If you were beginning to mourn not only the fact that you’ll be saying goodbye to Walter White, Jesse Pinkman, and the madcap crew of “Breaking Bad” that includes one sneaky criminal billboard/bus bench ad lawyer better known as Saul “Better Call Saul” Goodman, I have some good news.
According to Deadline, now that AMC and Sony Pictures TV have reached a licensing agreement, a spinoff show about everyone’s favorite slimy yet incredibly street smart lawyer is a go…
The Saul character, brought wonderfully to life by comedy vet Bob Odenkirk, was created by “Breaking Bad” writer/producer Peter Gould back in season 2. Gould will be the showrunner on “Better Call Saul” (which is a working title), and this is something Gilligan’s been wanting to do since last year.
“I would love to see a Saul Goodman spinoff. I like the idea of a lawyer show in which the main lawyer will do anything it takes to stay out of a court of law. He’ll settle on the courthouse steps, whatever it takes to stay out of the courtroom. That would be fun — I would like that.”
And now, it’s happening!
Most fans recognize “Better Call Saul” from the season 2 episode of the same name where Walt and Jesse hire Saul after Badger is (stupidly) caught by the DEA and Saul’s been there ever since – doling out streetwise wisdom, keeps his clients breathing, out of trouble, and oddly enough, serving as the raison d’être at times where Walt, Jesse, or Skyler want to do things that may not be in ANYone’s best interest. And if you know “Breaking Bad,” you know that in the end, Saul is all about Saul; self-preservation at its finest.
But here’s the really interesting part: the one-hour show will serve as a prequel to “Breaking Bad.”
Like Jesse said, “When the going gets tough, you don’t want a criminal lawyer, all right? You want a CRIMINAL lawyer.”
But what was Saul like BEFORE he became the Saul we know and love? Was he on a “I really wanna help people” path or “I just wanna chase ambulances and cop cars” type of lawyer right after passing the bar? These very questions will be explored and answered in “Better Call Saul” as the show will focus on what kind of lawyer he was like before being sucked into the world of Heisenberg, Blue Sky, and, of course, dollar signs. Word is that “BCS” will be not be as bleak as “Breaking Bad” and will utilize more of Odenkirk’s comedy chops…but don’t panic, it’s not gonna be some bull**** sitcom – just a little lighter than what we’ve been experiencing these last five seasons of “BB.”
Details about when the production will start, how many episodes in the series order, or any other pertinent info about “Better Call Saul” is still mum as the details are hammered out between Gilligan, Gould and Odenkirk. Sony TV was smart to snatch this up, because once word got out, EVERYONE – including Netflix (who’s had a pretty good track record with their original series’ as of late) – wanted Saul.
Man, I can’t WAIT to see the “Better Call Saul” billboards, bus benches and promo ads like this pop-up all over Los Angeles once the show’s ready to air because if there’s one thing we do right in this town, it’s promotion.
But in the meantime, I’ll amuse myself heartily by perusing Saul’s website (which is quite snazzy)!
Stay tuned and remember…if you find yourself “Breaking Bad,” you better call Saul!
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