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How 'Better Call Saul' Secretly Became One of TV's Best Dramas

How 'Better Call Saul' Secretly Became One of TV's Best Dramas
You can have too much of a good thing – if the saga of Walter White taught us nothing else, it surely taught us that. So when creator Vince Gilligan teamed up with writer Peter Gould to create a prequel to Breaking Bad – starring comedian Bob Odenkirk's sleazeball ambulance-chaser Saul Goodman – it was hard not to think they were aping their own creation. Wasn't returning to this world so soon, to tell the origin story of a drastically different kind of person, hubris on a Heisenbergian scale?

It's now safe to say that,
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‘Better Call Saul’ Showrunner on Season 3’s Last Scene (Spoilers)

‘Better Call Saul’ Showrunner on Season 3’s Last Scene (Spoilers)
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not watched “Lantern,” the June 19 episode of “Better Call Saul.”

Season 3 of “Better Call Saul” ended Monday night with Chuck (Michael McKean) in a room engulfed in flames, after he kicked over one of his lanterns onto his highly flammable surroundings. That was the conclusion to an episode where Chuck was in slow, awful decline — regressing back to the worst throes of his sickness, to the point that he starts tearing apart the walls of his own house.

“Lantern” feels like an episode dampening the season’s momentum, which up until now has been sending its characters to sad ends in very different directions. Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) and Kim (Rhea Seehorn) find their way back to each other after Kim’s accident, and Nacho (Michael Mando) takes terrifying action and manages to escape unscathed. Variety talked to showrunner Peter Gould about Season 3 of “Better Call Saul” and how the
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‘Better Call Saul’ Review: Set-Ups and Slip-Ups Abound In the Beginning of the End

‘Better Call Saul’ Review: Set-Ups and Slip-Ups Abound In the Beginning of the End
Last Week’S Review: Rough Times for Jimmy Are Bad News For Everyone Else

Case Summary

It’s what we’ve been dreading: The return of Slippin’ Jimmy. We get a flashback to Cicero, Illinois, as Jimmy and his old pal, the now sadly deceased Marco, break into the old McGill family general store in search of the perfect coin for their latest con. It’s just enough of a reminder of Jimmy’s old self to sell what happens in the present, as Jimmy deals with some weaselly commercial clients first by trying to reason with them, then borrowing a move from his old playbook, staging an accident in the guitar shop.

Of course, Jimmy’s not a young man anymore, and the fall injures him pretty badly, to the point where it becomes worth his time and energy to help a fellow community service colleague duck out of the job,
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‘Better Call Saul’ Review: Set-Ups and Slip-Ups Abound In the Beginning of the End

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‘Better Call Saul’ Review: Set-Ups and Slip-Ups Abound In the Beginning of the End
Last Week’S Review: Rough Times for Jimmy Are Bad News For Everyone Else

Case Summary

It’s what we’ve been dreading: The return of Slippin’ Jimmy. We get a flashback to Cicero, Illinois, as Jimmy and his old pal, the now sadly deceased Marco, break into the old McGill family general store in search of the perfect coin for their latest con. It’s just enough of a reminder of Jimmy’s old self to sell what happens in the present, as Jimmy deals with some weaselly commercial clients first by trying to reason with them, then borrowing a move from his old playbook, staging an accident in the guitar shop.

Of course, Jimmy’s not a young man anymore, and the fall injures him pretty badly, to the point where it becomes worth his time and energy to help a fellow community service colleague duck out of the job,
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Gus Fring returns in new promo for Better Call Saul season 3

With exactly a month to go until Better Call Saul returns, a new promo has arrived online for the upcoming third season of the Breaking Bad prequel spin-off series featuring Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk), Chuck (Michael McKean), Mike (Jonathan Banks), Kim (Rhea Seehorn), Howard (Patrick Fabian), as well as a new look at drug lord/fast food king Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito); check it out below…

See Also: ‘Crisis Averted’ in clip from Better Call Saul season 3

Season 3 follows the twists and turns of Jimmy McGill’s devolution toward Breaking Bad’s Saul Goodman — Albuquerque’s most notorious criminal lawyer. Six years before he meets Walter White, Jimmy is a more-or-less law-abiding, small-time attorney hustling to champion his underdog clients, build his practice, and somehow make a name for himself.

The acclaimed second season ended with a pair of cliffhangers. Determined to prevent his brother from practicing law, Chuck staged an elaborate con,
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Slippin’ Jimmy Makes His Mark In Key Art For Better Call Saul Season 3

We are, at the time of writing, little over a month away from welcoming Bob Odenkirk’s fast-talking criminal lawyer, Jimmy McGill, back onto our screens in the form of Better Call Saul season 3.

