FX: Why we rejected 'Breaking Bad'

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FX: Why we rejected 'Breaking Bad'
 

 

AMC’s Breaking Bad could have wound up at another cable network, but FX passed on Vince Gilligan’s pilot script.

Back in 2007-ish, FX was seemingly the ideal home for the project, given its slew of dark, edgy antihero dramas, like The Shield, Rescue Me and Nip/Tuck. In an interview with Kim Masters on KCRW’s The Business, FX president John Landgraf explained why he turned down the show, which would later become a critical and commercial hit for AMC.

“We had three dramas with male antiheroes and we looked at that script and said, ‘Okay, so here’s a fourth male antihero,’” Landgraf recalled. “The question was: ‘Are we defining FX as the male antihero network and is that a big enough tent?’”

In other words, Breaking Bad was too on brand for the network.

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Added Landgraf: “Look, it was a wonderful script. If I had known Vince Gilligan was going to be one of the best showrunners in television, and Breaking Bad was going to be literally one of the very best shows in television, I would have picked it up despite the concept. But the truth of the matter is anybody who does what I do for a living, who’s honest, will tell you that you’re making decisions based on too little information all the time, and you make good ones and you make bad ones.”

True. We’re zeroing in on this tidbit because Breaking Bad is set to premiere July 15, but it’s extremely common for networks to reject projects that become hits someplace else. Executives just rarely reveal their decision-making process when that happens, so it’s interesting to hear why Walter White didn’t end up on FX. (I still remember hearing the logline for Breaking Bad and thinking, “Cancer patient selling meth? Sounds depressing.”)


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 5 years ago '10        #2
ghettofire 3 heat pts
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i like fx but they lost here
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#RAPTORSWON 228 heat pts228
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I dunno I can't imagine The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad being anywhere else besides AMC
 5 years ago '06        #4
titanreese 13 heat pts13
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I really dont think either Channel is hurting.....AMC, USA, and FX >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
 5 years ago '08        #5
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July 15th cant come any sooner
 5 years ago '07        #6
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They made a mistake. Who doesn't?

FX has gotten a hell of a lot right and overall, I'd say they're still a better network than AMC.

Not that it really matters, I'm extremely thankful for AMC, FX and HBO for delivering quality programming when the majority of others televise absolute bullsh*t.
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July 15 is practically here


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cant wait! sh*t i still gotta watch the final 2 episodes of season 4 ill watch them thos weekend im sure
 5 years ago '09        #8
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 Russ369 said:
I dunno I can't imagine The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad being anywhere else besides AMC
HBO


both shows on HBO would allow the show to be more graphic and alot darker
 5 years ago '07        #9
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this is odd, I have an old rip of a first season episode of Breaking Bad, actually believe its the series premiere, and it has a FX logo on it.
 5 years ago '11        #10
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Fx probably would have made them water it down because damn near all their shows ran 2-3 years longer than they shouldve
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 Jacc Blacc said:
HBO


both shows on HBO would allow the show to be more graphic and alot darker
Then we wouldn't have GOT or a few others and if so the budgets would've gotten massively cut.
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Wasn't redneck enough,
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i cut get int this show for some reason Im on season 3 and idk sh*ts just boring
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 dblock187s said:
i cut get int this show for some reason Im on season 3 and idk sh*ts just boring
Boring? How?



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Explain yourself...
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 dblock187s said:
i cut get int this show for some reason Im on season 3 and idk sh*ts just boring
Boring? Every episode I saw of this sh*t was off the meat!
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 dblock187s said:
i cut get int this show for some reason Im on season 3 and idk sh*ts just boring
its his bi*ch wife
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 dblock187s said:
i cut get int this show for some reason Im on season 3 and idk sh*ts just boring
U shld weight untl seezin 3 finale, den see wut u tink.
 07-04-2012, 08:48 PM         #18
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 ghettofire said:
i like fx but they lost here
How so? Breaking Bad might not of lasted 2 seasons if they picked it up and it could of ended up costing them more money then it was worth.

Did you not read it? They had The Shield, Nip/Tuck (in it's prime) and Rescue Me (in it's prime) at the time, on paper Breaking Bad was just another gritty show that would of failed.

EVERYONE won by them not picking it up and it not being picked up until it was, at the time those shows were a dime a dozen, gritty shows were a dime a dozen.
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 dblock187s said:
i cut get int this show for some reason Im on season 3 and idk sh*ts just boring
Wow. To each his own. But wow. sh*t is NOT boring. At all.
 07-04-2012, 11:07 PM         #20
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 capone3pbs said:
Boring? How?



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Explain yourself...
that n*gga plays the illest kingpin when i first started watching i thought he was gonna act like he did in Fresh but Gustavo Fring is a type of drug lord i dont think ive ever seen on tv before
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