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AMC’s Decline Isn’t Complicated, It’s Just Bad TV

20 August 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Samuel Brace on the decline of AMC…

I am old enough to remember when AMC, back in the day — that day being five minutes ago — were at the top of the TV ladder. There was a time when they unequivocally ruled the roost, when all competition bowed before them. After Mad Men‘s debut in 2007, a golden streak of AMC television was bestowed upon us, resulting in an equally wonderful golden age of television. Mad Men became a sensation, the best show on TV, and then Breaking Bad followed a year later to surpass it, the Vince Gilligan powerhouse becoming The greatest show of all time, a picture of how TV should be made, of how TV has to be made. Then, two years after Bad‘s premiere, we were given The Walking Dead — it was a good show back then — a quality drama that pulled in huge numbers for the zombie survival series. »

- Samuel Brace

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Emmy Awards: There’s Plenty of Drama in the Drama Race

18 August 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When did drama become the underdog?

Traditionally the most prestigious category at the Emmys, somewhere along the line, drama lost a bit of heat.

The culprit: Those clever folks over at Team Comedy, who stole the spotlight thanks to the emergence of new bold, risk-taking, subversive voices (“Master of None,” “Black-ish”).

Also guilty of a bit of momentum theft: Team Limited Series. It’s hard to compete with the star power lured by the promise of 10-and-out (“The People v. O.J. Simpson,” “The Night Manager”). No series commitment necessary.

But don’t sell drama short. Even in the post “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad” era, there’s still plenty of high-quality drama being made on television. From big-budget battles to intricate spy craft to emotional wallops, the seven drama contenders offer powerful storytelling, compelling narratives, stellar acting — and yes, even a few laughs.

Witness the chorus of cheers when FX’s “The Americans” finally earned its much deserved »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Emmy-Nominated Drama Creatives Discuss Submitted Episodes

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

Each Emmy nominated drama series is asked to submit six episodes from their eligible season to serve as a sample of their work. Variety asked creatives behind each nominated series to discuss the decisions that went into those submissions.

The Americans (FX)

“We wanted to go with some sense of momentum in picking mostly [the season’s] later episodes, and one early on that had a big moment and set the table for what was to come,” says executive producer Joel Fields of putting episodes four, seven, eight, nine, 12, and 13 of season four before Emmy voters. “We very quickly settled on four of the six, and in choosing the final two it then became about thinking through, ‘Do we want to go more for flow, for favorite episodes?’ And we picked one early and one later to give a sense of the whole season,” says series creator Joe Weisberg.

Better Call Saul (AMC)

“We backload the drama on our show »

- Rob Owen

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Drama’s in the Details for Emmy-Nominated Series

18 August 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Whether it’s planting seeds from which future plot twists bloom or hiding Easter eggs to tantalize die-hard fans, the showrunners of this year’s Emmy-nominated drama series recognize the high level of scrutiny their shows face from eagle-eyed viewers in the social media age.

Better Call Saul” executive producers Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould say they’re both reading a book about the original “Star Trek” and while fan scrutiny was acute during that classic show’s run, fan theories now get distributed at warp speed. “What’s changed is the technology nowadays — some form of social media allows folks like Peter and I instantaneous reaction from these hardcore fans if we choose to partake in it,” Gilligan says.

“Fan theories 50 years ago might have been published in a mimeographed fanzine. Now it’s up on Reddit or up on Twitter and spreads really fast,” Gould says.

The Americans” creator Joe Weisberg says the scrutiny has »

- Rob Owen

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Aaron Paul Interviews ‘Stranger Things’ Star Millie Bobby Brown About Season 2, Acting & Eggos

16 August 2016 11:54 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The Netflix series “Stranger Things” has slowly become a pop culture phenomenon, garnering popular and critical acclaim for its various homages to 80s genre cinema, its committed performances especially from a young, mostly unknown cast, and its air of mystery. One of the series’ biggest fans is actor Aaron Paul, formerly Jesse on Vince Gilligan’s “Breaking Bad,” who has publicly expressed his admiration for the sci-fi show. But recently, Paul had the opportunity to communicate his fandom to one of the stars of “Stranger Things.” For Elle, Paul interviewed Millie Bobby Brown, who played the mysterious telekinetic girl Eleven that unexpectedly arrives in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana.

Read More: Review: ‘Stranger Things’ is Still Waiting for Something New, To Make It Feel Alive

After Paul gushes over Brown, describing her character as one of the greatest “to have ever graced the small screen,” Brown discusses how she »

- Vikram Murthi

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Aaron Paul Interviews ‘Stranger Things’ Star Millie Bobby Brown About Season 2, Acting & Eggos

16 August 2016 11:54 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Netflix series “Stranger Things” has slowly become a pop culture phenomenon, garnering popular and critical acclaim for its various homages to 80s genre cinema, its committed performances especially from a young, mostly unknown cast, and its air of mystery. One of the series’ biggest fans is actor Aaron Paul, formerly Jesse on Vince Gilligan’s “Breaking Bad,” who has publicly expressed his admiration for the sci-fi show. But recently, Paul had the opportunity to communicate his fandom to one of the stars of “Stranger Things.” For Elle, Paul interviewed Millie Bobby Brown, who played the mysterious telekinetic girl Eleven that unexpectedly arrives in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana.