If you’ve been keeping pace with the show’s production cycle – and if you’re a fan of Vince Gilligan’s brooding material, chances are you haven’t missed a beat – you’ll know all too well that the third season of AMC’s prequel series heralds the arrival of a menacing, downright iconic drug kingpin. And no, we’re not referring to Bryan Cranston’s scenery-chewing Walter White. Ol’ Heisenberg has been name-dropped in the past – along with literal partner in crime, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) – but it would appear the Gilligan and writing partner Peter Gould are keeping their more prominent chess pieces in the wings for the time being.

Instead, Better Call Saul
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The 25 Best Returning Shows of 2016

The 25 Best Returning Shows of 2016
My other two lists this year — an overall Best Shows of 2016 and my Best New Shows roster — have 20 shows each on them, but this one has to be a bit bigger. I’m citing the 25 Best Returning Shows because there are just so many ongoing shows doing fine work.

Every show on this list has to go through a rigorous vetting process known as my life: I don’t hang on to season passes for returning shows unless they really deliver the goods most weeks. And it’s the relationships that keep bringing me back, for the most part. A good television show is really the chronicle of a tangle of relationships worth following; friendships that seem real, even in the most strange or surreal circumstances; families that are believably supportive and exasperating; marriages that are full of resonant echoes, even if they’re nothing like my own. When you’ve spent years with a fictional family
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The early screenplays of Jj Abrams

Mark Harrison Sep 13, 2016

Before he hit big with Star Wars and Star Trek, Jj Abrams was penning films such as Forever Young, Regarding Henry and Armageddon...

Jj Abrams is one of the most powerful people in Hollywood right now. Over his career in the movies, he's written, directed, produced, acted and played a wicked keyboard solo on Cool Guys Don't Look At Explosions, and through his production company Bad Robot, his name is counted among the credits of massive franchises like Cloverfield, Mission: Impossible, Star Trek and of course Star Wars. He's more of a household name than most filmmakers of his generation and we sometimes wish we wanted anything as much as he wants that Steven Spielberg status.

You can't blame him when you hear about his first paid job in the film industry. Returning a bunch of Spielberg's personal super-8 home movies that he discovered after his
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Shannon Murphy's Eaglehawk to screen at Sydney Film Festival

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Eaglehawk director, Shannon Murphy.

Dollhouse Pictures will screen Eaglehawk with Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Ryan Corr and Wayne Blair and Sydney Film Festival on June 18-19.

It will screen in competition at Sydney Film Festival in the 2016 Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films..

Helmed by Shannon Murphy, the debut featurette stars Tilda Cobham-Hervey, (52 Tuesday.s , The Kettering Incident) , Ryan Corr (Holding The Man, Wanted) , .and Wayne Blair (The Sapphires, Cleverman) ..

Rounding out the female lead creative team are Marisa Nather (screenwriter), Jessica Carrera (producer), Nicole Coventry (co-producer), Alice Babidge (production and set design) and Megan Washington (composer)..

Eaglehawk is set in a remote forest, where aspiring actress, Eve (Cobham-Hervey) impersonates Australia.s own Bigfoot — the Yowie..

Employed by Yowie expert Frank (Wayne Blair), Eve spends her days ambushing thrill seekers and giving hope to the believers..

She immerses herself in the world of her character, determined to pursue her craft..

As her obsession with her disguise deepens,
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Round-Up: Sharknado 4 Title & Premiere Date, Death House Cast Announced, Hardcore Henry PSA, Zombie With A Shotgun Kickstarter

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Syfy and The Asylum announced the new title of Sharknado 4 yesterday and the official title is… Sharknado: The 4th Awakens. Sharknado 4 debuts Sunday, July 31st at 8:00pm Est. Also in this round-up: casting news for Death House, a look at Alamo Drafthouse’s Hardcore Henry PSA, and Kickstarter details for Zombie With a Shotgun.

Sharknado 4: Press Release (via The Futon Critic): “Westlake Village, CA – April 1, 2016 – Syfy and The Asylum today revealed that the official title of the next Sharknado movie is… Sharknado: The 4th Awakens! The two-hour original movie will premiere four months from now on a TV very, very nearby – on Syfy, Sunday, July 31st at 8 Pm Et/Pt.

