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'Better Call Saul' spinoff renewed for second season; 2015 premiere, 13 episodes

Better Call Saul” fans have reason to celebrate this week, as AMC has confirmedly renewed the spinoff show for its second season. However, there is a bit of impatient news mixed in with the good; it appears that with this ordering of a new season, the premiere of the “Breaking Bad” prequel has been moved to 2015. Variety reports this Thursday, June 19, 2014, that the cable channel confirmed a total of 13 episodes would be included, which is a step up from last time.

Better Call Saul is coming back for a second season
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For many “Breaking Bad” fans devastated by the ending of the popular TV show, hope was renewed with the coming of the prequel series, “Better Call Saul.” Although the spinoff hasn’t garnered quite as much popularity as its predecessor, the series has been anxiously anticipated by a more than considerable fanbase. Now, we viewers know that “Better Call Saul” is back for 13 more episodes; season two is coming in 2015, but a specific premiere date has not been announced just yet.

With 10 episodes established for the first season via the AMC cable channel, “Better Call Saul” will have a much better-rounded 23 episode total by the time the new season is complete. AMC did add in their recent press release that they intend on combining “The Walking Dead” with the related recap program, aptly called the “Talking Dead,” as part of its first quarter for the 2015 and 2016 year.

Nerdist News offers a bit of background on “Better Call Saul” and the prequel spinoff TV series. Perhaps most comforting is that we fans are definitely in good hands. The creator and showrunner of the excellent “Breaking Bad,” Vince Gilligan, is confirmed to be directing the premiere episode of the new show. Bob Odenkirk will be playing the titular role as the sly and cunning criminal lawyer. It is also stated that Gilligan will be working closely alongside Peter Gould, another creative “Breaking Bad” expert. (It is also notable that Gould is the main thought process behind the design of Saul Goodman’s very character.)

In related news, Jonathan Banks — fans of the show will remember him as a returning actor from the original “Breaking Bad” — will also be coming back for the spinoff episodes. As a prequel, events in this new story will actually be taking place before we meet Bryan Cranston’s iconic character, though it's safe to say some more overlap may be possible. It has also been confirmed by several sources that Michael McKean will be hopping aboard the project as a new cast member, while Schnauz and Gennifer Hutchinson are returning as well.

The coverage piece adds that “Better Call Saul” has a slew of talented writing directors and staff members on board, including Gordon Smith and Bradley Paul. The AMC series recently given the green light for a second season and set to premiere in 2015 is being produced by Gilligan, Gould, Melissa Bernstein, Mark Johnson, and Stewart A. Lyons.

Are you excited as the rest of the “Breaking Bad” fanbase about the (unfortunately still distant) release date of “Better Call Saul?” Many fellow viewers are likely happy to hear that season two has been given the go-ahead. The AMC President summed up the feelings well in a recent comment, adding that production is already in the works:

“Production on ‘Better Call Saul’ is under way and we could not be more proud of nor more excited about the work to date. 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,” said AMC president Charlie Collier. “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. 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.”