Life in Hollywood, below-the-line

Life in Hollywood, below-the-line
Work gloves at the end of the 2006/2007 television season (photo by Richard Blair)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Breaking Bad

He's baaaaack...

Fans of “Breaking Bad” -- and if you're not, you should be -- will want to click here to listen to a fascinating (if all-too-brief) interview with showrunner Vince Gilligan on NPR’s “Fresh Air.”

Despite its brevity, the interview reveals some very interesting things about how the show was cast, its evolution over the first two seasons, and the surprisingly productive relationship Gilligan enjoys with the network. As he reveals, "network notes" -- generally reviled by showrunners and writers alike -- can sometimes be a very good thing indeed.

"Breaking Bad" returns for Season 3 next week, and from the sounds of things, it’s gonna be good...


Frank Pina said...

I'm very excited to for the new season to begin. I can not tell enough people what a truly great series they are missing. I happened to catch the pilot with my gf during a marathon, we were hooked instantly. Unfortunately we had plans that evening, so we dvr'd the rest of the episodes. I'm pretty sure we "had to leave early" which meant we just wanted to get home as fast as possible so we could finish watching the entire first season in one evening.
I really enjoy your blog, I'm PA here in NY. It's great to get a different perspective from other departments. It's comforting to know that we are all in this exciting yet tumultuous industry.

Michael Taylor said...

Frank --

For my money, "Breaking Bad" is the best thing on TV. I've been very pleasantly surprised by "Southland" on TNT, having missed it the first time around when it still belonged to NBC. It's certainly the best cop show since "The Wire," and light-years better than all those CSI/Law&Order clones. Screw NBC -- it's too good a show for those clowns anyway.

But "Breaking Bad" is still the King.

Thanks for tuning in.