Vince Gilligan explains "Breaking Bad's" final scene and reveals the rejected alternatives
Our gut told us it was right. As the writers and I worked through all these different possibilities, it felt right, but I don’t think it was a necessity for us. There was a version we kicked around where Walt is the only one who survives, and he’s standing among the wreckage and his whole family is destroyed. That would be a very powerful ending but very much a kick-in-the-teeth kind of ending for the viewers. We talked about a version where Jesse kills Walt. We talked about a version where Walt more or less gets away with it.
—Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul discuss shooting their series finale scene
—Walter White is reckless: So why did everything wrap up so neatly for him?
—"Felina" might've been more satisfying if it was less satisfying
—"Team Walt" wins: Writers protected Walt from worst possible death, letting him die on his own terms
—The look on his face says it all: Walter White was victorious
—Walt did not win: The look on his face as he touched Baby Holly shows him as a loser
—The series finale was brilliant in exposing the truth of Walter White -- as an American, not a monster
—"Felina" wasn't an endorsement of Walter, it was a reflection of him
—Cranston watched the series finale for the 1st time while recording DVD commentary
—Walter White was like a ghost, a modern version of Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas morning
—What made the finale perfect was the "I did it for me" speech
—The finale brimmed with love, proving that "Breaking Bad" ultimately was a show about love
—It was about closure, not just for the characters but for fans
—Not enough Jesse!: Why did Aaron Paul get the same amount of screentime as Lydia, Todd or Jack?
—Some of the best storylines didn't get a satisfying ending -- Marie, Walt Jr.
—Vince Gilligan deserved to end it all on his own terms
—Gilligan crafted a perfect ending that will set a high bar for future shows
—It's surprising that Gilligan would go for the "happy ending"
—It looked like there would be a "The Shield" ending, but Gilligan chose to be tidy
—"Talking Bad" a disappointment: AMC's fan show could've been more analytical
—Damon Lindelof retweets "Lost" finale haters comparing his ending to "Breaking Bad's"
—Albuquerque will miss "Breaking Bad's" economic impact
—Listen to Aaron Paul's cemetery event, featuring host Jimmy Kimmel and Bryan Cranston
"SNL's" season premiere slightly down from last year
Tina Fey's premiere matched Ben Affleck's season finale. PLUS: Did "SNL" make too big a deal about the new cast members?
CNN Films cancels Hillary Clinton documentary, citing pressure from Clinton aides
The project's director says he's been under pressure not just from Clinton aides and supporters, but from the Republican National Committee.
Michael Rapaport joins "Justified"
He'll play the patriarch of the Crowe family, Dale Crowe, Jr.
Arcade Fire's post-"SNL" NBC concert was kind of bizarre
The concert airing after "Saturday Night Live" featured cameos from Bono, Ben Stiller and Zach Galifianakis.
"The Bachelor's" Courtney Robertson lands book deal
The Season 16 winner is penning a book titled, "I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain."
Lindsay Lohan's parents banned from her OWN reality show
Producers ultimately decided not to focus on Lindsay's family.
"Doctor Who" boss has an explanation for Peter Capaldi's previous "Who" appearances
Says Steven Moffat: "We are aware that Peter Capaldi's played a part in Doctor Who before and we’re not going to ignore the fact."
Lena Dunham watched "SNL's" spoof of "Girls" at Mindy Kaling's house
Check out the "Girls" star in Kaling's living room.
"The Good Wife" was robbed!
The Season 5 premiere shows why the CBS drama deserved an Emmy.
Rainn Wilson to produce a "Defeating Depression" special for MTV
The one-hour special will air on Oct. 10, World Mental Health Day.
Watch the trailer for Rihanna's reality show
She'll star in "Styled to Rock," a reality design competition.
"The Mentalist" season premiere, explained
The CBS drama's creator talks about the "final showdown."
