Interview: 'Breaking Bad' co-star Aaron Paul

Interview: 'Breaking Bad' co-star Aaron Paul

On speeches, Emmys, and season 3's big cliffhanger

The new season of "Breaking Baddebuts Sunday night at 10 on AMC, and it's terrific. I'm going to publish my review tomorrow, but I wanted to kick off four days of "Breaking Bad"-related coverage with the first of the three video interviews I conducted when I was in Albuquerque a few months back, this one with one of the show's two reigning Emmy winners: Aaron Paul.

Aaron and I spoke about how the show's third season was full of big speeches for Jesse Pinkman, the Emmy experience, what was going through his mind as he shot the dramatic final scene of that season, and more. I hope you enjoy it, and I apologize in advance for my shoddy FlipCam cinematography. A show as gorgeous as "Breaking Bad" deserves better camerawork than I was able to provide, but hopefully the conversation's entertaining in spite of that. (Worse comes to worst, just listen while looking at pictures of lolcats.)

<p>Warren Christie in &quot;Alphas.&quot;</p>

Warren Christie in "Alphas."

Credit: Syfy

'Alphas' - 'Pilot': Shoot to kill

What did everybody think of Syfy's new drama?

I published my review of Syfy's "Alphasthis morning. Now it's your turn. What did everybody think of the new superhero series? Is David Strathairn alone enough? Did you enjoy the various powers and limitations? The chemistry between the cast? 

As I said on today's podcast, this is a show I'm likely going to have to catch up on via marathon after I'm back from Comic-Con and press tour, but the pilot was promising enough that I'm going to make the effort at some point.

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 83: 'Breaking Bad,' 'Damages,' 'Alphas' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 83: 'Breaking Bad,' 'Damages,' 'Alphas' & more

Alan and Dan also discuss the latest 'Twin Peaks' and answer your letters


Welcome to what we hope will be the first of two episodes of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast this week: one a standard review show, and then an Emmy nominations discussion on Thursday. (And if you're a "Friday Night Lights" fan watching the show on NBC, you'll get a third bonus podcast with the all-"FNL" podcast Dan and I recorded in the winter.) Today's run-down:

"Alphas" -- 02:00 - 14:15
"Damages" -- 14:15 - 26:00
"Breaking Bad" -- 26:35 - 37:15
Listener Mail focusing more on TV/Film Actors -- 37:20 - 52:50
"Twin Peaks" -- 52:55 - 01:03:30
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<p>Scott Bakula, Ray Romano and Andre Braugher of &quot;Men of a Certain Age,&quot;&nbsp;which TNT will hopefully renew.</p>

Scott Bakula, Ray Romano and Andre Braugher of "Men of a Certain Age," which TNT will hopefully renew.

Credit: TNT

Dear TNT: Please save 'Men of a Certain Age'

A show too good to go away

To whom it may concern at TNT:

Last Wednesday night, I published my review of the season finale of "Men of a Certain Age," which was as much about the idea that it could be the last episode of the show ever as it was about the episode itself. Ultimately, I struck what I felt was a happy but resigned note. You gave us two seasons of this marvelous show, after all - a show whose charms are incredibly subtle (so subtle that I'm not always able to properly describe them, and I love the show) in an era where only the noisiest and/or most high-concept shows seem to be breaking through, a show built around three men who were aging out of the infamous 18-49 year-old demographic even as the series began - when it would be easy to imagine you nice people rejecting the pitch in the first place, or thanking Ray Romano and Mike Royce for their time after the first season's modest ratings. I wanted more, but two years seemed improbable enough that I was bracing myself to leap straight over to the Acceptance stage of grief in the event you didn't order a third season.

But in the days since the finale aired, I haven't been able to get "Men" entirely out of my head.

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<p>Malik Yoba, Azita Ghanizada and David Strathairn in &quot;Alphas.&quot;</p>

Malik Yoba, Azita Ghanizada and David Strathairn in "Alphas."

