Breaking Bad Spinoff Better Call Saul, Featuring Saul Goodman, Announced

Entertainment Sep. 11, 2013 AT 4:35PM
Bob Odenkirk on "Breaking Bad" Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC

Let's hope this is more like Frasier and less like After MASH. With three weeks to go before the (inevitably epic) series finale of Breaking Bad, a spinoff for the Emmy-winning smash is officially in the works -- starring one of the dark, dark drama's lightest, funniest characters. In a Wednesday Sept. 11 press release, AMC and Sony Pictures Television announced a "licensing agreement" for Better Call Saul, a spinoff that will center around slimy (but lovable) lawyer Saul Goodman, played on the show by Bob Odenkirk.

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And lest Breaking Bad fans conjecture that this is a potential spoiler -- that Goodman will survive the expected bloodbath of the show's final three episodes -- Better Call Saul will be a "prequel," the release says, "that will focus on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman character before he ever became Walter White's lawyer."

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On Breaking Bad, bumbling, sleazy Saul serves as lawyer -- and dirty-deal maker -- to anti-hero protagonist Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a cancer-stricken chemistry teacher turned meth overlord. "Better Call Saul" is Goodman's popular slogan that appears on local benches, billboards and TV ads.

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