"Top Model" winner Lisa D'Amato welcomes a baby boy
The "ANTM" winner shared a photo of her new child on Instagram.
"Glee's" Naya Rivera goes crazy after her brother's Oakland Raiders touchdown
Her brother Mychal Rivera is a rookie tight end for the Raiders.
"SNL" gets a cameo out of "Breaking Bad's" Jesse Pinkman
Aaron Paul appeared in several sketches tonight, including one to promote eMeth. He also appeared on Weekend Update. PLUS: Tina Fey plays "New Cast Member or Arcade Fire?," and watch the best of Cecily Strong's debut on Weekend Update. PLUS: Watch "SNL's" parody of "Girls," which Lena Dunham called a "true honor."
"Breaking Bad's" Michael Bowen malnourished himself to play Uncle Jack
The actor, who auditioned with the leather jacket he wears on the show, says of his massive weightloss: "There's a specific look that ex convicts have. There's kind of a gray color to them, kind of a leathery feel to them. I tried to get all of those physicalities in there for Uncle Jack. I was essentially malnourishing myself. I got a blood test, and my vitamin D was way down, so it was kind of an idiot move, but it looks good on the character." PLUS: NFL jumps on "Breaking Bad"-spoofing bandwagon.
"Glee's" Heather Morris gives birth to a baby boy
The actress named her child Elijah.
Is Aaron Sorkin dating CNN's Ashleigh Banfield?
Will "The Newsroom" next season feature a hot female anchor with nerd glasses?
Will "Breaking Bad's" legacy be defined by its finale?
A series finale of a beloved TV series is like a "Super Bowl of TV fiction" with fans prepared for crushing disappointment, as the Wall Street Journal notes: "Can a great TV series only claim triumph if it sticks the landing? A generation of viewers fondly recalls the final image of Mary Tyler Moore turning off the lights in a newsroom, or Bob Newhart describing a bizarre dream of being a Vermont innkeeper. But a finale that fails to deliver on high audience expectations can linger as an asterisk in the annals of TV history."
—Johnny-come-latelys are racing to catch up by Sunday
—"Breaking Bad" finale ads are up to $400,000 per 30-second spot
—Vince Gilligan used to write movies for Will Ferrell, who presented him with the Emmy Sunday
—Badger's "Star Trek" pitch gets animated // In defense of Walter White's underwear
—Has over-saturation of "Breaking Bad" media coverage dampened enjoyment of the show?
—Scholarly "Breaking Bad" book is coming out in November
—Is Jesse Pinkman getting a free pass for his sins?
—The Economist: "Breaking Bad" offers great business school lessons
—Cinematographer: We shoot on film because AMC was American Movie Classics
—Watch Jesse's "Bitch" reel // Listen to Aaron Paul's new dance song, "Dance Bitch"
—Does "Breaking Bad" need to be realistic?
—"Breaking Bad" has parallels to a 1961 "Undouchables" episode
—See Walter White's transformation in 1 GIF // Looking back at the F-words
—30 things you didn't know about "Breaking Bad" // Vol. 2 "Breaking" score is out
—"Breaking Bad" is, simply, a study of circumstances
—Albuquerque really is like "Breaking Bad" // Tour the best "Breaking" locations
—What is the meaning of "Breaking Bad" imagery?
—"The ending is good, it’s really good," says Betsy Brandt
—"Breaking Bad" vs. "Malcolm in the Middle: A visual analysis
—"Game of Thrones" meets "Breaking Bad" // What if "Breaking" was an animated series?
—Whatever happens, "Breaking Bad" will leave you wanting more -- and that's a good thing
NBC "disappointed" in "Michael J. Fox" ratings, but will stick with it if numbers stay put
NBC already ordered a full season more than a year ago. "I'm disappointed," says NBC's head of research and program planning, Jeff Bader. "I just think it deserved more sampling than it got. It's not that the show was rejected. It's not like they came and they didn't come back. I'm hoping we’re still going to get more sampling."
