AMC has ordered a 13 episode second season of their Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul, before a single episode has aired. In addition, the network has announced that Better Call Saul, initially slated to premiere in November 2014, will now debut in early 2015 alongside new episodes of The Walking Dead.
Created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, Better Call Saul tells the story of mall-based super lawyer Saul Goodman in the years before he became Walter White’s attorney. From parking tickets to mass murder, from slip-and-fall to bond fraud, Saul handles it all. The series is being produced by Sony Pictures Television and stars Bob Odenkirk & Jonathan Banks.
Gilligan, who created Breaking Bad, is directing the series’ premiere and is serving a co-showrunner alongside Peter Gould, who created the Saul Goodman character. Also set to executive produce is Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein; while Thomas Schnauz, Gennifer Hutchison, Bradley Paul and Gordon Smith have joined the writing staff of Better Call Saul, which is produced by High Bridge Productions and Gould Standard Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.
“Production on ‘Better Call Saul’ is underway and we could not be more proud of nor more excited about the work to date. We join the fans in eager anticipation for this series and today we happily confirm that our initial ‘Saul’ order is for two seasons and a total of 23 episodes,” said Charlie Collier, President of AMC. “When introducing any series, especially one with the DNA of ‘Breaking Bad,’ there are countless factors to consider in making sure the show gets the launch it deserves. We have a strong history with Vince, Peter, Bob, the studio and so many involved with this production; we are enjoying the process on ‘Saul’ and all share a focus on making it a true television event. No half measures.”