This Week in TV:
AMC releases a Breaking Bad digital comic to get fans caught up with the show; Adam DeVine (Workaholics) joins Modern Family season 5 as a recurring cast member; Walking Dead cast members discuss deleted scenes from season 3’s finale; Spike orders an unscripted home improvement show titled Catch a Contractor with Adam Carolla as the host; and Amber Tamblyn (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) is cast as Charlie’s long-lost daughter in Two and a Half Men for season 11.
The much-anticipated premiere of Breaking Bad season 5, part 2 aired last night (read our review), but don’t worry if you’re not caught up, because AMC has just released a 20-page digital comic that recaps Walter White’s journey up until last night’s episode.
The free comic is currently available on AMC’s website and is just one way fans can get up to speed with the series. Viewers can also watch previous episodes on Netflix, but the comic would be a much quicker and (for some) interesting method to get their Breaking Bad fix.
AMC’s senior vice president of digital media, Mac McKean, explained the network’s rationale behind the comic:
“We were trying to come up with a bunch of different strategies for people to refresh their memories to catch up, to make sure they’re fully up to speed on everything for the final episodes.
We want readers to re-experience what Walt has been through, to kind of help them get a feel for Walt’s character in a quick way. It’s such an amazing show and such a powerful show – and each episode is so well done and it’s so overwhelming, hopefully in this comic we allow you to see the whole thing.”
AMC’s digital team collaborated with creator Vince Gilligan and the show’s writers to ensure the comic hit the key moments of the series, which there have been many. We certainly have our favorites – as do most followers of the acclaimed drama – and we’re sure there will be plenty more to come as the series nears its much-hyped conclusion.
Breaking Bad season 5, part 2 continues next Sunday (August 18) @9pm on AMC.
Sources: THR, AMC
ABC’s hit sitcom Modern Family has added a new funnyman to its cast for season 5 in Workaholics star Adam DeVine.
DeVine is set to take on a recurring role as Manny (Rico Rodriguez) and baby Joe’s nanny in the upcoming fifth season. His character is described as a fun Midwesterner who “matches Gloria’s energy in the house. But he doesn’t want to just take care of the baby. He wants to sort of revive the entire household, which leads to some territorial clashes with Jay [Ed O’Neill] and Manny.”
After winning comedy fans over on Workaholics, DeVine has started to pop up in several well-received sitcoms in recent years, including Community and Arrested Development. Considering he seems to play well with others – most notably his castmates on Workaholics – he should fit right in with the family on the program this season.
Look for Modern Family when it returns to ABC for season 5 on September 25, 2013.
Source: TV Guide
Unfortunately, the scenes will not be included in the DVD or Blu-Ray release of the season, but the cast was able to describe what audiences would have seen. Here’s what Dallas Roberts (Milton) had to say about the original ending to the season:
*****SPOILERS FOR THE WALKING DEAD TO FOLLOW*****
“Originally, the beating scene that started the episode wasn’t there. Originally, I showed up and was led into the room where Andrea was…and then [The Governor] shot me in the stomach, completely unexpectedly.… There was a lot more of Milton trying to open the door and him trying to free her from the chains. And then there was a section where he was going to wrap the chain around the neck and try to choke her to death before he turned so she wouldn’t have to deal with Walker Milton, or Biter Milton, as it were.…They both desperately wanted for that to work but at that point he had bled out so much. So he pulls and pulls and pulls but he doesn’t get it done and he falls against the wall and is passed out. And he never comes back from that until he turns into a walker…And then at the end of that, it was just Tyreese and someone else who found her. Rick and Daryl and Michonne weren’t there. So it was essentially the same idea, except you saw me taking chunks out of Laurie Holden in that version.”
Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha) then talked about Tyreese (Chad Coleman) and her character finding Andrea and how things would have played out in the original ending of the season. Said Martin-Green:
“Sasha and Tyreese are on guard in Woodbury, everybody’s gone to the prison to do the raid where they got defeated, and we’re back behind taking care of the people that were left behind. And we hear screaming, we hear noises, and we go and we seek it out and we find her. She’s in this torture chamber. And so we walk in and we say, ‘Oh my gosh, who did this? How did this happen? Who did this to you?’ And of course, we deduce that it was the Governor. We unchain her, we see that she’s bitten. She wants a gun. She says, ‘Give me a gun. Give me one of your guns.’ Tyreese doesn’t want to do it. He’s like, ‘No, no,’ but she’s like, ‘No, I’ve made up my mind. Give me a gun. I’m going to end this.’ It was very endearing and it was quite heart-wrenching, this scene, because to find her at that point in her life, at the end, especially we were not that familiar with her—Sasha and Tyreese, I mean—so to come to someone and to find them in the most vulnerable moment of their life, it was hard. The scene, it had a serious depth to it.”
While these scenes would have given audiences more of an inside look into Andrea’s death, it was probably for the best that they were cut. Since Rick, Daryl – and especially Michonne – knew Andrea better as a friend, it was fitting that they were the ones to discover her and join her in her final moments. The Milton-Andrea scene certainly would have been a brutal confrontation, but cutting it added some suspense and uncertainty to whether or not Andrea would make it out of the torture chamber alive.
The Walking Dead season 4 premieres October 13, 2013 @9pm on AMC.
In continuing its focus on unscripted shows, Spike has ordered a home improvement series that will be hosted by comedian Adam Carolla called Catch a Contractor.
The network has ordered 10 episodes of the series, which will follow Carolla as he serves as a watchdog for homeowners who feel they were ripped off by their contractor. Real-life contractor Skip Bedell and investigator Allison Bedell will then assist Carolla in the hunt to find these wrongdoing contractors and help bring them back to finish the job correctly.
Of course, Carolla is on board to add some humor to an otherwise very unfunny situation in each episode. However, while he’s known mostly as a podcast host and a former host of the Man Show, Carolla is also a former carpenter and former host of a short-lived home improvement show that aired on TLC called The Adam Carolla Project, so he does have some expertise in the area as well.
We don’t have a premiere date yet for Catch a Contractor, but we’ll let you know when to look for it soon.
While Two and a Half Men seems to be losing cast members left and right, it’s adding a new one to season 11 in Amber Tamblyn (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), who will portray Jenny, Charlie Harper’s (Charlie Sheen) long-lost daughter.
Months ago, we learned that the series would add the character to replace Angus T. Jones as the third regular cast member (of a show we should now call ‘Two Men and a Woman’), but so far Tamblyn is only booked as a recurring star for the first five episodes of season 11. However, after that point, we can expect that she will round out the new permanent trio with Jon Cryer (Alan) and Ashton Kutcher (Walden).
Creator Chuck Lorre described her character as a bisexual who is also “remarkably strong and ballsy.” Lorre hinted that there may also be a love connection between her and Walden down the line, saying:
“I think it’s going to be uncomfortable at first, then maybe over time there might be some affection there. I think the affection goes beyond sexuality, he just truly likes this young woman.”
It seems like her character will act as a comedic foil for both men in the early going, but if audiences fall in love with her, could become more of a focus and carve out a new direction for the series.
See Tamblyn in action when Two and a Half Men returns to CBS on September 26, 2013.
Source: E! Online