News Briefs: Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan Has a New-ish Series in Development at CBS


MAYBE IT'S LIKE WINE AND IT GETS BETTER WITH AGE?

Breaking Bad may not be over until Walt says it's over—or at least until this Sunday—but series creator Vince Gilligan has lined up his next TV gig. CBS has ordered Battle Creek, a drama about two detectives with differing views and attitudes in Battle Creek, Michigan, to series for the 2014-2015 TV season. Along for the ride are House creator David Shore, who will serve as showrunner, and Breaking Bad alum Mark Johnson, who'll executive-produce alongside Gilligan. Interestingly enough, the project was originally developed at the network in 2002, when Gilligan was fresh off his stint on The X-Files, but apparently it was shelved because CBS knew he needed to go make Breaking Bad and ruin everyone's lives first. [Variety]


BUSINESS TIME

... Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the most talked-about new series of the fall, premiered last night to 12.1 million viewers, coming in with a 4.7 rating in the 18-49 demo. That's ABC's largest premiere in three years, and Joss Whedon's largest premiere in the history of the universe. Which is why ABC will be airing an encore of the pilot tomorrow night—Thursday, September 26—at 8pm. (In case you're wondering, NCIS pulled in 20.02 million viewers and had its third largest season-opening audience ever. What kind of voodoo magic are those kids practicing that they get that many viewers?). [Variety and ABC via press release]

... Netflix has said there's basically a 100 percent chance of us getting more Arrested Development. They just don't know what form it will take. [Reuters]

... The CW is developing Red, a sci-fi Western drama from The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller and Mentalist executive producer Tom Szentgyorgyi. The project is about the first human settlement on Mars and centers on the relationships between the town’s female sheriff, a doctor, and a criminal. Uh, that's fine and all, but Firefly was the best sci-fi Western of all time. [Deadline]

... Good news, friends, Adult Swim has launched live-streaming functionality "across all platforms," as the tech folks like to say, including online and via their iPhone and Android apps. This means you can now watch Childrens Hospital whenever and wherever you want, provided you actually have cable, or know someone who has cable and will let you log in with their TV-provider account information. [Adult Swim via press release]

... Guillermo del Toro is teaming up with The Simpsons for this year's annual Halloween episode couch gag. “Treehouse of Horror XXIV," which is scheduled to air October 6, will feature monsters and classic characters from horror films throughout history. Then, in the first part of the episode, Homer will wreak havoc on Springfield in a rhyming take on a popular children’s tale. A segment titled “Dead and Shoulders” will see Bart beheaded during a kite accident (kite safety, guys, look into it), after which his head is attached to Lisa’s body and they must learn to live as one person. And finally, in “Freaks no Geeks,” Mr. Burns has a traveling circus and that's as far as I got in reading the press release because circuses mean clowns and clowns are terrifyingly evil creatures. [Fox via press release]

... TLC has announced two new projects, Breaking the Faith and Escaping the Prophet, both about leaving the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Breaking the Faith premieres November 24 and follows eight young men and women who are trying to build a life outside the church. Escaping the Prophet premieres in December and follows ex-FLDS member Flora Jessop as she makes it her mission to take down one of the most dangerous polygamist cults in America. That seems like an awful lot of work, but good luck, lady. [TLC via press release]

... Beginning October 2, The X Factor will introduce a new ultimate showdown called the Four Chair Challenge, in which the top 40 contestants will perform and the judges will have to pick the top four acts to take with them to the live shows. The acts will then get to sit in a chair on the stage, but can be unseated at any time if someone better comes along. I've never watched the show and have no idea what this means, or why this matters, or how it's different from what The X Factor did previously. But it sounds a lot like a bizarre version of musical chairs. [Fox via press release]

... Sony is partnering with Space Expedition Corporation to send a celebrity to space. Unfortunately, it appears this is some sort of reality series and not, in fact, a one-way ticket. [Deadline]

... Robert Zemeckis has partnered with Clifton Campbell (The Glades) for Billy Ray, a new series all about Billy Ray Cyrus! Just kidding. Wouldn't that be the worst? Man. Anyway, Billy Ray, which has a put pilot commitment from Fox, is about a family whose world is turned upside-down when their child who was kidnapped as a baby returns home to them at the age of 16 after being raised by a wackadoodle. I bet Billy Ray Cyrus wishes he could push Miley off on someone else right about now. [Deadline]


CASTING NEWS

... HBO has finally given the go-ahead to Criminal Justice, a miniseries that James Gandolfini had been set to star in prior to his death. Robert De Niro will take over Gandolfini's role. Criminal Justice is about a New York attorney who's just a bit too ambitious in taking on a case involving a Pakistani accused of murder. [EW]

