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Just how did Saul Goodman hook up with Mike Ehrmantraut before the events of hit AMC series Breaking Bad? It seems we may soon find out. Jonathan Banks, the actor who played Mike during several seasons of the show, has officially been added to the cast of Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad spin-off co-created and produced by Vince Gilligan. Unlike potential cameos by Breaking Bad stars Aaron Paul or Bryan Cranston, Banks is a series regular. Read More »

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Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmentraut in Breaking Bad

We know Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) will be back for Better Call Saul, obviously. And potential appearances by Walt (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul) have been teased as well. But one guy series co-creator Vince Gilligan really seems to have his heart on bringing back is Mike Ehrmentraut, the no-nonsense fixer/enforcer/hitman played by Jonathan Banks.

That is, if Gilligan can get him. As he points out, most of the Breaking Bad actors have moved on to other things. And that’s not even getting into the other, non-casting challenges presented by the show. Hit the jump to see what Gilligan had to say about Banks, Better Call Saul‘s fractured timeline, and his big regret about Breaking Bad.

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AMC has announced that they will be running every single episode of Breaking Bad in a marathon leading up to the series finale on September 29th. The event, titled “Countdown To Finale,” will begin on September 25th at 8pm with the first episode of the show from Season 1. The marathon will go non-stop until it hits the end of Season 4 late on Friday September 27th. The network will then air Season 5 (parts a and b) beginning on September 28 at 11pm, which will leakin directly to the 75-minute series finale on September 29th at 9pm.

That finale will be followed by a one-hour live edition of Talking Bad hosted by Chris Hardwick featuring series creator/show-runner Vince Gilligan, alongside stars Aaron Paul, Giancarlo Esposito, Jesse Plemmons, RJ Mitte, Jonathan Banks and for some weird reason, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. So if you’ve missed out on Breaking Bad, AMC is giving you a chance to catch the entire thing leading up to what will likely be ONE OF the most talked about television finale’s in history. They’re even giving you a break to sleep on Friday night, so whats your excuse? Full press release after the jump.

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Breaking Bad - Mike

Following in the footsteps of his old boss Gus, Mike will drop by Greendale in the next season of Community. Also after the jump:

  • Game of Thrones recasts one of its roles for Season 4
  • Lee Daniels is circling a Sammy Davis Jr. movie for HBO
  • History greenlights Houdini mini with Adrien Brody
  • FX is developing a Louie-style comedy for DL Hughley
  • Sony is adapting Robert Rodriguez‘s El Mariachi for TV
  • See trailers for Yahoo series from Ed Helms, Jack Black, and more

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Today’s TV Bits consists of a bit of casting info, some scheduling notes, and several interesting promos. After the jump:

  • Bates Motel casts the Charlie & the Chocolate Factory kid as Norman
  • Isla Fisher and Terry Crews have been added to Arrested Development
  • Breaking Bad‘s Jonathan Banks will go gangster on CBS’ Vegas
  • Shameless, House of Lies, and Californication return in January
  • HBO and CBS lead the Creative Arts Emmys with 17 and 13 wins, respectively
  • Revisit familiar faces in the first teaser for Season 2 of Girls
  • See The Office‘s newest additions in a new promo for Season 9
  • Still more American Horror Story: Asylum teasers hit the web
  • Everyone is exhausted in new Walking Dead teaser and stills

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Everyone’s got new shows brewing, from Community favorite Donald Glover to Fifty Shades fan Bret Easton Ellis. After the jump:

  • Donald Glover could get his own show at NBC
  • Bret Easton Ellis writes teen monsters for The CW
  • A&E orders an occult drama from Michael Bay
  • Jonathan Mostow will direct TNT’s The Last Ship
  • Breaking Bad‘s Mike is Ben’s dad on Parks & Rec
  • Read descriptions for Justified‘s new scoundrels
  • A&E reveals the first teaser art for Bates Motel
  • Once Upon a Time warns, “MAGIC IS COMING”

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This article concludes /Film’s recaps and discussions for the third season of Breaking Bad. A spoiler warning applies after the jump for the recap and for the comments section. Meth heads welcome. For previous recaps, click here.

The season three finale, “Full Measures,” differed from those of previous seasons with a grisly cliffhanger that incidentally and tragically pushed one main character over the point of no return. Or did it? In recent days, the show’s creator, Vince Gilligan, has given three candid and revealing interviews wherein he’s cleared up a number of viewers’ apparent confusion over the very last scene. He’s done so in good humor, but I can’t recall a previous highly anticipated finale that needed the showmaker to later vouch his intent—and in Gilligan’s case he helmed the episode (his sole directorial effort of the season.) The initial confusion was due to the aim of a gun, which appeared to tilt to the right of the target before the trigger went off. And I’m guessing the immediate cut to black that followed only amplified some viewers’ doubts. “SMDH.” – David Chase.

Gilligan, who is refreshingly and perhaps too open about Breaking Bad‘s creative process, also stated that the writing team didn’t map the season’s arc at start, unlike they’ve done in the past. This revelation confirmed observations about the season’s touch-and-go feel cited in the previous recap with guest Sven Barth. After the jump, I address personal questions about the finale, where the show and characters are possibly headed, and analyze Gilligan’s post-ep comments. Thanks to the /Film commenters who left insightful and spirited opinions over the past dozen BB posts. Let us know what you thought of the finale and of the questions posed below.

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For Hunter’s reviews/wrap-ups of the previous two episodes of Breaking Bad leading up to last Sunday’s divisive finale, click here for ep 11 (“Mandala”) and here for ep 12 (“Phoenix”).

Now that most everyone has caught up with the season finale of Breaking Bad, entitled “ABQ,” on their TiVo and what not, let’s take a look at what went…down. Actually, for the sake of disclosure, the mini-delay of this write-up is also due to the episode being a surprising disappointment in my eyes. For a series that is deftly founded on madcap realism, the natural awes of science, and the odds of consequence, I found “ABQ” to stretch way beyond the show’s established believability (and viewers’ trust therein).

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