News Briefs: AMC Is Mulling a Breaking Bad Spinoff Starring Saul Goodman

By Tim Surette

Apr 10, 2013

BETTER CALL SAUL NEWS

... Well, I had hoped for a Walt Jr. spinoff featuring the young White cruising across the country in his illegally purchased sports car and blogging about breakfasts, but this will have to do. AMC is reportedly thinking about spinning off Breaking Bad, with wheeling-and-dealing scummy lawyer Saul Goodman (played by the excellent Bob Odenkirk) at the center. The show would be a comedy, and potentially run an hour long. Apparently Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and writer Peter Gould are behind the project (good sign!), and they've been thinking about it for some time now. The idea has been met with skepticism according to my Twitter feed, but count me in as interested because I love Bob Odenkirk and if Saul brings Huell along with him, this could be fun. Would you rather have another docu-drama reality show from AMC instead? [Deadline Hollywood]


RATINGS! BASKETBALL VS. DANCING! AD GUYS AGAINST FANTASY STUDS!

... Last night's championship game of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament between the Louisville Cardinals and the Michigan Wolverines was up 12-percent over last year, averaging 23.4 million viewers and hitting a 7.5 among adults. The game hurt ABC's Dancing With the Stars, which posted its worst ratings for a performance show ever (a 2.0 rating among adults). Next up for ABC: Playing Basketball With the Stars! [New York Times / Deadline Hollywood]

... The second episode of Game of Thrones' third season and the Season 6 premiere of Mad Men went head to head on Sunday, and it was bad news for Don Draper. Despite premium-cable HBO appearing in approximately one third as many homes as AMC, about 4.3 million watched the 9pm airing of Game of Thrones, compared to the 3.4 who tuned in for Mad Men. Keep on reading, Don! [New York Times]


BUSINESS TIME

... Starz is developing a drama series set during the Vietnam War called Airborne. It's described as a coming-of-age story about a helicopter crew as they get shot at. Gideon Yago, who was once one of those MTV News guys, is writing the script. [Deadline Hollywood]

... A&E has placed an order for 10 episodes of Those Who Kill, a new crime drama starring Chloe Sevigny and James D'Arcy. The show is based on a Danish series about a detective (Sevigny) who tracks down serial killers and suspects that her stepfather may also be a serial killer. D'Arcy will play another detective who gets dragged into Sevigny's character's personal investigation. Look for it in 2014. [A&E via press release]

CASTING NEWS

... CBS's Elementary has found its Irene Adler in Game of Thrones' Natalie Dormer. Dormer, who plays Margaery Tyrell in the HBO drama, will take on the role of Sherlock Holmes' big love interest from his past. Dormer will start her three-episode arc on May 9. [CBS via press release]

... The Sopranos vet Michael Imperioli is joing Showtime's Californication in a major recurring role. He won't be a detective or a gangster for like the first time ever; instead, he'll play an aging television producer who helps out Hank Moody. [Showtime via press release]

... NBC is actually serious about this Chicago Fire spin-off! The show, about cops in Chicago, cast its first two actors for the proposed series. Clint Eastwood's son Scott will play a hunky police officer, and Lost vet Tania Raymonde will play a sexy lady cop. You can get your first look at them in the Season 1 finale of Chicago Fire on May 15. [TV Line / TV Line]

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  • gtbell Apr 13, 2013

    How I long for original script ideas. Is there anything on TV that hasn't been done before?

  • mrjimmyjames Apr 11, 2013

    It's nice to see more attempts at spinoffs. I've long thought that there weren't enough of them; they wrongly get a bad reputation and many have gone on to be some of the greatest shows of all time. I still can't believe the Everybody Loves Raymond spinoff didn't go through and that Frasier could run as long as it did without a spinoff. What a waste! It's nice to see spinoffs that aren't simply "franchised" carbon copies like CSI: Miami or Law and Order: SVU. What's important is that you go to enough lengths to create a well thought through idea (like Frasier) as opposed to lazy-ing it up the creative process and assuming people will watch the show because it's connected to the parent (like Joey).

  • mrjimmyjames Apr 11, 2013

    Sure, I'm skeptical but I'm all for it. Saul Goodman is outstanding and I want more of the character; by the end we will have not gotten enough. It's not as if we have anything to lose by making this show. Bob Odenkirk is a guy who has made you go "this guy has way too much talent just to be guest starring on things".

  • WavSlave Apr 10, 2013

    Love Bob Odenkirk. Love Saul Goodman. Hate this idea for a show.

  • Marburg66 Apr 10, 2013

    It's always better leaving people wanting more. When BB ends, that should be the true end of it. That said, I'd still watch a Saul spinoff in spite of the franchise milking.
    Fat, jumpsuit, self-parody Las Vegas era Elvis was still Elvis. & I'd have liked to see that too

  • Dudekotka Apr 10, 2013

    I want Breaking Bad to be its own thing, I want it closed down.

    Can't you just create a show where Odenkirk is a lawyer, hangs out with David Cross, and it has no ties to Breaking Bad? Or just another season of Mr. Show or something?

  • LarissaPeixot Apr 10, 2013

    I thought Chicago Fire got cancelled.

  • fweak Apr 10, 2013

    Any series with Bob Odenkirk as the lead is going to be hilarious and awesome! Airborne and Those That Kill have some serious potential.

  • emmiegirl Apr 10, 2013

    TYPO Heads up: "Michael Imperioli is joing Showtime's Californication" Imperioli is joining? Still sounds good to me. I worried the series was finished after that season finale.

    Saul Goodman show sounds awesome. Hopefully they can convince Kevin Nealon to take up a part, because those two guys onscreen together would be mind-blowing.

  • torque_smacky Apr 10, 2013

    If lukewarm tapioca ratings are what NBC really desires, I have the perfect solution: Chicago Fire spinoff, starring JAY LENO.

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