- The Washington Times - Friday, April 3, 2009

AMC renews ‘Bad’

Four episodes into the second season of “Breaking Bad,” AMC has picked up Vince Gilligan’s drama series for a third cycle.

Following a well-received first season that earned the series a Peabody Award and an Emmy for star Bryan Cranston, the show’s second season has garnered even more critical acclaim and commercial success.

According to MediaWeek.com, the second-season opener of the Sony TV-produced series drew 1.7 million viewers, up 21 percent from the first-season premiere.

Created by Mr. Gilligan, “Breaking Bad” stars Mr. Cranston as a high school chemistry teacher who becomes a meth manufacturer after he’s diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.

The show joins fellow the AMC drama “Mad Men,” which also has been renewed for a third season.

MSNBC adds Schultz

Veteran radio host Ed Schultz will have his own hourlong program on MSNBC starting Monday, the Hollywood Reporter notes.

MSNBC says his program will replace a politically oriented show currently anchored by David Shuster, seen weekdays at 6 p.m.

Mr. Schultz has spent 30 years in talk radio and has a syndicated show airing daily from noon to 3 p.m. Mr. Shuster will work with Tamron Hall as a breaking-news anchor from 3 to 5 p.m.

Mr. Schultz adds another liberal voice for an MSNBC evening audience that’s already used to a leftward tilt with Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow. MSNBC calls him an “avid voice for the middle class.”

Taraji talks

District native Taraji P. Henson, fresh from her Oscar-nominated turn in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” returns home this weekend — at least through the magic of television — for a chat with Cathy Hughes on TV One’s “One on One” at 10 p.m. Sunday.

Along with her burgeoning career, the Ballou High School and Howard University graduate also discusses parenting as a single mom and her strong family values and ties.

Also this weekend:

Love Comes Softly (9 p.m. Saturday, Hallmark Channel) — An illness has devastated a frontier town, and the doctor doesn’t know what to do.

The Tudors (9 p.m., Sunday) — In the third-season premiere, Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) weds a third time, to shy, demure noblewoman Jane Seymour (Annabelle Wallis) — a union that he and his advisers pray will result in a male heir; once-loyal subjects rebel against Henry’s crusade against Catholicism.

Written and compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports

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