BETTER CALL SAUL Premiere Pushed to Early 2015, Receives 13-Episode Season 2 Order from AMC, Plus the First Image from the BREAKING BAD Spin-Off

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Breaking Bad fans were primed and ready to watch the AMC series spin-off Better Call Saul this November, but the TV network has decided to push its premiere back to early 2015.  However, that’s all the bad news I have for you today, since AMC also put in a 13-episode second-season order for the series, bringing the total to 23.  The first and second season of Better Call Saul will now team up with the network’s hit shows The Walking Dead and Talking Dead in early 2015 and 2016.  If that’s still not enough good news to make up for the delay, then perhaps the release of the first image from Better Call Saul will help to smooth things over.  Hit the jump for more and to check out the image.

breaking-bad-bob-odenkirkAMC announced today that Better Call Saul would premiere in early 2015 and that a second season had already been ordered.  To appease fans, the first image was also released.  It features title star Bob Odenkirk along with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and his co-showrunner Peter Gould; Gilligan will direct the series premiere.  Filming is currently underway in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Here’s what AMC president Charlie Collier had to say:

“Production on Better Call Saul is underway and we could not be more proud of nor more excited about the work to date. We join the fans in eager anticipation for this series and today we happily confirm that our initial Saul order is for two seasons and a total of 23 episodes. When introducing any series, especially one with the DNA of Breaking Bad, there are countless factors to consider in making sure the show gets the launch it deserves. We have a strong history with Vince, Peter, Bob, the studio and so many involved with this production; we are enjoying the process on Saul and all share a focus on making it a true television event. No half measures.”

It sounds like AMC’s fall line-up is set, so we’ll just have to welcome the new series in the new year.  Take a look at the first image from Better Call Saul below:

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  • Jan

    With Turn and Catch Fire barely making ratings; Mad Men gone next year, what else does AMC have besides Walking Dead? Guess they’re putting all their chips into Saul.

    • 80sRobot

      The ratings for Catch Fire *collapsed* -45% for Episode 3 (compared to Episode 2), scoring below 800,000 viewers. Damn.

    • 80sRobot

      The ratings for Catch Fire *collapsed* -45% for Episode 3 (compared to Episode 2), scoring below 800,000 viewers. Damn.

      • Redjester

        Yep, and the irony is they’re both (TURN and CATCH FIRE) good shows.

        If I was a show creator right about now, there’s no way I would touch AMC with a ten foot pole unless I planned on creating a Breaking Bad, Mad Men, or The Walking Dead spinoff.

    • LEM

      I hope the show is good but if AMC is betting on it to be a massive success they may be disappointed. I’m sure all “Breaking Bad” fans will check it out at first but if it doesn’t grab hold the ratings will dwindle. AMC over-saturating “The Walking Dead” audience by doing a spin off of that is another bad idea that will end up eating away at the ratings of the flagship show triggering the countdown to cancellation.

    • Redjester

      I guess I’m the only one who thinks those are actually good shows. To each his own, I guess.

  • Jan

    With Turn and Catch Fire barely making ratings; Mad Men gone next year, what else does AMC have besides Walking Dead? Guess they’re putting all their chips into Saul.

  • Strong Enough

    I ain’t watching this shit

    • Luciano Jose Marin

      Who Gives a Fuck?

      • Strong Enough

        you do. thank you for replying

      • Luciano Jose Marin

        Good One!

      • Strong Enough

        thank you kindly

  • Redjester

    I’m really not looking forward to this and haven’t since it was first announced. Saul was great for comic relief, but I really can’t picture him carrying a series.

    TURN is actually a perfectly good show that I enjoy and HALT AND CATCH FIRE is in my humble opinion a really good show with the potential to be great, but alas like RUBICON who the hell cares because neither will get picked up for a second season anyway!

    • Dip

      while the idea of Halt and Catch Fire is good, i think there is a Lot of over-acting going on, specifically Lee Pace…more often then not i’m laughing at scenes that are meant to be serious.

      “Computers aren’t the thing. They’re the thing that gets us to the thing.”

      …really?

  • Sten

    More time for developing good scripts is a good thing, isn’t it? I’m still mildly intrigued. It can’t be better than Breaking Bad, but there is still a place for it, I guess. We’ll see.

  • Skinny Pete

    Cunts! Its magnificence will be profound and all will gobble at Saul’s knob! Now eat it, bitches…

  • Spanky

    So… maybe I’m missing something here, is this series taking place before events in Breaking Bad?

    Spoilers for you saps who haven’t watched BB

    In the final episodes Saul takes the new identity route.. so his name will no longer be Saul, and likely won’t be a lawyer anymore.. so using the same name and catch phrase probably wouldn’t be a good idea

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