AMC Eyes ‘Breaking Bad’ Spinoff Toplined By Bob Odenkirk

Breaking Bad Spinoff Saul GoodmanAs AMC‘s Breaking Bad is heading into its final eight-episode run this summer, the network and series producer Sony TV are exploring keeping the franchise alive with a spinoff series centered on one of Breaking Bad‘s most recognizable supporting characters, Bob Odenkirk‘s unflappable criminal lawyer Saul Goodman. There are no deals in place yet as the project is in its nascent stages, but I hear it is being conceived by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and series writer-producer Peter Gould, who created the Saul character together for a Season 2 episode written by Gould. In the episode, titled “Better Call Saul“, Walt (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul) hire the flamboyant Goodman after Badger (Matt L. Jones) is caught by the DEA. Goodman, who has been a regular presence on the show since, is a sleazy but highly competent criminal lawyer with a penchant for over-the-top TV commercials in which he uses his signature tagline “Better Call Saul!” Saul has served as Breaking Bad‘s comic relief, which is not surprising given Odenkirk’s strong comedy background. As a result, I hear the potential spinoff is eyed as a comedy, which could be one-hour, but a half-hour format also is being explored.

The idea for the potential spinoff had been gestating for awhile, with Gilligan mentioning it hypothetically in the past. “I would love to see a Saul Goodman spinoff,” he said in a July 2012 interview. “I like the idea of a lawyer show in which the main lawyer will do anything it takes to stay out of a court of law. He’ll settle on the courthouse steps, whatever it takes to stay out of the courtroom. That would be fun — I would like that.”

Comments (73)

  • Omigod no. Please no.

    Comment by Rebecca — Tuesday April 9, 2013 @ 12:32pm PDT  
    • Agreed.

      Comment by Justin — Tuesday April 9, 2013 @ 1:07pm PDT  
    • Care to elaborate?

      Comment by Rock — Tuesday April 9, 2013 @ 3:05pm PDT  
      • Probably not. These Crazy Internet People are cowards who just sign on to slam everything they see, and then they take off, usually never to return. Like so many people on the planet, they’re just taking up space. ;-)

        Comment by TV Gord — Tuesday April 9, 2013 @ 4:14pm PDT  
      • Not the OP, but I’ll elaborate: His character is not an appealing lead. He’s funny in small doses but, like every character Odenkirk plays, by the time his scene is finished, I find myself glad he’s gone and wishing he wouldn’t come back. EVERY. TIME. Basing a show around a character like that would diminish the “brand” of Breaking Bad.

        Comment by Russ Burlingame — Tuesday April 9, 2013 @ 5:11pm PDT  
    • Don’t fucking watch it, then!!

      Comment by Alessandro — Tuesday April 9, 2013 @ 4:48pm PDT  
      • AMEN my brother. If you don’t care, don’t like or hate this idea, get your ass off the lazzyboy and change the fucking channel.

        Jesus, that is what is wrong with this fucking town. Too many critics and few people willing to put it out there to see if it clicks.

        Comment by I Got Your Back — Tuesday April 9, 2013 @ 5:59pm PDT  
  • Breaking Bad is my absolute favorite show simply because of the stellar cast, outstanding writing and direction. It is brilliant in every way and Saul, Bob Odenkirk, was a part of that brilliance! Would love to see a spinoff with him but more importantly I NEED to see season five!!! LOVE this show!!

    Comment by chloe — Tuesday April 9, 2013 @ 12:34pm PDT  
  • Wat.

    Comment by Alex — Tuesday April 9, 2013 @ 12:37pm PDT  
  • Somehow we need to get Saul on The Good Wife to go head to head w/ Elsbeth Tascioni! Hilarious!!!

    Comment by Jon — Tuesday April 9, 2013 @ 12:38pm PDT  
  • Why not simply continue BREAKING BAD?

    Comment by EK — Tuesday April 9, 2013 @ 12:39pm PDT  
    • Because they have a plan for five seasons and the best shows end on their terms, they don’t wear out their welcome.

      Comment by John — Tuesday April 9, 2013 @ 12:54pm PDT  
    • Because some shows need to resolve organically for better story.

      Comment by Because — Tuesday April 9, 2013 @ 12:58pm PDT  
    • Because some things have happened in season 5 you can’t go back from. I’m as sad as anyone else that the show is ending but 8 more sounds about right. (I could go for 10, maybe even 12, but whatever ; point being a whole other season on top of that would be milking it and taking away the “breakneck speed” quality that makes the show so appealing)

      Comment by Adoombray — Wednesday April 10, 2013 @ 2:29pm PDT  
  • Please AMC let this happen! Odenkirk is the best!

    Comment by Zachary — Tuesday April 9, 2013 @ 12:41pm PDT  
  • misdirection …..I hope

    Comment by jum — Tuesday April 9, 2013 @ 12:47pm PDT  
  • Odenkirk’s great, and I’ve been a big fan since Mr. Show, but this sounds like a bad idea. You can spin a comedy character off into a drama (Lou Grant), but spinning off Saul from a violent tv show into a comedy would be pretty jarring, even though he’s comic relief (at times).

    Comment by Ed — Tuesday April 9, 2013 @ 12:47pm PDT  
    • Ironically enough — it was Vince Gilligan who tried to do the very ill-advised and poorly conceived Lone Gunman spinoff from X-Files.

      Loved those characters as relief on the Files — absolute wretchedness when they got their own show.

      Comment by Hmmm — Tuesday April 9, 2013 @ 1:24pm PDT  
      • Where’s the irony in that?

        Comment by TV Gord — Tuesday April 9, 2013 @ 4:15pm PDT  
    • There’s precedent for taking a character from a drama series and making him the star of a half-hour comedy. NBC — more precisely, Brandon Tartikoff — took Dennis Franz’s character Buntz from Hill Street Blues and made a comedy series called Beverly Hills Buntz. Of course only 13 episodes were made, and only 9 of them were even aired.

      Comment by MoreTears — Tuesday April 9, 2013 @ 1:39pm PDT  
  • If they do this show, it should be a prequel series. That way, the great Jonathan Banks could return as Saul’s hired gun…

    Comment by Stilted — Tuesday April 9, 2013 @ 12:48pm PDT  
    • If they did a prequel, they could hire Rob Huebel as a young Saul Goodman, assuming his pilot doesn’t get picked up.

      Comment by Zachary — Tuesday April 9, 2013 @ 2:07pm PDT  
      • Hire a 43 year old as a young version of a 50 year old. Genius!

        Comment by brijazz — Wednesday April 10, 2013 @ 4:21am PDT  
  • Would give it a shot, but would rather see a prequel story on Mike and how he went from Cop to killer. Now that I would be excited to see. Call it Half Measures.

    Comment by Half Measures — Tuesday April 9, 2013 @ 12:51pm PDT  
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