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Too Much TV? 2015 Had Record 409 Scripted Shows

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Executive: ‘This statistic is staggering and almost unimaginable’

James Gibbered writes: If you feel like there’s an overwhelming number of TV series options, there’s a very good reason for that.

“The unprecedented increase in the number of scripted series has reached a new milestone in 2015 with a record 409, nearly doubling the total in just the past six years.”

FX has calculated that in 2015 networks and streaming services had a record 409 dramas, comedies and limited series — and that’s not even including unscripted shows or TV movies. Digging into the data, the number of scripted series this year was up 9 percent over 2014, and has doubled since 2009 — while network ratings have, on average, declined.

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“This was the third consecutive year that scripted series count has grown across each distribution platform – broadcast, basic and pay cable, streaming — led by significant gains in basic cable and digital services.”

“The unprecedented increase in the number of scripted series has reached a new milestone in 2015 with a record 409, nearly doubling the total in just the past six years,” said Julie Piepenkotter, executive vice president of research for FX Networks.

This statistic is staggering and almost unimaginable from where they were a decade ago.”

“This was the third consecutive year that scripted series count has grown across each distribution platform – broadcast, basic and pay cable, streaming — led by significant gains in basic cable and digital services. This statistic is staggering and almost unimaginable from where they were a decade ago.”

[Read the full story here, at EW.com]

If you assume each show is 13 hours (which is really conservative given that many hour-long broadcast dramas have 22-episode seasons), that would mean there were 5,317 hours of potential scripted TV to watch this year. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Mad Men’: Jon Hamm Finally Wins Emmy

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Alyssa Norwin reports: Jon Hamm finally had his big Emmy Awards moment! The 44-year-old won the award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series510hcQ7ZJVL._SL250_, making it his first win at the show. And it was perfect timing, too, as this was Mad Men‘s last year of nomination eligibility since its series finale aired on May 17!

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It’s about time!! Jon was so excited when it was announced he finally won an Emmy, that he didn’t even take the time to walk the long way up to the stage, and instead, opted to hop right on up from the front. But all jokes were cast aside when he got to the microphone, and emotionally and graciously accepted the honor, praising his fellow nominees in the process.

Jon has been nominated for this award every year since 2008, but has never taken home the trophy…until now! Read the rest of this entry »


Law Review Publishes Entire Issue Dedicated to ‘Breaking Bad’

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Meth Lab Found In Wal-Mart Bathroom

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Muncie – Last evening, just after 11:30 p.m., members of the Pendleton District Meth Suppression Team were contacted by employees of the Wal-Mart located at 1501 E. 29th. St. in Muncie  reference a suspicious backpack in the men’s rest room.

When troopers entered the rest room located at the front of the store, they found a backpack with an active meth lab inside. Members of the team donned their protective respirators and suits and dismantled the lab, removing the chemicals from the premises.

The health department was called in for an inspection as is required by law.  They deemed that both the men’s and women’s rest rooms would have to remain closed until they could be professionally decontaminated by a company specializing in Meth decontamination. The investigation into who left the backpack is ongoing.

With warm weather approaching and outside activities increasing, so does the potential for people to encounter toxic and hazardous meth trash or a working meth lab left unattended.

Rather than the Meth cook blowing up or contaminating their house, they are now often leaving behind the deadly explosive chemicals in public places to return later to get the finished product. They will often times dump their trash, which includes Sudafed blister packs; Liquid Fire drain cleaner bottles, battery casings, and plastic drink bottles with white residue in the bottom, in rural or desolate areas, or in alleys or vacant lots.

The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Section wants to remind citizens that these labs and meth lab trash contain chemicals that are toxic, flammable, corrosive, and acidic. The combination of these chemicals could cause an explosion, fire or burns if they come into direct contact with the skin.  The chemical fumes can cause permanent damage to organs and the nervous system. Read the rest of this entry »


Who’s Up for Breaking Bad Art?

