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Stewart and Colbert celebrate 'Rockin' Government Shutdown Eve' -- VIDEO

“For those just joining the story in progress, our government is going to shut down in 57 of your Earth minutes,” Jon Stewart declared around 11:03 p.m. ET last night. To mark the occasion, both he and his networkmate Stephen Colbert kicked off their shows with segments celebrating “Rockin’ Government Shutdown Eve” — though naturally, each comedian put his own spin on the material.

Stewart indulged in his trademark righteous indignation, sniping at Republican explanations for the shutdown – “‘it’s an unconstitutional takings of God-given American–‘ it sounds like ‘a bullsh—ing of random patriotic buzzwordies'” — and comparing the GOP to a losing football team that threatens to shut down the NFL if they’re not awarded more points. (“What I’m saying,” Stewart continued, “is, wouldn’t it be nice if the united states congress aspired to the maturity and problem-solving capacity of football players?”) The Daily Show host ended the bit with his very favorite Willy Wonka clip — words that Republicans should heed, since they’re coming from “a small business owner.”


'Breaking Bad': 10 questions we'll never see resolved

Breaking Bad was never a sprawling, Lost-style narrative filled with innumerable false starts and red herrings and mysterious twists that ultimately led nowhere. From the very beginning, it was a surprisingly tightly written show — and last night, it wrapped with an appropriately conclusive finale.

Every main character’s arc — with the exception, perhaps, of Saul’s — got a satisfying resolution in “Felina.” [Spoilers follow!] READ FULL STORY

Vince Gilligan's cop show: Will the 'Breaking Bad' creator change network television?

When an acclaimed TV drama comes to an end, the showrunner of said acclaimed TV drama is in a unique position. For the first time in years, their schedule is wide open. Often, various people are fighting to give them lots of money to create something. And pretty much everyone agrees that whatever they do next will be considerably less impressive than the acclaimed TV drama they just ended. Some showrunners get weirder, embarking on complex, fascinating, self-indulgent passion projects: Think David Simon and Treme, or David Milch and John From Cincinnati.

When Lost ended, Damon Lindelof started writing movies; when Battlestar Galactica ended, Ronald D. Moore helped to kickstart a spin-off prequel before working on a series of failed pilots. (Both men have new TV shows on the horizon.) And after the Sopranos ended, David Chase just stopped doing anything, essentially dropping the mic on a brilliant career before briefly picking it up again for his own self-indulgent passion project.

10 things we learned about TV exit strategies from the creators of 'Breaking Bad,' 'Lost,' and 'Six Feet Under'

There are three Breaking Bad episodes left, meaning it’s prime time to check in with Vince Gilligan on the upcoming series finale. Interview magazine’s latest issue talked to not only Gilligan, but three other series creators, with a roundtable of showrunners, including Six Feet Under‘s Alan Ball and Lost‘s Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, all reminiscing, without spoilers, the final moments of writing their shows and how they dealt with audience reactions.

And as it turns out, great minds do think alike. Each of them recounted the emotional toll of writing finales and shared the lessons they learned about today’s TV audience. Read on for 10 enlightening facts Gilligan, Ball, Lindelof, and Cuse offered about their shows:

This week's cover: Buckle up for the end of 'Breaking Bad'


In case you’ve been living in an underground meth lab for the last few years, let us remind you: the end of Breaking Bad is nigh. There are only four episodes left in the acclaimed AMC crime drama’s five-season run. Questions abound: Will high school chemistry teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston) pay dearly for becoming a murdering meth lord? Or will he somehow dig a way out of the mess that he’s created? Will his ex-partner Jesse (Aaron Paul) and DEA brother-in-law Hank (Dean Norris) — or his advancing cancer — exact revenge on him? Will anyone order the tableside guacamole?

EW headed to Albuquerque to visit the set earlier this year and got a peek at the final days of shooting, and you can read all about it in this week’s cover story. The cast and producers warn: Brace yourself for some of the drama’s darkest moments yet, as well as plenty of surprises. “All plates are spinning,” says Cranston. “Everybody has to be thinking at the top of their game. Walt is dealing with his physical limitations. So all kinds of things come into play. And there’s also an adventure that is very exciting and opens things up. What can I say? It gets badder before it gets baaaaad.” Series creator Vince Gilligan frames it in a slightly different way. “There are going to be a lot of holy s—! moments. Buckle up. And gird your loins. Because we’re not going out with a whimper.”

'Breaking Bad' from H to Uuo: 118 elements of the series


On Aug. 11, Breaking Bad returns for its final eight-episode run. Before the second half of season 5 premieres, refresh your memory with this handy guide to the series — presented, naturally, in the form of the periodic table.

