If you've been mourning the coming end of AMC's Breaking Bad, today's a good day: the network is moving forward with a spin-off series based around the adventures of Walter White's attorney, Saul Goodman. Deadline reports that the show is tentatively titled Better Call Saul, and will actually take place before the events of Breaking Bad.
Played by Bob Odenkirk, the character of Saul Goodman is a favorite of both fans and Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, and the idea for a spin-off has been floated for some time. AMC has now closed the licensing deal it needed with Breaking Bad producer Sony Pictures TV, and the show is expected to get a series order once deals are closed with Odenkirk, Gilligan, and Peter Gould, the writer-producer that co-created the character. It will be an hour-long show that is expected to focus more on the lighter side of things — no surprise given the nature of the Goodman character, but according to Deadline it wasn't necessarily a given that the show would land at AMC. Multiple other networks, including Netflix, were in conversations about the spin-off before AMC closed the deal.