One of the shows we've been most excited about this year is the Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul, and it appears AMC feels the same way: it's ordered a second season of the show before it has even debuted. The show focuses on the shady lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) that helped Walter White in the original show, and was scheduled for a 10-episode run for its first season. AMC is upping that for the second season, which will feature 13 episodes. The pilot, which began shooting earlier this month in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is being directed by Breaking Bad series mastermind Vince Gilligan.
Unfortunately for fans of the Goodman character, AMC is also pushing the show's debut date. Saul was originally targeted for release later this year, but AMC is now set to debut the show in the first quarter of 2015 (the second season will follow in the same timeframe in 2016). Better Call Saul is a Breaking Bad reunion on several fronts; Gilligan is running the show along with Peter Gould (center in the photo above), who created the Goodman character as a writer on Breaking Bad. Thomas Schnauz and Gennifer Hutchison, both of which worked on the original series, are part of the writing staff as well.
"Production on Better Call Saul is underway and we could not be more proud of nor more excited about the work to date," AMC president Charlie Collier said in a statement. "We have a strong history with Vince, Peter, Bob, the studio, and so many involved with this production; we are enjoying the process on Saul and all share a focus on making it a true television event. No half measures." Of course, there is still no word if Walter White and Jesse Pinkman will be making an appearance, something Bad fans would undoubtedly be happy to see.