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Better Call Saul Releases New Teaser and Premiere Date

Bob-Odenkirk-as-Saul-in-Breaking-BadAMC announced earlier this week that the highly anticipated “Breaking Bad” spinoff series, “Better Call Saul” will premiere Sunday, February 8 while the second episode will air the following night on February 9.

“Better Call Saul” 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 hustling to make ends meet.  Working alongside and often against Jimmy is “fixer” Mike Erhmantraut, a beloved character first introduced in “Breaking Bad.” The series will track Jimmy’s transformation into a man who puts the criminal in “criminal lawyer.”

Bob Odenkirk reprises his role as lawyer Saul Goodman along with BB alum Jonathan Banks who also reprises his role as Mike Ehrmantraut. The cast also includes Michael McKean as Chuck McGill, Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler, Patrick Fabian as Howard Hamlin and Michael Mando as Nacho Varga – characters who are said to represent both legitimate and illegitimate sides of the law.

Vince Gilligan, the creator of BB, directed the first episode of “Better Call Saul.” The first season will consist of 10 episodes and air Sundays at 10 P.M. The series has already been renewed for second season of 13 episodes by AMC.

You can watch the new trailer below:

“Better Call Saul” Will Overlap “Breaking Bad” and Beyond

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Fans have been wondering just when and where the “Breaking Bad” spinoff series, “Better Call Saul” series would take place and whether we would see any crossover with the original series. This week, executive producer Peter Gould and co-showrunner Vince Gilligan confirmed that “Better Call Saul” would take place before, during, and after “Breaking Bad.” In fact, it will move back and forth over several decades.

Gould told New York Daily News,

“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 afterBreaking Bad. That gives us the ability to bring back characters that were killed on Breaking Bad.”

Though Gould doesn’t want fans to think of this series as Walter White memorabilia but a series all its own that is building off of an already established framework.

“We want to make a show that stands on its own, is its own story and is a brand extension,” Gould continued. “We think we have a story that is worth making. … We could never dream of the kind of success that Breaking Bad had and the love we got from the fans. But [with Saul,] at a certain point, you have to do the best job you can and tell the best story that entertains you, get a good response and hope people like it.”

Another interesting aspect of the series is that for the first time we get to see Saul in another aspect of his life outside of work.

“We’ve only seen Saul in his professional habitat. It will be interesting to see a more personal, intimate side of Saul Goodman.”

Despite the “Better Call Saul” premiere being pushed to 2015, it has prematurely been renewed for a second season.

“It’s tremendous for us because we get to plot out two seasons, and the way we work is similar to “Breaking Bad” as it is very serialized, and each episode builds on the last,” he said of the renewal. “That gives us a much bigger canvas to play with.”

Aaron Paul May Join Better Call Saul

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According to a report from AP News, Aaron Paul is in “serious talks” to reprise his role as Jesse Pinkman in the “Breaking Bad” spinoff, “Better Call Saul.”

If he appears in the show, fans would see him as the low-level drug dealer we first met in the first season of BB before Walter White happened.

“Anything Vince is involved with, I’m there,” Paul said in a recent Need for Speed interview. “I owe him my entire career. And the idea of jumping into the skin of Jesse Pinkman again in his lighter days — because it’s all a prequel — it would be fun.”

At the moment it is still uncertain whether Bryan Cranston will reprise his role as Mr. White. Though we do know that Dean Norris, White’s DEA agent brother-in-law, will not return. He is currently appearing in “Under The Dome” on CBS.

Currently it’s uncertain if Cranston will also make an appearance. However, one Breaking vet that won’t be coming back is Dean Norris, who played White’s DEA agent brother-in-law Hank Schrader. He’s still committed to Under the Dome, which will begin airing its second season this summer on CBS.

“I don’t think they’ll let me do a little cable show,” Norris said in an interview this week. “I think that experience was that experience. I’m not a big fan of kind of revisiting something that has already been done. But I think it’s going to be awesome. So I can’t wait to see it.”

Vince Gilligan is working on “Better Call Saul” as we speak. Personally, I hope Mike Ehrmanntraut makes an appearance.

“Better Call Saul” Coming to Netflix in 2014 After AMC Debut

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Netflix and Sony Pictures Television have partnered up to make the “Breaking Bad” spinoff series, “Better Call Saul” available exclusively to streaming members in Europe and Latin America shortly after its airing in the U.S. beginning in 2014.

For viewers in the U.S. and Canada, the complete first season of “Better Call Saul” will be available to Netflix members after its season finale on AMC Networks. The deal makes Netflix the exclusive subscription television service in all its territories for both the new series and the original.

“Better Call Saul” will feature Bob Odenkirk reprising his role as criminal lawyer Saul Goodman. The series is co-created and executive produced by “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan. The show will follow mall-based super lawyer Saul Goodman in the years before he became Walter White’s attorney. From parking tickets to mass murder, from slip-and-fall to bond fraud, Saul handles it all.

Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer, said,

“‘Breaking Bad’ is widely recognized as one of the great TV experiences in this new golden age of television. It has also proven very popular with Netflix subscribers around the world. This spin-off promises to continue its tradition of powerful storytelling. We are proud to be in business with Sony Pictures Television to bring Saul Goodman to our subscribers around the world.”

