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More news on ‘Breaking Bad’ spin-off series ‘Better Call Saul’!

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If you miss Breaking Bad, you’re not alone – AMC misses it so much, they’re making a spin-off in the form of Better Call Saul, which, as you probably guessed, follows the legendary lawyer who brought so much to the original series. It was first believed that this new show would be a prequel to the events of Breaking Bad, but now it turns out that’s not 100% true, so we may actually have a chance to see the return of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman.

From NY Daily News:

Executive producer Peter Gould says that the show will feature scenes that move back and forth over several decades, including the era where Walter White cooked and sold crystal meth. Initially, fans believed that the show would take place only in the 1980s and focus just on Saul, the wacky lawyer (played by Bob Odenkirk) who first appeared on “Breaking Bad.”

“One of the great things about having a time line which is flexible is that perhaps some of it takes place before ‘Breaking Bad,’ during ‘Breaking Bad,’ and after ‘Breaking Bad’. That gives us the ability to bring back characters that were killed on ‘Breaking Bad,’ ” he says.

Gould admits he and his team feel “enormous pressure” to produce the same kind of quality and and boffo ratings achieved by “Breaking Bad.”

Still, while he wants Cranston to join the show, or at least guest-star, he is adamant that the show will not stand or fall on Walter White’s return. Frederick M. Brown Bryan Cranston’s participation in the spinoff is sought but is not crucial to show’s success, says producer Peter Gould.

“We want to make a show that stands on it own, is its own story and is a brand extension,” he said.

“We think we have a story that is worth making. … We could never dream of the kind of success that ‘Breaking Bad’ had and the love we got from the fans. But (with ‘Saul’) at a certain point you have to do the best job you can and tell the best story that entertains you, get a good response and hope people like it.”

Nice! I do think that Walter’s story reached the only inevitable conclusion during the series finale, so I like the idea of shifting the focus a bit, and I think Saul Goodman has enough meat to him as a character that he could carry his own show – albeit with a completely different tone than Breaking Bad had, given his goofiness.

What do you think? Will you be watching Better Call Saul come fall?

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Did You Hear About The Breaking Bad Alternate Ending?

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Breaking Bad put together an “alternate ending” that got leaked online and promptly pulled. I have “alternate” in quotes because I don’t think this was ever meant to be a serious ending. Basically, they pulled a Newhart. If you have no idea what that means, it means that Bryan Cranston‘s character, Walter White, was dreaming the whole series, and that when he woke up, he was Hal, his character from Malcolm In The Middle. In case you missed it, here’s a more detailed description from USA Today:

In the clip, Hal wakes up and recounts the nightmare to his wife, Lois, played by Jane Kaczmarek. He says that he dreamed he was bald, had a hot blonde wife and cooked meth. He described Dean Norris’ Hank Schrader as “look(ing) like the guy from The Shield,” and Aaron Paul‘s Jesse as “a little guy, a waif, a man-child, (a) kid who always looked like he was wearing his older brother’s clothes.”

After Hal goes back to sleep, the camera pans out to show a black porkpie hat that’s in the bedroom. It is, indeed, quite similar to the one Heisenberg wears.

It sounds a million times funnier than the Jesse Pinkman/Obama SNL skit.

Guys, I miss Breaking Bad. Anyone else?

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Anthony Hopkins Tells Bryan Cranston His Acting Is The Best He’s Ever Seen

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This story makes me all happy inside. Sir Anthony Hopkins had a marathon Breaking Bad viewing (little late, but I guess it’s never too late for a great show like BB) and was so blown away by Bryan Cranston‘s performance that he sent him a gushing fan letter. He says Cranston’s performance as Walter White is “the best acting I have ever seen — ever.” Hollywood Reporter posted the letter in full. Here it is:

Dear Mister Cranston.

I wanted to write you this email – so I am contacting you through Jeremy Barber – I take it we are both represented by UTA . Great agency.

I’ve just finished a marathon of watching “BREAKING BAD” – from episode one of the First Season – to the last eight episodes of the Sixth Season. (I downloaded the last season on AMAZON) A total of two weeks (addictive) viewing.

I have never watched anything like it. Brilliant!

Your performance as Walter White was the best acting I have seen – ever.

I know there is so much smoke blowing and sickening bullshit in this business, and I’ve sort of lost belief in anything really.

But this work of yours is spectacular – absolutely stunning. What is extraordinary, is the sheer power of everyone in the entire production. What was it? Five or six years in the making? How the producers (yourself being one of them), the writers, directors, cinematographers…. every department – casting etc. managed to keep the discipline and control from beginning to the end is (that over used word) awesome.

From what started as a black comedy, descended into a labyrinth of blood, destruction and hell. It was like a great Jacobean, Shakespearian or Greek Tragedy.

If you ever get a chance to – would you pass on my admiration to everyone – Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Aaron Paul, Betsy Brandt, R.J. Mitte, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Steven Michael Quezada – everyone – everyone gave master classes of performance … The list is endless.

Thank you. That kind of work/artistry is rare, and when, once in a while, it occurs, as in this epic work, it restores confidence.

You and all the cast are the best actors I’ve ever seen.

That may sound like a good lung full of smoke blowing. But it is not. It’s almost midnight out here in Malibu, and I felt compelled to write this email.

Congratulations and my deepest respect. You are truly a great, great actor.

Best regards

Tony Hopkins.

How many times have you ever seen a performance that you loved that made you want to reach out to the actor/musician/whatever and let them know? Closest I’ve come is a drunken tweet to them. A perk of being “Tony Hopkins” I guess.

The pressure is really on for the Breaking Bad spinoff starring Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul.

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