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9 TV Shows We Were Instantly Hooked On

July 26th, 2014 1:00pm EDT
9 TV Shows We Were Instantly Hooked On
There are a lot of great television shows, but there aren't many that are immediately addictive. Most shows take a few episodes before they find their characters or their most interesting story. Every once in a while, though, there's that show which grabs you right away - and that's what we're celebrating this week.

Here's our short list of nine shows that turned us into fans before the end credits rolled on their first installment. See if you recognize any of them, and leave your own picks at the end of the article.

24: We were sold on 24 before we ever saw the pilot. Created by Joel Sur...
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'Breaking Bad' And The Community Power Of Television

May 7th, 2014 3:15pm EDT
Breaking Bad
Editorial: This past weekend, I finally started watching Breaking Bad.

It was an oversight on my part, of course. The series deserves every piece of critical acclaim that was thrown at it while I wasn't tuned in. And my misstep was made doubly embarrassing by the fact that one of my good friends was actually a member of Breaking Bad's principal cast. Really, I had no excuse. But I finally got around to screening season one last week, and over the days it took me to finish seven episodes, I learned three things:

1. Aaron Paul is the best pure actor I've ever seen. As in, jaw hanging open w...
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Bryan Cranston Plays Lyndon B. Johnson In Newest Broadway Biopic 'All The Way'

May 5th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
Bryan Cranston Plays Lyndon B. Johnson In Newest Broadway Biopic
Bryan Cranston, first known for his part in 'Malcolm In The Middle', and his (in)famous portrayal as the Chemistry teacher-turned-drug lord, Walter White in AMC's blockbuster series 'Breaking Bad' has a new role, not on the big or even the small screen, but rather on broadway.

Cranston will be playing the part of the the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson, in the broadway biopic, 'All The Way,' which takes it's name from the popular running slogan "All the way with LBJ."

Not a terribly happy looking guy, that LBJ.

For those who find politics a bit of a bore, here's ...
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Rick Grimes And Walter White Trade Lyrical Blows In The Newest 'Epic Rap Battles Of History'

May 5th, 2014 1:42pm EDT
Grimes vs. White
Pretty much every college student I know is familiar with Epic Rap Battles of History. For those of you who either A) live under a rock, B) are not college students or C) don't know how the internet works, we will enlighten you.

Epic Rap Battles of History (henceforth known as ERB) pits two historical/semihistorical/fictional characters from pop culture against each other in a fictitious 'rap battle' where the two (and sometimes more) parties verbally abuse each other to a meter. The crowd decides informally in the comments whose rhymes are stronger, and everyone with a decent sense of hum...
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12 TV Shows You Need To Binge Watch

March 21st, 2014 7:00pm EDT
House of Cards
When Netflix released House of Cards on February 14, many fans spent more time on Valentine's Day weekend with series character Frank Underwood than they did with their significant others.

If you've managed to get through all of House of Cards Season two episodes and are looking for something else to sink your teeth into, we've come up with a list of a dozen great shows that are worth a good binge. All of these shows are available on either Netflix, HBO Go or Amazon Instant Video.

Orange is the New Black

If you're coming fresh off of House of Cards, why not take a look at Netflix's o...
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Aaron Paul And Bryan Cranston To Make Appearances In 'Breaking Bad' Spinoff 'Better Call Saul'

March 1st, 2014 5:15am EST
Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad stars Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston are reportedly close to formalizing agreements to appear on the show's spinoff, "Better Call Saul."

Paul is currently in talks for a recurring role on the forthcoming show, which will focus on the story of lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk); and Cranston is very interested in making a few cameos on the show, according to E! Online.

