Better Call Saul

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Better Call Saul
GenreDrama
Black comedy
Created by
StarringBob Odenkirk
Jonathan Banks
Michael McKean
Rhea Seehorn
Patrick Fabian
Michael Mando
Composer(s)Dave Porter
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s)Vince Gilligan
Peter Gould
Mark Johnson
Melissa Bernstein
Location(s)Albuquerque, New Mexico
CinematographyArthur Albert
Running time60 minutes[1]
Production company(s)Sony Pictures Television
Broadcast
Original channelAMC
Original airingFebruary 8, 2015 (2015-02-08)
Chronology
Related showsBreaking Bad
External links
Website
 
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For the Breaking Bad episode of the same name, see Breaking Bad (season 2).
Better Call Saul
GenreDrama
Black comedy
Created by
StarringBob Odenkirk
Jonathan Banks
Michael McKean
Rhea Seehorn
Patrick Fabian
Michael Mando
Composer(s)Dave Porter
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s)Vince Gilligan
Peter Gould
Mark Johnson
Melissa Bernstein
Location(s)Albuquerque, New Mexico
CinematographyArthur Albert
Running time60 minutes[1]
Production company(s)Sony Pictures Television
Broadcast
Original channelAMC
Original airingFebruary 8, 2015 (2015-02-08)
Chronology
Related showsBreaking Bad
External links
Website

Better Call Saul is an upcoming American drama television series scheduled to premiere on AMC on February 8, 2015.[2] The series was created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, and is a spin-off of Gilligan's Breaking Bad.[3] Set in 2002, it focuses on the life of small-time lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) six years before his appearance on Breaking Bad, though events during and after the original series will also be explored.[4]

Production[edit]

Conception[edit]

In July 2012, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan hinted at a possible spin-off series focusing on Goodman.[5]

In April 2013, the series was confirmed to be in development by Gilligan and Gould; the latter wrote the episode that introduced the character.[6] In a July 2012 interview, Gilligan said he liked "the idea of a lawyer show in which the main lawyer will do anything it takes to stay out of a court of law" including settling on the courthouse steps.[7]

Development history[edit]

By July 2013, the series had yet to be green-lit.[8] As negotiations with AMC and Breaking Bad production company Sony Pictures Television continued, Netflix stepped in to provide web syndication.[9] Gould serves as showrunner and Gilligan directed the pilot.[10] Former Breaking Bad writers Thomas Schnauz and Gennifer Hutchison joined the writing staff, with Schnauz serving as co-executive producer and Hutchison as supervising producer.[11] In December 2013, Netflix announced that the entire first season will be available for streaming in the U.S. and Canada after the airing of the first season finale, and in Latin America and Europe shortly after the U.S. series premiere.[12]

In developing the series, the producers considered making the show a half-hour comedy,[6] but ultimately chose an hour-long format more typical of drama.[7] In October 2014, Odenkirk called the show "85 percent drama, 15 percent comedy."[13] During his appearance on Talking Bad, Odenkirk noted that Saul was one of the most popular characters on the show, speculating that the audience likes the character because he is the program's least hypocritical figure, and is good at his job.[14] Better Call Saul will also employ Breaking Bad '​s signature time jumps.[15]

As filming began on June 2, 2014[16] Gilligan expressed some concern regarding the possible disappointment from the series' turnout, in terms of audience reception.[17][18]

On June 19, 2014, AMC announced that it renewed the series for a second season of 13 episodes to premiere in early 2016, with the first season to consist of 10 episodes, and that the series premiere had been delayed to early 2015.[19] The first teaser trailer debuted on AMC on August 10, 2014, and confirmed its premiere date of February 2015.[20] In November 2014, AMC announced the series would have a two-night premiere; the first episode will air on Sunday, February 8, 2015, at 10:00 pm (ET), and then will move into its regular time slot the following night, airing Mondays at 10:00 pm.[2]

Michelle MacLaren and Bryan Cranston are slated to direct episodes.[21][22]

Better Call Saul is filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where Breaking Bad was also filmed.[23]

Casting[edit]

Bob Odenkirk portrays titular character Saul Goodman in Better Call Saul, reprising his role from Breaking Bad.

Bob Odenkirk stars as Saul Goodman, the titular character of the show. In January 2014, it was announced that Jonathan Banks would reprise his Breaking Bad role as Mike Ehrmantraut and be a series regular.[24] Aaron Paul announced having had "serious talks" with Gilligan for possible guest appearances,[25] but later told The Huffington Post it was not going to happen.[26] Dean Norris, another Breaking Bad alumnus, announced that he would not be appearing, partly due to his involvement in the CBS series Under the Dome.[27] Anna Gunn also mentioned a "talk" with Gilligan over possible guest appearances.[28]

Michael McKean, who previously guest starred on an episode of Odenkirk's Mr. Show, was cast as Saul's brother Chuck.[4][29] The cast also includes Patrick Fabian as Hamlin, Rhea Seehorn as Kim, and Michael Mando as Nacho.[4] Two uncast characters are simply described as "twin skateboarders" named Zak and Luke.[30] In October 2014, Kerry Condon was cast in an unknown role.[31] In November 2014, it was announced that Julie Ann Emery and Jeremy Shamos had been cast as Betsy and Craig Kettleman, described as "the world's squarest outlaws."[32]

