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'Better Call Saul' Scores Second Season Even Though First Hasn't Aired Yet

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Actor Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman.

By    |   Friday, 20 Jun 2014 11:06 AM

"Better Call Saul," the prequel spinoff to AMC's monster hit "Breaking Bad," has been renewed for a second season even though the first season hasn't even hit airwaves yet.

AMC's order for 13 more "Better Call Saul" episodes has no set premiere date other than 2016, Variety reported this week. The network also recently pushed back the air date for the opening season of the show to 2015.

"Production on 'Better Call Saul' is underway, and we could not be more proud of, nor more excited about, the work to date," AMC president Charlie Collier said in a statement Thursday. "We join the fans in eager anticipation for this series, and today we happily confirm that our initial Saul order is for two seasons and a total of 23 episodes."

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The series stars Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman, the clever, low-rent New Mexico criminal lawyer, and tells the story of his life before he became entwined with the "Breaking Bad" characters.

Collier went on to say that "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul" creator Vince Gilligan, character mastermind Peter Gould, and Odenkirk are proven entities in the AMC universe and the network was comfortable with the additional commitment to the series.

"When introducing any series, especially one with the DNA of 'Breaking Bad,' there are countless factors to consider in making sure the show gets the launch it deserves," Collier continued in his statement. "We have a strong history with Vince, Peter, Bob, the studio, and so many involved with this production; we are enjoying the process on Saul and all share a focus on making it a true television event. No half measures."

Variety reported that the show will have a heavy "Breaking Bad" influence. "Breaking Bad" acting alum Jonathan Banks will also be a part of "Better Call Saul" and Michael McKean will join the cast as well. "Breaking Bad" writers Thomas Schnauz and Gennifer Hutchison, along with writers' assistant Gordon Smith, are all on board for behind-the-camera duties, stated Variety.

"Breaking Bad," which ended its five-year run last year, won the Emmy for Best Television Drama Series in 2013 and earned its lead, Bryan Cranston, a Best Actor in a Television Series Golden Globe earlier this year. In all, the series has collected 10 Emmys, two Golden Globes, and three Screen Actors Guild awards.

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"Better Call Saul," the prequel spinoff to AMC's monster hit "Breaking Bad," has been renewed for a second season even though the first season hasn't even hit airwaves yet.
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