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The Premiere of ‘Breaking Bad’ Spin-Off ‘Better Call Saul’ Did Not Disappoint


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[VIDEO] Walter White Returns: Bryan Cranston Super Bowl Commercial

Breaking Bad” may be over, but Bryan Cranston reprised his meth-making character in a Super Bowl ad for Esurance.

Fans of the AMC drama were quick to recognize Cranston speak one of Walter White’s famous lines — “say my name” — as he served a confused customer at a pharmacy…(read more)

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Who Says Ebola Can’t Be Sexy?

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Ebola Nurse Halloween Costumes Arouse (Concern)

Sexy cop, sexy Snow White and sexy corn have new, topical competition in the skimpy Halloween-wear section: Meet “Sexy Ebola Containment Suit,” the most awkward and arguably insensitive of them all.

“The fact that there’s a sexy ebola nurse costume proves the sexy costumes have gone out of control.”

— Individual on Twitter experiencing full-blown Halloween costume panic

Online retailer BrandsOnSale, which bills itself as a “Unique Costume Shop and more” unveiled the new ensemble days ago, featuring a short white dress, face shield, breathing mask, safety goggles and blue latex gloves at $59.99 per costume. A pair of bright yellow knee-high rubber boots can be purchased at an additional cost.

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The Internet met the news of the costume with mixed responses.

“I’m in complete and utter disgust,” one Twitter user reacted, while another questioned the costume’s existence. Read the rest of this entry »


Mad Men Returns to Lowest Premiere in Years

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What worked for Breaking Bad might not work for Mad Men

AMC unveiled the first half of Mad Men‘s split final seventh season to the lowest debut audience since the show’s second year. But unlike the cable network’sBreaking Bad — which climbed in the ratings with every season, including its similarly split two-year final run — only 2.3 million viewers watched Don Draper’s return Sunday night at 9 p.m. The acclaimed period drama then had two repeats for a grand total of 4.4 million. This marked the first of seven episodes that will air this year, with the final seven planned for 2015.

[Mad Men recap and interview with Neve Campbell]

AMC pointed out to reporters that Mad Men is “the most upscale show on ad-supported television among adults 18-49, and sees significant time-shifting activity.” The network also noted these numbers are not far off from the sixth season’s average.

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What Is Meow Meow, the Drug That Made a Teen Cut Off His Penis?

The 'Meow Meow' drug, also known as Mephedrone.

The ‘Meow Meow’ drug, also known as Mephedrone.

INVESTIGATING THE MEOW MEOW MENACE

For Rolling Stone reports:  Of all the nicknames for a street drug, the newish “meow meow” might be the most innocuous ever, but its effects can be gruesome. On December 29th of last year, a British 19 year old, home for the holidays and geeked on meow meow, stabbed his mother before cutting off his own penis with the same knife.

“…what type of intoxicant could drive a level-headed teen to such a far corner of berzerk?

According to The Mirror, police responded to an emergency call placed by his mother, 46, and discovered the son “hanging out of a bedroom window with blood pouring from his wounds.” As of early January, the mother was in stable condition, and the son’s penis had been reattached. “He is normally a very lovely lad and very bright,” reported a family friend. “But unfortunately, he had started dabbling in drugs.” Yes, very unfortunately.

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So what type of intoxicant could drive a level-headed teen to such a far corner of berzerk? Meow meow’s scientific name is “mephedrone,” and the drug is a type of designer amphetamine that produces effects similar to those of both MDMA and cocaine, including everyone’s favorite drug byproduct, teeth grinding.

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Vladimir Putin: BREAKING BAD

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‘MAD MEN’ Season 7 Start Date Announced

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Good news, via :

It was announced this past September that the upcoming seventh season of ‘Mad Men’ will be the show’s last, with the final season extended to fourteen episodes split across two years.

