Sara Ramirez (Grey's Anatomy), Balthazar Getty (Brothers & Sisters) and Jared Padalecki (Supernatural)
Senior editors Matt Mitovich, Mickey O'Connor and Tim Molloy answer your questions ... this week a couple of days early, for the holidays. Drop us a line at email@example.com.
I heard a rumor that Sara Ramirez has been offered a TV show in which she will star. While I question the reliability of the source, I hope this is true. She is a talented actress who does not get any recognition or decent writing for her Grey's Anatomy character. — Michelle
MATT: "Que sera, Sara?" you ask? Ramirez's rep tells the Buzz, "We haven't heard that rumor" about her being courted for a series of her own. In the meantime, I'm told that Grey's' bi-curious Callie will pick up where she and Erica left off, this time with the pediatric surgeon being played by Jessica Capshaw beginning Jan. 8. But contrary to what you may have heard elsewhere, these two ...
The Simpsons, 30 Rock
Holiday cheer is arriving early for emerging awards season favorites, starting with 30 Rock, Breaking Bad and The Simpsons. The trio leads nominations from the Writers Guild of America, with winners to be announced February 7.
The WGA announced its awards roster on Monday, with a range of new and established series getting nods, Variety reports. Drama nominations included Dexter, Friday Night Lights, Lost, Mad Men and (wait for it!)...More, after the jump.
Bryan Cranston by Mathew Imaging/WireImage.com
The 60th annual Emmy Awards set out to honor TV history and ended up making a little of its own. As expected, AMC's stylishly adult 60s-era drama Mad Men took home the best drama prize, the first ever for a basic cable series. The upstart channel delivered a much more shocking triumph in Bryan Cranston's surprise (but well-earned) win for Breaking Bad. "She's bald, too," marveled the actor, who shaved his head to play Walter White, a cancer-ravaged teacher-turned-meth dealer. Best known for outrageous comedy roles like the dad in Malcolm in the Middle, Cranston is a well-liked star who was considered an underdog in a strong field that included fellow AMC leading man Jon Hamm of Mad Men, House's Hugh Laurie (amazingly, still empty-handed), Dexter's brilliant Michael C. Hall, In Treatment's brooding Gabriel Byrne and Boston Legal's showboating James Spader.
Now that AMC has one of the most-buzzed-about dramas on TV, the network is looking to keep its Mad Men momentum going by ordering a new political thriller from Jason Horwitch, creator and executive producer of NBC's Medical Investigation.According to The Hollywood Reporter , the untitled project centers on a secret society that controls the world's political stage and a national think tank analyst who discovers his employers aren't who he once thought they were. And according to AMC execs, this isn't "your typical spy thriller," but rather a "world you have not seen on television before." So far, being picky with their pilots has paid off for the network, considering its first two, Mad Men and Breaking Bad were able to score a record-breaking 20 Emmy nods between the two shows. Gina DiNunno
Kiefer Sutherland in 24: EXILE by Kelsey McNeal/FOX
New releases announced today, July 30:10 Items Or Less - The Complete 1st And 2nd Seasons will be coming out January 13 24 - Exile: Special Creator's Cut will be coming out November 25 Breaking Bad - The Complete 1st Season will be coming out January 20 Doctor Who - The Infinite Quest will be coming out November 18 Firefly - The Complete Series (Blu-ray Disc) will be coming out November 11 The Partridge Family - The Complete 3rd Season will be coming out October 14 Quark - The Complete Series will be coming out October 14 'Til Death - The Complete 2nd Season will be coming out January 13 Visit TVShowsOnDVD.com for the complete stories on these and other news items.
AMC, which a while ago greenlit a second season for Mad Men, now has also ordered another round of its other original drama series, Breaking Bad. Announcing the pickup, network exec VP/GM Charlie Collier says, "From critical praise to strong ratings and a devoted audience, Breaking Bad further reinforced AMC as a top producer of high-quality, distinctive television."Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston as a dying man who makes a meth of things to provide for his fam. — MWM
Dominic West by Nicole Rivelli/HBO
Its final season may have been built around a number of Big Lies, but here's the honest truth: HBO's The Wire is TV for the ages. Though it spent much of its acclaimed existence under the pop-culture radar, despite annual appearances on critics' best-of-year lists, this heartbreaking and searing masterpiece of urban decay and corruption will live on as all great literature does. Any self-respecting DVD library would want to include the five seasons of The Wire. It's that good, and that rich.Sundays expanded finale wraps up much of the complex story, but as usual, not in a tidy fashion. Ambiguities, moral compromises, deals struck with a variety of devils, all par for the course in David Simons bleak version of Baltimore. No cheap sentiment here, although there is a memorable scene involving a surprise wake at the Irish cop bar.The ironies are deep and dark as McNulty (Dominic West) sweats out the consequences of his scheme being exposed, of having created a fictional ser...
Question: How good was last week's episode of Breaking Bad? I imagine I wasn't the only one yelling "Bad Ass Walt!" at the TV moments before his son came to the same conclusion. I am enjoying the slow (yet appropriately so) progression of Walt's fall into cooking meth. How else would someone so straight-laced end up in such a business without the show becoming cartoonish? The evolution — or regression, depending on how you look at it — of Walt's character goes insanely well with his journey as a cancer patient, and the pace of the show enhances this journey and fills me with (non-sappy/clichéd) emotions. I'm also blown away by the actor who portrays Jesse. What could have been a one-dimensional role is becoming more layered and interesting as the story unfolds. It is certainly unfortunate that the show is hitting its stride just when I've heard that there is only one more episode left for the season! Now that the strike is settled, do we know if they are filming any more episodes this ...
Question: The cast and crew of Breaking Bad have done a great job — at making me depressed! I couldn't get more than halfway through the pilot, and I wanted to cry through the 30 minutes I did see! I think that for a TV show to affect me this strongly means that the writers and actors are nothing short of amazing and deserve some kudos. I never saw Bryan Cranston in Malcolm in the Middle, so I am not familiar with his comedic work, but watching him in this show made me wonder if he's capable of even smiling. So many moments in the pilot were literally heartbreaking: Being ignored by his students while trying to teach, being ignored at his own birthday party, and the one that got me the most, when his wife asked him if he used the credit card at Staples — his simple, "We needed printer paper" response just killed me. I couldn't watch any further, so please tell me that it gets better, as in lighter. Beneath all the doom and gloom, there was something about the show that I really wanted ...
Question: How good is Breaking Bad?! No, how wonderful... finally, a dark comedy that delivers on the promises of its genre, and on the small screen, no less! Thank you so much for the advance notice on this excellent show. Bryan Cranston fulfills a certain potential I've always seen in him (beyond his extremely skilled, broadly comedic talents) in an awe-inspiring turn. The premise and the supporting performances (particularly in the portrayal of the sisterly bond between Mrs. White and her wonderfully acidic sister and the on-the-mark boorishness of the latter's husband) seem more than capable of succeeding in the long term. How well did the show do, and how well does it have to do to be considered a success by AMC's standards? This show has made a true new fan in me.
Answer: From the early numbers that were reported, it seems the show got off to about as good a start as Mad Men, so let's stay hopeful. This isn't nearly as easy a show to watch for a variety of reasons, so I'm not