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End of Summer: What to Watch During the Hiatus

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It’s that time of year again: the end of summer. Our favorite TV shows are long finished and we are caught in that awkward and frustrating hiatus period between the summer finales and the long-awaited October premieres. This suspenseful time usually consists of trolling fan pages, seeking the company of fellow post-season grievers and rewatching our favorite episodes from last season. Some of us are still crying about Grey’s Anatomy‘s Derek Shepherd (I know I am!); Some of us lie awake at night wondering about the rumors of Jon Snow’s resurrection in the next season of Game of Thrones; And some of us are still coping with the end of an era: Mad Men. To keep yourself sane during this unstable and…

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Don’t worry, Better Call Saul fans — we can still Break Bad

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If, like me you’re a fan of television’s Breaking Bad, times are good. The series, which we may have referred to in this space as “the most thrilling, gripping, exhilarating, suspenseful, jump-out-of-your-chair-and-scream-holy crap! television series ever broadcast,” has concluded its run. But thanks to Netflix, the adventures of Walter White, Jesse Pinkman, Skyler, Hank, Gus Fring, Tío Salamanca, and all of the show’s famous (and infamous) characters will live forever. And thanks to Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and producer Peter Gould, the show’s spinoff series, Better Call Saul, has become one of cable TV’s biggest hits (and one with no shortage of “Holy Crap!” moments of its own. Did you see those flashbacks to Mike Ehrmantraut’s checkered past in…

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Miss Breaking Bad — who you gonna call? Better Call Saul!

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When it comes to legal problems, Jesse Pinkman, one-half of Breaking Bad’s loveable, meth-cooking anti-hero team, had this piece of advice: there are times when you need a criminal attorney. And then, there are times you need a criminal attorney. When that time comes, there’s only one thing to do: Better Call Saul! And now, from AMC comes Better Call Saul, the prequel/sequel series that promises all the quirks and cliffhangers of Breaking Bad, the series that proved to its legion of fans that cancer-stricken, high-school-chemistry-teachers-turned-power-mad-drug lords were people, too.   Saul, of course, is Saul Goodman, the shady shyster who became the consigliore of Walter White’s meth empire. Goodman made his first appearance on Breaking Bad’s second season. He…

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Breaking Bad is gone? Here’s a book list to feed your addiction

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There’s something wrong with my TV. I mean, it’s working OK and everything, but is has a problem: like millions of TVs across the country, it no longer carries new episodes of Breaking Bad, the most thrilling, gripping, exhilarating, suspenseful, jump-out-of-your-chair-and-scream-holy crap! television series ever broadcast, and quite possibly the best piece of drama committed to film that I’ve ever seen. Walter White is long gone. Ditto Jesse Pinkman, whose elated shout of, “YEAH, B*TCH! MAGNETS!”  remains one of my favorite pieces of dialogue in television history.     Mike Ehrmantraut is off to Belize. Skyler is a mere memory, although her desperate cries of “Shut up! Shut Up! SHUT UP!”  still ring in my ears.     And Saul Goodman’s…

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Jonesin’ for a Fix: Books for TV Addicts — EMMY edition

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Fans of Jonesin’ know that we here at the BookTrib Nerd Squad love our TV shows and the books that inspire them. Like you, we often commiserate that our favorite shows and actors don’t get the credit they deserve. So for this edition of Jonesin’, we’re taking matters into our own hands and choosing the actor or TV show that we feel is most deserving of praise and the golden statue. You can find predictions elsewhere—here’s what we love. Word Nerd says – In some categories it’s just too hard to choose favorites. The Daily Show or The Colbert Report? I love them both and always hope for some impromptu misbehavior from them and their co-nominees during the Emmys. Or,…

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