Tonight there is going to be an unavoidable overlap in the Emmys Prime Time Awards show and Breaking Bad. Granted it is not much of an overlap, but as the last two episodes ever of Walter White and co will be a staggering 15 minutes longer, the question is, “What if the Emmys run over?” It then becomes an Emmys versus Breaking Bad super sized second to last episode contest.
After the end of last weeks Breaking Bad, who will want to miss one second of the show’s second to last episode? Word out on the street is that this year’s Emmys open is going to be special. For starters you have fan favorite Neil Patrick Harris who will obviously be part of the show’s opening skit.
There have been suppositions that the Emmys will follow a certain formulaic pattern of nominations and winners announcements. But do not forget that special “tribute” to the late Glee actor Cory Monteith. A tribute that pushed out the legendary Jack Klugman in the memorial section of the show. That tribute itself could cause the show to run over.
Another factor is the average amount of time that the winners take to receive their awards. All you need is just a few acceptance speeches to run over to put the entire show over. Since avid Breaking Bad fans will not want to miss one microsecond of the penultimate installment of Bad’s conclusion, they may be better off recording the Emmys and watching it after the Granite State episode has aired.
But to be brutally honest, the biggest pull of the Emmys is that Neil Patrick Harris is hosting again, and if you are a Glee fan, the tribute to the late Cory Monteith. Of course fans of the AMC meth empire that is Breaking Bad, will want to see if their favorite program will beat out the heavy contender Mad Men. As both shows are AMC products, the network itself will win if either show takes the big prize, so that is not an issue.
But if you do not want to worry about which program to watch, or worse, attempt to “co-watch” by manically switching channels on commercial breaks; you can always record one or the other. Of course it then becomes an Emmys versus Breaking Bad in terms of which program do you wait to watch? Does the super sized second to last episode beat the “one-off” Emmys?
With things reaching fever pitch in the world of Walter White, Heisenberg, Jesse Pinkman and the rest of the gang, could you wait until the Emmys finish to watch the super sized Breaking Bad? Let us not dally around the facts. If you are such a huge fan of Glee, and to be honest, if you are a “gleek” what are you doing watching a show about a meth empire builder, tape the Emmys. Then you can watch the tribute to Monteith and have it saved for posterity.
In reality, there is not real issue here. It is not really a case of Emmys versus super sized Breaking Bad‘s second to last episode. It is really an issue of what you choose to record. Assuming that fans of either show will have recording capabilities of course. But in the case of AMC’s Breaking Bad, once you’ve seen the next to last installment, you can then download it courtesy of iTunes or wait for the DVD box set. It is, after all, the time of year that is the “run-up” to Christmas, Santa may just get you the complete Breaking Bad box set. The Emmys are just another award show at the end of the day. Emmy’s versus Breaking Bad? No contest.
By Michael Smith