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‘Better Call Saul’ Finale: Jimmy Returns to the Light in ‘Saul Gone’ (Recap)

[Warning: The below contains Major spoilers for Season 6, Episode 13 of Better Call Saul, “Saul Gone.”] Better Call Saul‘s series finale has arrived and it’s a jam-packed episode filled with twists, turns, cameos, and more. The aptly titled entry, “Saul Gone,” picks up where last week’s cliffhanger left off as Marion (Carol Burnett) called for authorities to capture Saul (Bob Odenkirk), who had been going by the name Gene Takovic. What follows is a heart-wrenching and perfectly fitting cap to a complex prequel series, serving both Better Call Saul and its predecessor Breaking Bad. Below, we’re breaking it all down, so beware of spoilers ahead. Mike’s Time Machine As the episode opens with color over black-and-white, fans should pick up on the fact that the sequence is a flashback. Other pieces of imagery like money stuck in a shrub, foil blankets, and Jimmy’s destroyed car reveal a moment from his grand escape from the ...
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SAG-AFTRA Reaches Deal With Studios on Actors’ Exclusivity

SAG-AFTRA announced on Monday evening that it has reached a tentative agreement with the major studios on actor exclusivity periods, an issue that has become a top priority for the union in recent years.

The issue affects actors on TV series, who can find themselves barred from working on other projects for many months or even years between TV seasons. The union has said that the issue has grown acute in the streaming era, with seasons getting shorter and with longer delays between seasons.

The union backed a bill, Ab 437, in the California legislature, which aims to eliminate exclusivity periods from actors’ contracts.
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‘Better Call Saul’s’ Brilliant, Emotional Finale Is ‘Breaking Bad’ in Reverse: TV Review

Spoiler alert: This review contains spoilers for “Saul Gone,” the series finale of “Better Call Saul.”

It turns out that there was one person the once and future Jimmy McGill would put ahead of his own self-interest.

In the striking and elegant finale to one of TV’s most consistently strong dramas of the past decade, Bob Odenkirk’s Saul Goodman, to borrow a phrase, broke good. Having finally been apprehended, Saul structured a plea bargain that would have him in and out of prison in a plausibility-stretching-but-who’s-counting seven years. But then he saw and took an opportunity to
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‘Better Call Saul’ Co-Creator Peter Gould Breaks Down the Surprising Series Finale and Jimmy and Kim’s Ending

Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you haven’t watched the series finale of “Better Call Saul,” Season 6 Episode 13, “Saul Gone.”

In the end, Jimmy McGill unbroke bad. Just when it looked like Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) had finessed his way into a sweet plea agreement — just seven years at the most country club-like of correctional facilities — he reversed course and confessed all, in Monday night’s series finale of AMC’s “Better Call Saul.”

It was a finale rife with references to regret, time machines and how there’s “no shame in going back and changing your path,” as
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Better Call Saul Boss Breaks Down Gene's Ultimate Fate, Kim's Key Role in the Series Finale — Plus, Grade It!

Warning: This post contains spoilers from Monday’s Better Call Saul series finale.

After so many years keeping criminals out of prison by any means necessary, Jimmy McGill ended up behind bars himself.

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Better Call Saul wrapped up its six-season run on Monday with a supersized series finale that saw Jimmy/Saul/Gene meet a fitting end: sentenced to 86 years in federal
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‘Better Call Saul’ Series Finale: How Does Saul’s Story End?

Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not watched the series finale of “Better Call Saul” Season 6, titled “Saul Gone.”

More than seven years after “Better Call Saul” began, and 13 years after Bob Odenkirk first popped up as the sleazy lawyer in “Breaking Bad,” his story has come to a close — and Saul is behind bars.

After a little United States v. Saul Goodman legal action, the now-reformed Jimmy McGill ended up with 86 years in prison as Walter White’s “indispensable” criminal lawyer. After going down a dark path the past few seasons, Saul finally turned a corner and
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Better Call Saul Series Finale Recap: Did Gene Finally Face Justice?

Better Call Saul has rested its case after six glorious seasons — and it made quite a closing statement.

Monday’s series finale begins with a flashback to Season 5’s “Bagman,” with Jimmy and Mike trudging through the sweltering desert heat and finally finding a water tank to drink from. As they rest, Jimmy suggests they run off with the seven million bucks they’re carrying and split it. Mike says no: “It’s not ours.” Jimmy says he’d take the money and build a time machine. Where would Mike time-travel to, he asks? “December 8th, 2001,” he replies first, presumably
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Tatiana Maslany Fires Back at ‘Reductive’ Strong Female Lead Trope: ‘As If We’re Supposed to Be Grateful’

Tatiana Maslany doesn’t need a trendy label to know she plays strong female characters.

