Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Meth Monday: Why Season 5B Starts Late

Hello, Readers Mine! Guess what came in the (e-) mail today? Some possible cover designs for Wanna Cook? The Complete, Unofficial Companion to Breaking Bad! Nothing is official yet, and unfortunately, they were sent to us in a format that won't post neatly here, but I have to say they're all pretty cool. We're getting closer!

This week I thought I might turn you on to some stuff at AMC's Breaking Bad website, in particular, the quizzes they've been churning out over the past few years. Amaze your friends, intimidate your family, and realize the true strength of your inner nerd with these quizzes!

Plus, check out this incredible collage piece by Breaking Bad fan and artist Emmanuel Torres:

Breaking Bad by Emmanuel Torres

The final eight episodes of Season 5 start on Sunday, 11 August, at which point "Meth Monday" will go weekly again, but it seems like a hell of a long time to wait, so why the delay when AMC has traditionally started BrBa seasons in July?

One word: Emmys.

By beginning the highly touted (and undoubtedly to be even more hyped in the coming months) final episodes in mid-August, AMC creates a tremendous amount of buzz about the show at the same time that the judges begin to consider the Emmy nominations for 2012. This serves to reinforce Breaking Bad and folks like Vince Gilligan, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Anna Gunn, Betsy Brant, and Johnathan Banks (to name a few outstanding performers from Season 5A) in the minds of the judges as they consider their nominations. I pretty sure that the timing also makes sure that the final eight episodes are in contention for Emmy nominations in 2013, giving the network and the show one last awards season. So the timing is tremendously savvy in terms of business, but Jesus does it suck for us poor fans!

So that's it for this week's Meth Monday. Tune in two weeks from now on June 17 for the next edition, and int he meanwhile, sty up on all the latest Breaking Bad news by following me on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. Until next time, be well!

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