It seems Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan isn’t ready to say goodbye to Walt and Jesse either.
Two weeks after smashing records with one of the most buzzed-about finales in television history – Gilligan has revealed everyone’s favourite meth makers will turn up on Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul.
Gilligan tells The Hollywood Reporter he wants BB stars Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) around for AT LEAST one cameo each over the course of Better Call Saul’s run.
Personally, I’d have a hard time resisting putting all these guys in for a cameo or two every now and then, he said.
It should be nice seeing Walt and Jesse again BEFORE they dug themselves in deep in the meth game.
Gilligan, along with Peter Gould (who created the Goodman character and will be the Better Call Saul showrunner) are slowly putting the upcoming series together.
Here’s what we know about the prequel so far:
Originally planned as a half-hour comedy, Better Call Saul will likely be stretched to an hour-long format.
It will be set in good ol’ Albuquerque, New Mexico.
While Breaking Bad was 75% drama and 25% comedy, Better Call Saul will flip this formula. 75% comedy and 25% drama. Not too surprising.
Gilligan will direct the pilot and be full-time in the writing room for at least the first season.
And now, for what you’ve been waiting for:
The showis set to debut in the late summer/early fall of 2014.
SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels finally revealed his plans for the sketch show’s news parody segment, which has been one giant question mark ever since Meyersannounced he was replacing Jimmy Fallon on Late Night. He starts the gig Feb. 24.
While he confirmed Meyers will stay on at the beginning of Season 39, Michaels also revealed he wants him to stay as Cecily’s co-anchor for as long as possible.
It turns out, the new Late Night won’t tape on Fridays, which would give Meyers some time for double-duty. In the end, it would probably all depend on how much sleep poor Seth needs to function on a weekly basis.
And guess what? There’s yet another new cast member.
Standup comedian Brooks Wheelan is the sixth addition to the cast. The other newbies are Kyle Mooney, John Milhiser, Noël Wells and AT&T commercial guy Beck Bennett.
SNL writer Mike O’Brien will also join the cast, while last season’s cast member Tim Robinson will move behind the scenes as a writer. Nice switcheroo.
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S’all good, man. When the final episode of Breaking Bad airs September 30, there’s at least one character we won’t have to say goodbye to just yet.
According to multiple online reports, AMC has greenlit Better Call Saul, a Breaking Bad spinoff featuring Walter White’s sleazy and hilarious lawyer Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk.
The spinoff has been rumoured for some time, and even BB creator Vince Gilligan has been a fan of giving Goodman his own show.
Here’s what Gilligan said in a July 2012 interview:
“I like the idea of a lawyer show in which the main lawyer will do anything it takes to stay out of a court of law. He’ll settle on the courthouse steps, whatever it takes to stay out of the courtroom. That would be fun — I would like that.”
Here’s where it gets really interesting:
The series is rumoured to be a prequel to Breaking Bad and will follow Goodman’s character before he ever met the meth-cooking high school chemistry teacher.
Does this mean we could see the return of fan favourites like, say, trusty clean-up guy Mike Ehrmantraut who was killed off last season? That’s the great thing about prequels – writers can bring the dead back to life.
Saturday Night Live will kick off its 39th season with a very familiar face.
Former SNL head writer and all-around comedy genius Tina Fey will take the helm as host when the comedy sketch show returns September 28th with musical guest Arcade Fire.
With all the new faces joining the cast this season (as many as five newbies were reportedly added to the roster) Fey will no doubt be a calming force for any first-week jitters.
And in case there is still anyone out there who wants to see more of Miley Cyrus – you’re in luck. The twerk queen herself will be host and musical guest the following week (Oct. 5) with Bruce Willis and Katy Perry rounding out the talent for Oct. 12.
On a side note, don’t forget to come back to this blog for “SNL” recaps after every new episode and then rant or rave about the show along with me.
With a new season of Saturday Night Live just around the corner, the hiring blitz to replace a slew of retired cast members appears to be over.
According to Deadline.com, the list has been narrowed down to these five: Beck Bennett, Noel Wells, Kyle Mooney, John Milhiser and current SNL writer Mike O’Brien. They are all “heavily rumoured” to be featured players on the legendary sketch show this fall.
Comedy nerds will recognize O’Brien from his 7 Minutes in Heaven webisodes, where he interviews celebrities in a closet and tries to make out with them at the end. The Paul Rudd episode is hilarious. He also had some cameos on “SNL” last season, most notably playing the greeter at the 5-Timers club with Justin Timberlake as host. He comes from Second City in Chicago.
As for Bennett, Wells, Mooney and Milhiser, they all have roots in the Upright Citizens Brigade theatre (founded by Amy Poehler) but, most importantly, they all have a fairly big internet presence (you might notice Beck Bennett from those AT&T commercials).
Bennett and Mooney are both members of the comedy troupe Good Neighbor.
The reported hirings come after Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and Jason Sudeikis all announced they would not be returning next season. Weekend Update host Seth Meyers will leave the show halfway through next season to replace Jimmy Fallon on Late Night.
Have a look at their videos and let me know what you think in the comments:
Mike O’Brien (also known as Michael Patrick O’Brien)