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August 11th, 2014

Writer-producers Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould took questions from reporters at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills on Friday. Here’s what we learned:

The series regulars and their confirmed character names joining Bob Odenkirk: Jonathan Banks as Mike Erhmantraut, Michael McKean as Chuck, Rhea Seehorn as Kim, Patrick Fabian as Hamlin and Michael Mando as Nacho.
Better Call Saul is set in 2002 — six years before Saul meets Walter White in Breaking Bad.
Funny enough, that the events in Breaking Bad started in 2008 is also new information, Gilligan said, noting that the original show never specified what year it took place. “I hesitate to say it, but it is indeed a period piece,” Gilligan said.
Yet the show will definitely jump around in time, as has been widely reported. “I think the best way to answer this and not get yelled at is you saw from Breaking Bad that we like non-linear storytelling and jumping around in time,” Gilligan said. “I would point you in the that direction, that anything that’s possible in Breaking Bad is possible in Better Call Saul.”
Saul Goodman’s name in Better Call Saul is not yet Saul Goodman. When we meet Odenkirk’s character, he’s actually known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer hustling to make ends meet and working with Mike. The series will track Jimmy’s transformation into Saul Goodman.
McKean plays Goodman’s brother. “So we have these two comedy legends working together,” Gould noted.
The show will not copy Breaking Bad’s neo-Western visual style. “Peter came with an idea book of frame grabs from classic movies, like The Conformist, we talked a lot about Kubrick,” Gilligan said. “We’re doing our damndest to make it as different as possible. It’s important that this not look like a carbon copy of Breaking Bad.”
Walter White will only show up if it makes sense: “If it makes sense we’ll do it, if it doesn’t make sense we won’t,” Gilligan said. “I’d love to have him as a director … character wise, who knows? Maybe there’s a way to do it.”
There’s a chance fan-favorite villain Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) could return: “There’s always a chance, yeah,” Gilligan said. Added Gould: “… there’s so much to be said about Gus — although in the series it always seemed to me that Saul didn’t know Gus directly. He knew a guy who knew a guy.”
The reason Better Call Saul was pushed from fall to early 2015: “I am slow as mud as a TV writer,” Gilligan said. “We had a pace on Breaking Bad thanks to AMC that was deliciously stately … we have a way of doing things that’s slower than most tv shows … because we want to think everything through and we think that pays dividends.”
Some Breaking Bad directors are returning: After Gilligan’s premiere, Michelle MacLaren (Game of Thrones) will direct episode 2, Terry McDonough (who directed the first Saul episode of BrBa) directs episode 3 and Colin Bucksey (four episodes of Breaking Bad) helms episode four and Adam Bernstein (Fargo) has episode 5.
Better Call Saul is set to premiere in early 2015. As previously announced, Gilligan directed the first episode of the first season, which will consist of 10 epiosdes. The second season will consist of 13 episodes.
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Recently Bryan Cranston ruled out a Walter White return on Better Call Saul but he'd like to direct an episode.
You can watch here the first teaser.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced its nominees for the 66th Annual Emmy Awards, and Breaking Bad garnered the most Outstanding Drama Series nominations for Basic Cable and the most nominations in the series’ history with 16, including three-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston for Lead Actor, two-time Emmy winner Aaron Paul for Outstanding Supporting Actor and a second consecutive nomination for Emmy Award winner Anna Gunn for Outstanding Supporting Actress. Vince Gilligan was nominated for Outstanding Directing and Writing for the Season 5, Episode 16, “Felina” and Moira Walley-Beckett was nominated for Outstanding Writing for the Season 5, Episode 14, “Ozymandias.” The series also garnered nominations for Michael Slovis for Outstanding Cinematography as well as nominations for Casting, Single Camera Picture Editing, Sound Editing, Sound mixing, Makeup and Prosthetic Makeup.
Breaking Bad‘s challengers in the category for Outstanding Drama Series include HBO’s Game of Thrones, Netflix’s House of Cards, PBS’s Downton Abbey, HBO’s True Detective, and AMC’s very own Mad Men.

Bryan Cranston was recognized in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category. His competition includes Kevin Spacey (Netflix’s House of Cards), Jeff Daniels (HBO’s The Newsroom), Woody Harrelson (HBO’s True Detective), Matthew McConaughey (HBO’s True Detective) and Jon Hamm (AMC’s Mad Men).

Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn are also nominated for Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Drama Series, respectively. Aaron Paul is up against Jim Carter (PBS’s Downton Abbey), Peter Dinklage (HBO’s Game of Thrones), Josh Charles (CBS’s The Good Wife), Mandy Patinkin (Showtime’s Homeland) and Jon Voight (Showtime’s Ray Donovan) for the award.

Anna Gunn will contend against Maggie Smith (PBS’s Downton Abbey), Joanne Froggatt (PBS’s Downton Abbey), Lena Headey (HBO’s Game of Thrones), Christine Baranski (CBS’s The Good Wife) and Christina Hendricks (AMC’s Mad Men).
For a complete list of Breaking Bad’s Emmy nominations, check out the Television Academy’s press release here.
The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be broadcast live Sunday, August 25 at 8/7c on NBC.

April 19th, 2014

The prequel to Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul is expected to shoot in Albuquerque and the New Mexico extras and background Casting Company is now casting for the show’s extras.

If you would like to be considered for the part send in a current photo of yourself. Keep in mind the photo must be in color and must contain the following information:

Include your availability, your name, contact information, height, weight, age, the city you live in as well as the make, model, year and color of your vehicles.

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February 13th, 2014

Aaron Paul is about to be interviewed on CBC Radio. Unfortunately licencing means that non-Canadians can't listen to CBC Radio online during the Olympics, but they keep recordings of the interviews on their website. The program is Q with Jian Ghomeshi.

January 13th, 2014

As I'm sure everyone is already aware, Bryan Cranston and Breaking Bad were both victorious at this weekend's Golden Globe Awards for, I believe, the first time each. BOOM!!!! Aaron Paul was pipped for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama by Jon Voight (Ray Donovan).

Full list of the winners.

Golden Globes 2

Golden Globes

January 9th, 2014

I'm having something of an impromptu Walter White Appreciation Moment over at my journal if anyone else is feeling the pinch of Breaking Bad Withdrawal (surely that's in the newly published DSM-V, yes?!) and would like to join me!

The original prompt for my entry was 'Top Ten Walter White Moments of 2013', but feel free to share whatever the hell you want in the comments. THE MORE THE MERRIER, TBQH, COMRADES!


Link goes to the entry at my journal...

December 3rd, 2013

Can one of you lovely fan-people please tell me which episode this scene is from?


I have spent the better part of my evening searching for screen caps, but can not for the life of me find one of the scene I am after. I really should have just come here and asked at the beginning! (Not that spending the evening looking at BrBa screencaps is bad or anything!!)


November 19th, 2013

I know most people have probably seen these floating about somewhere already, but just in case you haven't; and also so we can have them saved here at the comm. for posterity:

"Goodnight, Scarface."

Alternate Ending

"I like to call it something better, and leave it at that."

Aaron and Bryan read the final script

Bryan and Aaron
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