The “Orphan Black” Emmy winner and star of Disney+’s upcoming “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” slammed the idea of a “strong female lead” category in a recent interview with The Guardian.

“It’s reductive,” Maslany explained. “It’s just as much a shaving off of all the nuances, and just as much of a trope. It’s a box that nobody fits into. Even the phrase is frustrating. It’s as if we’re supposed to be grateful that we get to be that.”

Maslany stars as the titular “She-Hulk” in the Marvel series co-starring Mark Ruffalo, reprising his “Avengers” role of Bruce Banner, She-Hulk’s cousin. And part of why Maslany signed on to join the MCU was in part because of how not strong She-Hulk is at times…because, well, she’s human
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‘The Great American Recipe’ Season 2 Gets Summer 2023 Release Date From PBS (TV News Roundup)

Season 2 of the cooking competition series “The Great American Recipe” is set to premiere in Summer 2023, PBS announced Monday. The programmer also announced that Silvia Martinez, a home cook from California, won the series’ first season.

The Great American Recipe” celebrates the multiculturalism that makes American food unique and iconic. The second season will once again give home cooks from around the country another opportunity to showcase their beloved signature dishes. Alejandro Ramos will once again serve as host, and chefs Leah Cohen, Tiffany Derry and Graham Elliot will return as judges. Production for Season 2 of the series, which is
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She-Hulk Video Q&a: Tatiana Maslany Talks Orphan Black VFX Comparisons, Previews a 'Tension' With Daredevil

Tatiana Maslany previously played a gaggle of clones on Orphan Black, brilliantly navigating the digital magic needed to make that tricky team-up happen. How did her experience transforming into a 6-foot-7, green She-Hulk compare?

Speaking with TVLine in the video Q&a above (ahead of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law‘s anticipated premiere thisThursday on Disney+), the Emmy winner notes that “Orphan Black certainly prepared me for a sense of, ‘How do you move through a very technical blocking and a technical performance requirement, but also have spontaneity and be in the moment and be present?’ That was definitely a great training ground for this.
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HBO Content Chief Casey Bloys Explains Restructure, Layoffs in Memo to Staffers

HBO/HBO Max chief content officer Casey Bloys sent a memo to employees this afternoon, explaining the decision by Warner Bros. Discovery to layoff 70 employees, or 14 of his workforce, as the company restructures. The move, announced the morning, comes as Warner Bros. Discovery prepares to merge HBO Max and Discovery+ into one streamer — with the decision made to reduce redundancies in unscripted programming. But a changing business model also led to cuts in scripted children’s and family fare, casting, international and acquisitions.

“Unfortunately, the environment in which we operate is changing rapidly, and it is up to us to
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Sir David Attenborough to Host New Five-Part BBC Nature Series ‘Wild Isles’

Sir David Attenborough is set to host a new nature series for the BBC tentatively titled “Wild Isles.”

The five-part series will introduce viewers to fauna and flora across Britain and Ireland, focusing on four main areas: woodlands, grasslands, freshwater and marine.

Produced by Silverback Films and co-produced by The Open University, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the World Wildlife Fund, the series has been filmed over a period of three years in 4k with cutting edge technology including motion controlled time-lapse photography, low-light cameras and macro photography.

Among the highlights viewers will see are Britain’s ancient oak trees,
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‘Never Have I Ever’ Co-Creator Teases Future of Devi-Ben-Paxton Love Triangle

[Warning: The below contains Major spoilers for Never Have I Ever Season 3.] If you haven’t binged the latest season of Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher’s addictively bingeable series Never Have I Ever, we’d suggest turning around now as we prepare to take a deep dive into spoiler territory. As fans know by now, the show chronicles the ups and downs of Devi Vishwakumar’s (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) day-to-day life as a teen navigating grief and complex romantic relationships with a comedic twist. While Never Have I Ever is just as much about Devi’s friendships, it’s the show’s central love triangle with her longtime crush Paxton Hall-Yoshida (Darren Barnet) and longtime academic rival Ben Gross (Jaren Lewison) that has sucked fans into the drama. While the season led to some interesting developments, Fisher wants to reassure fans heading into the fourth and final season that despite Devi pursuing “one free boink” with Ben,
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Showrunners Behind Abortion Safety Protocols Letters Speak Out for the First Time, Reveal Second Letter to the Studios (Exclusive)

The coalition of television showrunners and creators who’ve mobilized in recent weeks around the pressing issue of abortion safety protocols on set have now sent a second letter to the studios.

