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THE SECRET IS OUT NEWS

... Remember those days when you could say, "Oh dude, you should watch this little show called Breaking Bad," and then you reap the rewards of being in-the-know and cool and a trendsetter? Well those days are over, not just because Breaking Bad is over forever, but because it's officially a ratings hit. WHAT!? I know! Last night's series finale drew... brace thyself... 10.3 million viewers, destroying the series' previous high of 6.6 million viewers, a record that was set during the penultimate episode. The 10.3 million who tuned in for the end accounted for a 300-percent increase over Breaking Bad's Season 5A finale. If you're keeping score at home, here are the audience numbers, in millions, of each Breaking Bad season finale: 

Season 1: 1.5 million

Season 2: 1.5 million

Season 3: 1.6 million

Season 4: 1.8 million

Season 5: 2.8 million

Season 6: 10.3 million

That is some impressive growth. And I believe Breaking Bad became available on Netflix during the summer of 2011, which would've been been right when you the ratings jumped. One more thing to note: 10.3 million is still shy of The Walking Dead's ratings record for AMC, which tops 12 million. [AMC via press release] 

... You can add more than half a million viewers to the Breaking Bad finale's "official" number of 10.3 million, as the episode was illegally downloaded more than 500,000 times in its first 12 hours on the web. [Variety]


BUSINESS TIME

... Original content is okay and all, but what we really want are SPIN-OFFS! ABC is toying with the idea of a Modern Family spin-off, because it's too early to spin off Super Fun Night, I guess. This is all very early in development, but rumor has it that guest-star Rob Riggle's real-estate agent character Gil Thorpe is being considered as its potential center. But the big question is: Will Modern Family spin off its lock on the Emmys? [Deadline Hollywood]

... In other somewhat-relevant ratings news, Homeland returned bigger than last year, despite everyone's eyeballs being glued to Breaking Bad. The Season 3 premiere of Showtime's terrorist drama was up nine percent from last year's season opener, to 1.9 million viewers (the series high is 2.3 million viewers). The premiere of Masters of Sex followed, and drew 1 million viewers. [Deadline Hollywood

... We've gone from two upcoming Hillary Clinton biopic miniseries to zero upcoming Hillary Clinton biopic miniseries in a few hours. NBC and CNN have both canceled their in-development Hillary projects, because the Republican party pushed them around and threatened them. When the two projects were first announced, the G.O.P. stomped its hooves and snorted, complaining that they'd show preference to the potential presidential candidate for the Democratic Party. The Republicans threatened to shut out NBC and CNN from broadcasting any Republican presidential primary debates unless they dropped the series. But don't just blame the networks for wussing out; it reportedly became difficult for producers to research the projects with subjects refusing to participate because of political pressure. Way to go, Republicans. Just like what you do with Congress! [Variety]

... CNN has renewed Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown for a third season. The travel show follows outspoken foodie Anthony Bourdain as he checks out the nooks and crannies of the globe in search of great food and fascinating culture. It also happens to be pretty entertaining. [THR]

... IFC has given a series order to Garfunkel & Oates, a comedy series starring musical-duo Garfunkel & Oates. Think of it as a female Flight of the Conchords. IFC is eying a 2014 date for the series. [IFC via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Justified has added to the Crowe clan, casting Michael Rapaport (The Mob Doctor, Zebrahead) to play Dale Crowe, a relative of Dewey, in the upcoming fifth season. Dale is an ex-con who owns an alligator farm in Florida, which sounds about perfect for Justified. Rapaport was recently cut from the cast of CBS's The Millers, freeing him up to join Justified. This is the television equivalent of being kicked out of the army draft during a war with hell monsters to be an official taste-tester for Ben & Jerry's in the Caribbean. [TV Line]

... Paget Brewster will return to Criminal Minds. Brewster, who played Supervisory Special Agent Emily Prentiss from 2006 to 2012, will appear in the series milestone 200th episode, which is supposed to be flashback-heavy and a treat for CM fans. Look for it in February. [TV Guide]


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AIRED ON 9/29/2013

Season 5 : Episode 16

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yay! Paget Brewster is awesome. can't wait. plus, the Breaking Bad news is fantastic. I'm not surprised considering all the hype plus the super awesome quality of season 5.5. the finale was incredible!
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Woo, Paget Brewster!
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Breaking Bad Went Out With HUGE Ratings

As it should have. I never watched the show and I was transfixed. As opposed to the finale of .... well, you know .... where I was muting and fast forwarding and watching the clock and yelling WHAT THE F*** at the fade in to Brawny Man.

