‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Vince Gilligan Books Detective Drama at CBS

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'House' creator David Shore to exec produce and showrun the series

The man who brought you “Breaking Bad” has lined up a new drama at CBS.

Vince Gilligan’s “Battle Creek” has nabbed a series production order for the 2014-15 TV season. CBS did not offer details on the specific episode order, but sources indicate that the Eye has offered 13 segs to the project.

“House” creator David Shore will be showrunner of the series and exec produce alongside Gilligan and “Breaking Bad” alum Mark Johnson. Gilligan is interested in helming the project should his schedule permit.

Michigan-set “Battle Creek” centers on two detectives with very different world views. As they team up, they must figure out if cynicism, guile and deception will help clean up the streets of Battle Creek, Mich., in the face of lack of resources or if naivete and trust will get the job done.

Sony Pictures TV, the studio behind “Breaking Bad,” will produce “Battle Creek” along with CBS TV Studios.

Project was created by Gilligan and developed at CBS in 2002 with Johnson’s involvement, fresh off Gilligan’s tenure writing and producing “The X-Files” for Fox. While Gilligan was a buzzed-about scribe thanks to his time on the popular sci-fi horror series, “Battle Creek” wasn’t ordered to pilot at the Eye and was eventually shelved.

Gilligan went on to create AMC’s smash hit “Breaking Bad” and soar to notoriety, claiming the best drama series win at this year’s Primetime Emmys ceremony and doing several rounds on the press circuit for coveted interviews regarding “Breaking Bad’s” final season.

CBS order for “Battle Creek” continues a strong week for Sony Pictures TV, with victories including the studio’s high-profile Emmy wins on Sunday and a promising premiere for “The Blacklist” on NBC.

Gilligan and Shore are both repped by ICM Partners.

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  1. L.A. Jones says:

    Take 2. I meant to say a person like Vince Gilligan at the helm of a production like this is a very good investment.

  2. L.A. Jones says:

    Mr. Gilligan is a very insiteful man .He doesn’t choose to externalize his brilliance in his persona. I think he chooses to show it in his produced work. He plays comments about his “brilliance” down and forfeits praises about his productions to the actors and crew. This type of behavior encourages co-operation and smacks of premium leadership. A person at the helm of this type of TV production is a choice investment.

  3. Kathy Gochenour says:

    It’s just my opinon, but I think it should be shot on location in Battle Creek, Michigan and that you should use Local telent Like Robert Douglas Deaton, he lives in Battle Creek and has a very impressive resume. You might want to look him up… I can assure you, you won’t regret it…. Just saying… look him up.

  4. Andrew Falconer says:

    I hope that CBS will actually shoot or record this show on location in Battle Creek, Michigan. The CN-Grand Trunk Railyard, The active and abandoned Cereal Plants, the Kalamazoo River, Columbia Avenue, the Airport, and other natural and manmade structures make it very unlike the West Coast. The cold, windy, and snowy weather in the Winter will not be easy to create further South. It has to be produced on location in the real Battle Creek.

  5. draves says:

    Sure don’t like these vaguely jealous and angry comments by haters. Internet Tough Guys, you’re not creating anything so why not just shut up and not hate on someone actually making it happen?

  6. T. Barry says:

    I’m sure a gushing Charlie Rose and his Black Rock ties helped the Eye reconsider Vince — once an also-ran — as a value partner, The fickle hand of fate and the feckless network suits at play once again.

  7. Real Human Starving says:

    Wow Vince looks like I just got u a sale shame I can’t get PAID real money for my projects I just get used to set trends to make money for other people

  8. Karen W. says:

    No, Vince! NOT a DETECTIVE show. PLEASE.

    Surely the mind who gave us Breaking Bad can some up with something OTHER than Lawyers, Cops or Doctors.

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