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EMMYS: A Year After Its Finale Bryan Cranston Still Hopes ‘Breaking Bad’ Has Awards Mojo On Its Side

By | Wednesday July 30, 2014 @ 3:44pm PDT
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EMMYS:  A Year After Its Finale Bryan Cranston Still Hopes ‘Breaking Bad’ Has Awards Mojo On Its SideBreaking Bad may have finished its run a year ago but, as far as Emmys are concerned, it has all the heat now – and then some. It recently won Best Drama Series from the Critics Choice Television Awards, Program Of The Year  from the Television Critics Association and even finally the Golden Globe last January for the show and star Bryan Cranston after essentially being ignored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for the length of its 6-year  run. The show has really come into its own and continues to be talked about and debated, and has taken a kind of victory tour at all the Guild shows as well since finally winning its first Best Drama Series Emmy in 2013. And it is nominated again, for the last time, for those final eight episodes that ran last summer just as Emmy voting for the previous season was in full force. Some think voters gave breaking-bad-beats-mad-men-and-homeland-to-win-best-drama-seriesit the Emmy then as much for the new shows, that were unspooling as they had ballots in hand, as much they did for the eligible 8 shows from  the first half of the sixth and final season. It begs the question whether the Academy is ready to go there one more time even though BB long ago finished its first-run episodes on AMC. But despite three lead actor Emmys in 2008, 2009 and 2010 for Cranston as well as a pair for … Read More »

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UPDATED: Leaked List Leads To Laughs At TCA Awards

By | Saturday July 19, 2014 @ 9:56pm PDT

UPDATED: Leaked List Leads To Laughs At TCA AwardsUPDATED from TCA Awards: “First of all, I’d like to thank Variety and Gold Derby for letting me know that I should come tonight — I appreciate that very much. I got a dress, lickety split!” Julia Louis-Dreyfus said as she picked up her trophy for Best Individual Performance in Comedy.

The winners of the 2014 TCA Awards were leaked online this afternoon. But, in truth, the winners had learned some time ago they’d won — only winners show up at this non-televised trophy show. Nobody made Matthew McConaughey wise about this, however. Taking the stage to receive the trophy for Best Individual Performance in Drama, he tried to personally address his fellow nominees in his acceptance speech, calling them out by name and looking for them in the Beverly Hilton ballroom — the same room in which the Golden Globes are held each year. After running through the first couple names, creating awkwardness among critics, he singled out fellow nominee Bryan Cranston, saying, “You are here, sir!” Cranston, however, showed up not because he was nommed in the drama acting derby, but because Breaking Bad  had won Program of the Year for a second year running.

“Everyone [tonight] is thanking HBO,” Cranston said after HBO programs took four of the night’s trophies. “So,  thank you, HBO! Early on — you turned us down,” Cranston said on stage when the Breaking Bad win was announced.  He thanked TV critics for praising the AMC drama when few were watching “this story … Read More »

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TCA: AMC’s ‘Better Call Saul’ Not So Much A Prequel After All

TCA: AMC’s ‘Better Call Saul’ Not So Much A Prequel After AllWhen AMC first announced its Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul, it was called a prequel that would focus on the evolution of Bob Odenkirk‘s popular Saul Goodman character before Saul became Walter White’s lawyer. Today, answering TV critics’ questions about reports the sequel will jump around in time, as had Breaking Bad, exec producer Vince Gilligan Peter Gould Vince Gilliganresponded: “I think the best way to answer this is that you saw, from Breaking Bad, we like nonlinear storytelling. I would definitely point you in the direction of anything that is possible on Breaking Bad is possible on Better Call Saul. It’s fun for us to be as nonlinear as possible.”

That said, the series will have as its base the start year of 2002, Gilligan said. “I hesitate to say it, but it is indeed a period piece,” he said. “I can’t believe it myself — it’s like it was yesterday, but it was 12 years ago.”

(UPDATE: Gilligan and fellow exec producer/writer Peter Gould also revealed that Goodman’s character won’t be called Saul Goodman: He will be known as Jimmy McGill as the series tracks his transformation from a small-time lawyer hustling to make ends meet into Saul Goodman.)

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TV critics — major Breaking Bad fans — immediately began asking which characters from that beloved series they could expect to see brought back in the first season of Saul. Gilligan amclogo4__140305172543-275x125__140516202144and Gould said they are now working on Episode 8 and have yet to bring back anyone. “We’re trying to make something that stands on its own, that has entertainment value not just as seeing a series of old favorites or “remember when” – not the series equivalent of a clip show,” Gould explained.

