Television

Aaron Paul Is Putting on a ‘Breaking Bad’ Scavenger Hunt to Celebrate the Show’s Last Emmy Awards

If you're a Breaking Bad fan, on Monday you're going to want to call in sick at work and get yourself on out to Hollywood. Aaron Paul, a.k.a. Jessie Pinkman, is having a Breaking Bad scavenger hunt.

Of course, the show has been over for almost a year now, so it's not a promotion. Instead, Paul says he just wants to thank fans for helping make Breaking Bad—and in turn, him—such a huge success.

But why Monday? Because the 2014 Emmy Awards are on Monday. And even if you have already said goodbye to Walt, Jessie, and the gang, for the people who worked on the show for seven years, the Emmy's will be their last time all together in one room. So it's only natural that Paul would want to celebrate the show one more time.

Here is Paul's official announcement, which came via Instagram:

I don't know about you, but I wouldn't mind getting my hands on a Saul Goodman action figure, or maybe a painting of Walter White on black velvet.

[via Variety]

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Join Julia Louis-Dreyfuss for Pawn Parody Emmy Promo

And It's Really Good
It might even make you consider watching the Emmy Awards...

Generally speaking, I'm about as interested in watching the Primetime Emmys as I am in watching professional darts over on ESPN2. And in case you didn't pick up on my sarcasm, just so we're clear, I have absolutely no interest in watching professional darts over on ESPN2.

However, if the promo the Television Academy yesterday is any indication whatsoever of the direction the actual awards ceremony is going to take, I'm all in. Because the promo is brilliant. Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul reunite to play slimy pawn brokers trying to make a deal with Julia Louis-Dreyfuss who, playing herself, has come into their store—Barely Legal Pawn—to sell her Seinfeld Emmy. The thing is filled with little winks and references that to Breaking Bad, which makes you, the viewer, feel smart. But mostly it's just funny because Cranston, Paul, and Louis-Dreyfuss are all damn fine actors.

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards air live on ABC on Monday, August 25, at 8PM ET/ 5PM PT.

Don Pardo, Voice of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Passes Away at the Age of 96

The English speaking world lost one of it's most iconic voices on Monday. Don Pardo, who announced "It's Saturday Night Live!" to the world for an incredible 38 years, passed away in Tucson at the age of 96.

SNL wasn't Pardo's only gig, of course. He got his start in radio in the 1940s, and long before Lorne Michaels hired him in 1975, Americans new him—or rather, they knew his voice—from both The Price Is Right and Jeopardy!.

Still, if you are under the age of 40, chances are Pardo's rich Baritone and old-fashioned cadence are etched into your brain because you grew up watching Saturday Night Live. Pardo literally introduced the world to such superstars as Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Mike Meyers, Will Ferrell, and Tina Fey. And that alone is one hell of an achievement.

According to the New York Times, Lorne Michaels said SNL will certainly do some sort of tribute to Pardo next season.

It'll probably be pretty damn good.

‘Better Call Saul’ Gets a Teaser and an Approximate Official Release Date

Heisenberg's lawyer is (almost) back!

If you're a Breaking Bad fan, there's a very good chance you are going through some pretty serious withdrawal right now. After all, this is the first August in seven years you've had to go without a Walter White fix. All you've got to get you through the dog days of summer now is America's Got Talent, and that's just not cutting it.

Unfortunately, there's nothing I can do to fix this. Breaking Bad is over. Your Augusts will never be the same.

That being said, your Februarys are looking up, because that's when Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad spinoff prequel starring Bob Odenkirk as shady drug lawyer Saul Goodman—already renewed for a second season—is set to debut.

We don't know the exact date yet, but last night AMC ran a nine-second teaser featuring Odenkirk delivering a classic Saul line that confirmed the month. And for those of you (okay, us) jonesing for a fix, it was way better than nothing.

Netflix Says Season 5 of ‘Arrested Development’ Will Totally Happen…Eventually

Netflix's foray into original programming is going pretty well. This year House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, and Derek nabbed 31 nominations, which was more than Fox, AMC, and Showtime. And over the next two years the online streaming service is taking their original programming game to the next level, when they'll debut five different Marvel shows, a new Chelsea Handler talk show, an animated series for adults, a historical drama about Marco Polo, a zany comedy about two dudes falling in love, and a Wachowski Siblings sci-fi drama about telepathy.

Nevertheless, this post isn't about any of that. This post is about Netflix's first foray into original programming, and the fact that their chief content officer Ted Sarandos recently told USA Today that he is "positive that another season of Arrested Development is in the offing."

That's right, Arrested Development fans, Ted is positive. The only question is when it will happen.

Unfortunately, that's no small question. They didn't structure the last season of Arrested Development the way they did—as a series of concurrent, overlapping episodes—just to be clever. They did it because none of the cast members were available to shoot at the same time. And that, in turn, led to the main problem critics and fans had with Season 4: the characters were rarely on screen together at the same time.

Presumably, the folks at Netflix will want to avoid another season like that. So, presumably, that will make it harder to make Season 5 happen.

But hey, if Ted is optimistic, I'm optimistic.

Vince Vaughn May Sign on for Season 2 of ‘True Detective’

According to Variety, which has what real journalists like to call "sources," Vince Vaughn is in negotiations to star in Season 2 of HBO's smash hit limited series True Detective. And if this pans out, that's obviously some pretty fantastic news for Vaughn.

After a string of huge hits from 2003 through 2005 that includes Old School, Starsky & Hutch, Dodgeball, and The Wedding Crashers, Vaughn has hit a pretty serious drought that includes flops like Couples Retreat, The Watch, and The Internship. The man could definitely use a role that gives people a break from his fast-talking smart-ass schtick (and his laid back sidekick, Owen Wilson), and a show like True Detective, which brought on last year's McConnaissance—i.e., the renaissance of Matthew McConaughey—is perfect.

There's no word yet on what role Vaughn would play in Season 2 of True Detective, but we do know the show's producers are trying to rope in Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch (plus a female actor to be named later) to play detectives. So my money is on Vaughn playing the bad guy. Which would be fantastic. The guy couldn't hold a candle to Tony Perkins in 1998 Psycho remake, but he was still pretty damn creepy.

Stay tuned, True Detectives fans.

 

Season 2 of ‘Fargo’ Will Be a Prequel Set in 1979

We already knew (well, suspected) FX was going to order a second season of the Coen Brothers' Fargo. What we didn't know was what that second season would be like. Would they follow the lead of other popular "limited series" like True Detective and introduce an entirely new storyline and cast, or would they make like American Horror Story and keep the same actors but have them play different characters?

Well, now we know the answer. According to executive producer Noah Hawley, the second will take place in 1979. However, while there will be a completely new storyline and murder(s), Season 2 won't be completely unrelated to Season 1, because it will center around a 33-year-old Lou Solverson readjusting to life after Vietnam.

If you're a fan of the show, you know who that is. However, if you haven't checked it out yet, Lou Solverson (played by Keith Carradine in Season 1) is the diner-owning father of lead character Deputy Molly Solverson, the role for which Allison Tolman was nominated for an Emmy this year. And yes, the shift back in time means the beloved Tolman will not be back.

That will undoubtedly disappoint some viewers. However, the fact that the second season will be about Deputy Solverson's dad suggests it may provide some interesting back story for the characters of Season 1. And it also suggests that it is possible Tolman might return in a future season.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. For now, just get ready to relive 1979.

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