If you miss Breaking Bad, you’re not alone – AMC misses it so much, they’re making a spin-off in the form of Better Call Saul, which, as you probably guessed, follows the legendary lawyer who brought so much to the original series. It was first believed that this new show would be a prequel to the events of Breaking Bad, but now it turns out that’s not 100% true, so we may actually have a chance to see the return of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman.
From NY Daily News:
Executive producer Peter Gould says that the show will feature scenes that move back and forth over several decades, including the era where Walter White cooked and sold crystal meth. Initially, fans believed that the show would take place only in the 1980s and focus just on Saul, the wacky lawyer (played by Bob Odenkirk) who first appeared on “Breaking Bad.”
“One of the great things about having a time line which is flexible is that perhaps some of it takes place before ‘Breaking Bad,’ during ‘Breaking Bad,’ and after ‘Breaking Bad’. That gives us the ability to bring back characters that were killed on ‘Breaking Bad,’ ” he says.
Gould admits he and his team feel “enormous pressure” to produce the same kind of quality and and boffo ratings achieved by “Breaking Bad.”
Still, while he wants Cranston to join the show, or at least guest-star, he is adamant that the show will not stand or fall on Walter White’s return. Frederick M. Brown Bryan Cranston’s participation in the spinoff is sought but is not crucial to show’s success, says producer Peter Gould.
“We want to make a show that stands on it own, is its own story and is a brand extension,” he said.
“We think we have a story that is worth making. … We could never dream of the kind of success that ‘Breaking Bad’ had and the love we got from the fans. But (with ‘Saul’) at a certain point you have to do the best job you can and tell the best story that entertains you, get a good response and hope people like it.”
Nice! I do think that Walter’s story reached the only inevitable conclusion during the series finale, so I like the idea of shifting the focus a bit, and I think Saul Goodman has enough meat to him as a character that he could carry his own show – albeit with a completely different tone than Breaking Bad had, given his goofiness.
What do you think? Will you be watching Better Call Saul come fall?
July 2, 2014 at 6:00 am by Jennifer
Breaking Bad put together an “alternate ending” that got leaked online and promptly pulled. I have “alternate” in quotes because I don’t think this was ever meant to be a serious ending. Basically, they pulled a Newhart. If you have no idea what that means, it means that Bryan Cranston‘s character, Walter White, was dreaming the whole series, and that when he woke up, he was Hal, his character from Malcolm In The Middle. In case you missed it, here’s a more detailed description from USA Today:
In the clip, Hal wakes up and recounts the nightmare to his wife, Lois, played by Jane Kaczmarek. He says that he dreamed he was bald, had a hot blonde wife and cooked meth. He described Dean Norris’ Hank Schrader as “look(ing) like the guy from The Shield,” and Aaron Paul‘s Jesse as “a little guy, a waif, a man-child, (a) kid who always looked like he was wearing his older brother’s clothes.”
After Hal goes back to sleep, the camera pans out to show a black porkpie hat that’s in the bedroom. It is, indeed, quite similar to the one Heisenberg wears.
It sounds a million times funnier than the Jesse Pinkman/Obama SNL skit.
Guys, I miss Breaking Bad. Anyone else?
November 18, 2013 at 4:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
This story makes me all happy inside. Sir Anthony Hopkins had a marathon Breaking Bad viewing (little late, but I guess it’s never too late for a great show like BB) and was so blown away by Bryan Cranston‘s performance that he sent him a gushing fan letter. He says Cranston’s performance as Walter White is “the best acting I have ever seen — ever.” Hollywood Reporter posted the letter in full. Here it is:
Dear Mister Cranston.
I wanted to write you this email – so I am contacting you through Jeremy Barber – I take it we are both represented by UTA . Great agency.
I’ve just finished a marathon of watching “BREAKING BAD” – from episode one of the First Season – to the last eight episodes of the Sixth Season. (I downloaded the last season on AMAZON) A total of two weeks (addictive) viewing.
I have never watched anything like it. Brilliant!
Your performance as Walter White was the best acting I have seen – ever.
I know there is so much smoke blowing and sickening bullshit in this business, and I’ve sort of lost belief in anything really.
But this work of yours is spectacular – absolutely stunning. What is extraordinary, is the sheer power of everyone in the entire production. What was it? Five or six years in the making? How the producers (yourself being one of them), the writers, directors, cinematographers…. every department – casting etc. managed to keep the discipline and control from beginning to the end is (that over used word) awesome.