Cast and characters[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Neal, Sean (September 11, 2013). "Breaking Bad's prequel spinoff about Saul Goodman is basically a go at AMC". The A.V. Club. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Roots, Kimberly (November 20, 2014). "Better Call Saul Gets Two-Night February Premiere on AMC". TVLine. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ Cornet, Roth (September 11, 2013). "Breaking Bad Spinoff Series Better Call Saul Confirmed". IGN. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Friedlander, Whitney (July 11, 2014). "‘Better Call Saul’: Cast, Timeline Details and New Photos". Variety. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Comic-Con Q&A: Vince Gilligan on 'Breaking Bad'". Deadline.com. July 15, 2012. Retrieved July 19, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (April 9, 2013). "AMC Eyes ‘Breaking Bad’ Spinoff Toplined By Bob Odenkirk". Deadline.com. Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (September 11, 2013). "‘Breaking Bad’ Saul Goodman Spinoff A Go At AMC, Will Serve As Prequel To Original". Deadline.com. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  8. ^ Molloy, Tim (July 2, 2013). "Breaking Bad Creator Vince Gilligan: Saul Goodman Spinoff Moving 'Full Speed Ahead'". The Wrap. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  9. ^ Guthrie, Melissa; Rose, Lacey (September 18, 2013). "How AMC Almost Lost Breaking Bad Spinoff Better Call Saul to Netflix". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 12, 2014. 
  10. ^ Snierson, Dan (October 16, 2013). "Vince Gilligan talks 'Breaking Bad' spin-off 'Better Call Saul'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 12, 2014. 
  11. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (December 20, 2013). "‘Breaking Bad’ Writers Join ‘Better Call Saul’ Staff". Variety. Retrieved January 12, 2014. 
  12. ^ Gibson, Megan (December 17, 2013). "Netflix Will Stream Breaking Bad Spinoff Better Call Saul". Time. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  13. ^ Sandberg, Bryn Elise (October 27, 2014). "Bob Odenkirk on 'Better Call Saul': "It’s Total Drama"". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 21, 2014. 
  14. ^ Talking Bad. Episode 3. August 25, 2013. AMC.
  15. ^ Snierson, Dan (December 31, 2013). "'Breaking Bad' creator Vince Gilligan on the finale, 'Better Call Saul' and his acting debut on 'Community'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 4, 2014. We think, by and large, this show will be a prequel, but the wonderful thing about the fractured chronology we employed on Breaking Bad for many years is the audience will not be thrown by us jumping around in time. So it's possible that we may indeed do that, and we'll see the past and perhaps the future. 
  16. ^ O'Neal, Sean (June 3, 2014). "It’s time to begin overanalyzing the first Better Call Saul set photos". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  17. ^ Toomer, Jessica (June 3, 2014). "Vince Gilligan Admits His 'Breaking Bad' Spinoff Might Be A Mistake". The Huffington Post. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  18. ^ Roberts, Katie (June 3, 2014). "Vince Gilligan Says 'Better Call Saul' Might Be a 'Mistake'". Moviefone. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  19. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (June 19, 2014). "'Better Call Saul' Renewed for Second Season by AMC; First Season Pushed Back to 2015". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  20. ^ Hooton, Christopher (August 11, 2014). "Better Call Saul: First teaser trailer shows younger Saul, confirms release date". The Independent. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  21. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 11, 2014). "Director Michelle MacLaren Inks HBO Deal". Deadline.com. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  22. ^ Stern, Marlow (August 1, 2014). "Bryan Cranston on Walter White’s Future, Directing ‘Better Call Saul,’ and Hillary 2016". The Daily Beast. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  23. ^ Christine (June 2, 2014). "‘Breaking Bad’ prequel ‘Better Call Saul’ begins filming in Albuquerque, NM today!". On Location Vacations. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  24. ^ a b Kenneally, Tim (January 27, 2014). "‘Breaking Bad’ Prequel ‘Better Call Saul’ Enlists Jonathan Banks". The Wrap. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  25. ^ Pearson, Ryan (March 9, 2014). "Aaron Paul wants in, Dean Norris out for ‘Better Call Saul,’ the ‘Breaking Bad’ spinoff". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  26. ^ Whitney, Erin (June 13, 2014). "Aaron Paul Offers Two Different 'Better Call Saul' Scenarios For Jesse Pinkman". The Huffington Post. Retrieved June 13, 2014. 
  27. ^ Dekel, Jonathan (July 3, 2014). "Dean Norris says appearance on Better Call Saul unlikely: CBS, exec Les Moonves ‘won’t let me do it’". The National Post. Retrieved July 3, 2014. 
  28. ^ Dos Santos, Kristin (May 13, 2014). "Anna Gunn Coming to Breaking Bad Spinoff? Star Reveals There's Been Talk—Plus, Why We're Dying Over Gracepoint!". E! Online. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  29. ^ Friedlander, Whitney (April 30, 2014). "Michael McKean Joins ‘Breaking Bad’ Prequel ‘Better Call Saul’". Variety. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  30. ^ Friedman, Roger (April 3, 2014). "Exclusive: "Breaking Bad" Sequel "Better Call Saul" Intro’s New Characters". Showbiz 411. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  31. ^ a b Kelly, Aoife (October 1, 2014). "Irish actress Kerry Condon scores role in 'Breaking Bad' spin-off 'Better Call Saul'". The Independent. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  32. ^ a b c Birnbaum, Debra (November 12, 2014). "‘Better Call Saul’ Adds Julie Ann Emery and Jeremy Shamos to Cast". Variety. Retrieved November 12, 2014. 
  33. ^ Frizell, Sam (July 12, 2014). "AMC: Better Call Saul Will Be Set in 2002". Time. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  34. ^ Neuman, Clayton (April 30, 2009). "Q&A – Bob Odenkirk (Saul Goodman)". AMC. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 

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