... The legendary Vanessa Redgrave has joined ABC's The Black Box, a new drama about a world-renowned neuroscientist played by Kelly Reilly who appears to have her crap together on the surface, but is struggling with a mental illness. Redgrave will play her psychiatrist. [TV Line]

... Rumer Willis has joined E!'s pilot Songbyrd as the sister of Bethany Joy Lenz's character, Lauren, who employs a small group of people who help her with her songwriting process. [TV Line]

... Bryan Cranston, much like Vince Gilligan, is keeping busy. He'll be reprising his role as Ted's former boss on How I Met Your Mother for one episode in the final season. Okay, so maybe he's not keeping busy so much as he's showing up for a few hours of work on a series he was barely part of to begin with. But still, more Cranston is always a good thing. Unless you're Todd or Todd's uncle. [E! Online]


GUYS, GUYS, GUYS IAN'S GOING TO BE SO PISSED

... Nina Dobrev, the star of The CW's The Vampire Diaries, is apparently dating Derek Hough, who just won an Emmy for Dancing With the Stars. Discuss. [E! Online]

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Much to Fox's dismay, the SHIELD/NCIS 1-2 punch means that nobody watched Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and less than nobody watched Dads.

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I regret not putting Dads into my Dead Pool now :(
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Battle Creek? Sounds a bit flaky to me.
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Ian vs. Derek... Yeah, Ian 150%. Both are hot, but come on... it's Ian all the way.
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I'll give Vince's show a shot. He did well with the X-Files and has knocked it out of the park with Breaking Bad.
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SHEILD was #3 for overall viewers but tied at #1 for the key demo. While the boys were watching SHIELD, the girls were watching The Voice. And their parents were watching NCIS.

From the numbers, it looks as if NCIS may have taken a small hit but generally it appears there's enough audience for both NCIS and SHIELD. However, SHIELD will almost certainly drop in numbers next week as almost all new shows do.

It's also interesting that there were about 40 torrent postings on TPB for the SHIELD pilot, with one of them reaching about 40,000 seeds. I don't know what it's overall downloads were, but with seeding that high I would guess there were more than a million downloads. (For the record I watched it on TV, at a later time.)
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Yep, it was one of the fastest downloads for a gig file I've ever seen. I don't have the greatest connection bandwidth, but that baby downloaded in under 10 minutes.
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Yes!! I downloadeded it on my 4g Google nexus and it took less than ten minutes. Global impact
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Digital piracy isn't a victimless crime, you know...

HAHAHAHAHA!
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*Cough*

Oh, but yeah, for the record I totally watched it on TV, too.
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Good debut for S.H.I.E.L.D. and I'm hoping ratings will remain steady.
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I don't really have anything insightful to add to the comments so I'll just say Derek Hough's face is weird looking and leave it at that.
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Gilligan's new project is going to get a hell of a lot of hype, but there's too little to go on from that description at this stage. I just hope that people remember as more news develops that thus far it says he created the show and will executive produce, but will not run the show, so please don't everyone go expecting another Breaking Bad!

There really, really, really, really needs to be a forum on tv.com where we can talk about television ratings, or even just the development of the Dead Pool as it progresses. I guess I'll just have to say that while as a Whedon fan I'm glad that Agents of SHIELD did well and that it also ensured The Goldbergs has good ratings, but that Lucky 7 dipped badly, which is all great news for my Dead Pool. What's not is that I didn't pick Dads (as my one that I didn't pick because everyone else picked it and I thought it could stand a chance). Apparently not against Agents of SHIELD.

The CW's Red looks cool, for some reason the description reminds me of that fairly recent episode of Doctor Who, 'A Town Called Mercy'.
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I agree about Gilligan's next show. I hope it won't be a phoning it in type thing like Chris Nolan did on Man of Steel: "The Man Who Gave Us The Dark Knight!!!"....executive produced.
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SHIELD was class. I actually might even watch it again tomorrow on Channel 4. (UK)
If I'm not out drinking that is.
20 million people watched NCIS? Really? Good God...
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Variety says this about the ratings for SHIELD: "The 4.6 rating makes “SHIELD” the top drama premiere on any network since ABC’s “V” in November 2009 — and the best for any 8 p.m. drama since “Lost” in 2004."

V? Seriously? V was actually the top drama premiere in its time?
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My father honestly looked at me like he didn't love me anymore when I suggested he watched Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D instead of NCIS.
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And I bet that was the moment you stopped loving him in return. I know I would have.
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I accept the fact that he's old and old people are into NCIS. NCIS is for real his favorite show. He watches the reruns on USA all day even though he's already seen all the episodes a million times. I do give him credit though, because even he hated NCIS Red.
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Honestly, I thought those were pretty disappointing numbers for such a highly anticipated show such as S.H.IELD. Screw those dots.