“We’re still feeling our way through this…figuring out if and when — when and if — to see some of these characters,” Gilligan added, ominously

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EMMYS: Ricky Gervais “Nearly Cried” & Other Noms Twitter Reactions

By and | Thursday July 10, 2014 @ 10:36am PDT

EMMYS: Ricky Gervais “Nearly Cried” & Other Noms Twitter ReactionsThe Derek star may have almost had waterworks but he was far from the only one getting emotional online after the TV Academy announced the list of nominees announced for this year’s Emmy Awards. Check out some of the best tweets we saw this morning. Do you have any more good ones we can add in?

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Critics’ Choice TV Awards: ‘Orange Is The New Black’ & ‘Breaking Bad’ Named Best Series; ‘Fargo’ Wins 3

Critics’ Choice TV Awards: ‘Orange Is The New Black’ & ‘Breaking Bad’ Named Best Series; ‘Fargo’ Wins 3Orange Is The New Black was the big winner tonight at the fourth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards. The Netflix original won Best Comedy Series along with Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Kate Mulgrew (in a tie with Mom’s Allison Janney) and Best Guest Performance in a Comedy for Uzo Aduba. The Broadcast Television Journalists Association named AMC’s now-wrapped Breaking Bad as Best Drama Series for the second consecutive year, beating out HBO’s True Detective, among others. But that show’s Matthew McConaughey continued his awards-laden year with a'Orange Is The New Black' win for Best Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Rust Cohle. Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany took Best Actress in a Drama Series, repeating her 2013 win. Jim Parsons scored Best Actor in a Comedy Series for CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, and twi-time defending Emmy champ Julia Louis-Dreyfus won Best Actress in a Comedy for HBO’s Veep. She also won the CCTV Award last year. FX’s Fargo was named Best Miniseries and also won for lead actor Billy Bob Thornton and supporting actress Allison Tolman. FX’s Archer repeated as Best Animated Series winner. FX went into the night with the most nominations (19) and led all networks with five wins, followed by HBO with four and three each for Fox and Netflix. Double winners included Janney, who also picked up Best Guest Performance FX-logoin a Drama Series for Showtime’s Masters Of Sex; Breaking Bad, which also scored a supporting actor nod for Aaron Paul; Fox/National Geographic’s science lesson Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, which took Best Reality Series and Reality Series Host for Neil deGrasse Tyson; and HBO’s The Normal Heart, winner for Best Movie and Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries for Matt Bomer. Ryan Murphy took home the group’s Louis XIII Genius Award, which honors a TV icon. The show aired live on the East Coast and tape delayed in the West. Here is the full list of winners: Read More »

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EMMYS: Drama Contenders Race Shaken Up By ‘True Detective’

EMMYS: Drama Contenders Race Shaken Up By ‘True Detective’Image (2) Awardsline-logo_use-this-one__140529211810-275x38.jpg for post 738599With outstanding drama series being the Powerball/Mega Millions of the Primetime Emmy Awards, any change in this particular competition is bound to cause a certain amount of eyebrow raising in the TV industry.  And, sure enough, the Television Academy’s decision this year to let HBO enter True Detective as a drama series, which is how HBO says it always envisioned the program, is being viewed by some rivals as an introduction of a large grain of sand in their spiritual spinach. Non-fans of the decision complain that the program has an unfair advantage and belongs in the miniseries race. True Detective, which will reboot with a new cast and storyline each season, is able to attract Hollywood heavyweights such as Matthew McConaughey because it only asks of them a one-season, eight-episode commitment. Ironically, that also might be the best explanation yet as to why the TV Academy did not balk when HBO submitted it as a drama. The program also stands to benefit from the TV Academy’s loosening of the “2 percent” rule for the drama series competition, which could open up the race to allow for seven nominees. Read More »

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Director Michelle MacLaren Inks HBO Deal

By | Wednesday June 11, 2014 @ 9:56am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

maclaren copyEXCLUSIVE: Breaking Bad executive producer/director Michelle MacLaren has signed a two-year first-look deal with HBO. The pay cable network has had its eye on MacLaren for a while — she has become one of the go-to directors for HBO’s flagship drama Game Of Thrones, directing four episodes over the past two seasons. She is now directing an episode of HBO’s new drama series, The Leftovers. 

maclarengilliganMacLaren shared in the best drama Emmy AMC’s Vince Gilligan-created Breaking Bad won last year, and has earned two directing Emmy nominations. She also is involved in the Breaking Bad prequel series, Better Call Saul. MacLaren, repped by ICM Partners and attorney Mitch Smelkinson, first worked with Gilligan on Harsh Realm and The X-Files, on both of which she served as a co-executive producer, making her directorial debut on X-Files.

