Two and a Half Men
Two and a Half Men is an American television sitcom that aired on CBS for twelve seasons from September 22, 2003, to February 19, 2015. Starring Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones, the series was about a hedonistic jingle writer, Charlie Harper, his uptight brother and Alan's troublesome son, Jake. After Alan divorces, he and Jake move into Charlie's beachfront Malibu house and complicate Charlie's freewheeling life. In 2010, CBS and Warner Bros. Television reached a multiyear broadcasting agreement for the series, renewing it through at least the 2011–12 season. In February 2011, however, CBS and Warner Bros. decided to end production for the rest of the eighth season after Sheen entered drug rehabilitation and made "disparaging comments" about the series' creator and executive producer Chuck Lorre. Sheen's contract was terminated the following month and he was confirmed not to be returning to the series. Ashton Kutcher was hired to replace him the following season as Walden Schmidt, a billionaire who buys Charlie's house after his death.
In April 2013, CBS renewed the series for an eleventh season after closing one-year deals with Kutcher and Cryer. Jones, attending college, was relegated to recurring status for season 11 but did not make an appearance until the series finale, he was replaced by Jenny, Charlie's unknown daughter. In March 2014, CBS renewed the series for a twelfth season, announced to be the series' last; the season began airing in October 2014 and concluded in February 2015 with the 40-minute series finale "Of Course He's Dead". The success of the series led to it being the fourth-highest revenue-generating program for 2012, earning $3.24 million an episode. The series revolved around the life of the Harper brothers Charlie and Alan, Alan's son Jake. Charlie is a bachelor who writes commercial jingles for a living while leading a hedonistic lifestyle; when Alan's wife Judith decides to divorce him, he moves into Charlie's Malibu beach house with Jake coming to stay over the weekends. Charlie's housekeeper is Berta, a sharp-tongued woman who resists the change to the household, but grudgingly accepts it.
Charlie's one-night stand. The first five seasons find Charlie in casual sexual relationships with numerous women until the sixth season, when he becomes engaged to Chelsea, but the relationship does not last as Chelsea breaks off their engagement. Afterwards, Charlie flies to Paris in the eighth-season finale with his stalker Rose. In the ninth-season premiere, introducing a revamped show, it is revealed that Charlie died when he fell in front of a subway train in Paris. Suggestions are made that Rose pushed him into the train's path after learning Charlie had cheated on her. Alan's experiences are somewhat different. Throughout the series, Alan continues to deal with his son Jake's growing up, the aftermath of his divorce, when he has little success with women, his marriage to Kandi at the end of the third season was short-lived. In the fourth season, Alan is back at the beach house paying alimony to two women out of his meager earnings as a chiropractor. In the seventh season, he begins a relationship with Lyndsey McElroy, the mother of one of Jake's friends.
Their relationship is temporarily suspended when Alan cheats on her and accidentally burns down her house, but the relationship resumes. In the ninth-season premiere, the beach house is sold to Walden Schmidt, an Internet billionaire going through a divorce from Bridget. Alan leaves to live with his mother Evelyn when the house is sold, but Walden invites both Alan and Jake back to live in the beach house, he needs the three form a tightknit surrogate family. At the end of the ninth season, Jake joins the United States Army. In the 10th season, Walden proposes to his English girlfriend Zoey, only to be turned down, discovers she has another man, he becomes depressed. Meanwhile, Alan gets engaged to his girlfriend Lyndsey, while Judith leaves her second husband Herb Melnick after he cheats on her with his receptionist. Alan and Lyndsey's relationship of three years ends. Rose returns and dates Walden stalking him as she did to Charlie. Walden begins to date a poor but ambitious woman named Kate and changes his name to "Sam Wilson", pretending to be poor to find someone who wants him for him, not for his money.
