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'Breaking Bad' Renewed by AMC; Series to End After Final 16 Episode Order
TV By the Numbers ^ | August 14, 2011 | Robert Seidman

Posted on 08/15/2011 4:59:18 AM PDT by tlb

After contentious negotiations between Sony and AMC over Breaking Bad, AMC has renewed the show for 16 episodes and the series will end after that. Because sixteen episodes is a little longer than normal, it is not yet clear whether AMC will air one last season of 16 episodes or break it up into two mini seasons.

Given reports that AMC originally wanted to go with a shortened episode count for season five, this is probably a win for fans — you might be getting a short season five, but there will be a short season six to go along with it, and it adds up to more than a 13 episode fifth season.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: amc; cranston; meth; renewal
It's just as well the end is in sight. The pressure was getting to the cast.

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1 posted on 08/15/2011 4:59:25 AM PDT by tlb
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To: tlb

I love this show. How was the pressure getting to the cast?


2 posted on 08/15/2011 5:03:20 AM PDT by DainBramage
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To: DainBramage

This is a terrific show. Great acting, production, writing. Breaking Bad, Spartacus, and maybe Rome, are the only TV shows I have found worth watching for several years. But any TV show, after 3/4 years, the plots start to get very contrived, so it is probably just as well.


3 posted on 08/15/2011 5:24:45 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: DainBramage

This is a terrific show. Great acting, production, writing. This, Spartacus, and maybe Rome, are the only TV shows I have found worth watching for several years. But any TV show, after 3/4 years, the plots start to get very contrived, so it is probably just as well that it will not go past a 5th season.


4 posted on 08/15/2011 5:25:42 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: tlb

Never watched more than a few episodes. Always seemed amc was trying to glorify the lives of drug dealers. I dunno... making a meth labber the hero just didn’t seem appropriate. What next? A program about a NAMBLA lobbyist?


5 posted on 08/15/2011 5:37:43 AM PDT by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: tlb

I never thought Jesse would have the stones to shoot that guy.

I was hoping he wounded him in the arm then told him to hit the road and never look back- and schooled him on why he would end up being dead

that said- I can’t imagine where the original script writers think this is going.

Walt was supposed to be this geek in over his head- but now he is just going along as if it is all commonplace to him. that part of the show is gone, I hope not forever.

I intend to buy the serieis and watch them from the start. We are due for a serious plot twist.

The first year will be tough to beat- the episode where they almost kill the drug dealer and then he runs into atree was hilarious.

When Walt runs over the two punks just as Jesse is about to have a firefight, then gets out and blasts him was seriously cool.


6 posted on 08/15/2011 5:38:02 AM PDT by Mr. K (CAPSLOCK! -Unleash the fury! [Palin/Bachman 2012- unbeatable ticket])
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To: theDentist

Hopefully, the series will end with Walter White getting arrested and going to jail.


7 posted on 08/15/2011 5:46:04 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: tlb

That’s the only show I make it a point to see every week.

That, and Holmes Inspection, so I can spend some wuality time ripping on that a-hole. :)


8 posted on 08/15/2011 5:54:02 AM PDT by Pessimist
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To: tlb

Wasn’t he supposed to have inoperable cancer and was going to die? So much for that plot point.


9 posted on 08/15/2011 5:54:13 AM PDT by Peter from Rutland
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To: theDentist
Always seemed amc was trying to glorify the lives of drug dealers.

Not seemed, they are. It's repulsive as hell.
10 posted on 08/15/2011 5:57:00 AM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: Peter from Rutland

He’s the healthiest lung cancer patient I’ve ever seen. Maybe there’s something in the chemicals he’s always working with. Hey, there’s a series finale - Walter cures cancer!


11 posted on 08/15/2011 5:58:33 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: tlb
Season 1: Walter was the good man looking out for the future of his family.

Season 2: Walter first tastes the problems of Faustian bargains.

Season 3: No longer dancing with Satan, now dating Satan.

12 posted on 08/15/2011 6:01:09 AM PDT by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President. Alea iacta est!)
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To: Peter from Rutland

Chemo worked, and they were able to successfully operate. Hey, it does happen.


13 posted on 08/15/2011 6:01:15 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: theDentist
Always seemed amc was trying to glorify the lives of drug dealers.