Read More: Review: ‘Stranger Things’ is Still Waiting for Something New, To Make It Feel Alive

After Paul gushes over Brown, describing her character as one of the greatest “to have ever graced the small screen,” Brown discusses how she »

- Vikram Murthi

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Mr Robot recap: season two, episode six – laughter tracks and panic attacks

12 August 2016 4:56 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

By creating a vivid fantasy of a 90s sitcom for this week’s episode, showrunner Sam Esmail is pitching himself alongside Vince Gilligan and David Chase

Sam Esmail is the eminence gris behind Mr Robot. Though the word “behind” undersells it. He’s more the man right in the middle: producing, directing and writing the show. That he has been able to create suspense and relatable characters at the same time as immersing his audience into the technical murk of hacking has delivered kudos enough. But now, with this week’s episode, Esmail is taking the mickey. Not content with creating a complex drama, he’s knocked off a note-perfect pastiche of one of those sunny 90s sitcoms. And played it for shivers.

Related: UnREAL, Mr Robot, True Detective: why great shows have bad second seasons

Related: Mr Robot recap: season two, episode five – big trouble in China

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- Paul MacInnes

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The X-Files Season 11: Fox Eyeing Longer Run of '8 to 10 New Episodes

8 August 2016 11:55 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Fox wants more The X-Files — in every sense of the word.

Immediately following Monday’s Fox executive session at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Dana Walden — Chairman and CEO of the Fox Television Group — told reporters that a potential 11th season would likely exceed Season 10’s relatively short six-episode run.

RelatedThe X-Files Update: ‘Significant Talks’ Underway With David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson for Season 11

“We would have liked to have done more [episodes] in the first place,” said Walden. “It was really the limitations of David and Gillian and Chris’ schedules. Gillian lives in the UK, David lives in New York and California, »

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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Bob Odenkirk ('Better Call Saul')

8 August 2016 10:42 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

"I really thought, 'No matter how good we'd do, we could be damned,'" says Bob Odenkirk of his initial reaction to Vince Gilligan's suggestion that they team up on a Breaking Bad spinoff series, Better Call Saul. As we sit down at The Hollywood Reporter to record an episode of 'Awards Chatter,' two seasons of the AMC show — and two Emmy nominations for best drama series and best actor in a drama series — later, it is abundantly clear that his concerns have been alleviated. (Click above to listen to this episode now or click here to access

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- Scott Feinberg

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Cool Stuff: Your Favorite Directors and Creators As Action Figures

29 July 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Pop culture art gallery I Am 8Bit is doing a show with artist Jason Brockert called “Figures Of Action”, featuring would-be toys inspired by iconoclasts & pop culture characters ranging from filmmakers like Jj Abrams (Star Trek, Star Wars) to show runners like Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) to authors like George Rr Martin (Game Of […]

The post Cool Stuff: Your Favorite Directors and Creators As Action Figures appeared first on /Film. »

- Peter Sciretta

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2016 Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Drama Series

14 July 2016 6:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Quick Hits

Last Year’s Winner: “Game of Thrones” Was It an Upset? Yes. Most expected “Mad Men” to win in its final year of eligibility. Still Eligible? Yes Hot Streak: Despite dominating in total nominations and wins throughout, HBO hadn’t won a trophy for Outstanding Drama Series in seven years — until last year. Fun Fact: The last time HBO won — prior to last year — there were only five nominees in the category. It expanded to six in 2008 and now stands at seven, which began in 2015.

Read More: ‘The Americans’: The Emmys Finally Nominated the Best Drama on Cable

Can anything stop “Game of Thrones”? The HBO ratings juggernaut and record-breaking Emmy winner last year (12 wins, the most for a single series in one year) only seems better positioned in 2016, garnering a boatload of nominations to lead the field. It even snagged a few extra acting nods, and »

- Ben Travers

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The Infiltrator Goes Deep Undercover but Comes Up Short

13 July 2016 10:38 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Bryan Cranston’s swagger helps save this clunky gangster movie (sort of). More of him in everything, please.Broad Green Pictures

Life is just not the same without Bryan Cranston donning his infamous yellow hazmat suit as Walter White in Vince Gilligan’s acclaimed TV series Breaking Bad. But three years after the breakthrough show’s season finale, the Cran has kept busy turning it up in all kinds of juicy character roles. From studio flicks like Godzilla and Kung Fu Panda 3 to awards-y dramas like Trumbo and All the Way, he has come a long way since good old Mr. White. In The Infiltrator, Cranston assumes the role of Robert Mazur, a real life former undercover agent who infiltrated the drug trafficking network of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and the money laundering conspiracy of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (Bcci) in the mid 1980s. Though the film feels disjointed at times, you »

- Paola Mardo

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Diane Kruger Says Studio Movies Are 'Not That Interesting to Me Anymore' - and Would Love to Appear on This TV Show

