Breaking the Habit You can feel the first pangs of withdrawal starting. After all, you've had a relationship with Breaking Bad for 5 years, and now they just expect you to quit cold turkey? Don't they know that's not how the meth critically-acclaimed cable drama game goes? Turns out that's exactly how it goes. Sure, there's that Better Call Saul spinoff happening, but it's just not the same, so before you go all Trainspotting , we've put together a list of suggestions of shows that will ease the harsh comedown . They're all excellent dramas and any one of them should bind to the correct receptors in your brain — and think of all the time you'll have now on Sundays to devote to them! Turns out quitting has its perks. Luther S1E1 : Episode 1 If there's one thing Walter White could always do on Breaking Bad , it was compartmentalize. Detective Chief Inspector John Luther (portrayed by the always-brilliant Idris Elba) is not quite as able. His work not only comes home with him, it consumes him. Unable to arrest Alice Morgan, a genius-level psychotic, for the murder of her parents, he ends up drawn to her in an intimate way, consumed by his quest to put logic to sociopathy. Rescue Me S1E1 : Guts Talk about an antihero. Dennis Leary's Tommy Gavin, a veteran New York City fireman and 9/11 survivor, is a self-destructive alcoholic with anger management issues. Not only that, but all of Gavin's friends and family are problem-laden as he is, which, over the course of 7 seasons, leads to a lot of heartbreak, violence, and despair. Sounds like a really fun time, I know, but Rescue Me was far from a run-of-the-mill cable drama — it was the first show that truly took the post-Giuliani New York ethos to its logical (if extreme) conclusion. Sons of Anarchy S1E1 : Pilot It's not all sunshine and daisies in Charming. This (fictional) Northern California town is home to the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, a tortured — and occasionally torturous — motorcycle gang that really, truly tries to live by a moral code. Keeping drugs out of your town = good; using violence and intimidation to do so = effective, albeit maybe-kind-of-sort-of unethical? Sons of Anarchy is practically a Greek tragedy in scope, so don't get too attached to anyone. The Fall S1E1 : Episode 1 Like Luther above, The Fall is a British import in which a devoted cop tries to get inside the head of PURE EVIL. You might think I'm joking, but in this case, the serial killer has reached Buffalo Bill levels of depravity while playing the devoted husband and father at home. Gillian Anderson trots out her British accent (which she comes by honestly, having spent part of her childhood in England) as a detective who sees herself in the murdered young, professional women. Boardwalk Empire S1E1 : Pilot It's always a nice thing when character actors get a chance to star, and the cast of Boardwalk Empire , HBO 's visually arresting Prohibition-set drama, is made up entirely of character actors. Taking a look at gang activity and political corruption in 1920s and '30s Atlantic City, New Jersey, this Steve Buscemi vehicle doesn't skimp on the sex, violence, and all-around crazy evilness that comes with prolonged exposure to the Jersey Shore.* Homeland S1E1 : Pilot All is fair in love and war... and psychiatric disorders and brainwashing and terrorism, according to Showtime 's Homeland , an adaptation of the Israeli series Prisoners of War . Claire Danes' CIA agent Carrie Matheson is on a mission to prove that the recently returned POW Nicholas Brody has been turned by the terrorist group that captured him. Complicating this is her battle with bipolar disorder, and the fact that, uh, [Spoiler Alert] she bangs him. Basically, everyone on this show could be the unreliable narrator of a Dostoevsky novel, and it's pretty damn glorious. Homicide: Life on the Street S1E1 : Gone for Goode Alone on this list in both provenenance (an American broadcast TV drama) and age (it debuted in 1993), Baltimore-set Homicide: Life on the Street was the precursor to The Wire . Following the personal and professional lives of the detectives of the Baltimore Police Department's Homicide Division and featuring a brilliant ensemble cast, the series was one of the first to really take a look at the complex motivations that drive street crime in a large, decaying city, and frankly, every subtly layered, morally muddled crime drama owes this forerunner a huge debt. The Sopranos S1E1 : The Sopranos This mob drama (set in North Jersey, of course*), one of the defining shows of the 2000s, started out with crime boss Tony Soprano (the late James Gandolfini) in therapy to deal with panic issues related to, well, being in the mafia. The 7-season run showed the tribulations of both of Tony's families, and was arguably the first television drama to accurately display classic existentialist angst — a trait exemplified by its polarizing series finale. *I would apologize for the Jersey jokes, but I grew up there, so I'm entitled. Now, if you've seen ALL of these, then please, take a break (and maybe get a drink) and go watch some comedies . For real. Leah E. Friedman is the editor of SideReel.com. You can follow her musings on Twitter .
Actor James McCaffrey, who most know from FX’s former hit series ‘Rescue Me’ with Denis Leary, has been tapped for a guest role in Suits. According to TV Line, McCaffrey will appear in one episode of the USA drama as Gordon Specter, the father of Harvey. McCaffrey will be seen in flashback scenes in Suits’ August 20 episode where he helps Harvey make a decision about his career. Should he stay at the D.A.’s office or go back to Jessica? Fans will find out later this summer when ‘Suits’ returns in its third season on July 16 in its 10pm time slot. The all new run of episodes will reportedly feature more conflict for Harvey and Jessica, as well as the back story of Harvey’s youth with flashbacks showing fans how the lawyer looked in his younger years before making into the legal world. READ MORE...