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DeadlineNow: All The Drama Is In Emmy Best Drama Race (Video)

By | Tuesday June 3, 2014 @ 5:04pm PDT
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Emmy Campaigning Heats Up

The inclusion of HBO's 'True Detective' into the Best Drama Series race has ratcheted up the tension in the category -- especially for fellow high-profile hopefuls like AMC's 'Breaking Bad' and 'Mad Men'. Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond and Dominic Patten discuss.

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DeadlineNow: Super Bowl, ‘Breaking Bad’ & Oscars Top Twitter TV Rankings (Video)

By | Monday June 2, 2014 @ 4:22pm PDT
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Twitter Season TV Rankings Heavy On Sports & Awards Shows

Nielsen's season-ending rankings show that live TV events still rule -- though 'Breaking Bad','The Walking Dead' and 'The Voice' get plenty of social media traction. Deadline's David Bloom and Dominic Patten discuss.

Related: Nielsen’s Twitter TV Season Highlights: ‘Breaking Bad’, Football, Oscars

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Television Critics Association Unveils Nominees For TCA Awards

By | Tuesday May 27, 2014 @ 10:01am PDT

breaking bad logoAMC’s Breaking Bad will defend its Program of the Year trophy against HBO’s Game Of Thrones and True Detective, CBS’ The Good Wife, and Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black at this year’s TV Critics Association Awards. This year’s lineup of noms features several first-time nominees: Logo’s RuPaul’s Drag Race, Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black, FX’s Fargo, Fox Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Sleepy Hollow; and ABC Family’s The Fosters. The media organization comprised of TV critics, reporters, columnists, bloggers, etc. working in the U.S. and Canada today announced its nominations for the 30th Annual TCA Awards. The 2014 TCA Awards recognize outstanding television programming in the 2013-2014 season, honoring actors, producers and programs in a variety of categories, including news and information, youth, reality, drama and comedy achievements.

The group is  is one of few that announces who is in the running for its lifetime/career  achievement award, so you know who got beat out: This year’s nominees include Mark Burnett, James Burrows, Jay Leno, William Shatner, and Valerie Harper. The winners of the 30th Annual TCA Awards will be announced at the invitation-only presentation on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, as part of the group’s bi-annual TV Press Tour.

Below is the complete list of the 2014 Television Critics Association nominees:
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EMMYS: AMC Launches ‘Breaking Bad’ FYC Billboard Campaign

By | Monday May 19, 2014 @ 10:02am PDT

Breaking Bad Emmy 2014 Campaign

EXCLUSIVE: If you’re driving around LA today don’t be surprised to see Breaking Bad’s Walter White staring down at you. With a print campaign to follow next month, AMC is putting up Emmy consideration Emmyslogo_newbillboards in several locations around the city to remind voters that the now-completed show is still eligible to repeat its Best Drama series win last year. Breaking Bad’s final fifth season aired in a now-trendy two parts, which means it is, as the campaign says, “over but not done” when it comes to getting more Emmy love. The first part of Season 5 ran from July 15-September 2, 2012 and won the show’s first-ever Outstanding Drama Series Emmy. It is now the final eight episodes that ran from August 8-September 29, 2013 that are potential contenders with TV Academy voters. Reaching what felt like a hysteria heading into its record-breaking finale, Season 5B averaged 8.6 million viewers with 5.7 million adults 18-49. Not that AMC or producer Sony TV are done with things Breaking Bad – prequel spinoff Better Call Saul is coming this fall.

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‘Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston Writing Memoir

By | Thursday April 3, 2014 @ 2:35pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BryanCranstonAfter completing his run as tortured meth maker Walter White that won him three Emmys for Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston has made a deal with Scribner to write his memoir, to be published fall 2015. Cranston, who began his career in comedic roles that ranged from Seinfeld to Malcolm In The Middle, took a dramatic detour in the Vince Gilligan-created AMC series that now defines his career. He’s currently starring as LBJ on Broadway’s All The Way. “Walter White taught me a lot — some of it useful, some of it dangerous,” said Cranston. “With this book, I want to tell the stories of my life and reveal the secrets and lies that I lived with for six years shooting Breaking Bad.”