I don't see it as glorified, not past the first season. Walter is turning into a vicious, greedy, unlikeable creature that has no respect for any rights of others including the right to live. I expect he will get killed off in the last episode to the cheers of viewers.

Jesse is portrayed as a intelligent kid who might have made something of himself, but has ruined his own life as well as that of many others due to his inability to break his addiction to meth, and the drug dealer lifestyle, which he cannot break from but doesn't even enjoy. (so far - there might be other evolutions).

What did you think of the Sopranos?
14 posted on 08/15/2011 6:09:18 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: Mikey_1962

I wish I had said that!


15 posted on 08/15/2011 6:11:13 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: Vision; theDentist

Always seemed amc was trying to glorify the lives of drug dealers.

Not seemed, they are. It’s repulsive as hell.
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absolutely agree!!!

to “provide” for his own family, he makes drugs that DESTROY other families ?!?

that is evil, pure and simple.


16 posted on 08/15/2011 6:17:05 AM PDT by Elendur (It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: theDentist

I have a feeling it won’t end well for Walt, it can’t possibly end well or it will indeed glorify meth makers


17 posted on 08/15/2011 6:19:42 AM PDT by mel
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To: tlb
Breaking Bad is a compelling drama that seems near to exhausting its premises. Five to seven successful seasons is the limit for most scripted TV shows. After that, they either become stale and repetitive or, to develop new material, move in directions that alienate their core audience.

TV show creators and studios thus now seem to aim at a five to seven season run in their story planning and talent contracts. They also recognize the value of bringing the story lines and characters to conclusions that satisfy fans -- all the better for cable and syndication resales and DVD box sets. I look forward to the remaining episodes of Breaking Bad as likely to be some of the best.

18 posted on 08/15/2011 6:37:03 AM PDT by Rockingham
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To: expat1000

Every show should end by the 3rd and 4th season. Sopranos barely survived the 5th as an example. I just download thru bit torrent the shows I like like Game of Thrones (avoiding giving HBO a ratings point), Camelot and even the new Thundercats.

The GI Joe series that just ended is also recommended: a cartoon that defended the US military and showed respect for it, even though it was in the wrong. No lib nonsense which is a miracle. (I have a sister in high school so that’s how I discovered it)


19 posted on 08/15/2011 7:44:06 AM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: max americana

I watched a bit of Game of Thrones, but couldn’t get into it. Then I read the book and am now reading a sequel. Good reads! I think probably the books are better than a TV show good ever capture.

Camelot - I got bored after 30 minutes - seemed like a bad PC imitation of Spartacus, which I loved and could not stop comparing it to.

Spartacus and Breaking Bad are the only two shows (other than some reality TV and MMA stuff) that I have really, really enjoyed. I also got them by torrent as I live in Thailand.


20 posted on 08/15/2011 8:04:24 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: expat1000

I read the Game of Throne books years ago, and Camelot I download because my girlfriend wanted the romantic angle of it (I know, it’s a chick thing). The good part about Camelot is Eva Green naked. ;)

I have all episodes of Spartacus. It’s hard moving on from Andy Whitfield, the Spartacus in the first season and everyone knows he’s battling some type of cancer and lost 30 pounds. When you mentioned Thailand, I was just remembering The Hangover part 2 LOL


21 posted on 08/15/2011 8:25:39 AM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: max americana
The good part about Camelot is Eva Green naked

What episode is that? :-)

have all episodes of Spartacus. It’s hard moving on from Andy Whitfield, the Spartacus in the first season and everyone knows he’s battling some type of cancer and lost 30 pounds.

The way they did the prequel impressed the hell out of me. The story line made sense; the actors that played gladiators lost all the muscle and weight they had in the first season - the whole thing held together. They could have thrown together a modified story line with a new lead without all that effort - I mean it's obviously challenging particularly for the actors to do a prequel like that, but did not take the easy way out.

I've saved both seasons as well - I'm avoiding viewing them again until Breaking Bad is finished. ;-)
22 posted on 08/15/2011 8:35:06 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: expat1000

>What episode is that? :-)<

Episode 1, when she bangs the new warlord in her castle (Most of episode 1 is her naked and shagging the dude), and episode 10 when she showers naked while one of her henchmen peeps thru the curtains..and gets caught peeping...which impresses her.