The letter was blasted out Monday afternoon to each studio president, as well as to the members of the studios’ boards of directors — and copied to the Motion Picture Association, which on Aug. 10 collectively had answered on behalf of eight of the recipients of the original letter: AMC Networks, Amazon Studios, Apple TV+, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Paramount, The Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros. Discovery.

That response by the
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Stargirl Season 3 Photos Feature Reunited Jsa, Starman/Shade Tension

After enduring Yolanda’s quitting, Rick’s jailing, Beth’s home-life strife and Courtney being infested by Eclipso, the new Jsa is reunited and ready to solve a murder mystery, in photos from the first two episodes of DC’s Stargirl Season 3. But will Sylvester’s run-in with The Shade, who was no friend to the Og Jsa, threaten to reopen an old wound?

Also glimpsed in the first batch of Season 3 photos are Mike and Jakeem conjuring Thunderbolt, and Barbara and Mama Crock possibly in the middle of a frenemies’ food fight.

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TV Insider’s Top 25 of the Week (August 15-21): ‘House of the Dragon,’ ‘Better Call Saul’ & More

Bookmark this page, because TV Insider is providing you with a handy weekly list. With so much on TV — including new and standout episodes in primetime, streaming premieres, movies, and specials — we’re hoping to make it a bit easier for you to keep track of everything you don’t want to miss. Every Monday, on our Shows page, we keep track of the 25 shows that excite us for the week ahead. Read on for what to watch the week of August 15-21. Just like summer’s heating up, so is TV right now. Just look at the top two shows on our list this week. The highly anticipated Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon premieres (August 21 on HBO) and tells the story of the Targaryen civil war. And Better Call Saul wraps up its six-season run (August 15 on AMC), likely ending the world started in Breaking Bad.
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Matt Smith, Paddy Considine, Olivia Cooke Attend ‘House of the Dragon’ Premiere in London

The cast of “Game of Thrones” prequel “House of the Dragon” made an appearance in London’s Leicester Square on Monday evening for the U.K. premiere of the upcoming series.

Among those who walked through a miniature castle and onto the red carpet were Matt Smith (pictured above), who plays Prince Daemon Targaryen, Paddy Considine, who plays his brother King Viserys Targaryen, Steve Toussaint (pictured below), who plays Lord Corlys Velaryon, Milly Alcock (pictured below) and Emma D’Arcy, who both play Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen at different ages, and Emily Carey (pictured below) and Olivia Cooke, who both play Alicent Hightower at different ages.
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Arrowverse Alum Marc Guggenheim Signs With CAA (Exclusive)

Marc Guggenheim has signed with CAA for representation, Variety has learned exclusively.

Guggenheim continues to be represented by attorney Wendy Kirk at Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole Llp as well as by manager Cliff Roberts at Syndicate Entertainment.

Guggenheim is perhaps best known for his work in The CW’s so-called Arrowverse — its collection of shows based on DC Comics characters. He co-created the first of those shows, “Arrow,” along with Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg. The show ultimately aired for eight seasons and 170 episodes. Guggenheim, Berlanti, and Kreisberg, along with Phil Klemmer, then went on to create the DC show “Legends of Tomorrow,
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Why ‘Better Call Saul’ Feels the Most Expansive When Sound Tells the Story

The 2022 Emmy nominations for Best Series Sound Design are a varied bunch: from the eldritch gurgling of “Stranger Things” to the explosive space adventures of “Picard,” “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,” and “Boba Fett” to the retro, timey-wimey vibes of “Loki,” all these series feature nuanced and expansive work, creating fantastic worlds and immersing viewers in thrilling action.

But then there’s “Better Call Saul,” the lone show in the category which takes place wholly on planet Earth in the 21st century (however alien the landscape of the Albuquerque desert might look sometimes). It is a huge outlier by genre. It’s not an outlier at all, though, when you look at how “Better Call Saul” uses sound in its storytelling, or at how the show’s sound drives the series forward.

Co-supervising sound designer Nick Forshager said that, for longer episodes in Season 6, the team recorded 28-30 hours of foley — which,
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R. Kelly Defense Loses Bid to Exclude Jurors Who Watched ‘Surviving R. Kelly’

R. Kelly’s second trial got underway in a courthouse in Chicago on Monday, as his defense lost a bid to exclude potential jurors who have seen the Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly.”

Kelly was sentenced in June to 30 years in prison, after being convicted in New York last year on charges of racketeering and sex trafficking.

Jury selection began Monday morning in federal court in Chicago, where Kelly is facing numerous charges of child pornography and conspiracy to obstruct an investigation. The government alleges that Kelly coerced underage girls to have sex with him, videotaped the sex acts, and
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