'Breaking Bad' Spinoff Greenlit at AMC

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September 11th, 2013

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via press release:

AMC AND SONY PICTURES TELEVISION STATEMENT
ON Breaking Bad SPINOFF

NEW YORK, NY, Sept. 11, 2013 – AMC and Sony Pictures Television confirmed today that they have reached a licensing agreement for a spinoff of Vince Gilligan’s landmark AMC/SPT series Breaking Bad. As conceived, the new series is based on the show’s popular Saul Goodman character with the working title Better Call Saul. Plans call for Saul to be a one-hour prequel that will focus on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman character before he ever became Walter White’s lawyer.

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About AMC
Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, AMC brings to its audience something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network reigns as the only cable network in history ever to win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, and boasts the most-watched drama series in basic cable history with The Walking Dead. AMC’s original drama series include Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Hell On Wheels and Low Winter Sun.  The network recent greenlit two new drama series, working titles Halt & Catch Fire and Turn, both of which will be premiering in 2014.  AMC also explores authentic worlds with bold characters through its slate of unscripted original series like Comic Book Men, Small Town Security, Talking Dead, Talking Bad and Freakshow. AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel, and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Something More.

About Sony Pictures Television
Sony Pictures Television is one of the television industry’s leading content providers, producing and distributing programming worldwide in every genre including comedy, drama and reality series, telefilms and theatrical releases, for every platform.  SPT is a leader in local language production around the world with 19 production companies outside the US, and also sells SPE-owned formats in approximately 88 countries.  SPT's worldwide television networks portfolio includes 124 channel feeds, which are available in 159 countries reaching more than 800 million households.  Additionally, SPT owns multiplatform video service Crackle and is a part owner of GSN, 3net, FEARnet, and ITN Networks, Inc.

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  • joel

    How about a classroom-based sitcom prequel called Welcome Back, Walter. Using the hilarity of personal insults, the liberal use of helium, and explosive mishaps, a wacky chemistry teacher mixes up life lessons for his students.

  • TerryJacksonNYC

    I’m not excited about it either, John A, but the answer is clear: Breaking Bad didn’t start to grow until after they were starting to figure out how to wrap up the plot. Just to get this far, that had to stretch 16 episodes to well over 24 months. Then they added Talking bad as a way to make extra cash, using their successful Talking Dead model. It’s all about money. And it’s all about which characters could work without making it about Walt.

    I imagine a few characters that we know will make it into the show, at least if it were done well. Mike would make it easily, as would Gus and maybe even Hank. The problem with these characters is that they’re all played by actors who currently have work on other shows.

    We’ll see what happens; nothing at all might come of it. In the meantime, it’s a little dose of extra publicity for Breaking Bad. The only criticism I have thus far is the title, which makes sense, but seems a little too sitcom-driven. Even if it’s a “dramedy,” it still comes from the Breaking Bad world and that is one we know too well. Saul’s character has a lot of defense mechanisms that come across as funny, but they all have to have come from very dark places.

  • steve

    This is either going to be great, or terrible. Hard to see it falling anywhere in between.

  • CarlosEnriqueNYC

    “Better Call Saul” will surely be a treat. Every single character was wonderful in Breaking Bad. I’m so sad to see it to. “Breaking Bad; surely the best television show ever written !

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