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It’s a spinoff, bitch!
Following the monumental success of Breaking Bad, AMC is hoping to lure the millions of Walter White fans to come back and enjoy a prequel within the same twisted universe. Better Call Saul is the highly anticipated AMC spinoff which centers on Bob Odenkirk’s fan favorite character, Saul Goodman, and his life before meeting Walter White.
Co-executive producers Peter Gould and Vince Gillgian took the stage Friday afternoon at the TCA press tour in Beverly Hills to provide some brand new details as to what fans can expect from Saul Goodman’s world. Read on for insight into the Better Call Saul timeline, whether or not more Breaking Bad characters will be thrown into the mix, and a shocking family connection.
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
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, »
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 »
AMC today releasedrtwo new photos from the set of the "Breaking Bad" spinoff "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 Odenkirk are Jonathan Banks ("Breaking Bad," "Community") as .fixer. Mike Erhmantraut, McKean (This is Spinal Tap) as Chuck, Rhea Seehorn ("Franklin & Bash," "House of Lies") as Kim, Patrick Fabian ("Big Love," "Grey.s Anatomy") as Hamlin and Michael Mando ("Orphan Black," "The Killing") as Nacho . characters that will represent both legitimate and illegitimate sides of the law. »
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
(Cbr) The devious minds behind "Better Call Saul" have come up with a pretty clever way to include Walter White and other dearly departed characters in the "Breaking Bad" spinoff. “One of the great things about having a timeline which is flexible is that perhaps some of it takes place before 'Breaking Bad,' during 'Breaking Bad,' and after 'Breaking Bad,'” Executive Producer Peter Gould tells the New York Daily News. “That gives us the ability to bring back characters that were killed on 'Breaking Bad.'” It wouldn’t seem that Walter’s death in the finale of the AMC drama would cause as much of a problem as when he came into contact with Saul Goodman, the sleazy lawyer played by Bob Odenkirk (in the second season); a traditional, linear show focusing on Saul’s early years would run into difficulties rationalizing »
- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources
We may not have seen the last of Walter White.
Peter Gould, executive producer of AMC’s Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul, told the New York Daily News that the spinoff will jump between decades and may even include scenes that take place during the Breaking Bad timeline. This means that there’s a chance Bryan Cranston will reprise his three-time Emmy-winning role as school teacher-turned-meth kingpin Walter White.
- Chancellor Agard
Up until this point it has been believed that the show would be a straight prequel about sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk). As a result, other characters from "Breaking Bad" would appear only as early versions of their characters before we first met them in 'Bad'.
Now though, co-creator and executive producer Peter Gould says the show isn't going to be so rigid. Instead, it will jump around in time and could therefore feature more appearances from 'Bad' cast members at various stages in their character's development. Gould tells New York Daily News:
- Garth Franklin
Instead of following a linear trajectory, Better Call Saul is going to jump between decades, which will allow it to have some cameos from Breaking Bad characters – even the ones who died along the way in the hit AMC series.
“One of the great things about having a timeline which is flexible is that perhaps some of it takes place before Breaking Bad, during Breaking Bad, and after Breaking Bad,” Better Call Saul executive producer Peter Gould told The New York Daily News. “That gives us the ability to bring back characters that were killed on Breaking Bad.”
While Gould and the rest of those behind Better Call Saul will be happy »
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a new poster for L.A. Slasher, details on Headless, casting update on Welcome to Purgatory, trailers for Truth or Dare and Red Sleep, and more:
New Poster for L.A. Slasher: “Sales agency Circus Road Films has picked up Martin Owen’s horror/satire feature “L.A. Slasher.” Glenn Reynolds’ Circus Road is handling domestic sales. The film stars Danny Trejo (“Machete”), Mischa Barton (“The O.C.”), Dave Bautista (“Riddick”), Eric Roberts (“The Dark Knight), Drake Bell (“Drake & Josh”), Brooke Hogan (“Hogan Knows Best”), Tori Black (“Not Another Celebrity Movie”) and Marisa Lauren (“Superhero Movie”), with the of voice of Andy Dick (“News Radio”) as the ‘L.A. Slasher’.
