The University of Georgia’s 73rd Annual Peabody Awards set a record with 46 recipients, which were announced today on CBS This Morning. The winners, chosen from nearly 1,100 entries, were selected by the Peabody board to be named the “best in electronic media for 2013.”
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Jesse Pinkman had it rough. So rough that, if you’re like me, you may feel a tear or two of happiness form in your eyes as you think about that final moment of a battered Jesse driving away, laugh-crying, finally (maybe) free. While, admittedly, some of Jesse’s problems stemmed from his own bad decisions, he became a character we rooted for, a character we wanted to see escape.
Jesse’s an addict, and in a society that tends to shun addicts, Jesse could have just been another one-dimensional worthless druggie. But Breaking Bad did something great by giving Jesse a conscience and a heart and humanity, qualities TV and movies often ignore when portraying addicts. We get to see Jesse’s complexity in the episode “Peekaboo” when he sets off to retrieve stolen money and drugs for Skinny Pete and ends up forming a bond with the offenders’ son, a toddler left alone at home. This kid, a red-headed little boy with snot dripping out of his nose and a Marshmallow Fluff mustache, is the product of two addicts much worse off than Jesse. When the parents finally do get home, they’re dirty, scabbed, and incoherent — not exactly the picture of good parents.
Jesse puts on a tough-guy face when he’s dealing with the couple, pointing a gun at them throughout his tirade and overall acting like a careless, violent man no better than Walter White. Unlike Walter though, Jesse still keeps the kid in mind during his mission. He panics when the kid goes missing, frantically asking the parents where he went. He berates the mother for not taking proper care of her son. At this point, protecting the child is as important to him as doing what he was there to do.
Aaron Paul is more than just breaking bad, he’s breaking speeding records. Paul, starring in car-themed flick Need for Speed hitting theaters March 14, went across the pond as a guest on BBC’s Top Gear on Sunday where he couldn’t contain his excitement after learning he beat the celebrity record for fastest time around the Top Gear track in the “Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car” segment.
Paul earned a 1:44.7, beating the previous winning time of 1:45.1 held by AC/DC’s Brian Johnson.
Check out the Top Gear segment below to see Paul’s impressive driving skills and, of course, talk about Breaking Bad. READ FULL STORY
Betsy Brandt was a little nervous when she came in for EW’s Pop Culture Personality Test. “I’m not so good at this [pop culture] stuff,” she explained.
The actress — who starred as Michael J. Fox’s wife on The Michael J. Fox Show this season — needn’t have worried. When she ‘fessed up to her crush on Elvis and love of The Cosby Show, she put herself firmly in great pop culture company.
As for that other show Brandt is known for? The drama isn’t over yet: Starting today, the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad are finally streaming on Netflix, meaning you can go re-watch “Ozymandias” right now. RIP, work productivity.
Before you head over to Netflix for a final binge, check out Brandt’s personality test below: READ FULL STORY
Mark Zuckerberg got everyone the same present for Facebook’s 10th anniversary: Personalized, cornball retrospective slideshows, which automatically pull photos and status messages from every user’s timeline (slash “wall,” if you really want to get Facebook retro) and set their progression to a Google-ad-esque orchestral tune. The whole thing, in fact, seems pretty clearly inspired by Google’s emotionally manipulative (but extremely well-made) commercials, right down to the way the slideshow swipes from one image to the next.
But that’s neither here nor there. What’s important is that enterprising South African comedy duo Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues decided to spoof the slideshows by creating one for Walter White’s theoretical Facebook profile. The result is a video that tracks Walt’s journey from mild-mannered chemistry teacher to meth kingpin to broken, sickly dead man walking — all in a single minute. And yes, the pizza on the roof does make an appearance.
By now, Breaking Bad fans who have seen the series finale know Jesse Pinkman’s fate. But in a new interview for the February cover of Details, Aaron Paul revealed an email he once wrote to creator Vince Gilligan asking for Jesse to … commit suicide?
“I wrote an email to Vince before we started shooting the final eight episodes — a plea for Jesse, a love letter,” Paul said. “I never give my two cents when it comes to Breaking Bad, because why would I? I’m just the actor, and what they’re doing is perfect, you know? But I just felt like I would always regret it if I didn’t at least throw them a pitch on how I wanted Jesse to go out. So I gave a few different ideas of how I thought he would kill himself. I didn’t want anybody else taking his life. The letter was awful. It was very morbid, and I’m so happy they didn’t listen. I’d rather Jesse just kind of ride off into the sunset like he did.”
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Sure, DVDs and Netflix have sort of ruined the fun of a good, old-fashioned scheduled TV marathon. (They’re not exactly special when you have the power to make them happen any time.) But it’s still hard not to get excited about AMC showing all 62 episodes of Breaking Bad over the course of four days — even if the network totally missed the opportunity to call this marathon “Four Days In.”
Never seen an episode of Breaking Bad? You’re gonna want to watch this. Devoured every episode of Breaking Bad multiple times already? You’re still gonna want to watch it, or at least part of it. But when should you pay close attention, when should you keep one eye on the TV and another on your laundry — and when should you order the chicken? Worry not; EW’s got you covered. (All times are ET/PT, even though Walt and Jesse go by Mountain Time. Deal with it.)
As 2013 comes to a close, you’re reading a lot of Top 10 lists. And as if EW’s 10 Best TV shows picks from Doc Jensen and Melissa Maerz weren’t enough fuel for debate, we also have our annual list of the 10 Best TV Episodes. Take a look through that countdown — which includes the obvious (Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife) and not-so-obvious (Inside Amy Schumer and The Mindy Project tie at No. 10) — then tell us the one episode you’d have advocated for that didn’t make it.
My pick: Justified‘s “Decoy,” an hour that became a great Western as Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) and the Marshals tried to get Drew Thompson (Jim Beaver) out of Harlan alive, while Boyd (Walton Goggins) did his best to stop them for Nicky Augustine (Mike O’Malley). Executive producer Graham Yost, who co-wrote the episode, broke down the twists, Tarantino homages, and staircase showdown that wasn’t for us here. It’s the series at its best with unexpected turns, the meaningful use of a three-dimensional bit character (Patton Oswalt’s Constable Bob), and a riveting new chapter in the history of Raylan and Boyd.
Other nominees from EW.com HQ: The series finales of 30 Rock and The Office and the shocking season 3 ender of Homeland. Your turn!
It seems like everyone, with or without HBO, knew about the Game of Thrones Red Wedding episode — which could explain why the show once again tops TorrentFreak’s annual list of the most pirated TV shows. Per the site, GoT‘s season 3 finale bloodbath was downloaded an estimated 5.9 million times via BitTorrent. After the show topped the charts in illegal downloads in 2012, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo told EW he considered it, “a compliment of sorts”: “The demand is there. And it certainly didn’t negatively impact the DVD sales. [Piracy is] something that comes along with having a wildly successful show on a subscription network.” READ FULL STORY
The cyborg historians of the future will claim that 2013 was the year that television stopped being television. Not because there weren’t great TV shows. In fact, there was a greater diversity of good shows than ever before, on broadcast and cable and beyond. But I do mean “beyond”: This was the first year when some of the best TV shows weren’t properly on TV.
Netflix launched big with House of Cards and Orange is the New Black and the mosiac reboot of Arrested Development. (Adorably, they’re still producing Lilyhammer, the Remember WENN of this particular revolution.) READ FULL STORY
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