Are you a mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher secretly leading a double life as a ruthless drug baron? Better call Saul! But long before Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) entered his life, Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) was already well-established in his mall-based office as an outspoken man of the (law-breaking) people - with a talent for helping his clients avoid their well-deserved legal comeuppance.
This gives AMC's upcoming Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul plenty of material with which to work; with Breaking Bad having come to its conclusion earlier this year, there is already an established audience hungry for more tales from the criminal underworld of Albuquerque.
Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan recently signed a multi-year deal with Sony Pictures Television to ensure that his future brainchildren will be conceived in the warm hub of Sony TV; in keeping with this line of thinking, the company is also renewing its successful relationship with digital streaming service Netflix. Sony TV today announced that the first season of Better Call Saul will be available exclusively on Netflix in Europe and Latin America shortly after the episodes air on AMC.
In the U.S. and Canada, Better Call Saul will be made available to Netflix members after its season finale airs on TV. Sony and Netflix are staying pretty cozy with this one, as no other television subscription services will be getting the series. The fact that it will be available online so soon after its airing on TV is good news for Netflix users who don't have basic cable or who prefer to watch shows on the go.
While Better Call Saul will likely feature a tonal blend of humor and very dark subject matter, Gilligan has said that the show isn't just going to be "Breaking Bad 2.0," and will instead have a "different energy" and be "fresh and new." There's certainly room to turn Better Call Saul into a kind of uber-dark sitcom, though they can probably leave the laugh track out.
Better Call Saul will premiere on AMC in 2014.
Source: Sony Pictures Television
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