I will be interested to see whether the next season of Sherlock shows any Breaking Bad influence. I'm not predicting it certainly will, but I'll be looking out for it. A key sign will be if John gets beaten up and Sherlock goes nuts to revenge him. However John's a lot less vulnerable than Jesse, so even if they borrow some ideas, it won't be the same dynamic between the two leads (good but different is what I'm saying).
The next season of Breaking Bad doesn't start until July 2011, which is ages. They aren't going to risk repeating the make-it-up-as-we-go-along strategy of Season 3, so the whole thing is being plotted out right now. (ETA - sending psychic commands over to Albuquerque right now).
Viewing the last season again, I think the first six episodes are wasted, and then when they got the pieces in place in Episode 7 it just went bam through the ceiling. I know from interviews with Vince Gilligan that he noticed this. So he obviously wants to avoid any slack this time. Though I wonder whether part of the excitement of the last season was generated by that gonzo approach, where it did partly go wrong, and forced them into the make-or-break of the last few episodes.
The three seasons have been developed in three different ways. The first was planned in advance to end with Jesse's death and then plans were changed on the fly. Season 2 was delivered to plan, and as I say in S3 they kind of winged it.
An issue is that they know now that the Walt/Jesse dynamic mustn't be messed up, but that pushes them into a difficult corner about how to develop it any further. Aaron and Bryan are obviously playing it up, just like John Simm and Philip G did around Life on Mars. This is a very similar emmy publicity shot to this bafta photo. It will be very interesting so see what happens next.
As far as Mad Men goes, I am interested to see how episode 11 of 13 goes tonight. I am concerned that the current season is almost delivering final verdicts on people's life stories, and the dreaminess and uncertainty that everyone felt in the early sixties is resolving into much sharper lines and articulated moral issues of the Vietnam era. There hasn't been much exploration of what creativity is this season, and there's been too much teasing about who Draper will settle down with (yawn). I hope they - true to form - anticipate and reply to this thought.