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'China's Walter White' Tried to Solve Australia's Drug Dearth

$600K-per-month make-and-export business was going well until he got busted

(Newser) - A 46-year-old chemistry professor identified only as Zhang, but who Time notes has been called "China's Walter White" in reference to the lead character of AMC's Breaking Bad, was convicted Tuesday of whipping up and selling 32 kilos of drugs—though prosecutors think the amount produced was... More »

10 Best TV Shows of All Time

'The Sopranos' takes the No. 1 spot

(Newser) - Getting people to agree on the greatest TV show of all time is about as futile as trying to sway people to your side in a political argument on Facebook. Undaunted, Rolling Stone adds its thoughts to the mix with what it calls its "definitive ranking of the game-changing... More »

Young Killers Took Tips From Breaking Bad: Prosecutor

They allegedly tried to dissolve woman's body in chlorine acid

(Newser) - A murder case in France is getting attention not only for its gruesome details, but because of the apparent inspiration the killers drew from Breaking Bad, a prosecutor says. After reports that 23-year-old Eva Bourseau had been missing for two weeks, authorities climbed through her Toulouse apartment skylight last Monday... More »

Meth Lab Found in Home of Third-Grade Teacher

Cops say she ran it with her husband

(Newser) - Shades of Walter White : A teacher in North Carolina has been charged with running a meth lab. Police say Lori Whitley, 38, and husband Gary Whitley, 41, ran a meth lab inside their own home near Zebulon. Both are in jail, and Lori Whitley has been suspended from her job... More »

Breaking Bad Creator: Stop Tossing Pizzas on Home

People are recreating scene at house used as Walter White's residence

(Newser) - An unusual plea from the creator of Breaking Bad to fans: Please stop tormenting the actual people who live in Walter White's home by throwing pizza on their roof. In a podcast for spinoff Better Call Saul, Vince Gilligan explains that fans are trying to recreate a scene from... More »

Critics Put Better Call Saul on Speed Dial

Accolades already filtering in for 'Breaking Bad' spinoff with Bob Odenkirk

(Newser) - "Every sleazeball has a story to tell" tops the Washington Post review of Better Call Saul, AMC's much-anticipated spinoff to Breaking Bad —and if the reviews so far are any indication, it's a story people want to hear. The show dedicated to Saul Goodman, the seedy... More »

Worst Part of Breaking Bad Toys Mess: Adult Buyers

Rupert Myers thinks recent controversy is a bad sign of our times

(Newser) - Toys R Us has acquiesced to angry parents and pulled Breaking Bad dolls —sorry, action figures—from its shelves. Nobody wants kids to have meth-makers as role models, but at the Guardian , Rupert Myers thinks there's a much bigger, sadder problem here: These figurines were really for adults,... More »

Toys R Us: Breaking Bad Dolls on 'Sabbatical'

Meth-dealing action figures pulled after petition

(Newser) - Bad news for Breaking Bad fans: Toys R Us has decided to pull a range of dolls based on the series—which came complete with bags of meth and cash—after a petition started by a Florida mom gained more than 9,000 signatures. The retailer tells the AP that... More »

Breaking Bad, Modern Family Grab Top Emmys

They win best drama, best comedy series

(Newser) - Seth Meyers opened tonight's Emmy Awards with quite a few jokes about the fact that the ceremony was held on a Monday night rather than a Sunday night before opening things up to the first presenter: none other than Amy Poehler, who handed out the night's first award,... More »

Bryan Cranston Teases About Breaking Bad Bombshell

He plays along with crazy theory on Walter White

(Newser) - Bryan Cranston is out plugging his new movie, Godzilla, and if his goal is to generate headlines, then job well done. Except he did it with a reference not to the action flick but to Breaking Bad, notes Time . (Anyone months behind on their Netflix viewing should stop reading now.... More »

Bryan Cranston Helps Teen Ask Girl to Prom

In character as Walter White from 'Breaking Bad'

(Newser) - Breaking Bad signed off for good a little more than six months ago, but Walter White is still out there. What has he been up to? Helping a high school student ask a girl to prom. "If you don't go to the prom with Stefan, then maybe your... More »

McConaughey, Hustle Win at SAGs

Awards season is beginning to look sort of set

(Newser) - Matthew McConaughey and American Hustle are beginning to make the Oscars look sort of inevitable, adding Screen Actors Guild Awards wins last night to their Golden Globes . McConaughey again took home the lead actor award for Dallas Buyers Club, which also earned Jared Leto a best supporting actor award, while... More »

Blue Breaking Bad Meth Showing Up in New Mexico

Dealers apparently hoping to cash in on show

(Newser) - A new type of meth is on the rise in New Mexico, and it would make Walter White proud. Federal investigators say blue-tinted meth, just like the kind seen on AMC's Breaking Bad, is being sold in the state. Authorities say distributors are cutting the drug with chemicals to... More »

Here Are Your Golden Globes Winners

Big winners: American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave, Breaking Bad

(Newser) - Tina Fey and Amy Poehler opened the Golden Globes tonight , and then it was on to the awards:
  • Best supporting actress in a motion picture: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
  • Best supporting actress in a TV series, miniseries, or movie: Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing on the Edge
  • Best TV miniseries or movie:
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Guy Who Won Breaking Bad Contest Busted for Drugs

Months after watching finale with stars of the show

(Newser) - A 28-year-old Florida man won a trip to Hollywood in September to watch the Breaking Bad finale with the stars of the show about a meth kingpin ... and, months later, he was busted on drug charges. Investigators searched Ryan Lee Carroll's San Carlos Park home Tuesday, and Carroll was... More »

You're Not 'Binge-Watching,' You're 'Being Lazy'

Willa Paskin thinks marathon sessions are getting too much credit

(Newser) - Once upon a time, spending six straight hours watching TV was considered a mind-rotting display of laziness. Now, it's called " binge-watching ," and it's "the culturally sanctioned activity of high-achieving, culturally literate adults," writes Slate TV critic Willa Paskin. But she's not convinced it'... More »

People Not Happy About Fake Breaking Bad Funeral

Walter White gravesite, headstone anger some

(Newser) - A fake funeral was held Saturday for Breaking Bad character Walter White in Albuquerque, offering some 200 fans a chance to pay their last respects to a show that, as one attendee put it, "brought people into Albuquerque, it brought attention into Albuquerque, and it brought money into Albuquerque.... More »

Anthony Hopkins Wrote Bryan Cranston an Amazing Letter

Let's just say Hopkins enjoyed 'Breaking Bad'

(Newser) - The latest proof that celebrities are just like us: Anthony Hopkins binge-watched Breaking Bad over a period of two weeks, and to say he was impressed is a bit of an understatement. Upon finishing the last episode, around midnight on a recent evening, Hopkins immediately dashed off an email to... More »

DreamWorks CEO Offered $75M for More Breaking Bad

At $415K a minute, but it wasn't to be

(Newser) - If you would have paid a few extra bucks for a couple more hits of Breaking Bad, you weren't the only one. DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg was so "nuts for the show" that weeks ago he offered to pay $75 million for three more episodes, Variety reports; that'... More »

Breaking Bad Finale Breaks Ratings Records

Most watched basic cable series finale ever with 10.3M viewers

(Newser) - Most TV shows tend to lose viewers as they wind down into their final seasons, but Breaking Bad was never most TV shows. It just kept getting more popular. Last night's acclaimed series finale pulled in a massive 10.3 million viewers, smashing the show's own record of... More »

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