Good for DeNiro. This could be good for him.

That Simpson's episode sounds great, love me del Toro!

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1. The detectives in Battle Creek better be hunting down cereal killers.

2. When it's finally time for celebrities to get one-way space trips (hopefully headed toward the sun), please let the first lucky winner be Adam Sandler.

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Where is the Jack Coleman news? ;)
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It was in Tuesday's news.
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So Nina Dobrev is bearding now? Or maybe she always has been?
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Really? You think?
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Oh, wait, I totally get what you're saying now. Don't mind me, I'm just a bit slow but I get there eventually.
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Hehe
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Well, SHIELD is way better than NCIS. Maybe some people are just terrified of change.
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The name of that last catigory is halarious. I loled.
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As a Michigan resident and huge Breaking Bad fan, I'm certainly looking forward to Battle Creek. Maybe that will be the first CBS series I watch - I thought the honor would go to Under the Dome, but I had to cut the cord on that one after 3 episodes.
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If this Vince Gilligan pilot goes to series, I bet it's filmed in Canada, like House was, so its being set in Michigan is probably irrelevant.
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it's not voodoo, I think it just shows that the Nielsen ratings system is unbalanced and most likely has more older users... or else there's a ton of shows that should've had better ratings.

aka, Nielsen needs to go the hell away.
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I think with Nielsen, older people will take the time and do the survey and younger people may be, eh, whatever? But now with DVRs counted I think it's improving some. But seriously, there are still a lot of older people and they LOVE NCIS.
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YAY!!!!! WHEDONVERSE!!!!!!!!
That is great news about NCIS but more importantly (imo) what was the rating for NCIS LA!!!!
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Vince Gilligan...Yay! CBS... I will definitely give Battle Creek a shot, but it looks to be another procedural and do we really need more of those. Hopefully Gilligan will make it special, but personally I would have liked Gilligan to stick to cable. I cannot see how HIMYM is going to bring Hammond Druthers into the wedding setting, maybe via flashback, but regardless his character was one I enjoyed, and Bryan Cranston is never a bad thing.
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Maybe I'm missing something but where is thsi Derek Hough Emmy you speak of?
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Battle Creek? Why not Cheboygan?
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Why not Zoidberg?
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Because it doesn't have the word battle in it.
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I was hoping Vince Gilligan's next series would be on a cable network. Don't get me wrong I'll definitely be checking this show out, but I'd rather he have the freedom of a cable network instead of the limitations that come with a network series.
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Have an obsession with four-letter words they can't don't generally put on broadcast TV, do you? To me that's the main difference between something on CBS or Fox and something on TNT or FX.
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I'd say there's a much bigger difference than that. Look at the quality of the shows for starters. Shows like Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, The Wire, Sons of Anarchy, Homeland, Justified, Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, The Americans, and the list goes on and on.

Look at all the success those shows have had on cable, do you really think they would've been as great as they were/are if they had to deal with broadcast networks instead of cable ones? If they had the same restrictions on language, sex, violence, and content? If they had to fill a 22-episode order every year instead of a 10-16 episode order?

Broadcast networks release more original series, and typically spend more money, than a network like FX, AMC, or HBO. But how often do we actually see a broadcast show hit the levels that these cable networks hit with impressive regularity? Do you really think the only difference is "four letter words"?
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I happened to be walking through a room where somebody was watching Rizzoli and Isles, and the cop made a reference to "This is bull---." I also remember the early episodes of Monk and how when the show was rerun on ABC, interjections like "Jesus!" would be blipped out. Some of the content differences between broadcast TV and basic cable shows are as much a conceit as HBO claiming it's not TV.

Has there ever been a survey of TV viewers in general about how much stock they put in the need for a "big bad" or whether they distinguish between "filler" episodes vs. "mythology" episodes because I think I prefer 22 episodes with five months between clearly delineated seasons to 6 to 12 episodes with a year or two between "seasons"? Just because posters on this site place a premium on such concepts doesn't mean it's reflective of anything going on in the real world.

Admittedly, if I don't watch an episode or two of something like The Mentalist, I'm less likely to give up on the show completely if the recording gets taped over than if I don't get around to watching a recording of The Bridge, but if my time were so valuable that I couldn't be bothered with so-called filler episodes, I doubt I'd be on the Internet posting comments about TV shows.
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You make some good points. I think we just have a difference of opinion on this topic. I like a fair amount of broadcast programs, but I find cable shows to be of a higher quality and more original. That's just my take on this, and I understand where you're coming from.
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