1. H — Hank: Schrader, Walt’s brother-in-law — a DEA agent who’s the Javert to Heisenberg’s Valjean
2. He — Heisenberg: Walt’s criminal alter-ego, named for Werner Heisenberg — a German theoretical physicist best known for his eponymous “uncertainty principle”
3. Li — Lily of the Valley: A pretty flowering plant found in cool, temperate environments and New Mexican backyards — and what Walt uses to poison Jesse’s girlfriend’s son
4. Be — “Better Call Saul”: Season 2, episode 8, which introduced slippery lawyer Saul Goodman
5. B — Bitch: Jesse’s favorite word
6. C — Mr. Chips: A fictional, much-beloved teacher first introduced in the 1934 novel Goodbye, Mr. Chips. Cited in Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan’s much-repeated original pitch: “I’m going to turn Mr. Chips into Scarface.”
7. N — No-Doze: One of Tuco Salamanca’s head lieutenants; beaten to death by Tuco in a junkyard
8. O — “Ozymandias”: Season 5, episode 14, and a Percy Bysshe Shelley poem about hubris and fallen empires that’s recited in season 5b’s eerie teaser
9. F — Flynn: What Walt Jr. abruptly decides he’d like to be called. “As in what — Errol?”
10. Ne — Jane: Jesse’s tragic girlfriend, who hooked him on heroin, tried to blackmail Walt, and ended up dead READ FULL STORY

How will 'Breaking Bad' end? Our predictions for the One Who Knocks

How will Breaking Bad end? The answer is just weeks away: The first of eight final episodes airs Sunday, August 11, and they’re already taking wagers at BettingBad.com to predict who will survive through the show’s final hour. The central question on any gambler’s mind: Will Walter White live or die? The finale airs Sept. 29, so there’s still a little time to consider possibilities. In the meantime, let’s all pray for Badger and Skinny Pete.

The theory:
Everyone fears the One Who Knocks … except, obviously, cancer. During the flash-forward that kicked off the fifth season last year, Walt was shown swallowing some kind of prescription pill in the men’s room of the diner, which has led some fans to suspect that his cancer is no longer in remission. Of course, the fact that his hair has grown back in the same scene suggests that he might be doing better — unless he’s simply given up on doing chemo and accepted his fate. One upcoming episode is called “Ozymandias,” after Percy Bysshe Shelley’s 1818 poem of the same name, which is about “the inevitable decline of all leaders, and of the empires they build, however mighty in their own time.” (At least, that’s according to the Cliff’s Notes. Apologies to my high school English teacher.) You can hear Walt himself reading from it in this Breaking Bad preview clip. The poem focuses on the tyrannical Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II (known in Greek as Ozymandias). His story is being told by “a traveler from an antique land,” and although Ramesses II was once a powerful man, it’s clear that his life story has been reduced to one giant, broken statue with this inscription: “Look on my works ye Mighty and despair.” Like Ramesses II, a dead Heisenberg would leave destruction in his wake, but also a pretty good legend. The fact that Breaking Bad‘s posters say “Remember My Name” — a slight twist on Walt demanding, “Say my name!” — also suggests that he’s gone.
How likely is this to happen? Fairly likely. Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan recently told GQ that he used the finale for M*A*S*H as inspiration: “From the first episode, these people sit around and say, ‘All I want to do is go home,’” he explained. “So of course they all get to go home in the final episode. Sometimes the best moment in a TV show is an unpredictable moment, but sometimes it’s actually being predictable.” What could be more predictable than the cancer-stricken chemistry teacher actually dying of cancer at the end?

Saul Goodman 'Breaking Bad' spinoff? 6 things we think could make the show work

Last year, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan told EW he was considering a spinoff for the show starring Bob Odenkirk as criminal lawyer Saul Goodman. Now the project seems to be gaining momentum and the prospect is both exciting — more Breaking Bad! — and a little worrisome, when you consider the spotty track record for TV spin-offs not titled Frasier. Might a spin-off stain Breaking Bad‘s Golden Age of Television Award? And if the reports that claim the spin-off would be a comedy are to be believed, would a Saul Goodman laugher diminish the memory of such a notable dark show?

As an avid Breaking Bad fan, I’m a little skeptical. However I do know two things: 1. Bob Odenkirk is an amazing actor who totally inhabits this role. 2. Vince Gilligan deserves to write for television forever.

So here are six things that would make the show essential viewing and a deserving extension of the Breaking Bad universe.

1. Set it a good amount of time in the future and somewhere else: I think everyone would be a lot more comfortable with this spinoff if it remained a spinoff in the loosest of senses. Breaking Bad is hurdling toward a series finale with a huge body count, so emotions might be a little raw if the pilot for Saul’s show picks up right back in Albuquerque three months later. So skip ahead five years and find Saul living it up in Las Vegas (or a suburb of Vegas) as the seediest lawyer in town (and that’s saying something). READ FULL STORY

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