12 July 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Diane Kruger knows just the medium she wants to infiltrate. "I feel like television has taken over so much that there's a whole new platform for actors and talent to grow," Kruger told People at the New York premiere of her latest movie, The Infiltrator, on Monday. "What studios are producing is not really all that interesting to me anymore," the German-born actress, who turns 40 on Friday, said about the industry in which she's worked for the past 12 years. Kruger is starring in the Broad Green Pictures-distributed film alongside one of television's most successful actors - Bryan Cranston - who »

- Ale Russian

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Diane Kruger Says Studio Movies Are 'Not That Interesting to Me Anymore' - and Would Love to Appear on This TV Show

12 July 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Diane Kruger knows just the medium she wants to infiltrate. "I feel like television has taken over so much that there's a whole new platform for actors and talent to grow," Kruger told People at the New York premiere of her latest movie, The Infiltrator, on Monday. "What studios are producing is not really all that interesting to me anymore," the German-born actress, who turns 40 on Friday, said about the industry in which she's worked for the past 12 years. Kruger is starring in the Broad Green Pictures-distributed film alongside one of television's most successful actors - Bryan Cranston - who »

- Ale Russian

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Winter Is Coming Later: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 7 Will Be Delayed

7 July 2016 6:16 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Now that season six of “Game of Thrones” has wrapped, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are looking ahead at their final days in Westeros. They have already confirmed that the series has around 13 episodes left in the tank, and that it will split across two smaller seasons (a similar approach that Vince Gilligan took for […]

The post Winter Is Coming Later: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 7 Will Be Delayed appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Ryan Oliver

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Emmys Dream Ballot: The Most Deserving Drama Nominees

5 July 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

On Thursday, July 14, the Television Academy will announce the nominees for the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, and we have all the faith in the world they’ll get every single choice just right.

Ok, maybe they won’t, but only because the 19,000-plus voters literally can’t get every choice right. Unless all the categories squeeze out miraculous ties resulting in extra nominees — similar to last year’s Supporting Actress in a Comedy category — there are simply too many outstanding series and performers to fit on the overall ballot.

So our choices below not only represent IndieWire’s highest recommendations in the top-line drama categories, but also some of the shows and performers overlooked thus far in the campaign season. It would be grand to hear their names announced come nomination day, but we just hope they know how much their work has been appreciated this past TV season. »

- Ben Travers

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Emmys Dream Ballot: The Most Deserving Drama Nominees

5 July 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

On Thursday, July 14, the Television Academy will announce the nominees for the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, and we have all the faith in the world they’ll get every single choice just right.

Ok, maybe they won’t, but only because the 19,000-plus voters literally can’t get every choice right. Unless all the categories squeeze out miraculous ties resulting in extra nominees — similar to last year’s Supporting Actress in a Comedy category — there are simply too many outstanding series and performers to fit on the overall ballot.

So our choices below not only represent IndieWire’s highest recommendations in the top-line comedy categories, but also some of the shows and performers overlooked thus far in the campaign season. On a related note, category placement is determined, aptly, by our own wishes and not the submission guidelines of the TV Academy. It would be grand to hear their »

- Ben Travers

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The 4 Best TV Shows of 2016 So Far

2 July 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Samuel Brace with the four best TV shows of 2016 so far…

2016 has been… an interesting year for TV so far.  Part wonderful, part steaming pile of crap, 2016 has signified the incipient collapse of TV’s golden age. There of course has been the usual mix of good and bad, the same as every year, but many of the shows which should have, or could have been good, simply were not, leaving a taste of disappointment in ones mouth, creating a certain pessimism about televisions future. But this isn’t about those shows. We are here today to talk about the best of what 2016 has had to offer in its first half. There have been some truly sublime seasons of television, spanning across many genres. But what are the four best? Well, sit down and let me tell you.

4) Daredevil

What Netflix’s debut Marvel show managed to achieve in its »

- Samuel Brace

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Bryan Cranston would be “all in” to return as Walter White for Better Call Saul

2 July 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

During an interview on The Rich Eisen Show, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has admitted that he’d jump at the chance of reprising the role of Walter White in the spinoff series Better Call Saul, should the opportunity present itself.

“I owe Vince Gilligan so much,” said Cranston. “He was my champion to get this role. 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. I’m there, what do you want me to do?’ I’ll do whatever they want because I know how careful they are and proprietary they are with those characters and storylines and it wouldn’t be something, ‘Oh, isn’t that kind of a stunt casting kind of thing.’ It would be something kind of unique and obscure and creative, and I’m all in. »

- Gary Collinson

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Breaking Bad: Bryan Cranston 'All In' for Better Call Saul Appearance

1 July 2016 1:51 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

The world of Breaking Bad still lives on. The world is now seen on Better Call Saul, which is returning to AMC for a third season next year. Could fans ever see Walter White pop up on the new series?Bryan Cranston is definitely up for an appearance on the drama. He spoke about returning to the character in a recent interview. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he said the following:“I owe Vince Gilligan so much. He was my champion to get this role. If they (Gilligan and writer Peter Gould) 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. I’m there, what do you want me to do?”Cranston said if Gilligan and his team did think »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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