS Entertainment Nina Tassler told reporters Thursday at the annual Television Critics Assn. press tour. “I just love being able to answer the questions year after year.”
Tassler also addressed plans for the upcoming latenight transition, with Stephen Colbert set to inherit David Letterman’s 11:30 p.m. slot. “We’re having preliminary conversations with Stephen, very early conversations about format,” said Tassler. “We know he’s retiring his character on Comedy Central. He does want to have an interview format. As to dates, we’re in the middle of those conversations right now.”
As for the 12:30 p.m. slot, Tassler said they’re still evaluating formats and hinted that the show may not be »
- Debra Birnbaum
CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler fielded questions Thursday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, addressing major developments at the network — and, of course, The Good Wife‘s recent Emmy snub.
“I admit it, I’m still really pissed about The Good Wife,” she began. “But overall, the nominations were very good at CBS,” which lead all broadcasters with 45 total nods. (On the topic of the acclaimed-yet-not drama, Tassler after her press conference firmly refuted any suggestion that an end date is anywhere on the horizon. »
Good thing news broke on Wednesday that the cast of "The Big Bang Theory" is still negotiating with CBS and Wbtv, because without that, there wouldn't have been much excitement to be expected from Thursday (July 17) morning's Television Critics Association press tour panel with CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler. So we've got that to look forward to. We can also probably expect some queries about Thursday Night Football, the early performance of Halle Berry's "Extant" and maybe CBS' difficulties launching midseason shows (but probably not). Click through for the full live-blog... 9:02 a.m. CBS starts promptly. 9:02 a.m. CBS is America's most watched network for the 11th time in 12 years. 9:03 a.m. "I admit it, I'm still really pissed about 'The Good Wife,'" Tassler says, trumpeting CBS' Emmy nominations, most for any broadcast network. 9:03 a.m. Tassler is a fan of new platforms, »
- Daniel Fienberg
With each season of Breaking Bad, the show’s fan base grew, right up until showrunner Vince Gilligan decided that Walter White’s story had come to end after five seasons. But not everyone agreed with Gilligan’s choice. And as far as industry newcomer Larry Shepherd is concerned—spoiler!—Walt’s presumed death is not the final chapter of the story. And that’s exactly why he has launched a Kickstarter campaign for his own Breaking Bad spin-off titled Anastasia.
On the Anastasia Kickstarter page, Shepherd describes his series as picking up directly after Walter White’s collapse in the Breaking Bad finale, »
- Samantha Highfill
“Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston will return to television for “All the Way,” an HBO Films adaptation of Robert Schenkkan‘s Tony-winning play that will be executive produced by Steven Spielberg. “All the Way” follows Cranston's President Lyndon Johnson as he struggles to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act and deal with the escalation in Vietnam. It won this year's Tony for Best Play, and Cranston won for Best Actor. It ended its Broadway run at the end of last month. Also read: ‘Breaking Bad': Vince Gilligan Shares 5 Alternate Endings Spielberg, who saw the play at least twice, has been weighing an adaptation. »
- Tim Molloy
Delayed until 2015 yet pre-renewed for a second season, Bcs is based in 2002 but will employ a flexible timeline spanning several decades. Show runners Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould confirm that this means we will get scenes from before, during and after Breaking Bad. This non-linear style swings the door open for the return of familiar characters and situations, an idea that has been confirmed by many actors and production personnel involved.
If that is the case, then what are the most interesting, the most important and the most entertaining Breaking Bad story lines and scenes that could be expanded upon in the development of Better Call Saul? Who are the characters who could make a reappearance in the years leading up to and following the Heisenberg era? »
- David Wagner
At the AMC portion of the TCA Press Tour, executive producers/writers Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, who will be working on the show in a 50/50 capacity, spoke about the Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul. Because it is such a highly anticipated series, fan were disappointed when the premiere was pushed to 2015, but were also reassured by the fact that it’s already been given a second season pick-up. During the interview, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould talked about being limited by where the story ended up in Breaking Bad, that they’re currently breaking Episode 8 out of 10 for the first season, wanting to establish the show as its own thing rather than the series equivalent of a clips show, that there is a chance of Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) making an appearance, when they realized they weren’t going to make their original airdate, how setting it in 2002 makes it a period piece, »
- Christina Radish
AMC has released two photos from their Breaking Bad spin off series, giving us out first look at Better Call Saul. The photos feature series stars Bob Odenkirk reprising his role as Saul and Michael McKean as Chuck. Co-creator Peter Gould confirmed that Chuck is Bob's brother and he says:
“We have these two comedy legends working together. He’s playing Saul’s brother. He’s one of the main characters we’ve introduced. He’s just a tremendous performer and he also answers questions about ‘Spinal Tap’.”
The series actors and the characters they play also include Rhea Seehorn as Kim, Patrick Fabian as Hamlin, and Michael Mando as Nacho. These characters will represent both legitimate and illegitimate sides of the law.
It was also confirmed in the press release that the series would be a prequel. This is interesting because Gould recently said that they would be working with a flexible timeline. »
- Joey Paur
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