Not that I kept count (cough)


23 posted on 08/15/2011 8:39:22 AM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: Mikey_1962

lol. Good description.


24 posted on 08/15/2011 8:40:26 AM PDT by TADSLOS (Free Republic- Still AAA++ rated)
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To: theDentist

Watched a few episodes.

Good points: Showed the complexity of the main characters. Demonstrated the extreme BAD KARMA you deserve when you are selling meth death. Accurately showed the extreme lowlife users and evil, psycho dealers. Purposely (I think) skewed the chemistry so that the wannabees in the audience will kill themselves if they try to duplicate the on-screen fantasy.

Bad point: Hollyweird again trying to glorify a death dealing meth cooker.


25 posted on 08/15/2011 10:40:03 AM PDT by darth
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To: theDentist
Always seemed amc was trying to glorify the lives of drug dealers.

You must be watching a different show. The one I'm watching is about a man who, believing that he's dying, sets out to make some fast money for his family and ends up descending into hell, leaving hundreds of victims in his wake and destroying the family that he started out trying to help.

26 posted on 08/15/2011 10:52:42 AM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: max americana
Every show should end by the 3rd and 4th season.

I agree with that and most of them should end in one or two. A great TV show need not have a "jump the shark" moment. End the series on a bang with the audience wanting more (as opposed to being sick of it and tuning out).

Too many great TV shows got off to a great start (i.e. X-Files, Sopranos, The Shield, LOST, etc.) but went on for too many shows so that the plot lines got too convoluted to resolve properly and the audience couldn't keep track of all the back stories any longer.

A classic example of a show that should have lasted one season was "24." If it stopped after that first season, it would be remembered as one of the best shows in TV history as well as quite plausible. However, it stretched all credulity that Jack Bauer and his CTU unit would be in such an intense situation at least seven more times!

Getting back to Breaking Bad, my wife and I just discovered it on Netflix. I must say that the concept of the show initially turned us off as it appeared to glorify running a meth lab - one of the most contemptible scourges in the drug world. However, as we get into the episodes, it is clear that this is not going to encourage young kids to start their own meth lab. Cooking and distributing meth is nasty business!

27 posted on 10/16/2011 5:54:49 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Wolfie

Have you watched the show?


28 posted on 10/16/2011 5:59:12 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: theDentist
Always seemed amc was trying to glorify the lives of drug dealers. I dunno... making a meth labber the hero just didn’t seem appropriate.

I can tell you don't watch the show. There's nothing glorified about it. Their lives are a living hell b/c of their choices.

29 posted on 10/16/2011 6:00:53 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: theDentist

He’s not the hero, he’s the main character. It’s an important line. Same one all the good mob movies make.


30 posted on 10/16/2011 6:06:11 PM PDT by discostu (How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today)
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To: SamAdams76

It’s how you look at it. The dude has cancer but if we are in the 5th season, then his cancer isn’t terminal. He already made millions from a couple of sales and he still couldn’t stop. Then again, it’s just a TV show.


31 posted on 10/16/2011 6:17:00 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: tlb

Only television show I watch.


32 posted on 10/16/2011 8:49:57 PM PDT by publana (Beware the olive branch extended by a Dem for it disguises a clenched fist.)
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To: tlb

Is it just me or does Walter remind anyone else of a cross between Basil Fawlty and John Locke?


33 posted on 10/16/2011 9:03:05 PM PDT by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: max americana; publana; Poser

>>> The dude has cancer but if we are in the 5th season, then his cancer isn’t terminal.

In viewer time it may be the fifth season, but in the show’s internal timeline it’s been about a year from beginning to now. A remission isn’t a cure. We’ll see.

>>> Only television show I watch.

Then you missed a pretty good Walking Dead episode tonight, also on AMC. But yes out of all the programs on the schedule, Breaking Bad was alone on my “refuse to miss it” list.

>>> Is it just me or does Walter remind anyone else of a cross between Basil Fawlty and John Locke?

It’s just you.

btw, I am not persuaded Gus is dead.


34 posted on 10/16/2011 10:19:33 PM PDT by tlb
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