Here's hoping BB makes it big in whatever medium the kids are using today to make shows like this rich after they go off the air.
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I love Garfunkel and Oates so I'm completely on board for that.

Breaking Bad's numbers don't surprise me in the least. I don't remember the last time a final season got so much attention from the media. It was all over the place. And I'm sure the Emmy win helped things out a bit.
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yeah the wife and I watched all of BB on netflix before the 1st part of this last season.
so glad we did
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The Hilary Clinton biopics were more likely dropped because Hilary Clinton just isn't that interesting. It's Bill Clinton's antics that people were interested in. And it's just as well for her and the party since she has a string of failures. She failed with a healthcare plan, she failed to keep her husband under control and she failed to win party leadership. It also wouldn't help her to be portrayed as a helpless victim of Bill's cheating when she's trying to portray herself as a strong leader.
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"This is the television equivalent of being kicked out of the army draft during a war with hell monsters to be an official taste-tester for Ben & Jerry's in the Caribbean."

Wordy but apt.
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Justified's producers know what they're doing. and Rappaport can act . So this was a good news update. If he cant get away from the Brooklyn accent then maybe it will be a problem, but I've seen him in other roles so I doubt that will be a problem. Now it is just a question of whether of not he is going to be the seasons big bad or whether it is going to be Theo Tonin
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I hated Rapaport's character on Prison Break, so I'm worried that he is going to ruin Justified for me.
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I would be disappointed if you said you liked anything about prison break. I really wouldn't have assumed it and justified's audiences overlapped that much.

I would say see higher learning if you want an idea of his acting ability though you probably should have already seen it by now.
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Season 1 of Prison Break was watchable, the rest was bad.
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Season 1 was great.
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Ugh, a Modern Family spinoff starring the single most unrealistic and annoying repeating character on the show? Why would ABC be toying with that? I like Rob Riggle, but he needs to get away from those "superior douchebag" roles STAT, stick with President of the Navy but that's it.

Aw geez, I like Michael Rapaport but he's only good playing Michael Rapaport, not Floridians or cops or crooks or anything, JUST New York-born Michael Rapaport, that's it. Nice metaphor though, Tim.

