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Steven Michael Quezada, who played DEA agent Steven Gomez on Breaking Bad, will announce that he will be running for Bernalillo County commissioner in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Tuesday. The actor and comedian, who is a member of the Albuquerque school board, is joining a race alongside at least three other contenders, according to The Associated Press.
The actor told The AP he hoped to make positive changes in the district, which includes the Hispanic South Valley. Recently, the area made headlines when the Bernalillo County Commission approved a planned »
We're now in a golden age of TV, but the 1990s were a very different time. For many of us who grew up then, "The X-Files" was the first television series we fell in love with. At a time when the small screen was essentially, small, Chris Carter's show, following David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as FBI agents Mulder & Scully as they investigated conspiracies and the paranormal, brought movie-level ambition and a dense mythology that prefigured the likes of "Lost." It helped to launch the careers of not just its stars, but of creative talent like "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan, who wrote for the show for seven years. "The X Files" went off the boil in large part towards the end, its complex mythology becoming impenetrable (and the less said about the second movie "I Want To Believe," the better). Regardless, it's still a beloved show, and the news, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Vince Gilligan has made a seamless Emmy transition. A year after his hit AMC drama Breaking Bad ended its run with back-to-back best drama series Emmy wins, prequel series Better Call Saul, which Gilligan created with Peter Gould, picked up right where Breaking Bad left off. This morning it logged seven Emmy nominations in its awards debut, including drama series, lead actor Bob Odenkirk and supporting actor Jonathan Banks — both alums from the original series reprising… »
In show business, it's often better to be lucky than good. "Better Call Saul" writer Gordon Smith has been both. Vince Gilligan's assistant for the latter half of "Breaking Bad" — a job he got in part because a friend of a friend was on the "Bb" writing staff — Smith was promoted to full-time writer when Gilligan, Peter Gould and company moved on to "Saul," then wound up with the best possible assignment for the prequel's first season: "Five-o," the episode that detailed the tragic story of how Mike Ehrmantraut came to leave his job as a Philly cop and move to Albuquerque. It got Smith the show's lone Emmy nomination for writing for its first season, and could well get Jonathan Banks the acting Emmy he never won on "Breaking Bad." I spoke with Smith a few minutes ago about the experience of being a first-time nominee, making the »
- Alan Sepinwall
In this new Golden Age of TV, where great shows are available in abundance, only no one has time to watch them all — least of all the people who actually work in television, and thus vote for the Emmys — the only way to look at each year's Emmy nominations is to treat them like the theme song from "The Facts of Life." You take the good, you take the bad, you take 'em both, and there you have this year's Emmy nominees list. So there were pleasant surprises, like Tatiana Maslany finally getting into the lead drama actress field, and "Parks and Recreation" making its way back into the comedy series category for its triumphant final season after only being nominated there once before. But there was also the usual rubber stamping of past nominees(*), like "Downton Abbey," "Homeland" and "House of Cards" taking up three of the seven drama »
- Alan Sepinwall
Breaking Bad is, without doubt, one of the greatest television dramas of all time. It also features some of the greatest set-piece scenes and episodes in TV history. One of the show’s strongest elements is its surreal playfulness with the balance between reality and fantasy, employing psychedelic visuals on a regular basis. It’s a technique that works primarily because of the drug-inspired narrative – surreal sequences like Jesse’s heroin trip could only work in a show of this type.
But there are certainly moments in Breaking Bad when these aspects go way too far. “Too far” doesn’t mean that the show became “too controversial” – what does that even mean these days? – but rather, that certain events unfold that either don’t quite add up or fall too far into fantastical and unrealistic territory. These aren’t necessarily bad sequences – in fact, in some cases they are »
- Michael Waugh
In an exploration as to whether science can determine true love, three couples are about to marry - the catch being they've never met their new other half until the big day.
This experiment has nailed down 1,500 applicants into three 'compatible' couples based on anthropology, psychology, and theology. This week, we meet the soon-to-be married couples.
Beauty & The Beast: Watch, 9pm
Vincent and Catherine are back as season three of the hit CBS drama premieres in the UK tonight.
Several weeks have pasted since Gabe was defeated, and Vincent and Catherine now adjust to their new lives after making their relationship public - but things don't stay sweet for long.
