"Breaking Bad," which the trade paper reductively calls a drama -- we'd go with pitch-black nihilistic comedy, ourselves -- features Cranston as a high school teacher who turns to dealing crystal meth after he's diagnosed with terminal cancer.
The series, which co-stars Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, RJ Mitte, Dean Norris and Betsy Brandt, is only four episodes into its second season. The premiere drew 1.7 million viewers, up 21 percent from its first-season premiere.
"Breaking Bad" was the second series in AMC's new push into original dramas. The first, the Emmy-winning "Mad Men," was renewed for a third season and is expected to return this summer.
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