By Maurice Bobb
AMC has some great news for all those Breaking Baddicts out there still going through withdrawal: a second season of “Better Call Saul.”
The cable network announced Thursday (June 19) that it ordered an additional 13 episodes of the “Breaking Bad” spin-off starring Bob Odenkirk as scheming sleazeball attorney at law Saul Goodman before the pilot airs based on the show’s already stellar production, which is already underway.
The network also released a first-look photo from the “BB” prequel featuring director and co-showrunner Vince Gilligan and fellow “BB” alum Peter Gould on set directing Odenkirk in front of a classic black American muscle car parked in an unnamed part of the Albuquerque, New Mexico desert.
“Production on ‘Better Call Saul’ is underway and we could not be more proud of nor more excited about the work to date. We join the fans in eager anticipation for this series and today we happily confirm that our initial ‘Saul’ order is for two seasons and a total of 23 episodes,” said AMC president Charlie Collier. “When introducing any series, especially one with the DNA of ‘Breaking Bad,’ there are countless factors to consider in making sure the show gets the launch it deserves. We have a strong history with Vince, Peter, Bob, the studio and so many involved with this production; we are enjoying the process on ‘Saul’ and all share a focus on making it a true television event. No half measures.”
Additionally, the network revealed a change of the series schedule. The show, which follows the exploits of Saul before he teamed up with meth kingpin Walter White (Bryan Cranston), was slated to premiere in November, but will now debut in early 2015 with the second season airing in early 2016.
The new original scripted program will reunite cast members and writers from BB, including Jonathan Banks, who played Mike Ehrmantraut, and scribes Thomas Schnauz and Gennifer Hutchinson. New cast members joining the fold include Michael McKean, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian and Michael Mando.