“Breaking Bad” Creator Dicusses Jesse Pinkman’s Fate

I think we all like to assume that the “Breaking Bad” character, Jesse Pinkman, got away in the end. That he was free, that he made it to Alaska, and everything was perfect. However, that is likely not the case if we think about things realistically and recently, the show’s creator, Vince Gilligan, talked about the character’s fate.

In the finale, which you can see the final 30 seconds for Jesse above, we see him speeding away in a car, hysterical and somewhat happy. According to Gilligan, though, this happy ending is followed by the strong possibility that the  authorities aren’t too far behind.

“My personal feeling is that he got away,” Gilligan said in an interview with GQ. “But the most likely thing, as negative as this sounds, is that they’re going to find this kids fingerprints all over this lab and they’re going to find him within a day of a week or a month. And he’s still going to be on the hook for the murder of two federal agents.”

Let’s just pretend he made it to Alaska, shall we?

“Better Call Saul” May Be a Sequel/Prequel Hybrid

 

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Since it was revealed that a “Breaking Bad” spinoff featuring our favorite criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman, was in the works, fans have been speculating about what and who exactly we will see in the new series. It was later confirmed that the show would be a prequel to BB featuring the pre – Walter White life of Goodman. But it is possible that we may see his life in Nebraska following the events of the BB finale as well.

During a recent interview with IGN, the actor who plays Goodman, Bob Odenkirk, talked about his hopes and ideas for the upcoming series.

Odenkirk was asked about the possibility of including flash forwards to Goodman post-BB. He confirmed that he had brought up that the series creator Vince Gilligan.

“Well, I’ve talked to Vince [Gilligan] and Peter [Gould], who are writing and creating the series, about this and I’ve said that a lot of people do want to see what happens to next to Saul. So, I don’t know what they’re going to do. I know they’ve talked about prequel, but they’ve also talked to me about sequel, and they’ve also talked to me about a mix of prequel and sequel,” said Odenkirk.

As for how Goodman becomes the titular character, that is still in the works. Odenkirk says that while Gilligan is still formulating the backstory, he has some ideas regarding his character’s illustrious past as well as how he becomes Goodman on screen.

I wouldn’t go into too much detail, because I don’t want to influence Vince at all in his efforts. I’m approaching this the way I approached Breaking Bad, which is, ‘Vince, you write it and then you hand it to me and I will figure out my part.’ And I will not try to own the universe, or tell you what happens, or dictate anything. I will do the job of an actor, which is take the script, study it, think about it, feel it and ask myself, ‘Who is this person is and how do I be him?’ It’s been incredibly freeing to do that. You know my resume. You know I’ve directed, produced, and written. And when you do all of those things, acting is a lot less fun and you have a lot less energy and focus as an actor because you’re thinking of all the things revolving around the character, rather than just playing the role.

Odenkirk also added that the “writers are starting up in two or three weeks, so they’re trying to get that ready.”

Currently, there is no word on who else we can expect to cameo or appear in “Better Call Saul” or an anticipated premiere date.

Vince Gilligan Talks Plans For Better Call Saul

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Vince Gilligan, the creator of “Breaking Bad” recently spoke out about the upcoming spinoff series, “Better Call Saul.” The spinoff will feature everyone’s favorite character, the criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk. The series will be a prequel to “Break Bad,” set before Saul met Walter White and became embroiled in the world of the meth kingpin. 

Gilligan spoke about the difficulties in creating a spinoff series based on the side character. 

“There’s obviously a danger inherent in doing a spinoff,” Gilligan said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “But I just love the character of Saul Goodman [Bob Odenkirk] so much, and part of me doesn’t want to say no to this world.”

“Better Call Saul” was originally intended to be a half-hour sitcom, however, Gilligan and Goodman creator Peter Gould decided to return to the one-hour drama format.

“We’re both one-hour drama guys,” he said. “So we figured, ‘Why not shoot Saul in the same way?’ Let’s shoot it in Albuquerque, let’s get as much of the crew back together as possible, and let’s do it the way we did it before so that it will be of a piece with that pre-existing fictional universe that we had so much fun creating.”

He went to explain that while it will be a drama series, we can expect a lot of comedy as well.

“While they’re still working through plot, they anticipate the series being set in an office with a much lighter tone than that of its predecessor. If Bad was 75 percent dramatic and 25 percent comedic, Saul will be the opposite. The challenge has been finding the dramatic tension in their lead character,” said the Hollywood Reporter.

Many fans of “Breaking Bad” are wondering whether or not there will be cameos of their beloved characters in the spinoff. Gilligan reassured us that it is a big possibility. 

“Personally, I’d have a hard time resisting putting all these guys in for a cameo or two every now and then,” said Gilligan.

Currently, AMC is tentatively planning for the premiere of “Better Call Saul” to be set sometime between August and October of 2014.

“Better Call Saul” Series Moves Forward

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A few months ago we reported that a “Breaking Bad” spinoff was in the works for everyone’s favorite criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman. AMC recently confirmed that the project is definitely moving forward and (for the moment) is titled, “Better Call Saul.” Continue reading “Better Call Saul” Series Moves Forward