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Miss ‘Breaking Bad’s Jesse Pinkman? Tryst on ‘Fakes’ Is Here to Help



Miss ‘Breaking Bad’s Jesse Pinkman? Tryst on ‘Fakes’ Is Here to Help

Warning: Spoilers for Netflix’s Fakes ahead.

If you’re desperately missing the Breaking Bad universe, which recently came to an end with the Season 6 finale of Better Call Saul, I have an odd suggestion. Watch Fakes on Netflix.

The charming ten-episode teen crime comedy shows besties Zoe Christensen (Emilija Baranac) and Rebecca Li (Jennifer Tong) accidentally starting a super successful fake ID operation and falling into business with the wrong guy, who’s literally named Guy (Oliver Rice).

The series isn’t close to being in the same league as Vince Gilligan’s masterful Emmy-winning Albuquerque crime drama about a high school chemistry teacher who starts cooking meth after being diagnosed with cancer.

But one of its characters, Tryst (Richard Harmon), has massive Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) energy and he’ll help fill that Gilliverse void, if only for a few hours.

Tryst is a local drug dealer/hustler who Rebecca recruits to help her and Zoe get their fake ID business off the ground. They’re the Walter Whites of the operation, designing and printing the IDs, but their success wouldn’t be possible without Tryst, who moves the product and shows them the ropes.

The small-time dealer and Pinkman certainly have their differences. Tryst advises people to “say no to drugs,” regularly goes to therapy, is knowledgable about influencers and fashion, and visits his alma mater to deliver motivational speeches to at-risk youth — all things that seem well outside of Pinkman’s wheelhouse in early seasons.

But Harmon’s standout, layered, at times raw performance creates clear parallels between the two characters that go well beyond their vocal similarities, which are strong by the way.

While Tryst appears slightly more put together than our beloved Breaking Bad boy, every so often he switches into Pinkman mode with a loud impassioned outburst or a phrase like “you girls are cool as shit,” “that guy fucks,” or “deuces.”

The two share a penchant for swearing (though Tryst doesn’t seem to be a fan of the B-word in Season 1), a soft spot for kids, and a desire to make something of themselves. They’re both charming, comical, stressed, and emotionally fragile. And though they each have an edge, it’s no secret they’re sensitive souls who try to do the right thing when it matters most.

Tryst faithfully pops up throughout the series, but Episode 5, “Real Gs Move Like Lasagna,” lets us see the world from his perspective. We tag along on a day in the life of the budding Jesse Pinkman and see Tryst deal drugs, pitch potential businesses, host a rager, come face to face with police, and get held at gunpoint — all while guarding a duck stuffed animal.

We later learn the plush is a present for his baby daughter, who lives with her mother, and that Tryst is tirelessly trying to provide for family and prove himself worthy of being in their lives. We get the feeling that like Pinkman, Tryst has a tendency to be self-destructive, but he likely wouldn’t be involved in illicit activities if he felt he had another choice.

The Fakes character’s Pinkman energy peaks whenever he loses his temper, whether that’s screaming to ask “who the fuck” took his limited edition golden duck plushie in Episode 5, or putting his performative rage on display in the final two episodes in an attempt to protect the girls from Guy.

Like Paul did with Pinkman, Harmon successfully summons Tryst’s pain and inner turmoil to the point where viewers genuinely feel for him. And the final scene where Guy tosses a defeated Tryst to the ground and orders Zoe and Rebecca to shoot him? Tell me doesn’t feel like a dilemma straight out of Breaking Bad.

Prior to Fakes, Harmon was best known for his role as badass John Murphy on The CW’s sci-fi drama The 100. But Tryst’s complexities — that balance of humor, innocence, drive, and a life of crime — perfectly suit the actor.

There’s no doubt that Aaron Paul was born to play Jesse Pinkman, but Richard Harmon does a hell of a job channeling his energy. If Tryst survives another season, slap a Pinkman beanie on him and give him way more screen time. He deserves it.


List Of Canceled Netflix Original Series In 2023

List of all the shows Netflix has canceled in 2023.



2023 has kicked off with a couple of big cancelations, which signals a potentially rough year coming up, which many other players throughout Hollywood will share. Here’s a look at the 2023 cancelations!


The big-budget series from the creators of DARK had big expectations and big shoes to fill.

The mystery sci-fi show was one of Netflix’s most ambitious shows in years, using state-of-the-art technology and featuring an impressive ensemble cast.

Why was 1899 canceled?

Data provided to What’s on Netflix from European SVOD analytics company Digital i suggests that the completion rate was ultimately too low and likely wasn’t growing substantially. Their data suggests only around a third of people who started the show went onto finish the title.

Inside Job

The animated series Inside Job had been initially given a season 2 renewal order back in June 2022. Still, in January 2023, the creator confirmed rumors that Netflix had reversed the decision to renew.