"Anything Vince [creator Gilligan] is involved with, I'm there," Paul recently told the Associated Press. "I owe him my entire career. And the idea of jumping into the skin of Jesse Pinkman again in his lighter d...
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11 Reasons 'True Detective' Will Fill Your 'Breaking Bad' Void

February 23rd, 2014 1:30pm EST
11 Reasons 'True Detective' Will Fill Your 'Breaking Bad' Void
When TV viewers caught their final glimpse of Walter White during the series finale of "Breaking Bad" this past September, there was a collective national mourning for Vince Gilligan’s masterful AMC drama and its damaged anti-hero. But fear not heartbroken Heisenberg enthusiasts, because HBO’s riveting existential cop drama “True Detective” has all the necessary elements to get your quintessential “Breaking Bad” masterful TV drama high. Here are 11 reasons why True Detective will fill your Breaking Bad void.

1. Complicated relationship between series protagonists

One of the delights of “B...
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Jonathan Banks Joins 'Breaking Bad' Spinoff

January 28th, 2014 9:27am EST
Jonathan Banks
Jonathan Banks, who played Mike Ehrmantraut in "Breaking Bad," has signed on to the spinoff "Better Call Saul." Banks will join Bob Odenkirk as a series regular, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Banks appeared on two and a half seasons of "Breaking Bad" and received an Emmy nomination for his role in 2013.

"Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul" creator Vince Gilligan told THR in October, "There's obviously a danger inherent in doing a spinoff, but I just love the character of Saul Goodman so much, and part of me doesn't want to say no to this world. Personally, I'd have a hard time res...
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Police Arrest 'Breaking Bad' Contest Winner For Drugs

January 3rd, 2014 8:27am EST
Ryan Lee Carroll Breaking Bad
This story needs an "irony" tag. On New Year's Eve, police arrested a "Breaking Bad" superfan who won a contest to watch the finale of the hit drug drama with the cast. He was charged with masterminding a drug distribution operation.

Florida officials claim Ryan Lee Carroll shipped synthetic marijuana across the United States from his home in Fort Myers. Authorities raided his headquarters and seized more than $1 million of the illegal substance as well as a souvenir Hazmat suit signed by "Breaking Bad" stars.

The hugely popular A&E series, which just completed its final season, centered ...
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5 Best TV Shows Of 2013

December 26th, 2013 4:00pm EST
The Good Wife
Every year a new crop of shows pop up, while the old crop strives to keep the audience’s attention. Some shows fall from grace, transforming from fan favorites to overrated dreck. Other shows maintain or succeed the quality that viewers have come to expect from their favorite programs. This year many returning shows had their best season ever, while new programs wowed new audiences. The shows on this list are the best 2013 had to offer.

1. The Good Wife

Alicia Florrick spent four seasons living up to the show’s title, acting like a sweet, mild-mannered lawyer who helps her clients, with h...
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5 TV Actors We're Thankful For In 2013

November 28th, 2013 11:00am EST
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Thanksgiving is upon us and it's time for us to give our thanks - for the acting performances that make doing what we do worthwhile.

There are so many talented actors and actresses out there that we don't possibly have the space to recognize them all, but here are the five gentlemen who made us thankful that we were around to write about them over the past year, in alphabetical order.

1) Josh Charles, The Good Wife (CBS)

There's nothing sweeter to those of us watching an actor we love swing for the fences, and that's exactly what's been happening with Josh Charles this TV season. America...
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'Breaking Bad' Alternate Ending Takes Bryan Cranston Full-Circle To 'Malcolm In The Middle'

November 18th, 2013 7:02pm EST
breaking bad alternat ending
Was Bryan Cranston's hit AMC series Breaking Bad just a bad dream?

A spoof alternate ending that was shot for the show recently surfaced, and the clip features Cranston's former Malcolm In The Middle co-star Jane Kaczmarek reprising her role.

The clip starts with Cranston as his meth-cooking character Walter White, aka Heisenberg, before he suddenly wakes up from the middle of a dream as "Malcolm In The Middle" dad Hal. He sits up in bed and wake wife Lois (Kaczmarek), telling her, "I just had the scariest dream.

