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Better Call Saul will not be a rush job

Better Call Saul
Better Call Saul
Sony Pictures Television

Anticipation has been steadily building with regard to the Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul since the first announcement that there would likely be a new show centered around that lovably larcenous lawyer, about a year ago.

Breaking Bad mastermind and co-creator of Better Call Saul, Vince Gilligan has had a lot to say about the concept for the new show and by now we know that it will be a prequel of the BB time frame in which Walter White and Saul Goodman enter into an unholy alliance to serve their mutual monetary interests with regard to Walt's methamphetamine business. We have also learned that it will deal with the aftermath of said alliance and even include some sequences that overlap with the Breaking Bad years.

It will either be a comedy with significant dramatic elements, or a drama with a high comedic content. The balance there seems to be yet to be determined. There will be some new as well as some familiar faces besides Bob Odenkirk as the much beloved title character. (And by the way, we have recently also learned that Saul's pre-Goodman name was Jimmy McGill. A promotional billboard in New Mexico has hipped us to that factoid.)

We also know that the start date for Better Call Saul has been pushed back to sometime in early 2015. Gilligan addressed this at the annual summer meeting of TV critics tour in Los Angeles. "I am slow as mud as a TV writer. I always have been. It was my big fear when I got the job on The X Files. I had been writing movie scripts, and I didn't know if I could write at a TV pace. I still feel I'm very slow for television. We had a pace, thanks to AMC and Sony, on Breaking Bad that was deliciously stately for television, and it was nothing that they wanted," Gilligan says. "We have a way of doing things that is slower than most TV shows."

With all the multi-determined concepts involved and the elevated degree of expectations for a spinoff from one of the most highly regarded shows of recent memory, it is more than understandable that Gilligan and co-creator Peter Gould want to take the time required to get it right.

Hardcore Breaking Bad fans will be willing to wait for a show that lives up to its predecessor.