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One surprise reveal recently was that "Better Call Saul," AMC's upcoming spin-off of "Breaking Bad," would not be a straight prequel as first reported. Rather, the show would jump around in time with events set both before and after those in "Breaking Bad".
Talking up the series at the TCA Summer Press Tour this week, exec producer Vince Gilligan was asked about the setting and confirmed that the series will be mostly be set in the year 2002 - seven years before the events in "Breaking Bad" which took place between 2009 and 2011. There will be jumps in time though:
"I think the best way to answer this is that you saw, from Breaking Bad, we like non-linear storytelling. I would definitely point you in the direction of anything that is possible on Breaking Bad is possible on Better Call Saul. It's fun for us to be as non-linear as possible."
- Garth Franklin
The world lost a fine show when AMC’s Breaking Bad ended its run last year, but fans fiending for more of the world of science teacher-turned-meth kingpin Walter White (Bryan Cranston) were excited to learn about creator Vince Gilligan’s plans for the spinoff Better Call Saul, which centers on crooked attorney Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk).
Details on the Saul-centered look at the world of Breaking Bad have rolled in fairly regularly during the past year, to the point that we know some basic, crucial things about the show’s timeframe, set “before, during and after“ Breaking Bad, how the tone will be different from the source series, and that fan-favorite Bb regular Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) will be ...
- Anthony Vieira
Previously announced stars and Breaking Bad alumni Bob Odenkirk (Saul) and Jonathan Banks (Mike Ehrmantraut) will be joined by Patrick Fabian as Hamlin, Michael Mando as Nacho, Michael McKean as Chuck, and Rhea Seehorn as Kim. Last names are deliberately being kept under wraps for the time being.
McKean's Chuck character is Saul's brother and figures to have a prominent role on the show. The absence of Chuck in Breaking Bad suggests that these two characters will part ways at some point in the future, either by choice or by Chuck's death.
The creators of the upcoming Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul dropped a few more tantalizing details about the new series on Friday. In an appearance at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould dished out a little new information while discussing some of the challenges they've encountered as they spin a new world around sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman.
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"I thought it was going to be easy," Gilligan said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "'Oh, we know who this guy is. »
Don’t fret that just because AMC created Breaking Bad spin-off series Better Call Saul, that it would all be the same. Now we hear that Bob Odenkirk’s series will be starting from scratch. The prequel is starting production of the first of two seasons on schedule and they feel that they are too slow for normal production. Sticking true to how they did Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould feel that they have always remained behind schedule. They said they assumed working on Better Call Saul would be easier, but it turns out that they are back to square one like they were with the start of Breaking Bad. Here is what they said at Television Critics Association.
I still feel I’m very slow for television. We have a way of doing things that is slower than most television shows…..I thought it was going to be easy, »
- Sarah Peel
The Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul will be set six years before Saul and Walter White meet, circa 2002. According to official word from AMC, the prequel will pick up when Saul was known as Jimmy McGill, “a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny.” Mike will be there as his “fixer.” Though it's been described previously as a comedy, a release says “the series’ tone is dramatic, woven through with dark humor.” So, pretty much like Breaking Bad. “It’s a leap of faith or stupidity into the unknown,” Vince Gilligan told reporters during AMC’s summer press-tour session. Gilligan is serving as executive producer and co-showrunner alongside Peter Gould.Even though the show will be set in the past, Gilligan said it doesn’t preclude the previously reported idea that Better Call Saul would jump back and forth in time. "You saw from Breaking Bad that we like nonlinear storytelling, »
- Denise Martin
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. Right out of the gates, as THR reports, Gilligan and Gould commented on the delay of Better Call Saul: "We could have made the deadline, but I am slow as mud," said Gilligan, admitting that he wanted to take his time on the show. "I still feel I'm very slow for television." "We »
- Dave Trumbore
It was recently revealed that the debut season of Better Call Saul will consist of 10 episodes and a second season of 13 episodes has already been confirmed. So, what should we expect in terms of story and setting? Well, below is the first official synopsis for the series which is set to debut in 2015.
