News Nuggets: ‘Breaking Bad’ creator pitches ‘MythBusters’ crossover

Breaking Bad” creator wants a crossover with “MythBusters“: “In our series of 2012 Vulture Showrunner Surveys, ‘30 Rock‘ co-chief Robert Carlock admitted a fixation with ‘Hogan’s Heroes,’ and ‘Girls‘ creator-star Lena Dunham revealed a desire to have Hannah Horvath meet Meredith Grey. (Shonda Rhimes, get a move on!) Now ‘Breaking Bad’ boss Vince Gilligan tells us which reality show he’d like to see Wendy the Meth Whore visit, and whose tunes he’d license if he had an unlimited music budget. Plus, his thoughts on why Cousin Oliver was the worst thing to happen to ‘The Brady Bunch.'” VULTURE

Songwriter associated with James Taylor and the Beatles could win an Oscar for Best Song: “Peter Asher celebrated his 68th birthday Friday night by doing two shows at Feinstein’s at the Regency. He’s got two more shows tonight (Saturday) and if you’re a Beatles fan or a fan of James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt, or Peter & Gordon, the British singing duo of the mid 60s, get over there. Not only that: Peter Asher wrote the main song– ‘Love Always Comes as a Surprise’ from ‘Madagascar 3‘ with Hans Zimmer. Trust me: It will be nominated for Best Song this winter for the Oscars. He was also there in his own house in London when Paul McCartney and John Lennon composed ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ on his mother’s piano.” SHOWBIZ 411

Jennifer Hudson joins “Smash” for season two: “The show has gone through a heavy makeover for season two, they’ve already removed hated characters and added new ones, and they’ve just made another smart decision: hiring Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson for a couple episode arc. This comes from The Hollywood Reporter, and this points out that for an Oscar winner, Hudson hasn’t had much of a career post-’Dreamgirls.’ She had a role in the first ‘Sex and the City’ movie, and turned up recently in ‘The Three Stooges,’ but for someone with a gold statue, her resume is paltry … The problem for Hudson has been that as a non-ingenue type who’s also black, there’s not as many roles written for her as there are someone like Kate Hudson (who was only nominated for ‘Almost Famous’), or Mira Sorvino (who won for ‘Mighty Aphrodite’). All things considered, ‘Smash’ is a good home to have.” SCREEN CRUSH

Carrie Underwood considers country music’s struggle in the UK: “The stunning blonde, 29, has achieved remarkable success since winning Simon Cowell‘s ‘American Idol‘ in 2005. And now, after selling 15 million albums and winning five Grammys, she has set her sights on cracking the UK market. Carrie’s debut album ‘Blown Away’ is out this week and she makes her live debut at the Royal Albert Hall tomorrow. Chatting exclusively to The Sun in a live webchat, she says: ‘I’m so excited to come over here and perform for the first time. I don’t really know why country music isn’t popular in the UK but I’m hoping to change that.'” THE SUN

AfterElton congratulates Chandler Massey for his Emmy win as gay character Will Horton on “Days of Our Lives,” though he’s not the first gay character to win a Daytime Emmy: Eden Riegel won Best Younger Actress in 2005 for playing lesbian Bianca on “All My Children“: “Our congratulations go out to Chandler Massey, who won the Daytime Emmy Award tonight for Outstanding Younger Actor for ‘Days of Our Lives.’ With this win, he becomes the first actor to win a Daytime Emmy for playing a gay character (Van Hansis was nominated numerous times for ‘As the World Turns,’ but was never able to close the deal). We couldn’t be happier for Chandler, who has had to overcome some … questionable writing to win his first Emmy.” AFTER ELTON

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