<i>Malcolm in the Middle</i>: The Show That Let Bryan Cranston Break Through

One of the many (nay, many) Breaking Bad series finale theories floating out there on the Internet in recent weeks was that Bryan Cranston's Walter White enters the witness protection and takes on his new identity as Hal, his character on Malcolm in the Middle. Of course, this theory is clearly a joke -- and as Cranston noted during a recent appearance on Conan, Malcolm in the Middle already happened (and as the penultimate episode of Breaking Bad showed us, Walter's hideaway isn't on a Fox sitcom, but a very cold, very boring shack in New Hampshire).

Enlightened: The Tragedy of the Female Anti-Hero

by Aly Semigran September 20, 2013 3:06 pm
<i>Enlightened</i>: The Tragedy of the Female Anti-Hero

For fans of the wrongly cancelled HBO dramedy Enlightened, Laura Dern's Emmy nomination will come as nothing more than a too-little, too-late consolation prize. While Dern's emotionally vulnerable turn as the manic, but determined, corporate whistleblower Amy Jellicoe is absolutely worthy of an Emmy, the actress will likely fall to equally deserving, but decidedly more high-profile, fellow nominees like Tina Fey or Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

What <I>Up All Night</i>‘s Will Arnett Can Learn From His Cancelled Shows

Full disclosure: I love Will Arnett. Frankly, I don't know many people who don't think he's hilarious and wonderful and has the perfect family. But this relationship -- mine and his, not his and Amy Poehler's, obviously -- can only be one-sided for so long; I've been giving him chances to have a new and interesting character in a funny and likable series for years now, and every time he sorely disappoints. Maybe it's not fair to blame him for his failures in the past few years, but it seems like every job he takes, he refuses to play a different character. In Up All Night, there are pangs of change and a small glimmer of hope that he'll finally broaden his range, and if he learns from his former mistakes, he'll be golden. Here's our advice:

Bryan Cranston: Before He Was Famous

by Rebecca Bellotto March 6, 2009 5:15 pm
Bryan Cranston: Before He Was Famous

The Season 2 premiere of AMC's award-winning drama Breaking Bad is fast approaching, and with it comes a remarkable amount of publicity about leading man Bryan Cranston. Last year he won an Emmy for his role of Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and must turn to cooking and dealing methamphetamines in order to make big money for his young family before he dies, but Cranston's been gracing the small screen ever since he showed up on an episode of ChiPs in 1982. You probably know him as Hal from Malcolm in the Middle (for which he was nominated for multiple Emmys), or as Dr. Tim Whatley the questionable dentist from Seinfeld, or even as Buzz Aldrin on the 1998 HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon. But there's one series Cranston appeared on early in his career that may surprise you...

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