Wednesday, April 1, 2009

"Breaking Bad" Wins Peabody Award

"Breaking Bad" has been on my must-see list since I stumbled upon it last year on AMC. Bryan Cranston, who previously displayed a gift for wacky humor as the father of "Malcolm in the Middle," now plays Walt, a dying and desperate man, with convincing gravitas. He also directs the series.

You can view episodes 1 and 2 from Season 2 (this season) on the "Breaking Bad" website, in case you've missed them on Sundays at 9 p.m. CDT. And Season 1 is now available on DVD. Put the series on your must-see list, too. Yes, it's dark, but also intriguing.

I believe the story, the acting and the writing are excellent, and now the Peabody Award people have confirmed it:
The University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications announced today that Breaking Bad has been selected to receive a Peabody Award. This year's eclectic list of 36 recipients, ranging from ABC's Lost to the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony, represents what the University calls "the best in electronic media."

"Bleak, harrowing, sometimes improbably funny," the presenters said of Vince Gilligan's "thorny" AMC drama, "the series chronicled the consequences of a mild-mannered, dying science teacher's decision to secure his family's future by cooking methamphetamine."

The award will be presented at a ceremony in New York City's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on May 18.

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