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'Halt and Catch Fire': If Don Draper and Walter White met in 1983

Since rebranding itself as a prestige TV showcase with the launch of Mad Men in 2007, AMC has hosted its share of critical gems (Breaking Bad), popular hits (The Walking Dead), and forgettable duds (Low Winter Sun). But its most recent series — The Killing, Hell on Wheels, and Turn — have failed to break out — so there’s some additional pressure on Halt and Catch Fire, which premiered Sunday night.

Set in 1983, the show revolves around Lee Pace’s Joe MacMillan, a dynamic former IBM executive who wants to build a fledgling Dallas-based computer company into an outfit that can go toe to toe with Big Blue. One of the drones in the Dallas office is Gordon Clark (Scoot McNairy), a “misunderstood genius” whose brilliant vision has earned him nothing but a cubicle and a drinking problem. Together, with the help of Cameron (Mackenzie Davis), a pretty programming punk, they set out to reverse-engineer the IBM PC and mass-produce their own rival product.

The premiere had a lot of information to sift through, characters to establish, and techno-speak to spoon-feed, so it might take a few episodes to determine whether Halt is a keeper. But it’s clear that creators Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers have studied what works and what doesn’t, and at first glance, they’ve borrowed generously from proven winners. In fact, it didn’t take me long after seeing Joe and Gordon at work to think, “They’re Don Draper and Walter White, right?” READ FULL STORY

Bryan Cranston hints at more Walter White

Better Call Saul might not be the only place where Breaking Bad folks could show up in the future. (Spoilers for the finale follow, although, like, you know what happened in the finale by now, right?)

Bryan Cranston implied on CNN Thursday night that Walter White may not have died at the end of the series, despite what the episode seemed to suggest. Wait, what?

Host/superfan Ashleigh Banfield put the point to Cranston: “Your eyes were open and I thought, ‘what if the police just take him into custody, he gets better, breaks out and just goes nuts?'” (The interview is not yet online.)

Cranston played along, noting: “Hey, you never saw bags zip up or anything.”

Banfield: “Is he dead?””

Cranston: “I don’t know.”

Banfield: “No movie? No nothing? No Walter White ever again?”

Cranston: “Never say never.”

Sure, Cranston was likely just humoring her. In the finale script’s last pages, there seems to be no uncertainty about White’s fate. But who knows? Watch the “Felina” ender below, then debate if there’s any way for White to rise again. READ FULL STORY

Walter White vs. Rick Grimes: 'Epic Rap Battles of History' goes antihero -- VIDEO

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Two of TV’s biggest badasses are finally facing off — in a rap battle, of course.

With already more than 1.5 billion views to date, Epic Rap Battles of History creates comedic arguments between historical and pop culture figures, all set to rap music. To kick off their third season, co-creators Peter Shukoff and Lloyd Ahlquist (a.k.a. Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD) have taken on The Walking Dead‘s Rick Grimes and Breaking Bad‘s Walter White in a battle for the ultimate TV antihero with swag. Watch it break down below: READ FULL STORY

Relive all of 'Breaking Bad' in 8 minutes -- VIDEO

Rewatching all five seasons of Breaking Bad is a time-consuming project, we know. But it’s important to never forget Walter White’s journey, Gus’ glasses, Mike’s everything, Jesse’s good heart, Todd’s sociopathy, and pretty much everything that ever happened on that show.

And that’s why we’ve got good news! You can relive just about all the feelings you ever had when watching Breaking Bad in eight minutes with this recap of the entire series from French filmmaker Alexandre Gasulla. It will give you chills, and it might make you cry, but I promise that you will feel completely revived when you’re done. I can also promise that it will make you want to re-watch Breaking Bad in its entirety. Apparently some things just never go away.

Watch the tribute below: READ FULL STORY

'Breaking Bad' reunion: Skinny Pete, a Salamanca, and the guy who got his head crushed by an ATM promote new book

Everybody dies … it’s a fact of life, and of fictional television. And nobody knows that better than David Ury, who once appeared on an episode of Breaking Bad only to get his head squashed by an ATM. So perhaps, it’s important to point out that everybody dies, but not necessarily in the same way.

Now, Ury has written a parody of children’s books titled Everybody Dies: A Children’s Book for Grown-Ups! And to promote the book’s upcoming release, Ury asked a few other Breaking Bad alums to join him for a quick video. Unfortunately, Charles Baker (Skinny Pete) doesn’t talk about Star Trek even a little bit, but you do get to hear Luis Moncada (Marco Salamanca) speak English, which might shatter your entire world to pieces.

Watch the reunion below:

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Peabody Awards honor 'Breaking Bad,' 'Orphan Black,' and more

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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I'm Still Not Over... Jesse Pinkman in 'Peekaboo'

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.

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'Breaking Bad' star Aaron Paul breaks 'Top Gear' speed record -- VIDEO

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 takes EW's Pop Culture Personality Test

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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

Walter White's cheesy 'Facebook Look Back' slideshow is like time-lapsed 'Breaking Bad' -- VIDEO

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.

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