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TV Junkie: 'Breaking Bad' Renewed; Kate Finally Cancelled; Tears for Brody/Cheers for Eddie
Just as I predicted here in a column a couple weeks ago,AMC has renewed "Breaking Bad" for a fifth and final season composed of 16 episodes, 3 more than the last 3 seasons. There was no way AMC was going to lose one of the most critically acclaimed shows on television and a show that has leapt exponentially in viewership since it's debut, including steady gains for the current season as well. In my discussions with people involved with the production, it seems that all the hand-wringing and doomsaying by other critics was simply internet hyperbole by those desperate to get some readers.I know that many of us are very much looking forward to creator Vince Gilligan bringing his story about a cancer-stricken high school chemistry teacher-turned-meth-cooker full circle. It can't possibly end well for any of the characters, but it will be incredibly well told and portrayed by a cast that has become more remarkable as each season has rolled out.
TLC has finally cancelled Kate Gosselin's "Kate Plus 8" with the last episode airing September 12th. The problem is that now there are about 50 similar shows on television that should also be cancelled, and TLC has a number of them - get back to work with the ax.
I've got to admit I'm a bit worried about comedian Brody Stevens. I saw him do a spectacular set at Just For Laughs in Montreal about 3 weeks ago and I've been enjoying his Twitter stream quite a bit lately - but evidently his camping out at a San Fernando Valley Starbucks has been less than welcome for an employee there and Stevens was arrested and then handed over to the UCLA psych ward for a 2 week evaluation period. Evidently friend and former "Chelsea Lately" colleague Josh Wolf tried to visit Stevens in jail last week but was not allowed access, hopefully he was able to see him over the weekend at UCLA. I found Brody not only incredibly funny, but also very approachable and friendly when I met him in Montreal so I'm hopeful that this is all some kind of misunderstanding that will blow over soon.
On a more positive comedic note, the fantastic Eddie Pepitone of The Long Shot Podcast and his hilarious daily video comic, "Puddin' Strip," is featured on both the most recent WTFpod with Marc Maron, as well as Scott Aukerman's Comedy Bang Bang podcast. All the linked stuff in this paragraph is hilarious and worth subscribing to.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Adventure Time," "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations," "James May Drinks to Britain," "Chelsea Lately," "The Colbert Report," "Jimmy Kimmel Live"
8:00pm Adventure Time Cartoon Network - Two adventurers help bizarre characters in need of unique assistance.
9:00pm Gloria: In Her Own Words HBO - The life of Gloria Steinem, feminist and political activist.
9:00pm Warehouse 13 Syfy - Don't Hate the Player The team rescues video game developers, and a Van Gogh painting makes for a "Stormy Night."
9:00pm The Lying Game ABC Family - Series Premiere. Emma and Sutton are identical twins separated at birth but raised in very different circumstances.
9:00pm Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Travel - Ukraine Tony and Zamir go through a former top secret Soviet site, the ghost town of Chernobyl, drink and eat green borscht.
10:00pm Weeds Showtime - Synthetics Nancy's ex-cell mate visits; Andy and Silas disagree about the bike shop; Shane receives an unexpected education.
10:00pm Alphas Syfy - Bill and Gary's Excellent Adventure Gary and Harken come across an active FBI case involving a kidnapping
10:20pm James May Drinks to Britain BBC America - James and Oz sample vodka, perry and wines in Wales.
10:30pm The Big C Showtime - The Last Thanksgiving A secret is revealed at Thanksgiving dinner; Paul considers a different way to generate income.
11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actress Elizabeth Banks; comic Josh Wolf, comic Sarah Colonna, and comic Greg Fitzsimmons
11:00pm Conan TBS - Comic Kathy Griffin; actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse; Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue perform.
11:30pm The Colbert Report Comedy Central - Interview guest: Ambassador Susan Rice
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actress Betty White; director Robert Rodriguez; Josh Ritter performs.