'Breaking Bad' Showrunner Vince Gilligan Extends Contract, Talks Career

This is slightly old news, but Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has extended his contract with Sony Pictures TV.  This extension, which I didn't realize his contract was up in the air, will make sure that he stays on through to the end of executive producing AMC TV's hit series, Breaking Bad.

Production begins in March on the 5th and planned final season of Breaking Bad, which will encompass a glorious 16 episode final season, leading to the series finale.

Apparently, according to the source, Hollywood Reporter, the final season of the show was some sort of battle that had forced Sony TV to look at other networks to possibly carry this final, upcoming season.

Which, if you track AMC TV news, makes sense, since they always seem to find themselves in headlines about cutting budgets on their biggest hit shows.

AMC will be airing the final season of Breaking Bad in two clumps of eight episodes each...  but I'm not sure how long the break will be between the clumps, unless this is one of those ploys of late, or excuse, to sell customers two DVD/Blu-ray packages of the final season, like we see done a lot from other shows these days.


The season 4 finale of Breaking Bad, at the time of its airing on AMC, broke some ratings records, delivering 1.9 million viewers on average.  The viewership for s4 increased by 24% over s3.  The finale for season 4 pulled in 2.9 million viewers.

In an interview, showrunner Vince Gilligan said he was proud of the success of this show to be able to tell the story of a character whose constantly in change and in the middle of personal growth.  (He quotes the success of other shows like M*A*S*H*, that while based on an 18-month war, ran 11 years and how the characters rarely changed.)

Gilligan humbly declines full credit for the success of the show, but rather, puts the credit on the cast, (Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, et al), his 6 writers, the producers and directors... calling them all the best in the industry.

Gilligan also talks about George Lucas being his inspiration for getting into the biz, his time on X-Files, that he wished he was the one that created Twilight Zone (CS: that is an awesome TV series.) and other details.


So that's that...  Season 5 of Breaking Bad is going into production in March of 2012, and the final season will be aired in 2 sets of 8 episodes.  My guess is the break will be during the winter month of December... but I could be wrong.  Either way, it is an incredible dramatic piece of work, that for me, has ruined other TV.  Made it feel flat... and now I know why...  because of that formulaic balance most main characters retain, while chemist Walter White (Cranston) in Breaking Bad, is an ever evolving individual.  Actually, most of the characters go through their own evolutions, and do it with a quality on par with nothing I've ever seen before.

What do you guys think of the series?  Sad to see Breaking Bad go, or do you think it's a well-timed move, to end on a high note?