'Better Call Saul' Is Bringing 'Breaking Bad' Gang Back Together

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Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014 02:00 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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"Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan appears to be slowly bringing the gang back together for the show's spinoff prequel "Better Call Saul" when the series premieres on AMC in November.

Deadline.com reported Monday that Jonathan Banks will join "Better Call Saul," recreating his "Breaking Bad" character Michael "Mike" Ehrmantrat, an investigator/fixer for criminal attorney Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk.

The series will focus on Odenkirk's character before he became the attorney for "Breaking Bad's" main character Walter White.

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Banks was introduced during the Season 2 finale of Breaking Bad" and lasted 2.5 seasons before he was killed off by White, played by Bryan Cranston, in Season 5. The celebrity website wrote that Banks' character was a former Philadelphia police officer, head of corporate security at Los Pollos Hermano and enforcer for White's meth rival Gustavo Fring.

Banks was nominated for an Emmy in 2013 for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series for his role as Ehrmantrat, according to IMDb.com.

"Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan told The Hollywood Reporter that the show's fans will likely see numerous stars from the show making guest appearances on "Better Call Saul."

"We are plugging away on 'Better Call Saul' – in our fourth week in the writers' room on that – and (executive producer) Peter Gould and I will be hitting up all these wonderful actors for cameos at some point," Gilligan told The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month. "We have to figure out how to work that out, story-wise."

Gilligan will be hoping for the same magic with "Better Call Saul" that made "Breaking Bad" a critical and rating success, even though the spinoff will be more of a comedy compared to its dramatic original.

Cranston won his first Golden Globe earlier this month for his lead role in as White, the murderous, meth-dealing chemistry teacher.

Deadline.com reported that Odenkirk and Banks are the only actors signed up for "Better Call Saul" at this point. Deadline reported that Cranston and Aaron Paul, who played White's uneasy sidekick Jesse Pinkman, both expressed interest in taking part in the spinoff in some form.

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