When at first you do succeed: do it again. Imitation, not innovation, was the prevailing takeaway when CBS presented its fall prospects (and one notable midseason contender) at the TCA press tour on Thursday.
Not that the network's entertainment chairman Nina Tassler had any apologies for doubling down on what works — not when a franchise like NCIS (launching its second spinoff in September) can achieve what she called the "creative holy grail" with its global dominance, or when syndication and/or streaming deals with outlets like Hulu, Amazon and WGN add to the bottom line for shows including the acclaimed The Good Wife and Elementary and the sci-fi hits of the last two summers. "These [new] platforms aren't replacing each other. They're complementing one another and enhancing the value of the content as it moves from window to window."
CBS is selling its new midseason drama Battle Creek as being the next project from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. And while it's not completely untrue, it certainly may give the wrong impression.
Gilligan wrote the script for Battle Creek — which tells the story of Detective Russ Agnew (Dean Winters) and his contentious relationship with FBI AgentMilton Chamberlin (Josh Duhamel) when the duo is forced to work together on a case — and pitched it to CBS 12 years ago. In fact, he admitted during a panel at the Television Critics' Association fall previews that it's been so long since he wrote it that he doesn't even remember how he settled on Battle Creek as the setting and title for the show.
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Now, however, CBS has dusted off Gilligan's script ...
How do you solve a problem like Saul Goodman? According to Better Call Saul showrunner Peter Gould, the question should be, "What problem does being Saul Goodman solve?"
How's this for a vote of confidence? AMC announced Thursday that it has already ordered a 13-episode second season of Better Call Saul.
The Breaking Bad spin-off starring Bob Odenkirk's slimy lawyer Saul Goodman was slated to debut in November, but will now be pushed back...
This does not bode well for the Breaking Bad spin-off.
With Better Call Saul's production almost two weeks behind schedule, creator Vince Gilligan is already starting to express concern about the prequel series.