‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘House M.D.’ Creators Team for New Detective Drama

By September 26, 2013

David Shore and Vince Gilligan

Following the overdue Emmy win for “Breaking Bad” as Best Drama Series, and with just one episode left in the hit AMC show, creator Vince Gilligan already has his eyes set on another small screen project, and he’s working with another acclaimed TV mind to make it happen.

THR reports that Gilligan is working with “House M.D.” creator David Shore on “Battle Creek,” a detective drama that has been in the works since 2002. Sony Pictures Television and CBS TV Studios are behind the news series which follows two detectives with different world views who are forced to work together.

Now that might sound pretty formulaic, but the trade adds that the two detectives find themselves confronted with the question of whether or not “cynicism, guile and deception enough to clean up the semi-mean streets of Battle Creek, Michigan, in the face of a complete lack of resources.” Or on the other side of the equation, does it take “naïveté, trust and a boatload of resources?”

Battle Creek, Michigan

That still doesn’t offer much in the vein of plot devices, but considering Gilligan and Shore are both responsible for two of the bigger, more successful dramas in the past decade, we’re going to trust them. Plus, Shore has quite the history with “Law & Order” and “The Practice.”

Gilligan has expressed interest in directing the pilot on the series which he was attached to when it first began developing ten years ago. Gilligan will executive produce the series (along with “Breaking Bad” collaborator Mark Johnson) and Shore will join him in addition to updating the pilot script and acting as showrunner. As of now, CBS is committed to 13 episodes, and that kind of deal is rare, which means they’re pretty confident they’ve got a solid new drama on their hands.

Gilligan is certainly a hot commodity right now, and while CBS isn’t the best destination for drama, their recent series like “Person of Interest” and “Elementary” have been surprisingly good and “Battle Creek” should help keep the network’s programming on the rise.

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Ethan Anderton
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