Is Jimmy Kimmel losing credibility?
Following his twerking prank, Kimmel is having trouble convincing some that the Kanye West rant isn't also a put-on.
"Once Upon a Time" goes to Neverland
The ABC drama's bosses preview the dark trip, and meeting Peter Pan.
Will "SNL's" overwhelming whiteness become a problem this season?
Six new white cast members won't help "Saturday Night Live's" diversity problem. PLUS: Which "SNL" characters will be featured prominently this season?, and the 8 biggest transitional seasons in "SNL" history.
"Homeland" Season 3 seems like it blew itself up, just like the CIA building was blown up
"That is," says James Poniewozik, "it's a version of what it might have been like if–as was apparently the original plan–Brody’s explosive vest did go off in that government shelter at the end of season 1. And it works, mostly, at least for the two hours of the season’s beginning. A series like Homeland can’t keep sprinting from crisis to crisis without devaluing the idea of crisis in general. If its big moments are to matter, then they have to be given time to land." PLUS: Season 3 is back on track, Season 3 is messy and hard to figure out, why "Homeland" should dump Brody, Is "Homeland" the most sexist show?, Dana Brody gets an absurd amount of screentime, and Season 3 feels at times like a newborn foal on wobbly legs.
How to deal with Sunday's TV crunch
"Breaking Bad" is ending at the same time as "Homeland" is premiering and "The Good Wife," "Family Guy" and "Revenge" are returning.
Mindy Kaling gets insulted when she's asked, "Where do you get your confidence?"
"I think people are well meaning, but it's pretty insulting," she tells Parade. "Because what it means to me is, 'You, Mindy Kaling, have all the trappings of a very marginalized person. You're not skinny, you're not white, you're a woman. Why on earth would you feel like you're worth anything?'" PLUS: Kaling wears a shaving cream bathing suit.
Michael K. Williams on "Boardwalk Empire": "It's a huge season for me personally"
"I've never been this involved in a big storyline in anything that I've done," he says.
Joss Whedon: Wonder Woman doesn't work on TV
"I know she’s famous as a television show," he tells EW, "but I don't think she lends herself to television. I think she only works on an epic scale. I saw a bit of the David E. Kelley (NBC pilot). That was not a good marriage."
Phil Keoghan: "The Amazing Race" is more competitive this year
That's because, he says, the casting made a point of selecting very competitive people. PLUS: How the "Race" is planned out, and "Amazing" champ Jen Hoffman weds.
"Eastbound & Down": Behind the scenes of the final season
On the set, Danny McBride is nothing like Kenny Powers. PLUS: "Eastbound" is as bleak as "Breaking Bad."
"The Mentalist" returns
It's the beginning of the end for the Red John storyline.
What to expect as "The Good Wife" kicks off Season 5
The co-creators say of this season: "Once you start that first domino going, there are certain things that had to happen and we knew what they would be." PLUS: "Good Wife" is TV's most tech-savvy show, and inside the costume design.
"Revenge" tries to get back to its roots in Season 3
With a new showrunner, "we're sort of finding our footing," says Emily VanCamp. "I think we’re trying to ground the show again, , and get it back to its original roots," she adds.
Even James Cromwell can't save "Betrayal"
The ABC drama takes its soapy storylines to seriously.
HBO's "Hello Ladies" gets tiresome fast
Stephen Merchant's oblivious a-hole character has been seen too much before, particularly on his and Ricky Gervais' "The Office." PLUS: "Hello Ladies" is awfully obvious, and there's no depth or bite.
