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Breaking Bad: FX Approached to Take Over AMC TV Series

Breaking Bad season fiveHere’s a small update to our report from yesterday regarding the fifth (and likely final) season of Breaking Bad.

Because of production costs, AMC has supposedly asked for a shorter season — six or eight episodes versus the traditional baker’s dozen. The creative forces behind the series have balked at that idea and Sony was rumored to have sent out feelers out to other cable outlets about possibly taking over the show.

TheWarp reports that Sony did indeed solicit interest and FX was one of the cable stations approached. The article also notes that a move for Breaking Bad is considered less and less likely as negotiations have been improving between Sony and AMC.

Interestingly, FX seriously considered picking up the TV series before AMC took it on back in 2008. Supposedly FX execs passed because they already had thee shows on the air that focused on anti-heroes (Nip/Tuck, The Shield, and Rescue Me).

What do you think? Do you consider Walt an anti-hero? If so, when did he become one?

 

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Lee August 4, 2011 at 8:14 am

I hope so. This series deserves a full season slate.

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Kat August 3, 2011 at 5:28 pm

It’s ironic that that FX passed on Breaking Bad for three shows that are now cancelled (albeit, they were all hits and were allowed to finish their stories gracefully). FX could’ve had another hit show on its hands right now. In any case, Walt is definitely an anti-hero by now, after everything he’s done — my gosh, do you remember when he let that young woman OD? I’m not judging — he’s fascinating to watch because he still has that core of decency, somehow — but he’s definitely what you’d call an anti-hero. I think it all began when he shaved his head and blew up that drug dealer’s place — when was that, the end of season 1? Well, then.

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