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.
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.
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.
AMC definitely wants more Breaking Bad any way they can get it, and they feel their best route is the spin-off series Better Call Saul, which would follow everyone’s favorite sleazy lawyer, Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk). The network is aiming to premiere the series in summer/early fall 2014, but apparently show creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould are still deciding when the spin-off should take place. Fans know that Saul ends up in a very different spot than when he first appeared, and they’re understandably interested in both his origin and his future.
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Though Breaking Bad the series is now over, it appears that the Bad universe will live on for some time. AMC sought to extend the life of its incredibly popular drama series by ordering a prequel spinoff focusing on Bob Odenkirk’s Saul Goodman character, and now Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan is working with Better Call Saul showrunner (and creator of the Goodman character) Peter Gould to shape the vision of the series. Initially envisioned as a half-hour comedy, Gilligan now says he and Gould have decided to expand the show to an hourlong format that will be shot in Albuquerque and maintain the visual palette of Breaking Bad. Moreover, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are expected to pop up on Better Call Saul in a cameo capacity, reprising their lead Breaking Bad characters.
Hit the jump for much more, including what Gilligan’s upcoming projects might entail.
It was only about a week ago that Breaking Bad star Bob Odenkirk talked about the possibility of a prequel spin-off titled Better Call Saul. Now word has it that AMC and Sony Pictures Television have agreed on a spin-off prequel series, conceived of by showrunner Vince Gilligan and character co-creator Peter Gould, that will tell the tales of sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman before he ever crossed paths with Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). Plans are for an hour-long prequel pilot with an expected series order from AMC. Now, the elephant in the room is that since this is a prequel series … what’s going to happen to Saul in the final few episodes of Breaking Bad? Fingers crossed that Goodman makes it out alive.
Hit the jump for more on Better Call Saul.