Sony Spoils The Fun Again: Takes Down Alternate Breaking Bad, Malcolm In The Middle Ending

from the of-course-they'd-do-that dept

Over the five seasons that the show Breaking Bad ran, it became increasingly common for people to joke about how it was really a very differently toned sequel to the comedy Malcolm in the Middle, which also starred Bryan Cranston. At times Cranston and the creators of the Breaking Bad had even cracked a few jokes about the supposed "coincidences" between the two very, very different shows. However, over the weekend a video clip was released showing a potential "alternate ending" to Breaking Bad, in which Cranston's wakes up in bed with his wife from Malcolm and admits that Breaking Bad was all just a dream. It's an amusing little clip that the Breaking Bad crew included on the DVD release of the series. And the video got everyone talking about it.

So, of course, Sony Pictures had to issue a takedown on the YouTube clip. Because, apparently, no one is allowed to have any fun until they pay Sony.
Spoiler alert: this doesn't make anyone more interested in buying the DVD. It just pisses people off.


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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 18th, 2013 @ 12:55pm

    but then Sony can go crying yet again to politicians saying how no one is buying their media! it must be due to 'piracy', so get new laws enacted, ramp up old ones, get more people put into prison and made bankrupt! then they'll buy our stuff instead! talk about thick as shit! i could never understand how anyone with the mentality below that of a moron (nothing bad intended to those people) can become the head of a multi-billion dollar company and still not understand the customers they rely on totally for existence!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 18th, 2013 @ 1:02pm

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    To rise in politics and company management you have to be like the emperors of old, everybody pays tribute or you beat them up.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 18th, 2013 @ 1:07pm

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Nov 18th, 2013 @ 1:18pm

    [Leans over to coworker]"Hey, do you have the Breaking Bad series converted?" Coworker: "Yes. Do you want it?" Me: "OK." [Never watches it, doesnt care]

     

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    MondoGordo (profile), Nov 18th, 2013 @ 1:23pm

    The Bob Newhart ending ? Really ?

    How unoriginal ... I hope Sony TV owns the rights to Newhart or someone might decide that Sony using their idea is infringing.

     

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    silverscarcat (profile), Nov 18th, 2013 @ 1:29pm

    Re: The Bob Newhart ending ? Really ?

    To be fair, I did see the alternate ending, it was pretty funny.

    It was nice to have the two MitM actors reprise their roles just for those few minutes.

     

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    Jessie, Nov 18th, 2013 @ 1:44pm

    Good job. We'd hate for there to be something out in the public consciousness that might make people want to watch our show. Send out the lawyers, make it so the show appears to never have existed.

     

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    out_of_the_blue, Nov 18th, 2013 @ 1:48pm

    Mike has an economics degree, ya know. So that makes this important.

    Appropriate time for previously written tagline:
    The world is being dumbed-down in ways most people are already too stupid to grasp.

     

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    Gwiz (profile), Nov 18th, 2013 @ 1:55pm

    Re: Mike has an economics degree, ya know. So that makes this important.

    The world is being dumbed-down in ways most people are already too stupid to grasp.



    Are you the leader of this movement?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 18th, 2013 @ 2:01pm

    Re: The Bob Newhart ending ? Really ?

    I'm glad I'm not the only one here who remembers that.

    {Sometimes, I feel old here - here being the Internet}

    Still was funny though.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 18th, 2013 @ 2:09pm

    LOL That was awesome I love Breaking Bad wtf Sony?

     

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    DanMitchell (profile), Nov 18th, 2013 @ 2:17pm

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    It's absolutely fascinating that you don't watch Breaking Bad and that you don't care. Please tell me of other shows in which you have no interest, because it's really very interesting, this non-interest of yours. And as I presume you suspected, it really makes you seem likejust about the coolest person ever.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 18th, 2013 @ 2:21pm

    Re: Mike has an economics degree, ya know. So that makes this important.

    What? No lines and random numbers? We want our lines and random numbers, damn it! Also, where are the off topic attacks on Google? Your game is slipping, blue.

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Nov 18th, 2013 @ 2:31pm

    Re: Re: The Bob Newhart ending ? Really ?

    I remember it! In fact, I was recently interested in watching the series again, so I could experience the whole buildup to the finale. Unfortunately, it's not available on Netflix, so me no get to watch.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 18th, 2013 @ 6:32pm

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    out_of_the_blue just loathes it when due process is enforced.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 18th, 2013 @ 7:01pm

    Re: Re: Mike has an economics degree, ya know. So that makes this important.

    he is this movement

     

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    Rekrul, Nov 18th, 2013 @ 8:08pm

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    Buzzfeed grabbed it an republished it after the takedown.

    No longer available. :(

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 19th, 2013 @ 4:19am

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    No, it's still there.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 19th, 2013 @ 10:39am

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    With your name, I'm pretty sure that should have been, "Good job, bitch!"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 19th, 2013 @ 10:42am

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    Awesome, go Buzzfeed!

    I watched this over the weekend, absolutely loved it. "I'm the one who's knocking." :)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 19th, 2013 @ 10:49am

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    It really is impressively dumb. It did NOTHING but keep both shows which are already off the air and trying to sell dvd/blu rays in the public consciousness and show a bit of a sense of humor.

    Maybe I'm giving them too much credit, but any chance they could be trying to take advantage of the Streisand Effect and get more people to see it? Yea, I know, probably not.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 19th, 2013 @ 2:45pm

    It's interesting how YouTube hides the original title so that people looking for that video cannot find it easily by the title.

     

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    Rekrul, Nov 26th, 2013 @ 8:09am

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    It wasn't available when I tried to view it on the 18th and it's not there now.

     

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    Sheogorath (profile), Jan 15th, 2014 @ 2:22pm

    Breaking Bad alternative ending YouTube

    Using the above search term in Google, guess what I found? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtYNX3JWzjc

     

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