‘Better Call Saul’ Gets 2015 Premiere, Early Season 2 Renewal

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Bob Odenkirk as Saul in Breaking Bad Better Call Saul Gets 2015 Premiere, Early Season 2 Renewal

We’ve got both some good and bad news for fans of Breaking Bad‘s resident criminal lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk). First, the bad news. Contrary to previous reports, AMC’s spin-off/prequel series Better Call Saul will not in fact premiere in 2014. Instead, early 2015 has been chosen for Saul’s 10-episode debut season.

Now, the good news, which just might make up for the delay. Better Call Saul has already been renewed for a 13-episode second season, guaranteeing that fans will get to spend at least 23 more hours in Vince Gilligan’s twisted version of New Mexico.

While a specific premiere date has yet to be set, AMC has confirmed that Better Call Saul will be paired up with The Walking Dead (and its sister show Talking Dead) in both the first quarter of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016. Walking Dead’s usual pattern is airing 8 episodes from mid-October to early December, then airing 8 more episodes from mid-February to late March. This would put Saul’s likely debut date sometime in February 2015, possibly March at the latest.

On the surface, Better Call Saul doesn’t exactly seem like a natural partner for The Walking Dead. After all, the former is a comedic crime/legal drama, and the latter is a dark, grim, post-apocalyptic horror story. It’s hard to get much further apart in genre than that. That said, Walking Dead is the most watched scripted series in all of television among the prized 18-49 demographic. AMC would have to be nuts to not try and use that platform to promote Saul. Expect the network to run plenty of ads for Saul during the first half of Walking Dead’s fifth season, and maybe even have Odenkirk appear as a guest on Talking Dead. AMC clearly wants Saul to be a huge hit, and they have no bigger recruiting tool than Robert Kirkman’s zombie opus.

Jonathan Banks from Breaking Bad Joining Better Call Saul Better Call Saul Gets 2015 Premiere, Early Season 2 Renewal

Joining the always hilarious Odenkirk in Saul’s regular cast will be fellow Breaking Bad vet Jonathan Banks, reprising his role as professional fixer Mike Ehrmantraut. As if bringing back a fan favorite character wasn’t enough of a casting coup, also entering the mix is comedy veteran Michael McKean, who’ll play rival lawyer Dr. Thurber. Few comic actors can trade lines with Bob Odenkirk without being outclassed, but it can be easily argued that McKean is one of them. The rumor mill has also suggested that Aaron Paul will put in some type of appearance as Jesse Pinkman, although that has never been officially confirmed in any way by AMC.

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan is set to direct Better Call Saul’s first episode, and will then share showrunning duties with Peter Gould. That arrangement makes perfect sense, as while Gould created the Saul Goodman character during his time as a writer/producer for Breaking Bad, he has no experience holding the top job on a show. If year one goes well, don’t be surprised if Gilligan bows out completely, handing the reins fully over to Gould.

Breaking Bad was a cultural phenomenon quite unlike most cable dramas. Will Better Call Saul repeat its success? AMC better hope so, as they now have Saul Goodman’s services on retainer for the next two years.

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Better Call Saul premieres in the first quarter of 2015. It has already been renewed for a second season.

Source: Variety

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  1. Good news, interested in this show.

    But how will they do it with WD/TD? it would be smart to air this right after Walking Dead and then do Talking Dead live after Saul.

    Would be the smartest way to get the most viewers for the show but then TD probably suffers cause its not right after Walking Dead.

  2. I don’t see how they can do a show unless it takes place b4 breaking bad cause Saul changed hi identity and went off the grid but can’t wait to see it

    • It has been confirmed as a prequel.

  3. Very promising sign that.they renewed this. Very promising.

    • Promising in what way? What if season 1 is crap (although that never hurt any of Chuck Lorre’s terrible shows surviving past the first season)?

      I really don’t like this US network practice of renewing things for another season until the first season has proven itself because it means a horrendous show is guaranteed another season at least. Then you get the practice of renewing for another season after 1 episode (or none in this case) while others aren’t given a chance to play out for their entire season before cancellation.

      Honestly, Hollywood and US networks and the way they work make me wonder if they’re not schizophrenic because a lot of the decision making honestly makes no sense whatsoever.

      • I’d rather shows get renewed early on that way we dont have to worry bout a show ending after one season and leaving things open and fans get screwed.

        This way we know we get 2 seasons atleast.

      • …it’s not unlike the creators of a film suggesting, before the movie is even released, that there will be a franchise, e.g., The Equilizer, most recently. It’s all hype, until the commodity proves or disproves itself.

      • Its promising because TV execs dont renew a show that hasnt even aired unless the test audiences have reacted very positively to it as well as leadership having faith it will be.a.hit. I mean even Marvel Agents probably the biggest TV show premier in years had to sweat out the first season before a renewal because it was crap and they knew it.

      • How about you just don’t watch anything from a US Network if you have such a problem with it. just a thought.

        • Dazz’s anti-US attitude is well known here. Lately, it has not surfaced so much, but every once-in-awhile, it still shows itself in his comments.

  4. Thats not a very intelligent statement! Thats like saying “if you dont like marvel recasting the hulk, why dont you just stop watching movies?”
    Just a thought

  5. Well, I was excited for the show starting this fall but waiting until early next year isn’t all that bad so no big deal IMO.

    As for the early renewal I’m not that surprised but it’s a good sign. They have been shooting for a little while now so AMC must really like what they are seeing.

    AMC also needs another hit. Sure The Walking Dead is a ratings juggernaut but their most recent new series haven’t fared well at all and with Mad Men ending next year the pickings are getting pretty slim.