What's great about "Masters of Sex": There are no antiheroes
"There are no secret pasts on this show," says Andy Greenwald, "no torturous moral choices, no blood-splashed detours into noble crime and unavoidable murder. There are no antiheroes. There aren't really any heroes at all, and the only bad guys are ignorant, not evil. Yes, there's dirty talk, but the rest of the show feels refreshingly scrubbed and bright. Masters of Sex isn't a radical TV series for the raciness of its content but rather the character of it. It's a clean break: a cheerful, clinical corrective to what has come to be an overwhelmingly dark decade of prestige TV." PLUS: "Masters" is the best new show of the season, there's no sexploitation, how the 1950s clothing was re-created, it's a triumph of concept and casting, and how "contemporary" Lizzy Caplan ended up on "Masters."
"Modern Family" mulling a spinoff, possibly with Rob Riggle
Riggle, who played Phil Dunphy's real estate rival Gil Thorpe in two episodes last season, is one of the names being floated for a potential spinoff. The spinoff proposal, though, is still in the early stages.
Fox orders "Man/Child" pilot starring Damon Wayans Jr.
The "Happy Endings" and "New Girl" alum will star in a comedy about single dads.
"The Love Boat" is getting a musical
A Vegas stage show called "The Love Boats" is set to launch next year, featuring music from 1977 to 1986, the years the series ran.
"Game of Thrones" casts Hizdahr zo Loraq
British actor Joel Fry will play the "young scion of an ancient Meereenese family who crosses paths with Daenerys Targaryen."
Watch the newest "Walking Dead" promo
Featuring a glimpse of "The Wire's" Larry Gilliard Jr.
"Young and the Restless" picks up a "Lost" alum
Cynthia Watros will begin on the soap in November.
"Parks and Rec" is returning to the Indianapolis Colts stadium
Amy Poehler is expected to be on hand to shoot scenes at Lucas Oil Stadium. Last December, the guys on the cast filmed scenes on the Colts' football field.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Kate Upton are officially a couple
The Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model is dating the former "Dancing" hunk.
Jimmy Kimmel's sketch was lame and unfunny -- Kanye West was right
Why Kanye has a legitimate beef with Kimmel. PLUS: Kanye refused to play Kimmel's game.
Jon Hamm on "Breaking Bad": "We're both kind of these bastard stepchildren that no one wanted"
The "Mad Men" star was thrilled to see Vince Gilligan & Co. win, noting that "both of our shows were cast off from bigger, fancier networks." PLUS: Talking a lot caused Hamm's throat injury.
NBC orders a "Constantine" TV series from David S. Goyer
Another DC Comics franchise is coming to TV.
"Parks and Rec" proved it can still be really good in its 6th season
The "London" premiere was something special and unusually good. PLUS: New life was breathed into Leslie Knope, how can "Parks and Rec" characters afford such expensive clothes?, see Aziz Ansari's Netflix poster, and Nick Offerman offers fashion advice, and you didn't see Andy at Stonehenge.
"The Price is Right" celebrates 30 years of Plinko
An all-Plinko edition today will mark the anniversary. PLUS: 11 things about "Price" you might not know.
Scott Wolf to play a doctor on NBC
He'll appear on "The Night Shift" as a trauma surgeon.
Khloe Kardashian Odom celebrates her 4th wedding anniversary by dropping the "Odom"
On Twitter, she is now just "Khloe Kardahian."
"Breaking Bad's" Huell gets a "spinoff"
Check out "Huell's Rules."
Adam Sandler attended Andy Samberg's wedding dressed as his "That's My Boy" character
As Samberg explains to Conan, his movie happened in real life.
"Big Bang" has huge return, Robin Williams attracts 15.6 million, Michael J. Fox nabs 7.3 million
"The Big Bang Theory's" two episodes brought in 18.3 million and 19.5 million, respectively, while "Grey's Anatomy" and "Glee" returned 30% down from last year.
Stephen Colbert appreciative of "Breaking Bad's" "product placement"
Sunday's episode gave a shout-out to Colbert's Americone Dream. PLUS: Vince Gilligan is Colbert's guest on Monday.
Jimmy Kimmel recounts Kanye West calling to complain
Said Kimmel: "The bit was pretty, I thought, innocuous, but finally I'm in a rap feud."