Behind the Scenes of `Breaking Bad'

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July 31 (Bloomberg) -- Breaking Bad Creator and Executive Producer Vince Gilligan discusses the success and final season of "Breaking Bad" with Jon Erlichman on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West." (Source: Bloomberg)

Thank you.

And congratulations on your emmy nomination.

Less than two weeks to go before the first episode in the final eight.

How are you feeling right now?

Very excited for people to see these final episodes.

They were very hard fought to create a life feel very good about them.

I am kind of tense, kind of anxious about it.

I am sure.

We talk a lot on this program about where cable has, in the last decade.

Lots the broadcast networks envious of the kinds of programs we see on cable.

In the case of "breaking bad," could this show have existed on traditional broadcast television?

I would have to say no.

In fact, we never really bothered to pitch the show, six years ago, to any traditional mime works.

They are wonderful places to do business, there are a lot of great shows on network tv, shows like "the good life," fantastic.

But typically networks, because they have to broadcast, hence the word, they do not get to be as edgy and nichey, the best way to put it, as cable television gets to be.

It would have been tricky to sell that to a network.

For fans of the show who have not seen the first eight episodes of this final season, those will be going on netflix very shortly.

How important has netflix been in the success of this program?

Netflix has been crucial.

Netflix, itunes, the itunes store, i guess, any of these on demand services that have allowed people to catch up with the show, which is very hyper- serialized.

This video on demand technology, really, it is not a stretch to say that breaking bad might have been canceled in its second or third season if not for this vod technology that allows people the catch up.

When it comes to building up to these final episodes, you played an important role during the x files, you were there for the finale for that.

What has changed about building buzz around a television show for nellie?

The internet.

X files was one of the first shows to truly benefit from the internet coming on line as a place of social interaction.

Since it ended in 2002, that ability for social interaction has only increased exponentially.

So, now you have twitter, facebook, all of these social media outlets that allow fans to communicate with one in other and it is a great thing for us, i tell you.

Fans of the show know that you use a lot of unique shots.

From my understanding it is in part because you think about how people watched shows at home these days with fancier equipment.

Talk about that.

That is true.

It is amazing now, we have televisions that are 60 inches, diagonally, a huge televisions with amazing dolby 5.1, 611 selmer systems.

I like the idea of composing shots in a more cinematic fashion for the folks who have those big televisions.

Historic but television looks like this, framing close and tight.

You get the framework of john ford or akira curacao when you frame for these wider aspect ratio televisions.

The studio behind amc is sony and their entertainment business has been in the headlines lately.

As a creator, take us behind the scenes, what is it like working with sony?

Sony and amc have both been great.

They really believed in the show from day one.

Sony was the first company to sign-on.

The company basically said -- we believe in you, vince, and we want this show to have a chance in succeeding.

We became partners as a studio and then we found the a b.m.c. network, which at that point was about to go on the air with a "madmen." they were also wonderful partners.

Both companies have been very, there i said, ballsy, in putting out a very edgy show that other buyers were not as interested in and they did not try to hold down the sharp edges of the show once it went on the air.

They allowed for the fact that we had a show with a very edgy and anti-heroic guy.

They did not try to do the typical death by 1000 cuts that happens typically when there is a bad guy who is the start of the show.

As we talk about the future of television and your next chapter in television, do you want to stay in this cable world?

Of what lies ahead for you?

I am interested in all of those things.

It is wonderful to hear about this golden age of television phrase that is used quite often.

I am lucky to be a part of it, lucky to be working in television right now.

Of course, television is changing.

Traditional models are in the process of morphing or some of them perhaps going away entirely.

I am interested to see what comes next.

Really quick, 20 seconds left, lots of talk, the sleaze of the pc sleazy lawyer from "breaking bad," talk of a spinoff show.

The chances?

I will swing for the fences and say 90%. that is just my opinion, but i am sticking with it.

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