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“I wanted a change of pace, and whether that meant a comedy or drama, it was going to be different because I didn’t need the money anymore,” he said. “And I never wanted to be in a position where I should make a creative decision based on financial need. I didn’t want a ‘job.’ I didn’t need to work ever again.”

“Breaking Bad” returned for its fifth and final season Sunday night, drawing a record 2.9 million viewers in its 10 p.m. slot.

Backstreet Boys to reunite on ‘Good Morning America’

ABC’s “Good Morning America” will host Kevin Richardson’s reunion performance with the Backstreet Boys.

The quartet will appear on the morning show’s summer concert series on Aug. 31 in Central Park.

Mr. Richardson announced he was leaving the group in 2006, but has appeared in the lineup occasionally since. The remaining Backstreet Boys — Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and A.J. McLean — announced that Mr. Richardson would be rejoining them permanently during a performance in London last April.

A statement said all five are in a London studio with producer Martin Terefe working on a new album that will be released next spring to coincide with the group’s 20th anniversary.

Mr. Carter said the group “couldn’t be happier to have our brother back with us.”

Springfield businessman wants Simpsons district

A businessman in Springfield, Ore., said it’s time for the city to embrace its most famous fictional residents and create a shopping district with a “Simpsons” theme.

Jack Koehler owns Sweety’s Frozen Yogurt, and he said business has been up since he put a set of Simpson statues in front of his store. He thinks the city should get involved, and he’s proposing that a few blocks of downtown Springfield be turned into a Simpsons-themed shopping district.

The city’s community relations manager, Niel Laudati, told KVAL there’s no demand from the public, and he doubts anyone wants to spend tax dollars to license cartoon characters.

But Mr. Laudati said the city would get behind the idea if it would benefit downtown and if other business owners and the community supported it.

“The Simpsons” show creator Matt Groening acknowledged earlier this year that the western Oregon city about 100 miles south of his hometown of Portland is the basis for the Springfield in his sitcom.

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