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“Breaking Bad” Spanish-language remake coming in 2014


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The final season of “Breaking Bad” hasn’t even aired yet, but it’s already getting a remake en Español. Sony Pictures Television has confirmed that, indeed, a Spanish-language remake of the show, “Metástasis,” will air on Univision’s UniMas in the U.S. and throughout Latin America.

This is more than a little strange, since “Breaking Bad” partly takes place in Mexico and doesn’t shy away from subtitled dialog even when stories unfold stateside. It’s unclear how closely “Metástasis,” will follow the AMC show’s plot, but so far it doesn’t sound all that different: It has the same core idea of an unassuming chemistry teacher diagnosed with terminal cancer turning to drug-making to provide for his family before his death.

In fact, the remake will be following many of the same naming conventions of the show’s characters. The mostly Colombian cast includes Diego Trujillo (“El Capo”) as Walter Blanco; Roberto Urbina (“Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Mentalist”) as Jose Miguel Rosas (Jesse); Julian Arango as Henry Navarro (Hank); and Sandra Reyes as Cielo (Skyler). According to Google Translate, “cielo” means “sky,” “blanco” means “white,” and “metástasis”  means “metastasis.”

It’s anyone’s guess whether “Metástasis” will explore new terrain, but given that SPT has previously adapted shows like “Married… With Children” for Colombia and Israel, “Everybody Loves Raymond” in Russia and the Middle East, “I Dream of Jeannie” for India, and so and so on as almost picture-perfect recreations, it’s unlikely too much wetwork will be done on the narrative. Who’s to say, though!

But, hey, this just frees us up to speculate on what Walter Blanco will throw onto Cielo’s roof instead of a pizza and, more importantly, what’s Spanish for “Los Pollos Hermanos.” My Google Translate trial expired before I could punch that one in. Que lástima.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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