So, Paget Brewster will just keep returning to Criminal Minds no matter how many times she leaves? That's kinda weird. She's great, but get a better agent, lady! PS - we miss you as Birdgirl.
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Always happy to see an NTSF:SD:SUV reference. I'd watch a spin-off of his President of the Navy character.
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Definitely need more POTN-centric episodes at least.
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Definately! I wouldn't mind more Time Angels episodes as well.
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No, Justified! Don't tarnish your greatness with the likes of Michael "Meathead" Rapaport! He's far more suited to something such as The Millers, and if even they didn't want him...
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These are only torrents, I can't even imagine the number of people watched it via streams.
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I pity anyone who streams pirated shows. torrents are #1 then link sharing. searching for a stream is what you do if you want a virus.
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Eh, not always. I've been, ahem, using streams and, ahem, torrents since years and I never ever had a virus problem. The key is to know what you are doing. Get a good anti-virus software, open your eyes before accepting/clicking links and you're good to go. But I have to say, I always prefer torrents because of their much better quality and for fangirling reasons.
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I feel like I'm the only person alive never to have seen a single episode of Breaking Bad...
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on principle I have not either. I don't condone meth, cancer or wiggers (sorry if that offends anyone) as plot devices.
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I don't condone murder either, but that's not gonna stop me from watching Breaking Bad or movies like Pulp Fiction, Saw, etc etc. What kind of ridiculous reason is that not to watch something? Because you don't approve of what fictional characters are doing...
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Why just meth, why not heroin or cocaine?
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because I've personally witnessed the rampant use of meth and the destruction it causes.
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So what do you watch? What are shows that you can condone.
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if you click my link it will show most all of the shows I've ever watched but but currently my favorite shows on TV are Justified, Boardwalk Empire and probably Game of Thrones and Bates Motel.
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Me neither.
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I've never seen one either.
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You and the people of North Korea :)
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Wot u talking bro? We've been on the edge of our chairs over here in Wonsan
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nothing to be proud of.
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neither is being a fan of something that everyone else is.
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Yeah, I got really turned off by the hype. And then when I heard it was ending, I figured I'd just wait and maybe marathon it. I'll probably watch it one day.
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And yet Mandy Patinkin is still a no show. I know he's busy with Homeland but come on we need some Gideon closure.
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eh.. I don't watch Modern Family anyway so I won't be watching the spinoff.
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To quote the internet, "Cool Story, Bro!"
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Seriously, i do not expect you guys to love the republican party, heck, i don't... i don't like either party, but your story, blaming just the republicans is untrue. The real story, if you bothered to look was both parties did not want the thing made. And no one wanted to go on record for the story. Do some research before you comment on stuff. I like coming to you guys for entertainment news, but at least tell the full truth before throwing in personal opinion.
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Republicans on the popular parts of the internet are treated like women were in those parts a decade ago: they're presumed to not exist, or to be creepy old men on the other side. Welcome to a democratic internet.
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Oh, but it's so much easier this way. And to paraphrase Hilary: the truth, what difference does it make?
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Michael Rapaport on Justified is fantastic news!
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Wow blame game much. The real story is that Hilary's Democratic party refused to talk or give any info to the producers of both shows.
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There is a problem with the message system on this site.
Funny thing is, any messages i have sent to the technical staff about this problem do not show up in my outbox, so i dont know whether they have been sent or received.
I am not the only person with this problem
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This is an intermittent problem for the past week for me. Kerkesh is also having this problem. It's been a week and still no fix....hopefully they fix it soon since it is, or was, one of the better features of this site.
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and then there are 100s of million of us who watch through the internet...
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Would have been really nice to see a comparison to other finales, like Gilda said. Give some perspective and all that.
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how does 10.3 million compare to other series finales? or at least other cable finale ratings?
All I know was that MASH still holds the record for having the highest % tune in.
And I think that huge ratings boost is further evidence that TV ratings don't mean much b/c a lot of ppl DVR and watch shows online
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Personally, I've no problem w/ Rapaport goin' to Justified. I have no reason to mistrust the casting directors decision, I have no reason to assume they don't have a dialect coach on staff & really, (if he simply can't affect a decent southern drawl) any reason to assume that the character was born & raised in the south. All I know is what I read, which was that he's a relative of Dewy's & is an ex-con who owns an alligator farm in Florida.

I live in TX, have a non-regional dialect (unless I'm really sleepy or drunk) I have relatives all over the foothills of Tennessee & although I've never been to prison, if I wanted to own an alligator farm in Florida, I seriously doubt my accent would be any sort of issue to anyone
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Yay Garfunkle and Oates! Is this the same pilot that HBO (I think) passed on a couple of years ago?
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Fantastic news for Breaking Bad!

As long as Rapaport can do a Southern accent I think he will be good. I loved him as a dick in Beautiful Girls, so playing a Crowe should be feasible.
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I don't know how I feel about Rapaport coming to justified. Especially being a Crowe, has he ever, in any film or tv role been able to lose his NY accent. Come to think about it I can't think of any movie that has done or show that I have liked. Well except for his documentary about A Tribe Called Quest. But that was a documentary. This is concerning. Hopefully Raylan will shoot him first.
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On the one hand, Michael Rapaport helped ruin Prison Break. He was really terrible in that.

On the other hand, Prison Break was already pretty bad when he joined it, and Justified is amazing. But Prison Break was amazing too for a season and a half! I don't know how to feel about this
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Solution: stop thinking about Michael Rapaport.
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