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The strong showing by “Breaking Bad” at the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards — including its win for best drama series — prompted thousands of pirates to take to their computers and illegally download full seasons of the show.
The number of unique users illegally sharing “Breaking Bad” on the Internet jumped 412% last week, following the Emmys telecast Monday, according to data from antipiracy firm Ceg Tek Intl. For the week of Aug. 17-22, the average daily users sharing episodes of the show was 27,587 — climbing more than five times that to 141,334 last week, according to the company. “Breaking Bad,” which concluded its run on AMC last fall, stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul (pictured above) and Anna Gunn, each of whom won Emmys in their respective categories (actor, supporting actor and supporting actress in a drama).
Meanwhile, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” retained the crown as the No. 1 pirated show, with an average of 296,734 daily »
- Todd Spangler
Take another look @ footage from Seasons 1 to 5 of the Emmy Award-winning drug-crime TV series "Breaking Bad", as AMC continues to air every episode of the Emmy Award winning TV series in a "Breaking Bad Binge", every Sunday, that started August 10, 2014:
He turns to a life of crime, producing and selling methamphetamine, in order to secure his family's financial future before he dies...
...teaming with his former student, 'Jesse Pinkman' (Aaron Paul).
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Breaking Bad" Seasons 1 to 5 ...
'Gus Fring' Action Figure
- Michael Stevens
[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.] Show: "Battle Creek" (CBS - Midseason) The Pitch: "Hi! My name is Vince Gilligan. You might remember me from such shows as..." "Sold!" "Wait, but I'm not actually going to be available to do anything here." "We *said* 'Sold.'" "Woo-hoo!" Quick Response: Vince Gilligan's script for "Battle Creek," which sat in a desk for a decade before getting a straight-to-series order from CBS, is Not "Breaking Bad." It's a goofier, lighter brew than what you're expecting and if I had to compare it to anything in Gilligan's filmography, I might actually go with something earlier and more comedic, like "Home Fries," which Nobody at CBS wants to hear. I liked "Home Fries." It's kooky and charming. "Battle Creek" is also kooky and charming, but I can't say with certainty that that's what anybody at CBS is going to want it to be long-term, a long-term that will take »
- Daniel Fienberg
Related Fall TV 2014: Your Handy Calendar to 99+ Season and Series Premieres
Modern Family returns Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 9/8c.
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Patton Oswalt joins stars Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters as the unorthodox mayor of Battle Creek, Mich., in the freshman season’s sixth episode, “Cereal Killer,” EW has learned exclusively. The character’s full name? Mayor Scooter Hardy. There really was no other casting choice.
Duhamel stars as Milton Chamberlain, a handsome, charismatic FBI agent with unlimited resources, who opens a field office at the underfunded police »
- Mandi Bierly
Last fall as Vince Gilligan and AMC's Breaking Bad was wrapping up its final season, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the lavish and oh-so-appropriate Breaking Bad Complete Series Blu-ray barrel set to the retail equivalent of a standing ovation. It quickly sold out to never be available other than the secondary market again in the neighborhood of $400, or so we thought.
Breaking Bad and its stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn attended the Emmy's as a team for the final time this past Sunday and walked away with all the big awards they were up for including Best Drama, Best Actor in a Drama, Best Supporting Actor in a Drama, and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama. The opportunity was ripe for Sony to take advantage of the renewed interest in Breaking Bad and that's precisely what they have done.
