Just as Breaking Bad is about to wrap its run, series creator Vince Gilligan has sold a new drama series to CBS. The eye has picked up Battle Creek, a drama from Gilligan and House creator David Shore, with a 13 episode straight-to-series order.
Battle Creek tells the story of two very different detectives who are teamed up to clean up the mean streets of Battle Creek, Michigan. Sony Pictures Television – the studio behind Gilligan’s Breaking Bad and the upcoming Saul Goodman spin-off Better Call Saul – is producing the drama with Gilligan and Shore serving as executive producers.
This is the latest project for the 2013-2014 season to bypass the traditional pilot model and go straight-to-series. Earlier this week, Fox handed a straight-to-series order to Gotham, a drama series from Warner Bros. and DC which will be written by The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller and tells the story of James Gordon before he became the Commissioner of the Gotham Police Department and met Batman. That also followed on from Fox also giving a straight-to-series order to a comedy from 30 Rock‘s Tina Fey which is set at a women’s college who begin to accept male students for the very first time. That series is being produced by Universal Television, with Tina Fey, David Milner, Matt Hubbard and Robert Carlock serving as executive producers.