They break up when he reveals who he is, though Kate realizes that Walden's money helped her become a successful clothing designer. Jake announces he is being shipped to Japan for at least a year, so Alan and he go on a father-son bonding trip. Other than a cameo in the series finale, this is the last time Jake appears on the show, though verbal references are made to him. In the 11th season, a young woman arrives at the beach house, announcing that she is Charlie Harper's biological daughter, Jenny, she moves in with Walden and Alan displaying many of Charlie's traits, including a love of women and alcohol. Lyndsey begins dating a man named Larry, in an attempt to learn more about Larry, Alan takes on the pseudonym "Jeff S
Rai News 24 is an Italian free-to-air television channel centred towards airing news as its main programming It was launched on 26 April 1999 at 6 am. Until 19 May 2000, the channel broadcast live weekdays only and re-aired previous recordings during the weekend. On 4 January 2017, the channel launched its own HD feed. Josephine Alessio Valentina Antonello Serena Scorzoni Emanuele Bonchino Renata Petillo Carlotta Macerollo Annalisa Fantilli Marisa Adinolfi Isabella Romano Andrea Gerli Iman Sabbah Giancarlo Usai Rino Pellino Emma Farnè Daiana Paoli Media related to RaiNews24 at Wikimedia Commons Official website On RaiPlay
Primeval (TV series)
Primeval is a British science-fiction drama television programme produced for ITV by Impossible Pictures. Created by Adrian Hodges and Tim Haines, who created the Walking with... documentary series, Primeval follows a team of scientists tasked with investigating the appearance of temporal anomalies across the United Kingdom through which prehistoric and futuristic creatures enter the present, as well as trying to stop the end of the world. First broadcast in the UK on 10 February 2007, it has since expanded to an international audience. Overall reception of the programme was positive during the first and second series, maintaining a 25% audience share in the United Kingdom during both series, it received a positive reaction from American critics prior to its broadcast on BBC America from 9 August 2008. The third series was broadcast from 28 March 2009 in the UK and 16 May 2009 in the US. Series four and five were produced in collaboration between ITV, BBC Worldwide, Impossible Pictures and the German broadcaster ProSieben.
Five webisodes were released from 22 December 2010 in the run-up to the fourth series, which began airing on New Year's Day 2011 in both the UK and US. The fifth series aired on Watch in May 2011 and was repeated on ITV from 16 June 2012. BBC Worldwide handles worldwide distribution through digital channels. A Canadian-British co-production spin-off, titled Primeval: New World, was announced on 15 September 2011, to premiere on 29 October 2012 on Space. On 21 February 2013 it was announced that Primeval: New World had been cancelled after a single season. Series 1 followed the efforts of Professor Nick Cutter and his associates, a friend and colleague Stephen Hart, a student Connor Temple and a zookeeper Abby Maitland as they investigate the appearance of anomalies that allow the passage to other times and places, allowing often-dangerous creatures from the distant past or future to threaten the lives of citizens; the British government's Home Office, under the supervision of James Lester and Claudia Brown, becomes involved after a Gorgonopsid travels through one such anomaly and wreaks havoc in the Forest of Dean.
Professor Cutter's wife, Helen Cutter, presumed dead for eight years, was revealed to have been travelling in time through the anomalies. Cutter was unable to convince her to help as she had changed much from the woman he had once known, he began to fall in love with Claudia. Meanwhile, Abby began to take care of a Coelurosauravus she named Rex after he was left behind in the present, was attracted to Stephen, who didn't reciprocate her feelings, despite Connor's romantic pursuit of her; the final episode of the first series sees the team deal with the consequences of an anomaly to the future opening in the Permian, allowing Predators from the future to access the past, follow Helen Cutter to the present. After the team secure the offspring of the Future Predator, killing an adult in the process and Helen lead a group of soldiers into the Permian to secure the future anomaly and the time-line. However, an attack by a second adult Future Predator left Helen as the only survivors; this disaster was predicted by Cutter seconds before it happened, as he realised that the camp he and the now dead Captain Ryan discovered on their first visit was in fact the remains of this expedition.
Upon returning Cutter discovered Stephen had once had an affair with Helen before she had disappeared, learned that Claudia Brown no longer exists as the time-line had changed slightly after their trip, only he and Helen were aware of it. The full circumstances behind the disappearance of Claudia Brown are never explained, with Cutter only knowing that it was the result of the visit to the Permian changing something in the present. In Claudia's place an assertive and quite different PR agent named Jenny Lewis joined the team in the Anomaly Research Centre or ARC, a building in the new time-line that deals with researching the anomalies. Having fallen for Claudia, a distraught Cutter was forced to start again with her look alike while Connor gained a girlfriend, Caroline Steel, a woman with a hidden agenda whom Abby despised, but the two were drawn closer by an encounter with Mer Creatures; as Stephen and Cutter tried to repair their friendship, Helen returned and began rekindling her friendship with Stephen, their affair.
