Starring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn and Dean Norris July 15 at 9 p.m., AMC For many TV addicts, the arrival of Breaking Bad’s fifth (and final) season is the must-see event of the summer. Bryan Cranston, formerly pigeonholed as a comedy actor ( Seinfeld, Malcolm in the Middle), has turned in arguably the best multi-season dramatic performance of the past half-decade, as cancer-diagnosis-driven high-school teacher Walter White has descended deeper into the dark world of drugs and crime. In the new 16-episode season (which will be split into two eight-instalment runs), Walt and sidekick Jesse (Aaron Paul) continue their ruthless rise to full-kingpin status. critics as a watered-down version of HBO’s much grittier Deadwood, this wild-West yarn set against the construction of the transcontinental railroad earned a second-season renewal from AMC. Anson Mount is a formidable presence as Cullen Bohannon, a former Confederate soldier with a score to settle on the lawless frontier, and Colm Meaney is over the top as villainous railroad baron Doc Durant.
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