CBS Green Lights Detective Show ‘Battle Creek’ from ‘Breaking Bad’ Creator

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After five incredible seasons, AMC’s groundbreaking drama Breaking Bad is finally coming to an end – in perhaps one of the biggest and most highly-anticipated finales of all time. With Breaking Bad concluding, creator Vince Gilligan has already begun work on his next TV drama.

CBS has announced a new detective drama series entitled Battle Creek. The show will be produced by Gilligan, Breaking Bad producer Mark Johnson, and House creator David Shore. The new series gets its name from the mean streets from where the show is based off; Battle Creek, Michigan. The plan is for Gilligan to direct the pilot for his detective drama that was developed over ten years ago.

The show has received a 13 episode order for the 2014-2015 season. If schedule permits, Vince Gilligan would not only produce the show, but also helm the project. This is great news for fans of Gilligan’s Breaking Bad, which, according to the last episode’s ratings, is around 6.6 million people. With the show ending this Sunday, it would only make sense for Gilligan to get another series prepared to fill the void left by Walt and Jesse. Even better, this means Gilligan will be working on two different series on separate networks.

We may never see another TV antihero as ruthless as Heisenberg, but audiences will still get to see the misadventures of one of its most beloved characters. AMC has already announced its plans for a Saul Goodman spin-off series titled Better Call SaulThe prequel series is being kept under wraps, but it is safe to say that Bob Odenkirk will reprise his role as the slimy ‘criminal’ lawyer. Gilligan and writer Peter Gould (who came up with the character of Saul Goodman) are expected to co-run the spin-off series.

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A drama centered on two detectives sounds like an interesting choice for the creator of some of the best criminals to ever grace the small screen. Although the plot of Battle Creek looks awfully familiar to a similar show about to air on HBO called True Detectives, fans could still look forward to seeing a few new shows from the creator of one of the most well made and gripping dramas of the last decade.

Will you give Battle Creek a chance when it airs, Screen Rant readers? Let us know in the comments.


Breaking Bad concludes this Sunday @9pm on AMC.

Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more Better Call Saul and Battle Creek news as it becomes available.

Source: Variety, Washington Post

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  1. The creator is amazing and it has two front line actors that will absolutely bring flavor and uniqueness to the cast. @joshduhamel is one of my favorites here along with the creator, and I feel Dean Winters is a really nice fit to Josh. CBS picks the best shows hands down lately, this was just voted one of the TOP 10 shows to watch this fall. I look forward to it! #BATTLECREEK

  2. Hummmm I’ve. Live here all my life storys i know !!!

  3. I left battle creek, mi several years ago. one of the best things I ever did.

    • I left Battle Creek 50 years ago. Haven’t ever felt bad about it!!

  4. I lived in Battle Creek for 7 years. There’s a few positive things about the town, but after the car industry tanked, the city is pretty depressed. I have a house there I’m lucky enough to rent. I can’t sell it because there are so many houses in foreclosure right now. I hope this show uses more than just the name of the town. If the makers of the show actually went there, they would find plenty of stories for the writers to work with. A story about how many of the empty houses get broken into and by whom would be interesting.

  5. I don’t know, sounds similar to Low Winter Sun, a gritty detective drama filmed in Detroit and broadcast on a network like AMC which seems like it can do no wrong…and it didn’t make it after all. Battle Creek does seem to have better actors, though, and Vince Gilligan as its creator, so this could be really good. Guess we’ll find out soon.
    P.S. The HBO show was called True Detective.

  6. Mean streets of Battle Creek? my question is have they ever been there? Since I used to live there I’m watch to see how real it is but I’m not see a long lasting show about Battle Creek Michigan. But it will be nice to look a Jason again on primetime

  7. If producers are going to make a show about Battle Creek…they have GOT to tell the story of “Break it down Bob”… for those of you out there from the BC area.. especially those who want to share stories…. dont tell me you don’t know about the well dressed, dancing wonder who entertained me many times cutting a rug up and down capital ave NE… best dancing bum show I ever saw and he was there all the time!!! 8 can’t believe they are making a show about BC…. they better make sure the characters complain of the smell of fruit loops… there is all kinds of funny plays on the stench of the cereal… I’m sure that would be a riot!! I cannot wait to see the show!!!.. #breakitdownbob

  8. I definitely have to watch this show. I am a native of Battle Creek, MI. I saw the promo for the show last night, and couldn’t believe what my ears were hearing and my eyes were watching. This show will put Battle Creek on the map because many people have no idea it exists. It is the home of Kellogg cereals and Post cereals.

  9. Well, watched it…sort of. Actually fell asleep, but not after I saw the ridiculous beginning with tasers that did not work, etc. Really? I suspect the BCPD has tasers that work just fine. And guess what? BC actually has their own forensic department which you would never know from this show. Disappointed; it’s boring and stupid.

    Just goes to show you Hollywood’s prejudices and arrogance.

  10. Saw first Battle Creek. Clever writing, wonderful characters and acting. I hope it doesn’t stray…

  11. Am enjoying Battle Creek. Having lived in Kalamazoo for 30 years, it’s fun to watch the opening credits with the shots of various parts of BC. The only comment I would make so far is that in Michigan we drink pop and bake with soda.

  12. PLEASE change that gawd-awful theme they’re trying to pass off as music. We have to watch the entire intro on mute

  13. I just watched episode three and I won’t be watching anymore. I am not giving ratings to a show about. Cop who puts chipdren in peril and is dishonest and breaks all the rules. At this time in our country we need cops and detectives that are good role models.

    You two men are in my books absolutely brilliant. This show “BATTLECREEK” is unbelievable and I can’t wait each week for the next episode to come on. I just love the mixture of story lines you have delivered so far. I worked for the police department myself as a “Civilian Clerk” in Canada for 15 years and have seen almost everything there is to see. I worked in close proximity with the police officers, courts and jails and I have to say that your show is the real deal. It has a bit of everything in it. I don’t know where that Dean Winters (Russ Agnew) actor came from but he should be getting a gold star and some kind of “OSCAR” or “EMMY” award just for his performance alone. That guy himself is a total genius and truly has fabulous acting capabilities. I would be in a long line up all day just to get his autograph. I also have seen lots of Josh Duhamel (Milt Chamberlain) and we already know that he is wonderful. The lovely, beautiful and refreshing actress Holly (Aubrey Dollar) adds a flair to the show as well. I love all the characters you’ve chosen as they go so well together and each contributes to the show in his or her own way. That one scene you did with Kal Penn (Detective Fontanelle) with his problem of migrane headaches and the part in the van with the snitch where they were both indulging in the pot had me in tears of uncontrollable laughter. Please keep this show going and keep up the great work guys because this is a real winner you have on your hands.

    Sincerely yours,
    A completely satisfied viewer

    • Wow, Julie. You must be related to the writers or work for CBS, lol.

  15. I grew up in Battle Creek lived in the Verona area went to Verona school and battle Creek Junior high. My great uncle and dad had the stewart laundry and another uncle had the blue ribbon laundry.. I worked for new York Central Rail Road. It is a small town but a nice town I lived on Fairview Ave just off from East Ave. it has been 50 years or more since i have been there. But was nice when i was growing up there. wished they would film the show there.