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Up to date with Breaking Bad and …

Yes, my Breaking Bad 5 day marathon is complete. 54 episodes watched – and I actually took my time a bit, slipping in a bit of reading, a game of badminton and a cinema trip yesterday too. So am I glad I caught up with a show many people rate so highly? Hell YES! I love it, although I didn’t enjoy the latest season – the 8 episodes making up the first half of season 5 – as much as the previous two. Season 5 definitely misses Gus Fring played by the superb Giancarlo Esposito. His exit in the final episode of season 4 was extremely memorable – that Terminator-like gruesome image of him above and the way it unfolded was just brilliant.

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More Breaking Bad

OK, another day, another 11 episodes of Breaking Bad, and forget all that about not loving the show, I am addicted, hooked, will be needing Breaking Bad-Anonymous by the time I get to the end of the available episodes! I have two episodes left in the fourth season to watch and then the eight from season 5 and I just love the drama! The stakes are ramped up time and time again. You would think Walter being in danger of elimination by Gus would get tired after a while or that another Walt/Jesse argument would get old but it doesn’t!

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Breaking Bad

You know there are some TV shows that are acclaimed, that people say you should watch but you just don’t get around to or don’t get into them? I tried with season 1 of The Wire and barely made it through one episode. One of these days I must try again… Friday Night Lights passed me by (American Football? No thanks!) I’ve only seen a few episodes of The Sopranos, I gave up after about 3 or 4 years of The West Wing. Never liked The Shield, Oz or Seinfeld. Watched about 6 episodes of Arrested Development and couldn’t see what the fuss was about.

After some hesitance, I did watch Deadwood, and enjoyed it but like Breaking Bad, the bleak situation and the repellant actions of the characters made it a show I admire more than love, and I have season 3 to watch still.

Well, this week I decided to have a go with Netflix and I think I definitely have had my £5.99 worth for this month already! In the last 3 days I’ve watched the first three seasons of Breaking Bad – plus episode one of season 4. That’s a lot of meth cooking and deaths!

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OMG Nashville!!

The Nashville finale aired this week and oh my gosh, was there (slightly over the top) drama! Hayden Panetierre solidified her MVP status with a bruised and wounded performance mourning the death of her mother Jolene. Lots of sadness for Juliette, but Panetierre (and her make-up team!) showed the ranges of anger, guilt, grief and sadness really well. If there is any justice, she should be getting some mentions in the TV awards season.
The truth came out about Maddie’s parentage leading to Deacon falling off the wagon and going on a bender and showing what a nasty drunk he is. Getting to see what boozy Deacon was like helps you to understand why Rayna would have married Teddy and left him all those years ago.
The show ended on a typical TV cliffhanger, Rayna and Deacon’s car smashing into and intersection and tumbling to a standstill. We know they won’t die, but a dramatic conclusion to a great season!

Psycho Killers!

Serial killers are back! Well, they never really went away as the TV public seems to have a fascination with them, but three new shows have recently tackled some movie classic killers to varying degrees of success.Hannibal and Bates Motel are pretty interesting prequels to Silence of the Lambs and Psycho, while The Following saw Kevin Bacon return to TV as an ex-FBI agent caught up with a serial killer and his cult of followers in a pretty daft thriller.

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Nashville Rocks!

New this year, (and just renewed for a second season) is the country music drama Nashville starring Connie Britton as country music legend Rayna Jaymes and Hayden Panetierre as new sensation Juliette Barnes. Created by Callie Khouri, still best known for Thelma and Louise, this was not a show I was sure I would like, country not being a favourite genre of mine, but the show is far more of a drama than other musical shows Glee and Smash. Nashville really is a fantastic drama, and also a wonderful showcase for the two actresses.

Girl power continues with the supporting characters as the other main performers are a young couple trying to break into the business, Scarlet and Gunnar played by Aussie actress Clare Bowen and Brit Sam Palladio. These two actors come from more of a music background but Bowen has a beautiful voice and the pair’s ballads are a high point. Rounding out the girl power, Rayna’s daughters are played by Lennon and Maisy Stella, real life sisters who are YouTube sensations – just amazing singers at aged 13 and 8 – 17 million hits and counting for their cover of ‘Call Your Girlfriend’

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Glee: Is Season 4 the new Season 1??

Glee is right up there with my all time favourite shows, but a lot of season 3 drove me mad – Rachel and Finn’s STUPID wedding, too much crap music. I was quite apprehensive about season 4 and what the show would be like with most of the main characters graduating. I was also not particularly convinced they would handle it well after Ryan Murphy chose Blake Jenner as the winner of The Glee Project season 2 – the most conventional of the contestants. However, on the whole I think this season of Glee has been pretty successful. As Ed on my favourite Glee podcast Gleeful proclaims, ‘season 4 is the new season 1’ and I almost, kind of, pretty much agree!

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What’s New in 2013?

OK so this blog is only for me and the spammers anyway, but I realized I hadn’t written about any of the 2012/2013 season yet. So firstly, lets talk about some of the new shows. Today I’m going to cover Arrow, Elementary, Revolution, The Following, Bates Motel, Hannibal, The Americans and House of Cards.

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