Emmys: Vince Gilligan Credits Netflix for AMC’s ‘Breaking Bad’ Surviving, Thriving

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'I don't think our show would have even lasted beyond season two,' showrunner says

AMC’s “Breaking Bad” took a potential drama series Emmy from digital series “House of Cards,” but moments after the victory, “Bad” showrunner Vince Gilligan noted that in some ways, this was still a Netflix moment.

“Television has changed a lot in six years (since “Bad” premiered),” Gilligan said to reporters after the series, which concludes its run Sept. 29, won its first drama Emmy. “I’m no expert on the sociological elements of it, but I’ve got to think a big part of what has changed is streaming video on demand, particularly with operations like Netflix, iTunes and Amazon Prime.

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“I think Netflix kept us on the air. Not only are we standing up here (with the Emmy), I don’t think our show would have even lasted beyond season two. … It’s a new era in television, and we’ve been very fortunate to reap the benefits.”

Bryan Cranston, who won lead drama actor Emmys for “Bad” in 2008, 2009 and 2010, was pleased to see the entire show earn the TV Academy’s good graces.

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“This is an answer to a wish and a prayer,” Cranston said. “I’ve been blessed in the past, and this show has been nominated in the past, but what I really wanted was what we got: to celebrate the entire writing crew and cast. This is for all the crew that has worked so hard for us the past six years. This is the culmination of everything. This is one hell of a party, and what a way to go out.

“When we read these scripts, they were like unwrapping a present, because we too were wringing our hands and saying, ‘Oh my god!’ to ourselves. … (The writers) deserve the lion’s share of the appreciation for the success of this show. We’re the mouthpieces for them.”

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As esteemed as the show has become, Gilligan reiterated his onstage surprise at the victory.

“Listen — I love our show, I love these folks but I’m stunned that we won … among these wonderful shows,” he said. “And there are a lot of wonderful shows that don’t even get nominated.”

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  1. Department of Spelling and Grammar says:

    Samuel brings up a good point.

  2. David Messick says:

    I too got hooked on ” Breaking Bad ” because of NETFLIX! I didn’t think i would like the show because of the drug premise. But the writing and the acting and the story really got me!

  3. janet marks says:

    breaking bad. well deserved, riverting storyline, supberb acting, beautifully shot and fabulous editing. what a well crafted piece of work. am enjoying watching every minute. staying home with the flu has never been so much fun with this showing on Netflix.

  4. Greg says:

    I worked at Blockbuster (yes they still exist) the first two seasons of this show and we turned most of our customers onto Breaking Bad. If anything kept this show on the air it was those first two seasons building enough intrigue to make the people renting at video stores and watching on demand tune into season 3. Many of our customers became obsessed after the third season because let’s face it, until the finale that was the best season of this show. It drove the fan base to tune every week and to obsess like no other show I can remember.

    • butt says:

      Blockbuster? Please I doubt two people made a difference it was Netflix. Netflix is this generations blockbuster. We turned our customers on to breaking bad. Get over yourself quickly AmPm checkout girl.

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