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 .
HBO is making all six seasons of the James Gandolfini mob drama "The Sopranos" available for one month each, in consecutive order, through HBO On Demand. Season 1 landed on the platform Monday, and will be available through the end of July, followed by Season 2 in August, and so on. Read More... http://www.thewrap.com/music/tv/article/sopranos-full-seasons-be-made-available-hbo-demand-100736
James Gandolfini died Wednesday at age 51, of a possible heart attack, an HBO rep confirmed to TheWrap . Gandolfini played many memorable characters on TV and in film, but arguably no role is more memorable than his portrayal of the iconic Tony Soprano, the patriarch of HBO's "The Sopranos." read more Read More... http://www.thewrap.com/media/tv/article/james-gandolfini-death-tony-sopranos-10-best-clips-videos-98521
After playing mobster Christopher Moltisanti on The Sopranos for six seasons, Michael Imperioli has been in his fair share of TV fights. But what will happen when he goes up against Dwight Schrute ( Rainn Wilson )?! Fans will find out when the Emmy winner guest-stars on The Office this spring as... http://www.tvguide.com/News/Office-Michael-Imperioli-1061306.aspx?rss=breakingnews
Veteran actor Tony Lip has died at the age of 82. The star, who was best known for his portrayal of mob kingpin Carmine Lupertazzi in hit TV show The Sopranos, passed away in a hospital in Teanec... http://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2013/01/07/sopranos_star_tony_lip_dies_aged_82_?ref_src=news_rss
A former Soprano is coming to ABC. In an early 2012 episode of freshman sitcom Last Man Standing , Jamie-Lynn Sigler will guest star as... http://www.tvguide.com/News/Last-Man-Standing-Jamie-Lynn-Sigler-1040829.aspx?rss=breakingnews
Bite-sized pieces of TV news for your afternoon/early evening enjoyment:- "Nurse Jackie" star Edie Falco and her former "Sopranos" sister-in-law, Aida Turturro, will work together again on the Showtime series this season. Turturro will only appear in one "Jackie" episode, but it's a "pivotal" role. The show has also cast Oscar winner Joel Grey as a patient suffering from dementia. [Showtime]Former "24" good/bad/good guy Carlos Bernard has taken a recurring part on TNT's reboot of "Dallas." He's set to play a Venezuelan businessman who has dealings with J.R. (Larry Hagman). [Vulture]In other TNT casting news, Jane Seymour, Peter Weller and Beau Bridges will all guest on the coming season of "Franklin & Bash." Seymour will play Bash's (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) hippie mom in an episode, while Bridges will reprise his role as Franklin's (Breckin Meyer) estranged dad in another. Weller will guest in the same episode as Bridges as an aging rock star. [TNT]Former "Lost" writer... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/11/nurse-jackie-hosts-another-sopranos-reunion-24-star-carlos-bernard-heads-to-dallas.html
While Edie Falco says she isn't sure a Sopranos movie is going to happen, she's on board if it is. "I think it's not going to materialize, but stranger things have happened," Falco tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I would definitely be interested in being involved; I'm pretty good at rolling with the punches. I would be fine if it never happened, but I would also love to go back there and see all the people I love again. Who knows? I'm not the one making the decisions and I would jump at the chance to participate." Do you think we need a Sopranos movie? Source here
Need more ideas on what to watch next? Last week, I introduced my new weekly recommendations column with the 10 shows that are on my Watch Wishlist -- the ones I've been meaning to start watching but haven't had the chance (I know, tsk tsk). This week, I'm back with a new set of suggestions for you to consider looking into, and this time I'm in the reminiscing mood! I'm throwin' it back to some shows that are no longer with us (*tear*), but are still totally marathon-worthy (thanks to SideReel!), and have treated me well as some of my all-time favorite shows to watch over and over again. Yes, my list of old favorites definitely makes for an "eclectic" bunch, but that just means that there's bound to be at least one for every kind of TV addict out there! Here's what I think you should start watching this week: 1. Lois and Clark - The New Adventures of Superman Before there was Smallville, there was Lois and Clark. And before there was Alcide Herveaux, I was crushin' on Dean Cain's version of Clark Kent. 2. Boy Meets World What can I say? As a TGIF staple, this show made me feel like I grew up with Cory Matthews. 3. The Sopranos Definitely more character-driven than what some might expect from a show about organized crime, but it's certainly a must-try for any TV maven. 4. Friends No matter how many times I've seen each episode, the punch lines still get me every time, even if I already have them memorized! 5. Seinfeld Who knew that a show about nothing could be so entertaining? 6. Sex and the City Carrie bugs the crap out of me most of the time, and it has some questionable stances on femininity, but you can't help but love watching... even if it's just for the shoes. 7. The O.C. I'm pretty sure I stopped watching after they killed off one of the main characters (er, spoiler alert?), but back in high school, you had to live under a rock if you didn't watch this show! 8. Nip/Tuck It got a little ridiculous towards the end (it's always disheartening to watch a favorite show jump the shark), but the first few seasons were gripping! 9. The X-Files I used to have to beg my mom to let me stay up on Sunday nights to watch this show. If she knew how many nightmares this show gave me (and still does), she definitely wouldn't have let me watch it! 10. Extras Ricky Gervais definitely had the right idea by keeping this series short and sweet to avoid "overstaying his TV welcome" (the American version of The Office probably should have followed this advice like 2 seasons ago, no offense), but sometimes I wish there was more of this kind of comedic genius to come! Got any other off-the-air old favorites worth recommending to fellow SideReelers? Share below in comments!
Michael Imperioli may be heading back to ABC. The Sopranos alum has signed on to play the lead in 187 Detroit, a new drama pilot that offers a real but sometimes humorous look at Detroit's top homicide division through the cameras of a fictitious documentary crew, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Imperioli will play Fitch, a smart, tough veteran detective known for his near-perfect record of closing cases and putting murderers behind bars. Imperioli most recently starred on another ABC cop drama, the short-lived Life on Mars remake. Source Here