Biggest winners and losers of 2013: Beyonce, Jennifer Lawrence, 'Breaking Bad' and more
WINNER: Everyone associated with 'Breaking Bad'
What Went Right in 2013: Just about everything. "Breaking Bad" had slowly evolved from a cult success to a legitimate hit for AMC, but in its final eight episodes, "Breaking Bad" became a cable-sized smash, even soaring past 10 million viewers for its finale. And speaking of that finale, despite almost insurmountable expectations, the last episode was well received, with the most damning caveat being that perhaps the finale wasn't quite as good as the antepenultimate episode "Ozymandias." That means "Breaking Bad" had record-breaking ratings and the best reviews of the year, but the ultimate cherry on top was the drama's first win for Outstanding Drama Series at the Emmys. That's a great year!
What's Ahead in 2014: Onward and upward for all involved. Creator Vince Gilligan's follow-up, the detective drama "Battle Creek," received a direct-to-series order at CBS. Gilligan will also be involved with the Bob Odenkirk-centric spinoff prequel "Better Call Saul," which has a pilot order from AMC. Star Bryan Cranston will continue to be in every other movie. Anna Gunn will star in FOX's remake of the acclaimed "Broadchurch." Aaron Paul takes a stab at movie stardom with "Need For Speed." And "Breaking Bad" will get another shot at Emmy glory in August.
- Daniel Fienberg