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“Breaking Bad” star Betsy Brandt says season five premiere will “shock you”


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There are sixteen episodes of “Breaking Bad” left. Even though those are going to be split over two short seasons, the end is nigh. And with just about a week to go until the premiere, every fan of the show is dying to know what trouble Walter White will get himself into next.

According to Betsy Brandt, the woman behind Marie on the show, nothing we do can prepare ourselves for the new season. And even though we chatted for almost 10 minutes on the “Magic Mike” Los Angeles Film Festival red carpet, she managed to not give away a single spoiler. All she had to tell fans is they better get ready for some insanity over the next eight episodes.

“Even if I could tell you, I wouldn’t even know where to start and really what to say. It’s so… oh my god,” she said. “They’ll like shock you into [the new season]. Wait until you see the first episode.”

“Breaking Bad” gets bigger with every year, and Brandt attributes much of that to its growing fan base. She said that she constantly meets new people that have just discovered the show, and feels that its popularity and prestige will continue to grow even after “Breaking Bad” goes off the air next year.

“I feel like it’s going to be one of those shows like ‘The Wire,’ where years from now people will be like, ‘I just discovered this show. Why was this show only on for like six seasons, and the last two seasons we’re eight episodes!’ I think it’s going to be one of those shows. I’m so proud to be on it. And the people who love it. Like, I got [‘Magic Mike’] because Stephen Soderbergh is a fan of ‘Breaking Bad,'” she said. “I tell myself that no one really watches it because I just think it makes it [easier] through life.”

Though AMC and creator Vince Gilligan decided there would be only sixteen more episodes, Brandt admitted that she hopes that “Breaking Bad” manages to squeeze out a seventeenth “because there’s just so much to do.” She isn’t quite sure how the story will end since only the first half of those episodes have been filmed, so Brandt seems to think there’s still hope.

Season four ended with a bang (literally), and Brandt felt that the series could have happily ended there. “I thought, good luck topping that!” she said of Gus Fring’s death. But apparently the fifth season has already managed to do just that.

Marie is a character that we’ve seen grow a lot over “Breaking Bad’s” four seasons, from being Hank’s shrill, kleptomaniac wife to someone that is not only relatable but very sympathetic. But Brandt argued that it’s not Marie or any of the show’s characters that have changed, but rather the audience’s perception of them.

“We know all of them, good and bad. That’s the thing. Like who these people were, that’s exactly who they were when we met them. Now we just get to see more of them,” she said. “A big moment for Marie was the intervention scene and she’s the only one who says, ‘If he doesn’t want to do chemo, it’s his life. He gets to make that call. It’s not our place to say.’ And Skylar didn’t like it and nobody liked it. She was the only one who stood up for Walt because it’s what she believed was right.”

Brandt continued, “She’s still that person, four or five seasons later. She’s still that same person, and I love her for that. She’s a weirdo, and she’s quirky and so there for her family and then just very self-centered, and hopefully a little funny.”

Considering the fact that Marie was not a crucial character back in season one, Brandt is happy to see how much she has become a major part of the show.

“When you do a film or a play, you pretty much know what your role’s going to be, but when you do a TV show, if you’re lucky enough to be on a show that’s a hit, you don’t even know if you’ll still be on it three seasons down the road. So the fact that Marie was not a pivotal role, they’ve just been so good to me,” she said. “It will be tough for me, my next job. If my next gig is half as good as this show, I’ll be happy lady. If I could only do Vince Gilligan shows, because he is the smartest and the nicest man in Hollywood, I’d be happy.”

“Breaking Bad” returns to AMC on July 15 at 10/9c.

What are you hoping happens in the final two seasons of “Breaking Bad”? Do you think Brandt’s analysis of the show is correct? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…


IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.


IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).


IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.


IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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Baroness For Life

Baroness von Sketch Show is available for immediate consumption.

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Baroness von Sketch Show is snowballing as people have taken note of its subtle and not-so-subtle skewering of everyday life. The New York Times, W Magazine, and Vogue have heaped on the praise, but IFC had a few more probing questions…

IFC: To varying degrees, your sketches are simply scripted examples of things that actually happen. What makes real life so messed up?

Aurora: Hubris, Ego and Selfish Desires and lack of empathy.

Carolyn: That we’re trapped together in the 3rd Dimension.

Jenn: 1. Other people 2. Other people’s problems 3. Probably something I did.

IFC: A lot of people I know have watched this show and realized, “Dear god, that’s me.” or “Dear god, that’s true.” Why do people have their blinders on?

Aurora: Because most people when you’re in the middle of a situation, you don’t have the perspective to step back and see yourself because you’re caught up in the moment. That’s the job of comedians is to step back and have a self-awareness about these things, not only saying “You’re doing this,” but also, “You’re not the only one doing this.” It’s a delicate balance of making people feel uncomfortable and comforting them at the same time.


IFC: Unlike a lot of popular sketch comedy, your sketches often focus more on group dynamics vs iconic individual characters. Why do you think that is and why is it important?

Meredith: We consider the show to be more based around human dynamics, not so much characters. If anything we’re more attracted to the energy created by people interacting.

Jenn: So much of life is spent trying to work it out with other people, whether it’s at work, at home, trying to commute to work, or even on Facebook it’s pretty hard to escape the group.

IFC: Are there any comedians out there that you feel are just nailing it?

Aurora: I love Key and Peele. I know that their show is done and I’m in denial about it, but they are amazing because there were many times that I would imagine that Keegan Michael Key was in the scene while writing. If I could picture him saying it, I knew it would work. I also kind of have a crush on Jordan Peele and his performance in Big Mouth. Maya Rudolph also just makes everything amazing. Her puberty demon on Big Mouth is flawless. She did an ad for 7th generation tampons that my son, my husband and myself were singing around the house for weeks. If I could even get anything close to her career, I would be happy. I’m also back in love with Rick and Morty. I don’t know if I have a crush on Justin Roiland, I just really love Rick (maybe even more than Morty). I don’t have a crush on Jerry, the dad, but I have a crush on Chris Parnell because he’s so good at being Jerry.



IFC: If you could go back in time and cast yourselves in any sitcom, which would it be and how would it change?

Carolyn: I’d go back in time and cast us in The Partridge Family.  We’d make an excellent family band. We’d have a laugh, break into song and wear ruffled blouses with velvet jackets.  And of course travel to all our gigs on a Mondrian bus. I feel really confident about this choice.

Meredith: Electric Mayhem from The Muppet Show. It wouldn’t change, they were simply perfect, except… maybe a few more vaginas in the band.

Binge the entire first and second seasons of Baroness von Sketch Show now on and the IFC app.

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