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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