Deputy editor of xoJane Mandy Stadtmiller admits her Breaking Bad secret, her love for old Steve Martin jokes, and talks about Lana Del Rey’s lowbrow brilliance. Don’t miss Stadtmiller as a featured panelist in THE APPROVAL MATRIX: “#WorstPeopleEver”.
The best drama series on TV defy easy categorizations — they’re procedurals with deeply nuanced characters, supernatural thrillers with political ramifications, period pieces impeccably dressed. Some of them invented a whole new way of thinking about television, paving the way for future classics. Others, well, they’re just one-of-a-kind.
Last night Breaking Bad swept the Emmys with wins across the board. Want to know the secrets to Vince Gilligan’s successful creation? Check out the insider stories from Vince, Bryan Cranston and the Breaking Bad writing team in THE WRITERS’ ROOM video clips.
Walter White fans: Here’s another chance to win a copy of the the coveted, never-for-sale collector’s item.
SundanceTV’s sister network AMC scored 16 Emmy nominations for Breaking Bad! In honor of the good news, ten lucky fans have a chance to win a copy of AMC’s Breaking Bad comic book. To enter, follow @SundanceTV on Twitter then tweet #BBComicSweeps. Once you do, you’ll be automatically entered for the drawing.
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Emmy Award Nominees Vince Gilligan, Beau Willimon, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss Talk Shop on “THE WRITERS’ ROOM”
Breaking Bad. Game of Thrones. House of Cards. True Detective. There’s a reason these shows are Emmy-nominated this year for best writing in a drama series. The writers are the best in the business. Check out the insider secrets and expert opinions from three out of four of the nominated shows’ writing teams in THE WRITERS’ ROOM video clips.
6 Questions With Executive Producer Melissa Bernstein (“Rectify,” “Breaking Bad” and “Halt and Catch Fire”)
Executive producer Melissa Bernstein discusses unconventional storytelling, connections between RECTIFY and Breaking Bad, and her latest project Halt and Catch Fire.
Q: How did you originally get involved with RECTIFY?
A: Mark Johnson, who I produce with, has known Ray McKinnon for years, and checked in with him periodically and got very lucky on timing. He checked in with Ray very shortly after he’d finished writing the pilot for RECTIFY on spec. And Ray agreed to share said pilot with Mark, who shared it with me that same evening. We read it within 24 hours and immediately fell in love with it. It was just so specific and beautifully written, and it was really in a setting that was so fresh and unique. We asked Ray if we could produce it and developed it for a year or so at AMC. And AMC ultimately had a different mandate at the time, so we just kept pushing and pushing and found a home at Sundance, where it belonged!
Q: Has this ten-episode season been more or less challenging than doing six episodes last year?
Sundance: Aaron Paul on Why He’ll Never Be the Next Tom Cruise and Resurrecting Jesse Pinkman for AMC
Aaron Paul is not Jesse Pinkman. Thanks to five trailblazing seasons on Breaking Bad, it’s damn near impossible not to think of Paul as anyone else. But as he stressed to Indiewire in Park City, the deeply troubled Pinkman is his “opposite.” The same goes for the alcoholic father he plays in Kat Candler’s scorching directorial debut, HELLION, which premiered in competition here at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival late last week.
In advance of the upcoming Golden Globe® and guild nominations, Sundance Channel will give the awards community a thought provoking “For Your Consideration” campaign that explores some of the risk-taking questions raised by the network’s first original scripted series, RECTIFY.
SUNDANCE CHANNEL AND ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY SET TO PREMIERE ‘THE WRITERS’ ROOM’ ON MONDAY, JULY 29, HOSTED BY ACADEMY AWARD©-WINNING SCREENWRITER AND ‘COMMUNITY’ STAR JIM RASH
PREMIERE SEASON TO FEATURE STELLAR LINE-UP OF HIT SCRIPTED SERIES ‘BREAKING BAD’, ‘DEXTER’, ‘GAME OF THRONES’, ‘AMERICAN HORROR STORY’, ‘PARKS AND RECREATION’ AND ‘NEW GIRL’
Presented by Sundance Channel and Entertainment Weekly, THE WRITERS’ ROOM is set to premiere on Monday, July 29 and will be hosted by Academy Award©-winning screenwriter (THE DESCENDANTS), comedian and actor Jim Rash (Community). The six episode half-hour series will spotlight an array of scripted television shows – from today’s pioneering cable dramas, including BREAKING BAD, Dexter, Game of Thrones and American Horror Story to the most critically acclaimed and popular network sitcoms, including Parks and Recreation and New Girl. The roundtable talk show will delve deep into the world of TV’s creative masterminds, divulging inside details about their smartest choices, toughest decisions and biggest mistakes. The announcement was made today by Sarah Barnett, Sundance Channel President and General Manager.
Our corporate cousins over at AMC’s Breaking Bad blog caught up with that show’s co-Executive Producer Melissa Bernstein and guess what? She couldn’t help but share some insight into her next big project, Sundance Channel’s new original series Rectify. Check out what the show has in common with Breaking Bad so you can be ready for the big premiere on Monday, April 22nd at 9PM.
A 2011 study found that less than one percent of regular characters on scripted shows were disabled, and that number was falling. That’s pretty remarkable when you consider that approximately 20% of the population is disabled; talk about some disproportionate representation in pop culture. And it gets worse: Most disabled characters are not even played by people with disabilities. The practice of using nondisabled actors in disabled roles is known as “cripface,” and it’s a serious problem in Hollywood. That’s why actors like RJ Mitte, who plays Walter Jr. on Breaking Bad — premiering this Sunday — are especially important.
When I was a kid I liked to “play” some of my favorite TV shows with my LEGOs. I guess it was sort of like “recreating” Thunder Cats with what I had on hand (since my parents wouldn’t buy me the actual Thunder Cats toys…which I’ll get over never, Mom). None of my efforts managed to come close to this LEGO recreation of a Breaking Bad meth lab.
FROM THE PRODUCERS OF AWARD-WINNING BREAKING BAD, THIS PROJECT IS SUNDANCE CHANNEL’S FIRST WHOLLY-OWNED PRODUCTION
PREMIERES SIMULTANEOUSLY ON SUNDANCE CHANNEL GLOBAL
Further solidifying Sundance Channel’s commitment to high quality scripted programming, the channel today greenlit original scripted series RECTIFY with a six episode order. The hour-long legal drama was created and written by Academy Award winner Ray McKinnon (The Accountant) who also serves as executive producer on the project. The series represents the first wholly owned Sundance Channel scripted production. In addition, it will be the first project to premiere simultaneously on Sundance Channel in the United States and on Sundance Channel Global in countries throughout Europe, Asia and North America.
Veteran producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein of production company Gran Via will also serve as executive producers. This marks the second project for Johnson and Bernstein with AMC Networks. The first is AMC’s Emmy Award-winning series, Breaking Bad.