Breaking Bad News: Will the Real Saul Goodman Please Stand Up?

In this week’s Breaking Bad news roundup, we talk Better Call Saul, possibly meet a real-life Saul Goodman with an over-the-top commercial, wonder what Giancarlo Esposito’s life would have been like had he actually turned down a defining role, hear that Bryan Cranston’s doing OK for himself as LBJ on Broadway, and see Breaking Bad as retold by middle schoolers, whom I’m hoping haven’t actually seen the show.

‘Breaking Bad’ star Jonathan Banks talks ‘Better Call Saul,’ answers fans’ questions in Daily News live chat

‘My guess is that Saul will be the lighter side as far as humor goes, and the dark side would be Mike. And I look forward to that. I love the mystery of Mike,’ Banks told one reader. ‘I love that he can be tender, when the reality was that he was a murderous, drug-dealing bad guy. Unlike some of the other characters, he knew that. He knew his soul was lost.’

Speaking of Saul …

Meet the Real Saul Goodman

So that the circle may be unbroken, it was Saul’s fault that Walt and Jesse ever got involved with Gus, who apparently could have been played by someone else …

Giancarlo Esposito Turned Down Breaking Bad Role

Esposito has now revealed he initially declined the role when he was offered it by creator Vince Gilligan, as he feared his character would be killed off too quickly. He says, ‘I didn’t know the show at the time. I asked to see an episode and was really impressed with the quality and the writing. At that point, I had done so many guest spots in my life I wanted to be part of a family. I wasn’t in the market for another guest spot.'”

Bryan Cranston Goes ‘All The Way’ From ‘Breaking Bad’ to LBJ

All The Way by Robert Schenkkan opened to glowing reviews on Thursday night at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York City. This play is [Bryan Cranston’s] Broadway debut and it was met by Tony buzz right out of the gate.”

Breaking Bad: The Middle School Musical

This isn’t new and made the rounds online months and months back, but I don’t think I’ve posted it before. It’s equally creative and terrifying because it’s kids recreating a thoroughly adult-themed show.

RVs in the desert, Walter White’s house and (legal) highs: New Mexico set-jetting holiday inspired by Breaking Bad

Holidaymakers will be able to enjoy a seven-night desert adventure in New Mexico, following in the footsteps of Walter White – the main character in the show. The trip includes touring the quirky city of Albuquerque and venturing out into the expanse of the New Mexico desert in an authentic RV, the iconic location where ‘the cooking’ took place.”

The trip costs nearly $5,000 and includes airfare from London, the vacation’s origination point. If you might have trouble coming up with that kind of cash, Saul can probably help you rustle up some last-minute money.

If the ending of Breaking Bad really hacked you off

You can take out your aggressions on this strange piece of Breaking Bad paraphernalia, a Heisenberg ball marker:

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Breaking Bad News: Godzilla vs. Heisenberg, Los Pollos Cocinero, and the Music of Breaking Bad

Let’s see what’s new in the world of Breaking Bad this week:

Bryan Cranston to Star in (Yet Another) Godzilla Remake

An immoveable object meets an unstoppable force? This line in the trailer below—“It was not an earthquake, it wasn’t a typhoon … and it is going to send us back to the Stone Age. You have no idea what’s coming.”—could almost have been said by Walter White. Almost.
Cranston does play a scientist in this film, so let’s hope he’s not being typecast now.
On that same note, here’s Godzilla vs. Heisenberg. The last shot is the best:

A Fascinating Breaking Bad Factoid

I’m going to assume it’s true.

HT: @JeffSutton

Man Wearing Los Pollos Hermanos T-Shirt Caught for Cooking Meth

Truth is always stranger than fiction, unless the truth was inspired by the fiction. Since the man that was busted was only 21-years-old, you’d have to think that the cops should expand their search to find his mentor. I’d recommend scouring the local high schools for a chem teacher down on his luck. TMZ broke the story.

How “Breaking Bad” and “House of Cards” killed the Oscars

Despite its title, this excerpt from The $11 Billion Year: From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System only makes a few passing references to Breaking Bad. However, it relates what so many already know. Engaging, episodic TV (that’s also provided via binge-capable mediums) has been telling better stories than film lately. Many call the last decade the Golden Age of Television, and this excerpt agrees, stating that talent and creative energy have been migrating from Hollywood to the small screen for a while now, in large part due to HBO and Netflix.
As I read recently (and know implicitly) in regards to my self-publishing posts, digital changes everything. As the author of the afore-mentioned book succinctly says regarding that fact: “Adapt or die.”

Breaking Bad’s 10 Best Musical Moments

The music of Breaking Bad always fascinated me. Every song seemed perfectly matched to the story, even when the song seemed to say the reverse of what was happening on screen. “By juxtaposing lighthearted music with the dark realities of the drug world, Breaking Bad comes off as something very different.” This trek through Breaking Bad’s musical choices, replete with Youtube videos of each moment, is a fun remembrance of the songs that caused us all to burrow further down the rabbit hole of Walter White’s broken psyche.

What was your favorite musical moment in Breaking Bad?

Might I also recommend this well-curated Breaking Bad Spotify playlist?