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(AP Photo/AMC Frank Ockenfels)

For the record, I’m among those that question AMC’s decision to split the final season. To me, it smacks of either artistic vanity, or business concerns trumping loyal audience. I understand it’s a demanding show to produce, and maintain the extraordinary quality, so it benefits the creator and his crew. I’m inclined to think that AMC’s got a valuable property, they know it, and they’re milking more advertising dollars out of Mad Men. Enjoying a more relaxed writing and shooting schedule isn’t likely the primary driver of season-splitting decision.

[For collectors, Amazon has Mad Men: Seasons 1-4]  

If the final episodes can be delivered with as much audience-pleasing closure as Breaking Bad, these complaints will dissolve. The show is already on track to become an enduring TV masterpiece.

[See more Mad Men coverage at punditfromanotherplanet]

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Addict Alert: ‘Breaking Bad’ Final Episodes Hit Netflix on Feb. 24

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Todd Spangler  reports:  Netflix subscribers in the U.S. will get access to the last eight episodes of “Breaking Bad” on Feb. 24, the company said.

The last half of season 5 of the Emmy-winning drama finished its run last fall on AMC. Series, which stars Bryan Cranston as a New Mexico teacher turned crystal-meth overlord, is produced by Sony Pictures Television.

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Real Life Breaking Bad? Banker Pleads Not Guilty to Fraud Charges

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Okay so Aubrey Lee Price isn’t a teacher-turned meth-cooking criminal mastermind bent on building an empire, leaving a trail of dead bodies in his murderous wake, like fictional character Walter White. But he is an example of a white-collar average joe who went dark. No longer content with middle-class aspirations and conventional morality, Price used his professional knowledge for criminal gain, embezzled a fortune, and tried to go off the grid. With millions stolen from investors, Price attempted to screw the system by pretending to be dead.

This meets punditfromanotherplanet’s standard, and serves as a working definition of a real life Breaking Bad scenario. Do you know of any Breaking Bad situations that happened in real life? Send them to editor@punditfromanotherplanet.com

Russ Bynum (AP) reports: A former Georgia banker accused of stealing millions from investors before vanishing for 18 months pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal bank fraud charges and agreed to remain jailed without bond pending trial.

Aubrey Lee Price, 47, didn’t speak as he sat hunched between his court-appointed lawyer and an attorney who’s a family friend and has agreed to assist with his case for free. Though prosecutors say he misspent, embezzled and lost $21 million, Price was able to show the court that he doesn’t have enough money to hire a lawyer, said U.S. Magistrate Judge G.R. Smith.

Authorities say Price faked financial records in an attempt to cover his tracks before he disappeared in June 2012. He sent letters to his family and acquaintances saying he was “incapable of continuing in this life” and other strong hints that he planned to commit suicide. A Florida judge declared Price dead a year ago. Meanwhile, the Montgomery Bank & Trust, a rural bank near Vidalia at which Price served as a director since 2010, closed because its assets and reserves were depleted.

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AMC’s ‘Breaking Bad’ Marathon: Your Survival Guide

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Help! I’m trapped watching AMC’s Breaking Bad Marathon. I forgot how addictive it is. From EW.com, here’s a Breaking Bad survival guide, in case you’re similarly afflicted.

  writes:  Sure, DVDs and Netflix have sort of ruined the fun of a good, old-fashioned scheduled TV marathon. (They’re not exactly special when you have the power to make them happen any time.) But it’s still hard not to get excited about AMC showing all 62 episodes of Breaking Bad over the course of four days — even if the network totally missed the opportunity to call this marathon “Four Days In.”

Never seen an episode of Breaking Bad? You’re gonna want to watch this. Devoured every episode of Breaking Bad multiple times already? You’re still gonna want to watch it, or at least part of it. But when should you pay close attention, when should you keep one eye on the TV and another on your laundry — and when should you order the chicken? Worry not; EW’s got you covered. (All times are ET/PT)

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A Job with a Future: Cleaning Up Meth Labs

certified industrial hygienist Gary Siebenschuh, left, and assistant Courtney Van Stolk preparing to enter a house that was once used as a clandestine methamphetamine lab in Memphis, Tenn. The house was placed under quarantine after a Nov. 6 fire that police said was caused by a meth lab that exploded in the attic of the house. Siebenschuh and Van Stolk were hired by the homeowner to test the home for meth residue. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz).

