HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRYAN CRANSTON

Say-my-name-dt648q

So today was (and is for a few more hours) none other than Mr. Bryan Cranston’s birthday.  By now you have figured out that we are pretty obsessed with Breaking Bad here at YBTV.  I (LJ) am beyond obsessed.  It is without a doubt my favorite TV of all time and what I believe to be the best TV show ever.  Yeah, that’s right, I said it.  Let’s not get into a debate about that though.  Instead, let’s celebrate this occasion by remembering just how awesome Mr. Cranston was on Breaking Bad as Mr. Walter White.  Here are some of our favorite Walter White moments:

7.  “This is my confession” (Season 5, episode 11 “Confessions”) – After a cheery dinner at a Mexican restaurant (that specializes in table-side guacamole), we get to see Walt’s “confession” video.  I, for one, was shocked by the video.  And, how dubious and well-thought out Walter’s actions were.  What I like most is we have Cranston playing Heinsberg who is actually doing his best to act like Walter White (was that meta enough for you).  Well played, Señor White.

6.  “Say my name” (Season 5, episode 7 “Say My Name”) – By this point in the show, there is no more Walter White.  There is only Heinsberg.  And, Heinsberg has a god-like complex and let’s be honest he is pretty much an a-hole.  Cranston plays Heinsberg beautifully in this scene and, in my opinion, makes the audience (and everyone in the scene) actually despise the man Walt has become.

5.  “I won” (Season 4, episode 13 “Face Off”) – I am not going to pretend that Gus’s face being blown off wasn’t the ultimate moment in this episode or one of the all time greatest moments in Breaking Bad history.  But, Walter’s chilling cellphone call to Skyler at the end is disturbing on so many levels.

4.  “Run” (Season 3, episode 12 “Half Measures”) – Remember when Walter White wasn’t all bad.  I would like to believe that Walt wasn’t always thinking about himself.  Even if these moments are few and far between.  When he saved Jesse in this episode, Mr. White won points with me.  I mean, come on, HE SAVED JESSE.

3.  “Where is the money?” (Season 4, episode 11 “Crawl Space:”) – I mean can anything really be said about this moment other than that Cranston is brilliant.  Gus is going to kill Walt and his family and when Walt goes looking for his “runaway” money, it’s gone.  The laughing is what I cannot get over.  Cranston’s ability to convey the desperateness and the irony of this scene with a hysterical laugh is on another level.

2.  “I  am the one who knocks” (Season 4, episode 6 “Cornered”) – Without a doubt, this was my favorite Walter White scene and my favorite Walter White line of all time.  Heck, the quote is on my cellphone case (yes, I am a dork).  In my mind, this is the beginning of Skyler truly realizing what her husband is capable of and what he is turning into.

1.  “My baby blue” (Season 5, episode 16 “Felina”) – Ok, so Cranston doesn’t utter a word in this last scene.  But his performance is epic.  The look in his eyes, the song playing in the background, his death.  THIS SCENE IS EVERYTHING.  EVERYTHING.

I can’t keep going.  There is too much gloriousness to properly convey in a blog.  I suggest you just watch all 5 seasons over again.  I know I have left many perfect Cranston moments out and we can argue forever about which scenes were the best, but one thing is for sure:  Bryan Cranston is phenomenal and we hope he enjoyed his birthday!  As Jesse would say:

yo-its-your-birthday-so-like-happy-birthday-bitch

-LJ

PS.  Hope he didn’t forget his birthday bacon.

THE YBTV EMMYS: IF WE WERE IN CHARGE OF THE WORLD

130906165259-neil-patrick-harris-emmys-2013-story-top

The 65th Annual Primetime Television Emmy Awards are set to air this Sunday, September 22 on CBS.  Thus, like everyone else in the TV blogging world, we will be doing our own list of winners.  These are not predictions.  It is who we think should win based on the list of nominees for each category.  Do we agree with the nominations in each category…definitely not.  But, we have decided to work within these shackles and come up with our favorites.  One thing should become clear, we (CJ and LJ), unsurprisingly, watch a lot of the same shows.  Apologies for any repetitiveness.