"I was this meth dealer," he adds. "Yeah. I was this world class chemist an...
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Walter White's Headstone Removed From New Mexico Cemetery

October 23rd, 2013 10:15am EDT
Breaking Bad
A gravestone of Bryan Cranston's fictional character Walter White, from the hit AMC series Breaking Bad, has been removed from a New Mexico cemetery - following complaints from residents and grieving families.

More than 200 devoted fans of the show held a faux memorial for Walter White, the chemistry teacher-turned-drug manufacturer played by Cranston, in Albuquerque, where the show is set, over the weekend.

The resting place of the gravestone sparked outrage from relatives of loved ones buried at the Sunset Memorial Park over fears the site would become a tourist attraction, and a petiti...
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'Breaking Bad' Funeral Raises $17,000 For Charity

October 21st, 2013 5:00pm EDT
Breaking Bad
Over the weekend, hundreds of fans attended a funeral for Bryan Cranston's fictional character Walter White from "Breaking Bad." The event raised $17,000 for charity.

The series, which ended in September after five seasons, centered on a chemistry teacher-turned-drug manufacturer.

The show was set and filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and on Saturday, 200 people showed up to the "funeral" in the city. A funeral procession was led by a hearse and White's infamous motor home, where the character cooked meth.

"Breaking Bad" set decorator Michael Flowers gave a eulogy, and following the ser...
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'Breaking Bad' Fans Plan Funeral For Walter White In New Mexico

October 12th, 2013 1:00pm EDT
Breaking Bad
"Breaking Bad" super fans plan on marking the death of Bryan Cranston's character Walter White by holding a funeral and reception in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The show was set and filmed in Albuquerque, and fans are planning to pay their final respects to Walter next Saturday.
 
The massively popular show aired its series finale last month. The final episode featured the chemistry teacher-turned drug lord dying from a gun shot.
 
Fans are setting up a memorial at the location where Walter died on the show and the funeral will include a eulogy from "Breaking Bad" set decorator Michael Flower...
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'Breaking Bad's' Walter White's Obituary Lands In Albuquerque Newspaper

October 6th, 2013 11:02am EDT
Breaking Bad
On Friday, a fictional obituary for Bryan Cranston's Breaking Bad character Walter White appeared in a New Mexico newspaper.

Last Sunday night, the cult drug TV series ended its run, with White succumbing to a gunshot wound towards the end of the finale episode, and fan of the show, David Layman, who appeared as an extra in the series, decided to pay tribute to the anti-hero in The Albuquerque Journal.

He paid to have his obit, which read "WHITE, WALTER, aka 'Heisenberg', 52, of Albuquerque, died Sunday after a long battle with lung cancer and a gunshot wound. A co-founder of Gray Matte...
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What's Next For 'Breaking Bad' Creator Vince Gilligan? Walnut Dioramas

October 2nd, 2013 1:27pm EDT
Vince Gilligan
Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan is planning on laying low now that his hit show has concluded.

The director/producer is reportedly going to produce new series "Battle Creek" for CBS, but for now he has something else up his sleeve: Walnut Dioramas.

Gilligan announced the project on Conan O'Brien's show last week, revealing that he'll now dedicate his career "to creating hand crafted walnut dioramas".

Gilligan's creations include "nuts about fishing", golfer Greg Norman -- two under par, and the "Breaking Bad" cast. He even says the possibilities for his creations are "obviously limit...
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'Breaking Bad' Finale Was An Enormously Satisfying Conclusion

October 2nd, 2013 10:45am EDT
Breaking Bad Series Finale
I can't believe it's really over. This show is one of the best - if not the best - examples of television I have ever seen. And while the finale actually wasn't the strongest episode of the season, (that honor remains firmly with Ozymandias) it was still an enormously satisfying conclusion. I really feel like Breaking Bad was a show that respected its viewers. It trusted us to be intelligent. It didn't mess around with our expectations, and it gave us a product of extremely high quality.

In this final episode we see Walt go to Gretchen and Elliot Schwartz in their fancy home, ambushing the...
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'Breaking Bad' Series Finale Review: 'I Did It For Me'

September 30th, 2013 7:25am EDT
'Breaking Bad' Finale
Breaking Bad ended with an honesty that rippled through all things, including the soul.