Certified industrial hygienist Gary Siebenschuh, left, and assistant Courtney Van Stolk preparing to enter a house that was once used as a methamphetamine lab in Memphis. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz).

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Adrian Sainz reports:  A tall man and a slender woman wiggled into their white hazardous materials suits, putting on protective masks and gloves before venturing into the dark, two-story home where police say a methamphetamine lab recently exploded.

Gary Siebenschuh and a helper used a yellow photo ionization detector to measure for meth residue, maneuvering around debris and a hole in the roof caused by the Nov. 6 fire that injured a young child. They took wipe samples of walls, ducts, window sills and other parts of the home, later sending them to a lab to be analyzed.

“The process is extremely cumbersome but I think it’s necessary,” said Dick Cochran, owner of the Memphis home where a renter was charged with making meth and causing the fire and explosion. He hired Siebenschuh to inspect the property.

“You don’t know how bad a house can be contaminated,” Cochran said.

Tens of thousands of houses have been used as meth labs the last decade and a cottage industry is developing around cleaning them up. Many Americans are more aware of the production of the highly addictive drug thanks to AMC’s hit show “Breaking Bad,” which featured a high school chemistry teacher who turned into a meth cooker and dealer. In real life, cleanup contractors are the ones who deal with a property when a batch explodes or police raid an operation and shut it down.

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Sociopathology: Why We Love Hannibal, Tony Soprano and Walter White

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Lawrence Meyers writes: What is it about Hannibal Lecter, Tony Soprano and Walter White that makes us root for them? How is it that a cannibalistic serial killer, a sociopathic mob boss, and a ruthless drug kingpin became the protagonists in three hugely successful pieces of media over the past 20 years?

If you watched Silence of the Lambs in a movie theater in 1991, odds are that at the end of the film, when Hannibal intimates that he’ll be exacting revenge on his jailer, Dr. Chilton, you heard the audience cheer and applaud. I sat in stunned silence. During the course of Jonathan Demme’s outstanding film, we had been told that Lecter had disfigured a nurse; that he killed a man and ate his liver (with some fava beans and a nice Chianti); he talked Multiple Miggs into swallowing his own tongue; and brutally murdered two police officers and two ambulance medics.

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Despite all this–and remember we actually witnessed this guy bite a cop’s face and brutally beat him to death with a baton–the audience cheers as he stalks Chilton into a Jamaican resort.

Now, part of that moment is that Chilton is so insufferable in his brief amount of screen time that it’s kind of like poetic justice. Yet, it really isn’t. Chilton enjoys playing the tormentor–but he’s tormenting a cannibalistic serial killer. How is that poetic justice? Chilton isn’t the villain! Lecter is!

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Five Reasons You Should Be Very Excited for Univision’s ‘Breaking Bad’ Remake

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Frances Martel writes: A nation wallowing in Breaking Bad withdrawal received some light relief last week when Univisión released the first images of its Colombian remake of the television masterpiece, Metástatsis. Here’s why you, English speaker, should be excited.

The latest trailer shows many scenes iconic to fans of the original: Walter Blanco driving his roving meth lab in his tighty-whities, Hank Schrader busting Jesse’s cooking partner Emilio with the Colombian equivalent of the DEA, and even Walt Jr. getting picked on for his handicap at a clothing store. You can watch the trailer below:

Releasing the trailer in English indicates that Univision hopes to draw at least some eyeballs of the curious American variety, likely providing closed captioning subtitles for non-Hispanophones. Beyond that, however, there are a number of signs that Univisión is looking to do this remake right, and not just sell a telenovela version of a beloved drama.

1. The Actors Are Very, Very Good

When Univisión first announced the remake, I immediately feared the worst: a sappy tearjerker starring Saúl Lisazo as Walter White and Niurka Marcos as Skyler (just trust me on this: those people are horrible actors). The casting forMetástasis, however, appears to be stellar.

