A newspaper feature writer gushed in 1969 that Jim Lange, the host of The Dating Game , personified "the swinging, nattily dressed bachelor." The description might seem amusingly quaint today, but then again, so would the show itself. During its original run from 1965 to 1973, The Dating Game - in which a "bachelorette" picked one of three prospective bachelors hidden behind a screen, or vice-versa, by asking provocative questions - was an awkward artifact of society's evolving attitudes about sexual freedom and openness.
The final eight episodes of Breaking Bad begin airing one week from today on AMC - a pop culture event preceded by 13 Emmy nominations for the bloody and brilliant show, a Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame star ceremony for actor Bryan Cranston, numerous appearances before media and fans, and endless speculation about the final fate of his high school teacher-turned-drug lord character, Walter White. Will Walt go down in a hail of bullets? Get captured by his DEA agent brother-in-law, Hank (Dean Norris)? Will he and former student-turned-long-suffering-partner Jesse (Aaron Paul) retire from the methamphetamine trade and live out their days in cozy suburban quietude?
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