Honesty from Walt to Skylar, who tells her, in the end, that he did this not for the family, but because he "liked it". Being Heisenberg made him feel "alive" - and, stricken with deadly cancer, who can begrudge Walter his wanting this feeling, his wanting to feel alive. He did indeed it do it for his family too, but more than that, Walt was supremely honest when he said, "I did it for me." (Yah, and he did for us, the viewers.)

But that doesn't mean Walt didn't care intensely about his family - they w...
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What Will Walt's Fate Be? Talking Walter White And 'Breaking Bad'

September 29th, 2013 6:12pm EDT
Talking about Walter White and Breaking Bad
Fordham University asked me to say a few words about Walter White and why he has reached such justifiable heights in our popular culture.  The show started off slowly in its rise to iconic prominence - why would anyone want to watch a story about a chemistry teacher diagnosed with cancer, his wife pregnant, their son with cerebral palsy?  

Soon the extraordinary strength of Walter White and the appeal of the show became clear: we were looking at the human ability to stand up to the worst that the universe dishes out, to not go quietly but fight against the adversities that could otherwise ...
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'Breaking Bad' Penultimate Recap: $10,000 For 2 Hours

September 23rd, 2013 6:06pm EDT
Breaking Bad
There are two kinds of next-to-last episodes on television. Some are brilliantly explosive - like last week's episode of Breaking Bad, and the episode before that.  Some are quiet, in preparation for the final explosion. last night's penultimate episode of Breaking Bad was on the quiet side, but there's so much pent-up dynamite in this show that there were wrenching explosions nonetheless.

Todd's shooting of Andrea - Brock's mother - was one of the most vicious, matter-of-fact killings we've seen for a while on television. Todd, in his psycho Okie way - as Jesse puts it  - is becoming one ...
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'Breaking Bad' Leads Emmys, Miley Cyrus Gets Even Racier, Mumford & Sons Going On Hiatus

September 23rd, 2013 10:22am EDT
Breaking Bad
The 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards were full of few surprises. "Breaking Bad" and "Modern Family" were the big winners at the 65th annual event, held Sunday night. Bad took the prize for Best Drama, and actress Anna Gunn won the Best Supporting Actress trophy. (See who else won here.)

Mexican singer/actress Eiza Gonzalez and Liam Hemsworth, who hooked up last weekend at a party in Las Vegas, are reportedly already in love with each other. A friend of Eiza's says the couple is "definitely together", that they "spent that night together", and that has revealed that the Mexican singer/actress has...
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2013 Emmy Awards Predictions: Who Are The Favorites To Win?

September 20th, 2013 8:48pm EDT
2013 Emmy Awards Predictions
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It’s been a while since we’ve had such a wild card Emmy season. Last year, Homeland was all but a lock in each of its major categories, but after a shaky second season, some strong competition from other long-running shows, and a buzzworthy new Netflix series, things are really up in the air pretty much all over the place. Still, I’ll do my best to make some predictions in the big categories. Just remember: This year, pretty much anything goes.

OUTSTANDING DRAMA
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Homeland
House of Cards
Mad Men

While I’d love to see Game of Thrones’ confident t...
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'Breaking Bad' Props To Go Under The Hammer

September 20th, 2013 2:27pm EDT
Breaking Bad
Hundreds of props from critically acclaimed TV show Breaking Bad are set to hit the auction block.

The memorabilia, which includes the Hazmat suits the lead characters wear on the show, a pivotal pink teddy bear from season two and the Pontiac Aztek driven by Bryan Cranston's character Walter White, will be auctioned off following the series finale on September 29th on Screenbid.com.

Screenbid.com's founder Bill Block estimates the props could fetch over $2 million. Many other props from the hits show were sold off at a charity auction in New Mexico on Saturday.

