The holidays are around the corner and tomorrow will be Black Friday. As you’re shopping around there will be tons of great TV box sets to choose from this year. Check out this guide for some great ideas, including the “Dexter” and “Breaking Bad” box sets.
“Dexter” is probably the biggest hit in Showtime’s history but it did decline over the years. Still it’s a show worth getting into from the beginning with Michael C. Hall carrying the show and great contributions from guest stars like John Lithgow, Keith Carradine, Jimmy Smits, Julia Stiles and Jonny Lee Miller.
As for “Breaking Bad,” some are calling it the best TV drama of all time. Vince Gilligan’s creation was carried by Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn and a fantastic cast. This one is a must and will be one of the hot gifts of the year.
OK, the Lydia character on “Breaking Bad” is a little creepy, but Laura Fraser does a great job with the role, and she has a sexiness about her as well.
Bullz-Eye.com interviewed Laura Fraser about her role and she discusses the character:
BE: So who was Lydia when you got that first script? Has she evolved since you got that first script?
LF: Well, she’s certainly surprised me, to put it mildly. [Laughs.] Yeah, she’s sort of gone from cold to glacial. I mean, I thought she was a wee bit demented, but she’s positively deranged. I feel like she’s a clean-cut bonkers sociopath. Initially, I thought, “Oh, this is a woman who’s got into this, she’s stumbled into this meth world and is trying to get out of it, to do the best deal and then get out, and she’s always trying to protect her life and her daughter’s life. But now she’s choosing to be there. She does not need to be there, and all her sensible choices are in her blind spot, and she’s got an extremely zany take on rational behavior. She’s gone a little bit nuts. She’s a nutcase, yeah.
It’s been a pretty incredible year on AMC, with shows like “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men” returning for excellent seasons. Now another great AMC program will be back soon with Season 3 of “The Walking Dead” which has joined those shows as cultural icons. The devotion of each of these shows is intense, as evidenced by the ratings, the awards and the activity on Twitter. Fans love these shows as they scoop up memorabilia, visit a poster frame depot to hang their posters and then play video games in the case of “The Walking Dead.”
To build buzz for the new season, AMC recently “zombified” some famous celebrities in some gory and cool photos. If you look at the horror sites online, all you see is stuff from “The Walking Dead” so it’s safe to say there will be plenty of attention.
AMC is just one of many cable channels that have been changing television with these quality dramas. The formula is much different from network TV, as here true artists are given the creative freedom to express themselves without focus groups and studio executives dumbing everything down. HBO led the charge years ago, and fortunately many others are following this formula. Now, the quality of stories is better on cable TV as compared to most major movie releases. Enjoy!