Walter White's attorney Saul Goodman will get his own series on AMC after the award-winning "Breaking Bad" says goodbye forever.
"Better Call Saul" will be a one-hour series featuring actor Bob Odenkirk, who has played Goodman for several years, according to The Hollywood Reporter
"As conceived, the new series is based on the show's popular Saul Goodman character," Sony Pictures and AMC said in a joint statement. "Plans call for Saul to be a one-hour prequel that will focus on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman character before he ever became Walter White's lawyer."
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Negotiations were tense between AMC and Sony but both knew other options, like Netflix, was sitting on the sidelines if the deal was not reached, according to the Reporter.
The negotiations went down to the wire, according to the New York Times
, and no deal was in place by the time AMC's exclusive negotiating period ended. However, the period was extended and AMC and Sony concluded a deal.
Writer-producer Peter Gould and "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan came up with the spinoff idea. Gould will lead the effort with Gilligan "will remain involved" with the project.
The Saul Goodman character was introduced into the series in 2009, when White, played by Bryan Cranston, and Jesse, played by Aaron Paul, hired him to get one of their dealers, Badger, acted by Matt Jones, out of trouble.
The character, along with his "Better Call Saul" commercials, became a fan favorite.
"Breaking Bad" is closing out on a high note as it prepares to wrap up in less than a month, according to the Reporter, as the series reached a record high of 5.9 million viewers, up 102 percent, with an 87 percent surge in the key 18-49 demo.
""The entire run of 'Breaking Bad' has been remarkable and, as I've stated in the past, I don't think any TV series got out of the blocks and reached greatness faster than 'Breaking Bad,'" the Reporter's TV critic, Tim Goodman, said of the series in July.
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Odenkirk, a former "Saturday Night Live" writer made his television acting debut on the "Dennis Miller Show" in 1992, according to IMDb.com
. He has made numerous guest appearances on shows like "How I Met Your Mother," "Weeds," "Arrested Development," "Everybody Loves Raymond," and "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
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