We’re Still Breaking Bad
Although Breaking Bad ended last Sunday with a victorious celebration of family, puppies, and rainbows, the internet refuses to let go. Here’s a round-up of some highlights:
• Sunbunny recommends Stephen Colbert’s chat with creator Vince Gilligan, available here.
• Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul discuss the real end—and the alternate endings—here.
• Columbia (the country, not the movie studio) will remake Breaking Bad as Metastasis for Spanish-language audiences; the show will air in the US on Univision. Names will be changed, so Skyler White is now Cielo Blanco, which is fabuloso.
• The Albuquerque Journal ran a paid obituary for Walter White at the behest of a local science teacher.
Damon Lindelof can’t catch a break. After the Breaking Bad finale, Twitterati took to their smartphones and couldn’t stop tweeting about how the Breaking Bad finale was so much better than the Lost finale. Since the two shows had wildly different storytelling techniques, I think that comparison is downright silly, and I wish I were Queen of the World so that I could put a stop to such nonsense.
But Lindelof seems to be okay with it, penning a thoughtful and funny column in the Hollywood Reporter on how he feels about the finales of both shows: “All story is reflective, designed to illuminate its own characters and the themes surrounding them. When a show is as brilliant as Breaking Bad, it's not just about the people we're watching, it's about those watching them. About us. In other words, the better the show, the deeper it forces you to look at yourself.” And now--thanks to Breaking Bad--Lindelof has looked inside of himself and found acceptance.
Speaking of Lost: the new TV review site Tonight’s Watch (disclaimer: I know one of the site owners, who comments on Doux Reviews, too) has a great article comparing Lost to the Hulu original series The Booth at the End. That show—which reader Henrik recommended in the comments to one of ChrisB’s New Shows columns—is a subtle, low-budget meditation on fate, free will, and the transformative power of pie, and I strongly recommend that you all check it out.
This Week in Casts
• Alicia Witt will join La Familia Crowe on the upcoming season of Justified.
• Kim Raver will return to the bizarre, traffic-free world of 24 for the upcoming reboot 24: Live Another Day.
• Nathan Fillion will guest star on Community. Hey, wait—that deserves its own section:
Nathan Fillion will guest star on Community!
We now resume our regularly scheduled casting news…
This Week in Casts
• After his departure from Pawnee, Parks and Rec star Rob Lowe will star in a comedy about tennis called The Pro.
• RJ Mitte will have a recurring role in Switched at Birth’s third season.
The Art Gallery of Ontario is hosting a David Bowie exhibit that includes many of the musician’s belongings, and they’ve included a list of Bowie’s favorite books. The list is available here, and includes quite a few excellent choices.
Now that I write up that news item, I realize it has absolutely nothing to do with television or anything else we cover. But it’s still a cool link, right?
Amazon.com is continuing its foray into producing original streaming content a la Netflix. The book-selling juggernaut has given the greenlight to three new dramas, including one from Jill Soloway, who worked on the excellent Six Feet Under. Those three new shows are in addition to the Titus Welliver vehicle Bosch that I mentioned last week.
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