AMC Unveils First BETTER CALL SAUL Poster and New Teaser

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It kind of feels like Breaking Bad only just came to an end a few months ago, so it’s hard to believe that the spinoff series Better Call Saul is set to debut in less than two months.  We’ve seen a number of brief video teasers for the Bob Odenkirk-fronted series, but today AMC unveiled the first Better Call Saul poster, which actually might give us a pretty good indication of the show’s tone.  While creator Peter Gould and executive producer Vince Gilligan (the creator of Breaking Bad) initially envisioned Better Call Saul as a half-hour comedy series, the concept evolved throughout development to a one-hour series that Odenkirk describes as “85% drama, 15% comedy.”  Whatever the final tone may be, I’m incredibly curious to see if Gilligan and Gould can succeed in spinning off one of the best shows of all time.

Check out the Better Call Saul poster after the jump along with another new brief teaser video.  The two-night series premiere begins on February 8th at 10/9c.

New BETTER CALL SAUL Clip Features Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut: Parking Attendant

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During tonight’s mid-season finale of The Walking Dead, AMC aired a new Better Call Saul clip.  The prequel series is set in 2002, and shows how Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) became the sleazy lawyer we met in Breaking Bad.  In this clip, we see that Saul’s belittling attitude was already part of his personality as he confronts everyone’s favorite, beleaguered fixer Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks).  In the clip, Mike is working as a parking attendant, and his refusal to let Saul park his car leads to a fight we know Saul is going to lose badly.  Whether this relationship grows into a substantial part of the overall plot or is just a cameo for the fans remains to be seen.

Hit the jump to check out the Better Call Saul clip.  The Breaking Bad spinoff series premieres on February 8, 2015.

AMC Sets BETTER CALL SAUL Premiere Date for February 8th and Releases New Teaser; Will Air on Monday Nights

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Still reeling from the conclusion of Breaking Bad?  Not to worry, a Better Call Saul premiere date has officially been set for the upcoming spinoff series.  AMC has announced that the hourlong prequel series focusing on morally ambiguous lawyer Saul Goodman (played wonderfully by Bob Odenkirk) will debut on Sunday, February 8th at 10pm, which is familiar territory to BB fans.  However, the second episode of Better Call Saul will air the following night, February 9th at 10pm, and the series itself will call Mondays at 10pm home for the remainder of its 10-episode first season.  More on the show after the jump, including a new teaser trailer.

Bob Odenkirk Says BETTER CALL SAUL is 85 Percent Drama, 15 Percent Comedy

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Based on what we’ve seen of Better Call Saul thus far and the fact that Saul Goodman was a major source of comedic relief on Breaking Bad, I assumed the show would be more comedy than drama.  However, according to Bob Odenkirk, that’s not the case at all.  It’ll actually be just 15 percent comedy and 85 percent drama.

The spin-off series will take place five years before Saul’s dealings with Walter White (Bryan Cranston).  At that time, he was going by the name Jimmy McGill and, based on the teaser we got back in August, he wasn’t interested in representing guilty clients because there’s too much aggravation involved.  Hit the jump for more on what Odenkirk had to say about the show.

Dean Norris Talks MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN, Working with Jason Reitman, His Career, TOTAL RECALL, If He’d Like to Cameo on BETTER CALL SAUL, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Jason Reitman’s (Up in the Air) latest feature, Men, Women & Children.  Starring Ansel Elgort, Dean Norris, Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy Greer,  J.K. SimmonsElena Kampouris, Timothée ChalametOlivia CrocicchiaDennis Haysbert, and the voice of  Emma Thompson, the drama follows the loosely connected stories of a group of teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate life in the digital age.  Loaded with great performances and a smart script, Men, Women & Children is able to tap into the zeitgeist of our tech-obsessed culture yet it doesn’t feel pedantic or forced.  It was definitely one of my favorite films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.  For more on Men, Women & Children, read Matt’s review, watch some clips or the trailer, or click here for all our previous coverage.

