Better Call Saul sent a greetings card of sorts from the set in the form of a video behind-the-scenes teaser and it was posted not only on AMCs Internet site but on their official YouTube channel titled, AMC. The only people who may not know who Saul Goodman is have either been hiding under a rock for the last six years or never felt the urge to watch Breaking Bad (2008 – 2013) on television or Netflix, or even iTunes. Bob Odenkirk played the savvy lawyer to Bryan Cranston’s Walter White, aka Heisenberg and Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman a sort of three muskateers scenario without out the fourth unless counting Giancarlo Esposito’s Gus Fring as the temporary additional musketeer.
This criminal lawyer who specialised in helping criminals with their various shady dealings and outright against the law shenanigans was last seen in a basement with Walter having decided to “vanish” himself to Nebraska. As Saul headed toward the state best known for cattle and wide open spaces viewers knew that the lawyer would not be coming back. AMC and Vince Gilligan however, had other plans.
Bob Odenkirk, who plays Saul, wears many hats and one of the biggest has been that of writer. Working on Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Ben Stiller Show, and the list goes on. The 52 year old one man entertainment cottage-industry also has 103 credits under his belt as an actor. After his long stint as the funny and somewhat caustic Saul Goodman, Bob worked on the small screen adaptation of the Coen Bros cult classic Fargo as Bill Oswalt, the tunnel visioned police chief. Now he is returning to the Breaking Bad verse in Better Call Saul, which is a prequel, a BH if you will (Before Heisenberg) and AMC have just sent a greetings teaser from the set of the new show.
Better Call Saul is set in Albuquerque, New Mexico the same location as the Breaking Bad show but the time period is before Walter White decides to become the biggest meth kingpin in New Mexico history. Anyone who ever watched the Vince Gilligan story of a mild mannered likeable chemistry teacher turned scary criminal adored the Saul Goodman character with his cheap “Better Call Saul” television commercials.
The prequel is all about how Saul McGill, the lawyer changed his name to Goodman, got his start and became the man he was in Breaking Bad when Jesse introduces him to Walter White. According to Odenkirk, the new show is about 85 percent drama and 15 percent comedy. The show is in one hour increments and will focus on Goodman although Jonathan Banks is returning as Mike Ehrmantraut along with some other familiar faces as other actors reprise their roles in Better call Saul.
Gilligan has been cagey in terms of who will and will not be returning for the odd cameo. The rumor that Walter and Jesse may eventually have a turn or two in front of the camera on the spinoff has not been completely ruled out. Dean Norris, however, will most likely not be coming back as Hank Schrader, White’s brother-in-law, as he has gone on record as saying he does not reprise old roles. On top of that, the actor will still be trapped in the ABC series Under the Dome for at least one more season. Better Call Saul is due to start on AMC in 2015, until then, here is the “greetings from the set teaser” from the network to whet your appetite for the real thing.
By Michael Smith