Taking Claudia's previous position was a man named Oliver Leek, who secretly worked with Helen to use the anomalies to gain political power by gathering some of the creatures the team had encountered, controlling the future predators, using an unwitting Caroline to steal Rex for him. The team were faced with a mysterious cleaner whom they first encountered at a shopping mall and who worked against the team before he was killed in the Silurian by a Silurian Scorpion; the final conflict of the series resulted in the deaths of Stephen, who died to save the lives of the rest of the team, Leek, torn apart when he lost control of his creatures. Series 3 found Cutter continuing to investigate anomalies and attempted to find ways of predicting them with the help of Stephen's replacement on the team, Captain Becker. Meanwhile, Lester had to deal with an old rival Christine Johnson, an unscrupulous government official who hoped to obtain the power of the anomalies and the Future Predators for military uses.
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Numbers (TV series)
Numbers is an American crime drama television series that ran on CBS from January 23, 2005, to March 12, 2010. The series was created by Nicolas Falacci and Cheryl Heuton, follows FBI Special Agent Don Eppes and his brother Charlie Eppes, a college mathematics professor and prodigy, who helps Don solve crimes for the FBI. Brothers Ridley and Tony Scott produced Numbers; the show focuses on the relationships among Don Eppes, his brother Charlie Eppes, their father, Alan Eppes, on the brothers' efforts to fight crime in Los Angeles. A typical episode begins with a crime, subsequently investigated by a team of FBI agents led by Don and mathematically modeled by Charlie, with the help of Larry Fleinhardt and Amita Ramanujan; the insights provided by Charlie's mathematics were always in some way crucial to solving the crime. On May 18, 2010, CBS announced; the show revolved around three intersecting groups of characters: the FBI, scientists at the fictitious California Institute of Science, the Eppes family.
Don Eppes, Charlie's older brother, is the lead FBI agent at the Los Angeles Violent Crimes Squad. Professor Charlie Eppes is a mathematical genius, who in addition to teaching at CalSci, consults for the FBI and NSA. Alan Eppes is a former L. A. city planner, a widower, the father of both Charlie and Don Eppes. Alan lives in an historic two-story house furnished with Crafts furniture. David Sinclair is an FBI field agent and was made Don's second-in-command and promoted to supervisor. Terry Lake is a forensic psychologist and FBI agent. Prof. Larry Fleinhardt is a theoretical cosmologist at CalSci. Charlie's former mentor and now best friend, he frequently consults for the FBI. Prof. Amita Ramanujan is a mathematician at an FBI consultant. In season two, she begins dating Charlie, to whom she is married in season six. Charlie was her thesis advisor, her name is a reference to influential autodidactic Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. Megan Reeves is an FBI behavioral specialist, she was involved romantically with Larry Fleinhardt and left the FBI to counsel troubled young women.
Colby Granger is an FBI field agent. Once thought to have betrayed his colleagues, he is now back in their good confidence. Liz Warner is an FBI agent involved with Agent Eppes. Nikki Betancourt is an FBI agent with four years' experience in a law degree. Temporary characters on the show were named after famous mathematicians. For example, in the episode "In Plain Sight", one of the criminals is named Rolle and Charlie's father mentions a meeting with a man named Robert Peterson. Opening: We all use math every day. To predict weather…to tell time…to handle money. Math is more than equations. It’s logic. It's using your mind to solve the biggest mysteries; the first-season run of the show aired between January 23, 2005, May 13, 2005, at 10:00 pm on Fridays. It has the start of the working relationship between Los Angeles' FBI field office and Charlie Eppes; the main FBI agents are Charlie's brother, Don Eppes, Terry Lake, as well as David Sinclair. Don and Charlie's father, Alan Eppes, provides emotional support for the pair, while Professor Larry Fleinhardt and doctoral student Amita Ramanujan provide mathematical support and insights to Charlie.
Season one was a half-season. Sabrina Lloyd played an agent, in this season; the second-season run of the show aired between September 23, 2005, May 19, 2006, again at 10:00 pm on Fridays. Season two has several changes to Don's FBI team: Terry Lake is reassigned to Washington and two new members join Don and David Sinclair: Megan Reeves and Colby Granger. Charlie is challenged on one of his long-standing pieces of mathematical work and starts work on a new theory, cognitive emergence theory. Larry sells his home and assumes a nomadic lifestyle, while he becomes romantically involved with Megan. Amita receives an offer for an assistant professor position at Harvard University, but is plagued by doubt as her relationship with Charlie is challenged and her career is in upheaval. Alan begins work and dating again, although he struggles with the loss of his wife, both Charlie and he dream of her. Numb3rs was renewed for a third season, which began airing at 10:00 pm on Friday, September 22, 2006, ended on May 18, 2007.
