1. Originally Jesse Pinkman was supposed to be killed off Breaking Bad during the show’s first season. Aaron Paul says he didn’t learn that until series creator Vince Gilligan called him over one day during lunch.
"He goes, ‘Originally Jesse was supposed to die at the end of this season,’ … and instantly my heart dropped and slowed down a bit," Paul says. "And he said, ‘We don’t think we’re going to do that anymore.’ "
Gilligan told Paul that he loved the chemistry between Walt and Jesse.
"He decided to change the whole dynamic of their relationship and really the whole dynamic of the show," says Paul. "But the entire second season, the entire third season, I thought that Jesse could be a goner at any moment because there’s many things that this character could screw up on, and he could definitely meet his deathbed at any moment."
Other cast members, including Bryan Cranston, would joke around on set with Paul about his character’s potential demise.
"Bryan would come up and give me a hug and say, ‘I’m not going to say anything but it was such a pleasure working with you. It’s been an amazing past year-and-a-half, and you have a huge career ahead of you,’ " he says. "They would always joke around about it. They’ve kind of slowed down about it, but who knows — this kid could die at any second."

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    Originally Jesse Pinkman was supposed to be killed off Breaking Bad during the show’s first season. Aaron Paul says he didn’t learn that until series creator Vince Gilligan called him over one day during lunch.

    "He goes, ‘Originally Jesse was supposed to die at the end of this season,’ … and instantly my heart dropped and slowed down a bit," Paul says. "And he said, ‘We don’t think we’re going to do that anymore.’ "

    Gilligan told Paul that he loved the chemistry between Walt and Jesse.

    "He decided to change the whole dynamic of their relationship and really the whole dynamic of the show," says Paul. "But the entire second season, the entire third season, I thought that Jesse could be a goner at any moment because there’s many things that this character could screw up on, and he could definitely meet his deathbed at any moment."

    Other cast members, including Bryan Cranston, would joke around on set with Paul about his character’s potential demise.

    "Bryan would come up and give me a hug and say, ‘I’m not going to say anything but it was such a pleasure working with you. It’s been an amazing past year-and-a-half, and you have a huge career ahead of you,’ " he says. "They would always joke around about it. They’ve kind of slowed down about it, but who knows — this kid could die at any second."

    Hear the interview with Aaron Paul 

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  1. Last night Breaking Bad won its second consecutive prize for outstanding drama series.  Its star, Bryan Cranston, won his fifth Emmy. Fresh Air spoke to Cranston while he was on Broadway playing President Johnson in All the Way. In the interview, he tells Terry about his short-lived stand-up career: 

"I did it for about nine months in 1981, I believe it was. I did it solely for the purpose of overcoming fear, because I looked at that and I said to myself, "Oh, my God, that’s got to be the scariest thing to do." There’s a microphone and a light on you, and that’s it. It’s all you, and so I wanted to do that. I got into the idea of going from club to club. I was never paid for it, nor should I have been, because I never rose above the level of mediocrity. But it was a great, great experience, very humbling. My respect and admiration for those who do it for a living, like Jerry [Seinfeld], was just enormous."


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    Last night Breaking Bad won its second consecutive prize for outstanding drama series.  Its star, Bryan Cranston, won his fifth Emmy. Fresh Air spoke to Cranston while he was on Broadway playing President Johnson in All the Way. In the interview, he tells Terry about his short-lived stand-up career: 

    "I did it for about nine months in 1981, I believe it was. I did it solely for the purpose of overcoming fear, because I looked at that and I said to myself, "Oh, my God, that’s got to be the scariest thing to do." There’s a microphone and a light on you, and that’s it. It’s all you, and so I wanted to do that. I got into the idea of going from club to club. I was never paid for it, nor should I have been, because I never rose above the level of mediocrity. But it was a great, great experience, very humbling. My respect and admiration for those who do it for a living, like Jerry [Seinfeld], was just enormous."

