Breaking Bad Prequel Promises To Be Television EventBy: Ann Casano - July 14, 2014
Relief is coming soon.
For fans going through serious Breaking Bad withdrawal, some vital information was revealed at the Television Critics’ Association Press Tour for the drama’s spinoff Better Call Saul. The show’s creator, our good pal and conflict-mastermind Vince Gilligan and co-showrunner Peter Gould, provided a few nuggets about the drama that should help fans with any remaining shakes and sweats.
Additionally, AMC released two first-look photos of the show’s production in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The cable network also released one of several planned updates regarding key information about the spinoff.
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First off, Better Call Saul, starring Bob Odenkirk, will be a prequel which centers upon Saul’s transformation from plain old Jimmy McGill to the shady but lovably quirky lawyer we got to know during five seasons of Breaking Bad.
This is the official synopsis released by AMC:
The series is set six years before Saul Goodman (Odenkirk) 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 Erhmantraut (Banks), a beloved character introduced in Breaking Bad . The series will track Jimmy’s transformation into Saul Goodman, the man who puts “criminal” in “criminal lawyer.” The series’ tone is dramatic, woven through with dark humor.
We know that season one will run 10 episodes and that it has already been renewed for a second season, which will run for 13 episodes. The show is set to air early 2015 and early 2016. No exact date for either season has been announced just yet.
AMC president Charlie Collier said of the show, “When introducing any series, especially one with the DNA of Breaking Bad, there are countless factors to consider in making sure the show gets the launch it deserves. We have a strong history with Vince, Peter, Bob, the studio, and so many involved with this production; we are enjoying the process on Saul and all share a focus on making it a true television event. No half measures.”
We also know that the series will take place around 2002, and much like Breaking Bad will shift time periods. Better Call Saul may also include Walter White story-lines. “One of the great things about having a time line which is flexible is that perhaps some of it takes place before Breaking Bad, during Breaking Bad, and after Breaking Bad. That gives us the ability to bring back characters that were killed on Breaking Bad,” said Gould.
More updates should be coming soon.
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