Vince Gilligan is not about to sit around resting on his laurels after this Sunday’s series finale of the Emmy-winning “Breaking Bad.” While prequel spin-off “Better Call Saul” is basically a done deal at AMC and there’s talk of him making his first foray into film directing, Gilligan has also now gotten a series order from CBS for a detective drama called “Battle Creek” that he originally came up with over 10 years ago.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Battle Creek,” a project Gilligan originally wrote for and developed with CBS in 2002, has been greenlit for the 2014-2015 season. It’s ab out two detectives with different world views who are partnered to clean up the streets of Battle Creek, Michigan, one looking to do so with cynicism and little else, the other with trust and lots of resources. It sounds less dark than “Breaking Bad” — which is probably self-explanatory, given the network on which this new project has been set up.
Gilligan won’t be serving as showrunner on “Battle Creek,” though, schedule permitting, he may direct — instead, David Shore, the creator of “House,” will serve as showrunner and executive producer. Shore’s also coming on as a writer, and will update the decade-old pilot script.
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The series is being produced by Sony Pictures TV and CBS TV Studios, and, according to the Hollywood Reporter, will likely get a 13-episode commitment.