The sale at a thrift s...
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TV Ratings: 'Breaking Bad' Breaks Record

September 19th, 2013 9:42pm EDT
'Breaking Bad'
Just a couple of weeks from this fall’s big premiere’s, the big ratings news was on cable. AMC’s ‘Breaking Bad,’ just a couple of episodes away from the grave, drew a record audience of 6.4 million viewers for Sunday’s heart-stopping installment.

Things weren’t quite so exciting on the big networks. Football was tops for NBC, which also boasted two entries of ‘America’s Got Talent’ in the Top 10. On FOX, ‘The X-Factor’ continues to disappoint in 18th place – and that’s without a lot of first-run competition coming its way.

Repeats played well on CBS, led by ‘NCIS’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory...
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'Breaking Bad' Final Episodes 'Ozymandias' Recap: The Knife And The Phone

September 16th, 2013 8:40am EDT
Breaking Bad
There were two things within Skyler's reach in the pivotal scene of Breaking Bad Final Episode #6 tonight - the knife and the phone.  She should have reached for the phone, and tried to call Hank or whomever. Instead, she reached for the knife, and set in motion everything that came after.

Almost none of what happened in tonight's episode was Walt's fault.  He pleaded for Hank's life - which wouldn't have been in jeopardy in the first place had Jesse not gone paranoid and rejected Walt's peace offer, and instead got Hank and his partner to the dessert.   Truthfully, I don't mourn Hank too ...
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Jimmy Fallon Cooks Up Some Jokes In 'Breaking Bad' Spoof

September 12th, 2013 8:44pm EDT
Joking Bad
Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Bob Odenkirk joined late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon for a spoof on their AMC series called "Joking Bad".

The comedy skit featured Fallon cooking up jokes instead of crystal meth -- like Cranston's Walter White does in the TV series -- after he's given just six months... until his show comes to an end and he takes over for Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show".

The 13-minute spoof follows in the same vein as Fallon's classic Game of Thrones spoof, "Game of Desks" -- promoting the end of his show, which Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers will...
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'Breaking Bad' Spinoff 'Better Call Saul' Greenlit By AMC

September 12th, 2013 6:04pm EDT
Breaking Bad
AMC has greenlit a Breaking Bad spinoff series focusing on the show's lawyer, Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), just months after series creator Vince Gilligan said he'd love for the character to land his own show.

Sony Pictures Television announced on Wednesday that terminally ill meth dealer Walter White's (Bryan Cranston) attorney will be getting his own one-hour show next year.

"As conceived, the new series is based on the show's popular Saul Goodman character with the working title 'Better Call Saul'..." read a joint statement from Sony and AMG. "Plans call for Saul to be a one-hour prequ...
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'Breaking Bad' Final Episode #5: Coordinates - 'To'hajiilee'

September 9th, 2013 8:36am EDT
Breaking Bad
I've been rooting for Walt throughout every episode of Breaking Bad - because he represents the indomitable human spirit, struggling to survive and triumph against all odds.  And after tonight's final episode #5 - when Walt was in many ways at his worst - I'm still rooting for him, and I felt like cheering at the ending.

Yeah, I know he was doing his best to get Jesse killed.  But he changed his mind at the last minute.

I know that Hank is on the side of the law, but he's not such a good guy, and certainly not to Jesse.

And Walt was pretty dumb to fall right into step with Jesse's plan, ...
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Recap: 'Breaking Bad' Final Episodes #4: Old Yeller

September 2nd, 2013 8:42am EDT
Breaking Bad
Well, not only Babylon 5, but, more significantly, Old Yeller got shout-outs in tonight's brilliant, taut, final episode #4 of Breaking Bad.

The reference is to that loyal dog - Old Yeller - who turned rabid and had to be put down, much to Walter Brennan's (wait - his song was "Old Rivers," never mind) and everyone in the audiences for that classic tear-jerking 1957 movie.

In last night's Breaking Bad, Saul tells Walter that Jesse is like Old Yeller, a loyal dog of a partner who now has to be put down.  Walter won't have Saul's metaphor or its suggestion to kill Jesse.  But apropos the na...
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