    Photo: Andreas Laszlo Konwrath via Variety 

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  1. AMC just released their promo for the Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul. Premiering in February, the show has already been renewed for a second season. Producer Vince Gilligan says it will be a prequel to Breaking Bad, starting in 2002. 

    Have you heard our Breaking Bad interviews? 

    Here’s Better Call Saul’s star, Bob OdenkirkBryan Cranston and writer/directors Thomas Schnauz and Peter Gould

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  1. 2014 Emmy Award Nominations are out today.

    We’ve got interviews with several of the nominees: 

    Bryan Cranston, Jon Hamm, Matthew McConaughey, Tim Gunn, Jimmy Fallon, Lena Dunham, Edie Falco, Amy Poehler, Louis C.K, Fred Armisen/Carrie Brownstein, Tina Fey, Key & Peele, Amy Schumer, Jenji Kohan (Orange is the New Black), Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad), Noah Hawley (Fargo)

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  1. Hear the full interview here. View in High-Res

    Hear the full interview here.

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  1. Actor Bryan Cranston tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross about how his appearance is an asset: 

I have a very fortunate look for an actor. You can’t really categorize me. My looks aren’t striking, so therefore I’m more capable of sliding into looking like other people, more chameleon-like, as opposed to let’s say, Jon Hamm, who is this handsome, striking, black-haired, chiseled-looking guy. That’s great for Jon, and he’s a friend and I love him, but I don’t know that you would buy him as Walter White. He would have to fight against his looks in order to do that. So there’s a larger range of roles that are available to me than are available to Jon Hamm, simply because of physicality. And I love that.

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    Actor Bryan Cranston tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross about how his appearance is an asset: 

    I have a very fortunate look for an actor. You can’t really categorize me. My looks aren’t striking, so therefore I’m more capable of sliding into looking like other people, more chameleon-like, as opposed to let’s say, Jon Hamm, who is this handsome, striking, black-haired, chiseled-looking guy. That’s great for Jon, and he’s a friend and I love him, but I don’t know that you would buy him as Walter White. He would have to fight against his looks in order to do that. So there’s a larger range of roles that are available to me than are available to Jon Hamm, simply because of physicality. And I love that.

    photo by Kevin Winter/Getty

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  1. From ‘Middle’ to ‘Bad,’ and the questionable stand-up comedy before it all—Bryan Cranston joins us tomorrow.

    From ‘Middle’ to ‘Bad,’ and the questionable stand-up comedy before it all—Bryan Cranston joins us tomorrow.

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  1. David Bianculli on the most exciting recent TV offerings on DVD —- 

"The best — and biggest, and most recent — of the bunch is Breaking Bad: The Complete Series. Vince Gilligan’s AMC drama, starring Bryan Cranston as a high school teacher turned criminal mastermind, arguably is the best TV series ever made — so getting or giving it in one gulp is about as good as it gets. Especially with Sony Picture Television’s mammoth set providing so many extras, including a documentary on the final season which, among other things, allows us to peek in as Cranston hosts his co-star, Aaron Paul, and the two of them read the show’s final script for the first time.”


Looking for a show to dive into over the vacation period?Check out the rest of Bianculli’s recommendations here. View in High-Res

    David Bianculli on the most exciting recent TV offerings on DVD —- 

    "The best — and biggest, and most recent — of the bunch is Breaking Bad: The Complete Series. Vince Gilligan’s AMC drama, starring Bryan Cranston as a high school teacher turned criminal mastermind, arguably is the best TV series ever made — so getting or giving it in one gulp is about as good as it gets. Especially with Sony Picture Television’s mammoth set providing so many extras, including a documentary on the final season which, among other things, allows us to peek in as Cranston hosts his co-star, Aaron Paul, and the two of them read the show’s final script for the first time.”

    Looking for a show to dive into over the vacation period?Check out the rest of Bianculli’s recommendations here.

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  1. Heisenbird.

Terry’s dear friend, Paula, took this photo of her “baby blue” parakeet, Willie, and dressed it up a bit. We loved it so much that we just had to share it with you.

