Here’s what we learned about ‘Better Call Saul’ at the TV press tour


Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman in the pilot episode of “Better Call Saul,” AMC’s “Breaking Bad” prequel that will debut in 2015. (Ursula Coyote/AMC)

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. — “Better Call Saul,” AMC’s new “Breaking Bad” prequel starring Bob Odenkirk as the shifty and inventive Albuquerque attorney Saul Goodman, is coming along, but you better not look for it this fall, the network announced Friday afternoon at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour.

The show’s premiere, originally planned for November, has been pushed to early 2015. “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan and executive producer Peter Gould, who are still busy at work on “Better Call Saul,” said the schedule change will ensure quality of the show’s first season, which is 10 episodes, but it will also give them more breathing room to write and produce “Better Call Saul’s” already-ordered second season, which will be 13 episodes.

Other tidbits revealed to critics and reporters Friday:

• It’s a prequel, as we all know. “A period piece,” Gilligan said. How far back in time is it set? 2002, if you call that a period. But Gould and Gilligan reminded critics how much they and their writers love to jump around on the timeline.

• Michael McKean will play Saul Goodman’s brother, Chuck. Other cast members (some previously announced) include Jonathan Banks (as Mike Erhmantraut, the fixer from “Breaking Bad”) Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian and Michael Mando. New characters, according to an AMC press release, “will represent both legitimate and illegitimate sides of the law.”

• Will we see some other memorable characters from the “Breaking Bad” universe? Perhaps Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito), as one reporter suggested? Don’t rule it out, producer Gould said, but keep in mind: “Better Call Saul” is going to be its own show and not merely a vehicle for bringing back a parade of favorites.

• Filming of episode 3 (out of 10) wrapped Friday in Albuquerque. Work on episode 4 begins Monday.

 


Bob Odenkirk, left, as Saul Goodman and Michael McKean, who plays his brother in “Better Call Saul.” (Ursula Coyote/AMC)
Hank Stuever has been The Post's TV critic since 2009. He joined the paper in 1999 as a writer for the Style section, where he has covered an array of popular (and unpopular) culture across the nation.
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