Topics ranged from Gilligan's time writing and exec producing "The X Files" (Cranston appeared in an episode, planting the seed in Gilligan's mind that would lead to him playing Walter White) to why we are currently in a "Golden Age" of American television. Norris says it's the big TV screens dictating more cinematic content, while Cranston adds that original content no longer has a home at studios and that indie filmmaking is also drying up. Why? Becasue thirteen-year-old boys are the only ones going to theaters, they joke. They pose the question of which comes first -- the audience or the content?
The cast happily takes some of that credit for the success of "Breaking Bad," and touts the series as being one of the best of all time thanks to its focus on story. They know the audience for the show isn't huge by network standards, but say that fans are those that really appreciate good writing and the fact that no other show has ever witnessed its protagonist become its antagonist in quite this way.
Watch the panel and a teaser below: