The AMC cable TV drama, “Breaking Bad” is now over & the series finale called “Felina” aired last night on Sunday Sept. 29, 2013 at 9/8 p.m. The last 5 ½ TV seasons ran during the summer & fans became transfixed by Walter White (Bryan Crantson) who was a chemistry teacher living in Albuquerque, N.M. He also was diagnosed with cancer & decides to get into dealing “Meth” to provide for his family. Then, he becomes a drug king pin. The series finale garnered an incredibly historic 10.3 million TV viewers plus a whopping 6.7 million TV viewers in the all important 18 to 49 age demographic.
At first, “Breaking Bad” became a cult favorite by devoted fans & the TV critics lauded it as the best written drama on television. The show won 10 Emmy awards including the outstanding TV drama for 2013. Plus, 3 awards for Bryan Cranston as best actor, 2 for Aaron Paul as best supporting actor & 1 for Anna Gunn as best supporting actress.
As the final TV season approached, the show became a huge hit on the social network called, “Twitter.” It then became a popular show to stream online with “Netflix” where the fan base grew after 'binge watching' episodes. The TV ratings finally went through the roof with the last 3 episodes as fans salivated over what was going to happen to Walter White & his family.
“Breaking Bad” will go down in history for the AMC cable network. It was so popular that fans wished for a feature film to be created after the TV series end. Sadly, that will not happen because the creators of the show called it the definitive end for Walter White. The 30 second TV ad spots were even bought by sponsors for a huge $400,000 each during the series finale. Many TV viewers loved the ending where the creators tied up all the loose ends.
“Breaking Bad” was filmed entirely in Albuquerque, N.M. It brought TV fans to the city where they could take the TV show 'tour' where the outdoor locations were shot. Plus, the “Meth” substance from the show became a specifically made candy that was sold at the “Candy Lady” chocolate store.
Most importantly is that the TV show helped bring into law the “Breaking Bad” TV Bill which was signed by Governor Susana Martinez in 2013. New Mexico TV production tax incentives rose from 25% to 30% if & when a TV show films for multiple TV seasons. Money goes back into the community by hiring local talent & crews for those TV seasons.