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

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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.

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."

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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