In a statement on Twitter, the show’s creator Shion Takeuchi said:

I’m heartbroken to confirm that Netflix has decided to cancel season 2 of Inside Job. Over the years, these characters have become real people to me, and I am devastated not to be able to watch them grow up. Reagan and Brett deserved to get their ending and finally find happiness. And I would have loved to been able to share what was in store with you all.

He added, “To everyone who watched, thank you for coming along on the ride. Even though I’m sad, it helps to know that there’s people out there who cared just as much about these characters as me.”

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Netflix Tudum 2022: Can You Watch Tudum Online?



Netflix Tudum 2022: Can You Watch Tudum Online?

This weekend is going to be quite the eventful one for Netflix subscribers! Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, Tudum officially returns this Saturday with a day that promises to bring with it a lot of exciting new reveals about Netflix’s biggest shows and movies!

The 24-hour event will bring fans the scoop on over 120 fan-favorite shows and movies including Bridgerton, Emily in Paris, Shadow and Bone, Wednesday, Manifest, You, Outer Banks, The Witcher, Heartstopper and more!

From first looks at upcoming titles, casting news, renewals and release date confirmations, there’s no telling what could be coming our way this weekend. The only thing that is certain? Fans won’t want to miss the event, but how exactly can you follow along from home?

Where to watch Tudum 2022

If you’re hoping to be able to watch this year’s Tudum event online, you’re in luck! While some events such as San Diego Comic-Con and D23 take place in-person with only select presentations from the event available to stream online, Tudum takes place exclusively online as a virtual event.

This Saturday, fans across the globe will be able to head to Netflix’s official YouTube account to watch the event online with the event set to be made available in 29 languages worldwide!

Do you have to pay for Tudum?

If you’re hoping to watch Tudum this weekend, don’t worry about having to break out your wallet or credit cards to pay for the event. The virtual event is free to Netflix fans worldwide as there is no cost to stream the event which can be viewed free of cost on the Netflix YouTube channel!

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Netflix Movie Lou Cast: Who Stars in the Netflix Thriller?



Netflix Movie Lou Cast: Who Stars in the Netflix Thriller?

Allison Janney and Jurnee Smollett are the main attraction of the Netflix movie Lou as the two leading ladies. Janney plays a John Wick-esque character (complete with a beloved dog, but don’t worry, Jax makes it out alive!) while Smollett plays her neighbor, Hannah.

Lou is a hardened recluse living on the fringes of their secluded island, while Hannah is a single mother struggling to make ends meet to take care of her daughter, Vee.

A horrible storm hits the island, and someone kidnaps Hannah’s daughter in the midst of it, forcing her to turn to Lou for help. While searching for Vee, the two women are forced to confront some of the dark secrets from their past.

Even though Smollett and Janney are the stars, Lou has a great cast of actors that also includes Logan Marshall-Green and Greyston Holt (remember him as one of the hot werewolves from Bitten?).

Netflix movie Lou cast list

For those unfamiliar with Allison Janney, the powerhouse actress is a Hollywood staple. Throughout her many decades in the business, Janney has won countless accolades, including seven Primetime Emmy Awards, an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe Award. She has also secured two Tony nominations.

Janney first rose to prominence playing C.J. Cregg on The West Wing. More recently, she starred as Bonnie Plunkett for nine seasons in the CBS sitcom Mom. Janney won her Oscar for I, Tonya, and has also appeared in projects like Masters of Sex, The Help, Juno, and many others. Next, she’ll star in the comedy miniseries Mrs. American Pie, the comedy film The People We Hate at the Wedding, and the sci-fi drama True Love.

Jurnee Smollett has been acting since she was a kid, with recurring roles in shows like Full House and On Our Own. But most people probably know her as Jess Merriweather in Friday Night Lights. The last few years have really helped cement Smollet’s status as a superstar. She played Dinah Lance/Black Canary in Birds of Prey and is reportedly going to reprise her role in a spinoff standalone movie at HBO Max.

Smollett also delivered an incredible performance in the short-lived but acclaimed HBO series Lovecraft Country and she recently starred opposite Miles Teller and Chris Hemsworth in the Netflix thriller Spiderhead. Next, she’ll star in the courtroom drama film The Burial with Jamie Foxx and Tommy Lee Jones.

Completing the cast trifecta is Logan Marshall-Green, who plays the film’s primary antagonist, Philip. You might recall Marshall-Green playing Trey Atwood in The O.C. He also recently completed a stint on the ABC series Big Sky.

Here’s the complete cast list for the Netflix movie:

  • Allison Janney as Lou
  • Jurnee Smollett as Hannah
  • Logan Marshall-Green as Philip
  • Ridley Asha Bateman as Vee
  • Matt Craven as Sheriff Rankin
  • Greyston Holt as Chris
  • Daniel Bernhardt as Tony
  • RJ Fetherstonhaugh as Gerry
  • Andres Collantes as Deputy Torres
  • Marci T. House as Agent Lee
  • Toby Levins as Agent Hampton

Netflix movie Lou starts streaming on Friday, September 23.

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