The series is set six years before Saul Goodman meets Walter White. When we meet him, the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside, and, often, against Jimmy, is “fixer” Mike Ehrmantraut, a beloved character introduced in ‘Breaking Bad.’ The series will track Jimmy’s transformation into Saul Goodman, »
- Josh Wilding
The “Breaking Bad” prequel “Better Call Saul” will be set in “about the year 2002,” executive producer Vince Gilligan told reporters Friday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. “We tried hard on ‘Breaking Bad’ to not be too specific to when it was, but now we kind of have to be,” Gilligan said. “I hesitate to say it, but it is indeed a period piece. It feels like yesterday, but it was 12 years ago.” Also read: ‘Better Call Saul’ Will Use ‘Flexible Timeline’ for Possible Bryan Cranston Return The timeline answered one of the big questions about the show:. »
- Tim Kenneally
AMC released today from the Television Critics' Association (TCA) Press Tour two new photos from the set of the Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul, currently in production in Albuquerque, Nm. The photos feature series stars Bob Odenkirk and Michael McKean. In addition, the network confirmed the line-up of series regulars for Saul, set to premiere in early 2015. Joining Bob Odenkirk are Jonathan Banks as "fixer" Mike Erhmantraut, Michael McKean as Chuck, Rhea Seehorn as Kim, Patrick Fabian as Hamlin and Michael Mando as Nacho - characters that will represent both legitimate and illegitimate sides of the law.
Better Call Saul is the prequel to the award-winning series Breaking Bad. Vince Gilligan and Breaking Bad writer and producer Peter Gould created the show together and serve as co-showrunners of the premiere season. The series is set six years before Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) meets Walter White. When we meet him, »
Not many shows are renewed before they even premiere. But then again, not many shows are a Breaking Bad prequel. Better Call Saul, set to debut in early 2015, is one of the most buzzed-about series in recent history, and fans have yet to see see a single scene from the AMC spinoff. (But now get to see the first photos from the series. Hey, we'll take what we can get, right?!) At the 2014 Summer TCA Press Tour, creator and executive producer Vince Gilligan and executive producer Peter Gould dished on Saul's (Bob Odenkirk) highly anticipated return, why they decided take the "challenge" of tackling a spinoff of one of TV's greatest dramas and which familiar faces (ahem, Walt and Jesse, feel free to »
Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, creators of AMC’s upcoming “Better Call Saul,” shared details on the new cast members who will be joining “Breaking Bad” alums Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks in the Emmy-winning show’s highly anticipated spinoff series.
As was previously reported, Michael McKean will play Chuck, Rhea Seehorn will play Kim, Patrick Fabian will play Hamlin and Michael Mando will play Nacho – all characters that will represent both legitimate and illegitimate sides of the law.
“McKean plays Bob’s brother,” Gould confirmed. “We have these two comedy legends working together. He’s playing Saul’s brother. He’s one of the main characters we’ve introduced. He’s just a tremendous performer and he also answers questions about ‘Spinal Tap’.”
The duo were mum about other character descriptions, although in regards to Seehorn’s character and the inevitable comparisons to Anna Gunn’s Skyler White, Gilligan »
- Whitney Friedlander
Team Better Call Saul has officially assembled.
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At the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in Beverly Hills on Friday, AMC confirmed the full line-up of series regulars joining star Bob Odenkirk.
Michael McKean (Family Tree) will play Saul’s brother Chuck, Jonathan Banks will reprise his Breaking Bad role of Mike Ehrmantraut, Rhea Seehorn (Franklin & Bash) will play Kim, Patrick Fabian (Grey’s Anatomy) will play Hamlin and Michael Mando (Orphan Black) will play Mando.
