‘The Killing’ Gets Killed Again

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It’s been about a year since AMC announced that The Killing would not continue beyond Season 2, but as we know, that decision didn’t stick. Netflix and DirecTV quickly expressed interest in picking up the mystery series, and within a few months AMC had changed its mind and greenlit a third season.

Now, however, AMC’s decided to kill The Killing again. And this time, we suspect a revival is not in the cards. Hit the jump for more details.

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As we promised in “The Ones Who Knock” Kickstarter, I will be doing weekly recaps here for each episode of Breaking Bad. For those of you unfamiliar with my recapping style, it’s less of a straightforward plot summary and more a distillation of the most interesting elements of each week’s episode.  The recaps will spoil everything up through the current episode (S5E12 “Rabid Dog”), but won’t spoil any future episodes or even scenes from the “Next Time” segment of the show.  There will, however, be some light speculation and straight-up crackpot theories.  No theory or speculation is based on foreknowledge of the show.  So hold on to your pork pie hats, because here we go. Read More »

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As we promised in “The Ones Who Knock” Kickstarter, I will be doing weekly recaps here for each episode of Breaking Bad. For those of you unfamiliar with my recapping style, it’s less of a straightforward plot summary and more a distillation of the most interesting elements of each week’s episode.  The recaps will spoil everything up through the current episode (S5E11 “Confessions”), but won’t spoil any future episodes or even scenes from the “Next Time” segment of the show.  There will, however, be some light speculation and straight-up crackpot theories.  No theory or speculation is based on foreknowledge of the show.  So hold on to your pork pie hats, because here we go. Read More »

Breaking Bad science

Walter White considers himself to be a damn brilliant chemist on Breaking Bad, but does his science hold up under real-life scrutiny? That’s the question posed by the latest episode of Fact or Fictional, the web series hosted by Veronica Belmont.

Guest expert Dr. Jovana J. Grbic, who holds a PhD in chemistry, examines Walt’s fulminated mercury trick, his use of methylamine to cook drugs, and his solution to the dead RV battery (which was not a robot, to Jesse’s eternal disappointment). She even offers some insight into Walt’s personality as a scientist. Watch the video after the jump.

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Mad Men - Jim Cutler, Ted Chaough, Pete Campbell

Breaking Bad isn’t the only acclaimed AMC series on its way out. Mad Men is expected to wind down with the upcoming seventh season, due out in 2014. And as with the depiction of Vince Gilligan’s drug underworld, Matthew Weiner‘s cutthroat ad industry could live on in the form of a spinoff. Or so hopes actor Kevin Rahm.

In a recent interview, Rahm floated the idea of a new series about the adventures of his character Ted Chaough and Vincent Kartheiser’s Pete Campbell in Los Angeles. It’s unclear whether anyone at AMC has actually given this some thought, or whether Rahm’s just spitballing, but a post-Mad Men show set in ’60s (or ’70s) LA sounds intriguing either way.

Hit the jump to read his comments. Note: Spoilers for Season 6 follow.

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Breaking Bad Season 5 - Skyler and Walt

(Some spoilers for the most recent episode of Breaking Bad follow.)

Walt may have been desperate to keep the location of his cash a secret on Sunday night’s episode of Breaking Bad, but we at home got to see exactly where he buried it. Heck, we even got to know the exact coordinates: +34° 59′ 20.00″, -106° 36′ 52″.

But would-be treasure hunters needn’t bother driving out to New Mexico to see if there’s anything worth digging up. A simple Google search reveals where those coordinates are really located, and it’s a fair bet that there aren’t barrels of Benjamins waiting to be discovered there. Hit the jump to find out where.

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Breaking Bad Season 5 - Walt and Jesse

Unless you’ve been living under a rock that doesn’t get WiFi service, you no doubt already know that AMC’s Breaking Bad returned this past weekend for its final eight-episode stretch. The meth drama wasted no time, picking up just minutes, if not seconds, after last year’s “Gliding Over All” left off and barreling ahead through some major plot points.

But if you’ve taken your sweet time getting around to watching the show, now’s your chance. The network has put the entire season premiere “Blood Money” online for free, so you don’t even need a cable subscription to watch it. And once you’re done with that, you can review the plausibility of Walt’s various tricks in Mythbusters‘ “Breaking Bad Special,” which has also made its way online. Watch both videos after the jump.

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Watch a Gag Reel From Season 5 of ‘Breaking Bad’

Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston

While it has its black comedy moments, for the most part Breaking Bad is a pretty grim show. And it’s only gotten darker over the past four and a half seasons, as the body count continues to rise, the stacks of illicit cash get bigger, and Walt’s sociopathy runs wilder.

But although the show itself is serious business, anyone who’s seen the cast and crew outside the series knows that they’re not above a bit of silliness here and there. Bryan Cranston, in particular, comes across as a sweet jokester who couldn’t be more different from his cruel, angry character. A gag reel making the rounds offers a fun peek behind the scenes, and you can check it out after the jump.

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