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Your Week in Pop Culture: 'Breaking Bad' and the golden age of TV fandom

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The end of AMC’S ‘Breaking Bad’ is near, but don’t worry – you can relive the rise of Walter White from humble science teacher to drug kingpin on Netflix. (Source: AMC/MGN Online) The end of AMC’S ‘Breaking Bad’ is near, but don’t worry – you can relive the rise of Walter White from humble science teacher to drug kingpin on Netflix. (Source: AMC/MGN Online)

(RNN) – The last episode of Breaking Bad airs on Sunday. I recognize your sadness as a true and real emotion.

According to Slate, 5.9 million viewers watched the Season 5 premier of Breaking Bad, up from the 1.4 million who watched the series premier. Websites like Netflix and Hulu Plus allows viewers to binge watch at their discretion, building fanatics from a non-traditional means (like watching it from the very beginning). By the time new episodes are aired, new fans are with the traditional fans and can watch like they have where the story picks up.

Most viewers didn't even know AMC was a television channel before Breaking Bad. Many others got into the show thanks to Netflix having all the previous episodes, allowing newcomers to play catch up before new seasons began during its five-year run.

Many times through Sunday's Emmys, actors claimed that the golden age of television was back, as shows like Breaking Bad, Homeland, Mad Men, Scandal and Sons of Anarchy dominate as fan favorites. TV really hasn't been this well done in a long time.

Digital media is to thank for that. Think about it – Breaking Bad wouldn't be easy to syndicate, and as a major player on a little-known cable network, it wouldn't be syndicated for many years, much like Sex and the City is now.

And here's another reason to love Netflix – it brought back new millennium cult favorite Arrested Development and actually did something with it. It gave us House of Cards, which was a big Emmy contender and a pop culture favorite this year (Kevin Spacey did a cameo as his manipulative political character Frank Underwood during the broadcast). Next year, the Emmys will be sure to love its latest original hit Orange is the New Black, and if the second season of Cards is as good as it's first, it's sure to be nominated again.

As my colleague Allison Scott said, "Netflix is now considered a premium TV outlet, along with AMC, HBO and Showtime – [a] first for the company that used to be strictly technological."

Here's hoping that Breaking Bad ends on a good note; as you hypothesize on how things end, Vulture concocts ways some storylines could leave viewers hanging. Meanwhile, I will still ponder how Bryan Cranston, Damian Lewis and Spacey can lose to Jeff Daniels. I still don't get it.

Music: Don't Drake and drive

In his third LP Nothing Was the Same, rapper Drake leaves many underwhelmed.

Since the first single Started from the Bottom was released in February, the buildup didn't lead to something to rave about. Drake fans will love it because it's Drake, and they'll hang on his every word. Non-Drake fans won't like it because it's a talented lyrist who really isn't talking about anything.

But Drake's album did allow fans and detractors alike to take some of his lyrics and use Drake's emotions to mock text exes.

The album, which was released on Tuesday, was leaked on Sept. 14 and blew up Twitter in the middle of episodes of Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire and Sunday Night Football.

Why am I not on the Drake train? Because I still see him as the kid in a wheelchair on Degrassi, and 'I don't really give a $%^& and my excuse is because I'm young.' Drake lyrics are fun to play with.

Jam of the week: CHVRCHES, The Mother We Share – Why do we love CHVRCHES? Because what's not to love about new millennium techno-pop that's born and bred in Glasgow, Scotland. The birth region of golf and new millennium pop - we'll take it! The single is from the trio's debut album The Bones of What You Believe, released on Tuesday.

Other music news: I raved about New Zealand-born Lorde in my inaugural column and she sang her way from indie-unknown to pop star with The Love Club EP. On Sept. 30, the Kiwi beauty releases her first full length album Pure Heroine, much to our delight. She doesn't disappoint with tracks like Team and summer-smashes Royals and Tennis Court.

She might be an early frontrunner at next year's Grammys with this album.

Movies: 'Prisoners' takes moviegoers captive

Hugh Jackman spends a lot of time at No. 1.