BIGGEST NOMINATION OVERSIGHT:

CJ’s pick:  Walton Goggins, Justified

LJ’s pick:  Emmy Rossum, Shameless (*not only should she be nominated, but she should win)

WIN THAT WILL HURT THE MOST:

CJ’s pick: Damian Lewis, Homeland

LJ’s pick: Anything from Homeland.  Also, anyone from Downton Abbey (*I actually like Downton, but this year, it just can’t win)

DRAMA SERIES:

Breaking Bad, AMC
Downton Abbey, PBS
Homeland, Showtime
Game of Thrones, HBO
House of Cards, Netflix
Mad Men, AMC

CJ’s pick: Mad Men

LJ’s pick: Breaking Bad

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES:

Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey, PBS
Bryan Cranston, Breaking  Bad, AMC
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom, HBO
Jon Hamm,  Mad Men, AMC
Damian Lewis, Homeland, Showtime
Kevin  Spacey, House of Cards, Netflix

CJ’s pick: Jon Hamm, Mad Men

LJ’s pick:  Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES:

Connie Britton, Nashville, ABC
Claire Danes, Homeland, Showtime
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey, PBS
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel, A&E
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men, AMC
Kerry Washington, Scandal, ABC
Robin Wright, House of Cards, Netflix

CJ’s pick: Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

LJ’s pick:  Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men (*This close to picking Kerry Washington)

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES:

Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire, HBO
Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad, AMC
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad, AMC
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey, PBS
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones, HBO
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland, Showtime

CJ’s pick: Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad

LJ’s pick:  I am emotionally torn between Aaron Paul and Jonathan Banks.  Ok, Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES:

Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad, AMC
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey, PBS
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones, HBO
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife, CBS
Morena Baccarin, Homeland, Showtime
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men, AMC

CJ’s pick: Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad

LJ’s pick: Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones

COMEDY SERIES:

The Big Bang Theory, CBS
Girls, HBO
Louie, FX
Modern Family, ABC
30 Rock, NBC
Veep, HBO

CJ’s pick: Veep

LJ’s pick:  Veep

LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES:

Jason Bateman, Arrested Development, Netflix
Louis C.K., Louie, FX
Don Cheadle, House of Lies, Showtime
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes, Showtime
Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory, CBS
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock, NBC

CJ’s pick: Louis C.K., Louie

LJ’s pick:  Full disclosure.  I watch none of these shows.  So, I abstain.

LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES:

Lena Dunham, Girls, HBO
Laura Dern, Enlightened, HBO
Tiny Fey, 30 Rock, NBC
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation, NBC
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep, HBO
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie, Showtime

CJ’s pick: Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

LJ’s pick:  Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES:

Adam Driver, Girls, HBO
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family, ABC
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family, ABC
Ty Burrell, Modern Family, ABC
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live, NBC
Tony Hale, Veep, HBO

CJ’s pick: Adam Driver, Girls

LJ’s pick: Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES:

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory, CBS
Jane Lynch, Glee, Fox
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family, ABC
Julie Bowen, Modern Family, ABC
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie, Showtime
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock, NBC
Anna Chlumsky, Veep, HBO

CJ’s pick: Anna Chlumsky, Veep

LJ’s pick: Anna Chlumsky, Veep

WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES:

George Mastras, Breaking Bad, “Dead Freight”
Thomas Schnauz, Breaking Bad, “Say My Name”
Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey, “Episode 4”
David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, Game of Thrones, “The Rains of Castamere”
Henry Bromell, Homeland, “Q&A”

CJ’s pick: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, Game of Thrones, “The Rains of Castamere”

LJ’s pick: George Mastras, Breaking Bad, “Dead Freight”

DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES:

Tim Van Patten, Boardwalk Empire, “Margate Sands”
Michelle MacLaren, Breaking Bad, “Gliding Over All”
Jeremy Webb, Downton Abbey, “Episode 4”
Lesli Linka Glatter, Homeland, “Q&A”
David Fincher, House Of Cards, “Chapter 1”

CJ’s pick: Michelle MacLaren, Breaking Bad, “Gliding Over All”

LJ’s pick: Michelle MacLaren, Breaking Bad, “Gliding Over All” (*The one and only time I considered something from Homeland)

WRITING FOR COMEDY SERIES:

David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, Episodes, “Episode 209”
Louis C.K. and Pamela Adlon, Louie, “Daddy’s Girlfriend (Part 1)”
Greg Daniels, The Office, “Finale”
Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock, 30 Rock, “Hogcock!”
Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield, 30 Rock, “Last Lunch”

CJ’s pick: Louis C.K. and Pamela Adlon, Louie, “Daddy’s Girlfriend (Part 1)”

LJ’s pick: Once again, I abstain.  Womp, womp.

DIRECTING FOR COMEDY SERIES:

Lena Dunham, Girls, “On All Fours”
Paris Barclay, Glee, “Diva”
Louis C.K., Louie, “New Year’s Eve”
Gail Mancuso, Modern Family, “Arrested”
Beth McCarthy-Miller, 30 Rock, “Hogcock! / Last Lunch”

CJ’s pick: Lena Dunham, Girls, “On All Fours”

LJ’s pick: Lena Dunham, Girls, “On All Fours”

**All selections were made independently and at separate locations.  We take this stuff seriously (probably too seriously).