The lazy person’s way to follow your favorite actors on Twitter

Remember Twitter Lists? Yeah, us neither. But a photographer named David Friedman finally found a good use for them (if you remember to click on that “Lists” tab. It’s right next to your “Favorites.”). Friedman has compiled a master list of lists that contain pop culture icons (or has-beens), sorted by the TV show…

“Those writers make a lot of money”: 12 works of unpublished or unproduced TV fiction

1. Paul Kinsey’s Star Trek script, Mad Men
Breaking Bad’s typically grim, full-throttle mid-fifth-season première allows itself at least one reprieve, during which Heisenberg associate Brandon “Badger” Mayhew details his plot for a spec Star Trek script. Matt Jones isn’t alone among AMC stars who’ve dreamed up…

How Breaking Bad broke free of the clockwork-universe problem

Late in Breaking Bad’s upcoming season-five part-two première, Walter White makes a leap of logic that seems somewhat ridiculous for the man to make. He has very little evidence to support it. He has no particular reason to feel the way he does—outside of one thing he should never have noticed. But it feels right for…

The writers’ strike of 2007-08 changed Breaking Bad for the better

Rumors of Jesse Pinkman’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. The story goes that Aaron Paul’s character on Breaking Bad was destined to meet a grisly end in the ninth episode of the first season. But the 2007 WGA strike got in the way, cutting off production at seven episodes (six of an intended eight after the…

What’s the right way to watch Breaking Bad?

Back when Noel Murray was writing his epic Lost recaps, he used to end each post with a section titled “Clues, conspiracies, and crazy-ass theories.” Here he would note new tidbits of information revealed in the episode that might end up making a difference in the series’ masterplot, and engage in some Lost fans’…

“I can kill you whenever I please… but not today”: 11 TV characters who weren’t supposed to live

1. Jesse Pinkman, Breaking Bad
There can be no Breaking Bad without Jesse Pinkman, the meth-cooking sidekick who outgrew his status as jokey wannabe gangsta to take on the role of the series’ foul-mouthed moral compass. Much of that development can be credited to Aaron Paul’s increasingly soulful portrayal of Jesse,…