Charlie and Amita intensify their relationship, as do Larry and Megan after Megan's kidnapping. Amita has troubles adjusting in her new role as a CalSci professor, Larry announces his leave of absence. Charlie and his colleagues are troubled by Dr. Mildred Finch, the newly appointed chair of the CalSci Physics and Astronomy Division, whom they learn has begun dating Alan. Meanwhile, Don dates Agent Liz Warner and questions his ethics and self worth, receives counseling. Charlie sees Don's therapist and the two understand one another more. Despite Don's concerns, Alan engages in some FBI consulting with his knowledge of engineering, a
Dream On (TV series)
Dream On is an American adult-themed situation comedy about the family life, romantic life, career of Martin Tupper, a divorced New York City book editor played by Brian Benben. The show distinctively interjected clips from older black-and-white television series to punctuate Tupper's feelings or thoughts, it was created by Marta Kauffman and David Crane, the team who created the TV show Friends. It ran for six seasons on HBO between 1990 and 1996; the show centered on Martin Tupper's life in an apartment in New York City with his teenaged son, relating to his ex-wife, while trying to date other women and succeed as an editor for a small book publisher with Toby, his brassy secretary. Judith, his ex-wife, went on to marry Dr. Richard Stone - the never-seen, most impossibly successful man on the planet; the opening indicates Martin's mother was "friendly", always parked him in front of the TV, hence the association of sex with his memories. The show was notable for its frequent use of clips from old movies and TV shows to express Martin's inner life and feelings, which lent it much of its quirky appeal, reminding viewers about the impact of TV on their consciousness.
The show was significant for being one of the first American sitcoms to use uncensored profanity and nudity. Dream On first aired July 1990 on HBO, was cancelled by HBO in March 1996. One season of the show, with language and nudity edited for broadcast, aired in prime time on the Fox Network in 1995: Sunday at 9:30-10:00 p.m. from January to April and Monday at 9:00-10:00 p.m. from June to July. This bowdlerized version was made available in syndication. Brian Benben, as Martin Tupper, is the protagonist of the series, he is a book editor who had watched a lot of 1950s shows that he expresses his thoughts through snippets of old TV dramas. Wendie Malick, as Judith Tupper Stone, is Martin's ex-wife. Chris Demetral, as Jeremy Tupper, is Martin's teenaged son. Jeff Joseph, as Eddie Charles, is Martin's best friend. Dorien Wilson, as Eddie Charles Denny Dillon as Toby Pedalbee, Martin's secretary/assistant Michael McKean, as Gibby Fiske, Martin's boss Renée Taylor, as Martin's mother, Doris Tupper Time magazine called the show "engaging", noting that its use of old clips was "a clever gimmick perks up familiar material" and called the second season of the "decidedly adult sitcom...better than ever."The New York Times had mixed opinions about the show.
In their first-season review, John J. O'Connor said Dream On was not "different from ordinary network fare...except for, as might be expected, the more freewheeling language and treatments of sex". About a year O'Connor said, while the show "has its weak spots, most notably in a pointless tendency to be smarmy" with "clips... that are sometimes less witty than painfully obvious. But Dream On takes unusual chances and has a habit of turning out to be refreshingly original." The show was created by Marta Kauffman and David Crane, who served as producers. Dream On was executive produced by John Landis. Landis directed several episodes of the series. To this day, the static shown on the TV towards the end of the opening credits forms part of the opening credits or introduction for every show made by HBO; the edited version of the series aired in syndication on Comedy Central in the United States. In Canada, Dream On aired on the cable movie station Superchannel, in late-night timeslots on CBC Television, on SexTV: The Channel, The Comedy Network, with French subtitles on Télé-Québec.