The fourth installment of the Sharknado franchise will take place five years after the East Coast was ravaged in last summer’s Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!. Fin (Ian Ziering), his
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The Cast and Creators of 'Better Call Saul' Aren’t Interested In Happily Ever Afters

The Cast and Creators of 'Better Call Saul' Aren’t Interested In Happily Ever Afters
Let's face it — "Breaking Bad" was never going to be easy to follow. After having an international phenomenon on their hands, "Better Call Saul" creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould knew that they had a bit of a challenge when it came to expanding the world of such a universally beloved show with a spin-off prequel. However, as "Saul" embarks further into its second season, the show has proved itself as absolutely worth the risk. The series centers around Jimmy McGill, six years before he enters the world of "Breaking Bad," and features exactly what led the formerly goodhearted lawyer to the shady person he becomes, along with the cast of characters that assisted in that transformation. Although Jonathan Banks (Mike) wasn't present, Bob Odenkirk (Saul/Jimmy/Gene), Rhea Seehorn (Kim), Michael McKean (Chuck), Patrick Fabian (Howard) and Michael Mando (Nacho) were all on hand and more than eager to
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The Cast and Creators of 'Better Call Saul' Aren’t Interested In Happily Ever Afters

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The Cast and Creators of 'Better Call Saul' Aren’t Interested In Happily Ever Afters
Let's face it — "Breaking Bad" was never going to be easy to follow. After having an international phenomenon on their hands, "Better Call Saul" creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould knew that they had a bit of a challenge when it came to expanding the world of such a universally beloved show with a spin-off prequel. However, as "Saul" embarks further into its second season, the show has proved itself as absolutely worth the risk. The series centers around Jimmy McGill, six years before he enters the world of "Breaking Bad," and features exactly what led the formerly goodhearted lawyer to the shady person he becomes, along with the cast of characters that assisted in that transformation. Although Jonathan Banks (Mike) wasn't present, Bob Odenkirk (Saul/Jimmy/Gene), Rhea Seehorn (Kim), Michael McKean (Chuck), Patrick Fabian (Howard) and Michael Mando (Nacho) were all on hand and more than eager to
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Review: 'Better Call Saul' keeps weaving in and out of 'Breaking Bad' territory

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Review: 'Better Call Saul' keeps weaving in and out of 'Breaking Bad' territory
A review of tonight's Better Call Saul coming up just as soon as I do the Carol Burnett thing with my ear... "You don't save me. I save me." -Kim What an oddly structured show Better Call Saul can be at times. Throughout the series, Jimmy and Mike rarely interact — or do it briefly, as happens here when Jimmy expresses concern about Mike's battered face — and are moving through stories with completely different tones, usually featuring different characters (though both of them have run afoul of Tuco and Nacho at some point), and at times feeling like different genres. Their lives and stories are destined to become far more entwined, but at the moment, Jimmy's in a legal dramedy and Mike's not only in a hard-boiled crime show, but one that for now has much more of a direction connection to Breaking Bad. Saul is far from the
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‘Better Call Saul’ Cast and Creators Talk Getting to Saul Goodman at PaleyFest

‘Better Call Saul’ Cast and Creators Talk Getting to Saul Goodman at PaleyFest
The “Better Call Saul” team feels the urgency to move its storyline along to catch up with the “Breaking Bad” era, but they’re also enjoying exploring the life of Jimmy McGill before he transformed into Saul Goodman. That was the sentiment shared by “Saul” creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould on Saturday during the PaleyFest session on AMC’s “Breaking Bad” prequel.

“I was saying all the time in the room to the writers, ‘We better get cracking here. We better get to Saul Goodman because if people tune in, a safe assumption is that’s who they’re tuning in to see,’ ” Gilligan said during the screening and Q&A at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, which was moderated by Variety‘s Debra Birnbaum. Gilligan admitted that he had been nervous the character of Saul, the shady criminal lawyer who became a central figure in “Breaking Bad,” wasn
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‘Better Call Saul’s’ Bob Odenkirk, Showrunners Talk Jimmy McGill’s Transition to Saul Goodman at Season 2 Premiere

At the Season 2 premiere of “Better Call Saul” at the Arclight Cinema in Culver City on Tuesday night, Bob Odenkirk weighed in on his character’s transition from Jimmy McGill to Saul Goodman.

“I think it’s a big drop off,” Odenkirk said. “It’s a slow journey, and then all of a sudden, he finds himself as Saul, I think that’s how it is going to go. My gut tells me he fights like hell to not be Saul, and then he just gives up for some reason that’s probably pretty potent and painful.”

The executive producers and showrunners of “Better Call Saul,” Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, said the timeline for when Jimmy would become Saul has been in constant flux.