The suspense-thriller Prisoners debuted at No. 1 this week, knocking Insidious: Chapter 2 to the second spot. Newcomers to the top five include the latest dance battle flick Battle of the Year.

It's good something original is getting some recognition. Meanwhile, Hollywood is remaking Carrie. Wasn't Sissy Spacek frightening enough?

Here's last weekend's top five, according to Box Office Mojo (listed next to previous week's ranking and weekend gross):

  1. Prisoners (NR) $20,817,053
  2. Insidious: Chapter 2 (1) $13,801,818
  3. The Family (2) $7,000,722
  4. Instructions Not Included (6) $5,396,688
  5. Battle of the Year (NR) $4,603,177

In theatres: Sept. 27

Rush – The acclaimed film directed by Ron Howard is based on the golden age of Formula 1 racing (for those in America, Formula 1 racing is the European brother of NASCAR) and the heated battle between playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and brilliant racing student Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl, Inglorious Bastards). The film also stars Olivia Wilde and Natalie Dormer.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 – The sequel to the popular 2009 animated feature finds aspiring self-proclaimed genius/inventor Flint Lockwood back to destroy his flawed machine that turns water into food, but discovers the machine has created food-animals. I have to admit, the trailer made me giggle, and I'm 25 years old. The characters are voiced by SNL alums Bill Hader, Will Forte and Andy Samberg, Anna Faris, James Caan, Benjamin Bratt, Terry Crews and Neil Patrick Harris.

Baggage Claim – In her quest not to be the only unwed woman in her family, Montana Moore (Paula Patton) enlists the help of her friends to find the man of her dreams as she flies across the country as a flight attendant. The film also stars Jill Scott, Adam Brody, Christina Milian, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Djimon Hounsou, Taye Diggs, Derek Like, Boris Kodjoe, Lauren London and Jennifer Lewis.

Don Jon – A notorious flirt with a passion for church, family, friends and cleanliness falls for a woman who won't fulfill the expectations he gets from watching adult movies. The film stars and was written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and also features Scarlett Johansson, Tony Danza, Julianne Moore, Brie Larson and Rob Brown.

Also new in theatres: We Are What We Are

Sports: Braves fan does best ‘Blurred Lines' parody for playoff run

For the first time since 2005, the Atlanta Braves won the National League East division crown and are going to the playoffs for the second year in a row.

Yes, despite being in first place in the division for most of 2013, the Braves remain underrated and overlooked in favor of underachieving, bigger market teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers and perennial playoff favorites St. Louis Cardinals.

But Atlanta comedian Aaron Chewning loves the Braves and took the summer smash, Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines and gave it a tomahawk chop, with a cameo by Braves legend Javy Lopez.

Chewning's Baselines is hilarious and should be played over and over again on the big screen at Turner Field throughout the playoffs.

A little something from YouTube: Road rage eclipsed by ‘Build Me up Buttercup'

Ever been frustrated as a commuter on American's busy highways?

No one knows that frustration and the fear of road rage better than those driving in Los Angeles. But YouTube user, comedian and prankster TJ Smith takes the time to bring a little cheer to fellow commuters by blasting feel good music from his car and seeing if drivers want to have a road sing-along with him.

In his latest edition of The Highway Sing-A-Long, he takes the classic song Build Me up Buttercup by The Foundations and gets others to smile and sing along with him. It's pretty cute.

Honorable mention

100 pop culture things that make you a millennialVulture

#Hashtag with Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake - YouTube

Fans of ‘Homeland' worried about Season 3 – don't worry, it's good again The Hollywood Reporter

The Tragedy of ‘Grand Theft Auto V'Slate

Bryan Cranston returning to ‘How I Met Your Mother'The Hollywood Reporter

(Dis)honorable mention

Mike WiLL Made-It, featuring Miley Cyrus, Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa - 23 (WARNING: NSFW graphic language and images) This is my biggest dishonorable mention to date, as pop stars try to be hip-hop, but continue to be accessories to rappers who want to be mainstream. Miley, Nikki Manaj called - she wants her style, flow and job back.

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