Credit: Syfy

Review: Syfy's 'Alphas' a solid superhero story

David Strathairn, Malik Yoba lead a promising cast

"Heroes" ultimately turned out to be a terrible show, but its initial success - and the way that certain viewers stuck with it long after it became clear just how terrible it was - suggested there was a significant appetite for that kind of TV show. So expect other networks to keep trying with superhero series until the next one hits. (And then for the networks to try even harder to copy that one.)

"Alphas," which debuts tonight at 10 on Syfy, was originally developed for ABC back in the height of "Heroes" mania. ABC execs apparently didn't feel comfortable  with the idea at the time (though those same execs tried and failed with "No Ordinary Family" this past season), and eventually the script filtered its way on down to Syfy.

And the pilot is promising enough to make you understand why the project was able to escape years in development hell.

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<p>Cheryl and Larry talk about old times on &quot;Curb Your Enthusiasm.&quot;</p>

Cheryl and Larry talk about old times on "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

Credit: HBO

'Curb Your Enthusiasm' - 'The Divorce': Jew, not a Jew?

Larry has second thoughts about his lawyer, and tries to help out a Girl Scout

"Curb Your Enthusiasm" had its eighth season premiere tonight. I reviewed a handful of season eight episodes on Friday, but this wasn't one of them, and I have a quick review coming up just as soon as I commend you on your demographics...

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<p>Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten)&nbsp;in &quot;True Blood.&quot;</p>

Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) in "True Blood."

Credit: HBO

'True Blood' - 'If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin'?': Who am I this time?

Eric seeks Sookie's help, while Jessica hangs out at Fangtasia

Once again, you know the drill: these "True Blood" posts are here for people who either can't wait for Leslie Gornstein's usual recap to go up on our Monkeys as Critics blog in a few hours, or who just want to do all their HitFix commenting on this blog. Couple quick thoughts on the episode after the jump...

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<p>Oswald Danes (Bill Pullman)&nbsp;prepares for execution in &quot;Torchwood:&nbsp;Miracle Day.&quot;</p>

Oswald Danes (Bill Pullman) prepares for execution in "Torchwood: Miracle Day."

Credit: Starz/BBC

'Torchwood: Miracle Day' - 'The New World': Everybody lives!

Death takes a holiday in the sci-fi series' return

"Torchwood: Miracle Day" just aired its first episode. I offered a general review of the series yesterday, and I have some specific thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as I cheat painting a wall...

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<p>Tim (Taylor Kitsch)&nbsp;and Tyra (Adrianne Palicki)&nbsp;brought an old-school vibe to tonight's &quot;Friday Night Lights.&quot;</p>

Tim (Taylor Kitsch) and Tyra (Adrianne Palicki) brought an old-school vibe to tonight's "Friday Night Lights."

Credit: NBC/DirecTV

'Friday Night Lights' - 'Texas Whatever': There can only be one

Tough choices abound in the series' moving penultimate episode

(I originally posted this review back when "Friday Night Lights" was doing its exclusive DirecTV run. The comments from that period have been preserved. For the sake of people who are watching the episodes as they air on NBC, I will ask anyone commenting from this point forward to only discuss plot events up to the episode in question. Do not discuss, or even allude to, anything that has yet to air on NBC. Thank you.)

"Friday Night Lights" has only one week to go in its final season, and I have a review of the series' penultimate episode coming up just as soon as I try to write down a speech while driving...

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<p>Larry David heads to New York mid-way through &quot;Curb Your Enthusiasm&quot;&nbsp;season 8.</p>

Larry David heads to New York mid-way through "Curb Your Enthusiasm" season 8.

Credit: HBO

Review: HBO's 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' returns strong for season 8

Larry David and friends head to New York midway through the season

"Curb Your Enthusiasm" is never going to displace "Seinfeld" as the first thing mentioned in Larry David's obituary many years from now, even though "Curb" gave the world one of the all-time great obituary-related jokes (in the first season episode "Beloved Aunt"). But has the HBO show already done enough to accompany "Seinfeld" in the first line of that obituary?

I think it has.

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