It's not easy being Hank's wife
And now we come to the last of the three "Breaking Bad" interviews I successfully(*) recorded on a trip to Albuquerque a couple of months ago. (Previously, I spoke with Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston, and also posted my review of the new season and photos from a tour of the set.)
(*) Anna Gunn and I had a good conversation about Walt and Skyler's marriage, but technology was not my friend with that one, alas.
Our final subject: Betsy Brandt, whose Marie sometimes can get lost in the shuffle of a very testosterone-fueled show, but who becomes more prominent this season as Marie tries to deal with Hank's attitude post-shooting. We spoke about the evolution of Marie from the selfish klepto of season 1 to who she is now, about Brandt's off-camera friendship with Dean Norris, Marie's relationship with brother-in-law Walt, and more.
As with the previous video interviews, I apologize for the camerawork, and suggest that if it bothers you, just listen and open up a new browser to look at animated "Parks and Recreation" gifs.
Jack and Gwen run into trouble on a long cross-continental voyage
The show's co-creator is proud of the 22 episodes he and Ray Romano got to make
On saying goodbye to a town, a team and a whole lot of great actors
Say goodbye to Dillon in the beautiful series finale
Well, damn it. "Friday Night Lights" is over. Earlier today I posted my breakdown of my favorite moments of the series, and you can also read my interview with showrunner Jason Katims about the ups and downs of the series, and Fienberg and I also recorded a podcast looking back over the whole series. And my review of the series finale coming up just as soon as I make it clear that it's not incest...
Emmy nominated drama is done after two seasons
A fun flashback episode and showcase for Aldis Hodge
I write about a lot of TV shows, but there are many more that I watch but don't write about, either due to lack of time, bulk viewing (I tended to marathon "The Good Wife" a lot in season 1, for instance) or simply because there's just not enough meat there to justify episode-by-episode analysis. ("Burn Notice" is a show that I think has slipped into that territory, even though I still enjoy it.)
One of those often-watched, rarely-reviewed shows is "Leverage," and for once I'm a bit ahead of the game, having seen a screener of Sunday night's episode, titled "The Van Gogh Job." It's a notable episode for a few reasons.
Your humble writer turns photographer on the AMC drama's set
"Breaking Bad" preview week is almost at an end. As mentioned ad nauseum already, I went to the show's set in Albuquerque a few months ago to conduct some interviews, and also got an opportunity to tour the show's set and snap some pictures along the way. We have a whole gallery of them up, so go look and enjoy, and I can't wait to talk about the premiere with y'all on Sunday night.
How much monster is there inside Walter White?
Here's the second of my video interviews from when I visited the "Breaking Bad" set a few months ago, this time with star Bryan Cranston. (Previously, I posted my Aaron Paul interview and my review of the new season, which is fantastic.)
Cranston and I had a nice little chat about the ins and outs of Walter White, starting off with me bouncing my interpretation of the character off him and Cranston politely disagreeing. It's a good conversation, but as I said with the Paul interview, my cinematography left something to be desired. (I tried to hire Michael Slovis, but he was outside my budget.) So if the shaky-cam bothers you, by all means just listen while opening a second browser window to look at pictures of dogs using computers.
A drama that felt so real that it hurt more when it didn't
(Note: This article was originally published in February, when the "Friday Night Lights" finale was about to air on DirecTV. That finale will re-air, in a 90-minute timeslot, tonight at 8 on NBC.)
In the second season premiere of "Friday Night Lights," one of the show's high school characters killed a man who had just tried to rape the girl he liked. Then he and that girl conspired to hide the body and cover up the crime.
This upset people, on a level I haven't often seen even for the biggest of shark jumps. (Heck, even I flipped out about it.) How on Earth, the consensus seemed to be, could a show this good do something this stupid? How dare they ruin this show with this silliness?
That the anger and disbelief over this storyline were so intense is, in an odd way, a testament to the brilliance of the four seasons of "Friday Night Lights" that didn't involve murder and Mexican threesomes and weird age-inappropriate affairs and a meth dealer obsessed with ferrets. People were so furious and dismayed because the show to that point (and almost as soon as that season was put to rest) had been so great - and, more importantly, because it had felt so real.