Love Island: Live: ITV2, 10pm
It's elimination time again for the islanders, as Caroline Flack reveals who will be next to leave the competition.
The cabler’s long-running science series will return for its summer season on Saturday, July 18, at 9/8c, TVLine has learned exclusively.
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Throughout the summer, Adam and Jamie will also bust major pop-culture myths, including the feasibility of »
This interview was conducted for the Comedy/Drama Series issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine. #selfinterview produced in partnership with Verge. Of all the characters who survived to the end of “Breaking Bad,” the sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman did not seem one of the likeliest to get his own spinoff series. But creator Vince Gilligan opted for Goodman, played by comic actor Bob Odenkirk, to be the focus of “Better Call Saul,” his first series since “Bad” ended in a blaze of gunfire and Emmys. “Saul” has a lighter tone than its predecessor; it takes place years before the Saul Goodman we meet. »
- Steve Pond
“Sneaky Pete” may rise again. Amazon is in negotiations with Sony Pictures TV to pick up the busted CBS drama pilot that has high-profile auspices in co-writers and exec producers Bryan Cranston and David Shore.
Sources said the plan is for Amazon to put the pilot on its Amazon Prime Instant Video platform where it will be showcased for Amazon’s typical crowd-sourcing development process of inviting viewers to weigh on its merits as a potential series.
Sources cautioned that the deal has not been finalized. But if it comes to fruition, the scenario could open up an intriguing avenue for producers and studios with projects that for any number of reasons do not go all the way to a series order from their commissioning networks.
“Sneaky Pete” revolves around a con man who assumes his former cell mate’s identity when he gets out of prison in order to hide from his past. »
- Cynthia Littleton
It’s been almost two whole years since the Breaking Bad finale aired and fans of the show are still finding it hard letting go and for good reason. It was one of the best shows of the past decade. Only a few months after the finale AMC announced that Vince Gilligan would be working on a prequel spin-off following the early days of dodgy lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk).
Despite it’s large fan base wanting more there was genuine skepticism that spin-off series Better Call Saul would taint the original. Thankfully Better Call Saul retained much of what made Breaking Bad great and it was considered a success, with a second season confirmed to be on the way.
- Gavin Logan
Vince Gilligan took time to comment on Better Call Saul in his talk with the New York Daily News that appeared in this morning's edition, specifically concerning the possible inclusion of a certain meth-cooking science-teacher-turned-crime-lord. Since Gilligan's odd and alluring spin-off started, there has been a contingency of fans that have had little interest in knowing anything other than if or when Walter White (Bryan Cranston) will be showing up for a cameo or even something far more substantial. And as /Film pointed out, Gilligan was admittedly "coy" when he discussed his intentions of brining White into the Better Call Saul narrative, making clear that he think it would be "great" to have White in the series but that his appearance would have to be "fitting and organic to the storytelling of Better Call Saul." [caption id="attachment_439791" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via AMC[/caption] That's about as clear and reasonable as one would think Gilligan could be on the subject, »
- Chris Cabin
You can expect Bryan Cranston‘s Walter White to stop by the Breaking Bad spinoff / prequel Better Call Saul at some point. Just not in Season 2. “It would be a shame if the show had its run — hopefully a very long run — and he never appeared,” said series co-creator Vince Gilligan. More […]
The post Walter White Will Appear in ‘Better Call Saul’, But Not in Season 2 appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
Writer/producer Vince Gilligan has pulled off the seemingly impossible -- twice!
First, he managed to craft a "Breaking Bad" finale that somehow left every member of the show's rabid fanbase completely satisfied. Then, he found an unorthodox way back into the world he created, scoring yet again with the prequel series "Better Call Saul."
As awards and nominations for the latter series begin to rack up in the walk-up to the Emmys, Moviefone grabbed a quick check-in with Gilligan to talk about the success of "Better Call Saul," get a taste of his second season plans, hear his thoughts on the return of "The X-Files" (the series that gave him his big break), and his reaction to that other massive AMC series finale, "Mad Men."
