S2E18 – Rejecting Breaking Bad

Show Notes

Breaking Bad holds the Guinness World Record for highest-rated television show of all time. But back when creator Vince Gilligan was first pitching the series, it was rejected by four major networks. This week, we tell Gilligan’s story. From being told no one in their right mind would let a show about crystal meth air on television, to showrunning one of the most beloved series in history.

Major sources for this episode include:
1) Television Academy Emmy TV Legends: Vince Gilligan Interview
2) Variety: Vince Gilligan of Breaking Bad Looks Back
3) New York Times: The Dark Art of Breaking Bad
4) Vulture: Vince Gilligan and the Dark Comedy of Breaking Bad
5) HuffPost: ‘The X-Files’ Turns 20: ‘Breaking Bad’ Creator On What He Learned From Mulder And Scully
6) The Off-Camera Show: Aaron Paul Felt Desperate in His Audition for ‘Breaking Bad’
7) Cheatsheet: ‘Breaking Bad’ Rejected by HBO, FX, TNT Before AMC Grabbed It
8) Looper: Why Breaking Bad Almost Didn’t Happen
9) Buzzfeed: How Breaking Bad Transformed AMC

From the creators of Under the Influence:
Executive Producer & Co-Host: Terry O’Reilly
Writer & Host: Sidney O’Reilly
Research: Allison Pinches
Director: Callie O’Reilly
Supervising Producer: Debbie O’Reilly
Engineer: Geoff Devine
Theme music: Ian Lefeuvre & Ari Posner

This show is brought to you by the Apostrophe Podcast Network and powered by Acast.

Show Notes

Breaking Bad holds the Guinness World Record for highest-rated television show of all time. But back when creator Vince Gilligan was first pitching the series, it was rejected by four major networks. This week, we tell Gilligan’s story. From being told no one in their right mind would let a show about crystal meth air on television, to showrunning one of the most beloved series in history.

Major sources for this episode include:
1) Television Academy Emmy TV Legends: Vince Gilligan Interview
2) Variety: Vince Gilligan of Breaking Bad Looks Back
3) New York Times: The Dark Art of Breaking Bad
4) Vulture: Vince Gilligan and the Dark Comedy of Breaking Bad
5) HuffPost: ‘The X-Files’ Turns 20: ‘Breaking Bad’ Creator On What He Learned From Mulder And Scully
6) The Off-Camera Show: Aaron Paul Felt Desperate in His Audition for ‘Breaking Bad’
7) Cheatsheet: ‘Breaking Bad’ Rejected by HBO, FX, TNT Before AMC Grabbed It
8) Looper: Why Breaking Bad Almost Didn’t Happen
9) Buzzfeed: How Breaking Bad Transformed AMC

From the creators of Under the Influence:
Executive Producer & Co-Host: Terry O’Reilly
Writer & Host: Sidney O’Reilly
Research: Allison Pinches
Director: Callie O’Reilly
Supervising Producer: Debbie O’Reilly
Engineer: Geoff Devine
Theme music: Ian Lefeuvre & Ari Posner

This show is brought to you by the Apostrophe Podcast Network and powered by Acast.

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