In New Zealand, the edited version screened on TV2, while the unedited version appeared on SKY 1. The show aired on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom, in France, the show aired on Canal Jimmy, in Switzerland on TSR, in Germany on RTL2, in Norway on TV3, in Greece on ANT1 and on Raisat Cinema, Canale 5, Rai 4 in Italy, it was broadcast by Canal + in Poland as one of its first shows. In Israel, the entire show aired on Bip. Seasons one and two were released on DVD for both regions 1 and 2. Herman's Head What's Alan Watching? Dream On on IMDb Dream On at TV.com Dream On at epguides.com
Beverly Hills, 90210
Beverly Hills, 90210 is an American teen drama television series created by Darren Star and produced by Aaron Spelling under his production company Spelling Television. The series ran for ten seasons on Fox from October 4, 1990, to May 17, 2000, is the longest-running show produced by Spelling, it is the first of five television series in the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise and follows the lives of a group of friends living in the upscale and star-studded community of Beverly Hills, California, as they transition from high school to college and into the adult world. "90210" refers to one of the city's five ZIP codes. The initial premise of the show was based on the adjustment and culture shock that twins Brandon and Brenda Walsh experienced when they and their parents and Cindy, moved from Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Beverly Hills. In addition to chronicling the characters' friendships and romantic relationships, the show addressed topical issues such as sex, date rape, animal rights, drug abuse, domestic violence, eating disorders, racism, teenage suicide, teenage pregnancy, AIDS.
After poor ratings during its first season, the series gained popularity during the summer of 1991, when Fox aired a special "summer season" of the show while most other series were in reruns. Viewership increased and 90210 became one of Fox's top shows when it returned that fall; the show became a global pop culture phenomenon with its cast members Jason Priestley and Luke Perry, who became teen idols. The show is credited with creating or popularizing the teen soap genre that many other successful television shows followed in the years to come; the show had many cast changes. On February 27, 2019, it was announced that a six-episode revival has been ordered by Fox and that the show would be titled 90210; the series begins with the introduction of the Walsh family—Jim, Cindy and Brenda—who have moved from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Beverly Hills, California as a result of Jim's job promotion. In the first episode and Brenda begin attending West Beverly Hills High School, where they befriend several classmates: the self-centered and promiscuous Kelly Taylor and spoiled Steve Sanders and driven Andrea Zuckerman and virtuous Donna Martin, brooding loner Dylan McKay, younger and naive students David Silver and Scott Scanlon.
The show follows the siblings as they bear witness and take part in the dramatic lives that their wealthy and privileged peers lead. Cast Notes Originally pitched as Beverly Hills High to Fox Chairman Peter Chernin, the show was chosen over a TV adaptation of the 1988 movie Heathers. Torand Productions was used by the production company for several seasons on the show. "Torand" is derived from the first several letters of Aaron Spelling's first and second children and Randy. Tentative titles for the show included Class of Beverly Hills; the show's episodes were issue-based until the producers decided it should become a teen soap opera. In the first season, the teenage characters were said to be in the eleventh grade, but due to the success of the show, their ages were retconned to be one year younger in the second season, making them tenth graders in the first. Jennie Garth had to audition five times for the role of Kelly Taylor and was the first to be cast on the show. Gabrielle Carteris felt.
She first auditioned for Brenda because she thought that being a real-life twin would help her chances, but the producers felt that she would be better for the part of Andrea. When Tori Spelling auditioned for the show, she used the name Tori Mitchell and auditioned for the role of Kelly Taylor, but she was recognized and was instead cast as Donna Martin. Tori Spelling brought Shannen Doherty to her father's attention after seeing Doherty's movie Heathers and being impressed with her performance. Lyman Ward was cast as Jim Walsh in the pilot but was replaced by James Eckhouse, Ward's scenes were cut and re-shot with Eckhouse. Kristin Dattilo was up for the role of Brenda Walsh, but she turned it down, she guest starred as Melissa Coolidge in an episode of the first season. Additionally, Luke Perry had auditioned for the role of Steve Sanders, but the role went to Ian Ziering before Perry was cast as Dylan McKay. Perry's character was not an original cast member of the show, he was first featured in the show's second episode.
