Back in March, C&EN Associate Editor Jyllian Kemsley reviewed "Breaking Bad," the quirky new TV drama about terminally ill high school chemistry teacher Walter White, who turns to cooking methamphetamine to ensure his family's financial future. In one of the biggest surprises at last night's Emmy Awards, actor Bryan Cranston, who plays White, nabbed the Emmy for best actor in a drama series. Cranston himself was so shocked, according to the LA Times, that network censors had to bleep out his initial reaction. Cranston's sporting a shaved head these days--he told the LA Times that his character, who has inoperable lung cancer, is in the middle of a course of chemo.
C&EN's review of the show raised some hackles (see here), but it got readers talking about what it is C&EN should be covering (see here and here). That's a discussion that I think is worth continuing in blog form. I haven't been following the show beyond watching the first episode or two, but I think it's great to see an actor win for portraying what is obviously a very complex character, something beyond the stereotypical depictions of scientists on TV. That's something I think is worth C&EN's time to cover.
What do you think?
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