Ever since September of 2013 when AMC announced the pickup of a Breaking Bad spinoff titled Better Call Saul, starring comedian Bob Odenkirk, many have wondered just what the exact genre in which the series would fit. After all, Odenkirk supplied a lot of comic relief portraying his lawyer Saul character on the otherwise dark Breaking Bad. Odenkirk is also one of the most celebrated and well-respected writers, actors and creators in the world of comedy. He can currently be seen on the second season of IFC’s The Birthday Boys, a sketch series he also produces and he was the co-creator (alongside David Cross) of cult favorite Mr. Show.
In the end, Odenkirk says the hour-long Better Call Saul is a lot like Breaking Bad in tone. It’s total drama, man, Odenkirk told The Hollywood Reporter, before specifying, “It’s 85 percent drama, 15 percent comedy.” When Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould began writing the Better Call Saul, it seemed it would be a 30-minute comedy but that changed rather quickly.
Odenkirk also confirmed that while Better Call Saul will take place in 2002 – that’s before Breaking Bad’s storyline – the series will also skip around in time. Better Call Saul is set to premiere in February of 2015 on AMC. And it seems AMC already wants a second season. Also starring and recurring in the series is Michael McKean, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian and Michael Mando. Check out the show’s official site for more details.