Recently I landed an exclusive phone interview with Dean Norris.  Besides talking about working with Jason Reitman and making Men, Women & Children, we talked about his career, the way he likes to work, playing a small but key role in Paul Verhoeven’s Total Recall, Breaking Bad, his thoughts on Better Call Saul and if he’d like to cameo on it, getting to work with Christopher Plummer on Atom Egoyan’s Remember, and so much more.  Hit the jump for the interview.

BETTER CALL SAUL Music Video Provides Glimpses of the Upcoming BREAKING BAD Spinoff Series

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I have very mixed feelings about Better Call Saul.  On the one hand, I feel that Breaking Bad is just about perfect, and it’s best to leave well enough alone.  Respect the chemistry.  On the other hand, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan is co-showrunning with Peter Gould, and Gilligan has earned the benefit of the doubt.  Also, there’s certainly new places you can take a comic-relief character like Saul (Bob Odenkirk), although I’m wondering how this “fall from grace” story will differ from Walter White’s.  Sure, the Saul we saw in Breaking Bad didn’t commit atrocities on Walter’s level, but the Saul we’ll be seeing in Better Call Saul won’t even be “Saul Goodman” when the story begins in 2002.  He’ll be James McGill, a fine, upstanding lawyer.

As we wait to see how the new series will play out, AMC has released a Better Call Saul music video containing new footage, which you can check out after the jump.  The series premieres in February, and AMC has already ordered a second season.

BETTER CALL SAUL Teaser Asks How Does Jimmy McGill Become Saul Goodman?

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We know Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) well, but how about Jimmy McGill?  As revealed in this brand new teaser for the Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul, the show will begin five years before Saul meets Walter White (Bryan Cranston), back when he was going by the name Jimmy McGill.

The piece doesn’t come with much new footage, but creators Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan do pose a few questions that could tease the trajectory of the show, namely, how do you become Saul Goodman?  In the promo, Jimmy announces that he’d rather not represent guilty people because it comes with too much aggravation, but of course, they’re Saul’s bread and butter when we meet him in Breaking Bad, so what sparked that change?  We’ll probably have to wait until the show kicks off in February 2015 on AMC to find out, but for now, hit the jump to watch the latest Better Call Saul teaser for yourself.

AMC Premieres Short BETTER CALL SAUL Teaser; February Premiere Date Confirmed

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As rumors (and facts) about AMC’s Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul continue to swirl, the network has released a (very short) teaser.  In it, a younger (at least, his hair is back to the color it would have been in 2002) Saul (Bob Odenkirk) speaks to an unknown character, explaining the benefits of having a lawyer.  The teaser also pegs the premiere date as being in February.  Hit the jump for the Better Call Saul teaser, and more on the series.

Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould Talk BETTER CALL SAUL, Being Limited by BREAKING BAD’s Story, Making the Show Stand on Its Own, and Possible Cameos

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At the AMC portion of the TCA Press Tour, executive producers/writers Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, who will be working on the show in a 50/50 capacity, spoke about the Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul.  Because it is such a highly anticipated series, fan were disappointed when the premiere was pushed to 2015, but were also reassured by the fact that it’s already been given a second season pick-up.

During the interview, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould talked about being limited by where the story ended up in Breaking Bad, that they’re currently breaking Episode 8 out of 10 for the first season, wanting to establish the show as its own thing rather than the series equivalent of a clips show, that there is a chance of Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) making an appearance, when they realized they weren’t going to make their original airdate, how setting it in 2002 makes it a period piece, what other new characters we can expect to see, and how viewers should expect some non-linear storytelling.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

BETTER CALL SAUL Details Emerge on Cast, Cameos, and Timeline, Plus Two New Images

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A few weeks ago we brought you the news that AMC’s Breaking Bad spin-off prequel series Better Call Saul would be delayed until early 2015, but also earned an early second-season renewal.  Now that co-creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould are at the Television Critics Association’s press tour, they took a little side time from Breaking Bad talk to share some new details on the upcoming prequel series.  In addition to info on the show’s cast, cameos, and timeline, we’ve also got two new images featuring star Bob Odenkirk.  Hit the jump to check it all out.

