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

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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]