Diego Trujillo will be playing Sr. Blanco—a theater, film, and telenovela actor best known for his role in El Capo, a gritty crime story that signaled a sea change in the way Spanish-language television presented their dramas. While El Capo still fell in the telenovela genre, it resembled American dramas much more than the Mexican romances audiences were used to and targeted a young, male demographic. No one in Latin American TV has a better shot at getting Walter White right. Read the rest of this entry »


BOOKS: A Look at TV’s Third Golden Age

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Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad by Brett Martin

Difficult Men by Brett Martin is a great exploration of TV’s Third Golden Age, as it’s come to be known. On the cover is Tony Soprano and Walter White so the reader would be easily tricked into thinking that the book is about the anti-hero that dominates current TV. It is actually about the men who created these characters.

David Chase, creator of the Sopranos, is portrayed as a very serious and depressed failed filmmaker. He never gave TV any pedestal and always saw himself as an auteur like his French film making idols. He worked on numerous TV shows before he got his shot to truly change television when HBO green lighted the Sopranos. Since then, nothing has been the same. Read the rest of this entry »


Critical Mass: What reviewers had to say about the Breaking Bad finale

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Walter White (Bryan Cranston) – Breaking Bad _ Season 5, Episode 16 – Photo Credit: Ursula Coyote/AMC

berryDDavid Berry explores a selection of reactions to the Breaking Bad finale:

Vulture’s Matt Zoller Seitz views the finale as a “Dickensian reckoning,” a Christmas Carol with Walt as the bitter ghost Marley, wandering around shaking his chains and recriminations at everyone:

In scene after scene, Walt doesn’t so much enter significant spaces as materialize within them … It all feels a bit like karmic punishment expressed via clever compositions — as if Breaking Bad itself has had enough of Walter and is shunning him.

It’s an interesting take, but I can’t help but read a little bit of wishful thinking into his contention that it’s impossible to say Walt won. Well, I mean, sure, he dies, and he’s disgraced in the eyes of his family. There’s nothing clean. But for a half-season that basically sapped Walt of all his strengths, revealed him to not be quite as effective a knocker as he thought he was, Walt was pretty reinvigorated for one last hurrah. Though he didn’t get what he was aiming for at that fateful pool party, he did get all of his dark side’s desires — his family has money, everyone knows his name, he killed those dastardly Nazis. Seitz sees Walter’s admission to Skyler that he “did this for me” as a confession, and if it is, well, what more would he actually want?

Or, as Slate’s Willa Paskin puts it:

After everything Walt had done, he couldn’t just walk away, but he was permitted to make as much right as possible

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FEVER: ‘Breaking Bad’ Finale Ratings Hit 10.3 Million

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AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” one week after picking up the top Emmy drama prize, capped its meteoric ratings rise Sunday by surging to series highs in its finale — despite facing formidable season premieres on ABC, CBS, Fox and Showtime.

There was no stopping fans from watching the show live Sunday (or at least same-night, thanks to DVRs), as the conclusion to Walter White’s odyssey  was watched by an average audience of 10.3 million, according to Nielsen, up 3.7 million (or 56%) from its penultimate episode of the previous week (6.6 million). Read the rest of this entry »


Get Jacked For the Breaking Bad Finale With Sparkly, Potent, Super-Tasty Crystal “Meth” Doughnuts

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In the final hours leading up to Sunday’s highly-anticipated Breaking Bad series finale, there are a few things you could do. You could attempt to binge-watch the entire series up to this point. You could take this extremely comprehensive quiz to see just how much of a super-fan you are. Or, you could get yourself to Albuquerque to try an awesome Breaking Bad-themed treat.

