This Week in TV:
The midseason premiere of Breaking Bad has been pushed back to August and it'll have a post-show discussion program; HBO has released a Game of Thrones season 3 character featurette; unaired episodes of Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23 will be available online; Comedy Central has ordered 12 half-hour episodes of the HBO Digital series Brody Stevens: Enjoy It; and A&E has ordered a new drama titled Those Who Kill, which is based on a popular Danish crime series.
Those who are eagerly awaiting the second half of Breaking Bad season 5 will have to wait a little longer than expected, but they'll have more content to look forward to this summer.
This week, AMC made the double-edged announcement that Breaking Bad's season 5 midseason premiere will indeed be pushed back about a month to August 11th, and the show will now be followed by an hour-long discussion program titled Talking Bad. Of course, AMC does the same thing for its other flagship program The Walking Dead, which is followed by Talking Dead (I guess the network didn't feel like getting too creative with the title).
Since Breaking Bad fans are only getting eight more episodes, AMC will be more than happy to wring every last bit of drama out of the program before Walter White's meth enterprise closes its doors for good. Though most fans will undoubtedly be a bit perturbed that they have to wait even longer, they're certainly hoping that wait will be worth it. Based on all that we've heard about the ending - that it will be polarizing and will tie up loose ends - viewers could be in for plenty of surprises.
The second half of Breaking Bad season 5 will now premiere on August 11th, 2013.
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Game of Thrones already has viewers struggling to keep track of its many characters (listen to our editors discuss this point and more on the Game of Thrones season 3 episode of the Screen Rant Underground) and season 3 adds several more players to the roster. Fortunately, there's a newly released featurette that breaks some of them down.
The above featurette provides background info on some of the new characters, including matriarch Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg) and the multi-lingual Missendei (Nathalie Emmanuel), but it also includes quite a bit of new footage which previews some of the impending showdowns in season 3.
Though we can certainly expect plenty of characters to be killed off this season, more and more continue to be introduced, so it's understandable if you lose track of who's who from time to time. If you still need a little refresher, even after watching the featurette, be sure check out Zap 2 It's GOT character gallery.
Also, don't forget to tune in to new episodes of Game of Thrones season 3 every Sunday @9pm on HBO.
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Fans of ABC's Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23 were dismayed to see it yanked off the air midway through season 2, but they'll happy to know that they'll still be able to see the remaining eight episodes online starting May 17th, 2013.
Star Krysten Ritter made the announcement herself via Twitter on Wednesday, writing:
Exciting news for all you Don't' Trust the B---- in @apt23 fans! Eight episodes of genius B---- hilarity! Can't wait for you all to see them. I love you.
The previously unaired episodes of Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 will be available on iTunes, Hulu and ABC.com starting May 17, so check them out then to see how season 2 wraps up!
Source: Krysten Ritter's Twitter Page
Comedy Central broke new ground this week by ordering its first "dramatic comedy" series, Brody Stevens: Enjoy It, which will be adapted into a half-hour show from the HBO Digital series of the same name.
The network has ordered 12 episodes of the show, including the six that have already aired as digital shorts. Comedy Central plans to develop six original shows and expand the six that Stevens already made with HBO out to half-hour length.
The show, which is executive produced by Stevens and friend Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover III), will center on Stevens' life as he attempts to revive his stand-up comedy career after just being released from the UCLA psych ward. The half-hour will include footage from his stand-up shows, animated bits and real documentary-style footage of his day to day life coping with issues such as bipolar disorder.
The interesting blend of material should create one of the more unique shows on television, but we'll have to wait and see if that mix creates hilarious humor and a compelling story that viewers will respond to.
There is no word on when Brody Stevens: Enjoy It will debut on Comedy Central, but we will let you know as soon as that information comes in.
A&E has added another scripted drama to its roster with Those Who Kill, a series adapted from a popular Danish program.
The network has ordered 10 hour-long episodes of the show, which is described as a "deep serialized character portrait," rather than your basic crime procedural. The series will star Chloe Sevigny (Big Love) and James D'Arcy (Cloud Atlas) as a police detective and a forensic psychiatrist, respectively, who work together to track down serial killers. Said A&E President Bob DeBitetto:
"We are thrilled to have such an incredible cast and crew signed on to this project and the result should be an absolutely riveting series."
To add to the show's wealth of talent, Joe Carnahan (The Grey) has signed on to direct the pilot episode.
Production on Those Who Kill will begin this fall with a projected series premiere on A&E in 2014.
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