- Tamika Jones
Ever since Breaking Bad concluded its run of TV greatness, fans have been waiting impatiently for the show's Saul Goodman-centric spin-off, Better Call Saul. And now, they'll have to wait even longer: AMC has delayed the premiere from November to early 2015, The Hollywood Reporter reports. The good news? The network, in an unlikely move, has already renewed the series for a second season, bumping up the total of planned episodes to 23.
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You might feel some apprehension about the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, but you know you’re going to watch it. When it finally arrives, that is. The show, which is to star Bob Odenkirk reprising his role as lawyer Saul Goodman, was supposed to debut on AMC this November. The bad news is that it’s been pushed back until early next year. The good news, though, is that the cable network is excited about what they’ve seen so far and have already renewed the series for a second season. The first will be 10 episodes, and the second, arriving early 2016, will add another 13. Vince Gilligan is directing the pilot and will share showrunning duties with Peter Gould, who created Goodman as a Breaking Bad writer in season 2 (the character’s debut episode was also called “Better Caul Saul”). Michael McKean, who was so great recently on HBO’s canceled Family Tree is also in »
- Christopher Campbell
The second season order is for 13 episodes, bringing the series total to 23. Specific air dates for either season have not been announced, but AMC said they will join “The Walking Dead” and its accompanying “Talking Dead” recap program in the first quarter of each of the next two years.
“Breaking Bad” creator and showrunner Vince Gilligan is directing the premiere episode, which stars Bob Odenkirk as the tricky, combover-embracing New Mexican criminal lawyer. Gilligan is co-showrunning along with fellow “Breaking Bad” alum Peter Gould, creator of the Saul Goodman character. “Breaking Bad” actor Jonathan Banks is also returning for the series, which is set before the events in the Bryan Cranston-starring original series. Michael McKean is joining the cast in a new role. »
- Whitney Friedlander
Saul Goodman is about to be a very busy man.
AMC on Thursday announced that a 13-episode second season of Better Call Saul – the upcoming prequel to Breaking Bad, starring Bob Odenkirk – has already been ordered, bringing the series’ initial episode total to 23 before it even airs.
The spin-off’s premiere has also been moved to early 2015, with Season 2 slated to debut in early 2016.
There’s a good news / bad news situation for Breaking Bad spin-off show Better Call Saul today. Want the good news first? Us cable channel AMC has released the first official picture (above) and renewed it for a second season before the first has even hit screens. But the bad? That first run of episodes won’t air until early 2015.Created by Breaking Bad boss Vince Gilligan and series writer / producer Peter Gould, who created the character of Saul, the series will follow sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman (played by Bob Odenkirk) in the time before he met Walter White and Jesse Pinkman in the original series. Jonathan Banks is back as fixer Mike Ehrmantraut, and Michael McKean will play a new character named Dr. Thurber. The first season of 10 episodes is shooting now, and the additional order will add 13 for broadcast in 2016."Production on Better Call Saul is underway, and »
"Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan is already sounding alarm bells that the prequel series "Better Call Saul" might be in trouble. In a new interview this week, he says that with production already behind by two weeks, "I am worried... it may turn out this was a mistake to do this. If it's 'AfterMASH' rather than 'Frasier,' it won't be for a lack of hard work, but you just don't know until the world takes it." The new program is slated to debut on AMC in November with Bob Odenkirk reprising his role as the sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman. Jonathan Banks and Michael McKean are also regular cast members on the show. TV Guide. -Break- Early box office predictions show that tearjerker film "The Fault in Our Stars" will trounce the new Tom Cruise movie "Edge of Tomorrow" this weekend. The Shailene Woodley young adult flick only cost $12 million »
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