A local shop called Rebel Donut has cooked up a few special items dedicated to the hit AMC drama. The most popular? A frosted doughnut topped with candy crystals that look exactly like the blue meth featured on the show. Even Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul himself has given these treats a try, and he definitely seems to approve: Read the rest of this entry »


Breaking Bad Breaks Through: For the best show on television, this year’s Emmy win was long overdue

breakingverybadJonah Goldberg writes: Last night’s Emmys were terrible. The lavish dance numbers, the painfully lame jokes, the creepy gay double entendre from Michael Douglas, when he accepted an Emmy for his even creepier portrayal of Liberace, made for a ploddingly unentertaining evening. And Jeff Daniels’s win for best actor in a drama series for his work in HBO’s faux-highbrow Newsroom was so ridiculous only an MSNBC roundtable could applaud it.

But they got at least one thing right: AMC’s Breaking Bad won best dramatic series on television. If you haven’t seen the show, AMC will run the entire series this week in a marathon leading up to the series finale. You should watch or record it. It not only represents something new in the history of television, it represents a categorical improvement in the very nature of television. Read the rest of this entry »


VIDEO: Heisenberg responds to Jeff Daniels’ Emmy win

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VIDEO: “Joking Bad” – Breaking Bad Parody by Jimmy Fallon


A Tale of Two Seasons…

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Yesterday the New York Times broke the news that the final season of Mad Men will be broadcast in two parts (see more on this here). This isn’t the first time that a television series has been split into two – AMC recently adopted the same strategy for Breaking Bad which saw a gap of almost a year between the first half and the last half of the final fifth season. Nor is this necessarily even a recent trend – HBO notably broadcast the final season of The Sopranos (1999-2007) in a similar manner. In that instance, the decision to split the season into two was arguably more of an afterthought, as the series’ creator David Chase later decided that he wanted the opportunity to “round out the story”. But it’s not just TV (as the HBO slogan goes), this happens in cinema too. Franchises such as Harry Potter (2001-2011) and Twilight (2008-2012) have both recently featured two-part endings in concluding their narratives. The logic behind the two-part conclusion, whether it’s in film or television, is no doubt financially motivated. Indeed, why not draw out the story in two parts and reap the financial rewards? In the case of cinema, this form of serialisation is intended to increase box office takings (presumably people who saw part one will want to see part two), while in television the money comes from subscription fees and advertising. This economic gain may be the main impetus for this trend, but I’m more interested in the way that these patterns of distribution might impact upon the programme’s narrative. Read the rest of this entry »


‘Breaking Bad’ Illustration Special – Illo Confidential

From Illo Confidential –With the final season of Breaking Bad premiering last night, we thought it would be the perfect time to showcase some of Illo Confidential’s Breaking Bad inspired illustrations, featuring work by Brian TaylorKelsey DakeMike FreiheitAlex FineKyle T. Webster & PJ McQuade Tread lightly, & enjoy!   More  Illo Confidential

 

BREAKING SUPER-BAD: Cupcakes Topped with ‘Blue Meth’ Freaks Out People in Glasgow

Breaking Bad-inspired cupcakes topped with candy made to look like the blue meth made by the show's Walter White

Breaking Bad-inspired cupcakes topped with candy made to look like the blue meth made by the show’s Walter White

While Walter White cooks meth on Breaking Bad, the Riverhill Coffee Bar in Glasgow, Scotland has been cooking up a heap of trouble.

Late last week, the shop’s chef made three batches of Breaking Bad-inspired cupcakes topped with cracked blue sugar, which bears an uncanny resemblance to the blue crystal meth that White (played by Bryan Cranston) cooks up on the wildly popular AMC series. Now a local anti-drug group and at least one Glasgow-based politician are arguing that selling the blue candy-topped treats is tantamount to glamorizing drugs and that the bakery is being insensitive to the plight of families affected by drug use. “The cafe might try to pass it off as a joke, but I don’t think it’s funny,” Green Party city center counselor Nina Baker told the Evening Times. Christine Duncan, chief executive of Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs, told the Times: “The glamorising of drugs is completely distasteful.”

Source: TIME.com


“Breaking Bad” – Hank and Marie Watch The Video Music Awards

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