More Breaking Bad because, well, we only have a couple more weeks to do so.
-Vulture interviewed this most recent episode's writer Moira Walley-Beckett and director Rian Johnson. So there's no confusion:
"I’ve seen different reactions to Walt’s phone call to Skyler. Some say it was all a ploy to save her from prosecution; others says that it was real and he was railing at her. Does the debate surprise you?
"Walley-Beckett: I personally feel like it wasn’t open to interpretation. I would hope that people got that it was an absolute ploy on Walt’s part. It is the family-man part of Walt playing the part of Heisenberg to exonerate Skyler. I was hoping that it would be clear that the process of the lie and the subterfuge would be clear and that viewers would be with Skyler in their understanding. When we first hear Walt, we think he’s gone full Heisenberg. It’s outrageous and horrible and abusive what he’s saying! But then we start to put the pieces together as Skyler does, and I was hoping people would sort of be traveling that journey with her."
-Tim Molloy (TheWrap ) offers his take here.
-Andy Greenwald (Grantland ) recapped Sunday's episode here.
-Forbes answers the questions why Breaking Bad is the best show ever and why that matters. This is spot on: "[i]t matters because television finally has a great drama that makes no excuses. Breaking Bad seems destined to end with as much power and majesty as it had during any of its season-ending/season-opening cliffhangers. The water cooler conversation after the finale airs on September 29 will be dominated not by head- scratching analysis, but by slack-jawed awe.
"If that happens, Episode 514 may have marked the moment where serious television drama as a genre truly comes of age."
The cast of Breaking Bad will have a sit-down on Conan, their first-ever appearance on a talk show, on Monday, September 23 at 11p. Set your DVRs.
In other news, "Bravo has given the green light to a pilot starring “The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s” Caroline Manzo and her family, TheWrap has learned.
"Under the working title, Manzo’d With Children, the pilot will follow the Housewife in her duties as the “ringleader of the crazy circus that is her Italian family.” Apparently, her adult children are driving her more nuts than ever: Albie is single and ready to mingle, Chris is eager to come up with the best idea since the stripper/car wash and Lauren is ready to entertain the idea of letting Vito put a ring on it." Gross.
Here's another winner from Deadline: "TruTV has ordered 8 additional episodes of the extreme singing competition series Killer Karaoke, bringing its first-season total to 16. Production is scheduled to begin next month with the series return set for early 2014 with new host Mark McGrath (Don’t Forget The Lyrics!, Extra). Inspired in part by British game show Sing If You Can, the series challenges contestants to sing a hit song while being put through extreme, wild and unexpected physical challenges."
Arsenio Hall won the late night war last week? Who's watching his show? I tried. It was painful.
AMC is in the initial stages of developing a companion series to its original drama series The Walking Dead to be executive produced by the Walking Dead team’s Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert. The new series has a target on-air date of 2015 and will include an entirely new cast of characters that have never before been seen in the comic book series. TV Guide offers six storyline ideas.
All three finalists on Big Brother have been fired from their jobs. "GinaMarie Zimmerman was fired from her job as a pageant coordinator in July for using the n-word, among other things. Spencer Clawson was fired from his job as a train conductor in July for praising Hitler and making jokes about child pornography.
"Now, with just three days left in the house, Andy Herren . . . was fired from his job as a public speaking teacher, seemingly for supporting all the racism in the house, including a statement Zimmerman made calling the evicted contestants 'robotic biracials.'"
Here's a little preview of the upcoming season of Survivor . It's actually a behind the scenes timeline with Gervase and his niece.