The One Who Knocks, The One Who Says “Bitch,” The One Who Has Mental Breakdowns in the Pool, The One Who Collects Rocks, The One You Better Call, and The One Who Eats Breakfast are returning this summer. AMC answered one of television’s biggest questions today at its Upfront presentation, finally slapping a premiere date on the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad, the best television show in the universe. And that date is:
Sunday, August 11 at 9pm
The Emmy-winning show from creator Vince Gilligan has just eight more episodes left in its run, and depending how you look at it, they either comprise the second half of Season 5 or the entirety of Season 6. Personally, I’m calling it Season 6. Assuming Breaking Bad airs uninterrupted for eight straight weeks, that would place the series finale on September 29.
AMC also officially announced the post-show talk show Talking Bad, in the vein of AMC’s Talking Dead. The half-hour series will air immediately after new episodes of Breaking Bad and feature panelists rapping about what atrocities they just saw Walter White commit and breaking down the power struggle in the driveway of the White household. No host has been announced, but I’m hoping it’s the actor who plays Skinny Pete. However, my guess would be Steven Michael Quezada, who plays agent Steven Gomez and also hosts an actual talk show in Albuquerque called The After After Party.
No dessert until you answer these QUESTIONS:
– What are you calling the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad? Season 5? Season 5.5? Season 6?
– Is Talking Bad a good idea?
– Is Talking Bad a good name? What about Speaking Bad? What about Bad Talk? What about I’m the One Who Talks? Let’s hear your ideas.
– Who should host Talking Bad?
– How awesome is that picture of Walter White at the top of this page? He looks like a really nice guy.
There’s always been one universally accepted and unwritten rule of television scheduling that’s not in the Network Executiving for Dummies book: Don’t schedule new primetime programming on Saturday. Just don’t! Saturday is the day when Americans go out and spend all night being Americans and celebrating the freedom of the weekend, according to conventional wisdom. No one is even home to watch television, so just air infomercials and aging sketch shows (and Rules of Engagement).
But conventional wisdom doesn’t set trends, conventional wisdom isn’t a maverick, and conventional wisdom can suck it, says AMC. The basic cable network announced today that it’s moving its Western drama Hell on Wheels to Saturdays for the show’s third season, which premieres Saturday, August 3. Though banishment to Saturday is usually seen as a death sentence, this is is in no way a demotion for Hell on Wheels. According to AMC, the idea is to make Hells on Wheels the capper on the network’s longstanding tradition of airing Western movies on Saturdays.
“A new episode of Hell on Wheels on Saturday night after a full day of Western fan favorites is going to be like the saddle on top of the horse,” AMC president Charlie Collier said in the network’s official statement. Oh sure, but what’s going to be the cowboy, Mr. Collier?
AMC’s move could be about more than just keeping a consistent theme, however. Television’s exponential growth in the last five years has meant a more crowded schedule from Sunday to Friday. Sunday night, where AMC normally programs its scripted originals, is a murderer’s row of quality television, and there isn’t a different day of the work week that’s particularly inviting for new shows. Logically, branching out to Saturdays makes sense with the economy keeping people inside more often on the weekends, DVRs time-shifting shows on viewers’ schedules, and viewers’ growing preference of online streaming. And Hell on Wheels, one of AMC’s lower-profile scripted dramas, is the perfect show to experiment with.
Jennifer Ferrin, who’s currently pursuing Kevin Bacon on The Following, is joining the third season of Hell on Wheels as a series regular, TVLine has learned exclusively.
The actress will play Louise Ellison, a smart, witty and flirtatious journalist hired by the New York Sun to cover the “story of the century” — the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. Louise imbues her work with an element of human emotion as well as thorough, blunt, truthful fact-finding. She is strong and independent and demands to be treated with the same respect that any man in her position would be given.
The gig reunites Ferrin with her former Cape EP John Wirth, who was recently named Wheels‘ new showrunner.
In addition to The Following and The Cape, Ferrin’s resume includes stints on CBS’ late soap As the World Turns and ABC’s Life on Mars.
AMC’s period Western is slated to kick off its 10-episode third season this summer.
AMC isn’t ready to let Breaking Bad go.
With the drama heading into its final eight-episode run this summer, the network is exploring the idea of a spinoff centered around Bob Odenkirk‘s shady criminal lawyer Saul Goodman, Deadline reports.
The idea is said to be in the very early stages, with no deals in place in front of or behind the camera. But if the project — which is being conceived as a comedy — were to get a green light, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan would steer the offshoot alongside the show’s writer-producer Peter Gould.
Gilligan floated the idea of a Saul-centric series at the WGA Awards earlier this year, telling TVLine, ”In my mind’s eye, I would like to see a Saul Goodman spin-off. I would love that. So maybe we’ll try to get that going.”
Wednesday’s news that Walking Dead has upgraded a trio of actors to series regular ahead of Season 4 did not go over well with Melissa McBride fans.
Supporters of the actress — who has played Carol since Season 1 — took to TVLine’s comments section to demand that AMC finally do the right thing and make her a regular as well.
There’s just one problem: McBride is, and has been, a regular — a fact she confirmed herself on Twitter Wednesday. Responding to the “awesome outpouring” of support following news of Chad L. Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green and Emily Kinney’s promotions, McBride maintained, “I currently am a series regular.” She then chalked up questions about her status to, “legalese.”
The legalese she no doubt refers to also happens to be the source of much of the confusion. Unlike the majority of Walking Dead‘s regulars, McBride’s name is not included in the main title sequence alongside co-stars like Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus. Instead, she’s listed in the secondary credits (aka “Also Starring”) following the first commercial break — a section reserved on most shows for guest stars.
According to sources, the fine print of Walking Dead contracts gives producers (and AMC) the right to include series regulars in either section. To wit, Scott Wilson (Hershel) — who receives the same post-opening credits billing as McBride — is also a series regular.
What’s not clear is how these decisions are made. For example, why was Danai Gurira — who joined the show as Michonne in Season 3 — given main title billing immediately, while an original castmember like McBride has yet to receive that honor?
One person who (surprisingly) doesn’t have the answer is series creator Robert Kirkman. “There are a lot of executive producers on the show and that’s not my forte,” he tells TVLine. “I don’t even know what the series regular term actually really means when it gets down to it, I’m sorry to admit.”
It pays to ride with Rick Grimes.
Indeed, Chad L. Coleman and Sonequa Martin-Green, who recurred on Season 3 of The Walking Dead as Tyreese and Sasha, have been upgraded to series regulars for the fourth season of AMC’s zombie-apocalypse smash, TVLine has learned.
Additionally, Emily Kinney — who joined the show in Season 2 as Hershel’s youngest daughter Beth — has also been elevated to a regular.
Coleman and Martin-Green’s promotions come after Sunday’s Season 3 finale saw their brother-sister duo refuse to help The Governor carry out an attack on Rick’s people, and later help transport Woodbury’s children and elderly to the safety of Rick’s prison encampment.
Martin-Green is also currently recurring on ABC’s Once Upon a Time as Tamara, who’s just began to stir things up in Storybrooke as the secretly magic-seeking fiancee of Emma’s ex/Henry’s father Neal; the buzz at the time of her casting was that the character would possibly span into Season 3. Her previous credits include The Good Wife and Army Wives.
Coleman is best known for his role on The Wire, as well as I Hate My Teenage Daughter and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.