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Breaking Bad Lensman Credits HDTV With Show's Success
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Washington, D.C. (September 30, 2013) - Breaking Bad today is being heralded as one of television's greatest shows ever and the drama's cinematographer is crediting High-Definition TV as a major reason for the show's success.

The AMC show wrapped its fifth and final season last night. Michael Slovis, the program's chief lensman, tells Forbes that the widescreen HDTV allowed Breaking Bad's creator, Vince Gilligan, to communicate the story of a chemistry teacher turned meth kingpin in an unique way.

"It just so happened that during the last seven years, widescreen televisions became affordable," Slovis told Forbes, according to an article by CNET. "And HD became the norm. Now people could see what we were doing and we didn't have to tell story in the old style of closeup (then another) closeup."

Breaking Bad is set in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a city graced with beautiful southwestern landscapes, a geographic attribute that Gilligan and Slovis used to their advantage. Thanks to the widescreen HDTV, it was easier for the BB's production team to use the city's mountainous backdrop to help tell the story of a man (Walter White) becoming more and more isolated.

Without High-Definition TVs being in most American homes, it would be hard to envision Gilligan deciding to film Breaking Bad in the southwestern U.S,

Slovis also credited Netflix and the proliferation of the DVR as two reasons why the show's ratings continued to rise throughout the five seasons. More and more viewers caught the show in between seasons via streaming and then decided to tune in to AMC when a new season began.

"Another hardware development that helped us tremendously is that all of a sudden you could DVR and Netflix the show," Slovis told Forbes. "We build an audience because they're able to binge view and catch up."

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Phillip Swann is president and publisher of He has been quoted in dozens of publications and broadcast outlets, including CNN, Fox News, Inside Edition, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Financial Times, The Associated Press and The Hollywood Reporter. He can be reached at or at 703-505-3064.

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