Fans of a beloved television series may find it hard to let go when their favorite shows end, and often clamor for more. But are extra episodes or spinoffs ever really a good idea?
That's a question that "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan is currently struggling with as he preps "Better Call Saul," a "Bad" spinoff series that will feature several characters from the dearly departed AMC show. Gilligan aired out his worries during a recent showrunners roundtable discussion moderated by The Hollywood Reporter, delving into his mindset as "Saul" begins production.
"It opens you up to a lot of fears, like, is this gonna be 'Frasier' or is it gonna be 'After M*A*S*H'?" Gilligan said, citing two spinoff series that represent opposite ends of the success spectrum. (For the record, "Frasier" was a huge hit with viewers and critics; "After M*A*S*H," not so much.)
"I don't know yet," the showrunner continued. "Honest to god, I don't know. If it's 'After M*A*SH' rather than 'Frasier,' it won't be for lack of hard work and wishful thinking and a lot of smart people doing their best, but you just don't know until the world takes it."
Gilligan said he's trying not to dwell too much on his anxiety about "Saul" -- "I keep using the expression, 'Gotta get back up on the horse,'" he told THR -- but admitted that recent delays in the writers room have him thinking about the worst case scenario.
"I am worried ... it may turn out it was a mistake to do this," Gilligan said. "But there's time to worry about it a little bit, but not fixate on it at this point."
Here's hoping both naysayers and Gilligan's own neuroses are proven wrong.
[via: The Hollywood Reporter, h/t HuffPost Entertainment]