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by Alison Willmore
September 11, 2013 4:19 PM
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'Breaking Bad' Spinoff Series 'Better Call Saul' is Actually Happening

Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman in 'Breaking Bad' Ursula Coyote/AMC

Vince Gilligan has been talking about a "Breaking Bad" spin-off series centered around Saul Goodman since last year's Comic-Con. The project's gone from something that sounded a lot like a joke, to something more serious, to something actually serious, with discussions being had between Sony Pictures Television, which produces "Breaking Bad," and AMC, which airs it.

Today, the two companies confirmed that they have reached a licensing agreement for the project, which will be an hourlong prequel series with the working title "Better Call Saul." The new series will be based on Saul, the shady, billboard-loving lawyer played by Bob Odenkirk in "Breaking Bad," and will focus on the evolution of the character before he met Walter White -- so, room for Giancarlo Esposito to return as Gus Fring?

The announcement sent out by AMC and Sony today was a little vague, but Buzzfeed's Kate Aurthur confirms that "Better Call Saul" indeed has gotten a series order, with no separate pilot being made. The Hollywood Reporter's Lacey Rose adds that the reason the announcement was made as a licensing deal is that the talent/producer deals have not been finalized, though they seem inevitable at this point.

Three more episodes remain of "Breaking Bad."


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  • viola | September 12, 2013 2:53 PM

    Better Not Call Saul. Why he worked in BB was he came in short, comic relief bursts. An extended show may not carry this character. There is a reason for support characters, they function extremely well as support. That's why some comedians who do well at sketches, bomb at doing half hour sitcoms. It's a joke spread too thin.