That has been rumoured about since when BCS was near-enough announced. Should be interesting.
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I've got a great feeling about it. Ever since the show was announced I had hoped this would be their approach, if not right away then at some point into the run (if they're smart, I think they won't introduce these elements until at least a few episodes in). This gives the writers a chance to provide a show experience that's more explicitly tied to the show it spun off from, as opposed to being a straightforward comedy awkwardly set in the same universe but containing none of the same substance (in other words, something utterly pointless and unnecessary). To me, that's a good thing.
What also makes me confident about this move is that Vince Gilligan is involved. Heavily. And I have no doubt that he will execute this in a way that's respectful of and adds meaningfully to the original show without taking away any of the impact of its conclusion. I mean, c'mon...the guy wrote
. Obviously there's always a chance that this could go awry, but I think he's earned a little bit of trust.
First pics of Better Call Saul:
All the other info they released about the show's plot & cast & whatnot:
During the Television Critics’ Association (TCA) Press Tour today, AMC released 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 Odenkirk are Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad, Wiseguy) 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. 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 (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. As previously announced, Breaking Bad creator and showrunner Vince Gilligan directed the first episode of the series, which has already been greenlit for a second season of 13 episodes. The debut season will consist of 10 episodes. Better Call Saul is executive produced by Gilligan, Gould, Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad, Diner, Rain Man) and Melissa Bernstein (Breaking Bad, Rectify, Halt and Catch Fire) with Breaking Bad alums Thomas Schnauz and Stewart A. Lyons as co-executive producers for Sony Pictures Television.
New teaser for Better Call Saul, and it's probably the shortest and most vague teaser in existence:
Goddamn I hope Better Call Saul turns out to be good because otherwise i'd be surely disappointed considering how amazing Breaking bad is. To be fair though, it's kind of an impossible standard to live up to so they might be shooting themselves in the foot here.
From what I've read, it doesn't seem like they're aiming to make "Breaking Bad 2.0" at all. Supposedly the primary focus for Better Call Saul will be on comedy, which already suggests it'll be vastly different in tone. Just think of it as a completely different show set in the same universe - after all, that's what it is.
Nope, they confirmed that it's be like Breaking Bad in the sense that it'll be a drama with a little comedy throughout.
And i'm aware that it's not Breaking Bad 2.0. It won't be the same show. But it has some of the same writers and I hope it comes into it's own and don't phone it in just because it doesn't have to live up to the expectations of Breaking Bad.
I recalled Gilligan saying in an interview that the comedy/drama ratio would be about 70/30, as opposed to Breaking Bad's 30/70, though I suppose we should take that with a grain of salt until the show actually premieres, given that we've already heard a few conflicting things.