News Briefs: AMC Is Bookending the Breaking Bad Finale With a Full-series Marathon and Extra Talking Bad

By Kaitlin Thomas

Sep 21, 2013


... Earlier this week I told you to double-check your DVRs because the final two episodes of Breaking Bad will each run 75 minutes long. Today I feel compelled to tell you that you should call in sick every day next week because beginning on Wednesday, September 25 at 8pm, AMC is running a marathon of Breaking Bad in its near entirety, leading up to the series finale on September 29. Oddly enough, this marathon will also function as AMC's full programming slate until Mad Men returns, because the network has left else to air. 

And after the series finale on September 29, the last episode of Talking Bad will expand to an hour in length (instead of the typical 30 minutes). Special guests for the final episode include Vince Gilligan, Aaron Paul, Jesse Plemmons, RJ Mitte, Giancarlo Esposito, Jonathan Banks, and Jimmy Kimmel. I am assuming this will either be pre-taped or involve some sor time-shifting/on-location voodoo, because Paul and the rest of the cast will be spending that evening at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in L.A., watching the finale and doing a Q&A moderated by Kimmel. [AMC via press release]


... NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt has extended his contract through 2017, which is not a job I envy, by the way. Sure, he's been working hard to try to turn the Peacock network around since he came on board in January 2011, but NBC is still in need of a couple big scripted shows. Maybe this extension will give him the chance to make that happen. [Variety]

... Discovery Channel will air the four-part documentary miniseries Gold Fever October 11 and 18 at 9pm. The miniseries focuses on the Boston Company, a real-life group of 40 men who moved out west to strike it rich. This is not to be confused with Discovery's reality series Gold Rush, which is currently in its fourth season. Something tells me this is probably Discovery's favorite movie. [Discovery via press release]

... Syfy is teaming up with Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past) to develop a 90-minute pilot script about the clean-up efforts of a small town on the California coast that gains world-wide attention in the wake of a giant sea creature being taken down by military action. Um, okay. The pilot script is called Creature at Bay. Watch out for it, I'm sure it'll be huge! [Syfy via press release]

... TLC wants you to kick off the New Year right: by watching all-new episodes of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. The network has ordered 12 additional episodes of the reality series (as well as three specials), and they'll premiere at 9pm on January 1, 2014. Look at it this way, your year can only go up from there. [TLC via press release]

... Paul Scheer (The League) has sold a single-camera comedy to ABC. Much like everything else on TV these days, it's about juggling multiple sets of parents, spouses, and children. Scheer will write and produce, but not star. [THR]

... ABC is switching the airing episode order of its new Rebel Wilson-starring sitcom Super Fun Night. The network will run Episode 2 instead of the pilot during the show's scheduled series premiere on October 2, because the pilot has received very unfavorable reviews from just about everyone (including us). Yeah, I don't think that's going to help, but A for effort, ABC. [TV Line]


... There's a Fringe reunion happening over at Sleepy Hollow! John Noble is set to guest-star later this fall as Henry Parrish, a kind and gentle but also reclusive man who possesses supernatural powers that might aid Ichabod and Abbie in their work. The casting reunites him with executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who co-created Fringe with J.J. Abrams. [Fox via press release]

... Joelle Carter has booked a guest-starring role on Castle. The Justified actress will play Maggie Ingram, the girlfriend of a death row inmate who's about to be executed. I don't want to say they're typecasting my favorite lady from Harlan, but Carter does know a thing or two about playing the girlfriend of a criminal. [TV Guide]

... George Takei will appear on the series premiere of Syfy's Fangasm (airing September 24 at 10pm), making dreams and wishes come true for the seven fanboys and fangirls who star on the show. He'll share laughs and insight on what it means to be a fan of movies and TV shows. So it's kind of like what he does on Facebook all the time, but on TV? [Syfy via press release]

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  • AndreaMcCooey Sep 22, 2013

    "Syfy is teaming up with Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past) to develop a 90-minute pilot script about the clean-up efforts of a small town on the California coast that gains world-wide attention in the wake of a giant sea creature being taken down by military action." whut?