“In the early going, we thought he would become Saul Goodman by the end of the season, or maybe by the middle of Season 1,” Gilligan said.
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First Clip from 'Better Call Saul' Season 2 Arrives

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First Clip from 'Better Call Saul' Season 2 Arrives
In just a few short weeks, the hit AMC series Better Call Saul will return with the Season 2 Premiere on Monday, February 15, just one day after the The Walking Dead returns. To get fans ready for this highly-anticipated return, Entertainment Weekly has a clip from this new episode. The clip features Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) helping himself to the cucumber water that he isn't supposed to drink.

A prequel to the award-winning series Breaking Bad, the series follows down-on-his-luck Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) as he navigates the moral dilemmas of the legal world while trying to step out of his older brother's shadow and make a name for himself. Season 1 found Jimmy stumble upon a large class-action lawsuit, which led to a promising job opportunity at a large firm. Having arrived at a fork in the road, will Jimmy take the straight and narrow path with a safe corporate job
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'Better Call Saul' Videos Offer First Look at Season 2

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'Better Call Saul' Videos Offer First Look at Season 2
Last week, AMC debuted a new trailer for the hit series Better Call Saul, where Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) was given a new job by Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks). As we count down the days to the Season 2 premiere on Monday, February 15, AMC has released yet another trailer, which is much more cryptic. This footage shows Saul in a seedy Mexican dive bar, as he drowns his sorrows while a mariachi band is playing. The big question is, whose call Saul avoiding?

As Saul downs another shot, his cell phone rings, although he doesn't answer it, staring at his phone with contempt. Could it be his brother Chuck McGill (Michael McKean)? Both Saul and Chuck didn't exactly end the first season on good terms, when it was revealed that Chuck made a deal with Hamlin (Patrick Fabian), forcing Saul out of his big class-action case that he took to their firm.
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'Better Call Saul' Season 2 Trailer: Mike's Got a Job for Jimmy

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'Better Call Saul' Season 2 Trailer: Mike's Got a Job for Jimmy
'I have been doing the right thing for all of these years, and where has it gotten me? Nowhere.' That's the declaration Jimmy McGill makes in the opening moments of a new Better Call Saul trailer. The troubled lawyer is on the path to his fateful transformation in Season 2. The man once known as James M. McGill Esq., is about to become Saul Goodman. And it's Mike Ehrmantraut that is going to help him get there.

As we see in this latest sneak peek, Mike has a new job for Slippin' Jimmy. And McGill seems poised to take on this questionable mission head first. He asks, 'Where and when?' Setting him down a road that he can never turn back on. Thinking about his actions, Slippin' Jimmy asks, 'Who among us is without sin?'

A prequel to the award-winning series Breaking Bad, the series follows down-on-his-luck Jimmy McGill
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Photos: ‘Better Call Saul’ Season 2 Character Portraits (Exclusive)

Photos: ‘Better Call Saul’ Season 2 Character Portraits (Exclusive)
“Better Call Saul” returns on Monday, Feb. 15 at 10 p.m., and in anticipation of the premiere, Variety has first-look character portraits for Season 2.

Series star Bob Odenkirk has promised more surprises in the AMC hit’s second season. “The fans are going to go crazy,” he told Variety in an exclusive interview. “Wait ’til you see who you see.”

In its first season, the “Breaking Bad” prequel ranked as one of the highest-rated new cable series of all time, debuting in Feb. 2015 as the season’s No. 1 new cable among adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers.

Take a look at the new character photos:

Ben Leuner/AMC

When we left Jimmy McGill (Odenkirk) at the end of last season, he’d turned down an offer to join a big New Mexico law firm. Given that he’s toting a briefcase above, safe to assume he’s back in business
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'Better Call Saul' Season 2 Poster: Slippin' Jimmy Returns

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'Better Call Saul' Season 2 Poster: Slippin' Jimmy Returns
Slippin' Jimmy is back! And he faces an incredible uphill battle in the first official poster for Better Call Saul Season 2. All-new episodes of the critically acclaimed, Emmy-nominated series Better Call Saul begin airing on Monday, February 15th at 10:00 p.m. Et/Pt. And as we can see from this latest image, Jimmy's inevitable transformation into Saul Goodman is going to be agonizing for everyone involved.

A prequel to the award-winning series Breaking Bad, the series follows down-on-his-luck Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) as he navigates the moral dilemmas of the legal world while trying to step out of his older brother's shadow and make a name for himself. Season 1 found Jimmy stumble upon a large class-action lawsuit, which led to a promising job opportunity at a large firm. Having arrived at a fork in the road, will Jimmy take the straight and narrow path with a safe corporate
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