Moviefone: Congratulations for all the nominations coming in for "Better Call Saul." What has it meant to you that the audience has embraced the »
- Scott Huver
"Success can paralyze you way more than failure, in my opinion," Vince Gilligan confesses while sitting in his Glendale office surrounded by Better Call Saul fan art. Fellow Bcs executive producer Peter Gould and the show's star Bob Odenkirk are sitting nearby. "I keep thinking of that old analogy that you've got to get back up on the horse after it throws you, the thought of when I do something again, it better be damn good. It better be better than the last show, the… »
While filming the upcoming Central Intelligence, Aaron Paul decided to have a little fun and convince the internet that one of its biggest dreams was coming true. But instead of just dropping a cryptic tweet or joking on a late-night show, he launched an elaborate, multi-platform scheme. It started this weekend, when Paul went on Instagram to announce he was working on a "top secret" project, the details of which he would reveal soon. Then, on Monday, he launched a livestream on Periscope, where he promised whatever it was would be "not so top secret anymore." Over the course of 12 rambling, laggy minutes, Paul told tales of a Jesse-centric Breaking Bad spinoff, written by Vince Gilligan and having something to do with Alaska — and then, almost immediately, announced that the whole thing was a joke he'd made up because he was bored. Fans, predictably, were not happy: To »
- Nate Jones
"I don't want to overstate it, but we were appropriately nervous about even doing the show. And then, how would it be accepted?" reveals Bob Odenkirk about the pressure of spinning off his character Saul Goodman/Jimmy McGill from "Breaking Bad" to "Better Call Saul." (Watch our webcam chat below.) -Break- Discuss 'Better Call Saul' in our fun forums Even though he has two Emmys, for writing "Saturday Night Live" and "The Ben Stiller Show," and has been part of the ensemble on Emmy champs "Breaking Bad" and "Fargo," he admits to being caught off-guard when he won Best Drama Actor at the Critics' Choice TV Awards. "Amazing. It was stunning and surprising and really fun. A big jolt of energy. Of course, I was with the creators of the show, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, and Jonathan Banks was there, ..." »
The creative team behind “Better Call Saul” joined together Tuesday for the closing panel at Variety‘s annual TV Summit, moderated Debra Birnbaum, to talk about their stellar spinoff.
“I’m just glad it just didn’t take an enormous dump when it came out,” co-creator Vince Gilligan said, sparking laughter from the packed room. “That was very gratifying for me.”
Peter Gould agreed with his co-creator’s sentiment on the series’ freshman success. “‘Breaking Bad’ was lighting in a bottle and it would be really unrealistic to expect that again, but people seemed to really enjoy it.”
Gould was also joined by staff writer Gordon Smith, supervising producer Gennifer Hutchinson and co-exec producer Thomas Schnauz on the panel. They discussed the unusual nature of the character development process on “Saul,” given the situation that the audience knows what is coming in the future for the main character played by Bob Odenkirk. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Fans of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” don’t have to seek out Walter White’s Blue Sky methamphetamine to get a fix of the show, but they can try a new vodka inspired by it.
A limited edition line of “Heisenberg” Blue Ice Vodka is available this week in California and will soon hit shelves nationwide, People reports.
The blue bottles bear popular show catchphrases such as “Say my name,” “I’m the one who knocks” and “Tread lightly.”
“The Dude had his White Russians, the Blues Brothers had their Night Train and now Heisenberg has his very own Blue Ice Vodka!” show creator and exec producer Vince Gilligan said of Bryan Cranston’s character Walter White. “I’m counting on our fans to use it in the creation of a great many delicious cocktails. I’m thirsty just thinking about it.”
Blue Ice Vodka was founded in 2002.
- Reece Ristau
Earlier this year, Bob Odenkirk pulled off what many actors before him could not, transitioning his supporting character Saul Goodman from “Breaking Bad” into the lead of its spinoff show, “Better Call Saul.”
Prior to the show’s February premiere, there were doubts. Saul was a fun ancillary character, but could he carry a show on his own? Were people really interested in the backstory of a cheesy billboard attorney?
Judging by the ratings — the premiere set a record for the highest-rated scripted series premiere in cable history — the answer was a resounding yes. But even more than eyeballs, the response from critics and “Breaking Bad” fans was overwhelmingly positive. People were interested, intrigued and, perhaps above all, relieved.
- Jenelle Riley
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