"Breaking Bad" finished its run last year on a high note, bring the whole bloody affair together in a thrilling, emotionally satisfying conclusion that made fans happy (and yet still hungry for more). Thankfully, AMC quickly green lit the first season of "Better Call Saul," a spinoff/prequel series that "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan had been talking about for years (but was finally able to turn into a reality). Yesterday AMC (via Vulture) announced that they had prematurely picked the series up for a second season, even though a single episode had yet to air. But, you must take the good with the bad and AMC also announced that the first season would be pushed back until 2015.
While AMC president Charles Collier, in a written statement, said that the network "could not be more proud of nor more excited about the work to date," a few weeks ago Gilligan was publicly second-guessing his decision to go forward with the series, and noted that they were already desperately behind schedule. So it might not be all daffodils and blue crystal meth in the world of "Better Call Saul," which sees Bob Odenkirk reprising his role as shady lawyer Saul Goodman from the TV series.
Another, equally startling announcement was that Gilligan has signed on as co-showrunner of the series, after initially stating that, after the pilot, he'd take a much more hands off approach, instead leaving the series in the very capable hands of Peter Gould, a producer and writer on "Breaking Bad" who helped create the Saul Goodman character. It's unclear what prompted Gilligan to reinvest in the series, other than a whole bunch of money, but AMC provided a photo of Gould, Gilligan, and Odenkirk on a dusty Albuquerque location, and quite honestly that image alone is enough to quell a whole bunch of fears.
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