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"Masters of Sex" -- the Showtime freshman based on Newsday reporter Tom Maier's biography of William Masters and Virginia Johnson -- scored a nomination for best drama in the just-announced Golden Globes. In addition, Michael Sheen earned a nod for the best actor in a drama category.
Meanwhile, on the downside, what happened to HBO this morning? A bad day for TV's king of awards..."Girls"...Read more »
For those not otherwise engaged on the shank-end of 2013, this . . . an all-you-can eat "Breaking Bad" and "Walking Dead" marathon. (Come to think of it, scratch the phrase "all you can eat" in the context of anything to do with "The Walking Dead." Let's just call this a binge party!)
The binge party begins Dec. 27, and herewith the details:
"A four-day Breaking Bad marathon, which kicks off at noon ET/PT each day from Friday, Dec. 27 through Monday, Dec. 30, will feature every episode from the series’ critically acclaimed five seasons, making AMC the only destination for cable subscribers to watch every Breaking Bad episode for free. On New Year’s Eve day, Dec. 31, at 9 a.m. ET/PT, AMC will air a two-day marathon of The Walking Dead. Beginning with the pilot, episodes will air back-to-back in chronological order until 5 a.m. ET on Jan. 2, 2014."
Oliver Stone has turned TV critic (for a day) and in the process, has decided to become contrarian on a show just about everyone else loves -- "Breaking Bad," calling the finale a crock of nonsense, or words to that effect. Here is the quote, as lifted from Forbes.com, which attended a recent presser he gave for his Showtime series, "The Untold History of the United States,"...Read more »
A TV classic has wrapped leaving nothing to doubt - no questions, no ambiguity, no fade to black. "Breaking Bad's" finale was all about closure - emphatic, operatic closure - for characters as well as fans, which was why this hugely dramatic and satisfying end was also just a touch melancholic too.
To recap, and spoilers be damned: Walter White (Bryan Cranston), one of TV's great...Read more »
"Breaking Bad," a true TV classic, ends tomorrow night, and now time for the appreciations. There are so many out there, but how many are under 400 words? That's the unique selling proposition - to paraphrase Ted Bates - of my "Breaking Bad" send-off. It's short! You can read it all in under thirty seconds. (And anyone who's looking for a longer take, here's another appreciation...Read more »
How will "Breaking Bad" end?
You've seen the theories — and they are everywhere. You've heard the various scenarios — everywhere also. Clues have been strewn ("woodworking," "Felina") and their meanings have been parsed exhaustively.
But enough with theories. What about the evidence?
"Breaking Bad" has been remarkably generous with evidence...Read more »
Conan and "Conan" devoted the entire Monday night episode -- the whole thing -- to "Breaking Bad." That sort of thing doesn't happen often. A few clips... and a few Geico ads. Sorry, but can't avoid those!
Newsday app readers please watch the videos at newsday.com/tvzone
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And now, friends, welcome to my second-to-last post on "Breaking Bad," tied to Sunday's "Granite State," and as my few faithful know, I've pretty much stayed away from plot analysis in these to concentrate on themes -- what "Bad" is trying to tell us about Walter White, but also what it's trying to tell us about US.
I've done earlier posts (and stories) on: transformation,...Read more »
We have arrived, friends, at the final Emmys 2013 pick/guesses -- the last entry in my weeklong series telling you who should win (but alas probably won't).
Good thing about this year's nominees? Not a piker in the bunch. They are all outstanding, and so if any of the following wins, no one should be surprised. With that, to our nominees ...
COMEDY SERIES: "The Big Bang Theory," CBS; "Girls," HBO; "Louie," FX; "Modern Family," ABC; "30 Rock," NBC; "Veep," HBO
Who will win: The past six years have been dominated by just two comedies, but even dominance eventually cracks, and for "Modern Family," this could well be that year. The winner is "The Big Bang Theory."
Who should win: "Louie," without question. But dark comedies -- and "Louie" is hardly always comic -- don't fare well here. Couple of "Girls" episodes merit a win, too, but like, "Louie" -- also produced in NYC, where there are fewer Academy voters -- this is a tough sale.
DRAMA SERIES: "Breaking Bad," AMC; "Downton Abbey," PBS; "Homeland," Showtime; "Game of Thrones," HBO; "House of Cards," Netflix; "Mad Men," AMC.
Who will win: "Homeland" had a so-so sophomore season, but voters hate to disawow their judgment, especially after crowning this with such gusto after its freshman season. Could be guilt over snubbing "Bad" for so long, but I fully believe it will prevail at the 66th Emmys, if not Sunday night. That's why the edge goes to ... "Homeland."
Who should win: "Game of Thrones." "Thrones" had a remarkable season (another one), but fantasy fiction is a tough sell to voters. I wouldn't mind seeing that long-overdue nod to "Bad," either -- and what a nice achievement to be awarded on the night your penultimate episode airs.
"Breaking Bad" ends next Sunday, Sept. 29, and as the curtain goes down, a panel of experts will convene afterward to Explain What That All Meant. Including creator Vince Gilligan...and Jimmy Kimmel. (Hey, at least distraught fans should be able get a few laughs out of this, right?)
Final guests on the final edition of "Talking Bad" will be Gilligan, Aaron Paul, Jesse Plemmons (Todd), RJ Mitte, Giancarlo Esposito, Jonathan Banks and Kimmel.
Yes, this is a fascinating group, but there is one name not on here, make that two: Anna Gunn and Bryan Cranston. Why would that be, assuming that they will be center stage the next couple of weeks? Guess we'll have to wait and see...