The Breaking Bad Complete Series Blu-ray deluxe barrel »
In news that will surely please any Breaking Bad completionist who didn't get a chance to snag one of these up last year, the awesome Breaking Bad: The Complete Series Barrel Blu-ray boxed set is once again available. I'm not sure how much longer this deal will be around (good timing after the Emmy wins last night though), so you might want to snag it up Asap. The set features every episode of the show, plus a good deal of assorted ephemera, all packaged in one of the show's signature body-dissolving barrels. Hit the jump for more on the Breaking Bad: The Complete Series Barrel or click here to buy it on Amazon. About the set: • Collectible replica money barrel • Over 55 hours of special features from all seasons • Two-hour documentary • Commemorative challenge coin designed by Vince Gilligan • Los Pollos Hermanos apron • “Better Call Saul” matchbook 4Gb flash drive »
- Evan Dickson
'Breaking Bad' had a huge night at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards last night (August 25, 2014) and 'Modern Family' did well, too. The critically acclaimed drama, which came to an end last year, celebrated its swansong with a slew of awards including the night's top prize, Outstanding Drama, and Outstanding Actor in a Drama for Bryan Cranston. Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn also earned Outstanding Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, respectively, for the show. 'Breaking Bad' creator Vince Gilligan said: ''Thank you so much for this wonderful farewell, you have been very kind to us indeed.'' 'Modern Family' was crowned Outstanding Comedy Series for a fifth consecutive year and actor Ty Burrell was lauded for his portrayal of Phil Dunphy with the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy award. 'Veep' star Julia Louis-Dreyfus and 'The Big Bang Theory' funnyman Jim Parsons »
Shortly after "Breaking Bad" and "Modern Family" repeated their victories as the two best series of the year, the producers and casts appeared back stage to dish with reporters. -Break- See complete list of Emmy winners and nominations Below: watch videos shot by Ralph Galvan Vince Gilligan & Cast, "Breaking Bad" (Best Drama Series) Biggest Emmy shockers: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Jessica Lange ... Steven Levitan & Cast, "Modern Family" (Best Comedy Series) Emmys: The good ('Breaking Bad'), bad (Seth Meyers) and ugly ('Weird' Al) »
"Breaking Bad" ended months ago, but last night at the 2014 Emmys, the cast had one last chance to get together and say goodbye to the show's many fans. Co-stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn all picked up acting trophies, while creator Vince Gilligan took home an Emmy for Best Drama. Backstage, they joined the show's other cast and crew members to answer a variety of questions from journalists. Watch the full video above. Paul talks the elaborate scavenger hunt he orchestrated for fans and his love of the word "bitch." Cranston recounts his experiences "disguised" as Walter White at Comic-Con last year and discusses the differences between comedy and drama. Then, he and Gilligan explore why "Breaking" has resonated so much with viewers. Gilligan says the Emmy win was a surprise. "I did not arrive here thinking we would win," he admits, giving a shot out to the other nominated shows. »
- Dave Lewis
Variety was inside Hollywood’s Emmy afterparties as TV’s finest celebrated their golden night with plenty of champagne, dancing and trophy gazing.
Here’s our party timeline:
8:12 p.m. With its impressive haul of Emmy loot — including a best comedy win for “Modern Family” — the mood is festive and upbeat at Fox’s Emmy night fete at Vibiana, where the spread includes roasted fingerling potatoes and field green salad.
8:34 p.m. And Espresso cheesecake donuts!
See Also: More Photos from the Emmy After Parties
- Variety Staff
It was a pretty unforgettable night for the cast of "Breaking Bad" at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. It began here, with Bryan Cranston proving he can rule a 2014 red carpet while rocking a Vincent Price mustache. He can rule it with his wife too, as Michelle Dockery (in a very "Laugh-In"-themed gown) and Christina Hendricks look on. Here's Anna Gunn arriving. The best "Breaking Bad" fans love Skyler White. Full stop. Aaron Paul and his wife linger inside. Maybe he'll get to mention her website on national TV. Who knows? Here are Vince Gilligan, Gunn, and Cranston mere minutes away from owning the whole evening. When the evening took off, "Breaking Bad" couldn't help but cross paths with other victorious shows. Cranston proved he was in control of the entire night by approaching Julia Louis-Dreyfus and reminding her of exactly who he played on "Seinfeld." Do you think »
- Louis Virtel
Typical Jesse Pinkman! Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul had a big night at the 2014 Emmys on Monday, Aug. 25, taking home his third Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role as meth dealer Jesse Pinkman. The emotional actor, 34, expressed gratitude toward the AMC show’s creator Vince Gilligan, his partner in crime Bryan Cranston, and the rest of the cast. He ultimately ended his speech giving his wife Lauren Parsekian Paul a special shout-out. “To my wife, my God, thank you [...] »
Last night the 2014 Emmy Award winners were announced with "Breaking Bad" taking home top honors with five wings including Outstanding Drama Series, followed by "Modern Family" with three wins including Outstanding Comedy Series. FX programs "American Horror Story: Coven" and "Fargo" each took home two awards including an Outstanding Miniseries win for "Fargo". Meanwhile, new shows such as "Orange is the New Black" and "Silicon Valley" went home empty handed and for all the fanfare it received in its first season, including 12 Emmy nominations, "True Detective" only took home one win, that being for director Cary Joji Fukunaga". Personally, I don't give a lick about the Emmys, it's right there with the Grammys in terms of worthless awards shows for me. It's a show wherein people must nominate themselves and while most award shows are no better, this one is down there near the bottom for me. So, with that said, »
- Brad Brevet
AMC has just the way to capitalize on your Emmys-inspired longing for “Breaking Bad”: a new trailer for the spinoff “Better Call Saul.” “Breaking Bad” killed it Monday, claiming Emmys for Outstanding Drama series, writer-producer Moira Walley-Beckett, and stars Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn and Aaron Paul. If you were thinking how much you miss the dark side of Albuquerque, good news. Also read: Emmys Review: How to Win an Emmy This Year? Have One Already A new trailer for the upcoming “Saul” finds creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould explaining that the new show will be set about 5 years before the. »
- Tim Molloy
The curtain has closed on the 66th annual Emmy Awards, where Seth Meyers emceed the festivities honoring the best on TV. “Modern Family” star Ty Burrell took the first trophy of the evening and his show took the second-to-last. “Breaking Bad” grabbed the final award of the night for Outstanding Drama Series. The Vince Gilligan series dominated its last-ever Emmys.
