The drama series Breaking Bad is barreling towards its series finale this Sunday, and it is destined to go down in history as one of the best (and most intense) shows in all of television. Though all the major networks initially passed on Breaking Bad, the AMC series now stands as one of the most popular and critically lauded shows on TV and nabbed the Best Drama Series Emmy this past Sunday. After the finale airs, all eyes will be on what creator/evil genius Vince Gilligan does next, and it appears that one of his first moves is to spend some of that BB capital on pushing through a TV project that he initially developed over a decade ago.
CBS has now ordered the detective drama Battle Creek straight to series, with Gilligan serving as a writer and executive producer. Hit the jump for more, including which notable TV personality will be handling day-to-day showrunner duties on the show.
Gilligan, who worked on The X-Files and The Lone Gunman before creating Breaking Bad, wrote Battle Creek on spec years ago and initially developed it at CBS in 2002. The network ultimately passed on the drama, but they were subsequently unwilling to release it to other networks. The show revolves around two detectives who posses very different world views, but are teamed up to work alongside one another. “Together, they must answer the question: is cynicism, guile and deception enough to clean up the semi-mean streets of Battle Creek Michigan in the face of a lack of resources, or will naivete and trust get the job done?”
CBS now appears to have had a change of heart, as the show has been given a straight-to-series commitment. THR reports that Gilligan has expressed interest in directing the pilot for Battle Creek and will serve as an executive producer and writer on the series, but House creator/executive producer David Shore will be acting as the showrunner. Fellow Breaking Bad executive producer Mark Johnson is also joining the project as an EP. A straight-to-series order means that Gilligan and Co. don’t have to submit a pilot for review, so production can proceed directly to the first season of the show.
Gilligan is also developing a Breaking Bad spinoff at AMC called Better Call Saul with executive producer/writer Peter Gould, but it’s unclear how involved he will be with both Saul and Creek. He is sure to be one of the most sought-after creators in television now that Breaking Bad is ending, and he’s also apparently in hot pursuit as a feature film director. Whatever he commits to full-time, at least we know some of his twisted genius will be on display on CBS with Battle Creek when the show debuts during the 2014-2015 season.