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.

Bob Odenkirk Talks FARGO, What Attracted Him to the Show, Preparing for His Role, His Challenging and Favorite Scenes, and BETTER CALL SAUL

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An original adaptation of the Academy Award-winning feature film, the FX drama series Fargo features an all-new crime story with all-new characters.  Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) is a ruthless and mysterious man who turns the life of small town insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) upside down, in a way that he never could have imagined.  From executive producer/writer Noah Hawley, the show also stars Bob Odenkirk, Colin Hanks, Allison Tolman, Oliver Platt, Keith Carradine, Kate Walsh, Glenn Howerton, Adam Goldberg and Joey King.

During this recent interview to promote the show, actor Bob Odenkirk (who plays Deputy Bill Oswalt) talked about what attracted him to this role, his approach to comedy versus drama, how this shoot compared to Breaking Bad, what he did to prepare for this project, why he loves playing this character, how he sees Bill Oswalt as a good guy who wants to believe in the goodness of his community, his most challenging and his favorite scenes, and how the balance of drama and comedy in Fargo compares to that of the Breaking Bad spin-off series, Better Call Saul.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Jonathan Banks Joins BREAKING BAD Spin-off Series BETTER CALL SAUL

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AMC’s Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul, has secured another fan-favorite from the award-winning drama series: none other than Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks).  The new series, expected to debut on AMC this November, centers on Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) and his career as a criminal lawyer before he ever entered into the employ of Walter White (Bryan Cranston).  Vince Gilligan, who will act as executive producer on the spin-off, recently teased his interest in having Banks involved.  Deadline reports that Banks will be a series regular on the show, meaning we’ll likely get to see a lot of interplay between Saul and his fixer/private investigator.  In addition to Odenkirk and Banks, expect Cranston and Aaron Paul to cameo at some point.  Time will tell if any other regular season cast members show up on the spin-off, with Gustavo Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) being rumored.  For now, you can catch Banks on NBC’s comedy series, Community.

AMC Sets Premiere Dates for MAD MEN’s Final Season, BETTER CALL SAUL, and TURN; Plus New Trailer and Images for TURN

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A couple of days ago we saw plenty of news bits with regards to HBO’s upcoming programming, and today AMC announced some return dates and news nuggets at the network’s Television Critics Association panel.  Here are the highlights.

  • The first half of Mad Men’s final season, subtitled “The Beginning”, will premiere on Sunday, April 13th at 10/9c.  The show’s concluding season has been split into two seven-episode halves, with the final batch—“The End of an Era”—set to debut Spring 2015.
  • The new Revolutionary War drama series Turn will bow on Sunday, April 6th with a 90-minute debut.
  • The fourth season of Hell on Wheels will debut this summer alongside the new drama series Halt and Catch Fire, which takes place in the early 1980s and revolves around the rise of the PC era.
  • The Breaking Bad spinoff series Better Call Saul will premiere sometime this November.  Bob Odenkirk stars with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan onboard as executive producer.
  • The Chris Hardwick-hosted talk show Talking Dead has been granted a fifth season, to debut alongside the fifth season of The Walking Dead this October.

Hit the jump to check out a new trailer and some new images from Turn.

Vince Gilligan Talks BREAKING BAD Series Finale Reaction; Teases Return of Mike on BETTER CALL SAUL

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2013 had a number of highlights, but one of the more bittersweet moments was the end of Breaking Bad.  The AMC series concluded its five-season run in September, bringing an end to the story of Walter White.  The reaction to the series finale was mostly positive, but some complained that the show wrapped up a little too neatly.  Creator Vince Gilligan recently spoke a bit about the finale and its reaction, addressing those who complained about a lack of surprises and talking about how he and his writers settled on how to end Walter White’s journey  He also spoke about the upcoming AMC spinoff series Better Call Saul, revealing that he’d love for Jonathan Banks’ Mike to have a role on the show.  Hit the jump to read on.

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