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‘Gravity,’ ‘Captain Phillips’ Nab MPSE Sound Editing Awards

By | Sunday February 16, 2014 @ 11:15pm PST

MPSE-Golden-Reels__130118024549-150x150Gravity and Captain Phillips took home the big feature awards tonight — for Best Sound Effects & Foley work and Best Dialogue/ADR, respectively — as the Motion Picture Sound Editors doled out annual awards recognizing achievement in sound editing. HBO’s Game of Thrones, AMC’s Breaking Bad, FX’s The Bridge and FX’s Sons of Anarchy took home honors on the TV side. Feature films, long- and short-form TV, animation, and docus were on the docket at the black tie affair at L.A.’s Bonaventure Hotel where George Lucas presented the annual MPSE Career Achievement Award to Skywalker Sound’s Randy Thom and Ray Dolby was feted in a special tribute introduced by Walter Murch. Scroll down for full list of winners: Read More »

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The Challenges Of Dramas With Antihero Lead On Broadcast TV

By | Monday February 10, 2014 @ 7:12am PST
Nellie Andreeva

RAKE copy“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” goes Leo Tolstoy’s famous opening line from Anna Karenina. The same applies for successful and unsuccessful shows: For those that work, the reason is always the same — all elements magically came rakefoxtogether. For those that don’t, there is a usually a host of factors for each individual demise. But there have been a slew of ill-fated broadcast dramas recently that shared one thing — an unlikable antihero at the center. Two of the biggest flops of the past few years, Fox’s Lone Star and NBC’s Do No Harm and The Playboy Club, had that in common. That also applies to Fox’s newest drama entry Rake, which has been doing poorly, opening low and sliding to a 1.1 in its third airing last Thursday, despite solid reviews and a likable star in Greg Kinnear.

shieldThe Shield‘s Vic Mackey and The Sopranos’ Tony Soprano ushered in the era of the antihero, which has dominated cable ever since with such series as Showtime’s Dexter, Shameless and now Ray Donovan, AMC’s Breaking Bad and Mad Men, and FX’s Rescue Me and Sons Of Anarchy. Most have been commercial and critical successes. Read More »

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‘Phillips’ IS The Captain Now As It Defies ‘Gravity’ At The ACE Eddie Awards To Win Second Guild Honor In A Row

Pete Hammond

Just when you think you have this whole awards season thing figured out, along comes another fork in the road. Tonight’s acelogo__120219055546-200x94__140110144901American Cinema Editors Awards crowned three favorites including American Hustle as Best Edited Feature Film (comedy or musical), Frozen for Animated Feature and 20 Feet From Stardom in the corresponding Feature Documentary category. But when it came to the final award of the evening, presenter Leonardo DiCaprio opened the envelope and announced Captain Phillips which was edited by past Eddie- and Oscar-winner Christopher Rouse. This is the second week in a row where Phillips has pulled off a mini-coup after surprising at the WGA Awards by taking Best Adapted Screenplay. In retrospect that win wasn’t that stunning since Oscar front-runner in the category 12 Years A Slave was ineligible as was another major contender, Philomena. But Friday night at the ACE Eddies Phillips pulled off a major win by besting favorites Slave, and especially Gravity which was co-edited by its DGA winning and Oscar-favored Director Alfonso Cuaron. 

Related: WGA Awards: ‘Captain Phillips’ & ‘Her’ Win Top Film Awards

64th Annual ACE Eddie Awards - ShowGravity has been the favorite to win this award and several other crafts honors at the Oscars. This slowed a little of its momentum at least for the night. Will the surprise ambush at  ACE mean Captain Phillips, another superbly edited nail-biting achievement, suddenly has turned the category into a real race and put a roadblock in the way of a possible Gravity sweep? We do have to remember that it is only editors themselves voting at ACE while the entire Academy membership votes in this category, and all others, for the final Oscar winner.  I still think that gives Cuaron’s space drama the upper hand, but who knows? It was the Academy that bypassed both star Tom Hanks and director Paul Greengrass making it a bit of an underdog to the front-runners but it is on something of a roll right now.  Read More »

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‘Breaking Bad’s Jonathan Banks Joins Prequel Series ‘Better Call Saul’ For AMC

By | Monday January 27, 2014 @ 3:32pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

breakingbadmikeEXCLUSIVE: Jonathan Banks has joined Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul, AMC/Sony TV’s upcoming prequel to Emmy-winning Breaking Bad that centers on Odenkirk‘s unflappable criminal lawyer Saul Goodman. Banks will be a series regular on the show conceived by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and Breaking Bad writer-producer Peter Gould. The prequel series, slated to debut on AMC in November, will chronicle the evolution of Saul before he ever became Walter White’s lawyer. The deal with Banks means that Saul will have his trusted private investigator/fixer Michael “Mike” Ehrmantraut by his side. Banks was a regular on Breaking Bad and played Ehrmantraut for 2.5 seasons after being  introduced in the drama breakingbadmike series’ second-season finale. A former Philadelphia police officer, Mike worked as the Head of Corporate Security at Los Pollos Hermano and enforcer in Gustavo Fring’s crystal meth operation. He later became involved with Walt (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul), ultimately getting shot and killed by Walt in the Season 5A finale while trying to quit the drug business. Banks’ performance in the 2012 portion of Season 5 earned him an Emmy nomination, one of two for the veteran actor. (The first was for his role on the 1987 drama series Wiseguy).