He was intended to only appear in one story arc, for one or two episodes. Fox was reluctant to have him included as a regular, but Aaron Spelling felt differently and gave Perry a bigger role during the first two years until the network was won over. In the first season, when Donna tries out for school D. J. she is referred to as Donna Morgan. Throughout the rest of the show, her name is Donna Martin. In addition, in the first season Donna's mother was named Nancy Martin and played by actress Jordana Capra; when she was reintroduced in season two, she was named Felice Martin and was played by actress Katherine Cannon. In the pilot episode, the role of Jackie Taylor was first played by Pamela Galloway and by Ann Gillespie for the rest of the series. Terence Ford and Arthur Brooks portrayed Dylan's father, Jack McKay, in two episodes before Josh Taylor assumed the role; the series was produced in Van Nuys, Los An
Breaking Bad is an American neo-western crime drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. The show aired on AMC for five seasons, from January 20, 2008 to September 29, 2013. Set and filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the series tells the story of Walter White, a struggling and depressed high school chemistry teacher, diagnosed with lung cancer. Together with his former student Jesse Pinkman, White turns to a life of crime by producing and selling crystallized methamphetamine to secure his family's financial future before he dies, while navigating the dangers of the criminal world; the title comes from the Southern colloquialism "breaking bad", meaning to "raise hell" or turn to a life of crime. Walter's family consists of son Walter, Jr. and daughter Holly. The show features Skyler's sister Marie Schrader and her husband Hank, a DEA agent. Walter hires lawyer Saul Goodman, who connects him with private investigator and fixer Mike Ehrmantraut and in turn Mike's employer, drug kingpin Gus Fring.
The final season introduces the characters Lydia Rodarte-Quayle. Breaking Bad is regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time. By the time the series finale aired, it was among the most-watched cable shows on American television; the show received numerous awards, including 16 Primetime Emmy Awards, eight Satellite Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, two Peabody Awards, two Critics' Choice Awards and four Television Critics Association Awards. For his leading performance, Cranston won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series four times, while Aaron Paul won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series three times. In 2013, Breaking Bad entered the Guinness World Records as the most critically acclaimed show of all time. A spin-off prequel series, Better Call Saul, starring Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks, debuted on February 8, 2015, on AMC. In November 2018, a spin-off film was announced to be in development. Set in Albuquerque, New Mexico between 2008 and 2010, Breaking Bad follows Walter White as he is transformed from a meek high school science teacher who wants to provide for his family after learning he has terminal cancer into a ruthless player in the local methamphetamine drug trade.
Making only small batches of meth with his former student Jesse Pinkman and Jesse expand to make larger batches of a special blue meth, pure and creates high demand. Walter takes on the name "Heisenberg" to mask his identity; because of his drug-related activities, Walt finds himself at odds with his family, the Drug Enforcement Administration through his brother-in-law Hank Schrader, the local gangs, the Mexican drug cartels and their regional distributors, putting his life at risk. Breaking Bad was created by Vince Gilligan, who spent several years writing the Fox series The X-Files. Gilligan wanted to create a series. "Television is good at keeping its characters in a self-imposed stasis so that shows can go on for years or decades," he said. "When I realized this, the logical next step was to think, how can I do a show in which the fundamental drive is toward change?" He added. The show title is a Southern colloquialism meaning, among other things, "raising hell", was chosen by Gilligan to describe Walter's transformation.
According to Time entertainment editor Lily Rothman, the term has a broader meaning and is an old phrase which "connotes more violence than'raising hell' does... he words possess a wide variety of nuances: to'break bad' can mean to'go wild', to'defy authority', break the law, to be verbally'combative, belligerent, or threatening' or, followed by the preposition'on','to dominate or humiliate'."The concept emerged as Gilligan talked with his fellow writer Thomas Schnauz regarding their current unemployment and joked that the solution was for them to put a "meth lab in the back of an RV and around the country cooking meth and making money". While still pitching the show to studios, Gilligan was discouraged when he learned of the existing series Weeds and its similarities to the premise of Breaking Bad. While his producers convinced him that the show was different enough to still be successful, he stated that he would not have gone forward with the idea had he known about Weeds earlier; the network ordered nine episodes for the first season, but the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike limited the production to seven episodes.
The initial versions of the script were set in Riverside, but at the suggestion of Sony, Albuquerque was chosen for the production's location due to the favorable financial conditions offered by the state of New Mexico. Once Gilligan recognized that this would mean "we'd always have to be avoiding the Sandia Mountains" in shots directed toward the east, the story setting was changed to the actual production location, it was shot on 35 mm film, with digital cameras employed as needed for additional angles, point of view shots and time-lapse photography. Breaking Bad cost $3 million per episode to produce, higher than the average cost for a basic cable program. Before the series finale, Gilligan said that it was difficult to write for Walter White because the character was so dark and morally questionable: "I'm going to miss the show when it's