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An unassuming candy shop and car wash in Albuquerque, New Mexico are among the sites attracting tourists thanks to the cult ...
TV series, 'Breaking Bad'. Businesses and tourism officials are embracing the influx despite the show's dark themes. (March 15)
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SHOTLIST:AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYAlbuquerque, New Mexico - Recent 20131. Wide of Cathy and Todd Sickles posing in front of Octopus Car Wash2. Mid of Cathy and Todd Sickles3. SOUNDBITE (English) Todd Sickles/ Tourist from Washington DC:"Some of the scenes and locales I picked up on right away. Others I never would have known in a million years that's where they filmed. It was a real sort of add for me." 4. Wide of Octopus Car Wash (overlaid between soundbites)5. SOUNDBITE (English) Cathy Sickles/Tourist from Washington DC:"What I really liked was seeing all of the different neighborhoods of Albuquerque, the character of Albuquerque. I can see why they filmed television shows here." 6. Wide of landscape with traffic in the foreground7. Mid of tourists posing in front of Los Pollos Hermanos sign at chicken restaurant8. Wide of tourists posing in front of lead character, Walter White's home9. Mid of Debbie Ball arranging hats in her candy shop 10. Close of Ball showing her 'Breaking Bad' candies11. SOUNDBITE: Debbie Ball/ Owner, The Candy Lady"I think the show is so popular because it draws you into the story of why people do what they do." 12. Wide of Albuquerque street13. SOUNDBITE:: Tania Armenta/ Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau"I think most people are able to realize that this is a fictional story that's taking place and they can separate. It's also really interesting because Albuquerque has become an important character in the story14. Wide of couple posing in front of house featured on show15. Close of tourist taking photo16. Mid of couple getting into carVOICE - OVER SCRIPTOCTOPUS CAR WASH MAY NOT LOOK LIKE AN INTERNATIONAL TOURIST ATTRACTION. BUT TO BREAKING BAD WATCHERS CATHY AND TODD SICKLES THEIR TOUR OF ALBUQUERQUE HELPED BRING THE CULT TV SERIES TO LIFE. Soundbite: Todd Sickles: Tourist from Washington DC"Some of the scenes and locales I picked up on right away. Others I never would have known in a million years that's where they filmed. It was a real sort of add for me." Soundbite: Cathy Sickles: Tourist from Washington DC"What I really liked was seeing all of the different neighborhoods of Albuquerque, the character of Albuquerque. I can see why they filmed television shows here." THE CITY HAS SEEN AN UNEXPECTED JUMP IN TOURISTS HOPING TO VISIT POPULAR SITES FROM THE SHOW -- WHICH IS FINISHING ITS 5TH AND FINAL SEASON THIS YEAR. "BREAKING BAD" CENTERS AROUND WALTER WHITE, A HIGH SCHOOL CHEMISTRY TEACHER TURNED METH LORD WHOSE CHARACTER LIVES IN THIS SUBURBAN HOUSE. LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS LIKE DEBBIE BALL HAVE BEEN CASHING IN. SHE HAS ALREADY SOLD 20-THOUSAND OF THE ONE-DOLLAR 'DIME' BAGS OF HER BREAKING BAD METH TREATS - THAT IS SUGAR ROCK CANDY DESIGNED TO LOOK LIKE THE DRUG SOLD ON THE SHOW.Soundbite: Debbie Ball/ Owner, The Candy Lady"I think the show is so popular because it draws you into the story of why people do what they do." BUT SHE AND CITY TOURISM OFFICIALS POINT OUT THEY ARE NOT TRYING TO PROMOTE DRUG TRAFFICKING, ADDICTION AND VIOLENCE THAT IS OFTEN THE SHOW'S FOCUS. Soundbite: Tania Armenta/ Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau"I think most people are able to realize that this is a fictional story that's taking place and they can separate. It's also really interesting because Albuquerque has become an important character in the story." STILL WITH BREAKING BAD TOURS SELLING OUT AT 60-DOLLARS A TICKET, THEY AGREE THE SHOW BRINGS A "POSITIVE BENEFIT" TO THE CITY THAT MIGHT OTHERWISE HAVE BEEN OVERLOOKED. -------------------ASSOCIATED PRESS(****END****)