Odenkirk and Banks are the only actors set for Better Call Saul so far. There has been a lot of speculation about which characters from … Read More »

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66th Annual DGA Awards: Alfonso Cuarón Wins Best Feature Film Director For ‘Gravity’, TV Winners Include Vince Gilligan ‘Breaking Bad’, Steven Soderbergh ‘Behind The Candelabra’, Beth McCarthy-Miller ’30 Rock’, Glenn Weiss ‘Tony Awards’ Don Roy King ‘Saturday Night Live’

DGA Award WinnersUPDATED WITH ALL WINNERS AND SPEECHES: The 66th annual DGA Awards was held tonight at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, hosted by Jane Lynch. The DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film went to Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity. This was his first DGA nomination. Cuaron reflected on his research for the film, which in many ways, focuses on Gravity‘s philosophical commentary on humanity. “We saw all these 66th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards - Press Roomphotographs of earth from space, and it’s absolutely beautiful; hues of greens and blues,” explained Cuaron, “Everything seems so organic (from space). Those silly lines and boundaries we put on political maps, you can’t see that from space. It’s a bizarre experiment of nature, that is the human experience. And it’s what we as directors try to sort out as filmmakers.” It’s worth recalling that while cuaron hasn’t made a bad movie, getting Gravity made was very difficult. Universal kicked it to the curb after Angelina Jolie dropped out. Warner bros took it in, but it was in peril after Robert Downey Jr. decided not to play the role George Clooney wound up playing. the studio looked at several actresses including Natalie Portman, before deciding on Sandra Bullock. It was a real show of faith by Warner Bros, whose movie chief Jeff Robinov championed the project. It has become an outsized global hit, following in the footsteps of Life Of Pi and Avatar. It was this movie that inspired TriStar’s Tom Rothman to want to make his first film To Reach The Clouds, the Robert Zemeckis directed film about Philippe Petit’s groundbreaking high wire walk from the North to South Tower of the World Trade Center in 1974. They are hoping Joseph Gordon Levitt will play him and that production will begin by summer. In the other major film award, Jehane Noujaim was honored as Best Documentary Director for The Square. TV winners included Vince Gilligan for Breaking Bad’s “Felina” episode, Steven Soderbergh for Behind The Candelabra and Beth McCarthy-Miller for the 30 Rock finale.

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Deadline Awards Watch 60: The Guild Awards Podcast

Deadline Awards Watch ep 60In this week’s podcast, Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond gives host David Bloom his take on the unprecedented tie in this weekend’s Producers Guild Awards for their version of the Best Picture nod, spotlights the actors positioning themselves as Oscar favorites after the SAG Awards, and talks about why Julia Roberts said this year’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards were like a Fellini film. ete and David also talk TV, as the weekend’s awards shows also made time for the best television programs of the year, doling out the guild love to Breaking Bad and Modern Family. Finally, Pete previews this week’s notable film debuts, led by the subtle faith-based drama Gimme Shelter, featuring a career-shifting performance by Vanessa Hudgens as part of a terrific cast; and Cannes Film Festival award winner Like Father, Like Son, a Japanese import so nifty that Steven Spielberg bought the remake rights, even though Pete says the Japanese Oscar selection committee had “a big miss” not choosing it for the Foreign-Language Film race.

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TCA: ‘Antiques Roadshow’ Expert Says Fans Emptying Wallets For TV Series Sets, Props

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 1:13pm PST

TCA Among the ancillary markets for producers of TV series with rabid followings: selling props and scraps of sets to fans. “It was not surprising to me Sony sold off a number of Breaking Bad props, and they did really well,” appraiser Laura Woolley told surprised TV critics during PBS‘ Q&A for Antiques Roadshow at Winter TV Press Tour 2014. “Some are stunned at how quickly markets have developed for some of these shows,”she said, when TV critics in the room seemed just that. Woolley added that many people assume  it’s only “vintage Hollywood” were the real money is, but the market has changed radically during the past few years. “Fans are ready to get their hands on stuff the minute a show wraps — anything that has a cult following on television. … If it’s big at Comic-Con, there’s a big market for props.”

Related: From Cult Series To Game-Changer: ‘Breaking Bad’ Goes Out On A High

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