You have to wonder what AMC’s motives are behind finally giving the go ahead for the Breaking Bad spinoff following the exploits of cheesy criminal lawyer Saul Goodman. Is it that Breaking Bad is coming to an end in just a matter of weeks and the cable network is looking for a series to fill the void it will inevitably leave behind? Or is it due to the recent decision to cancel The Killing a second time – just as the struggling series was finding its sweet spot – and needing to make up for it? Or does AMC just think a series spun off from Breaking Bad will be a hit and run for years and years?
You could argue for any of these reasons and I’m of the mind to think they all play a part in the final decision to go with the spin off, tentatively called Better Call Saul. THR reported AMC had reached a licensing agreement with Sony Pictures Television and was just waiting on final deals to be made with actor Bob Odenkirk, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, and executive producer Peter Gould before getting a formal series order. Without Breaking Bad, The Killing, and, after the conclusion of its upcoming seventh season, Mad Men, AMC will be short three dramas. Better Call Saul would be a blessing to have.
The show will be an hour-long prequel series, following the exploits of Saul Goodman, tracking his evolution during the days before he met Walter White and became his lawyer. Gould will serve as showrunner since he was the one who first created the character in Breaking Bad’s second season, but Gilligan will be involved as well, having help conceive of the spinoff with Gould.
Regardless of why AMC has ordered Better Call Saul, I’m excited we’re going to get more Saul Goodman. Odenkirk has been great in the role and he was all too ready to return to the character after Breaking Bad came to its conclusion. Even if AMC had passed, some other distributor would’ve picked up the series.