Rescue Me 's Andrea Roth has been tapped for a recurring role on The CW's noir thriller Ringer , TVGuide.com has learned. Roth, who portrayed the estranged wife of Tommy (Denis Leary) on the FX firefighter series, will play... http://www.tvguide.com/News/Ringer-Andrea-Roth-1039053.aspx?rss=breakingnews
Kids these days — always getting into trouble! Olivia Crocicchia, who played Katy, the youngest daughter of Denis Leary's Tommy Gavin on FX's recently wrapped Rescue Me , has landed a guest spot on CSI: NY , TVGuide.com has learned exclusively. http://www.tvguide.com/News/CSI-NY-Star-1037350.aspx?rss=breakingnews
Rescue Me 's series finale ended with Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary) alive and well — perhaps better than ever. But let's not forget that, despite the show's happy ending, Tommy technically "died" in the Season 6 premiere after being shot by his Uncle Teddy (Lenny Clarke) in Season 5's cliff-hanger. In the exclusive video clip from the Season 6 DVD below, co-creator Peter Tolan discusses Tommy's brief venture into the afterlife as well as his vision of eternity with his fallen first-responder brethren... http://www.tvguide.com/News/Rescue-DVD-1037274.aspx?rss=breakingnews
Our top moments of the week: 13. Kiss and Tell Award: Talk about airing your dirty laundry on television. When Vienna and Kasey get into a little lovers' quarrel on Bachelor Pad (he wants to have sex; she doesn't), he decides to prove that Vienna isn't shy about getting into bed by name-dropping her previous conquests. Including Wes and Dave Good. To her face. Both guys denied it, of course, but who wouldn't? 12. Worst Athletic Display: Playing with your daughters? Good. Playing with your daughters after you've been drinking? Not so much. Joe Giudice takes things a little too far on The Real Housewives of New Jersey when he tries to show up his daughter and flaunt his gymnastics skills ("I'm a professional," he says) shortly after polishing off a glass of red wine. He aims for a simple roll on the mat, but winds up rolling onto the marble floor and chipping his tooth. "When my husband drinks, things get a little out of control," Teresa explains to the camera. You're telling us? 11. Gone Baby Gone Award: Sloane tells Eric she could never be with him again when he comes to apologize to her on the penultimate episode of Entourage . Unfortunately, the most heartbreaking news isn't that she won't take him back, but that she's pregnant and plans to move to New York with their unborn child and still wants nothing to do with him. Sloane moving to Eric's hometown with their yet-to-be-born baby? It makes us wonder where the show is headed in the series finale. Read More... http://www.tvguide.com/News/Top-Moments-Rescue-Me-1037122.aspx?rss=breakingnews
After seven seasons, we bid a fond and heartfelt farewell last night to Rescue Me. Last night's finale sent Rescue Me off on a very high note: http://www.thefutoncritic.com/ratings/2011/09/08/rescue-me-signs-off-on-a-very-high-note-848210/20110908fx01/
After seven seasons, FX's Rescue Me concluded with its usual blend of dark plots and dark comedy before ultimately leaving tortured hero Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary) with a surprisingly sunny outlook on the future. That ending reflects the stories of a couple real-life firefighters who inspired his character, Leary says. "They're definitely in a place, 10 years later, where they still love the job," he tells TVGuide.com. "They're actually as happy as you could expect them to be. They're whole. They're back to as close as they could be to the men they were before the events of 9/11 happened... http://www.tvguide.com/News/Rescue-Me-Finale-Denis-Leary-1037104.aspx?rss=breakingnews
Smoke 'em if ya got 'em folks! Last night, Rescue Me rang its final alarm with an intensely fitting finale. By centering on the aftermath of Lou's death, we got a heaping load of the show's gallows humor and tough-guy heart, best displayed as the crew gathered to spread the red velvet "ashes" of their fallen Lieutenant. And while the finale was timed to coincide with the 10 th anniversary of 9/11, star Denis Leary and show creator Peter Tolan allowed the memory of that tragic day to... http://www.tvguide.com/News/Rescue-Me-Series-Finale-1037073.aspx?rss=breakingnews
After seven seasons, it was the end of the journey for Tommy Gavin on 'Rescue Me' (Wed., 10PM ET on FX). It's hard to say if it's a great ending or a disappointing ending, but a lot of that depends on your expectations going in. I would say it is definitely a satisfactory ending, and more importantly a consistent ending. 'Rescue Me' has always been about dark humor, guys being the idiots that guys can be, and moments of danger, violence and occasional poignancy. In that, this finale delivered by being absolutely consistent with what this show has always been about. http://www.aoltv.com/2011/09/08/rescue-me-finale-brings-laughs-tears-closure-video/