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'Breaking Bad' spin-off, 'Better Call Saul,' with Bob Odenkirk gets green light

Of all the curious characters who have wandered through "Breaking Bad," Bob Odenkirk's portrayal of a lawyer encompassing the moral stature of a gnat has to be among the most memorable. So memorable in fact that he will now get  his own series. After many months of speculation, all mostly confirmed by series creator Vince Gilligan, AMC has now said "Better Call Saul" will indeed become a series.The statement:

   AMC and Sony Pictures Television confirmed today that they have reached a licensing agreement for a spinoff of Vince Gilligan’s landmark AMC/SPT series Breaking Bad. As conceived, the new series is based on the show’s popular Saul Goodman character with the working title Better Call Saul. Plans call for Saul to be a one-hour prequel that will focus on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman character before he ever became Walter White’s lawyer.

 This should get fans and press excited if only because it means that the universe encompassing one of TV's best-ever dramas won't completely collapse into nothingness after Sept. 29, when the last "Breaking Bad" airs. Walter may be gone...but at least Saul will still be around.   But, as always, there are questions: Will Odenkirk actually star in this? Inconceivable that he would not be part of the series, but AMC pointedly did not mention him either (I asked; AMC essentially says this is all it has today in terms of an announcement.) 

  Here's the other question: Could this almost be a comedy? Hard to imagine that, insofar as Saul is the lawyer for some exceedingly bad people. Obviously, this "prequel" would have to explore his ties to Gus Fring - and as "Revolution" fans know, Giancarlo Esposito already has a day job. But could Gus live on, so to speak, as well?

  Here's a clip of one of Saul's commercials...

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