“Better Call Saul” is expected to be such a sure-fire hit, that AMC has ordered two seasons of the show that follows the creepy, ethically vacant Saul Goodman, best known as Walter White’s lawyer in “Breaking Bad.”
AMC announced that the 10-episode first season will premiere in February. Although details are secret, it still sounds like a doozy of a story line with a young Saul Goodman (again played by Bob Odenkirk), known originally as Jimmy McGill, hustling to make a name for himself. The evil and wily “fixer” Mike Erhmantraut (Jonathan Banks), who we all came to love and hate in “Breaking Bad,” will be by his side, no doubt cracking a few heads along the way.
As far as we can tell, there’s no Walter White sighting but Michael McKean (you know him from a whole bunch of shows and movies starting with the 1970s Garry Marshall sitcom “Laverne & Shirley” – Mr. McKean played Lenny – and moving into “This is Spinal Tap” (1984), “Whatever Works” (2009) and a slew of Christopher Guest movies).
Also on tap are Rhea Seehorn (TNT’s “Franklin & Bash,” Showtime’s “House of Lies,”), Patrick Fabian (perhaps, fittingly, from the 2010 movie “The Last Exorcism” – hmmm) and Michael Mando (BBC America series “Orphan Black.”)
Of course, “Breaking Bad” creator and show runner Vince Gilligan and “Breaking Bad” writer and producer Peter Gould created the show together and serve as co-show runners of the premiere season.
Mr. Gilligan directed the first episode of the series.