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    TV Critic’s Corner

    Details of ‘Breaking Bad’ sequel emerge

    Aaron Paul (left) and Bryan Cranston in season 5 of “Breaking Bad.”
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    Aaron Paul (left) and Bryan Cranston in season 5 of “Breaking Bad.”

    More information is emerging about the “Breaking Bad” sequel. I want to block my ears and pretend it’s not happening, frankly, since I hate the idea of going back to a series that only just ended. But denial is boring, so.

    Looks like it’s going to be a TV feature, and, according to the Hollywood Reporter, it’s going to air first on Netflix, and then on AMC, the home of the original series. Usually, it works the other way around: A channel runs a season or two of a series, and Netflix picks up those earlier seasons and gets viewers to watch new episodes of the show on the original channel. Indeed, “Breaking Bad” gained viewership on AMC once earlier seasons started showing up on the streaming service. “I think Netflix kept us on the air,” Vince Gilligan said on the Emmy stage in 2013, when the show won for best drama.

    The story in the movie will revolve around Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman, a role for which he won three Emmys. Vince Gilligan, the series creator, will write the film, and he may direct it as well. Late last year, on a radio show, Bryan Cranston said he didn’t know if his character, Walter White, would be in the movie, but if Gilligan asked him he would certainly make an appearance.


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