As production on the 10-episode Better Call Saul is getting underway in Albuquerque, New Mexico, AMC has given the Breaking Bad prequel series a 13-episode second-season order, bringing the total to 23 episodes. In other Better Call Saul news, Breaking Bad creator and showrunner Vince Gilligan will direct the series premiere. He also will co-showrun along with fellow Breaking Bad alum Peter Gould, creator of the Saul Goodman character. (The conceived Better Call Saul together.) AMC also is making a scheduling change for Better Call Saul. The series, previously slated for a November launch, will now premiere Season 1 in early 2015 and Season 2 in early 2016. Here is a first-look photo from the Sony TV-produced series, which shows Gilligan and Gould from the set, with star Bob Odenkirk (Saul Goodman).
“Production on Better Call Saul is underway and we could not be more proud of nor more excited about the work to date,” said AMC president Charlie Collier.
“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 all share a focus on making it a true television event. No half measures.” Following a blazing hot start with Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, AMC has struggled to repeat that success with its more recent entries, including Low Winter Sun, which was cancelled and the two dramas that premiered this year, Turn and Halt and Catch Fire. That has put extra pressure on expanding the Breaking Bad and Walking Dead franchises with the spinoff series AMC has in the works on both shows.