Shop Talk with ShowrunnersDamon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse | Tina Fey and Robert Carlock | Brad Falchuk | Jeff Schaffer | Alan Ball | Vince Gilligan | Steven Levitan | Greg Daniels | Robert King | Clyde Phillips Your hardest decision as showrunner?Letting people go.Your favorite moment as a showrunner?Walking into the office after a meeting or some such and -- before they even know I'm there -- and hearing my writers in the midst of some spirited argument over...
One of the most respected TV series of all time, Vince Gilligan’s “Breaking Bad” took an improbable premise – a dying science teacher becomes drug kingpin – and made it entirely believable through a compelling mix of character growth, unpredictable story-telling and a skilled use of silence on the soundtrack that just adds to the dramatic tension. Awards, accolades and viewers followed as the series slowly but consistently grew into a hit for cable outlet AMC.
The “Breaking Bad” prequel, AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” continues Gilligan’s storytelling in the same universe, deepening crossover characters while introducing new, fully-formed characters, too.
“I’m absolutely creatively satisfied in TV, especially in this particular moment in time, where TV is in ascendancy in terms of the respect it’s given,” Gilligan told Variety in 2013. “I do think a movie schedule might be more healthful. I love movies — I always have — but movies have just been more heartbreaking for me, and TV has been wonderfully satisfying.”
Gilligan got his start in film (1993’s “Wilder Napalm,” 1998’s “Home Fries”), but
TV has become his creative home, beginning with a stint on “The X-Files.” Now, with “Bad” producer/director Michelle MacLaren he’s developing a limited series about cult leader Jim Jones for HBO.