“Breaking Bad” Celebrated With Calendar, Exhibit, Hollywood Screening

From Geek Goes Rogue TV Editor Zach Lorton, as told to by the sleeping wife one day after their 10th anniversary:

“I’m sorry, Dave.  I can’t do that.”

“Breaking Bad” has become one of those television shows that influences the culture it was introduced to.  I’ve seen food products, clothing, stickers, room decor, and even bath salts that have been based on the characters in the program.

And it’s no surprise.  Breaking Bad made waves when it was first picked up by AMC in 2007 as part of the network’s push into scripted programming.  It, along with “Mad Men” and other similar programs, catapulted AMC into the high ranks of networks to watch out for.  Bryan Cranston promptly won 3 Emmy Awards in a row for his portrayal of Walter White, and he was joined by actor Aaron Paul with 2 Emmys for his portrayal of Jesse Pinkman, Walter’s partner in crime.  The show has won a few dozen other awards from various sources, including 4 AFI Awards for TV Program of the Year (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013).

AMC is counting down the days until the final episodes begin airing in just over a month’s time, and in grand style, so is Vulture magazine, with their “Breaking Badvent.”  30 days of counting down to the start of the series’ final 8 episodes can be found at Vulture’s website.

Also, the show has been given quite an honor, AMC reports, by being given its own exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, New York.  “From Mr. Chips to Scarface: Walter White’s Transformation in Breaking Bad” will be on display from July 26th through October 27th, and will feature several costumes, such as Heisenberg’s pork pie hat and the briefs Cranston wore during the first meth cooking sequence, as well as props from the show, including PET scans, the pink teddy bear from season 2, and a copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.

And Variety reports that in grand fashion, the finale of the series will be screened at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Forever Cemetery.  The cemetery has hosted many film and TV show screenings, and this year’s events include screenings of Caddyshack and Taxi Driver, as well a concerts from KT Tunstall, The National, and James Blake.  Aaron Paul even tweeted in June that September 29th would bring a screening of the pilot episode as well as the very last episode of the series.  “I will be there,” his tweet concluded.  “Will you?”

No.  No, I won’t.  I’ll be watching it at home, probably several hours after it has aired so that my wife doesn’t also have to sit through it.  I have a feeling it will be immersive and intense, and she doesn’t watch TV so that she can do intense.  But I may just ask her for this T-shirt for Christmas:

So there you have it.  The final season begins Sunday, August 11 on AMC.  Watch full episodes from Season 5 at AMC’s website for only 3 more days.


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