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Breaking Bad: No longer on the air, still making news

Producer Mark Johnson with 'Breaking Bad's Critics Choice Award for Best Drama
Photo by Michael Buckner

The buzz around all things Breaking Bad has hardly missed a beat in the nine or so months that have passed since the ground- breaking AMC series has left the airwaves.

More accolades and awards continue to pile up, as well as speculation that there may be a morning after even though it appeared Walter White had cooked his last meth after a shoot-out with the neo-Nazi gang at the end of season six.

Over the past week Breaking Bad racked up its second consecutive Best Drama win at the fourth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards. Also Aaron Paul won Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series as chosen by The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA). The competition for the Best Drama honor included: HBO’s Game of Thrones and True Detective, FX’s The Americans, CBS’ The Good Wife and Showtime’s Masters of Sex.

In other breaking (bad) news, New York Magazine's Vulture TV has named Walter White the year's best television villain.

Also this week AMC announced that the to-this-point sight unseen prequel spinoff series Better Call Saul has already been 'renewed' so to speak for a second season. The less than great accompanying news is that the first season will not air in November as originally planned, but has been pushed back to early 2015. A guaranteed two season minimum is good news, but can we stand to wait til next year for a shot of Saul Goodman?

All this not long after Bryan Cranston dropped a potential bombshell by making a reference on CNN that Heisenberg may not be dead and gone after all. Then Aaron Paul seemed to be affirming that the show would go on in an interview with HuffPost Live, but almost immediately admitted he was in just kidding mode.

So, as the series lives on in the hearts, minds and imaginations of its die-hard fans, the media infatuation with Vince Gilligan's creation shows no signs of fading any time soon.