From what started as a black comedy, descended into a labyrinth of blood, destruction and hell. It was like a great Jacobean, Shakespearian or Greek Tragedy.
If you ever get a chance to – would you pass on my admiration to everyone – Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Aaron Paul, Betsy Brandt, R.J. Mitte, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Steven Michael Quezada – everyone – everyone gave master classes of performance … The list is endless.
Thank you. That kind of work/artistry is rare, and when, once in a while, it occurs, as in this epic work, it restores confidence.
You and all the cast are the best actors I’ve ever seen.
That may sound like a good lung full of smoke blowing. But it is not. It’s almost midnight out here in Malibu, and I felt compelled to write this email.
Congratulations and my deepest respect. You are truly a great, great actor.
How many times have you ever seen a performance that you loved that made you want to reach out to the actor/musician/whatever and let them know? Closest I’ve come is a drunken tweet to them. A perk of being “Tony Hopkins” I guess.
The pressure is really on for the Breaking Bad spinoff starring Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul.
October 14, 2013 at 4:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Bryan Cranston‘s character in Breaking Bad, Walter White, goes from a mild mannered father and science teacher to a full-blown, territorial, horribly frightening, murdering meth king. And I’m sorry but if you didn’t know that by now, that’s really not a spoiler and not my fault. Welcome to 2013. It’s…okay. My point to all of this is that maybe he channels this character so well because he’s been in that dark place. He once fantasized about killing his psycho ex girlfriend. But like, really thought about it. Planned it out. Which is a lot more than Patrick Bateman did. That guy was all about impulse! From GQ via Us:
I envisioned myself killing her. It was so clear. My apartment had a brick wall on one side, and I envisioned opening the door, grabbing her by the hair, dragging her inside, and shoving her head into that brick wall until brain matter was dripping down the sides of it.Then I shuddered and realized how clearly I saw that happening. And I called the police because I was so afraid. I was temporarily insane — capable of doing tremendous damage to her and to myself.
I wonder then what he the hell he used to channel wacky Hal from Malcolm In The Middle? Talented guy. Such range. Such great murder tips. OH BUT as for WHY he wanted to kill his drug addicted ex, it’s because he felt threatened and scared. She would leave these charming voicemails:
I’m gonna kill you. I’m gonna cut your balls off. I’m gonna have your dick sawed off.
It wasn’t until she randomly showed up at his apartment in NYC that he went to the murder place.
Looking forward to Breaking Bad! And on a happier note, Cranston got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today (above). No splattered brain matter in sight!
July 16, 2013 at 4:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Bryan Cranston‘s messenger bag was stolen from his car, containing his iPad and meth. So much meth. Kidding, it was a script for Breaking Bad. The show is in its final season and is shooting now and I guess someone out there just couldn’t wait to know what happens. KOAT Albuquerque (the show is filmed in Albuquerque) has the details:
Lead actor Bryan Cranston reported someone broke his car window and took a shoulder bag which had his iPad and a copy of his “Breaking Bad” script on March 1, according to the criminal complaint.
Court documents reveal one of Cranston’s employees, Taryn Feingold, was contacted by a confidential informant. That informant detailed a local bar conversation, where a man was bragging about how he broke into a vehicle at the Sandia Crest, and had an iPad and script from the “Breaking Bad” series.
Xavier McAfee was arrested Saturday for the burglary, according to arrest records.
The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office said the script hasn’t been recovered and the investigation is ongoing.
However it’s too late; some of the script was already leaked online. It turns out that Heinsenberg really isn’t at the top of the drug ring after all…it’s none other than Willy Wonka. Hank was right!!!!
That is also not true.
March 25, 2013 at 3:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Whoa! Sweet kicks, Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston!
Cranston wore these radical Chuck Taylors to the Independent Spirit Awards, and everyone seems even more impressed by them than even Bryan Cranston does. Like, even Bill Macy seems jealous.
You, too, can dress just like Bryan Cranston! His Breaking Bad custom-printed hi-top Chucks, designed by Jon Defreest, are a steal at US$85 (although Cranston was given his for free). (In the meantime, I wear a size 4 or 4.5, thank you.)
You can also snag some badass Dexter or Walking Dead Converse sneakers, depending on your viewing habits and allegiances.
(Photo gallery via Buzzfeed.)