A Self-Publishing Lesson from Shark Tank's Mr. Wonderful

If you listen closely to the business sages that infest the waters of Shark Tank, ABC’s popular show where millionaires vie for the chance to invest in entrepreneurs, you’ll learn a few things that could directly apply to the self-publishing journey.
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For instance, watch the show long enough and you’ll notice that Kevin O’Leary, affectionately known as Mr. Wonderful, consistently offers royalty share deals to those pitching their ideas. I’ve seen most of the episodes of Shark Tank since it began airing in 2009, and I’ve rarely seen an entrepreneur bite at O’Leary’s shark bait.
Why is that?
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Breaking Bad News: Ground Control to Walter Blanco, Take a Facebook Look Back

5. David Costabile, a.k.a. Gale Boetticher, talks Breaking Bad and new movie Somewhere Slow

While the interview itself is fairly interesting, I found his reveal about singing “Major Tom” for that never-to-be-forgotten karaoke scene in Breaking Bad to be, well, revealing:

The burn of ‘Major Tom’ was that the entire crew watched me do it. Everybody standing around — there must have been 50 people watching me. They all just stopped what they were doing to watch. It was just this single shot, with a single, crappy camera in front of a green screen. So everybody got to take a nice 20-minute break and just watch me go for it. There was a challenge inside of that.

In case you’ve forgotten the awesomeness:
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A Powerful Writing Lesson from House of Cards

While I’m convinced that Breaking Bad has forever ruined me in terms of serialized dramas, my wife and I have succumbed to the allure of Netflix’s House of Cards.
We finished the first 13-episode season last night, just in time for the Season 2 premiere on Valentine’s Day next week.
In terms of scheming and manipulation, Francis J. Underwood certainly rivals Walter White. Like Walter, he tends to say what some of us may only think. Often, he frankly speaks his mind in order to see his will accomplished, regardless of the disastrous repercussions his wife and co-workers must endure.
This is not the writing lesson you should learn; however, there is a particular aspect of Frank’s character that every writer should emulate.
Strunk and White even say so, and not even Frank Underwood would undermine their authority.
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Breaking Bad News: Need for Speed, Netflix, and … Bill Murray

5. Did you see the Super Bowl commercial that almost got your hopes up that Breaking Bad had never ended?

You know, the trailer that starts with Aaron Paul behind the wheel of a car as if he’s trying to escape someone?
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I’m going to choose to believe that Paul is still actually Jesse Pinkman in Need for Speed.
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Breaking Bad in the News: January 2014

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From time to time, I’ll be posting a Breaking Bad link roundup, a small way to keep in touch with what’s going on in the world of Breaking Bad. [ref]And a good way for my website to maintain some Breaking Bad SEO juice.[/ref] These posts won’t be included in the posts I send out via email. Subscribe here if you’re interested in receiving my featured posts via email.
Here are a few new stories from the world of Breaking Bad:
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2013′s Top 10 (Breaking Bad) Posts on

2013 was the best year ever for my blog.
I experienced a ten-fold increase in total pageviews and nearly a twenty-fold increase in unique visitors.[ref]While that might sound impressive, it’s easy to have such a large jump when your numbers from the previous year were woefully low.[/ref]
As far as I can tell, that occurred for five reasons:

  1. I released a book about a culturally inescapable show.
  2. I blogged about that show for each of its last eight episodes.
  3. Many, many people wanted to know who Thomas Schnauz Sr. is.
  4. I blogged more consistently.
  5. I had fun.

Since I’ve lately been in a Top 10 mood, here are my Top 10 posts from 2013, in reverse order:
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Breaking Bad: Where Are They Now?

If you’re a fan of Breaking Bad, are you living in willful denial that the show has ended?

The Gospel According to Breaking Bad by Blake Atwood
Makes a great gift at just $11.39!

Fortunately, today marks the day that you can relive the epic saga of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman through two new products: the Breaking Bad Complete Series on DVD and the freshly released print edition of my book, The Gospel According to Breaking Bad.[ref]It’ll make a swell Christmas present for the Breaking Bad fans in your life.[/ref] Additionally, the ebook version is now on sale for 99¢. Both versions include all new chapter illustrations by Wes Molebash, plus an expanded last chapter that looks at what was right, and what was wrong, about the Breaking Bad finale.
You can help me out with the print release by clicking to tweet this: Enjoy #BreakingBad? Learn more about the show in “The Gospel According to Breaking Bad”
The fitting packaging for the Breaking Bad complete series on DVD.
The fitting packaging for the Breaking Bad complete series on DVD.

Like you, these characters have taken residence in my head for quite some time, and it’s hard to say goodbye to those familiar faces that greeted us every Sunday night.[ref]Even if some of those faces wielded box cutters, were perched on a tortoise, or had half of their fuzzy pink body charred.[/ref] However, life marches on, and a man has to provide for his family. To that end, here’s what many of the cast of Breaking Bad are up to these days.
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10 Moments You Might Have Missed in Breaking Bad's 'Felina'

When asked by GQ Magazine how he thought Breaking Bad should end, Bryan Cranston said, “However Vince Gilligan wants it to end” (“The Last Stand of Walter White,” Brett Martin).

Breaking Bad Felina

In an interview about Season 5, Episode 16’s Breaking Bad Felina finale, Vince Gilligan said, “I think plenty of people out there will have had a different ending for this show in their mind’s eye and therefore we’re bound to disappoint a certain number of folks (including this folk to a certain degree, but that’s fodder in the last chapter of my book), but I really think I can say with confidence that we made ourselves happy and that was not remotely a sure thing for the better part of a year. I feel that the ending satisfies me and that’s something that I’m happy about”(‘Breaking Bad’: Creator Vince Gilligan explains series finale,” Dan Snierson for Entertainment Weekly. This is a very insightful interview with Vince Gilligan about “Felina.” It includes a few alternate endings of what could have happened in the Blue-White-Pink world of Breaking Bad‘s ABQ as well as the old western movie that highly influenced the very end of the episode.)
Whether or not you thought Breaking Bad‘s series finale met your likely lofty expectations, here are 10 moments you might have missed in “Felina.” (Even though I’m sure you didn’t, because if you were one of the 10.3 million people who watched the finale, you couldn’t take your eyes of the scree.) And buckle in. This is going to be an extended edition, because I’ll never get another chance to write one of these posts!

Breaking Bad Felina

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