Here’s a link to yesterday’s Fresh Air interview with Breaking Bad writers Thomas Schnauz and Peter Gould.  Enjoy. 
Photo courtesy of Paula Randolph

    Heisenbird.

    Terry’s dear friend, Paula, took this photo of her “baby blue” parakeet, Willie, and dressed it up a bit. We loved it so much that we just had to share it with you.

    Here’s a link to yesterday’s Fresh Air interview with Breaking Bad writers Thomas Schnauz and Peter Gould.  Enjoy. 

    Photo courtesy of Paula Randolph

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  1. One of the famous scenes of Breaking Bad is when Walter White throws a pizza on the roof out of frustration with his wife.

    Here’s the behind-the-scenes extra of how the scene was shot. Peter Gould and Thomas Schnauz mention this scene on the air in today’s interview:

    PG: I’m always thinking, “Is this something that the character can say?” and “Does it sound good enough to be on Breaking Bad?” That was usually my concern.

    TS: Not until I see it on the air sometimes do I realize that, “Oh wait a minute. That sounds like something that’s going to catch on and people are going to quote back.” But I’ve never written a line and thought, “Oh this is great, people are going to repeat this and put it on posters.”

    PG: The things that people catch onto are kind of unpredictable to us. I would’ve never expected the pizza on the roof would’ve been something that we’d still be talking about two seasons later.

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  1. Like every episode we all sit together in a room in Burbank and we talk about every single beat and we write them down on index cards and pin them to a board and figure out what each episode is going to be. It was that same way for the final episode except for the absolute sadness after we were done, that we were like, ‘This is it, there’s no more.’ So I remember us pinning that final card to the board, Genny Hutchison got the honors to do it, and it was over.

    — 

    - Thomas Schnauz, writer for Breaking Bad speaks to Terry Gross about writing the finale.

    Schnauz joins us TODAY with writer/director Peter Gould and they talk about everything from the on-going ricin joke, to casting Saul Goodman, to their take on storytelling.

    Don’t miss it.

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  1. I’ve never comprehended this idea of spoilers, the folks who line up to get the last Harry Potter, and turn right to the last page of the book as soon as it’s in their hands. My favorite time as a kid was not Christmas morning. It was the night before Christmas, and the sense of expectation. Nothing is ever as good as your imagination. That’s how it works. “I wanted a G.I. Joe and I got socks.”

    — Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad, tells Rolling Stone why he doesn’t care for spoilers

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  1. David Bianculli guest hosts tomorrow to talk about Larry David’s HBO film Clear History, the next installment of Breaking Bad, and the new AMC crime drama that follows it, Low Winter Sun.

    Trailers are here:

    Clear History (top) Breaking Bad (left) Low Winter Sun (right)

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  1. Bob Odenkirk on his contribution to his sleazy lawyer character Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad:

 I immediately had the idea for the hair, which is my contribution … Well, it’s a comb over, that’s pretty clearly a comb over, with a growing bald spot, and yet at time, somehow a mullet in back. And so it’s a tricky piece of hair engineering that Saul pulls off, but I think it says a lot about his character: cleaned up on the sides, because he’s all business, and the comb over is to try look younger and the mullet is to try to look like a relaxed dude, but who’s also capable of focusing and being serious.
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    Bob Odenkirk on his contribution to his sleazy lawyer character Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad:

     I immediately had the idea for the hair, which is my contribution … Well, it’s a comb over, that’s pretty clearly a comb over, with a growing bald spot, and yet at time, somehow a mullet in back. And so it’s a tricky piece of hair engineering that Saul pulls off, but I think it says a lot about his character: cleaned up on the sides, because he’s all business, and the comb over is to try look younger and the mullet is to try to look like a relaxed dude, but who’s also capable of focusing and being serious.

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  1. BOB ODENKIRK, who plays the manipulative lawyer Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad is on the show today.

    This video of middle school students performing a musical version of Breaking Bad is entertaining for fans and newbies alike. Just wait until “blue rock candy” sings.

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