Thursday, July 8, 2010

Breaking Bad Breaks Good

I don't blog about all of Gov. Richardson's press releases on movie productions, but I have to admit I was happy that Breaking Bad, which is filmed in and around Albuquerque, just got six Emmy Award nominations.

Breaking Bad, starring Bryan Cranston, is an AMC series that depicts Albuquerque's dark methamphetamine underbelly. It's one of my favorite shows. The television movie Georgia O'Keefe, which was shot in the state, received more nominations. But I'm more of a Breaking Bad fan.

I remember a few years ago when Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez ordered his police department not to cooperate anymore with the TV show Cops, because it showed Albuquerque in a bad light. I'm glad that Richardson recognizes excellent television and doesn't get hung up on whether it shows the state from an angle that the tourism industry doesn't stress.

Here's the press release:

Gov. Bill Richardson today offered his congratulations to those responsible for two made-in-New Mexico television productions that received a combined 13 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, which were announced this morning. “Breaking Bad”, the AMC series shot in Albuquerque, received 6 nominations while the made-for-television movie “Georgia O’Keeffe” garnered 7 nominations. The Governor also praised actors Neil Patrick Harris and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, both from Albuquerque, for receiving nominations.

“I am proud that productions created with New Mexico’s outstanding talent, experienced crew, and unparalleled locations continue to be recognized as among the industry’s best,” said Richardson. “And as important as the quality of work is the fact that the industry means jobs for New Mexicans and revenue for the state.”

Bryan Cranston, the star of “Breaking Bad,” received his third consecutive nomination for best Actor in a Drama Series. Cranston has won the Emmy the past two years. The series has been renewed for a fourth season.

Here are the nominations for New Mexico productions and actors:

“Breaking Bad”

Best Drama Series
Best Actor-Drama: Bryan Cranston
Best Supporting Actor-Drama: Aaron Paul
Best Cinematography for a one-hour series
Best Directing for a drama series
Best Single-Camera Picture Editing

“Georgia O’Keeffe”

Best TV Movie
Best Lead Actress in a miniseries or movie: Joan Allen
Best Art Direction
Best Casting
Best Costumes for a miniseries, movie, or special
Best Directing for a miniseries, movie, or special
Best Hairstyling for a miniseries or movie

Neil Patrick Harris

Best Supporting Actor in a comedy: “How I Met Your Mother”
Best Guest Actor in a comedy series: “Glee”

Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy: “Modern Family”