The following news item is one of three things—an example of a great television show jumping the shark, fans of a program that’s ending desperately deluding themselves into believing it will carry on in spinoff format, or some kind of misdirection by the makers of Breaking Bad to throw us off an upcoming supporting character death (specifically, Saul’s). Those are the only ways we can comprehend a Breaking Bad comedic spinoff that would feature and focus on the sleazy lawyer, Saul Goodman (as in, “S’all good, man”), who has become dangerously entangled in Walter White’s meth business.
/Film has the news—apparently AMC is toying with the idea of a Saul Goodman spinoff starring Bob Odenkirk, something Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan himself has joked about. But now that Breaking Bad is set to end this fall, AMC is likely hoping to keep the Breaking Bad universe on the air in some fashion, and Goodman is a huge fan favorite. Further, Gilligan and Breaking Bad writer Peter Gould are “fleshing out the idea.”
Gould, as /Film notes, is also the writer who wrote the Breaking Bad season two episode “Better Call Saul,” which introduced the sleazy litigator. Gilligan himself had this to say last year about a Saul spinoff:
“I like the idea of a lawyer show in which the main lawyer will do anything it takes to stay out of a court of law…He’ll settle on the courthouse steps, whatever it takes to stay out of the courtroom. That would be fun — I would like that.”
What do you think of the Breaking Bad news?