  • Joker62002 Sep 22, 2013

    Let's keep are heads high for hopeing sleepy hollow turns into and stays a hit for Fox.

  • javisst Sep 21, 2013

    ABC, sometimes you really annoy me.

    I really don't get all the negativity towards "Super Fun Night" though. Am I seriously the only one who finds the trailer hilarious?

  • DavidJackson8 Sep 22, 2013

    Yes. You're the one and only.

  • dark7angel Sep 21, 2013

    Awesome news about John Noble getting a role on Sleepy Hollow! I loved the pilot!

  • JT_Kirk Sep 21, 2013

    "Creature at Bay"? You know that title isn't going to make it through the process, nobody likes puns enough to live with them week after week. The idea of cleaning up after a Godzilla attack is not a bad concept, but I question how interesting it'll be after about 6 weeks unless there's attack after attack. Are giant monsters the new zombies, destined to be horribly overused in pop culture? Are college kids going to make giant cardboard Godzillas and shoot nerf guns at them? Is Mothra going to be the next dumb thing Richard Castle believes might have caused a murder? Is The Big Bang Theory going to highlight in lightly-mocking tone the Comic Con trend of having hundreds of people run through petco park simulating being under attack from kaiju?

  • FringeFanatic Sep 21, 2013

    Well played, Sleepy Hollow! You've basically guaranteed my viewership at least until the great John Noble makes his guest appearance.

    But, um, would it be too much to ask to make this Henry Parrish fellow an inexplicable consumer of LSD?

  • RajeshRamlal Sep 21, 2013

    Yeeyyy!!! John Noble is back!!!
    Just give the great actor a Emmy alright ok, he truly deserves it!!!
    Fringe all the way!!!

  • Writerpatrick Sep 21, 2013

    Syfy has found that it can do campy, bad, no-budget monster shows instead of actual quality sci-fi shows. This is what Sharktopus has lead to. Stop watching this garbage people and maybe we'll get some good stuff from Syfy again!

  • CharmedOneP391 Sep 21, 2013

    Sniff..sniff...Alphas =/

  • sleepy-sonic Sep 21, 2013

    Good news that John Noble is back in action

  • Akyriel Sep 21, 2013

    And TNT has canceled King and Maxwell despite its success. Would love to know why, but like Secret Circle, we probably never will.

  • JT_Kirk Sep 21, 2013

    King & Maxwell probably got canned because TNT was embarrassed by all the "ampersand show" jokes. ;-) I'm glad they at least got to tell a whole story arc and follow through on it rather than suffer at the hands of a cliffhanger. If the ending is that Sean King faces his demons and discovers the truth, while Michelle Maxwell gets rehired by the Secret Service, that's not the worst ending possible even if it's clearly not what was intended to be THE ending.

  • Akyriel Sep 21, 2013

    I watched K&M; On Demand, and I do not know if they screwed up the order of shows or if TNT did, but I ended up seeing the finale before the episode where there is this shooting in FBI offices and King finds out Maxwell may go back to the Secret Service. It kind of ruined things, but yes, it's good to have closure. One thing was that Dichen Lachman looked to become a regular, but hopefully she'll finally find something good to be in. She's a fine, underrated actress, imo, despite her less than stellar Last Resort role.

  • JT_Kirk Sep 21, 2013

    Yeah, that order is backwards, the shooting is the penultimate, that's a bit frustrating to hear that they messed it up that way.

    Dichen Lachman's character was basically a regular, they had over-relied on her to be King's street contact, but it gave Edgar something else to deal with, so it balanced out. I would guess she'll probably get a working regular role in the next cycle if not sooner, probably just needs management to give that last little push, she clearly has screen presence and ability.

  • terminaltrip421 Sep 21, 2013

    I would have liked to have seen if king & maxwell could get better in its second season like perception did but in it's current state I wouldn't say that king & maxwell was worth renewing. and in all honesty perception was probably a better show from the get-go despite its flaws

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