You know a TV show is plugged into the cultural consciousness when a couple of simple scenes send major ripples out through the real world, and so it was with this week's episode of AMC's Breaking Bad. Garduno's restaurant in Albuquerque, N.M., where the show is shot and set, has reported an uptick in people ordering the table-prepared guacamole, simply because the guac featured prominently in a tense dinner scene between Walter White (Bryan Cranston), Hank Schrader (Dean Norris) and their wives at the restaurant.
Another scene from the epsiode, in which Hank and Marie (Betsy Brandt) watch a video of something very shocking (to put it as spoiler-free as possible) has become a viral sensation, with mashups that show the Schraders reacting to everything from Miley Cyrus twerking on the MTV Video Music Awards to Breaking Bad co-star Aaron Paul's hilariously hyperactive 1999 appearance on The Price is Right.
From Sideways to Sideswipe
Paul Giamatti, who sometimes does amazing work (Sideways) and sometimes slums for a paycheque (The Hangover Part II) will hopefully be doing more of the former in a new dark comedy based on Charles Willeford's Hoke Moseley detective thrillers Sideswipe, New Hope for the Dead and The Way We Die Now. Simply titled Hoke, the pilot episode for cable network FX will see Giamatti as the slightly unhinged homicide detective working cases in 1985 Miami. Here's hoping for some sort of a Miami Vice crossover or, barring that, at least a little less scenery-chewing than Giamatti will likely be doing as the Rhino in next year's The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Hulu shimmies into original content
Hulu, the American digital streaming service which (sort of) isn't available in Canada, seems to be playing a game of leapfrog with Netflix - while Hulu was first out of the gate with original content created just for the digital network, Netflix is the one getting the lion's share of attention for great shows such as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black.
To be honest, Netflix's lead in the quality department doesn't seem about to change. Hulu just announced the debut dates for its fall lineup of new shows, and they include the likes of Eva Longoria's Mother Up!, an animated comedy about a former music executive adjusting to life as a suburban mom, and Behind the Mask, a documentary series about sports mascots. Sounds, uh, intriguing. But hey, we don't prejudge. If you're really curious about Hulu's offerings or their catalog of streaming TV shows, look into Canadian-made workaround services like SurfEasy and Unblock-US. The more you know.
The family that works together, twerks together
And in what will hopefully be the last thing you have to read about Miley Cyrus's performance at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Cyrus tweeted this message paraphrasing her proud papa, Achy Breaky Heart hitmaker (and Doc star) Billy Ray Cyrus: "Mile, if twerkin woulda been invented"¦ And I had a foam finger ... I woulda done the same thang you did." Somehow the mental image of the senior Cyrus rubbing his bum up against Robin Thicke's crotch is even more disturbing than what we saw that night on TV.