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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.



Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”


IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?

Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!

Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.

Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 


IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.


New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…


IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.


IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.


The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”


Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).



Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.


And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.