Breaking Bad Round Up


Anna Gunn has a new gig.

The "Breaking Bad" actress has been cast in Bravo's "Rita." The one hour drama is a new project for Bravo, adapted from an original Danish format. Gunn will play a private school teacher trying to balance the parenting of her own children with the children and their intense parents at the school.

Breaking Bad is ending. Remember? Of course you remember; it's the blood in your veins, the air in your lungs. As usual with the show, actual information about the final eight episodes is scant, but actor Dean Norris says they'll be "Hank-centric." Not that he wanted it that way. "When [AMC] originally picked up the 16 [episodes] I thought, 'Great, I can do a pilot, do the 16 and then be free to do a show," Norris tells Canada's National Post. But man plans, God laughs! God here is AMC. "Then at some point fucking whoever decided they were going to split it into two eights so it cut me off from doing a pilot — and I had a pilot I wanted to do." So he made a request. "I called Vince [Gilligan] and I said, ‘Hey man, maybe Hank should die in the first eight [of season five]." Gilligan demurred — "I need you, what else am I going to write about in the last eight?" Norris says he was told — and here we are. Presumably this means Hank does not die in the first episode back!

With the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad set to air this summer, fans are extremely curious how the beloved AMC series will wrap up the tale of Walter White.

The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt and R.J. Mitte on the red carpet before the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday to find out how the final episodes were going. Later that night, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston, who plays science teacher-turned-meth kingpin Walter on the show, won his first Actor award for his work on the series.

The first eight episodes of the split season ended with Walter deciding to exit the meth business, but his detective brother-in-law, Hank Schrader (Dean Norris) might have figured out that Walt is the infamous meth producer that's been running their town.

The actors have shot the first couple of episodes of the final half-season but have about six more left to shoot. They tell THR that they don’t know how the series will end and have yet to see any of the very final scripts.

“I think there’s going to be so much secrecy and mystery around it that I don’t think any of us will know until we get there,” says Gunn, who plays Walter's wife Skyler.

As for what hopes she may hold for her character, Gunn says her wish is pretty basic: “I hope she survives.”

    Shooting the final season of the explosive drama has been bittersweet and sometimes emotional for some of the actors.

“Dean Norris and I are not a sappy TV couple, but we’ve been a little sappy, like, ‘I love working with you so much,' ” says Brandt, who plays Hank Schrader's wife Marie.

Gunn says that she’s just trying to enjoy every moment that they have left on set.

“I’m trying not to get ahead of myself,” she says. “I’m trying to relish and savor every second of it because we’re so lucky.”

Mitte, who plays Walter White’s son on the show, says that the last eight episodes are “just outstanding.”

“I’m really excited to see how everything plays out,” he adds.


Breaking Bad's Betsy Brandt has been tapped to star opposite Fox in NBC's upcoming semi-autobiographical comedy series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Inspired by the former Family Ties actor's life, NBC ordered 22 episodes of the untitled single-camera comedy starring Fox as a husband and father of three from New York City dealing with family, career and challenges -- including Parkinson's disease.

Fox will play Mike Burnaby, a former lead anchor at a local station in New York City who decides to go back to work after Parkinson's forced him to take time off.

Brandt, who has played Marie Schrader in the AMC drama from Vince Gilligan since the pilot, will play Mike's wife, Annie. She's described as being tough yet loyal with a goofy side, and works at the school of the couple's middle child, Eve (who has yet to be cast).

Brandt joins a cast that includes Wonderfalls' Katie Finneran as Leigh, Mike's younger sister; Conor Romero (American Gangster) as Ian, Mike's teenage son; and newcomer Jack Gore, who will play Graham, Mike's youngest son. Treme's Wendell Pierce will play Harris Green, Mike's close friend and old boss at WNBC's 5 O'Clock News.

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