With Breaking Bad coming to a close this summer, AMC is apparently desperately looking for a way to keep cashing in on its success. While many would say Mad Men is currently the best show on television, I’ve always given the edge to Breaking Bad, which is just as cinematic and full of visual metaphor, yet also has the fantastic ability to make viewers want to reach for anti-anxiety medication.
The considered spin off would star Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), and series creator Vince Gilligan would be on board to create this new Saul-centered world, which could be a half-hour comedy. Hit the jump for more possibilities.
The notion of a Saul spin-off isn’t entirely new, as Gilligan previously talked about the idea last summer, but this is the first we’ve heard of AMC seriously considering the potential series. While I absolutely love the sleazy but pretty criminally brilliant Saul (“Better Call Saul!”), his character has gone (thanks to Walt) some dark places in recent seasons. He’s great for comic relief when it comes to the rest of this sometimes very heavy show, but I’m not sure if, removed from Walt and Jesse and those entanglements, he could really be sustained. Would be show be a revolving door of his wacky clients?
Apparently the show is being considered from all angles at this point: drama, comedy, hour-long, half-hour … but the bottom line is, even with Gilligan (and Peter Gould, a writer and producer for the show who helped create the character of Saul), would the show end up being a Frazier? … or a Joanie Loves Chachi? (perish the thought).