AMC Orders Season 2 of ‘Better Call Saul’ … But Bumps the Premiere to Next Year

AMC’s Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul (still unclear if that’s the actual title), has begun filming, and it’s going well! Well enough that, in addition to the 10-episode first season, the network has ordered a 13-episode second season. Pause to react …

OK. So there’s also a strange, disappointing facet of this story: AMC has pushed Better Call Saul’s premiere date from this November to early 2015. All together now …

“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,” said AMC president Charlie Collier. “We have a strong history with Vince [Gilligan], Peter [Gould], Bob [Odenkirk], 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.”

The Hollywood Reporter writes that The Walking Dead will take Saul under its highly rated Sunday-night wing in both the first quarter of 2015 and 2016. The scheduling bump means AMC has nothing new to premiere for the rest of 2014, making Halt and Catch Fire the channel’s final original series debut of the year. THR’s report also says Gilligan will play co-showrunner with Gould, which is news. Until recently, Gilligan’s master plan was to direct the pilot and be part of the writers’ room for Season 1, leaving the lead completely to Gould.

So far Better Call Saul is set to feature Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks (BrBa’s Mike Ehrmantraut), and the Christopher Guest veteran Michael McKean. Those three — along with Gilligan and Gould — should still be enough to keep us on the positive side of anticipation. Now we can all enjoy a nice holiday season free of Albuquerque-style tension, and come back fresh for Saul Goodman’s early adventures in 2015.

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Zach Dionne is a staff writer for Grantland.

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