In addition to the trophies, this year's show is sure to be remembered for Billy Crystal‘s touching In Memoriam tribute to the late Robin Williams, but there were plenty of other buzz-worthy moments on the NBC broadcast. »
- Tony Maglio and Linda Ge
Breaking Bad’s amazing final season always meant that it was a likely winner come awards season. However, the debut of the critically acclaimed True Detective earlier this year did leave many wondering whether it might rob the end to Walter White’s story of one final sweep of prizes at last night’s Emmy Awards.
As it turns out, Breaking Bad would end up being rewarded for those amazing final episodes, though True Detective did earn a very well deserved award for director Cary Joji Fukunaga (who helmed all eight instalments).
The UK was represented by Sherlock, and that too did exceptionally well, walking away with Emmys for Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and writer Steven Moffat. Looking at the results, it’s hard to imagine anyone being too upset with the results, though many Game of Thrones fans won’t be happy to see that it was again snubbed. »
- Josh Wilding
America’s version of the TV BAFTA’s, The Emmy Awards took place in Los Angeles last night. The cream of the televisual crop were out in force to celebrate the occasion. Whilst several big name shows including Game of Thrones and True Detective where up for several categories, it was Breaking Bad that scooped-up the main acting prizes which are whole-heartedly deserved and a fitting way to say goodbye to the show which ended last year.
Other shows that performed well were comedy series Modern Family for which Ty Burrell won best actor, and American Horror Story: Coven which saw both Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates take home the big acting trophies. Everyone’s favourite British sleuth also did well as Benedict Cumberbatch won for his role in series Sherlock. See below for the winners list in full and we’ve also put in the moving tribute from Billy Crystal for his friend, »
- Kat Smith
The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards took place last night, with Breaking Bad scooping five awards including Outstanding Drama Series, Oustanding Lead Actor (Bryan Cranston), Outstanding Supporting Actor (Aaron Paul), Oustanding Supporting Actress (Anna Gunn) and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.
Modern Family was also celebrating, taking Outstanding Comedy Series for the fifth consecutive year, , along with Outstanding Supporting Actor (Ty Burrell) and Outstanding Directing, while there was wins for American Horror Story: Coven, Sherlock, The Good Wife, The Big Bang Theory and Fargo.
Check out a full list of the Emmy winners here…
Outstanding Drama Series
“Breaking Bad” (AMC) (*Winner)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“House of Cards” (Netflix)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“True Detective” (HBO)
Outstanding Comedy Series
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Modern Family” (ABC) (*Winner)
“Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
- Gary Collinson
What do you suppose Sarah Silverman meant by the bizarre remark in her Emmy acceptance speech Sunday night that we're all made of molecules hurtling through space? Maybe it was an oblique reference to television itself, which is now less a medium than a disembodied signal that we watch at a time and place of our own choosing. On some level, the creators of TV seem to realize that their medium is heading into a future that's even less shackled to the living room screen and the three hours after dinner than ever. And yet, watching last night's 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, one felt a sense of déjà vu, of watching a medium celebrate its ties to its own past. We'd seen many of the honorees picking up trophies before, and maybe we'd even heard the same jokes and patter before.
Seth Meyers could win the Emmy for Best Awards »
- Gary Susman
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