“The series is set six years before Saul Goodman meets Walter White,” reads the »
Ok, here we go: real details on what Vince Gilligan is doing with his Breaking Bad spin-off series Better Call Saul. We’ve known some basics, such as that Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks are reprising their Breaking Bad roles of Saul Goodman and Mike Ehrmantraut. And we’ve heard a hell of a lot of rumors, speculation, and “maybe” […]
- Russ Fischer
Better Call Saul is off and running. Delayed until early 2015 but already renewed for a second season, AMC's Breaking Bad prequel recently started shooting down in the parent series' old digs of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Briefly tearing themselves away from production, co-creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould appeared at the Television Critics Association summer press tour Friday evening — maybe in part to assure everyone of their excitement despite the recent premiere date push. Photos Inside THR's Emmy Drama Showrunner Roundtable "We could have made the deadline, but I am slow as mud," said Gilligan, admitting that
- Michael O'Connell
Until about 10 minutes ago, there has been so much conflicting information, if not outright misinformation, about what exactly "Better Call Saul" will be: A straight "Breaking Bad" prequel? A time-bending journey that includes adventures during the reign of Heisenberg? A comedy? A drama with occasional laughs? Huell's story? AMC's press release about the full cast and basic premise and setting fill in some of the details — including that it begins six years before Saul (then known as Jimmy McGill) meets Walter White — and now co-creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould will hopefully bring more of the show (not due to premiere until early 2015) into sharper clarity, without actually giving too much of the fun away. I'll be live-blogging all of Gilligan's charming Virginian self-deprecation, all of Gould's jokes, and whatever nuggets we actually get about the new show. (Note: all times will be Pacific.) 5:10 p.m.: Gould and »
- Alan Sepinwall
The producers of Better Call Saul are answering some questions about the hotly anticipated Breaking Bad spin-off prequel, and AMC is releasing some new photos. Writer-producers Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould took questions from reporters at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills on Friday. Here’s what we learned:
1. The series regulars and their confirmed character names joining star Bob Odenkirk: Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad) as “fixer” Mike Erhmantraut, Michael McKean (This is Spinal Tap) as Chuck, Rhea Seehorn (Franklin & Bash) as Kim, Patrick Fabian (Grey’s Anatomy) as Hamlin and Michael Mando (Orphan Black) as Nacho. »
- James Hibberd
In about 10 or 20 minutes, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould are going to be at press tour to discuss the "Breaking Bad" prequel "Better Call Saul," but AMC just released the first real fixed plot details, plus a full cast list, so here we go: In addition to Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks reprising their roles as Saul Goodman and Mike Ehrmantraut, the full cast will include Michael McKean as Chuck, Rhea Seehorn as Kim, Patrick Fabian as Hamlin and Michael Mando as Nacho — "characters that will represent both legitimate and illegitimate sides of the law." As for the plot details, here's what the press release says: The series is set six years before Saul Goodman meets Walter White. When we meet him, the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside, »
- Alan Sepinwall
The 2014 Emmy Nominations were announced today, with Game of Thrones and American Horror Story picking up quite a few nominations in top categories. The Walking Dead also picked up nominations for visual effects and sound editing. The official list is below and the winners will be announced live during the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards on August 25th.
“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“House of Cards” (Netflix)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“True Detective” (HBO)
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)
“Bonnie and Clyde” (A&E)
“Killing Kennedy” (National Geographic)
“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (HBO)
“The Normal Heart” (HBO)
- Jonathan James
It should be easy to feel sympathy for Emmy voters in 2014. There is more good television now than ever before, available in more places (including non-traditional streaming video outfits like Netflix and Amazon) than ever before. There is abundant category confusion, where a show like "Shameless" can jump from drama to comedy after presenting its bleakest season ever, where "True Detective" can be considered as a drama series while "American Horror Story" is a miniseries even though the two shows have the same basic structure, where the fourth season of "Tremé" has to be considered a miniseries because it didn't produce enough episodes to qualify elsewhere, where voters are asked to consider what Jim Parsons does on "Big Bang Theory" in the same context of what Louis C.K. does as an actor on "Louie." It is an impossible job, really. Even TV critics whose sole job is to watch this »
- Alan Sepinwall
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